Walt Disney World Resort


Walt Disney World Resort

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Walt Disney World Resort

In the mid-1960s, Walt Disney’s dream was to build a family resort destination like no other. During that time, The Walt Disney Company acquired more than 25,000 acres in Central Florida and planned a whole new world of Disney entertainment. After more than seven years of preparation, including 52 months of construction, Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971.

Since guests first strolled down Main Street, U.S.A., Walt Disney World has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. With a rich heritage of storytelling, Disney Parks combine creativity, innovation and technology to immerse guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation — where the young at heart of all ages can laugh, play and learn together.


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As Walt Disney once said about Disneyland, Walt Disney World “will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney is teaming with visionary filmmaker James Cameron to bring the mystical world of AVATAR to life. Guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bio-luminescent plants as well as an amazing new attraction called AVATAR Flight of Passage. This e-ticket attraction will allow guests to experience what it’s like to fly with banshees. And the new AVATAR-inspired land won’t be the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The largest expansion in the history of the park also includes all-new nighttime experiences, featuring the nighttime show Rivers of Light, combining live performers with floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery, and Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris, a new nighttime adventure that will allow guests to travel through the African savanna amid the orange glow of the setting sun.

The recently renamed 120-acre Disney Springs is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history and significant work has been underway to double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences available, from 75 to more than 150 venues, amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm. Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will be home to four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods opening in phases: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and West Side, which will be interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront.

In the next chapter of our long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars, we are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single-themed land expansion ever. From a new Star Tours adventure to Star Wars Launch Bay, from a new Jedi Training Academy to a firework spectacular, guests are now able to be part of both new and enhanced Star Wars experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort. The new Star Wars entertainment allows guests the opportunity to transport themselves every day to a galaxy far, far away.

Walt Disney World Resort is committed to helping Central Florida become an even better place to live, work and play. The company contributes to the community in many ways, including through cash and in-kind support for local nonprofit organizations, leadership on important community issues and thousands of volunteer hours by Disney Cast Members. Community programs and partnerships are focused on building better futures for local children and their families, and ultimately, creating a stronger community for everyone.

Walt Disney World Resort VoluntEARS logged over 200,000 hours of service in 2015, including spearheading the annual Back-to-School Supply Drive with more than $866,000 worth of supplies distributed to Central Florida students, and collecting more than 37,000 toys in the annual Toys for Tots drive for local children in need.

Walt Disney World Resort is a significant contributor to the economic well-being and vitality of Central Florida. Disney is the largest single-site employer in the United States, employing 74,000 Cast Members in Central Florida, in more than 3,000 different job classifications with total 2015 annual payroll of $2.4 billion. Walt Disney World Resort is the largest single taxpayer in Central Florida, contributing $601 million in total state and local taxes paid and collected for 2015.
Walt Disney World Resort is committed to minimizing its overall impact on the environment as it encourages environmentally responsible behavior throughout the resort, including participation of its Cast Members, Guests and Operating Participants. To that end, the resort remains focused on reduced energy consumption, increased use of reclaimed water and diversion of waste from landfills.

In 2015, the Walt Disney World bus fleet became one of the first in the United States to run entirely on R50, a cleaner renewable diesel made from used cooking oil, uneaten food waste and diesel. The resort is also conserving water by meeting 30 percent of the overall and 80 percent of irrigation needs with reclaimed water. And, through reuse, reduction and recycling efforts more than 137,000 tons of materials were diverted from landfills in 2014 alone.

Additionally, Walt Disney World Resort preserves and protects wildlife in Florida and around the world. For example, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is involved in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plans — cooperative breeding and management groups for critical species — and has successfully reproduced many endangered animals, including African elephants, black rhinos and rare birds.

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Disney Springs

The recently renamed 120-acre Disney Springs is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history and significant work has been underway to double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences available, from 75 to more than 150 venues, amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm. Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will be home to four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods opening in phases: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and West Side, which will be interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront.


 

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

HOTELS: Twenty-seven resorts owned and operated by the Walt Disney World Resort (includes eight Disney Vacation Club properties).

TOTAL NUMBER OF HOTEL ROOMS: Nearly 29,000 Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms, including 2,665 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas.


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Walt Disney World Resort Features

CONVENTION FACILITIES

More than 700,000 square feet of ballroom, meeting and function space is available in five convention resorts throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.


ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is the premier site for amateur sports in the nation. The complex hosts more than 100 events a year and has accommodated more than 70 different sports and athletes from around the world. The 230-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, plus the 10,000 seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, two field houses for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports, the New Balance Track & Field facility and cross country course, and a tennis court complex with 10 courts.


Things to Know

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THEME PARKS
Epcot®
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Innoventions® Pavilion
Mission: SPACE® Attraction
Soarin’™ Attraction
Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet
The Seas with Nemo & Friends® Attraction
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Disney Junior – Live on Stage Attraction
Fantasmic! Show
Lights, Motors, Action!® Extreme Stunt Show
Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade
Rock ‘n Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue Attraction
Toy Story Mania!® Attraction
The American Idol Experience
The Great Movie Ride® Attraction
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Asia® Land
Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama! Area
Conservation Station® Attraction
DinoLand U.S.A.® Area (or Land)
DINOSAUR Attraction
Discovery Island® Area (or Land)
Expedition Everest® Attraction
Finding Nemo – The Musical
It’s Tough to be a Bug!® Attraction
Kali River Rapids® Attraction
Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition
Maharajah Jungle Trek® Attraction
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail Walking Tour
Primeval Whirl® Attraction
Rafiki’s Planet Watch® Land
Tree of Life® Attraction
The Boneyard Dig Site
Magic Kingdom® Park
Adventureland® Area
Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride® Attraction
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® Attraction
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin® Attraction
Country Bear Jamboree Show
Dumbo the Flying Elephant®
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Fantasyland® Area
Frontierland® Area
Haunted Mansion® Attraction
It’s a Small World® Attraction
Jungle Cruise® Attraction
Liberty Square Area (or Land)
Main Street, U.S.A.® Area (or Land)
Mickey’s PhilharMagic® Attraction
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor® Attraction
New Fantasyland®
Peter Pan’s Flight® Attraction
Pirates of the Caribbean® Attraction
Splash Mountain® Attraction
Space Mountain® Attraction
The Barnstormer® Featuring The Great Goofini
Tomorrowland® Area
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
Wishes fireworks show
WATER PARKS
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Teamboat Springs Water Ride
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Crush ‘n’ Gusher Water Thrill Ride
SPORTS & RECREATION
Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course
Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course
Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
Disney’s Palm Golf Course
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course
RESORT HOTELS
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s All-Star Resorts
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels
Official Walt Disney World® Hotels
Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotel(s)
Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel
TICKETS
Magic Your Way Base Ticket
Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option
Magic Your Way Ticket with Water Park Fun & More
Option
PACKAGES
Magic Your Way Vacations
Magic Your Way Package
Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining
Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining
Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining
Magic Your Way Premium Package
Magic Your Way Platinum Package
ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS
Downtown Disney® Area
Downtown Disney® Marketplace
Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island
Downtown Disney® West Side
DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park
Pleasure Island (If marketed separately from the
Downtown Disney® Area)
World of Disney® Store
Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District
SEASONAL
Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
OTHER
Audio-Animatronics® Figure
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings® service (or another noun)
Disney’s Magical Express® Transportation
Disney’s PhotoPass® Service
Extra Magic Hours Benefit
Disney’s FASTPASS® Service