Disney 101


New to Walt Disney World? Read the basics and get stated planning here.

Walt Disney World Resort is a nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom); two water adventure parks (Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon); 34 resort hotels (24 owned and operated by Walt Disney World); 81 holes of golf on five courses; two full-service spas; Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex; and Disney Springs, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex. 

The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney's original Florida theme park and place where storybook fantasy comes to life. Here elephants fly, teacups dance and every day ends happily ever after. Guests find classic Disney tales and characters coming to life around every corner in a perfect wonderland for kids of all ages. Favorite attractions include Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and classic Disney attractions like the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom takes guests on a magical journey through a world of animals both real and fantastic, where the lion is mighty, but imagination is king. Popular show and attractions include Kilimanjaro Safaris, a wild ride through an African savanna; Kali River Rapids, a challenging whitewater thrill ride; and the high-energy "Festival of the Lion King" show. 

Epcot unites the wonder of imagination with the wonders of the world. There are two amazing worlds. In one, high tech meets big fun; in the other, you'll travel through 11 great nations in a celebration of one-of-a-kind performances and outstanding cuisine. Here, guests buckle-up for a ride on Test Track, or enjoy Captain EO, the classic 3-D film musical starring Michael Jackson and a cast of intergalactic characters. At night, the spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fills the night in a grand finale of lasers and incredible fireworks. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) is the place to find favorite film and television stars and get in on all the action. Thrilling attractions take guests from the top of a haunted hotel to the ultimate Rock 'n' Roll road trip. Spectacular Broadway-style shows like Beauty and the Best - Live on Stage, bring memorable Disney characters to life. Step into the action with new attractions - like the American Idol Experience - that might put you center stage and under the spotlight.

At Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks, guests can plunge into a world of themed water fun. Challenge Summit Plummet. Snorkel with sharks in Shark Reef. Zoom down side-by-side racing slides. Or, float leisurely down a meandering river. For thrills or just chilling out, a day in a Walt Disney World Water Park is watery fun. 

The Disney Springs area offers some of the greatest names in shopping, dining, and entertainment. Here guests can experience La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a mesmerizing presentation that includes feats of physical daring, radical bike stunts and breathtaking aerial acrobatics. Downtown Disney also features the scrumptious California cuisine of Wolfgang Puck, live music at the House of Blues, and the world's largest Disney character merchandise store at World of Disney. 

For more information about a Walt Disney World vacation visit www.disneyworld.com or call 407-W-DISNEY.

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