Disney World - Spoil Your Inner Child
When Walt Disney said of the vast Florida grounds that would become Disney World, "There's enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine," it's easy to envision him standing in an open field, his hands on his hips, elbows out, with the world's most giant twinkle in his eye.
Walt imagined a lot, and Disney World has it all. Opened in 1971, Disney World captured the world's imagination with its sheer size alone, covering an area twice the size of Manhattan and 150 times larger than Disneyland in California.
While the idea of an amusement park that size may be daunting, it truly is not, for the pure magic of Disney creates a world where smiles lurk around every corner and the greatest family memories are primed to blossom. Each ride, each hotel is an entire vacation in itself, so wherever you are is the best place to be. The first ride you should enjoy in your Disney World experience is the ride in your car to your travel agent's office. Travel agents know Mickey personally and can get you the best deals on Disney resorts as well as the passes your family will need to enjoy all the parks.
â€˜Cause let's face it, we all come here to play, and the numerous theme parks in Mickey's playhouse have perfected the something-for-everyone ideal, where thrills and spills abound to leave us always wanting more. Like at the famous Magic Kingdom where you can devour as much adventure as your stomach can handle careening down Space Mountain or taste the thrilling danger of the high seas on the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Disney's Animal Kingdom unleashes the magic of their animated characters into roaring realism in this one-of-a-kind nature park, featuring dozens of attractions and entertaining shows. Join the circle of life at the Festival of the Lion King, a spirited parade of tribal celebration.
Thrills take center stage at Disney — MGM Studios where 3-D wizardry mixes with Hollywood flare on such popular attractions as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, arguably the park's most delightfully terrifying ride, and Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D, where the characters are so real that kids and adults reach out to touch them.
The silver dome of Epcot, gleaming brightly like a homesick moon returned to mother earth, is a marvel of the potential of human imagination. The fantastic interior is divided into Future World, a combination amusement and educational park, and World Showcase, an enlightening re-creation of 11 foreign lands.
While these attractions will always remain popular, new adventures have recently made their Disney World debut. Now blasting off is Mission: SPACE, presented by HP, a simulated space adventure that's already an Epcot favorite. Disney magic meets Disney music in the new 3-D film "Mickey's PhilharMagic," featuring an eye-popping jamboree of lovable characters. And the night sky will never be the same again as Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Favorites combines the power of wishes with magical moments from cherished Disney films for the biggest, boldest fireworks show ever presented for Mickey's guests.
All of these rides and attractions make Disney World the world's largest amusement resort, but the real emphasis should rest on resort. Walt Disney World Resorts allow you and your family to sleep under magical stars while enjoying enchanting décor with fabulous dining and entertainment.
Whether it's waterfalls and lush gardens at the Polynesian Resort, the baseball-themed pool at the All-Star Sports Resort, the tropical ambience of the Old Key West Resort or the casual elegance of the New England seaside at the Yacht Club Resort, a room key is all you need to enter a new world. With five championship golf courses, two miniature golf challenges, tennis, horseback riding, waterskiing and world-class spas to fill in the gaps in your schedule, you'll be blissfully busy from sun up to sun down.
Ranging in prices to fit every budget, Disney resorts surround you with the quality and imagination that only Disney can offer. As a guest, you will be given special privileges like Extra Magic Hour, where every day some of the most popular attractions stay open an extra hour just for you.
Through Walt Disney's dreams sprung the dream vacation destination. Where else can you find four unique theme parks, two exhilarating water parks, 23 distinctive resort hotels, world-class dining, exciting nightlife and fabulous entertainment for all ages? And we do mean all ages, for more adults are swooshing down Space Mountain than ever, recognizing the fact that fun does not have an expiration date.
Leave it to Walt to sum it up best: "There is a little adult in every child, but a lot of child in every adult." Whether you're a mother of three or fresh out of college, Disney World will plunge your soul into the Fountain of Youth and leave you a little wet behind the ears. Contact a travel agent today to customize your perfect Disney World package, including the top resort to fit your personality and the passes you'll need to explore the very best this special place has to offer.
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FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Walt Disney World Marathon — January
Atlanta Braves Spring Training — February/March
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival — April/June
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — October
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival — October/November
ABC Super Soap Stars Weekend - November
Florida Citrus Bowl — January
Florida Film Festival — March
Orlando International Fringe Festival — May
Gay Days in Orlando — June
Mexican Fiesta — September
Boot Hill Saloon Biketoberfest Party — October
Shamu's Halloween Spooktacular — October
This is cool if you only want to see the ultra-manicured theme parks. But why doesn't this site list any of the cultural things in Orlando like Florida Cultural Tours, The Wells Built Museum, The Scenic Boat Tours of Winter Park, etc.
By: Robyn Norris At: 10/15/2009 12:00:00: PM
By: Anonymous At: 03/09/2010 12:00:00: PM
Since i live in Tampa FL, Disney World isn't so far away from me, but I've never bin there since last summer. My son always wanted to go there to see Mickey Mouse. So when he turned 6, I made him a great birthday surprise taking him to Disney World. I must admit even I, as an adult liked being there.
By: John Smith At: 02/22/2012 00:00:00: AM
This is a very good article. Very helpful!
By: Helen Drake At: 10/15/2012 00:00:00: AM