It’s almost vacation time! Have you planned your annual family vacation? Looking for something for the family or just the two of you? Maybe a solo trip is necessary. One of the most visited places on earth is Walt Disney World Resort. I myself am a huge Disney fan and love going to WDW. I’ve been with the family and I’ve been by myself. I would love to go with just my hubby!
Let’s see what’s going on now and what happened in the beginning.
Walt Disney, who was he?
December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois, Walter Elias “Walt” was born to Elias and Flora Call Disney. Walt had three brothers and one sister and lived in Marceline, Missouri. He began to draw, paint and sell his pictures to family and friends early in life and he took drawing and photography classes in high school while taking night classes at the Chicago Art Institute. When he was just 16 years old, he dropped out of school to join the Army, but because he was underage, he was rejected. He instead joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year as an ambulance driver. 1919, he moved back to the U.S where he joined his brother Roy in Kansas City at the Pesmen – Rubin Art Studio. And in 1923 the brothers and another employee moved to Hollywood where they began the Disney Brothers’ Studio.
Fast forward 40 years and because of the success of Disneyland. Walt decided he wanted to open a new park, west of the Mississippi river. He flew over a possible site of the future Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida: hoping to avoid a rush of land speculation, Walt Disney World Company used many different dummy corporations to acquire the 30,000 plus acres near the centrally located Bay Lake. Sadly, Walt died in 1966 just five years before his vision was realized, from there Roy took over the construction of the resort’s first phase. Roy passed in December of 1971, just three months after the parks opening.
On October 1, 1971 the Magic Kingdom, along with the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village were opened. Two golf courses were opened near the Magic Kingdom a few weeks before the park and Ft Wilderness opened a month later. Just an FYI, park prices were just $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 18 and a $1 for children under 12.
Let’s take a look at the entire WDW resort.
How many theme parks – there are four theme parks
The Magic Kingdom is broken down in seven “lands”: Tomorrowland, Fantasyland (which as recently had a huge makeover) Frontierland, Liberty Square, Adventureland and of course, the iconic Main Street U.S.A.
–My favorite rides there? Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. Magic Kingdom has also changed many restaurants and I haven’t been privy to enjoy them, but my most favorite dining place here: Main Street Bakery.
Epcot is broken down into two sections, Future World and World Showcase. I love the World Showcase, you can visit 11 different countries and you can eat different foods and drinks, learn history of the countries and enjoy some great music and productions. Favorite places here: La Cellier Steakhouse (in France) and Test Track. Most disliked attraction, Mission Space (not good for those with weak tummies, enough said)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
First opened in 1989, under the name Disney – MGM Studios Theme Park. This was originally designed as a theme park and an operating production studio, which included film and television production services, and a functioning backlot. In 2001 the name changed to the current, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. DHS has my most FAVORITE ride of all times here: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Least favorite: none
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The newest of the four parks, opening on April 22, 1998 (Earth Day) Disney’s Animal Kingdom park has a zoological theme, is the largest park in the world at 580 acres, and is dedicated entirely around animal conservation and a natural environment. This park is broken down into seven areas: Oasis, Discovery Island, Pandora (opened May of 2017 and themed after the movie Avatar), Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, DinoLand U.S.A and Asia.
Favorite attraction EXPEDITION EVEREST – LEGEND OF THE FORBIDDEN MOUNTAIN, Yeah, it’s just that good!!!! I can’t say I have a least favorite here, but I’m not overly excited about the Kilimanjaro Safaris. ONLY because, it’s usually a two + hour wait and it’s hot. Seeing the animals are amazing though! Favorite food: Tusker House. Least favorite: The Rainforest Cafe (just don’t like the idea of a chain in the parks)
I was going to cover everything, but I realized, as big as the “World” is, it’s going to take more than just one post. So. Next up, Resorts
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
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