Since the Magic Kingdom first opened in 1971, Walt Disney World has grown from a single theme park with a couple of resort hotels, into a huge complex of theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, as well as shopping and entertainment facilities.
Magic Kingdom – The original, some say the best, almost certainly the most popular of the Disney World Orlando Theme Parks. Opened in 1971, it still has some of the original rides such as Dumbo.
Epcot – Everyone can tell you it stands for ‘Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow’. This huge park is divided into two sections. The first being FutureWorld which is home to a number of attractions such as the iconic Spaceship Earth. The other section of the park is the World Showcase, a series of attractions, shopping and dining from all around the world.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Originally know as MGM Studios, this movie based park opened in 1989. Best known for it’s shows such as Fantasmic! and excellent dining options including the 50′s Prime Time Cafe.
Animal Kingdom – Disney took on the ‘edutainment’ theme with their newest park, opened in 1998. Rides such as Kilimanjaro Safari allow you to see some of the 250+ different species roaming the 500 acres of open space.
Do you want to get away from the heat and cool down? Have you considered visiting one of Disney Worlds water parks.
You rarely get snow in Florida, but Disney have ignored this fact by theming their flagship waterpark on an icy theme. Blizzard Beach will appeal more to the thrillseekers. It’s home to Summit Plummit, the tallest free-fall water slide standing at over 120 feet. Typhoon Lagoon is Disney’s other water park. As well as the usual slides and tire rides, you can also take a dip in the excellent Shark Reef, an un-heated (in other words cold), salt water reef populated with stingrays, bonnethead and leopard sharks as well as a myriad of other tropical fish.
If you are a first time visitor to Disney World, it is important that you take time out before your visit and do some prior planning. Please read some of our guide pages to give you some ideas of how to get the best from your Disney World vacation.