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It’s the most magical vacation
in the world. The Walt Disney World¨
Resort is the place where worries disappear, fun reigns supreme and
dreams coming true are the everyday. Four Theme Parks, two Water Parks,
over 20 themed Resort Hotels, two nighttime entertainment districts,
and a state-of-the-art sports complex immerse you in a world filled with
exhilarating excitement, fantastical thrills and whimsical wonder.
Meet the world-famous Disney Characters. Set sail for a high-seas
adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow. Get right in the middle of your
favorite animated features with outlandish, in-your-face 3-D. Plunge 52
feet down a waterfall. Travel through time, space and under the sea.
Golf from dawn until dusk on championship courses. Water-ski on private,
pristine lakes. Be dazzled by spectacular, world-class entertainment.
Savor delectable dining at award-winning restaurants.
The possibilities are virtually endless.
With over 47 square miles of fun and something for everyone, it’s no
wonder the Walt Disney World¨
Resort is the vacation of dreams. And come true they do...just like
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Walt Disney World Overview: At a Glance
Walt Disney World in Brief
Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous nearly 39-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 (Blizzard Beach and
Typhoon Lagoon); 34 resort hotels (24 owned and operated by Walt
Disney World, includes seven Disney Vacation Club resort
properties); 81 holes of golf on five courses; two full-service
spas; Disney's Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex;
and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex
encompassing the Marketplace, Pleasure Island and West Side. Walt
Disney World Resort is also included in vacation packages of Disney
Located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando,
Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily,
More than 62,000 cast members.
Opened Oct. 1, 1971, the first theme park at Walt Disney World
Resort sits on 142 acres with the 189-feet-tall Cinderella Castle at
its center. Similar to Disneyland in California, Magic Kingdom is
divided into seven themed lands -- Main Street, U.S.A.;
Adventureland; Frontierland; Liberty Square; Fantasyland; Mickey’s
Toontown Fair; and Tomorrowland. Popular attractions include Pirates
of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Space
Mountain, Splash Mountain, “Mickey’s PhilharMagic,” Big Thunder
Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise, The Hall of Presidents, Mad Tea
Party, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Many Adventures of
Winnie the Pooh, Country Bear Jamboree, Dumbo the Flying Elephant
and Stitch's Great Escape.
An ever-changing international and discovery showplace covering 305
acres. Opened Oct. 1, 1982.
Future World - Theme areas focusing on discovery and scientific
achievements. Major attractions: Innoventions, Spaceship Earth
(Siemens), Universe of Energy, Imagination! (Kodak), The Land
(Nestlé USA), The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Test Track (General
Motors), Mission: SPACE (HP).
World Showcase - Eleven nations surrounding World Showcase Lagoon:
Canada, United Kingdom, France, Japan, The American Adventure,
Italy, Germany, China, Mexico, Morocco, Norway.
DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS:
A working film, TV and radio studio, as well as a theme park on 135
acres. Production facilities opened summer 1988. Entertainment
facilities opened May 1989. Attractions include: "The American Idol
Experience," Toy Story Mania!, "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme
Stunt Show" (Brawny), Star Tours, The Great Movie Ride, "Muppet
Vision 3-D" (Kodak), "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!",
Catastrophe Canyon, Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour, The
Magic of Disney Animation, "Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey" at
ABC Sound Studio (Sony), "Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage,"
"Voyage of the Little Mermaid," The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, "Fantasmic!",
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hanesbrands Inc.),
"Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage," Walt Disney: One Man's Dream.
DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM:
High adventures with real exotic animals, close encounters with
prehistoric giants and warm, fuzzy moments with beloved Disney
characters create unsurpassed fun. The Oasis entry garden welcomes
guests into Disney’s fourth major theme park, which sprawls across
403 acres. Jungles, forests and a vast savanna are divided into five
themed lands: Africa, Camp Minnie-Mickey, DinoLand U.S.A., Discovery
Island and Asia. Major attractions include: Expedition Everest,
DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Primeval Whirl,
"Festival of the Lion King," "Finding Nemo-The Musical," “It’s Tough
to be a Bug!” and The Tree of Life. Opened April 22, 1998.
Pleasure Island - Adjacent to Downtown Disney Marketplace, featuring
shopping and dining including Portobello, Raglan Road Irish Pub and
Restaurant and Fulton's Crab House.
Marketplace - Disney's waterside shopping village with more than two
dozen shops including the World of Disney store, the largest Disney
character merchandise showplace in the world, plus dining options
such as Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure.
West Side - A lively dining and entertainment district including
Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, DisneyQuest, House of Blues, Bongos
Cuban Cafe, Wolfgang Puck Cafe and the 550-seat Planet Hollywood
ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX:
A 220-acre complex designed to accommodate professional-caliber
training and competition, festival and tournament events and
vacation-fitness activities in more than 30 individual and team
sports. The complex includes a 7,500-seat baseball stadium and
5,500-seat field house. Annual events include Atlanta Braves spring
training. First event: March 28, 1997.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE:
Disney Wonder and Disney Magic sail from Port Canaveral, Fla., to
Nassau and Disney's private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay, as part
of cruise vacations that include a stay at Walt Disney World Resort.
For Disney Cruise Line reservations or information on these and
other itineraries, contact Academy Travel at
34 resorts (including seven Disney Vacation Club properties) in a
variety of price points featuring nearly 28,000 hotel rooms; 3,187
DVC units (2-bedroom equivalents); 799 campsites.
Disney's Wilderness Cabins (from $270/night)
Disney's Campsites (from $44/night)
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (799 campsites/409
Disney's Value Resorts (from $82/night)
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney's All-Star
Music Resort (1,704 rooms/215 family suites), Disney's All-Star
Movies Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney's Pop Century Resort (2,880
Disney's Moderate Resorts (from $149/night)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside (2,048 rooms), Disney's Port
Orleans Resort-French Quarter (1,008 rooms), Disney's Caribbean
Beach Resort (2,112 rooms), Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (1,917
Disney's Deluxe Resorts (from $240/night)
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (972 rooms), Disney's Wilderness Lodge
(727 rooms), Disney's Contemporary Resort (655 rooms), Disney's
Polynesian Resort (847 rooms), Disney's Yacht Club Resort (621
rooms), Disney's Beach Club Resort (576 rooms), Disney's Grand
Floridian Resort & Spa (867 rooms) and Disney's BoardWalk Inn (372
Disney's Deluxe Villa Resorts (from $275/night / units are 2-bedroom
Disney's Old Key West Resort (549 units), Disney's BoardWalk Villas
(280 units), The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (114 units),
Disney's Beach Club Villas (576 units), Disney's Saratoga Springs
Resort & Spa (924 units), The Villas at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Lodge (449 units), Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
(295 units/ opening August 2009).
Official Hotels of Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Swan (756 rooms), Walt Disney World Dolphin (1,509
rooms), Buena Vista Palace (1,013 rooms), Regal Sun Resort (626
rooms), Doubletree Guest Suites Resort (229 rooms), The Hilton (814
rooms), Holiday Inn (323 rooms), Hotel Royal Plaza (394 rooms) and
Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel (325 rooms). Shades of
Green on Walt Disney World Resort (586 rooms) is a U.S. Armed Forces
Recreation Center for vacationing servicemen and women from all
branches of the armed forces.
More than 600,000 square feet of modern meeting space located
throughout the resort areas. Major function space is available at
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort,
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Yacht Club Resort,
Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's BoardWalk, Walt Disney World
Dolphin, Walt Disney World Swan, Buena Vista Palace, The Hilton,
Hotel Royal Plaza and Regal Sun Resort.
Four 18-hole championship golf courses and a nine-hole family-play
course; Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water adventure parks;
Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland mini-golf; tennis courts;
pools; lakes for swimming, boating, parasailing, water skiing and
fishing; jogging paths; horseback riding; biking.
Monorail trains, ferryboats, launches and motorcoach shuttle service
between all areas.
For rooms in all hotels and villas within Walt Disney World Resort,
call Academy Travel at
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