The Walt Disney World® Resort offers something for everyone! There are 4 major theme parks to explore, plus 2 water parks. The Disney Springs® Area and Disney's BoardWalk Entertainment District offer unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences. For sports enthusiasts, there are golf courses and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Over 25 uniquely themed resorts and over 100 restaurants combine to form a magical vacation experience.
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Magic Kingdom® Park
The Magic Kingdom® Park is the original Walt Disney World® Resort theme park, patterned after Disneyland® Park. Here you can explore Main Street, U.S.A.® and 5 areas: Adventureland®, Frontierland®, Liberty Square®, Fantasyland®, and Tomorrowland®. Seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time is an experience not to be forgotten. This is where guests of all ages have the opportunity to experience a Jungle Cruise®, speed through the mountains on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®, fly to Neverland on Peter Pan's Flight®, or help defeat Zurg at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin®. Character experiences are everywhere, from meeting Mickey Mouse to dining with the princesses. The Magic Kingdom® Park is truly magical for all who visit.
At Epcot®, guests can see the latest in scientific and technological discoveries, plus experience the culture of eleven countries around the world. In Future World, ride in a concept car on Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet, take a trip to the moon on Mission: SPACE®, see California from the air on Soarin' TM, swim through The Seas with Nemo & Friends®, Journey into Imagination with Figment, or play with technology at the Innoventions® Pavilion. At World Showcase, see drummers from Japan or take a boat ride through the Viking history of Norway. Unique character experiences include classic characters in international costume, some harder-to-find characters in World Showcase, and Duffy! A visit to Epcot® is always an adventure.
Disney's Hollywood Studios®
Disney's Hollywood Studios® is a tribute to show business. In this park, guests find theatrical-style shows and rides inspired by the movies, television, and music. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith (which goes upside-down to rocking tunes) and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (an elevator drop ride) are two of the biggest thrill rides at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Popular stage shows include Beauty and the Beast and Disney Junior - Live on Stage. In addition, guests can take a tour through famous films on The Great Movie Ride, play carnival games at Toy Story Mania!®, travel through space in Star Tours® - The Adventures Continue, or play on the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground. This is the park where guests can meet characters from Toy Story and other Pixar films, in addition to others. It is always possible to feel like a star at Disney's Hollywood Studios®.
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
At Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, guests can see exotic animals in an environment similar to their natural habitats. The lands of Asia®, Africa, Discovery Island®, and Rafiki's Planet Watch® offer opportunities for guests to see and interact with animals. The DinoLand U.S.A.® Area has a carnival-like feel, with fun games and rides. See animals on the Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition, take a roller coaster through the mountains on Expedition Everest®, take a ride back in time on DINOSAUR®, and spin around on Primeval Whirl®. Guests can often find characters that are difficult to find in other parks, such as Pocahontas. Shows include Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo - the Musical. Guests find a perfect blend of animal experiences and Disney magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park opened in 1989 at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Based on a shipwreck theme, this water park includes all of the standard fare: water slides, a lazy river, and kiddie play areas. The world's largest outdoor wave pool can be found here. Guests can also snorkel with tropical fish and small sharks at Shark Reef.
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is based on a ski resort theme, and is the largest water park owned by Disney. Attractions include: water slides, raft rides, racing rafts, lazy river and kiddie play areas. Summit Plummet is a popular water slide where guests rocket down 12 stories almost straight down.
Beyond the Parks
Disney Springs® Area
The Disney Springs® Area is an enormous complex of over 120 acres that combines shopping, dining, and entertainment. It consists of three main areas: Disney Springs® Marketplace, Disney Springs® West Side, and Disney Springs® The Landing. Highlights of Disney Springs® Marketplace include the World of Disney® Store and LEGO Imagination Center, along with popular restaurants The Rainforest Cafe and T--Rex: Prehistoric Family Adventure. Disney Springs® West Side hosts the majority of the entertainment options, including Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, AMC theatres, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Restaurants at Disney Springs® West Side include Bongos' Cuban Café and Wolfgang Puck Café. Disney Springs® The Landing boasts eateries such as The Boathouse, Raglan Road Irish Pub, and Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.
Disney's BoardWalk Entertainment District
Disney's BoardWalk Entertainment District is modeled after mid-Atlantic seaside towns, and connects several Official Walt Disney World® Hotels. Disney's BoardWalk Entertainment District is within walking distance of both Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and includes shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Popular restaurants include the Flying Fish Cafe and Trattoria al Forno. A piano bar named Jellyrolls and a club called Atlantic Dance are great locations for live entertainment. Guests can also rent Surrey bikes for a ride along Disney's BoardWalk.
The Walt Disney World® Resort offers many options for the sports enthusiast. For the golfer, there are four 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole course. There are also two miniature golf courses. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex offers the opportunity to be a spectator for amateur events or play at the Playstation Pavilion. Many resorts also offer the option to rent bikes or watercraft, and there are hiking and jogging trails available throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort.
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