Disney World, Florida

Disney World - Sleeping Beauty Castle - from WikipediaDisney’s collection of Theme Parks, hotels, and shopping centers in Orlando, Florida is a world on its own. The property covers 25,000 acres nestles in the woods around Lake Buena Vista with its own roads and transportation system.

Walt Disney decided to build his expansive new resort on the east coast and went hunting for the location. He picked this area because it was mostly empty and close to the intersection of the four freeway and the Florida Turnpike.

The magic kingdom opened its doors in 1971, followed by Epcot in 1982. The rest followed through the years with a total of 6 parks finishing with Animal Kingdon in 1998. Many lodgings and resorts immerse visitors in themes like Music, Movies, Animals, Polynesian, Wilderness, and New Orleans.

Disney World - Dolphin Hotel - Wikipedia by Pete ToscanoThe six Disney parks offer a large variety of experiences, with many rides and shows to choose from. So how do you pick the right park for you and your family?

The simple answer is you do a lot of research and ask people’s opinion before you go. Also, visit Disney’s website here to read about the attractions. 

Here is a quick guide to help you choose. If you like to learn more about a park, follow the link.

The Magic Kingdom

For families with kids or everyone who loves Disney movies and cartoons, then the Magic Kingdom is your park, with authentic Disney experience, the usual characters, fairytales, and fantastical places.

It is the park most like Disneyland in Anaheim, California with Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. It also has a unique land called Liberty Square with the Hall of the Presidents.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney World - Sunset  Boulevard Hollywood Studios - Wikipedia by Jedi94For everyone who loves movies, television and everything Hollywood, a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a must. It is similar to Universal Studios but with a Disney flare.

The park is full of rides based on your favorite movies and shows like “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue”, “Indiana Jones”,  “First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along show”, “Muppets Vision 4D” show, and “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror”. It is also home to the new land “Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Epcot

Disney World Epcot IllumiNations - Wikipedia by Katie Rommel-EshamAt Epcot, you can visit 11 countries, learn about their cultures, and catch rides and shows.

Walking around the huge center lake, you can visit Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, The American Adventure, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico.

You can also glimpse the future and learn about sustaining the Land and the Sea. Also, make sure to build your own race car then test it at the Test Track ride.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

To visit animals in their natural habitat and learn about conservation efforts, you can take Disney World - Nighttime landscape at Pandora - Wikipedia by Jedi94this safari through the Animal Kingdom. While at the park, visit the Tree of Life, go into the mythical world of Pandora (from the Avatar movie), or go back in time to the age of Dinosaurs. The Kilimanjaro Safaris will take you deep into the wild animal's territory for a closer look.

Water Parks

Disney World - Bilzzard Beach - Team Boat Springs - Wikipedia by Dr_latino999For wet fun, you have two parks to pick from; Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Both are full of water slides, pools, lazy rivers, and fun areas for smaller children.

Blizzard Beach looks like snow-capped peaks with melted water running through. This park is home to the Summit Plummet, a fast freefall 120-feet drop and the Toboggan Racers, an 8-lane racing slide.

Typhoon Lagoon looks like a hurricane just whipped through a tropical island, destroying homes and throwing wrecked ships on top of mountains. Here you can find “Surf Pool”, a wave pool with 6-foot waves. The pool is used to give surf lessons before the official park opening.

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