June 5, 2013

A quick guide to Walt Disney World Resort

The world of Disney is synonymous with magic, dreams, children’s laughter and a place where kids, big and small, can simply have fun. The Walt Disney Company is today a global empire with Disney World, Disneyland, a Disney cruise line and various parks situated across the world. Have a glimpse through the gates of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA…

Walt Disney World Resort has 4 distinct theme parks and 2 water parks and a variety of other entertainment venues.  

This is the first theme park built in the resort (similar to Disneyland Park in California) and is represented by Cinderella Castle. 

Magic Kingdom is divided into 6 themed lands: 

Main Street, U.S.A – Stroll down an America town street… Main Street U.S.A. has the look and feel of a turn of the twentieth century American town, complete with a Town square, restaurants and shops.

Adventureland - Explore far-flung jungles, become a swashbuckling pirate with the Pirates of the Caribbean and walk through the Swiss Family Robinson tree house.

Frontierland - Relive the American Old West, be a cowboy for the day or ride a runaway train through a haunted gold-mining town at Big Thunder Mountain.

Liberty Square - Based on an American Revolutionary colonial town - ride a traditional riverboat and get the heart rate up in the Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland – Explore the Storybook Circus, the Enchanted Forest, meet Beauty & the Beast, Snow White, “swim” to Ariel’s Grotto and dine with Cinderella (a highlight for little girls)

Tomorrowland - Learn about rockets, UFO's and robots, go on a simulated space mission and learn about the tomorrow of the future

Celebrating the human spirit, Epcot has 2 distinct realms: Future World, which features technological innovations, and World Showcase, which shares with Guests the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. 

Some highlights of Epcot include interacting with (real) dolphins, snorkelling with over 6000 sea creatures, food and wine tours for the adults, touring the Epcot greenhouses (for those with green fingers) and experiencing an authentic NASA-style training and simulated space launch.

Step into the shoes of a movie action hero or Hollywood starlet at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. Designed as a bustling movie set, this park features 8 sections: Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Sunset Boulevard, Streets of America, Commissary Lane, Pixar Place, Mickey Avenue and Animation Courtyard areas.

Reputedly, the largest animal theme park in the world, Animal Kingdom is home to more than 1700 animals across 250 species. 

Frolic among fossils in the Boneyard Play Area, travel through shady forests and open savanna, and get up and close to some animals at the Petting Zoo.

Themed around the aftermath of an epic typhoon which hurled surfboards into palm trees and tossed boats around, this Water Park boasts all the adventure you would expect from a water park: water slides, rapids, wave pool, etc. 

Themed as a one-time ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland, Disney’s Blizzard Beach delivers buckets of water-based fun on sweltering summer days. 

With so much to choose from, choosing what to see and where to go at Walt Disney World Resort is only part of the fun.  Which theme park is your favourite? If you haven’t visited yet, which one would be your first on your must-see list? Let us know – we love to hear from you.

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