A Travel Guide to Walt Disney World, Florida
Walt Disney World is a truly a magical place.
Occupying about 67 square kilometers of steamy central Florida land, this vast area offers four theme parks, two water parks, the largest Disney store in the country and countless gardens.
There are four sections of Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. The first theme park built was Magic Kingdom and is home to some of the most popular attractions including Space Mountain and the Cinderella Castle. At Epcot you’ll also find international themed restaurants and endless shopping opportunities. The third section of Disney World is Hollywood Studios, which includes rides and shows based off the latest Disney movies. Finally, the last theme park to be built, Animal Kingdom. contains a mock-safari bus ride with elephants and zebra and lions.
One-day tickets to the Magic Kingdom cost USD 105 per adult. While the other three parks are priced at USD 97 each. You’ll want at least one full day per park, and the prices do drop for multi-day passes, with five days costing USD 68 per day. Walt Disney World also features two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Entry for both parks cost USD 60 per adult.
Where to Stay
Since Walt Disney World opened, Orlando and the central Florida area has become a major vacation destination. Hotels line Interstate 4 and US Highway 192—the two main roads into the complex. But if you want the complete Disney experience, you can stay in one of the many hotels owned and operated by Disney. Disney’s hotels can range anywhere from USD 52 to over USD 300.
Where to Eat
Wherever you stay, you can dine at any of the restaurants in the various Disney hotels. Many of the hotels’ and parks’ restaurants feature character meals, where guests are visited at their tables by Mickey, Minnie, and other Disney characters. The Grand Floridian Resort’s Victoria & Albert’s is Walt Disney World’s signature restaurant, while the California Grill, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, offers superb views of the Magic Kingdom and the nightly fireworks display.
Walt Disney World is located about 30 kilometers southwest of Orlando. If you’re staying in a Disney hotel, you can take a bus to your resort, and many hotels arrange shuttles. If you choose to drive Walt Disney World is only a short distance away on US Highway 192 and Interstate 4.
To find out more, to make reservations for hotels and restaurants, and to book tickets, visit the Disney website.