The World Of Magic: Walt Disney World

by Abdullah Hakim

in Places

[easyazon-link asin=”0970959621″]Walt Disney World[/easyazon-link] (WDW) is a magical vacation destination. Located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Orlando, Florida, United States, the “World” sets amid 30,000 acres, approximately 7,000 acres of it developed into four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney/MGM Studios & Animal Kingdom), a sports complex, resort hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and activities.

Walt Disney World has something for everyone. The theme park enthusiast, the naturalist, the sports enthusiast, the romantic, and the gourmet. Walt Disney World has both high technology and low technology, fantasy and reality. The gardens of Walt Disney World are gorgeous. Its transportation system is expansive and efficient. Disney’s employees, known as cast members, are helpful and strive to make you happy.

The four major theme parks are the main attraction at Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom (MK) is a wonderful collection of adventure, heritage, fantasy, and science fiction. Walt Disney’s dream of an Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow (Epcot) showcases both technology and world culture in a unique mix of attractions and exhibits. At the Disney Studios you can see television and movie production and enjoy many of your favorite films and shows from the past, too.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the newest jewel in the Walt Disney World crown, is a blend of nature and adventure packaged with all of the exotic atmosphere that Disney’s Imagineers could muster.

In addition to the major parks, three water parks and a handful of other attractions are available to resort guests. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn would be right at home at the old swimming hole, River Country. Typhoon Lagoon is a lush tropical paradise, hit by a tremendous storm not long ago. Blizzard Beach was Florida’s first ski resort, until the snow from the freak winter storm melted. There are several Disney-themed miniature golf courses and for the more serious sports enthusiast, 99 holes of “real” golf, tennis, beach volleyball, fishing, swimming, hiking, and water skiing.

Downtown Disney includes three areas of shopping, dining, and nighttime fun.  The Village Marketplace is a wonderful collection of unique, interesting, and fun stores and boutiques.  Pleasure Island, is primarily a nightspot with shopping, dining, and nightclubs – but many of the shops and restaurants are open during the day, too.   The West End is the newest addition to Downtown Disney and adds additional restaurants and shops.

Walt Disney World provides hotels and resorts themed to almost any taste. If Victorian elegance is your thing, the Grand Floridian can satisfy. Modern, urban tastes are met at the Contemporary resort. If the sun and sand of the Pacific islands interest you, the Polynesian Resort would be a wise choice. Resorts reminiscent of turn-of-the-century New England, the ante-bellum South, and Key West are also available. Wilderness Lodge, one of WDW’s most elaborately themed resorts, is the epitome of the national park lodges built during the 1920’s and 30’s. The wild northwest pine forests, wood burning fireplaces, and geysers are the specialty here.  The newest resort at Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom Lodge, abounds with details such as a thatched roof, a rope bridge spanning the multi-story lobby, and lovely chandeliers decorated with African tribal headdresses and all of that topped off with a spectacular 30+ acre savanna stocked with giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and hundreds of avians.

It is very difficult to understand the size, scope, and variety of Walt Disney World until you have actually been there. The theme parks, attractions, resorts, and restaurants of WDW offer something to everyone. No matter what your interest, you are sure to find loads of fun for everyone in the family.

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