Walt Disney World Resort often referred to as simply Walt Disney World or Disney World, is a major recreational resort most famous for its theme parks. The 20,000+ acre property is the largest theme park resort in the world. The resort is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts segment of The Walt Disney Company. It is located in Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, Florida, outside the city limits of Orlando. A popular misconception is that the resort exists in Orlando. In fact, the entire Walt Disney World property is outside Orlando city limits; the majority sits within southwestern Orange County with the remainder in adjacent Osceola County to the south. Most of Walt Disney World's Central Florida land and all of the public areas are located in the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, located southwest of Orlando and a few miles northwest of Kissimmee.
The operation opened on October 1, 1971, as the Magic Kingdom, and since has added Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom theme parks. In addition to the four main theme parks, the resort contains two water parks, six golf courses, a sports complex, an auto race track, twenty resort hotels and numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings. Walt Disney World Resort features four theme parks, each represented by an iconic structure: The Magic Kingdom , main attraction is the Cinderella Castle, Epcot’s star attraction is the Spaceship Earth, Disney-MGM Studios is known for The Sorcerer's Hat and Disney's Animal Kingdom’s is popular because of The Tree of Life . Disney World also offers Other Attractions which include Typhoon Lagoon , Blizzard Beach , Disney's Wide World of Sports , Downtown Disney and Disney Quest. On the other hand, Downtown Disney consists of three sections Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and West Side which contains many shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. This includes DisneyQuest, the House of Blues, a Planet Hollywood and a permanent Cirque du Soleil show (La Nouba). A third water park (River Country) was operated from 1976 to 2001. The Walt Disney World resort also includes six world-class golf courses. The five 18-hole golf courses are the Magnolia, the Palm, Lake Buena Vista, Eagle Pines, and Osprey Ridge (the last two are part of the Bonnet Creek Golf Club). There is also a nine-hole walking course called Oak Trail, designed for young golfers. Together, they are known as Disney's "99 holes of golf." There are two miniature golf courses, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland.
Disney World resorts and hotels can fit into every budget and taste. One can choose from a variety of accommodations at Disney world, you can either choose to stay in at one of the Walt Disney Resorts or experience the great outdoors at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Escape to a wilderness getaway of rustic log cabins and captivating campsites amidst the unspoiled splendor of nature. There are special advantages of staying in a Disney World hotel like extra magic hours, free conveyance from the Orlando airport to your Disney hotel and theme parks and lots more.
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