The Walt Disney World Resort, informally known as Walt Disney World or simply Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The resort opened on October 1, 1971 and is the most visited attraction in the world, with attendance of 52.5 million annually. It is owned by The Walt Disney Company through its division Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The property covers 42,000 acres (16,997 ha; 66 sq mi), in which it houses 24 themed resorts, four theme parks, two water parks, and several additional recreational and entertainment venues. Magic Kingdom is the original theme park on the complex, and Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom opened throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Designed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955, the complex was developed by Walt Disney in the 1960s, though he died in 1966 before construction on "The Florida Project" began. After extensive lobbying, the Government of Florida created the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special government district that essentially gave The Walt Disney Company the standard powers and autonomy of an incorporated city. Original plans called for the inclusion of an "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow", a planned city that would serve as a test bed for new innovations for city living.
With four main parks, two water parks and tons of rides and attractions, it may be hard to see everything at Walt Disney World in one trip to Orlando, FL.Take a look inside Walt Disney World's new gondolas - Theme Park Insider
April 17, 2019, 6:07 PM · Walt Disney World is showing off its new Disney Skyliner, providing a first official look inside the gondolas that will start carrying guests ...Disney gondolas, moving 11 mph, will give bird's eye views nearly 60 feet over Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando Sentinel
Disney is opening its gondolas this fall to carry resort guests and give bird's eye views of Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Here's an update on the project.Walt Disney World offers Vegan guests a helpful guide at Magic Kingdom - Inside the Magic
Magic Kingdom is aiding its Vegan guests with a new guide that points out all of the park's vegan offerings at its many restaurants.'Beauty and the Beast' themed bar and lounge coming to Walt Disney World resort - Fox 35 Orlando
A 'Beauty and the Beast' themed bar and lounge is coming to Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, according to the DisneyParks blog.