Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a truly magical place. This is one of the few places on the planet where you can bring out your inner child without any fear and just enjoy yourself. A vacation at Disney World is a holiday you’re sure to remember for the rest of your life. But what makes this place so magical? The answer lies in the Walt Disney World attractions you will find therein. We have them listed here.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is where you can get up close and personal with African and Asian wildlife this side of the planet. One of the most popular of Walt Disney World attractions, Animal Kingdom is basically a zoo and animal conservation park, developed according to the conservation philosophies of Walt Disney himself. At Animal Kingdom, you can go on a safari trip through the Asian and African sections of the park and see animals roam freely in the open space provided. The Animal Kingdom is also home to DinoLand USA, which showcases dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, as well as their modern descendants.
Inspired by the historic boardwalks of Coney Island and Atlantic City, Disney’s BoardWalk is a place for strolling, shopping, dining, and enjoying the nightlife. At the BoardWalk, you can amuse yourself by watching street performers and other Disney World guests. Or you can catch a live show at one of the performance halls located there. While the BoardWalk is a popular nightlife destination, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in the daytime. You can play arcade games or take your kids biking there.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood magic lies in the heart of why we have remained captivated by Walt Disney’s vision for generations. From the first Mickey Mouse short film to the latest blockbusters under the Disney helm, our imagination is captured and shaped again and again by Disney’s creations. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you get to interact with the beloved characters from Disney’s stories. Hollywood Studios is also where you will find film attractions not originally from Disney, such as Star Wars and the Muppets.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is one of the most popular Walt Disney World attractions and the most visited water parks in the world. In 2015 alone, the water park played host to more than two million visitors. Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is built around the fictional legend of a massive typhoon destroying a once pristine tropical paradise. At the center of this tropical paradise is Mount Mayday, upon which a shrimp boat named “Miss Tilly” is trapped. Around Mount Mayday are a collection of sandy beaches, tidal pools equipped with slides, and water rides. You can also learn to surf at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park through its Learn to Surf program.
Disney Springs is Walt Disney World’s primary shopping and dining destination. This is where you can browse for Disney-themed souvenirs to take home with you. You can also do some serious retail therapy here, as it is home to around 50 brand-name fashion and accessories boutiques. There are also non-Disney themed boutiques at Disney Springs, including a Coca-Cola store and a Cirque du Soleil boutique. Disney Springs is also where you can enjoy a wide variety of world-class cuisine, served in casual and fine dining settings.
Walt Disney had envisioned a utopian city that would be a center of innovation and unending development. He had named this city Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT). While Disney’s dream city never materialized in his lifetime, his ideas nonetheless led to the development of the Epcot theme park. Epcot is dubbed as a “permanent World’s Fair,” where innovation is constantly celebrated and showcased. The theme park has two main areas: Future World and World Showcase. Future World contains science and technology pavilions, including the iconic Spaceship Earth, which represents Epcot itself. World Showcase, on the other hand, highlights the achievements of 11 countries.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
If you’re a sports fan, then you should visit ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to catch your favorite games played live. There is always a game being played at the complex any given time of the year, from tennis to basketball to baseball. The Champion Stadium, in particular, is where the baseball team Atlanta Braves hold their spring training.
Magic Kingdom Park
When you think of Walt Disney World, the image of a fairy castle probably comes to mind. After all, that fairy castle is featured prominently in any film made by Disney. This fairy castle is officially the Cinderella Castle, and it’s found in Magic Kingdom Park, the oldest and most popular of all of the Walt Disney World attractions. It is here in Magic Kingdom Park where you get to interact with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their friends. You can also meet your favorite Disney princesses here, as well as other beloved Disney/Pixar characters such as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, and many others.
Walt Disney World is one of the most magical places on earth. Check out the Walt Disney World attractions on your next visit to Orlando, Florida and set your inner child free.