Disney in Orlando
Disney World in Orlando (The Walt Disney World Resort)
Walt Disney World is the largest theme park resort in the world at 103.56 square kilometers and is located 32 kilometers southwest of Orlando off Interstate 4 and Interstate 192 (for more information, including Disney’s diverse services, call: 0870-242-49-00 or go to http://disneyworld.disney.go.com) .
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Disney World Orlando includes four separate theme parks, two water parks, a sports complex, five golf courses, two dozen hotels, 100 restaurants and two shopping and two nightlife districts – all proving that this “world” is not so small. At times it seems ridiculously crowded, but, with or without kids, you can’t stay indifferent to Disney’s infectious enthusiasm and sense of warm-hearted nostalgia. Of course, there’s a lot to want, but even “the happiest place on earth” (as they say here) doesn’t always match the expense. But something always happens: Cinderella curtsies to your little beauty, your personal Jedi knight defeats Darth Maul.
Tickets open admission to one park per day and vary in duration (one to ten days) : adults from $82 to $262, children ages three to nine from $74 to $239. On the sixth day, the day value is 50% of the one-day ticket, and so on. The days themselves don’t have to follow each other at all, but once inside the park, you enjoy all the tours and exhibits for free. Buy your tickets in advance so you don’t have to wait in line at the gate.
There are some other offers (for a fee): discount passes to other Disney areas, continuous ticket validity (for unused days), and the most recommended, Park Hopper ($56). which gives you access to all four WDW parks during the day. You can check the packages on the website.
For discounts, go to www.rnousesavers.com and www.undercovertourist.com.
A “fast pass” ticket eliminates the need to stand in long lines. When you enter each park, be sure to get a map and schedule.
When to go
When schools are empty (in the summer or during other holidays and vacations), WDW is always crowded. The least crowded times are in January and February, mid-September, October and early December. Late fall weather is the best, with frequent showers following the hot, humid summer months.
What to see
After leaving the gatehouse, choose whether you want to take the ultra-modern one-rail road or the more leisurely ferry across the lake to the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. And here you are in a magical land where Cinderella’s castle is standing, and you are surrounded by numerous heroes of Disney cartoons along with Mickey Mouse. You only have to decide where to go.
Main Street, USA
Main Street, USA, a symbol of the good old American way of life, runs from the train station entrance, past the spiky, turreted houses of the late 19th century to the town square, where the town hall can give you an overview of the Magic Kingdom and the park itself.
Adventureland presents the exotic flora and fauna of the tropics. A huge (reinforced concrete) Indian ficus, a banyan tree, with a Swiss Robinson family hut on top, stands at the landing stage for the Jungle Cruise, full of lianas and animals (made of foam rubber). The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction capitalizes on the incredible popularity of the movies of the same name, where corsairs fire cannons, bicker over loot and drink beer on the rods. “Frontier” presents the time of the pioneers of the West in a romantic light. “Splash Mountain” is a chute descent where you end up getting soaked to the skin, while “Rumbling Mountain Railroad” is a roller coaster ride among the spectacular red rocks. “Pioneer Land Shooting” is nothing short of a shooting range where, for a few 25-cent coins, you can shoot at a target with vintage rifles where bullets have replaced a laser beam.
“Liberty Square” does not at all negate a visit to New England, but boldly attempts to recreate the atmosphere of the cradle of the republic at the Liberty Tree Tavern. The truly impressive attraction, however, is the Haunted House attraction.
“Fantasyland” sucks you into a giant teacup of a sleeping hatter. All of our childhood heroes seem to be here, including Peter Pan and Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Among the most memorable spectacles is the performance with three-dimensional images and added smells “Mickey Mouse Filarmagia”, shown continuously in the 500-seat cinema, where the Duck Donald will introduce you to a world of three-dimensional animation, music and special effects.
Mickey Mouse Multicultural Fair
“Mickey’s Toon-town Fair is a real phantasmagoria on a one-hectare area where there is a place for Goofy the dog, Minnie the mouse, and of course, Mickey himself. Test the strength of lily leaves that suddenly splash with water.
“Tomorrowland” is all about space technology and science fiction. It is not clear what relation the Indy Car speedway has to the future of our planet, as it is an ordinary karting, although very popular. More dynamic is the attraction “Space Adventures of Baz Lightyear” – a character from the cartoon “Toy Store”, where all the cars are equipped with a control lever, laser guns, music and special effects. The aim of the game is to destroy as many villains as possible, to help the space wanderer Baz in saving the universe from the evil Emperor Zarg.
Epcot Center (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is a park located south of the Magic Kingdom. Here, on several hundred acres (ha) around an artificial lake, the past and future of our planet are presented. You can get acquainted with space in the form of a fantastic journey. A 3D film with special effects “Honey, I shrunk the audience” is demonstrated. The World Showcase offers “notes” and cuisine to travelers who do not have the opportunity to wander the world. And IllumiNations, the pyrotechnical phantasmagoria of the center of the future, offers an unprecedented spectacle.
In Future World, the single-rail overhead railroad introduces you to the polygonal, spherical, dome-shaped, or pyramidal pavilions (each set up by a major American company) that represent the development of our civilization and the new technology that will enter our lives tomorrow. The main decoration is “Spaceship Earth”. – A white globe 55 meters high. Other attractions include the “Energy Universe” and “Wonders of Life”, including “Body Wars” – a model simulating travel inside the human body. In the center of the future you also see the World’s Fairgrounds, where different countries are represented by their monuments, landmarks and cuisine.
Disney Company Hollywood Movie Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios . The Art Deco streets of this theme park will introduce you to real and accurately reproduced movie sets. You’ll see amazing stunts, experience the history of cinema, meet the Muppets in three dimensions and learn some of the secrets of Walt Disney’s animation. The Rock and Roll Rollercoaster with Aerosmith includes limousine-like cars equipped with speakers that play music by Aerosmith. A huge success is the grandiose “Adventures of Indiana Jones” spectacle around the man-made Lake Echo. The attraction “Phantom!” (Fastasmic!) presents a nighttime spectacle that amazes viewers with laser lights, fountains and pillars of flame.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
“Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This largest park is essentially a modern menagerie with unusual decorations. Along with live productions like “The Lion King Feast,” based on the animated movie “The Lion King,” it offers forest walks where you can see endangered species such as king puffins, hippos, gorillas and meerkats.
It will take you at least a week, perhaps even longer, to see the individual attractions of all the parks. You will have to walk more than one kilometer and stand in queues outside the parks at the most visited time. This is especially tedious in the hot summer (June-August is the busiest time), though you can rent a stroller or wheelchair.
Disneyland Orlando has 24 different types of “overnight accommodations” for families, from campgrounds to five-star resort hotels. In addition, guests staying at Disney get many benefits in the parks (extended park hours, discounts on the “dining plan,” free transportation, shuttles to the airport) . Prices change depending on the season, and there are 20! Disney’s website gives detailed information about the rates and all the possible extras and amenities for each type of lodging. The approximate prices below are for peak times.
If you want exceptional comfort, choose the cozy Deluxe Villa (villas $540-1600), the only accommodation with a full kitchen and on-site laundry and drying facilities. At the other end of the scale is Tent Camp (tents $70-100, cabins $360), an impeccably planned and thoughtfully designed camp with plenty of outdoor activities. Value Resorts (rooms $120-150) is the least expensive option (besides camping) ; the quality is in line with the simple chain hotels. But fair warning – it’s full of school kids.
When evaluating lodging, mainly consider its location relative to the parks you want to visit; room quality is uniformly average, with the exception of high-end hotels, of course. Many visitors prefer the Deluxe Resort hotels in Epcot (Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club and Yacht Club, 505 Swan and Dolphin); from these hotels you can walk to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Boardwalk.
Cafes and restaurants
Food at the theme parks ranges in quality from acceptable to awful; the most interesting is at the World Showcase at Epcot. It’s best to choose a cafe where you can sit down and eat, but always make a reservation in advance or it will be almost impossible to find a seat. Whichever café you choose you can call the central reservations office (Tel: 407-939-3463) 180 days before you arrive.
Disney has three types of show dinners (luau, nature barbecue and vaudeville) and about 15 types of themed dinners with cartoon and movie characters – all very popular (see website for details) . Order as soon as your 180-day window is open. The most memorable lunch is Cinderella’s Royal Table (adults $33-45, children $24-28) , which takes place inside the Magic Kingdom Palace. You will dine with Disney princesses.
In addition to theme parks and events like the Magic Kingdom Parade, fireworks and Epcot Illumination, Disney has two other entertainment districts – Downtown Disney and Disney’s Boardwalk . Here you will find restaurants, bars and music, as well as movie theaters, stores and various shows.
Most hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee, as well as all Disney hotels, offer free transportation to WDW. Disney-owned resort hotels also offer pickup from the airport. Drivers can drive up to all four parks 1-4 and park for $14. The Magic Kingdom area is huge; streetcars bring you to the entrance.
Walt Disney World theme park.
Magic Kingdom Park is 8:00-9:00 am to 6:00-22:00 pm, Epcot is 9:00-11:00 am to 9:00-22:00 pm, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is 9:00-10:00 am to 8:00-22:00 pm, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is 8:00 am to 6:00-21:00 pm.
Walt Disney World is a large entertainment complex of more than 100 square kilometers, 34 kilometers southwest of Orlando, Florida, USA, consisting of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 4 golf courses and a Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex. “Walt Disney World” was opened on October 1, 1971 and is currently the largest and most visited amusement park in the world (more than 52 million visitors per year). At the time of opening, only Magic Kingdom Park was in operation, Epcot Park opened in 1982, Hollywood Studios in 1989, and Animal Kingdom in 1998.
After Disneyland opened in Anaheim, its creator Walter Elias Disney envisioned building a new theme park because studies showed that residents of one of the most populous areas of the United States made up only 5 percent of visitors to the first Disneyland. Land for the new park was bought through dummy corporations in complete secrecy to avoid unnecessary speculation in the sale. In addition, the mining rights to the area were bought out to avoid unnecessary problems after construction. Walt Disney did not live to see the opening of his new brainchild, but his brother, under whose supervision construction was completed, named the new fairyland after him, Walt Disney World.
The park’s tagline, “Walt Disney World” is the happiest place on earth, and the park’s tagline, “Magic Kingdom” is the most magical place on earth.
Walt Disney World park prices in 2022
The price of admission varies depending on the date and number of days you visit. A 6.5% tax is added to the price. Admission to 1 park:
- for 1 day – $109-$159 (adult), $104-$154 (for children ages 3-9),
- children under 3 years old are free,
- for 2 days – $212.33-$309.73 (adult), $202.59-$299.99 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 3 days – $312.58-$446.95 (adult), $298.53-$462.89 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 4 days – $409.81-$550.24 (adult), $392.19-$532.62 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 5 days – $436.71-$568.09 (adult), $417.79-$549.94 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 6 days – $449.97-574.04 (adult), $430.35-555.47 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 7 days – $463.25-579.41 (adult), $442.95-560.48 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 8 days – $484.08-589.29 (adult), $462.88-569.69 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 9 days – $503.29-597.24 (adult), $481.51-577.26 (children 3-9 years old),
- for 10 days – $546.56-$706.16 (adults), $523.76-$683.36 (children 3-9 years old).
Mode of operation
Hours of operation vary depending on the day and time of year:
- Magic Kingdom – 8:00-9:00 a.m. to 7:00-22:00 p.m,
- Epcot – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm,
- Hollywood Studios – 9:00-11:00 am to 9:00-22:00 pm,
- Animal Kingdom – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m,
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park – closed,
- Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm,
- Disney Springs – from 10:00 to 22:00.
In addition, there is an opportunity to visit the park during additional magic hours before and after opening.
The Magic Kingdom, dedicated to Disney cartoon characters, opened in 1971 and is the most visited theme park in the world with over 20 million visitors per year. It is an improved copy of Disneyland in Anaheim and consists of 6 themed lands – Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Cinderella’s Castle, which is featured on all of the screenplays of Disney’s movie productions, is located in the center of the park. It is from there that you can get to the other themed areas.
Main Street of the Magic Kingdom leads to the 55-meter-high Cinderella Palace and other themed lands. The style of Main Street is reminiscent of the provincial town of America in the early 20th century. On it there are many stores, cafes and restaurants. Near the castle is a statue of Walt Disney holding the hand of Mickey Mouse, and near the main entrance is a statue of Roy Disney with Minnie sitting on a bench.
Cinderella Castle on Google Maps panoramas
Adventureland resembles the exotic jungles of Africa, Asia and South America and is divided into two themed areas – the Arabian Village and the Caribbean Square. Among the attractions are a river cruise through the jungle, a carousel based on the cartoon “Aladdin”, a trip among the scenery and characters from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”, the Robinson family tree house and the Disney Enchanted Room.
Wild West Frontierland has attractions such as a roller coaster on a big mountain, a bear show, a log ride with a sharp descent through the water, the Tombstone Shootout, Tom Sawyer’s Island and more.
This smallest area of the park, in the style of Colonial America, is found only in a Florida park, while others are repeated in various Disneylands around the world. It is here that some of the most popular attractions are the Haunted Mansion and the Hall of Presidents.
Fantasyland has many attractions based on the cartoon worlds of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Alice, Dumbo, Cinderella and other characters. One of the most beautiful attractions in the area is the Cinderella Castle.
Tomorrowland is not just an area of the park, but a real intergalactic city with exciting attractions, transporting visitors to the future. Among the adventures of the zone – flying on a rocket between the planets, 3D-attractions, space roller coaster, racetrack and others.
Opened on October 1, 1982, Epcot Theme Park is the 7th most visited theme park in the world and is a futuristic city of the future with residential and commercial areas as well as public buildings. The city is divided into two parts, Future World and World Showcase.
This zone includes pavilions displaying the latest technology and scientific achievements, as well as original attractions. Among the main attractions of the zone is the spaceship Earth, inside which you can take a ride on the “time machine”. The development of the attraction and its attraction was carried out with the active participation of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Other attractions include a flight training simulator for space travel, a high-speed car ride, and a trip through an aquarium.
World Showcase is a large area with pavilions, representing countries of the world, located around an artificial lake. Each of the pavilions presents the culture, architecture and landmarks of the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany and Italy. There is a daily fireworks show over the lake before the park closes.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios Park, dedicated to the imaginary worlds of film, television and theater, opened on May 1, 1989 and is now the 9th most visited park in the world. There are 6 themed lands within the park – Hollywood Boulevard, Lake Echo, Streets of America, Animation Courtyard, Pixar Place and Sunset Boulevard.
Hollywood Tower Hotel or Tower of Terror, a roller coaster in the dark streets of Los Angeles, a 3D jump into hyperspace and more. And there are daily shows, parades and performances on Hollywood Boulevard.
Disney Animal Kingdom
The 163-hectare Animal Kingdom is the 2nd largest zoological park in the world and the 6th most visited. In addition to the rides and attractions, the kingdom is home to over 2,000 animals of 250 species. The park is divided into 7 themed areas – Oasis, Discovery Island, Pandora, Africa, Planet Rafiki, Asia, Dinoland, and it is separated from other parks by the Discovery River.
The island is the central part of the kingdom, from where you can get to the other zones. Here is an amazing sculpture of a baobab tree 44 meters high with carved on it 325 figures of existing and now extinct animals. There are over 100,000 leaves “growing” on its branches, and inside is a 4D attraction.
Some of the most popular attractions in the animal kingdom are rafting on the wild river, “Expedition to Everest” by high-speed train, a 3D flight in the Pandora’s world, time machine trip to the prehistoric world of dinosaurs, safari tour, light and music show of baobab, and others.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Waterpark opened on April 1, 1995 and is the 3rd most visited water park in the world. According to Disney legend, it used to be the site of a ski resort, but after the snow melted, the place threatened to remain abandoned. Which, fortunately, did not happen, as the “most slippery and slushy” water park is now open here. The legend is fully supported by the decor – artificial snow everywhere, hanging icicles, a snow castle, and ice floating in the pools.
Gushmore Mountain is the center of the water park, the top of which rises visitors to the very real ski elevator with cabins under umbrellas. And from the top of the guests roll down the slopes with the help of numerous open and closed slides. At the foot of the mountain there are also several swimming pools, a “lazy” river, children’s playgrounds, the beach and other places of entertainment and recreation.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon opened on June 1, 1989 and is the 2nd most visited water park in the world. The legend of the Lagoon tells the story of a devastating typhoon that left numerous signs of destruction on the site of the tropical paradise. In the center of the park there is also a large Maya Mountain, where the water slides come from. Aquatic activities include pools, sandy beaches, children’s areas, a “lazy” river and a surf school.
The Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex opened on March 22, 1975 and currently consists of 4 areas – the market square, the lending area, the downtown area and the west end. There are many stores, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment for visitors large and small. In addition, there are entertainment events and concerts on the streets of Disney Springs.