It's massive, it's magnificent! The Walt Disney World Resort covers over 47 square miles, hosts thousands of visitors each day and we're about to give you a crash course in finding your way around! There are 4 major theme parks, Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios™ and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. There are also 2 waterparks, Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. On top of all this, there is also a fantastic shopping & night time entertainment complex Disney Springs. ESPN Wide World Of Sports™ Complex is 200 acres of sporting action.
Stay & Play
There are also several fabulous Disney Resort Hotels catering to all budgets – staying on WDW property also now gives you a chance to pre-book ride times up to 60 days in advance using the FastPass Plus system – guests not staying at a Disney Resort can only pre-book times up to 30 days in advance.
Walking between the Disney theme parks is not an option due to the distance involved. Use of the Disney monorail, ferryboats, buses & the Disney Skyliner while on Disney property is included with your tickets so give those feet a rest! If you intend to go by car be sure to write down the name of your row (Goofy 5, Minnie 3, etc), as the parking lots at Disney are vast! Lockers are available so don’t haul around lots of surplus items.
When shopping avoid haulage altogether by utilizing ‘Package Pick Up’ and collect your purchases as you leave (Great idea!). Strollers and wheelchairs can be rented to speed your progress and definitely carry some water to avoid overheating.
Always get to the big theme parks as early as you can – they call this ‘rope drop’. Certainly in peak season you’ll see more in the first couple of hours than you will all afternoon when the crowds reach their peak. Pick up a park map and entertainment schedule upon arrival.
Opening hours vary from park to park and season to season – you can call 1 800-W-DISNEY or (407) 824 2222 for general Disney information or to be connected to any location on Disney property.
For Disney Dining reservations, which we strongly recommend, call the Walt Disney World Resort (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).