Disney World Theme Parks: An Overview of the World’s Most-Visited Entertainment Destination

Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and it is found approximately 20 miles southwest of Orlando. It includes four theme parks, two water parks, and 23 themed resort hotels on-site, making up an area of over 30,080 acres. Additionally, the site includes two health spas, a campground, five golf courses, and a physical fitness center. Visitor information about the four theme parks is discussed below.

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom was the first park built at the resort, and it opened in October 1971.The main attraction is the Cinderella Castle, and the park layout consists of six themed lands designed like a wheel with the castle as the hub. Those four main lands include:

  • Adventureland
  • Frontierland
  • Liberty Square
  • Fantasyland
  • Main Street USA
  • Tomorrowland

Each land has a variety of rides, shops, shows, and other attractions, and visitors also enjoy seeing their favorite Disney characters come to life walking about the park.


Originally named EPCOT Center, this theme park opened in October 1982.It is made up of two sections: Future World and World Showcase. Epcot is set up like a world fair consisting of a variety of exhibits, restaurants, rides, shows, and other activities. The world showcases contain pavilions that represent 11 countries, including:

  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Morocco
  • Japan
  • China
  • USA
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Mexico

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This is the third park built at Disney’s World, and it was previously named Disney-MGM Studios. It receives nearly 10 million visitors per year, and it resembles life in Hollywood within the 1930s and 1940s. This park differs from the other Disney Parks because it does not have a structured layout and is made up more of building and streets to make it look like a motion picture studio. However, the park is made up of six major themed areas, which include:

  • Echo Lake
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Streets of America
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Pixar Place
  • Animation Courtyard
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the most recently built park and opened in April 1998. This is the largest of the Disney theme parks covering over 500 acres and it is built around an animal conservation. Its themed areas feature rides and attractions, along with animals that can be found in that region of the world. These themed areas include:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • DinoLand USA
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Oasis
  • Camp Minnie-Mickey
  • Discovery Island


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