Disney World Florida – Why This Magical Destination is a Must!
Florida is almost synonymous with the word ‘Disneyland’ so no visit here is complete without a trip to one of the largest and most popular theme parks in the world!
The Walt Disney World Resort is the largest and most visited recreational resort in the world. It boasts 4 theme parks; 2 water parks; twenty-three themed hotels; and numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation venues.
The Walt Disney World Resort theme parks
The first park to open was the Magic Kingdom theme park to open in 1971. Today the park receives in the region of 17 million visitors a year! This park is divided into a number of lands’ such as Tomorrow land and Adventure land. This theme park is definitely geared towards a younger audience with few high adrenaline rides.
Some of the rides you can enjoy here include the Pirates of the Caribbean, which was the inspiration for a trilogy of movies; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a roller coaster themed on a runaway train; the Haunted Mansion, home to many ghosts; Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, a comedy show with Mike and Sully; and the exhillarating Splash Mountain.
Another exciting feature of Disney parks are the themed parades that run through the park at regular intervals. The night time parades are particularly bright and colourful. There are also a number of fireworks and laser shows held during the week which are definitely worth staying up late for!
The Epcot theme park was opened in 1982 and is dedicated to international culture and technological innovation. Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow, and was originally envisaged to be a working futuristic city. The emblem of the park is the giant geodesic sphere called Spaceship Earth.
This educational park is divided into two parts, the Future World and World Showcase.
In the World Showcase you’ll visit various areas themed on different countries throughout the world. You will be able to taste the different food, drink and culture of all these countries.
In the ’Future World’ you’ll discover a land full of technological innovation. You can check out the 3D movie “Honey I Shrunk the Audience”; the Circle of Life, a conservation exhibit with the characters from The Lion King; and Soarin’, a simulated flight over California.
The Disney’s Hollywood Studios park is themed around the classic Hollywood era from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as other classic movies from the last century. It was opened in 1989 and was originally called Disney-MGM Studios. In this park you will get to take part in some of the action of the movies! The Jedi Training Academy takes volunteers from the audience and receive “lightsaber training” from a Jedi master.
One of the most exciting attractions is the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! In this show you’ll see how many of the stunts for movies are done in the setting used for Raiders of the Lost Ark. And there is also one of the scariest rides in the park - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is themed around animal conservation and it is essentially a zoo with a twist (somewhat like Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay). The exhibits include such animals as Silverback Gorillas, Nile Hippos, Galapagos tortoise, and many more. There are also a number of shows which can educate you about all the various animals and all their unique abilities and needs.
In between all the animal exhibits you will find the usual Disney rides, such as the Expedition: Everest, a roller coaster around a replica Mount Everest; and the Kali River Rapids. The park closes at 5pm and understandably doesn’t do firework shows.
The Walt Disney World Resort water parks
The Typhoon Lagoon water park is home to the world’s largest wave pool! The wave pool alternates between the usual bobbing waves and an occasional 6-foot tidal wave! Some of the top water slides include Humunga Kowabunga, a near vertical slide which sees you plummet 5 stories in 5 seconds; Gangplank Falls, a tube ride for all the family; and the Surf Pool with a special wave machine where you can learn to surf.The park is surrounded by a lazy river.
The Blizzard Beach water park features a main pool, Melt-Away Bay, a lazy river, Cross Country Creek and a number of other water slides. These slides include Teamboat Springs, which has tubes that can carry up to 6 passengers. The main attraction of the park is the water slide on Summit Plummet, which is reputed to be the tallest, steepest, fastest water slide in the world!
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