Theme park, resort and leisure advanced in Florida

Coordinates: 28°24′14″N 81°34′46″W / 28.4038°N 81.5794°W / 28.4038; -81.5794

The Walt Disney World Resort, additionally known as Walt Disney World and Disney World, is an leisure advanced in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in america, close to the cities of Orlando and Kissimmee. Opened on October 1, 1971, the resort is owned and operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Merchandise, a division of The Walt Disney Firm. It was first operated by Walt Disney World Firm. The property covers practically 25,000 acres (39 sq mi; 101 km2), of which half has been used.[3] The resort contains 4 theme parks (consisting of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), two water parks, 27 themed resort lodges, 9 non-Disney lodges, a number of golf programs, a tenting resort, and different leisure venues, together with the outside buying heart Disney Springs.

Designed to complement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955, the advanced was developed by Walt Disney within the 1960s. “The Florida Challenge”, because it was identified, was supposed to current a definite imaginative and prescient with its personal various set of sights. Walt Disney’s unique plans additionally known as for the inclusion of an “Experimental Prototype Group of Tomorrow” (EPCOT), a deliberate neighborhood supposed to function a check mattress for brand new city-living improvements. Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, in the course of the preliminary planning of the advanced. After his loss of life, the corporate wrestled with the concept of whether or not to carry the Disney World venture to fruition. Nevertheless, Walt’s older brother, Roy, got here out of retirement to ensure Walt’s largest dream was realized. Development began in 1967, with the corporate as an alternative constructing a resort just like Disneyland, abandoning the experimental ideas for a deliberate neighborhood. Magic Kingdom was the primary theme park to open within the advanced, in 1971, adopted by Epcot (1982), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (1989), and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (1998). It was Roy who insisted the identify of your entire advanced be modified from Disney World to Walt Disney World, guaranteeing that individuals would keep in mind that the venture was Walt’s dream.

In 2018, Walt Disney World was probably the most visited trip resort on the planet, with a mean annual attendance of greater than 58 million.[4] The resort is the flagship vacation spot of Disney’s worldwide company enterprise and has develop into a well-liked staple in American tradition. In 2020, Walt Disney World was chosen to host the NBA Bubble for play of the 2019–20 season of the NBA to renew on the ESPN Huge World of Sports activities Advanced. In 2020, Disney World started shedding 6,500 workers and started working at 25% capability after reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6]

Historical past[edit]

Planning and development[edit]


In 1959, Walt Disney Firm started on the lookout for land to deal with a second resort to complement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955. Market surveys on the time revealed that solely 5% of Disneyland’s guests got here from east of the Mississippi River, the place 75% of the inhabitants of america lived. Moreover, Walt Disney disliked the companies that had sprung up round Disneyland and wished extra management over a bigger space of land within the subsequent venture.[7]

Walt Disney flew over a possible website in Orlando, Florida—certainly one of many—in November 1963. After witnessing the well-developed community of roads and taking the deliberate development of each Interstate Four and Florida’s Turnpike into consideration, with McCoy Air Pressure Base (later Orlando Worldwide Airport) to the east, Disney chosen a centrally situated website close to Bay Lake.[8] The event was referred to in-house as “The Florida Challenge,”.[9] To keep away from a burst of land hypothesis, Walt Disney World Firm used numerous dummy companies to accumulate 30,500 acres (48 sq mi; 123 km2) of land.[8] In Could 1965, a few of these main land transactions have been recorded just a few miles southwest of Orlando in Osceola County. As well as, two massive tracts totaling $1.5 million have been offered, and smaller tracts of flatlands and cattle pastures have been bought by exotically named firms such because the “Ayefour Company”, “Latin-American Improvement and Administration Company” and the “Reedy Creek Ranch Company”. Some are actually memorialized on a window above Essential Avenue, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom. The smaller parcels of land acquired have been known as “outs”. They have been five-acre (2 ha) heaps platted in 1912 by the Munger Land Firm and offered to buyers. A lot of the homeowners within the 1960s have been comfortable to eliminate the land, which was largely swamp on the time. One other difficulty was the mineral rights to the land, which have been owned by Tufts College. With out the switch of those rights, Tufts may are available in at any time and demand the elimination of buildings to acquire minerals. Ultimately, Disney’s group negotiated a take care of Tufts to purchase the mineral rights for $15,000.[10]

Working strictly in secrecy, actual property brokers unaware of their shopper’s id started making gives to landowners in April 1964 in elements of southwest Orange and northwest Osceola counties. The brokers have been cautious to not reveal the extent of their intentions, and so they have been in a position to negotiate quite a few land contracts with some together with massive tracts of land for as little as $100 an acre.[11] With the understanding that the recording of the primary deeds would set off intense public scrutiny, Disney delayed the submitting of paperwork till a big portion of the land was beneath contract.[12]

Early rumors and hypothesis concerning the land purchases assumed attainable growth by NASA in assist of the close by Kennedy Area Middle, in addition to references to different well-known buyers equivalent to Ford, the Rockefellers, and Howard Hughes.[12] An Orlando Sentinel information article printed weeks afterward Could 20, 1965, acknowledged a well-liked rumor that Disney was constructing an “East Coast” model of Disneyland. Nevertheless, the publication denied its accuracy primarily based on an earlier interview with Disney at Kennedy Area Middle, by which he claimed a $50 million funding was within the works for Disneyland, and that he had no real interest in constructing a brand new park.[12] In October 1965, editor Emily Bavar from the Sentinel visited Disneyland in the course of the park’s 10th-anniversary celebration. In an interview with Disney, she requested him if he was behind current land purchases in Central Florida. Bavar later described that Disney “appeared like I had thrown a bucket of water in his face” earlier than denying the story.[12] His response, mixed with different analysis obtained throughout her Anaheim go to, led Bavar to creator a narrative on October 21, 1965, the place she predicted that Disney was constructing a second theme park in Florida.[12] Three days later after gathering extra data from numerous sources, the Sentinel printed one other article headlined, “We Say: ‘Thriller Business’ Is Disney”.[12]

Walt Disney had initially deliberate to publicly reveal Disney World on November 15, 1965, however in gentle of the Sentinel story, Disney requested Florida Governor Haydon Burns to substantiate the story on October 25. His announcement known as the brand new theme park “the best attraction within the historical past of Florida”.[12] The official reveal was saved on the beforehand deliberate November 15 date, and Disney joined Burns in Orlando for the occasion.[12]

Roy Disney’s oversight of development[edit]

Roy O. Disney inspecting design plans on-site in Florida

Walt Disney died from circulatory collapse attributable to lung most cancers on December 15, 1966, earlier than his imaginative and prescient was realized.[13] His brother and enterprise accomplice, Roy O. Disney, postponed his retirement to supervise development of the resort’s first part.

On February 2, 1967, Roy O. Disney held a press convention on the Park Theatres in Winter Park, Florida. The function of EPCOT was emphasised within the movie that was performed. After the movie, it was defined that for Disney World, together with EPCOT, to succeed, a particular district must be fashioned: the Reedy Creek Enchancment District with two cities inside it, Bay Lake and Reedy Creek, now Lake Buena Vista. Along with the usual powers of an integrated metropolis, which embody the issuance of tax-free bonds, the district would have immunity from any present or future county or state land-use legal guidelines. The one areas the place the district needed to undergo the county and state can be property taxes and elevator inspections.[7] The laws forming the district and the 2 cities was signed into legislation by Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. on Could 12, 1967.[14] The Supreme Courtroom of Florida then dominated in 1968 that the district was allowed to difficulty tax-exempt bonds for public tasks throughout the district, regardless of the only real beneficiary being Walt Disney Productions.

The unique brand of Walt Disney World from 1971 to the mid 1990s; this brand remains to be used as an alternate brand, primarily for retro-themed merchandise.

The district quickly started development of drainage canals, and Disney constructed the primary roads and the Magic Kingdom. The Up to date Resort Lodge and Polynesian Village have been additionally accomplished in time for the park’s opening on October 1, 1971.[15][16] The Palm and Magnolia golf programs close to Magic Kingdom had opened just a few weeks earlier than, whereas Fort Wilderness opened one month later. Twenty-four days after the park opened, Roy O. Disney devoted the property and declared that it could be referred to as “Walt Disney World” in his brother’s honor. In his personal phrases: “Everybody has heard of Ford vehicles. However have all of them heard of Henry Ford, who began all of it? Walt Disney World is in reminiscence of the person who began all of it, so individuals will know his identify so long as Walt Disney World is right here.” After the dedication, Roy Disney requested Walt’s widow, Lillian, what she considered Walt Disney World. In line with biographer Bob Thomas, she responded, “I feel Walt would have authorised.” Roy Disney died at age 78 on December 20, 1971, lower than three months after the property opened.[17]

Admission costs in 1971 have been $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for juniors beneath age 18, and one greenback for kids beneath twelve.[15]


A lot of Walt Disney’s plans for his Progress Metropolis have been deserted after his loss of life and after the corporate board determined that it didn’t wish to be within the enterprise of working a metropolis. The idea developed into the resort’s second theme park, EPCOT Middle, which opened in 1982 (renamed EPCOT in 1996). Whereas nonetheless emulating Walt Disney’s unique thought of showcasing new expertise, the park is nearer to a world’s truthful than a “neighborhood of tomorrow”. Considered one of EPCOT’s important sights is their world’s showcase which highlights 11 nations throughout the globe. A few of the city planning ideas from the unique thought of EPCOT would as an alternative be built-in into the neighborhood of Celebration a lot later. The resort’s third theme park, Disney-MGM Studios (renamed Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2008), opened in 1989 and is impressed by present enterprise.

Within the early 1990s, the resort was searching for permits for enlargement. There was appreciable environmentalist push-back, and the resort was satisfied to interact in mitigation banking. In an settlement with The Nature Conservancy and the state of Florida, Disney bought 8,500 acres of land adjoining to the park for the aim of rehabilitating wetland ecosystems. The Disney Wilderness Protect was established in April 1993, and the land was subsequently transferred to The Nature Conservancy.[18] The Walt Disney Firm offered extra funds for panorama restoration and wildlife monitoring.[19]

The resort’s fourth theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, opened in 1998.

George Kalogridis was named president of the resort in December 2012, changing Meg Crofton, who had overseen the positioning since 2006.

On January 21, 2016, the resort’s administration construction was modified, with basic managers inside a theme park being accountable for an space or land, as an alternative of on a useful foundation as beforehand. Theme parks have already had a vice-president overseeing them. Disney Springs and Disney Sports activities have been additionally affected. Now resort basic managers handle a single resort as an alternative of some managing a number of lodges.[20]

On April 8, 2017, the present Ant & Dec’s Saturday Evening Takeaway was broadcast dwell to the UK from the park.

On October 18, 2017, it was introduced that resort guests may carry canines to Disney’s Yacht Membership Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Artwork of Animation Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.[21]

In 2019, Josh D’Amaro changed George Kalogridis as President of the resort. He had beforehand held the place of Vice President of Animal Kingdom.[22] D’Amaro was subsequently promoted to Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Merchandise in Could 2020, succeeding Bob Chapek who was promoted to CEO of The Walt Disney Firm in February 2020. Jeff Vahle, who served as president of Disney Signature Experiences subsequently took over as President of the resort.[23]

In 2020, Walt Disney World was chosen to host the NBA Bubble for play of the 2019–20 season of the NBA to renew on the ESPN Huge World of Sports activities Advanced.


Future enlargement[edit]

The resort has quite a few enlargement tasks deliberate or ongoing, together with:


Map of the resort as of Could 2015

Considered one of 4 arches welcoming company to the resort

The Florida resort is just not inside Orlando metropolis limits however is southwest of Downtown Orlando. A lot of the resort is in southwestern Orange County, with the rest in adjoining Osceola County. The property contains the cities of Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake that are ruled by the Reedy Creek Enchancment District. The positioning is accessible from Central Florida’s Interstate Four through Exits 62B (World Drive), 64B (US 192 West), 65B (Osceola Parkway West), 67B (SR 536 West), and 68 (SR 535 North), and Exit Eight on SR 429, the Western Expressway. At its founding, the resort occupied roughly 30,500 acres (48 sq mi; 123 km2). Parts of the property have since been offered or de-annexed, together with land now occupied by the Disney-built neighborhood of Celebration. By 2014, the resort occupied practically 25,000 acres (39 sq mi; 101 km2).[3] The corporate acquired practically 3,000 extra acres, in separate transactions, between December 2018 and April 2020.[27][28][29]


Theme parks[edit]

Water parks[edit]

Different sights[edit]

  • A number of resorts throughout Disney property provide a wide range of spa therapies together with Disney’s Grand Floridian and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk, situated outdoors of their Boardwalk Inn, features as an leisure, eating, and buying district.[30]
  • Epcot has annual festivals that run for restricted quantities of time all year long just like the Epcot Flower and Backyard Competition, Epcot Competition of the Arts, and the Epcot Meals and Wine Competition
  • Disney does particular ticketed occasions all year long together with the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Celebration, which often runs late August by means of October, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration
  • Disney Springs, opened March 22, 1975 (Beforehand referred to as Lake Buena Vista Buying Village, Disney Village Market, and Downtown Disney)[31]
  • Disney’s Marriage ceremony Pavilion, opened July 15, 1995
  • ESPN Huge World of Sports activities, opened March 28, 1997

Golf and recreation[edit]

Disney’s property contains 4 golf programs. The three 18-hole golf programs are Disney’s Palm (4.5 stars), Disney’s Magnolia (Four stars), and Disney’s Lake Buena Vista (Four stars). There may be additionally a nine-hole strolling course (no electrical carts allowed) known as Oak Path, designed for younger golfers. The Magnolia and Palm programs performed house to the PGA Tour’s Youngsters’s Miracle Community Hospitals Basic. Arnold Palmer Golf Administration manages the Disney golf programs.[32]

Moreover, there are two themed miniature golf complexes, every with two programs, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland.[33] The 2 programs at Fantasia Gardens are Fantasia Backyard and Fantasia Fairways. The Backyard course is a conventional miniature-style course primarily based on the “Fantasia” motion pictures with musical holes, water fountains and characters. Fantasia Fairways is a conventional golf course on miniature scale having water hazards and sand traps.[34]

The 2 programs at Winter Summerland are Summer season and Winter, each themed round Santa. Summer season is the more difficult of the 2 18-hole programs.[34]

Disney’s Magnolia[35]
Tee Ranking/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Complete
Basic 76.0 / 141 428 417 170 542 492 231 422 614 500 3816 526 399 169 384 592 203 450 485 492 3700 7516
Blue 74.0 / 137 424 351 161 535 446 202 410 605 426 3560 522 382 163 374 588 200 398 430 456 3513 7073
White 71.6 / 130 409 335 140 499 418 168 380 534 393 3276 513 355 156 320 532 179 373 399 455 3282 6558
Gold 69.0 / 121 384 317 125 479 355 115 339 519 327 2960 496 309 148 308 516 143 349 381 417 3067 6027
Crimson 69.6 / 126 285 225 110 370 347 107 306 402 316 2468 430 300 140 296 417 128 292 301 355 2659 5127
Par 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 36 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 36 72
Handicap Males’s 3 15 17 11 1 13 7 9 5 8 14 16 18 4 10 12 2 6
Handicap Women’ 7 13 17 11 3 15 1 9 5 18 2 10 12 16 14 8 4 6

Former sights[edit]

  • Discovery Island – an island in Bay Lake that was house to many species of animals and birds. It opened on April 8, 1974, and closed on April 8, 1999.
  • Disney’s River Nation – the primary water park on the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on June 20, 1976, and closed on November 2, 2001.[36]
  • Walt Disney World Speedway – a racetrack at Walt Disney World and included the Richard Petty Driving Expertise. It opened November 28, 1995, and closed on August 9, 2015.
  • DisneyQuest – an indoor interactive theme park that featured many arcade video games and digital sights. It opened June 19, 1998 as a part of an unsuccessful try to launch a series of comparable theme parks. It closed on July 2, 2017, to get replaced by the NBA Expertise.[37]
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – opened December 23, 1998, and closed after December 31, 2017.[38]


Of the thirty-four resorts and lodges on the Walt Disney World property, 28 are owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Client Merchandise. These are categorised into 4 classes—Deluxe, Average, Worth, and Disney Trip Membership Villas—and are situated in certainly one of 5 resort areas: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Huge World of Sports activities, Animal Kingdom, or Disney Springs resort areas. There may be additionally the Different Choose Deluxe Resorts class used to explain two resorts within the Epcot Resorts Space that carry Walt Disney World branding, however are managed by a third-party.

Whereas all the Deluxe resort lodges have achieved an AAA 4 Diamond score, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is taken into account the highest-tier flagship luxurious resort on the Walt Disney World Resort advanced.[39]

On-site Disney resorts[edit]

Identify Opening date Theme Variety of rooms Resort Space
Deluxe resorts
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge April 16, 2001 African Wildlife protect 1,307 Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Seaside Membership Resort November 19, 1990 Newport Seaside cottage 576 Epcot
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn July 1, 1996 Early-20th-century Atlantic and Ocean Metropolis 378
Disney’s Yacht Membership Resort November 5, 1990 Martha’s Winery Resort 621
Disney’s Up to date Resort October 1, 1971 Fashionable 655 Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa July 1, 1988 Early-20th-century Florida 867
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort October 1, 1971 South Pacific 492
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Could 28, 1994 Pacific Northwest, Nationwide Park Service rustic 729
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser[1] TBA Star Wars starship TBA Epcot Resort Space
Average resorts
Disney’s Caribbean Seaside Resort October 1, 1988 Caribbean Islands 1,536 Epcot
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort August 1, 1997 Mexico, American Southwest 1,915 Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter Could 17, 1991 New Orleans French Quarter 1,008 Disney Springs
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside February 2, 1992 Deep South 2,048
Worth resorts
Disney’s All-Star Motion pictures Resort January 15, 1999 Disney movies 1,920 Animal Kingdom
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort November 22, 1994 Music 1,604
Disney’s All-Star Sports activities Resort April 24, 1994 Sports activities 1,920
Disney’s Artwork of Animation Resort Could 31, 2012 Disney and Pixar animated movies 1,984 Huge World of Sports activities
Disney’s Pop Century Resort December 14, 2003 20th Century American popular culture 2,880
Disney Trip Membership
Bay Lake Tower August 4, 2009 Fashionable 428 Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas August 15, 2007 African safari lodge 708 Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Seaside Membership Resort July 1, 2002 Newport resort 282 Epcot
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas July 1, 1996 Early-20th-century Atlantic Metropolis 530
Disney’s Previous Key West Resort December 20, 1991 Early-20th-century Key West 761 Disney Springs
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows April 1, 2015 South Seas 380 Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Could 17, 2004 1880s Upstate New York resort 1,320 Disney Springs
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa October 23, 2013 Early-20th-century Florida 147 Magic Kingdom
Boulder Ridge Villas November 15, 2000 Pacific Northwest 181
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins July 17, 2017 Pacific Northwest 184
Disney’s Riviera Resort December 16, 2019 European Riviera 300 Epcot
Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge 2022 Nature 900 Magic Kingdom[40]
Cabins and campgrounds
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground November 19, 1971 Rustic Woods Tenting 800 campsites
409 cabins
Magic Kingdom
Residential areas
Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort Fall 2011 Varies 450 properties Magic Kingdom
1.^ Future resorts are denoted in italics.

On-site non-Disney lodges[edit]

Lodge identify Opening date Theme Variety of rooms Proprietor Space
Greatest Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Lodge November 21, 1972 None 325 Drury Inns Lodge Plaza Boulevard, near Disney Springs
Doubletree Visitor Suite Resort March 15, 1987 229 Hilton Inns Company
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista October 15, 1972 626 Wyndham Inns & Resorts
Hilton Walt Disney World November 23, 1983 787 Hilton Inns Company
Vacation Inn within the Walt Disney World Resort February 8, 1973 323 InterContinental Inns Group
B Resort October 1, 1972 394 B Inns & Resorts
Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa March 10, 1983 1,014 Hilton Inns Company
4 Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort August 3, 2014 450 4 Seasons Magic Kingdom
Bonnet Creek Resort Varied Varied, 3,000 whole Hilton Worldwide, Wyndham Worldwide Epcot
Shades of Inexperienced December 1973 Upscale Nation Membership 586 United States Division of Protection Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Dolphin June 1, 1990 Seaside Floridian Resort & Beneath the Sea 1509 Marriott Worldwide Epcot
Walt Disney World Swan January 13, 1990 Seaside Floridian Resort & Beneath the Sea 758 Marriott Worldwide Epcot

Former resorts[edit]

By no means-built resorts[edit]

Disney’s Magical Categorical[edit]

Company with a Disney Resort reservation (excluding the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin) that arrive at Orlando Worldwide Airport may be transported to their resort from the airport utilizing the complimentary Disney’s Magical Categorical service, which is operated by Mears Vacation spot Companies. Company may also have their baggage picked up and transported to their resort for them by means of a contract with BAGS Included on collaborating airways. Many resorts function Airline Test-in counters for company returning to the airport. Right here their baggage can be checked throughout to their last vacation spot and so they may also have boarding passes printed for them. Present collaborating airways are Delta, United, American, JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska Airways. It was introduced in early January 2021, that Disney can be ending the service on January 1, 2022 citing a shift in shopper demand for extra flexibility in transportation choices. [42]


Within the first yr of opening, the park attracted 10,712,991 guests.[43] In 2018, the resort’s 4 theme parks all ranked within the high 9 on the record of the 25 most visited theme parks on the planet: (1st) Magic Kingdom—20,859,000 guests; (sixth) Disney’s Animal Kingdom—13,750,000 guests; (seventh) Epcot—12,444,000 guests; and (ninth) Disney’s Hollywood Studios—11,258,000 guests.[4] By October 2020, most Disney World attendance was nonetheless allowed to solely stay at 25% capability as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

12 months Magic Kingdom Epcot Disney’s Hollywood Studios Disney’s Animal Kingdom General Ref.
2008 17,063,000 10,935,000 9,608,000 9,540,000 47,146,000 [44]
2009 17,233,000 10,990,000 9,700,000 9,590,000 47,513,000 [45]
2010 16,972,000 10,825,000 9,603,000 9,686,000 47,086,000 [46]
2011 17,142,000 10,826,000 9,699,000 9,783,000 47,450,000 [47]
2012 17,536,000 11,063,000 9,912,000 9,998,000 48,509,000 [48]
2013 18,588,000 11,229,000 10,110,000 10,198,000 50,125,000 [49]
2014 19,332,000 11,454,000 10,312,000 10,402,000 51,500,000 [50]
2015 20,492,000 11,798,000 10,828,000 10,922,000 54,040,000 [51]
2016 20,395,000 11,712,000 10,776,000 10,844,000 53,727,000 [52]
2017 20,450,000 12,200,000 10,722,000 12,500,000 55,872,000 [53]
2018 20,859,000 12,444,000 11,258,000 13,750,000 58,311,000 [4]



The Walt Disney World Resort is serviced by Disney Transport, a complimentary mass transportation system permitting visitor entry throughout the property. The fare-free system makes use of buses, monorails, gondola lifts, watercraft, and parking zone trams.

The Walt Disney World Monorail System supplies free transportation at Walt Disney World; company can board the monorail and journey between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, together with choose on-property resorts equivalent to The Grand Floridian and The Polynesian Village. The system operates on three routes that interconnect on the Transportation and Ticket Middle (TTC), adjoining to the Magic Kingdom’s parking zone. Disney Transport owns a fleet of Disney-operated buses on property, that can be complimentary for company.

A gondola raise system, dubbed Disney Skyliner, opened in 2019. The system’s three strains join Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot with 4 resort lodges.[54]

Disney Transport additionally operates a fleet of watercraft, ranging in dimension from water taxis, as much as the ferries that join the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Middle. Disney Transport can be accountable for sustaining the fleet of parking zone trams which might be used for shuttling guests between the varied theme park parking heaps and their respective important entrances.

Along with its free transportation strategies, together with Lyft, Walt Disney World additionally gives a car for rent service for a price. The Minnie Van Service are Chevy Traverses wearing a Minnie Mouse red-and-white polka dot design that may accommodate as much as six individuals and have two carseats obtainable to anybody that’s throughout the Walt Disney World Resort limits. Solid members can set up the automotive seats.[55][56] A few of the distinctive benefits that the Minnie Van Service gives over a standard experience share is the flexibility to be dropped off within the Magic Kingdom bus loop (as an alternative of on the TTC like the opposite experience shares) and having the ability to experience to any level in Fort Wilderness.


When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, the positioning employed about 5,500 “solid members”.[57] In 2020, Walt Disney World employs greater than 77,000 solid members.[2] The biggest single-site employer in america,[58][59] Walt Disney World has greater than 3,000 job classifications with a complete 2019 payroll of over $Three billion.[2] The resort additionally sponsors and operates the Walt Disney World School Program, an internship program that provides American school college students (CPs) the chance to dwell about 15 miles (24 km) off-site in 4 Disney-owned condo complexes and work on the resort, and thereby supplies a lot of the theme park and resort “entrance line” solid members. There may be additionally the Walt Disney World Worldwide School Program, an internship program that provides worldwide school college students (ICPs) from everywhere in the world the identical alternative. In September 2020, the Walt Disney Firm started shedding 6,500 Walt Disney World workers.[5]

Vitality use[edit]

Walt Disney World requires an estimated 1 billion kilowatt-hours (3.6 billion megajoules) of electrical energy yearly, costing the corporate practically $100 million in annual vitality consumption.[60] Along with relying totally on fossil fuels and nuclear vitality from the state’s energy grid, Walt Disney World has two photo voltaic vitality amenities on property; a 22-acre (0.034 sq mi; 0.089 km2) Mickey Mouse-shaped photo voltaic panel farm close to Epcot, and a 270-acre (0.42 sq mi; 1.1 km2) facility close to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.[61] The bigger facility produces sufficient photo voltaic vitality to supply electrical energy to 2 of the resort’s theme parks. The websites are operated by Duke Vitality and the Reedy Creek Enchancment District, respectively.[61]

The complete Disney Transport bus fleet makes use of R50 renewable diesel gas, obtained from used cooking oil and non-consumable meals waste from the resort.[61]

Company tradition[edit]

Walt Disney World’s company tradition makes use of jargon primarily based on theatrical terminology.[62][63] For instance, park guests are at all times “company”, workers are known as “solid members”, rides are “sights” or “experiences”, solid members costumed as well-known Disney characters in a approach that doesn’t cowl their faces are referred to as “face characters”, jobs are “roles”, and public and nonpublic areas are respectively labeled “onstage” and “backstage”.[62][63]


Disney Safety Car, image taken July 2, 2009 in entrance of Epcot

Disney’s safety personnel are typically wearing typical safety guard uniforms, although a few of the personnel are dressed as vacationers in plain garments. Since September 11, 2001, uniformed safety has been stationed outdoors every Disney park in Florida to go looking company’ baggage as they enter the parks. Beginning April 3, 2017, bag checkpoints have been positioned at Magic Kingdom’s resort monorail entryways and the Transportation and Ticket Middle’s ferry entry factors previous to embarkation in addition to the walkway from Disney’s Up to date Resort. Company arriving the Transportation and Ticket Middle by tram or tour bus can be screened on the former tram boarding areas. Company arriving by Disney Resort resort bus or Minnie Van have their very own bag examine simply outdoors the bus stops. Company arriving through Magic Kingdom Resort boat launch are bag checked on the arrival dock outdoors Magic Kingdom.[64]

The land the place Walt Disney World resides is a part of the Reedy Creek Enchancment District (RCID), a governing jurisdiction created in 1967 by the State of Florida on the request of Disney. RCID supplies 911 companies, fireplace, environmental safety, constructing code enforcement, utilities and highway upkeep, however doesn’t present legislation enforcement companies. The roughly 800 safety employees are as an alternative thought of workers of the Walt Disney Firm. Arrests and citations are issued by the Florida Freeway Patrol together with the Orange County and Osceola County sheriffs deputies who patrol the roads. Disney safety does keep a fleet of safety vans geared up with flares, visitors cones, and chalk generally utilized by law enforcement officials. These safety personnel are charged with visitors management by the RCID and should solely difficulty personnel violation notices to Disney and RCID workers, not most of the people.[65][66]

Regardless of the looks of the uniformed safety personnel, they aren’t thought of a authorized legislation enforcement company. Disney and the Reedy Creek Enchancment District have been sued for entry to Disney Safety data by Bob and Kathy Sipkema following the loss of life of their son on the resort in 1994. The court docket characterised Disney safety as a “evening watchman” service, not a legislation enforcement company, which means it’s not topic to Florida’s open data legal guidelines. An appeals court docket later upheld the decrease court docket’s ruling.[67]

In late 2015, Disney confirmed the addition of randomized secondary screenings and canines skilled to detect body-worn explosives inside parks, along with steel detectors at entrances. It has additionally elevated the variety of uniformed safety personnel at Walt Disney World and Disneyland properties.[68]

Disney Safety personnel in Florida have investigated visitors accidents and issued accident experiences. The varieties utilized by Disney Safety could also be confused with official, authorities varieties by some.[citation needed]

The Orange County Sheriff maintains an workplace on Disney property, however that is primarily to course of company accused of shoplifting by Disney safety personnel.[69]

Though the scattering of ashes on Disney property is unlawful, The Wall Avenue Journal reported in October 2018 that Walt Disney World parks have been changing into a well-liked spot for households to scatter the ashes of family members, with the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom being the favourite location. The observe is illegal and prohibited on Disney property, and anybody spreading cremated stays is escorted from the park.[70]


Walt Disney World has had 9 unscheduled closures:[71]

  • September 15, 1999, resulting from Hurricane Floyd
  • September 11, 2001, after the September 11, 2001 assaults
  • August 13, 2004, resulting from Hurricane Charley
  • September 4–5, 2004, resulting from Hurricane Frances
  • September 26, 2004, resulting from Hurricane Jeanne
  • October 7, 2016, resulting from Hurricane Matthew
  • September 10–11, 2017, resulting from Hurricane Irma
  • September 3, 2019, for about half the day (excluding Epcot and Disney Springs), resulting from Hurricane Dorian
  • March 15[26][72] – July 15, 2020, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.[73] (excluding Disney Springs, which reopened on Could 19, 2020[74])

Like its sister park, parks on the resort might shut early to accommodate numerous particular occasions, equivalent to particular press occasions, tour teams, VIP teams, and personal events. It is not uncommon for a company to lease total parks for the night. In such circumstances, particular passes are issued that are legitimate for admission to all rides and sights. On the ticket cubicles and on printed schedules, the company are notified of the early closures. Then, solid members announce that the parks are closing, someday earlier than the non-public occasion begins, and clear the parks of company who shouldn’t have the particular passes.

In October 2020, it was revealed that full capability attendance was nonetheless not permitted, following the COVID-19 closure which occurred earlier within the yr.[6]

Local weather[edit]

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Common max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
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