Looking back through three years of posts on this site I’m shocked that I’ve never done a post on things that you can do at the Walt Disney World Resort. WDW is hands down my favorite theme park. It still has a special place in my heart even after more than ten years after my Disney Internship Program finished. I try to visit the park every few years. I realized that I haven’t been there since 2010, so I’m due for a visit. Today, I will go over some things that you can do when you visit the Walt Disney World Resort.
I have to start this list of by discussing the theme parks. I don’t care what anyone says, Walt Disney World is truly that happiest place on earth. WDW has four theme parks and two water parks. Below is some brief info about each park.
The Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world. The Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed areas. They are Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland & Tomorrowland. There are also multiple firework shows and parades that happen throughout the park.
Epcot opened on October 1st, 1982. It is represented by Spaceship Earth which is a huge sphere. Epcot is my favorite theme park. It is split into two areas which are Future World and World Showcase. In Future World, the attractions are focused on space, science, and technology. The World Showcase has 11 pavilions representing different countries. Mexico, Morocco, and France are three of the countries that are represented. If you’re the adventurous type, there is something called “Drinking Around the World” that you can do at the World Showcase. It consists of you drinking an alcoholic beverage from every country. I tried to do this a few years ago, but I tapped out at four drinks. I’m not sure if I could even attempt the challenge now. My drinking habits are nowhere near what they used to be when I was in my early 20’s.
Disney Hollywood Studios
Formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios, Disney Hollywood Studios is the third theme park at WDW. I haven’t been to this park in years. It used to be represented by the huge Sorcerers Hat. Disney Hollywood Studios is divided into six themed areas. They are Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Muppets Courtyard, Pixar Place, Animation Courtyard and Sunset Boulevard. Just being honest, this is probably my least favorite theme park out the four.
Disney Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the fourth theme park. In my opinion, it is probably the most underrated Disney Park. If you are an animal lover, then this is the park for you. It is split up into six different areas which are Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Ranch, Asia and Dinoland USA.
Disney also has two water parks as well.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
The 1st one is Typhoon Lagoon. It was actually the 2nd water park to open at WDW. Disney’s River Country was the 1st one. It closed in 2001. Typhoon Lagoon is split into five areas. They are Mount Mayday, Hideaway Bay, Shark Reef, Typhoon Lagoon and Castaway Creek.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach is the other water park at the WDW. This park is separated into four areas which are Green Slope, Purple Slope, Red Slope, and the Ground Level.
There are other attractions at Walt Disney World. Some of them are the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Boardwalk, and Disney Springs. The last attraction that I will be discussing in depth is Disney Springs.
I want to give you a brief history of how Disney Springs used to be. It was previously called Downtown Disney. There was an area called Pleasure Island. P.I. as it was called was the spot to go to. They had places to shop, restaurants and multiple clubs. Some of the clubs that were open were 8 Trax which was a 70’s & 80’s themed dance club, Motions which played Top 40 and BET Soundstage, which played hip hop and R&B music. As an intern with Disney, we were granted free entry to the clubs on Thursdays. I had some GREAT times there. Unfortunately, in 2008 Disney decided they wanted to change the dynamics of Downtown Disney and closed all of the clubs. Disney Springs is now broken into three areas which are the West Side, the Landing (Pleasure Island), and the Marketplace. There are now just shops and restaurants.
Have you ever been to Walt Disney World Resort? Do you have any favorite memories about it?