Things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort

Things to do at the Walt Disney World ResortLooking 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.

Magic Kingdom

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The Magic Kingdom

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

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

Sorcerer Hat

The Sorcerer’s Hat that used to grace 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.

BET Soundstage

One of the best clubs at Pleasure Island, BET Soundstage

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?

 




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  1. Ruth

    Tickets are too expensive.

  2. This sounds so exciting! Thanks for giving us the scoop as I will be leaving on May 1st for my work conference. I’m looking forward to having some fun and downtime:)
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  3. I haven’t been there in over a decade but one thing they had when I went was a “park hopper” pass where you could go to any of the parks you wanted to so you weren’t confined to just one park in a given day. It was definitely fun to see everything, but not sure when I’ll be back again.
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  4. Totally agree with you that Epcot is my favorite. My preference is to stay somewhere within walking distance of Epcot, like the Swan, Dolphin or Disney Boardwalk. Even if I spend the day somewhere else I love to go to Epcot at night and have dinner at the World Showcase. The French restaurants are probably my favorite.
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  5. I visited Disney land back in 2001. It will leave a lasting memory. I loved everything about Florida, well maybe the weather was terribly dry and hot on particular days……

    We went to as many parks as possible during our stay. We were a group of young ladies totally mesmerised by the beauty and magic of Disney World. The girl in me definitely came out.

    I look forward to taking my children there -they will love it!
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  6. I was at Disney World a few years ago with my nephew and his wife. I believe we visited the Animal Kingdom. They are members, as they live in Orlando, but a ticket for me cost $80! I don’t know how families with children can afford it. I now live in Florida, about two hours from Disney World and I’m sure I’ll visit again sooner than later.

  7. What a great description of Walt Disney World. I’ve never been but know others who have and mostly I’ve heard about the Magical Kingdom and the Epcot Center. I wasn’t aware of the other ones so thanks for the info.

  8. It’s been a long time since I visited Walt Disney World but I loved it. Disney Animal Kingdom wasn’t there at the time – it sounds cool.
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  9. Although I am not a theme park person, the summer of 2010 found us in Orlando because I was attending a writer’s conference with a friend. We and our spouses spent a hot day at Epcot. It’s one of those things I’m glad I did once, but for me that was enough. We did The Mission to Mars, which was quite an accomplishment for this woman who hates rides! Hope you get to go back soon.