The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney WorldOne of the most popular attractions in the entire world, Walt Disney World provides entertainment for more than 50 million people every single year. Those living in the Orlando area, specifically near Horizon West and Celebration gain easy access to this world-renown attraction.

Walt Disney World offers four theme parks, two water parks, and over two dozen themed resorts. It's also home to Disney Springs, which is a massive shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. With so much to do and see, many Florida residents use the annual pass program to spend plenty of time at the parks.

The Disney Theme Parks

Epcot at Walt Disney WorldOffering four theme parks, Disney World provides plenty for guests to see and do throughout the year. The four theme parks are:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios

Throughout these four theme parks, popular attractions, such as Toy Story Land with Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers offer plenty of fun for the entire family.

The attractions are just the start of the fun at the theme parks. Visitors also have the option to enjoy meeting beloved Disney characters and enjoy incredible shows. Animal Kingdom also offers opportunities for visitors to see many different animals, while Epcot provides the opportunity to visit many countries from around the world.

Of course, a visit to Disney World isn't complete without viewing one of the nighttime firework shows. Both Magic Kingdom and Epcot provide incredible fireworks shows, while Animal Kingdom provides a show called the Rivers of Light and Hollywood Studios provides the Fantasmic show.

Dining, Shopping, & More

Disney Springs at Walt Disney WorldWhile the theme parks are the bulk of the entertainment at Walt Disney World, there are also dozens of incredible dining options, along with plenty of shopping found at Disney Springs. Each resort and theme park offers plenty of unique dining options to choose from. Residents with annual passes gain easy access to the dining options throughout Walt Disney World and can enjoy several different cuisines.

Disney Springs provides a large portion of the shopping at Walt Disney World. However, each resort and theme park also offers plenty of shopping with some very unique items found in each country throughout Epcot. Along with the theme parks, dining, and shopping, Walt Disney World also offers two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. You'll also find a mini-golf course here, a campground and RV resort, dinner theater shows, and so much more.

How Walt Disney World Started

Walt Disney announcing the Disney World Florida ProjectWalt Disney purchased land in Central Florida many years before developing and opening the resort in 1971. In fact, Walt worked in secret to purchase the original land for Walt Disney World. Due to the secrecy and the type of land purchased, Walt was able to buy some tracts of land for as little as $100 per acre.

While Walt passed away before Walt Disney World opened, his brother Roy Disney made sure this vision became a reality.

For those living in the Central Florida area or planning to move to the area, Walt Disney World provides a wonderful place for year-round entertainment. With plenty of attractions, shows, events, dining, shopping, and more, many residents use the annual pass program to ensure they get to spend as much time at Walt Disney World as possible.