"Walt Disney World" Orlando by Ischyros

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This page is long in the making but it's slowly getting there! I promise! My goal is to have info about every ride, every hotel, every restaurant in Disney World. I'm a huge Disney fanatic. If you have a question, please ask me! If I don't know the answer, I guarantee I can find it out in 48 hours or less!

Is there any more magical, manmade place on Earth than Disney World?I am a Disney World fanatic! I keep up on the place and loving seeing pictures and sharing stories. I just wish I could go more often!
Disney World came to be in Florida thanks to beer and commercialism. Sound strange? After Disneyland opened in California in 1955, restaurants, hotels, and small businesses hocking Disneyland souvenirs sprang up around the perimeter of the park. Walt Disney hated this. He wanted a large buffer zone between his fantasy world and the real world. While people were in his park, he wanted them to forget the outside world even existed. He wanted all their troubles to be gone for the day they were there.
Walt also wanted complete control over everything. He had so many hassles with the Anaheim city government. He wanted a fresh, clean, large area of undeveloped land on which he could build anything he wanted and not have any interference.
His first choice was St. Louis, close to his hometown. But when he learned Budweiser was going to force him to sell alcohol in his park, he left St. Louis. He was flying over central Florida one day when he spotted a small island in the middle of a swampy pond surrounded by nothing as far as he could see. He fell in love immediately.
Today that island is known as Discovery Island, although it's been closed since Animal Kingdom opened. Walt secretly bought up over 43 square miles of land southwest of the small city of Orlando and soon went to work constucting what would become the Magic Kingdom. Walt wouldn't live to see his dream come to completion. In fact, the place was originally just Disney World. His brother Roy added Walt to the name after Walt's death so people would know it was his brother's dream and not his.
Disney World today consists of 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom), three water parks (River Country, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach), several golf courses, over 25 resort hotels, a giant sports complex, and large shopping and entertainment complex.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:All the theme parks can keep you busy for weeks!
  • Cons:Lots and lots of people, traffic jams, high heat and humidity in the summer, thunderstorms, hurricanes, very expensive....
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  • Nov 6, 2003 at 7:35 PM

    Excellant pages....simply superb...

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    Jan 22, 2003 at 1:23 PM

    Great page!

  • Dec 28, 2002 at 5:58 AM

    Do not miss Islands of Adventure at Universal The coolest theme park I have ever seen Awesome!!! Something for everyone, Killer roller coasters, Dinosaurs, and Dr. Suess... and dont forget the best ride ever "Spiderman".


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