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 off 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 Sorcerer’s 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 of 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 next attraction that I will be discussing in depth is Disney Springs.
If you enjoy shopping then you should definitely check out Disney Springs. It is a huge complex known for outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Walt Disney World Resort. The building was inaugurated on March 22, 1975, and has undergone expansion and name change over the years. In 2013, a three-year renovation and expansion plan was announced for the complex, later the name was officially changed to Disney Springs on September 29, 2015. It is a 120 acre complex with four separate areas: Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center, and West Side. Disney Transport uses buses and water taxis to move visitors between Disney Springs and other areas of Walt Disney World.
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.
An entertainment, dining and shopping district near Epcot, Disney Boardwalk, is a lovely quarter-mile long boulevard with a colorful vintage theme, inspired by turn of the century coastal piers like Atlantic City.
It’s a great, budget-friendly place to visit. Everyone is welcome, very easily accessible as it is closest to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and many other Disney resorts. It is 100% free to enter, no entrance fee is needed and you are not obliged to buy anything while you’re here.
Seven Seas Lagoon
A man-made lake at the Walt Disney World, The Seven Seas Lagoon, is located in the south of the Magic Kingdom theme park. It acts as a natural buffer between the Magic Kingdom and its car park and connects to nearby Bay Lake. The lake can reach a maximum depth of 14 feet (4.3 m). The lagoon is primarily used for boating activities at the resort. It is also responsible for the transportation of the visitors between the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center. It is a beautiful water body that is traveled by thousands of visitors throughout the year.
Disney’s Camp Wilderness Resort
Located between the Magic Kingdom Resort Area and Epcot theme park, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a campsite based on the Rustic Woods theme. There are approximately 2,000 different camping sites, which are available from individual tent sites to full RV parking spots. The camping sites are a combination of paved driveways and sandy paths. Each site offers running water, electricity, outdoor grills, and picnic tables. Also, facilities like private showers and laundry are available in almost all sites. All of its 409 cabins are air-conditioned with a capacity for 6 people. These cabins also have full bathrooms, free wifi, and bunk beds.
Play Miniature Golf
There are two separate mini-golf courses in Disney World Resort: Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Disney’s Winter Summerland. A great way to spend some time with your family and have fun playing a friendly round of miniature golf. Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Golf Course is similar to a traditional golf course built on a small scale, this course rewards skill over chances. It is a challenging course with sand traps, bunkers, water hazards, and sloping greens. It is themed after Disney’s animated classic movie, Fantasia!
Located near the entrance of Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Winter Summerland is a miniature golf course with two 18 hole courses, a sand course named “Summer” and a snow course named “Winter”. Complete with Christmas decorations and even includes Santa Claus himself.
Have you ever been to Walt Disney World Resort? Do you have any favorite memories about it?