Brothers Walt and Roy Disney put the “family” in family-friendly travel before it was trendy, opening California’s Disneyland in 1955 and then slowly buying up pieces of central Florida land in the sixties. Their goal? To develop Walt’s vision of a vacation paradise, a “happy place” where people of all ages can play and learn together. Unfortunately, Walt passed away before his dream was realized; however, his older brother Roy brought Walt’s dream to fruition with the opening of Magic Kingdom in 1971. And the vision has grown exponentially from there.
Today, Disney World includes the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’ Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney — an outdoor mall of a place with entertainment and dining — not to mention 33 resorts and golf courses galore.
And it doesn’t stop there. The “World” continues to reinvent itself offering new attractions, and new ways to experience the parks, like zipping around Epcot by Segway. Our quick guide will focus on what’s new and fabulous as well as recommendations for old favorites.
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