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Walt Disney World is a resort[?] and home to four theme parks located southwest of Orlando, Florida near the town of Lake Buena Vista, Florida and a few miles north of Kissimmee, Florida. Owned and operated by Disney Corporation, this park opened in 1971 and contains the Magic Kingdom[?], Epcot (Originally EPCOT Center), the Disney/MGM studios[?], and Disney's Animal Kingdom[?]. Also located on the property are three water parks (River Country, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) and Downtown Disney, a district for shopping and entertainment.

The idea of Walt Disney World was a sort of "next phase" idea by Walt Disney for a sort of larger, more expansive version of Disneyland; a place that could constantly expand and not be as constrained by the need for land that Disneyland suffers from. Walt Disney World, especially as seen within Epcot, was to be a sort of "Disneyland of the future" where breakthroughs in science and technology could coexist with the original Disney vision of themed entertainment. Unfortunately, Walt Disney himself never got to see the realization of his vision as he died in 1966.

The land within Walt Disney World is part of the Reedy Creek Improvement District which allows the Disney Corporation to exercise quasi-governmental powers over the area.

Besides the four main theme parks within the Walt Disney World complex, another notable aspect is the large number of hotel resort complexes (both themed and non-themed) on the Walt Disney World property. The non-themed hotels are owned by private, non-Disney hospitality companies. The themed hotels include:

  • All Star Movies
  • All Star Music
  • All Star Sports
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Boardwalk Inn Resort
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Contemporary
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • Grand Floridian
  • Old Key West
  • Polynesian Resort
  • Pop Century
  • Port Orleans
  • Shades of Green
  • WDW Swan & Dolphin
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Villas at the Disney Institute (Soon to reopen as Saratoga Springs Resort)
  • Yacht Club Resort

The Walt Disney World resort also includes five world-class golf courses. The five 18-hole golf courses are the Magnolia, the Palm, Lake Buena Vista, Eagle Pines, and Osprey Ridge (the last two are part of the Bonnet Creek Golf Club).

External Links:

Walt Disney World Official Web Site (http://www.disneyworld.com)
Walt Disney World Information Guide (http://www.wdwig.com)
Disney Information Station (http://www.wdwinfo.com)
Destination: WDW - The Unofficial eBook to Walt Disney World (http://www.destinationwdw.com)
WDWMagic News and Rumors (http://www.wdwmagic.com)

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