Disneyworld in Florida is a huge place. Not just a theme park; it is an entertainment complex containing four parks, two water-parks, hotels, campgrounds, resorts, shops and golf courses spread over 47 square miles of land. Whilst many people choose to spend a few days at Disneyworld, with half a day at each of the four main parks, this gives little time to enjoy the various shows and parades, or to visit the water-parks and other attractions. To get the most from a visit, a minimum of five days is needed. Visitors on the lookout for cheaper holidays to Florida may find they have more of a budget for longer stays in Disneyworld by comparing flight and hotel deals online ahead of travel.
The Four Parks
Time can be distributed between the several different parks, of which Disneyland has four! These include the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Each has unique themes, rides and atmosphere.
Dominated by the iconic Cinderella Castle, the Magic Kingdom is the oldest of Disneyworld’s parks. It is divided into various lands with themes linked to Disney films. As an example, Tomorrowland has a futuristic, space travel theme and includes a Buzz Lightyear ride.
The second of the four parks to be built, EPCOT is symbolised by a giant sphere, Spaceship Earth, and its theme is human achievement. Future World looks at technology and invention, while the World Showcase is themed around the various cultures of the world, built around a huge lake.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This park’s theme is show business, particularly Hollywood of the 30’s and 40’s, with the symbol of a giant sorcerer’s hat, à la Mickey Mouse in Fantasia. It contains various studios and soundstages, as well as rides.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The newest of the four parks, Animal Kingdom is also the largest. Represented by a huge Tree of Life, it is a conservation-themed, zoological park, with many rides functioning as safaris and treks that include animal viewing.
The two water-parks are Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Filled with slides, flumes, wave pools and beaches, a whole day could be spent at each. Take a gentle ride along the 2,100 foot ‘lazy river’ at Typhoon Lagoon before heading off to the thrilling heights of the Crush n’ Guster water rollercoaster. Ski resort-turned-water playground Blizzard Beach has one of the tallest water slides in the world, Mount Gushmore, as well as a range of Alpine-themed eateries.
All four parks feature not only rides, but a range of entertainment including parades, live shows, character appearances and firework displays. The parks are linked by a transport system of monorails, buses and boats, as well as roads but visitors need to think about their priorities and plan carefully to decide how to divide their time between the myriad attractions on offer.
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