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Disney World Facts

Disney World is the most famous amusement and entertainment theme park in the world. Located in Orlando, Florida, the park greets over 100 million visitors each and every year! People come from across the globe to spend time in Disney World which is as famous for its highly praised themed resorts and hotels as it is for its amusement and water parks. Disney World was started by the Walt Disney Company—the famous animation company that created Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and many more iconic characters. Although Florida’s Disney world is the most famous and visited of all Disney theme parks, it is one that Walt Disney never lived to see open. Despite this sad fact, the park is a testament to his everlasting legend and the joy he gave to the world through imagination.

Scenes of Disney World
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Disney World is famous for the giant princess castle that greets visitors in the Magic Kingdom.
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Below is a list of facts about Disney World:

• Disney Land, located in California, was the first of the Disney theme parks. It opened in July of 1955. Although it is still in operation (and very popular), it is much smaller than Disney World. Walt Disney was never content with the California Park and he aspired to create a much grander play place for the world. So, throughout the 1960s he secretly brought cheap land in Florida where he constructed Disney World!

• The first theme park to open in Disney World was “The Magic Kingdom.” It’s first day of operation was October 1, 1971. Unfortunately, Walt Disney died in 1966 and never saw the park open. He would, however, be pleased to know that the Magic Kingdom remains the most visited of all the parks in Disney World!

• The proper name for Disney World is “The Walt Disney World Resort.”

• Disney World has some of the most famous rides in the world including Splash Mountain, It’s a Small World, and the Flying Dumbo.

• Although Disney World is the most popular park, there are also Disney parks in France, Japan and China!

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