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I recently discovered some old Walt Disney World guide maps from my family vacation to the parks in 1998, and I thought it would be fun to compare the Magic Kingdom of 1998 with the Magic Kingdom of today. Compare the maps below to see what attractions have changed in the last decade of renovation and innovations.

Magic Kingdom Guide Map: 1998

Magic Kingdom Guide Map 1998

Magic Kingdom Guide Map: 2010

Magic Kingdom Guide Map 2010, image from

No Longer ThereWhat’s New
Shrunken Ned Junior’s Jungle Boats
The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon Review
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Legend of the Lion King
Skyway to Tomorrowland
The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
The Timekeeper
Enchanted Tiki Room is Under New Management
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Dream Along With Mickey
Fairytale Garden
Pooh’s Playful Spot
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Stitch’s Great Escape
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

September 14, 2010 - History, Latest News, Theme Parks -


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Mobile order to avoid long lines!

The My Disney Experience app lets you check out wait times, see ride closures, see showtimes, make dining reservations, and mobile order! And while the app does have a map of the parks, sometimes you just need a paper map in your hands! There’s good news for those of you who love having an actual map, because the map of Magic Kingdom has just been updated!

The map features a brand new cover that is bringing us so much joy!!

New map!

There is still a COVID-19 warning on the back as well as health and safety reminders.

New map!

Then, there’s helpful info like how to use My Disney Experience as well as Park Rules and where to find Guest Relations.

New map!

It also looks a bit different inside! We see that a lot more locations have been added to the map!

There must be something there that wasn’t there before…

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is now listed as “returning in August 2021” under Tomorrowland attractions. The comedy show is scheduled to return on August 8th! The Lunching Pad and Cool Ship have been added back to the map, and Tomorrowland Terrace now says it’s “open seasonally” which is probably because they were serving food from the closed Columbia Harbour House, which is scheduled to reopen on August 5th.


You can see Columbia Harbour House is back under the Liberty Square Section, and so is The Diamond Horseshoe, which is interesting because it’s still closed. Over in Frontierland, Golden Oak Outpost and Westward Ho are on the map again.

Frontierland and Liberty Square

In Adventureland the Springroll Snack Cart is listed as well asTortuga Tavern (which is still closed right now). On Main Street, U.S.A., Casey’s Corner, The Crystal Palace, and Plaza Ice Cream Parlor have all been added back to the list, however the Chapeau as well as Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom are gone.

Main Street U.S.A. and Adventureland

In Fantasyland we’ve seen the addition of Cinderella’s Royal Table, Gaston’s Tavern, Prince Eric’s Village Market, Cheshire Cafe, and The Friar’s Nook!


Overall, there’s much more happening on this new map!

New Map

Could the closed restaurants on the map mean they’re reopening soon? We’ll keep an eye out and let you know, so stay tuned for updates!

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Magic Kingdom

This article is about the theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. For other Disney theme parks informally called "Magic Kingdom", see Disneyland (disambiguation). For other uses, see Magic Kingdom (disambiguation).

Theme park at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida

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Cinderella Castle, the icon of Magic Kingdom

LocationWalt Disney World Resort, Bay Lake, Florida, United States
Coordinates28°25′07″N81°34′52″W / 28.41861°N 81.58111°W / 28.41861; -81.58111
ThemeFairy tales, science and space, adventure, Americana, and Disney characters
SloganThe most magical place on earth
OwnerDisney Parks, Experiences and Products
(The Walt Disney Company)
Operated byWalt Disney World
OpenedOctober 1, 1971; 50 years ago (1971-10-01)
Previous namesThe Magic Kingdom (1994–2017)
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom (1971–1994)
Operating seasonYear-round
WebsiteOfficial websiteEdit this at Wikidata

Magic Kingdom Park is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks, Experiences and Products division, the park opened on October 1, 1971, as the first of four theme parks at the resort. The park was initialized by Walt Disney and designed by WED Enterprises. Its layout and attractions are based on Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and are dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters.

The park is represented by Cinderella Castle, inspired by the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film. In 2019, the park hosted 20.9 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world for the thirteenth consecutive year and the most visited theme park in North America for at least the past nineteen years.[1]



Although Walt Disney had been highly involved in planning EPCOT, he died before he could see the vision through. After Walt's death, Walt Disney Productions began construction on Magic Kingdom and the entire resort in 1967. The park was built as a larger, improved version of Disneyland Park in California.

Magic Kingdom was built over a series of tunnels called utilidors, a portmanteau of utility and corridor, allowing employees (called "cast members") or VIP guests to move through the park out of sight.[2]

Because of Florida's high water table, the tunnels could not be put underground, so they were built at the existing grade, meaning the park is built on the second story, giving the Magic Kingdom an elevation of 108 feet (33 m). The area around the utilidors was filled in with dirt removed from the Seven Seas Lagoon, which was being constructed at the same time. The utilidors were built in the initial construction and were not extended as the park expanded. The tunnels were intended to be designed into all subsequent Walt Disney World parks but were set aside mostly because of financial constraints. Epcot's Future World and Disney Springs' Pleasure Island each have a smaller network of utilidors.

Opening and operation[edit]


Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place ... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn together.

Roy O. Disney, October 25, 1971[3][4]

Magic Kingdom Park opened as the first part of the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971, commencing concurrently with Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. It opened with twenty-three attractions, three unique to the park and twenty replicas of attractions at Disneyland, split into six themed lands, five copies of those at Disneyland (Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland) and the Magic Kingdom exclusive of Liberty Square. The Walt Disney Company promised to increase this number with a combination of replicas and unique attractions. While there is no individual dedication to Magic Kingdom, the dedication by Roy O. Disney for the entire resort was placed within its gates.

The only land added to the original roster of lands in the park was Mickey's Toontown Fair. The land originally opened in 1988 as Mickey's Birthdayland to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 60th birthday. Later the land was renovated as Mickey's Starland and eventually to Mickey's Toontown Fair. The land was home to attractions such as Mickey's Country House, Minnie's Country House, The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm, and Donald's Boat. It closed on February 12, 2011, to make way for the expansion of Fantasyland. The Walt Disney World Railroad station in Mickey's Toontown Fair, which opened with Mickey's Birthdayland in 1988, was closed for the duration of the construction. In 2012, the space where Mickey's Toontown Fair sat reopened as a part of Fantasyland, in a sub-land called the Storybook Circus, where the Dumbo the Flying Elephant was relocated. The Barnstormer was retained and was re-themed to The Great Goofini.[5]

Since opening day, Magic Kingdom has been closed temporarily because of seven hurricanes: Floyd, Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Wilma, Matthew, and Irma.[6] The first non-hurricane related day the park has closed is on September 11, 2001, due to the terrorist attacks that day.[7] Walt Disney World was closed from March 15, 2020 to July 11, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] In addition, there are four "phases" of park closure when Magic Kingdom exceeds capacity, ranging from restricted access for most guests (Phase 1) to full closure for everyone, even cast members (Phase 4).[9]

"Magic Kingdom" was often used as an unofficial nickname for Disneyland before Walt Disney World was built. The official tagline for Disneyland is "The Happiest Place On Earth", while the tagline for Magic Kingdom is "The Most Magical Place On Earth". Up until the early 1990s, Magic Kingdom was officially known as "Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom", and was never printed without the Walt Disney World prefix. This purpose was to differentiate between the park and Disneyland in California. In 1994, to differentiate it from Disneyland, the park was officially renamed Magic Kingdom Park. Like all Disney theme parks, the official name of the park does not start with an article ("the"), though it is commonly referred to that way; however, a sign on the railroad station at the front of the park reads "The Magic Kingdom".

Alcoholic beverages had been prohibited from the park since its opening, but this policy has changed in recent years. In 2012, the Be Our Guest restaurant opened selling wine and beer for the first time. This was the only place in the park where alcohol was permitted until December 2014 when four additional restaurants began selling beer and wine including Cinderella's Royal Table, Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony's Town Square Restaurant, and the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen.[10][11] And finally in 2018, the park officially became the second Magic Kingdom-style park to serve alcohol at all table service restaurants, after Disneyland Paris in 1993.[12]

In October 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported the theme park is becoming a popular spot for families to scatter the ashes of loved ones with the Haunted Mansion being the favorite location. The practice is unlawful and prohibited on Disney property and anyone spreading cremated remains will be escorted from the park.[13]

The park was closed from March 16 to July 11, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida.[14][15]


Main article: List of Magic Kingdom attractions

Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed "lands." It is designed like a wheel, with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle. Pathways spoke out from the hub across the 107 acres (43 ha) of the park and lead to these six lands.[16] The Walt Disney World Railroad circles around the entire 1.5-mile (2.4 km) perimeter of the park and makes stops at Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and Fantasyland.[17][18]

Main Street, U.S.A.[edit]

Main article: Main Street, U.S.A.

Symbolically, Main Street, U.S.A. represents the park's "opening credits," where guests pass under the train station (the opening curtain), then view the names of key personnel along the windows of the buildings' upper floors. Many windows bear the name of a fictional business, such as "Seven Summits Expeditions, Frank G. Wells President", with each representing a tribute to significant people connected to the Disney company and the development of the Walt Disney World Resort. It features stylistic influences from around the country. Taking its inspiration from New England to Missouri, this design is most noticeable in the four corners in the middle of Main Street, where each of the four corner buildings represents a different architectural style. There is no opera house as there is at Disneyland; instead, there is the Town Square Theater. Christopher George Weaver, the "mayor" of Main Street U.S.A. and one of the park's most important figures, greeted guests here for 26 years before he died in 2017.[19]

Main Street is lined with shops selling merchandise and food. The decor is early-20th century small-town America, inspired by Walt Disney's childhood and the film Lady and the Tramp. City Hall contains the Guest Relations lobby, where cast members provide information and assistance. A working barber shop gives haircuts for a fee. The Emporium carries a wide variety of Disney souvenirs such as plush toys, collectible pins and Mickey-ear hats. Tony's Town Square Restaurant and The Plaza Restaurant are table-service locations. At the end of Main Street is Casey's Corner, where guests enjoy traditional American ballpark fare including hot dogs and fries while enjoying old baseball tunes on the piano. The Main Street Confectionery sells sweets priced by their weight, such as candied apples, crisped rice treats, chocolates, cookies and fudge.[20] Most windows bear the name of people who were influential at Disney parks. An example of a classic Main Street, U.S.A. attraction is the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge Walt Disney World Railroad, which transports guests throughout the park, making stops at Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, and Frontierland. The railroad's previous stop at Mickey's Toontown Fair was replaced by the Fantasyland stop in 2012. Main Street, U.S.A. also has the Main Street Vehicles attraction, which includes a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge[21]tramway with horse-drawn streetcars, and several old-fashioned motor vehicles.

In the distance beyond the end of Main Street stands Cinderella Castle. Though only 189 feet (58 m) tall, it benefits from a technique known as forced perspective. The second stories of all the buildings along Main Street are shorter than the first stories, and the third stories are even shorter than the second, and the top windows of the castle are much smaller than they appear. The resulting visual effect is that the buildings appear to be larger and taller than they really are.

The park contains two additional tributes: the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle and the Sharing the Magic statue of Roy O. Disney sitting with Minnie Mouse in the Town Square section of Main Street, U.S.A. Both were sculpted by veteran Imagineer Blaine Gibson. In 2012, Disney replaced the shop in the Firehouse with a sign-up for the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game.


Main article: Adventureland (Disney)

Adventureland represents the mystery of exploring foreign lands. It is themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific, with an extension resembling a Caribbean town square. It contains classic attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, Swiss Family Treehouse, and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.


Main article: Frontierland

In Frontierland guests can relive the American Old West, from the romanticized cowboys and Native Americans, to exploring the mysteries of the Rivers of America. It contains classic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and the Country Bear Jamboree. The land also contains shops such as Big Al's, Frontier Trading Post, Prairie Outpost and Supply, Briar Patch, and Splashdown Photos. Walt Disney World's Festival of Fantasy Parade begins in Frontierland and makes its way through several lands, eventually ending on Main Street, U.S.A., toward the front of the park.

Liberty Square[edit]

Main article: Liberty Square (Magic Kingdom)

Liberty Square is inspired by a colonial American town set during the American Revolutionary War. The Liberty Belle Riverboat travels down the park's Rivers of America. Liberty Square is home to such attractions as the Haunted Mansion and The Hall of Presidents.


Main article: Fantasyland

Fantasyland is themed in a medieval-faire/carnival style, in the words of Walt Disney: "Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true." Attractions include It's a Small World, Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and Mad Tea Party. From 2012 to 2014, Fantasyland was expanded to nearly double its size and new attractions and guest offerings were added, including sub-areas themed to Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and The Little Mermaid. New attractions such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid were introduced.

Castle Courtyard[edit]

The original Fantasyland attractions left after the expansion was completed are located within the castle walls this courtyard area directly behind Cinderella Castle. Attractions here include: Mickey's PhilharMagic, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Princess Fairytale Hall, It's a Small World, Peter Pan's Flight, Mad Tea Party and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Storybook Circus[edit]

Part of Fantasyland, Storybook Circus is located at the former site of Mickey's Toontown Fair, and is based on elements from Dumbo (1941) and the Mickey Mouse universe. Attractions include The Barnstormer and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which was removed from its former location on January 8, 2012. Also included is the Casey Jr. Splash n' Soak Station (a water play area themed to Casey Jr., the train from Dumbo). Storybook Circus began soft openings on March 12, 2012, with more parts opening on March 31.

Mickey's Toontown Fair closed permanently on February 11, 2011, to make way for Storybook Circus. Some elements of Mickey's Toontown Fair were demolished, and others were re-themed to fit the circus concept. An expanded Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride was built, with an interactive queue, and a second Dumbo ride was built next to it, in order to increase capacity. The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm was re-themed to "The Great Goofini". A big top area was built for meet-and-greets, called Pete's Silly Sideshow. This attraction features Goofy as a stuntman, Daisy as a fortune-teller, Donald as a snake-charmer, Minnie as a Magician, and Pluto as a special performer. Storybook Circus opened with a "streetmosphere" circus act called The Giggle Gang, which had a two-year run from 2012 until 2014.[22]

Enchanted Forest[edit]

The completion of the Enchanted Forest section of the park concluded the expansion of New Fantasyland.[23] Included in the expansion was the dark ride attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, themed to Disney's 1989 film The Little Mermaid. The attraction is near a replica of the Disney California Adventure attraction, The Little Mermaid, Ariel's Undersea Adventure. There is also an area themed to Disney's 1991 film Beauty and the Beast, featuring the Beast's Castle with the dining experience Be Our Guest Restaurant (offering quick-service lunches and table service dinners), as well as Gaston's Tavern and Belle's cottage.[24] This portion of the New Fantasyland officially opened on December 6, 2012. Snow White's Scary Adventures was removed to build Princess Fairytale Hall, a meet-and-greet. Another attraction themed to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs called the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened in 2014. The attraction, which features Snow White's cottage and state-of-the-art audio-animatronics, is the very first roller coaster to move in a wobbling motion on track.[24]


Main article: Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is set in an intergalactic city, a concept of the future as seen from around the 1950s: rockets, UFOs and robots, etc. In the words of Walt Disney: "Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the door of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future." Classic current attractions include Space Mountain, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and the Tomorrowland Speedway. Other current attractions include Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. The TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster from Shanghai Disneyland will be opening to the north of Space Mountain in a new area of Tomorrowland, and it will be open before Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021.[25][26][27]

Transportation and Ticket Center[edit]

Main article: Transportation and Ticket Center

The resort's monorail system and ferryboats transport guests to and from the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom lies more than a mile away from its parking lot, on the opposite side of the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon. Upon arrival, guests are taken by the parking lot trams to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), which sells admission into the parks and provides transportation connections throughout the resort complex.

To reach the park, guests either use the Walt Disney World Monorail System, ferryboats, or Disney Transport buses, depending on the location of their hotel or parking lot. The three hotels closest to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (which is connected to the Shades of Green resort by a walking path), and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, use either the ferry or monorail system to travel to Magic Kingdom; a walking path also links the Contemporary Resort to the park. Guests staying at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground can also ride a dedicated ferry boat to the Magic Kingdom docks. Guests of other hotels take buses to travel to the park, while guests who are not staying at any of the resort's hotels must use the monorail system or ferryboats to travel to the park from the Transportation and Ticket Center. Guests using ride-hailing services to travel to the park must transfer at the TTC or use the walking path from the Contemporary Resort, as ride-hailing vehicles cannot use the park's bus loops. The three ferries are clad in different trim colors and are named for past Disney executives: the General Joe Potter (blue), the Richard F. Irvine (red) and the Admiral Joe Fowler (green). The main monorail loop has two lanes. The outer lane is a direct nonstop loop between the TTC and Magic Kingdom, while the inner loop has additional stops at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Epcot is accessible by a spur monorail line that was added upon that park's opening in 1982.


Worldwide rank

Television adaptation[edit]

In 2012, Jon Favreau announced he was planning a film called Magic Kingdom.[47] The film is described as “Night at the Museum at Disneyland,” meaning that the film would tell a story where all the characters at Disney come to life at night.[47] Marc Abraham and Eric Newman of Strike Entertainment were scheduled to produce the film.[48] Writer-producer Ronald D. Moore had previously written an original script for the project, which the studio eventually declined to use, stating that Favreau and a new screenwriter would develop a new script.[48]

In 2021, it was announced that a new project, now developed as a television series, is in development for Disney+. Moore was brought back to develop the series which will see that the various lands in the Magic Kingdom are actually gateways to alternate worlds, thus setting up a shared universe. The first in the series will be The Society of Explorers and Adventurers (SEA).[49]

In popular culture[edit]

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Animal Kingdom

Lately we’ve seen new park maps popping up throughout Disney World. We’ve already spotted new maps at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. Now it looks like Disney’s Animal Kingdom has gotten in on the action.

Earlier today we spotted a brand new map at Disney’s wildest park — Animal Kingdom. The last time we found a new map for this park was in May of 2021.

Similar to the new EPCOT map, the Animal Kingdom map features a central figure wearing Minnie ears who is facing away from the photo and toward things that represent the park.

New Map!

Here’s a peek at the EPCOT map for reference.


We also noticed that similar to the new maps we’ve seen, the photo on the back and front of the map is connected. You’ll also spot a COVID-19 warning and some shortened health & safety reminders on this new map.

Health and Safety Reminders on the Map

For reference, here’s a photo of the new Hollywood Studios map with that connected photo across the front and back.

You Can See Those Updated Health and Safety Reminders on the Left

When you open up the Animal Kingdom map, you’ll find a full map of the park’s attractions, restaurants, and more…


…as well as a listing of these spots.

A Peek at the Map

There’s also information about the My Disney Experience app and more.

Plan Your Adventure

Other than some design changes, we didn’t spot any really big updates in terms of the items listed on the map.

We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more updates all around Disney World and let you know what we find!

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Magic Kingdom Maps Galore!

Magic Kingdom maps can be considered the first promotional vehicles for the Florida property. Until the Disney Decade, Disney had always struggled with promoting Walt Disney World. With Disneyland, the country was ripe for Walt’s vision of a family-inspired theme park. The nascent television industry was a perfect way to broadcast the ideas behind Disneyland into millions of homes. By the time July 17, 1955 rolled around, pretty much everyone in America (and a lot of the rest of the world) knew what to expect with Walt’s Magical Kingdom.

Walt Disney World was a different idea altogether. Marketed as the Vacation Kingdom of the World, Disney  spent time trying to show people the scope and size of the resort, while still making it feel like a family destination. Most of the early PR focused as much on the recreational activities, like tennis, boating and horseback, as well as the Magic Kingdom itself. Let’s take a look at how Disney presented the park to guests through various Magic Kingdom maps over the years.

The Complete Edition About Walt Disney World


This is from the cover of The Complete Edition About Walt Disney World, a magazine-style report released in 1969 and includes an illustration of one of the early models of the Magic Kingdom. You can see a lot of familiar landmarks in the drawing. It’s not really a Magic Kingdom map but it is one of the first images released with  the park layout.

The Preview Edition


This Magic Kingdom map is from the Preview Edition that was sold in the Preview Center. It was one of the first published views of what could be expected in October, 1971. The full map only shows the Magic Kingdom, the two hotels and a plethora of recreational activities. It’s pretty accurate, sort of.

The Story of Walt Disney World (1971 – 1975)


A closeup of the Magic Kingdom section of the map from the 1971 Story of Walt Disney World. This was also the map that appeared in the guest rooms of the Contemporary and Polynesian Resorts. It’s looking more like the Magic Kingdom, but there are still some differences. You can see the show building for the proposed Western River Expedition in Frontierland. Did you know that the yellow building in the bottom right corner of Main St was supposed to be a hotel?

GAF Guide to Walt Disney World

The next three scans are all from a 1971 GAF Guide to Walt Disney World. The GAF Guides were small booklets that listed each and every attraction, as well as restaurants and stores.


This is one of the first images in the guidebook that refers to the entire property. Notice the STOLPort? The Magic Kingdom is oversized and references only the major divisions of the park.


The above image is an overview of the Magic Kingdom. Is the dashed line simply to delineate the two sections dedicated to America? Any other thoughts? I also love that the “official” font is used for each land.


The closeup of the Magic Kingdom is one of the first detailed and semi-accurate Magic Kingdom maps released. It’s not perfect, but it is pretty close to what you will find. All of the blue dots? Those are GAF sponsored Picture Spots. Eventually, they became the Kodak Picture Spots. Then some were transformed into Nikon Picture Spots.

Your Guide to Walt Disney World (1974)


This map is from the 1974 Your Guide to Walt Disney World, a small, fold-out one sheet. What is really unique about the map is how the show buildings, shops and restaurants are presented. It is a fairly accurate scale drawing. You get a feel for how the building connects and how much space they actually encompass. There is also a very small arrow that shows you where the attraction entrance is. It’s a very non-artistic styled representation and seems almost clinical.

The Story of Walt Disney World (1976 and up)


The 1976 edition of the Story of Walt Disney World updates the map and we see more of a cartoon version  of the Magic Kingdom. The entire map is more iconic and the biggest attractions are promoted.

Your Guide to Walt Disney World (1978)

The 1978 Your Guide to Walt Disney World (below) offers two views that are as different as any other set of Magic Kingdom maps with each other. The first one is a very stylized view of the entire resort with a single icon to represent the individual areas. Notice how large the parking lot is and that it is centrally located?


The second map from the 1978 guide is similar to the one from 1974 but with a few additions.


Walt Disney World Magazine (1978)

The map above is from a 1978 magazine-style PR piece. It follows the same caricatured style that we have seen in the later part of the 1970s and we can see the Village Marketplace, Village Resort and the Lake Buena Vista Hotels. I have to admit that I love the purple Haunted Mansion and the giraffe peaking out from the Jungle Cruise.

GAF Guide (1979)


The GAF Guide was another publication presented to guide you in the Magic Kingdom and to help you take better pictures. It is interesting to see the map of the Magic Kingdom to go back to the different colored segments of the park based on the land.


So, it’s all rainbows over the Magic Kingdom? We still see most of the same ideas presented, but just in a smaller size.

Birnbaum’s Official Guide to Walt Disney World (1984)


This is from the second Official Guidebook. It still uses the color codes for the lands, but only the attractions are highlighted. You still get an idea for the physical size of the buildings. It is still pretty boring but gets the job done.

Kodak Guidemap 1985


This map from Kodak takes us back to the 1971 GAF and the Story of Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom maps. Stylistically, it is very similar and we start to lose the footprint of the building in favor of the architectural flavor of the land. Notice how Tomorrowland is still rather clinical and the other lands seem to be more stylistic? And we get more of the Kodak Photo Spots!

Kodak Guidemap 1993


This is a larger fold-out map that is larger than 11X17. More detail is offered, including a majority of the actual show building facades. It still looks like the 1985 and 1971 maps.

Kodak Guidemap 2006


Around 1999, we started seeing the map that we use today. The same map appeared in the Official Guidebook and on the Internet. It’s closer to an aerial view of the Magic Kingdom with fairly accurate representations of the buildings and the lands. A lot of the cast member and behind-the-scenes areas are covered with trees.

Kodak Guidemap (2011)


Not much of a change in the the 2011 map. We’ve lost Toontown, of course, and it just gets covered up with trees. What is interesting is what was on the back of this special map from October 1, 2011.

40th Anniversary Map

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This reproduction was on the back of the guidemap that was handed out on the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. It’s a closer mix between the Preview Edition map and the one from the 1971 Story of Walt Disney World map. Of course, it was fun to use the map to ride the opening day attractions.

So, what do you think about the different ways that Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom were marketed and promoted? Which of the Magic Kingdom maps is your favorite?


A Walk Through the Magic Kingdom - In HD (Part 1)

While doing occasional work on Main Street, U.S.A. (Magic Kingdom) we had the thrill of walking between the walls.  That is, the space between those great-looking Main Street facades and the actual buildings behind them. On the ground level there are few areas of dead space between walls, mostly due to large doorways and windows.  On the upper level, however, there are long narrow walkways behind the facades which accommodate decorations (lamps, chairs, etc.) intended to be seen from the street below. These are designed to look like turn-of-the-century shop keepers' residences.  You know, the shop owners would live in apartments above their shops back in olden times.  Anyway, the offices behind are your regular, windowless run-of-the-mill boring offices.

So one day I was behind a wall and THERE IT WAS...  An old folded-up yellowed piece of paper shoved between wooden framing and drywall.  It looked like it could have been a big ol' souvenir poster map and it was.  Poster-sized, old, and in pretty good shape.  I had always been on the lookout for these things since boyhood- long before ebay.  

So how long had it been there?  Why was it there?  Who put it there?  Did some custodial guy buy it at a gift shop, leave it behind the wall until after his shift, then never remember to come back for it?  By the looks of things it was stuck behind the framing for some time.  The exposed surface of the paper was significantly more yellow than any other part.  I imagine it could have been there for 30 years.  The best part:  No one on the project wanted it and it was to be trashed if I didn't take it home.  Tough decision.

Without a year printed on the map it was up to the process of deduction to know when it was made. Some things you see: Pirates of the Caribbean- so it was made after '73. Carousel of Progress and Space Mountain are there- so it had to be '74 or later.  You don't see any sign of Big Thunder- so it's definitely earlier than '80.  It can't be later than June '75 because you still see Flight to the moon and there is no mention of it's successor Mission to Mars.  One final clue: Look at Space Mountain.  It looks more like John Hench concept art or the rendering below than the Space Mountain built in '74.  Check out all the extra spires.  So the map artwork had to be from a time between the announcement of this new ride and the completion of the ride building.

I'm sure Disney blog geeks everywhere know exactly when this map was made but without knowing exactly I had to guess mid 1974.  Any earlier, Magic Carpet 'Round The World would be America the Beautiful.  Any later, Space Mountain would not look like that.

Are there variations of this same map? Not sure but I imagine there are.  By the late 70s the souvenir map had become much more cartoony with little kids in the Grand Prix cars and many more characters dancing around the poster and such.

So here the map sits- in my home office among other old souvenir poster maps from Disneyland, Epcot, EuroDisney, and even California Adventure.  Sadly the Disneyland poster map that once hung on my childhood bedroom wall is long gone.  But much like my grade school years, I sit and stare at these things and study them like a textbook. "NERD", you say???  Tell me I'm not the only one.  Admit it. You do the same.

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Tropical Serenade without plastic flying carpets blocking the view.

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Main Street Cinema when it was a cinema.

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Walt Disney World

Entertainment resort complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States

Coordinates: 28°22′20″N81°32′58″W / 28.37222°N 81.54944°W / 28.37222; -81.54944[3]

The Walt Disney World Resort, also called Walt Disney World and Disney World, is an entertainment resort complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, near the cities of Orlando and Kissimmee. Opened on October 1, 1971, the resort is owned and operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The property covers nearly 25,000 acres (39 sq mi; 101 km2), of which half has been used.[4] The resort comprises four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom), two water parks (Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon), 27 themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including the outdoor shopping center Disney Springs. The resort is currently celebrating its 18th month, 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Designed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955, the complex was developed by Walt Disney in the 1960s. "The Florida Project", as it was known, was intended to present a distinct vision with its own diverse set of attractions. Walt Disney's original plans also called for the inclusion of an "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" (EPCOT), a planned community intended to serve as a testbed for new city-living innovations. Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, during the initial planning of the complex. After his death, the company wrestled with the idea of whether to bring the Disney World project to fruition. However, Walt's older brother, Roy, came out of retirement to make sure Walt's biggest dream was realized. Construction started in 1967, with the company instead building a resort similar to Disneyland, abandoning the experimental concepts for a planned community. The Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open in the complex, in 1971, followed by Epcot (1982), Disney's Hollywood Studios (1989), and Disney's Animal Kingdom (1998). It was Roy who insisted the name of the entire complex be changed from Disney World to Walt Disney World, ensuring that people would remember that the project was Walt's dream.

In 2018, Walt Disney World was the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of more than 58 million.[5] The resort is the flagship destination of Disney's worldwide corporate enterprise and has become a popular staple in American culture. In 2020[update], Walt Disney World was chosen to host the NBA Bubble for play of the 2019–20 season of the National Basketball Association to resume at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Walt Disney World (as well as Disneyland) is also covered by an FAAprohibited airspace zone that restricts all airspace activities without approval from the Federal government of the United States, including usage of drones; this level of protection is otherwise only offered to American critical infrastructure (like the Pantex plant), military bases, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area, official presidential travels, and Camp David.[6]

In 2020, Disney World began laying off 6,500 employees and only operated at 25% capacity after reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.[7][8]


Planning and construction[edit]


In 1959, Walt Disney Productions began looking for land to house a second resort to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955. Market surveys at the time revealed that only 5% of Disneyland's visitors came from east of the Mississippi River, where 75% of the population of the United States lived. Additionally, Walt Disney disliked the businesses that had sprung up around Disneyland and wanted more control over a larger area of land in the next project.[9]

Walt Disney flew over a potential site in Orlando, Florida—one of many—in November 1963. After witnessing the well-developed network of roads and taking the planned construction of both Interstate 4 and Florida's Turnpike into account, with McCoy Air Force Base (later Orlando International Airport) to the east, Disney selected a centrally located site near Bay Lake.[10] The development was referred to in-house as "The Florida Project".[11] To avoid a burst of land speculation, Walt Disney Productions used various dummy corporations to acquire 30,500 acres (48 sq mi; 123 km2) of land.[10] In May 1965, some of these major land transactions were recorded a few miles southwest of Orlando in Osceola County. In addition, two large tracts totaling $1.5 million were sold, and smaller tracts of flatlands and cattle pastures were purchased by exotically named companies, such as the "Ayefour Corporation", "Latin-American Development and Management Corporation" and the "Reedy Creek Ranch Corporation". Some are now memorialized on a window above Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. The smaller parcels of land acquired were called "outs". They were five-acre (2 ha) lots platted in 1912, by the Munger Land Company and sold to investors. Most of the owners in the 1960s were happy to get rid of the land, which was mostly swamp at the time. Another issue was the mineral rights to the land, which were owned by Tufts University. Without the transfer of these rights, Tufts could come in at any time and demand the removal of buildings to obtain minerals. Eventually, Disney's team negotiated a deal with Tufts to buy the mineral rights for $15,000.[12]

Working strictly in secrecy, real estate agents unaware of their client's identity began making offers to landowners in April 1964, in parts of southwest Orange and northwest Osceola counties. The agents were careful not to reveal the extent of their intentions, and they were able to negotiate numerous land contracts with some landowners, including large tracts of land for as little as $100 an acre.[13] With the understanding that the recording of the first deeds would trigger intense public scrutiny, Disney delayed the filing of paperwork until a large portion of the land was under contract.[14]

Early rumors and speculation about the land purchases assumed possible development by NASA in support of the nearby Kennedy Space Center, as well as references to other famous investors, such as Ford, the Rockefellers, and Howard Hughes.[14] An Orlando Sentinel news article published weeks later, on May 20, 1965, acknowledged a popular rumor that Disney was building an "East Coast" version of Disneyland. However, the publication denied its accuracy based on an earlier interview with Disney at Kennedy Space Center, in which he claimed a $50 million investment was in the works for Disneyland, and that he had no interest in building a new park.[14] In October 1965, editor Emily Bavar from the Sentinel visited Disneyland during the park's 10th-anniversary celebration. In an interview with Disney, she asked him if he was behind recent land purchases in Central Florida. Bavar later described that Disney "looked like I had thrown a bucket of water in his face", before denying the story.[14] His reaction, combined with other research obtained during her Anaheim visit, led Bavar to author a story on October 21, 1965, where she predicted that Disney was building a second theme park in Florida.[14] Three days later, after gathering more information from various sources, the Sentinel published another article headlined, "We Say: 'Mystery Industry' Is Disney".[14]

Walt Disney had originally planned to publicly reveal Disney World on November 15, 1965, but in light of the Sentinel story, Disney asked Florida Governor Haydon Burns to confirm the story on October 25. His announcement called the new theme park "the greatest attraction in the history of Florida".[14] The official reveal was kept on the previously planned November 15 date, and Disney joined Burns in Orlando for the event.[14]

Roy Disney's oversight of construction[edit]

Roy O. Disney inspecting design plans on-site in Florida

Walt Disney died from circulatory collapse caused by lung cancer on December 15, 1966, before his vision was realized.[15] His brother and business partner, Roy O. Disney, postponed his retirement to oversee construction of the resort's first phase.

On February 2, 1967, Roy O. Disney held a press conference at the Park Theatres in Winter Park, Florida. The role of EPCOT was emphasized in the film that was played. After the film, it was explained that for Disney World, including EPCOT, to succeed, a special district would have to be formed: the Reedy Creek Improvement District with two cities inside it, Bay Lake and Reedy Creek, now Lake Buena Vista. In addition to the standard powers of an incorporated city, which include the issuance of tax-free bonds, the district would have immunity from any current or future county or state land-use laws. The only areas where the district had to submit to the county and state would be property taxes and elevator inspections.[9] The legislation forming the district and the two cities was signed into law by Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. on May 12, 1967.[16] The Supreme Court of Florida then ruled in 1968 that the district was allowed to issue tax-exempt bonds for public projects within the district, despite the sole beneficiary being Walt Disney Productions.

The original logo of Walt Disney World from 1971 to the mid 1990s; this logo is still used as an alternate logo, mainly for retro-themed merchandise.

The district soon began construction of drainage canals, and Disney built the first roads and the Magic Kingdom. The Contemporary Resort Hotel and the Polynesian Village Resort were also completed in time for the park's opening on October 1, 1971.[17][18] The Palm and Magnolia golf courses near the Magic Kingdom had opened a few weeks before, while Fort Wilderness opened one month later. Twenty-four days after the park opened, Roy O. Disney dedicated the property and declared that it would be known as "Walt Disney World", in his brother's honor. In his own words: "Everyone has heard of Ford cars. But have they all heard of Henry Ford, who started it all? Walt Disney World is in memory of the man who started it all, so people will know his name as long as Walt Disney World is here." After the dedication, Roy Disney asked Walt's widow, Lillian, what she thought of Walt Disney World. According to biographer Bob Thomas, she responded, "I think Walt would have approved." Roy Disney died at age 78 on December 20, 1971, less than three months after the property opened.[19]

Admission prices in 1971 were $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for juniors under age 18, and one dollar for children under twelve.[17]


An aerial shot of Walt Disney World in 1982

Much of Walt Disney's plans for his Progress City concept were abandoned after his death and after the company board decided that it did not want to be in the business of running a city. The concept evolved into the resort's second theme park, EPCOT Center, which opened in 1982 (renamed EPCOT in 1996). While still emulating Walt Disney's original idea of showcasing new technology, the park is closer to a world's fair than a "community of tomorrow". One of EPCOT's main attractions is the "World Showcase", which highlights 11 countries across the globe. Some of the urban planning concepts from the original idea of EPCOT would instead be integrated into the community of Celebration, Florida, much later. The resort's third theme park, Disney-MGM Studios (renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2008), opened in 1989 and is inspired by show business.

In the early 1990s, the resort was seeking permits for expansion. There was considerable environmentalist push-back, and the resort was convinced to engage in mitigation banking. In an agreement with The Nature Conservancy and the state of Florida, Disney purchased 8,500 acres (3,400 ha) of land, adjacent to the park for the purpose of rehabilitating wetland ecosystems. The Disney Wilderness Preserve was established in April 1993, and the land was subsequently transferred to The Nature Conservancy.[20] The Walt Disney Company provided additional funds for landscape restoration and wildlife monitoring.[21]

The resort's fourth theme park, Disney's Animal Kingdom, opened in 1998.

In October 2009, Disney World announced a competition to find a town to become twinned with. In December 2009, after Rebecca Warren won the competition with a poem, they announced the resort will be twinned with the English town of Swindon.[22]

George Kalogridis was named president of the resort in December 2012, replacing Meg Crofton, who had overseen the site, since 2006.

On January 21, 2016, the resort's management structure was changed, with general managers within a theme park being in charge of an area or land, instead of on a functional basis, as previously configured. Theme parks have already had a vice-president overseeing them. Disney Springs and Disney Sports were also affected. Now hotel general managers manage a single hotel instead of some managing multiple hotels.[23]

On October 18, 2017, it was announced that resort visitors could bring pet dogs to Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney's Art of Animation Resort and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.[24]

The 2018 version of The Walt Disney World logo.

In 2019, Josh D'Amaro replaced George Kalogridis as president of the resort. He had previously held the position of vice president of Animal Kingdom.[25] D'Amaro was subsequently promoted to chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products in May 2020, succeeding Bob Chapek, who was promoted to CEO of The Walt Disney Company in February 2020. Jeff Vahle, who served as president of Disney Signature Experiences subsequently took over as president of the resort.[26]

March 2020–present[edit]

On March 12, 2020, a Disney spokesperson announced that Disney World and Disneyland Paris would close business, beginning March 15, 2020.[27]

In June 2020[update], Walt Disney World was chosen to host the NBA Bubble for play of the 2019–20 season of the National Basketball Association to resume at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.[28] It was also the site for the MLS is Back Tournament, also held at the Sports Complex.

On July 11, 2020, Disney World officially reopened, beginning operations at 25% capacity at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida.[29] Four days later, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios for operation at 25% capacity to the public.[30] Masks were required at all times (including outdoors, on attractions, and while taking photos), all guests were required to have their temperature taken upon entry, plexiglass was installed on various attractions and transportation offerings, and shows that drew large crowds, such as parades and nighttime shows including Fantasmic! and Happily Ever After were not offered.[31]

In November 2020, the resort increased the guest capacity to 35% at all four theme parks, and on May 13, 2021, CEO Bob Chapek announced a further increase of capacity, effective immediately; however, he did not say to what capacity level it would be raised.[32] By mid-June 2021, temperature checks and mask mandates (except while on Disney transportation) had been lifted.[33] In late July 2021, mask mandates were reinstated for all attractions and indoor areas in light of new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control as the delta variant drove a significant increase in local cases. [34]

Starting on October 1, 2021, the resort is honoring its 50th anniversary with "The World's Most Magical Celebration".[35]

In January 2021, it was announced that Disney's Magical Express, a complimentary transportation and luggage service delivery to Walt Disney Resort guests that began in 2005, would be ending in 2022.[36] In August 2021, the Walt Disney Company announced that FastPass, which had been free since its introduction in 1999, would be retired and replaced with Genie+, a system costing guests $15 per day with the option of adding "Lightning Lane," which will be used for top-tier attractions, for an additional charge.[37]


Year Event
1965 Walt Disney announces the Florida Project
1966 Walt Disney dies of lung cancer at age 65
1967 Construction of Walt Disney World Resort begins
  • Disney's Village Resort opens
  • Lake Buena Vista Golf Course opens
  • The first three hotels open in the Hotel Plaza Boulevard area, an area designated for non-Disney hotels
1974 Discovery Island opens
1976 Disney's River Country opens
1982 EPCOT Center opens
1983 Horizons opens at Epcot on October 1.
1986 The Golf Resort is expanded and renamed The Disney Inn
1993 Mission to Mars closes at Magic Kingdom on October 4.
2000 The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge opens
2008 Disney-MGM Studios is renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios
2013 The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opens

Future expansion[edit]

The resort has a number of expansion projects planned or ongoing, including:


Map of the resort as of May 2015
One of four arches welcoming guests to the resort

The Florida resort is not within Orlando city limits but is southwest of Downtown Orlando. Much of the resort is in southwestern Orange County, with the remainder in adjacent Osceola County. The property includes the cities of Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake which are governed by the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The site is accessible from Central Florida's Interstate 4 via Exits 62B (World Drive), 64B (US 192 West), 65B (Osceola Parkway West), 67B (SR 536 West), and 68 (SR 535 North), Exit 6 on SR 417 South, the Central Florida GreeneWay and Exit 8 on SR 429, the Western Beltway. At its founding, the resort occupied approximately 30,500 acres (48 sq mi; 123 km2). Portions of the property have since been sold or de-annexed, including land now occupied by the Disney-built community of Celebration. By 2014, the resort occupied nearly 25,000 acres (39 sq mi; 101 km2).[4] The company acquired nearly 3,000 additional acres, in separate transactions, between December 2018 and April 2020.[40][41][42]


Further information: List of Walt Disney World Resort attractions

  • Entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Entrance to Disney's Blizzard Beach waterpark

  • Aerial shot of Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park

  • Paddlefish restaurant at Disney Springs

Theme parks[edit]

Water parks[edit]

Other attractions[edit]

  • Multiple resorts across Disney property offer a variety of spa treatments including Disney's Grand Floridian and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney's Boardwalk, located outside of their Boardwalk Inn, functions as an entertainment, dining, and shopping district.[43]
  • Epcot has annual festivals that run for limited amounts of time throughout the year like the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot Festival of the Arts, and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • Disney does special ticketed events throughout the year including the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which usually runs late August through October, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Disney Springs, opened March 22, 1975 (Previously known as Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, Disney Village Marketplace, and Downtown Disney)[44]
  • Disney's Wedding Pavilion, opened July 15, 1995
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports, opened March 28, 1997

Golf and recreation[edit]

Disney's property includes four golf courses. The three 18-hole golf courses are Disney's Palm (4.5 stars), Disney's Magnolia (4 stars), and Disney's Lake Buena Vista (4 stars). There is also a nine-hole walking course (no electric carts allowed) called Oak Trail, designed for young golfers. The Magnolia and Palm courses played home to the PGA Tour's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Arnold Palmer Golf Management manages the Disney golf courses.[45]

Additionally, there are two themed miniature golf complexes, each with two courses, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland.[46] The two courses at Fantasia Gardens are Fantasia Garden and Fantasia Fairways. The Garden course is a traditional miniature-style course based on the "Fantasia" movies with musical holes, water fountains and characters. Fantasia Fairways is a traditional golf course on miniature scale having water hazards and sand traps.[47]

The two courses at Winter Summerland are Summer and Winter, both themed around Santa. Summer is the more challenging of the two 18-hole courses.[47]

TeeRating/Slope1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Classic 76.0 / 141 428417170542492231422614500381652639916938459220345048549237007516
Blue 74.0 / 137 4243511615354462024106054263560 52238216337458820039843045635137073
White 71.6 / 130 4093351404994181683805343933276 51335515632053217937339945532826558
Gold 69.0 / 121 3843171254793551153395193272960 49630914830851614334938141730676027
Red 69.6 / 126 2852251103703471073064023162468 43030014029641712829230135526595127
Par 44354345436 5434534443672
SIMen's 315171111379581416184101226
SILadies' 713171131519518210121614846

Former attractions[edit]

  • Discovery Island – an island in Bay Lake that was home to many species of animals and birds. It opened on April 8, 1974, and closed on April 8, 1999.
  • Disney's River Country – the first water park at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on June 20, 1976, and closed on November 2, 2001.[49]
  • Walt Disney World Speedway – a racetrack at Walt Disney World and included the Richard Petty Driving Experience. It opened November 28, 1995, and closed on August 9, 2015.
  • DisneyQuest – an indoor interactive theme park that featured many arcade games and virtual attractions. It opened June 19, 1998 as part of an unsuccessful attempt to launch a chain of similar theme parks. It closed on July 2, 2017, to be replaced by the NBA Experience.[50]
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – opened December 23, 1998, and closed after December 31, 2017.[51]


See also: Category:Hotels in Walt Disney World Resort

Of the thirty-four resorts and hotels on the Walt Disney World property, 28 are owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. These are classified into four categories—Deluxe, Moderate, Value, and Disney Vacation Club Villas—and are located in one of five resort areas: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Wide World of Sports, Animal Kingdom, or Disney Springs resort areas. There is also the Other Select Deluxe Resorts category used to describe two resorts in the Epcot Resorts Area that carry Walt Disney World branding but are managed by a third party.

While all of the Deluxe resort hotels have achieved an AAA Four Diamond rating, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is considered the highest-tier flagship luxury resort on the Walt Disney World Resort complex.[52]

On-site Disney resorts[edit]

Name Image Opening date Theme Number of rooms Resort Area
Deluxe resorts
Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeAnimal Kingdom Lodge lobby.jpgApril 16, 2001African Wildlife preserve1,307Animal Kingdom
Disney's Beach Club ResortDisneyBeachClub1.jpgNovember 19, 1990Newport Beach cottage576Epcot
Disney's BoardWalk InnBoardwalkInn.JPGJuly 1, 1996Early-20th-century Atlantic and Ocean City378
Disney's Yacht Club ResortDisneyYacht1.jpgNovember 5, 1990Martha's Vineyard Resort621
Disney's Contemporary ResortContemporary tower monorail.jpgOctober 1, 1971Modern655Magic Kingdom
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDisney Resort courtyard pool.jpgJune 28, 1988Early-20th-century Florida867
Disney's Polynesian Village ResortPOLY Tahiti-beach.jpgOctober 1, 1971South Pacific492
Disney's Wilderness LodgeDisney World - Wilderness Lodge with rocks.jpgMay 28, 1994Pacific Northwest, National Park Service rustic729
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser[1]TBAStar Wars starshipTBA Epcot Resort Area
Moderate resorts
Disney's Caribbean Beach ResortDisney's Caribbean Beach Martinique.jpgOctober 1, 1988Caribbean Islands1,536Epcot
Disney's Coronado Springs ResortCoronado Springs pool view - panoramio.jpgAugust 1, 1997Mexico, American Southwest1,915Animal Kingdom
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French QuarterOrlando - Disney World - Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter - Guest Room Building (17033142029).jpgMay 17, 1991New Orleans French Quarter1,008Disney Springs
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – RiversideOrlando - Disney World - Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside - Food Court Building (16596877514).jpgFebruary 2, 1992Deep South2,048
Value resorts
Disney's All-Star Movies ResortDisney's All-Star Movie Resort 09.jpgJanuary 15, 1999Disney films1,920Animal Kingdom
Disney's All-Star Music ResortDisney´s All Star Music Resort - panoramio.jpgNovember 22, 1994Music1,604
Disney's All-Star Sports ResortDisney's All-Star Sports Resort 09.jpgApril 24, 1994Sports1,920
Disney's Art of Animation ResortArt of Animation Resort (42346698895).jpgMay 31, 2012Disney and Pixar animated films1,984Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Pop Century ResortDisney Resort 50s pool.jpgDecember 14, 200320th Century American pop culture2,880
Disney Vacation Club
Bay Lake TowerWalt Disney World - Disney's Contemporary Resort - Bay Lake Tower (7630508064).jpgAugust 4, 2009Modern428Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom VillasAugust 15, 2007African safari lodge708Animal Kingdom
Disney's Beach Club VillasJuly 1, 2002Newport resort282Epcot
Disney's Boardwalk VillasJuly 1, 1996Early-20th-century Atlantic City530
Disney's Old Key West ResortOld key west panoramic.jpgDecember 20, 1991Early-20th-century Key West761Disney Springs
Disney's Polynesian Villas & BungalowsApril 1, 2015South Seas380Magic Kingdom
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & SpaSaratoga Springs Resort.jpgMay 17, 20041880s Upstate New York resort1,320Disney Springs
The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & SpaOctober 23, 2013Early-20th-century Florida147Magic Kingdom
Boulder Ridge VillasBoulder Ridge Villas - CPRR Room 1.jpgNovember 15, 2000Pacific Northwest181
Copper Creek Villas & CabinsJuly 17, 2017Pacific Northwest184
Disney's Riviera ResortRiviera at Night (49560224208) (cropped).jpgDecember 16, 2019European Riviera300Epcot
Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge2022Nature900Magic Kingdom[53]
Cabins and campgrounds
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & CampgroundFort Wilderness cabin.jpgNovember 19, 1971Rustic Woods Camping800 campsites
409 cabins
Magic Kingdom
Residential areas
Golden Oak at Walt Disney World ResortFall 2011Varies450 homesMagic Kingdom
1.^ Future resorts are denoted in italics.

On-site non-Disney resorts[edit]

Hotel name Image Opening date Theme Number of rooms Owner Area
Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort HotelNovember 21, 1972None325Drury HotelsHotel Plaza Boulevard, close to Disney Springs
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs AreaMarch 15, 1987229Hilton Hotels Corporation
Wyndham Lake Buena VistaOctober 15, 1972626Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena VistaHilton Night 11 x 14 300 dpi.jpgNovember 23, 1983787Hilton Hotels Corporation
Holiday Inn Orlando - Disney Springs AreaFebruary 8, 1973323InterContinental Hotels Group
B Resort & SpaOctober 1, 1972394B Hotels & Resorts
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista PalaceBuenaVistaPalace.PNGMarch 10, 19831,014Hilton Hotels Corporation
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World ResortAugust 3, 2014450Four SeasonsMagic Kingdom
Bonnet Creek ResortVariousVarious, 3,000 totalHilton Worldwide, Wyndham WorldwideEpcot
Shades of GreenDisneyShadesOfGreen.jpgDecember 1973Upscale Country Club586United States Department of DefenseMagic Kingdom
Walt Disney World DolphinWalt-Disney-World-Dolphin.jpgJune 1, 1990Seaside Floridian Resort & Under the Sea1509Marriott InternationalEpcot
Walt Disney World SwanAt Disney's Boardwalk 04.JPGJanuary 13, 1990Seaside Floridian Resort & Under the Sea758Marriott InternationalEpcot
Walt Disney World Swan ReserveJuly, 2021Upscale Boutique Hotel349Marriott InternationalEpcot

Former resorts[edit]

Never-built resorts[edit]

Disney's Magical Express[edit]

Main article: Disney's Magical Express

Guests with a Disney Resort reservation (excluding the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin) that arrive at Orlando International Airport can be transported to their resort from the airport using the complimentary Disney's Magical Express service, which is operated by Mears Destination Services. Guests can also have their bags picked up and transported to their resort for them through a contract with BAGS Incorporated on participating airlines. Many resorts feature Airline Check-in counters for guests returning to the airport. Here their bags will be checked all the way through to their final destination and they can also have boarding passes printed for them. Current participating airlines are Delta, United, American, JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska Airlines. It was announced in early January 2021, that Disney would be ending the service on January 1, 2022, citing a shift in consumer demand for more flexibility in transportation options.[55]


In the first year of opening, the park attracted 10,712,991 visitors.[56] In 2018, the resort's four theme parks all ranked in the top 9 on the list of the 25 most visited theme parks in the world: (1st) Magic Kingdom—20,859,000 visitors; (6th) Disney's Animal Kingdom—13,750,000 visitors; (7th) Epcot—12,444,000 visitors; and (9th) Disney's Hollywood Studios—11,258,000 visitors.[5] By October 2020, maximum Disney World attendance was still allowed to only remain at 25% capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] A recent study found that reducing Magic Kingdom park capacity to 25% would result in a 54.1% reduction in annual attendance. This capacity limit causes less annual revenue, and may lower the number of visitors to the Orlando region.[57]

YearMagic KingdomEpcotDisney's Hollywood StudiosDisney's Animal KingdomOverallRef.




33138 33139 33140 33141 33142