Know Nothing About Disney World? Start Here.

by | Feb 12, 2018 | Disney Parks, The Basics | 2 comments

As a person who not only visits Disney World constantly but also writes Disney-focused content in a Disney-focused community, sometimes it’s easy to forget who I write this blog for.


Normal people with lives, careers, families, commitments, and 2.4 million things to juggle. People who don’t always have time to keep up-to-date with every little detail.

Spaceship Earth - Epcot

When I’m always talking with cast members, passholders, and frequent visitors, I sometimes start to think that everyone already knows everything.

But when I overhear conversations (and, let’s be honest, sometimes arguments 😱) in the parks, it serves as a great reminder that there’s a TON of info out there and not everyone has the time or inclination to learn everything beforehand. Heck, if you’re visiting for the first time, you might not realize any of these options are available or even necessary.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - Disney's Hollywood Studios

So if you’re a total Walt Disney World newbie? I’m here for you.

Let’s start with the basics.

Walt Disney World is located in Orlando, Florida (Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, mostly, if you want to get specific, but technically, Disney property lies within multiple counties).

The Walt Disney World Resort area is roughly the size of San Francisco.

Tree of Life - Disney's Animal Kingdom

There are four parks:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom

One shopping/dining/fun district:

  • Disney Springs

Disney Springs

Two water parks:

  • Blizzard Beach
  • Typhoon Lagoon

Two mini golf courses:

  • Winter Summerland
  • Fantasia Gardens

Four “actual” golf courses:

  • Magnolia
  • Palm
  • Lake Buena Vista
  • Oak Trail

And around 25 Disney-owned hotels (this number includes Disney Vacation Club villas). There are also at least a dozen non-Disney hotels on property.

Disney World is often referred to as The Happiest Place on Earth; however, that’s actually Disneyland. Walt Disney World is The Place Where Dreams Come True.

Yes, there’s a lot of info to take in, but we can totally do this the more magic, less stress way: bite-sized blog posts!

What do you want to learn more about next? Let me know in the comments!

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