Visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot

After our seven night cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy, we decided to extend our stay in the Orlando area by three more days so we can experience a couple of the parks in Disney World.

Walt Disney World is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake, Florida, and is the flagship of Disney’s worldwide theme park empire. The resort opened on October 1, 1971, and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with over 50 million visitors annually.

The property that houses Disney World covers 27,258 acres (43 square miles!), and includes 27 themed resort hotels, 9 non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, one nine-hole walking golf course for young golfers, two themed miniature golf courses, one camping resort, one residential area, and additional recreational and entertainment venues. To say the place is big is a huge understatement. It’s pretty much its own city, and has the same powers.

In order to create Disney World, the Government of Florida created the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special government district that essentially gave The Walt Disney Company the standard powers and autonomy of an incorporated city. Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open. That was followed by Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Due to time constraints, we only had a chance to check out the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The Magic Kingdom is similar to the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland, only on a much bigger scale. While the Magic Kingdom is the most visited Disney park, I like Epcot more. It wasn’t as busy and featured more attractions. It also have the really cool Test Track by Chevrolet ride, which was Sally’s favorite ride (next to Turtle Talk with Crush, which was also at Epcot).

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