Walt Disney World, located in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, is the flagship of Disney’s worldwide theme park empire and the most popular tourist attraction in Florida. It is also by far, the world’s largest and most-visited theme park resort. The centerpieces of Walt Disney World are the four theme parks: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom, is the first-built of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. Opened in 1971, its layout and attractions are similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. In 2012, the park hosted over 17 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world.
Epcot is more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park. It is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “Permanent World’s Fair.”
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is dedicated to show business, drawing inspiration from the heyday of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the second largest theme park in world, behind Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. It is the first Disney theme park themed entirely around animal conservation, a philosophy once pioneered by Walt Disney himself.
Despite popular misconceptions, the Florida resort is not within Orlando city limits, but is actually about 34 km (21 miles) southwest of downtown Orlando, much of it in southwestern Orange County.