”, “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey,” “Fantasmic!”, Sunset Boulevard with The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
• One additional water adventure park, Blizzard Beach.
• Two miniature golf courses, Fantasia and Winter Summerland.
• Major nighttime entertainment, dining and shopping in three areas of the new Downtown Disney, including Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil®.
“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. Disney As it moves through the new millennium, Walt Disney World Resort continues to grow in size and scope far greater than anyone could have imagined in 1971 when the new “World” opened with just one park -- Magic Kingdom -- and two resort hotels.
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." Plaque dedicated October 25, 1971, by Roy O. Today’s Vacation Kingdom encompasses four major Disney theme parks, two water parks, six golf courses and the Downtown Disney dining/shopping/entertainment complex.
Total visitation in the four Disney theme parks is more than 700 million guests.
There are 21 individual Disney resorts, plus a totally different kind of new-age community called Celebration, also an outgrowth of Walt Disney’s original Florida dream.
The Walt Disney World Resort that burst on the scene in the 1970s rapidly became the world’s best-known destination vacation resort with guests coming from all parts of the world.
After opening, construction was concentrated on new attractions and facilities inside Magic Kingdom.
By 1982, Walt Disney World Resort had doubled its investment with the addition of Epcot, Walt Disney World Village and six resorts. During the '80s it also added Disney-MGM Studios, its first luxury resort (Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort), first moderate hotel (Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) plus three other hotels, Pleasure Island, Typhoon Lagoon water park and greatly expanded live entertainment, recreation and at least 30 major Disney park adventures.
It was not until the decade of the '90s, however, that Disney growth became truly phenomenal. Eisner unveiled an ambitious ten-year building plan. By mid-decade attendance passed 500 million guests. Among major accomplishments of The Disney Decade: • Disney’s Animal Kingdom -- a whole new species of theme park with 13 animal-themed adventures opened in 1998. • In other parks, '90s attractions included: at Epcot - Innoventions, “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience,” high-speed Test Track and the highly creative Journey Into Your Imagination; at Magic Kingdom - Splash Mountain, “Legend of the Lion King,” The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and New Tomorrowland; at Disney-MGM Studios - Star Tours, “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” “Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3-D,” “Disney’s Doug Live!