Walt Disney World is the world's largest and most visited recreational resort. Located approximately 6 miles southwest of Orlando, Florida, USA, the resort covers an area of 47.00 sq mi; (121.7 km2) and includes four theme parks, two water parks, 23 on-site themed resort hotels (excluding 8 that are on-site, but not owned by the Walt Disney Company), including a campground, two health spas and fitness centers, and other recreational venues and entertainment. It opened on October 1, 1971 with only the Magic Kingdom theme park and has since added Epcot (October 1, 1982), Disney's Hollywood Studios (May 1, 1989) and Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park (April 22, 1998) and the two water parks. The addition od Disney Cruise Lines has created comprhensive Disney Vacation opportunitied on land or sea!
This world famous resort was inspired by the dreams of Walt Disney and his creation of Disneyland in California. Its original theme park, Magic Kingdom, is designed similarly to Disneyland.See Specials Walt Disney World Vacations
Walt Disney created "Walt Disney Worldl" in order to have a vacation resort that was much different from Disneyland's one-day visit; this includes a much wider variety of sports, recreation, uniquely-themed resort hotels and entertainment.