Walt Disney World® (WDW) (not affiliated with TouristFlorida.com, LLC) - Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee/Celebration - (407)W-DISNEY or (407)824-4321 - it's exactly that, A WORLD, of many-varied entertainment experiences. WDW can be conceptually divided into 4 major theme parks:
The Magic Kingdom has attractions & live shows built around popular Disney stories & popular fantasy themes;
Epcot is a world's fair-like vision of the present & future themed around countries, technology, Earth and the future;
Disney-MGM Studios has popular movie-themed attractions
Disney's Animal Kingdom is a park built around animal themed attractions, live shows, safaris, action-thrill-rides & educating the public about preserving wildlife & their habitats.
There are also 3 major water parks: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, & River Country. Disney's site covers it best so please consider going to http://www.disneyworld.com to get a glimpse of this dynamic/ever-changing universe of fantastic amusement/entertainment.
Perhaps our strength in covering WDW might be to mention what might possibly be some of WDW's lesser known attributes such as Downtown Disney®'s:
Marina & Boat Rental - you'll find several different sized water-craft for rent that you can guide through lakes (including Lake Buena Vista) linked by canals. You'll see several diffent types of resorts and see a unique side of Disney. It's alot of fun. When it's busy they operate FREE water-shuttles which you can ride from one end of Downtown Disney to the other.
Magic Music Days Stage is an open-air (with seating) location featuring seasonal live perfomances by school groups and others from around the nation.
Disney Quest indoor Interactive Theme Park (where you'll find VR and other interactive gaming and electronic entertainment experiences.
LEGO® Imagination Center features outside their store a place where one can build LEGO creations and you can see a GIANT LEGO® dragon on the lake that took a year to construct, a giant LEGO® UFO, giant LEGO® dinosaurs, people and other creations.
Cirque du Soleil®'s La Nouba ™ Show (general website) (407)939-1298 (WDW #), within their tent-like-fascade but permanent comfortable theater, you'll find a mixture of circus art, Broadway spectacular and acrobatic prowess). It's excellent.
House of Blues™ (407)934-BLUE (2583) where you will find the very highest caliber popular entertainers from every music genre. See their site for the schedule, you'll be impressed with the top-acts that they book.
Wolfgang-Puck® (407)938-WOLF (9653), brought to you by the world famous chef of the same name. 4 dining options with The Express tray service, B's Lounge & Sushi Bar, The Cafe with full-service casual dining and upstairs there's the up-scale Wolfgang Puck "fusion-style" epicureanism, currently (checked Feb. '02) Executive Sous Chef Justin Plank is at the WDW location.
Bongos Cuban Cafe™ (407)828-0999 created by the world famous entertainers Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is where you'll find cuban cuisine.
Planet Hollywood (general website covers all Planet Hollywoods) dine amongst numerous Hollywood props within an interesting-to-look-at globe.
Some of the interesting stores at Downtown Disney include:
Guitar Gallery™ (407)827-0118 where you'll find some really cool autographed, rare and unique guitars.
Magic Masters® where you'll see an up-close free presentation of prestidigitation by professional magicians (and the tricks are also for sale.)
Sosa Family Cigars (800)773-7412 (yes they mail-order)
Starabilias - Celebrity memorabilia including autographed posters, props, and hollywoodiana.
Hoypoloi Gallery (407)827-0112 Eclectic Art Shop
Fulton's Crab House - offers fresh fish and other seafood, located within a building on the water designed to look like a large olde-tyme paddle-wheeler.
also to be found (sometimes in other cities too):
Virgin Megastore (world site) where you can get music and videos of every type.
Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop (descended from the world-famous San Francisco chocolate/confection masters.
Rainforest Cafe® - Dine amongst rainforest decor including giant exotic fish tanks and animatronics.
there's also a giant AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theater movie complex
Also there are several dozen Disney owned stores and other stores & concessions at Downtown Disney some of which are: Mickey's Groove Disney Shop, Disney's Candy Cauldron, Mouse House Disney apparel, SuperStar Studios record your own music, Missing Link fast food, DTV Disney merchandise shop, Suspended Animation which is a sales gallery of animation cels and art, Portobello Yacht Club featuring Italian cuisine, Reel Finds featuring Hollywood collectibles, Changing Attitudes featuring trendy sportswear, D-Zertz sweet shop, Cap'n Jacks Restaurant featuring crab-cakes, clam chowder, shrimp & ribs and even more stores there too!.
Pleasure Island (407)934-7639 requires paid admission after 7:00 p.m. (which is included in the Park Hopper® Plus and Ultimate Park Hopper passes) which has entertainment venues such as
BET Soundstage™ Club (with Hip-Hop & R&B music, must be 21 to enter Thur.-Sat.);
Adventurers Club (travel from room to room with "zany explorers" as they re-count adventure stories;
Comedy Warehouse featuring improvisation;
8TRAX featuring retro sounds from the '70's & '80's;
Mannequins Dance Palace (must be 21 to enter) dance club;
Pleasure Island Jazz Company Rock'n'Roll Beach Club has live bands and DJ's playing rock hits, and there's
MOTION which features top-40 dance music with live DJ's
You may also want to check out other attractions elsewhere on WDW property such as Disney's Wide World of Sports which hosts a very long list of a variety of sporting events. Or you may want to go to the Walt Disney World Speedway for the Richard Petty Experience where you can ride or drive a real race car. There are numerous resorts on the WDW property that cater to different economic target markets. Of course, the WDW complex is a must-see, and you could spend your entire vacation here and not see all of it (but don't miss the rest of Central Florida, if you have the time!) Visit their site, and enjoy your vacation!
1 word review for WDW as a whole - "BEST!"
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