Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort, informally known as Walt Disney World or simply Disney World or shortly WDW, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake, Florida (mailing address is Lake Buena Vista, Florida), near Kissimmee, 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 an attendance of over 52 million annually.

Designed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955, the complex was developed by Walt Disney in the 1960s. “The Florida Project”, as he called it, was originally to be built in hopes of differential in design and scheme from Disneyland with its own diverse set of rides. Walt Disney’s original plans also called for the inclusion of an “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” (EPCOT), a planned community that would serve as a test bed for new innovations for city living. After extensive lobbying, 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. However, Disney died on December 15, 1966, before construction began. Without the mind of Disney spearheading the construction of Walt Disney World, the Disney Company instead created the resort very similar to Disneyland, just on a much larger scale, along with abandoning his concept of an experimental planned community.

Coincidentally, Disneyland is in Orange County in California and Walt Disney World is in Orange County in Florida.

Mickey's first appearance in Steamboat Willie (1928).

Mickey’s first appearance in Steamboat Willie (1928).


I suspect there aren’t many in the world who are unfamiliar with the Disney footprint with the scope of parks, characters, and movie franchises. So from Disneyland to a galaxy far, far away (STAR WARS); from Donald Duck to Miss Piggy, delve into the world that began with a whistling mouse!



  1. […] Written for Phoenix Rising “DisneyLand” […]


  2. William Preston


    All these sights
    that we walk amid,
    where adults
    can be kids,
    as Walt Disney used to say,
    started with a mouse.


  3. July 24 – Walt Disney World

    Once Upon A Disney Dream

    Once upon a Disney dream
    Not so very long ago
    I found myself in wonderland
    Where I could be a child again
    Of which I had every intention
    Not to mention
    A plan

    I would ride on every ride
    Fast Pass those with long lines
    But lines don’t really bother me
    They’re just a chance for me to see
    The other’s waiting patiently
    Along with me
    Oh well

    I got into the Haunted Mansion
    Saw nine hundred ninety-nine spirits
    Well, I may have missed one or two
    Finding them all is hard to do
    But I gave it a good try
    As they all passed me by
    Just sayin’

    Space Mountain was next on my list
    It’s one of my most favorite rides
    It’s fun; it’s dark; and it’s really fast
    The only trouble is the fun doesn’t last
    Before you know it, it’s done
    What the heck; it’s still fun
    And worth it

    Then there’s the Carousel of Progress
    My wife’s favorite relaxing journey
    The audience spins around the stage
    Learning ‘bout what once was the rage
    It’s fun going back in time
    A nice place to unwind
    And we do

    Of course there’s Pirates of the Caribbean
    With Johnny Depp in several scenes
    The Hall of President’s is historic
    It’s a Small Worlds can be euphoric
    But give me the Laugh Factory
    Or Buzz’s shooting galaxy
    What fun

    My stomach growls so very loudly
    I must find a turkey leg to chomp
    I have one every time I’m here
    Then an ice cream with Mickey ears
    Disney food is so very yummy
    Everything gives me a happy tummy
    Now I’m full

    The sun is setting over Cinderella’s Castle
    Better claim a good place to watch
    The fireworks and the parade of lights
    Two of my most anticipated sights
    Such magic displayed so magically
    Such memories to take home with me
    From Disney World

    I woke up from my Disney dream
    And realized the fantastic truth
    Though it was just a dream, you see
    It will soon become reality
    ‘Cause we got our reservations
    For our Disney Christmas vacation

    Hope to see you there


  4. Epcot Center at Christmas

    The giant golf ball
    Gathering of around-the-world buildings
    Sculpted Disney Character hedges
    A tall scantily decorated Christmas tree
    Nineteenth century Christmas carolers
    A thin Father Christmas
    dressed in red velvet with white fur trim
    saying a bunch of forgettable words.

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  6. Posting three in one and running! Goodness gravy…how do I get so behind?!

    Thank you for the inspiration, Walt…sorry to be so scarce in the commenting this time around… : /



    Vision on a grand scale
    is never short sighted.
    I’d have been delighted
    to think such thoughts.

    The joy this world brought
    back when California was
    a prototype, and all the hype
    focused there. But dare I say

    to this day those mild joys
    exposed the wonders of nature,
    serial adventures and animated
    standards standing the test of time.

    Techniques have changed greatly,
    and lately Florida holds the keys.
    A whole new world and a world full
    of whole new worlds. Boys and girls

    of all ages would turn back the pages
    for one more glimpse of youth,
    with family together on Sunday night
    right in front of the television,

    to witness an hour of the man’s
    vision. A grand scale, never short changed.
    Mr. Disney’s Wonderful World,
    how families were entertained.

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  8. Hey Walt

    What do you think?
    How are we doing?
    We made some changes
    to you visionary dream.
    But we let the mouse
    lead us forward.
    Is this kingdom
    we created worthy
    of your name?
    Hey Walt,
    we miss you.

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  9. Disney Delights

    In my twenties, fell in love
    with a fantasy world. Envied
    Goofy, his job, hugged
    by Chip and Dale. No Epcot
    yet. I roamed from one land
    to another without leaving
    the area.

    Although partial to Warner Brothers,
    I was thrilled by Disney
    characters on parade down
    Main Street. Tea cup ride,
    country bear jamboree, and wild
    west shows. Never wanted
    to go home, imagining how
    it might be to stay there
    forever. However, I was not
    Peter Pan.

    Echoes of the song still play
    in my head, It’s a small world
    after all . . .

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