What started as Walt Disney’s one park holiday resort entirely for families has now almost grown into a full-fledged fun town. And it’s much more than a playground for kids. It’s grand, it’s multipurpose and has a lot on offer even for grownups – honeymooners, young couples, seniors and singles. This feat by Disney, where they make a grand trip of a lifetime to Disney World possible for adults, was unimaginable, 15 years ago.
The Walt Disney World in Florida pans 47 square miles of lush landscape, making space for everything imaginable – wildlife, attractions and amenities, lakes and woodland. Taking the trend of ‘eye for detail’ forward, it demonstrates originality and creativity in terms of depth, quality and range of its attractions. As a result, its popularity, amongst theme parks is unparalleled. Even when it’s not peak season, the crowds are pretty much the same, that is, in huge numbers.
Magic Kingdom at Disney World holds the quintessential classic Disney Movies charm and has the most child-like appeal amongst all the attractions. There is an IllumiNations nightly extravaganza and is considered to be quite an attraction. Then, there’s Hollywood Studios, laden with thrilling attractions and rides. The most popular rides are the Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster starring Aerosmith and the Twilight Zone Of Terror.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom introduces you to wildlife amongst rides and attractions, something that you’ll hardly find anywhere else. The highlights are broadway-like shows of Finding Nemo -The Musical and The Lion King and Expedition Everest coaster. Rivers of Light is an elaborate night time show and the newest addition to this. 2017 has another offering in the Kingdom, in the form of Pandora- the World of Avatar.
For the extreme outdoorsy types, Disney World Florida has Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. These are expansive water parks with splash areas, slides and flumes. Disney also caters to the shopaholics with shopping, dining and nightlife joints.
When to visit
The peak seasons are the two weeks leading to Easter and Autumn from September to November. If you want to avoid a mad rush, January, February and December first half are the best months to visit. Even then, some rides may have a queue topping upto two hours owing to popularity.
There are two main options. If you have a good budget or hate being on roads, Disney has its own Disney Hotel. It’s close to the attractions and offers free transport. You may also stay at an offsite hotel or a holiday villa in Kissimmee area or Lake Buena Vista.
To make the most of your trip, it’s always good to do some research beforhand. Save money on bottled water by carrying a re-fillable water bottle and always carry a lightweight umbrella or rain poncho. Another thing to keep in mind is that sunstroke and sunburn are Florida’s biggest menace.
However, that is not a strong enough to reason to dampen your Disney spirit. We say, pack your bags, revv up your engine, shout out YallaHabibi and head out to Disney World for you next holiday.