Walt Disney World Resort, resort complex close Orlando, Fla., envisioned by Walt Disney and highlighting attractions based on stories and characters made by the Disney Company.
Following the success of Disneyland, close Anaheim, Calif., Disney started searching for an area for his second amusement park. In 1965 he purchased 43 acres (17 hectares) of desolate land in focal Florida. Disney passed on late the next year, and his sibling Roy Disney assumed supervision of the undertaking. The Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971 to extraordinary success. By the mid 21st century it had developed to encompass 47 square miles (122 square km) and included four amusement parks—the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom—as well as two water parks and numerous hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers. The Disney World amusement parks are some of the significant tourist destinations on the planet, especially for families with youthful kids. By the turn of the 21st century, the Magic Kingdom—the resort’s most prominent park—pulled in 17 million visitors every year.