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GUIDE to all 4 Disney World Parks

Just how many Disney World Parks are there? This is a question we get all the time, especially from people who are visiting Disney World from outside the United States! This is probably because the Orlando area has so many different theme parks.

People seem to think that parks like Universal Studios and LEGOLAND are part of Disney World, but they are not.

While in the greater Orlando area, these parks are separate from Disney and have their own ticket structures and resorts.

So how many parks are in Disney World? The answer is that there are four theme parks at Disney World in Orlando and here is what you need to know about each one.

Guide to the 4 Disney World Parks

The 4 Disney World Parks in Orlando Explained

Each of the 4 parks in Disney World offers different rides and attractions. In this guide, we will take a closer look at each of the Disney World theme parks in Orlando and what makes them unique.

Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom’s main theme is just that, animals! You’ll find the park divided into 5 different areas based on different lands.

Lioness on Safari at Animal Kingdom

Africa

In this area, you will walk through an African village where you will find everything from drum circles to acrobatic performers.

Kilimanjaro Safari in Animal Kingdom

Guests can go on an African safari to see such wildlife as lions, zebra, giraffes, and other magnificent animals roaming freely.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

There is a Wildlife Express steam train that takes you from Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, an interactive conservation center where guests enter and learn about animals and their environments.

Asia Signage in Animal Kingdom

Asia

Here, you will be able to walk past Asian ruins complete with monkeys and take a walking journey that will allow you to see Bengal Tigers, Komodo dragons, and even bats!

Two rides you won’t want to miss are Expedition Everest (a coaster that brings you on a close encounter with the Yeti) and Kali River Rapids, a white-water raft adventure through a rainforest.

Animal Kingdom Dinosaur Ride

DinoLand U.S.A.

You will venture back in time with this part of Animal Kingdom.

Go on a thrilling ride to escape dinosaurs on DINOSAUR, kids can dig in The Boneyard for fossils and have a fun time in the dinosaur-themed fair playground.

Finding Nemo Musical

Although not dinosaur-themed, you will also find the live show, “Finding Nemo-The Musical.”

Tree of Life Facts

Discovery Island

The center of Animal Kingdom is where all the lands meet. You will find The Tree of Life in the center.

Surrounding the tree are animal exhibits. Inside the tree, is a 3D show with special effects, “It’s Tough to be a Bug.”

Pandora Floating Mountains

Pandora – The World of Avatar

This section of Animal Kingdom makes you feel like you are walking straight into the movie, Avatar.

PANDORA FLIGHT OF PASSAGE

You can fly on the back of a mountain banshee in Pandora on the Avatar Flight of Passage or journey into a bioluminescent rainforest on the Na’vi River Journey.

Epcot Park at Walt Disney World

EPCOT

The front of the park is divided into three neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature.

World Celebration

The World Celebration neighborhood is the heart of Epcot and is located at its center.

NEW Epcot Fountain

It is home to iconic structures such as Spaceship Earth, which serves as the park’s symbol and main attraction.

This neighborhood also features several character meet & greets and the iconic Journey into the Imagination with Figment.

Epcot Mission Space
Courtesy Disney

World Discovery

World Discovery is one of the four neighborhoods in Epcot and is dedicated to celebrating achievements in science and technological innovation.

Test Track at Epcot

It is home to some of the most popular thrill rides in Epcot, such as Mission: SPACE and Test Track.

Journey of Water

World Nature

Visitors to World Nature can explore nature in a number of different ways in EPCOT.

The newest addition is Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. This walking trail uses water in various ways to entertain, inspire, and educate visitors.

Under the Sea with Nemo and Friends Ride

Guests can also ride The Seas with Nemo & Friends where guests can learn about marine life and conservation efforts.

Soarin over California

Soarin’ Around the World takes guests throughout the globe with a flight simulator that makes visitors feel like they are hand-gliding over different iconic destinations.

Germany Pavilion

World Showcase

This part of the park is a kaleidoscope of 11 nations featuring architecturally authentic buildings, experiences, and entertainment.

The countries featured in Epcot’s World Showcase are:

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

You will also find dining experiences that focus on the native foods of each country.

Hollywood Studios Park

Hollywood Studios

This Disney World park focuses on giving guests a behind-the-scenes Hollywood experience.

You will find that the entire park has many Hollywood-inspired rides and attractions.

Hollywood Boulevard in Disney World

Hollywood Boulevard

This is the central area of the park. You will find stage shows and a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater which is the central hub of Hollywood Studios.

Echo Lake

In this small section of the park, you will find a theme of adventure.

Two of the most popular attractions in this area are Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! and Star Tours—The Adventures Continues.

Muppets 3D at Hollywood Studios

Grand Avenue

The Muppets take center stage on this street. You will find a 3D Muppet show as well as a Muppet-themed pizzeria.

New at Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land

The newest addition to  Hollywood Studios makes you feel as though you have walked right into the backyard of Andy.

Filled with Andy’s toys, you will find Toy Story-themed rides and experiences.

Galaxy's Edge Opening in Disney World
Courtesy Disney

Galaxy’s Edge

This part of the park is built to make you feel like you are inside the Star Wars universe.

It is where you will find two new rides along with shops and Star Wars-themed experiences.

It is brand new and perfect for anyone who wants to be where the action is!

Star Wars Launch Bay

Animation Courtyard

Star Wars Launch Bay is a primary location within the park for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars.

Another area is dedicated to Disney Junior.

You’ll find a live stage show as well as a meet & greet for some of your favorite Disney Junior characters.

Sunset Boulevard

One of the most popular areas in Hollywood Studios, this street features some of the best rides and attractions.

Rockin Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is an indoor roller coaster featuring music from Aerosmith.

Hollywood Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror takes guests on a plummeting ride down 13 stories.

Costumes in the Live Beauty and Beast show at Hollywood Studios

There are two amazing live shows: Beauty and the Beast and Fantasmic!

Disney Welcome Show

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is divided into 6 different lands with Cinderella Castle as the centerpiece of the park.

Main Street USA

Main Street, U.S.A.

This is the first area you go through when entering the park.

You will find a town filled with its normal buildings including a Fire station, City Hall and Barbershop!

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Ride

Adventureland

In this land, you will find rides and attractions that deal with adventure: Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and more.

Thunder Mountain Railroad in Magic Kingdom

Frontierland

Go back to a time when the United States was just beginning to go West.

Built to look like the old West, you will find the popular rides Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain in this part of the park.

Liberty Tree Tavern

Liberty Square

The location of the United States’ first White House was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Liberty Square

This area of the park is built to look like you’ve walked back in time to Philadelphia in the 18th century.

Magic Kingdom Secret at Haunted Mansion

You’ll find Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square Riverboat, and The Hall of Presidents.

Sword in the Stone

Fantasyland

Probably the most favorite part of Magic Kingdom takes you into the Disney classics.

Fantasyland Rides & Experiences

You’ll find rides and attractions that bring Disney characters to life Peter Pan’s Flight, Mad Tea Party, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland

Venture into the land of the future with rides and attractions that take on an out-of-this-world theme.

Buzz LIghtyear Space Ranger Spin Clue

You’ll find Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain, and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

Tron Ride in Magic Kingdom

There are also two Disney roller coasters in this part of the park: Space Mountain and Tron Lightcycle/ RUN.

Disney World Parks

Each of the 4 parks at Disney World is in a separate area on Disney property but is all part of the true Disney experience.

In addition to these four Disney World parks, Disney also has two water parks (Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon), two mini-golf courses (Fantasia Gardens & Summerland), an ESPN Sports complex, and a shopping district (Disney Springs).

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Corlis Guidry

Monday 19th of February 2024

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