Disney World is a fantasy destination for anyone between the ages of two and 102. However, despite the fact that it’s spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of things you probably didn’t know about Disney World. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!
Number Ten: Animal Kingdom Is Getting Its First Night Show
On March 2, 2016, the resort announced that Animal Kingdom will soon have its very first night show. The show is called Rivers of Light and will debut on April 22. It will take place in the Asia section of the kingdom and is set on the Discovery River.
Number Nine: Disney World Is Getting a New Restaurant
And it’s called Tiffins. The restaurant is slated to open in the spring and will be located in Animal Kingdom. The menu will be inspired by places where Disney’s Imagineers traveled when they were designing the park.
Number Eight: It’s Hosting The Invictus Games This Year
The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for Paralympic athletes. The games will be held in the United States for the very first time this year, and they’re going to be held at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Number Seven: Magic Kingdom Is Celebrating a Special Birthday
The kingdom opened 45 years ago this year! Its anniversary will be marked on October 1, and the celebration is sure to be filled with lots of fun and Disney-inspired events.
Number Six: The Park Is the Size of San Francisco
It’s true! The entirety of Disney World is the size of two Manhattans or one San Francisco. It’s truly more than a resort – it’s an entire community.
Number Five: On Opening Day, Admission Was Less Than $5
Though the entrance fee to the park is quite steep today, on its opening day, entrance into Disney World cost just $3.50. Today, tickets cost around $100.
Number Four: It Would Take You Nearly 70 Years to Stay in Each of the Resort’s Hotel Rooms
It’s no secret that the resort has a lot of hotels. Well, in case you’ve ever wondered how much time it’d take you to spend a night in each room in every single hotel, we’ve got the answer – 68 years.
Number Three: The Cinderella Castle Is Made Entirely of Fiberglass
The park’s Cinderella Castle is the beating heart and soul of Disney World, but what most people don’t realize is that the castle is made entirely of fiberglass. It’s also nearly empty and contains only a restaurant, a gift shop, and a hotel room that is next to impossible to book (but extremely cool nonetheless).
Number Two: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
EPCOT was designed to be a futuristic city, and the name is actually an acronym! It stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
Number One: It’s the Country’s Largest Single-Site Employer
Disney World is big – and we mean big. The resort is the United States’ largest single-site employer, and its employees aren’t even called employees. They’re called cast members! Thanks for reading!