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Disney Friday: Going to Disney! Which one?

You’re going to Disney! You’re going to see the castle, take a picture with Mickey and Minnie and go on all those cool rides people talk about. But do you really know where you’re going? Disney has 6 locations around the world. 7 if you count the one in Hawaii but we’ll get to that. That brings us to this week’s Disney Friday question…

Which Disney location do I want to see?

Walt Disney World

Open Date: October 1, 1971
Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida (20 miles southwest of Orlando)
Total Parks: 4 +Disney Springs
Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
EPCOT
Animal Kingdom
Average Visitors: 53,000 people each day (Just Magic Kingdom- 20.4 million each year)
Resort Hotels: 28
Fun Facts:
– Looking for Cinderella’s Castle? You’ll see it here!
– Top ranked wedding and honeymoon location.
– Walt Disney World is the size of San Francisco.

**** Very important Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World are 3 (very) different “parks”. They are in no way connected.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Open Date: April 15, 1983
Location: Chiba Prefecture (12 kilometers east of central Tokyo)
Total Parks: 2
Tokyo Disneyland Park
Tokyo DisneySea
Average Visitors: 16.5 million people each year
Resort Hotels: 4
Fun Facts:
– First Disney resort to be built outside of the U.S.
– Holds the only Sea inspired Disney theme park. (The castle? Atlantica)
– The waterway throughout the park is the largest body of water in any Disney theme park.

Disneyland Paris (Euro Disney)

Open Date: April 12, 1992
Location: Marne-la-Valle, France (20 miles east of Paris)
Total Parks: 2
Disneyland Park
Walt Disney Studios Park
Average Visitors: 13.4 million each year
Resort Hotels: 7
Fun Facts:
-Around 20 million meals are served each year.
-Largest single-site employer in France with 15,000 employees.
-Looking for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle? You’ll see it here!

Hong Kong Disneyland

Open Date: September 12, 2005
Location: Lantou Island (30 miles southwest of Hong Kong)
Total Parks: 1
Average Visitors: 6.1 million people each year
Resort Hotels: 3
Fun Facts:
– 5th Disney park to open in the world.
– Holds Disney’s first Marvel themed ride. The Iron Man Experience
– Earned 540 awards from local or international associations.

Shanghai Disney Resort

Open Date: June 16, 2016
Location: Pudong New District, Shanghai
Total Parks: 1
Average Visitors: 11 million people each year
Resort Hotels: 2
Fun Facts:
– When opening it was the 6th Disney resort worldwide.
– 12th Disney theme park worldwide.
– “Disney’s Storybrook Express” is the longest Disney parade.

Disneyland Resort

Open Date: July 17, 1955
Location: Anaheim, California
Total Parks: 2 +Downtown Disney District
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Average Visitors: 44,000 people each day
Resort Hotels: 3
Fun facts:
– This was the first Disney location.
– It is also the only location to open while Walt Disney was alive.
– Since it opened in 1955, Disneyland has welcomed over 800 million guests.

Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa

Open Date: August 29, 2011
Location: Ko Olina, Hawaii
Total Parks: None
Average Visitors: N/A (Let’s just say they have almost 400 rooms on property and you have to book 9+ months ahead of time otherwise it will be full)
Resort Hotels: 1
Fun Facts:
– This Disney location is a Resort on the ocean.
– You will not see a castle here.
– This is resort has an 18,000 square foot spa and pool area.

Disney Cruise Line

To prevent this long post from getting any longer, I’ll touch on this a different day…

 

This may seem overwhelming, after all you, “just want to go to Disney”. My recommendation will always be Walt Disney World in Florida, after-all that is “home” for me. But you need to choose based off where you live, where you want to travel, and how much time you want to spend there. I have never (I literally cannot think of one time… trust me I tried) had bad customer service at Disney so you cannot go wrong no matter where you go.

Disney (regardless of where you are in the world) is the most magical place on earth!

Where do you want to go?

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  • Alys George

    I’m shocked at how many Disney’s there are, for some reason I only new about Paris and America!

    Out of them all I can only really recommend Paris, I had a fab time when I went (:

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

  • Eena

    I’ve only ever been to Disneyland Resort but I’d definitely love to set foot on the other ones eventually. Thanks for sharing!

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

  • Nancy

    Oh man, all of these Disney parks sound amazing! Hehe, okay, I go to Disneyland/Disney California Adventure almost every weekend and still love it. I haven’t been to the one in Florida yet but want to go some day (even though it seems like the one in Cali but a bit bigger?)

    Thanks for sharing these fun facts!

    exquisitely.me

    • Anna

      I’ve actually never been to Disneyland in CA. That’s so exciting you get to go almost every weekend! If you like the one in CA you definitely need to see the one on FL.

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