The variety of activities on offer at Walt Disney World Resort’s nine individual theme parks is one of the reasons it is considered one of the world’s most popular family holiday destinations. It’s the perfect magical place to leave the everyday behind and enter a world of wonder and fantasy. A visit to Walt Disney World Resort in the USA is a chance of a lifetime to meet your best-loved Disney characters and to take home some magical memories to last a lifetime.
Things to do
Visit the original Magic Kingdom
Framed by the iconic Cinderella’s castle, no holiday to Walt Disney World would be complete without a visit to the Magic Kingdom with over 40 attractions to choose from in seven enchanted lands. Grown-ups and kids will both love meeting their favourite Disney characters, from Mickey and Donald through to Buzz and Woody. There are rides, parades and thrills galore, based on some of our favourite Disney movies all through the years. Don’t miss the enchanting ‘It’s a Small World’ or The Space Mountain rollercoaster, or get aboard Captain Jack Sparrow’s famous ship on the original ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ride.
Become a star for a day at Disney Hollywood Studios
Disney Hollywood Studios is the chance for you to take centre stage in your favourite Disney films. Laid out like a movie set, there’s a Jedi training academy where you can train as a junior Jedi knight and learn to use the Force - the Great Movie Ride where you actually get to journey into the movies, stand on a soundstage, and see some of the props from the most famous films ever made. If you love The Muppets, you’ll love Muppet Vision 3D, where you’ll get to meet Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang on a hilarious tour of Muppet labs.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
During your Walt Disney Holiday, why not explore the 500-acre Animal Kingdom. Take a safari through the park and encounter rhinos, hippos and other jungle creatures, before trying out some of the rides and attractions at one of the seven different kingdoms. Why not explore Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where you’ll learn about the efforts to protect endangered species all around the world. Or perhaps take a visit to DinoLand, a world all about dinosaurs, complete with rides, playgrounds and the chance to get up close with some dinosaurs large and small.
Where to stay
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the full Walt Disney experience than by staying in one of the luxury Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. One of the main benefits of being a Disney guest is that you get extra time in the parks early in the morning and after closing, when the crowds have left. You also get free transportation between your hotel and all the different parks and areas. There is a superb range of themed accommodation on offer, from an African Safari lodge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to a stunning beachfront resort and Spa where you can relax after a day exploring the theme parks.
Flight time from London: Approximately 9 hours.
Entry details (for British passport holders): The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows visits to the US for up to 90 days. All travellers must provide details online at least 72 hours prior to travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), and is mandatory to be able to enter the U.S. Charges will apply. While under the VWP, you may visit Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and reenter the U.S. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Time difference: GMT -5 hours.
Currency: American Dollar.
Here to help:
If you have prebooked a private or shared transfer or hired a car, all details will be in your travel documentation. You'll receive a call from the local representatives' office who will provide you with full contact details should you need assistance whilst in resort.
Best time to go:
Florida is known as the sunshine state, which means that even during the winter months, temperatures remain warm and there is still plenty of sunshine. This makes Walt Disney World Resort a great place to come for some winter sun. However, there’s so much going on at the resort at other times that it’s worth considering a visit outside of the peak winter season when the parks can be less busy. Summers can be hot, but there are plenty of places to cool off and relax after a hard day in the park.