Have you ever wondered just how big Walt Disney World is? Here are some interesting facts about Walt Disney World Resort that will make you say, “Wow!”
Walt Disney World Resort
* Covering 47 square miles, Walt Disney World is as big as Greater Manchester. Of the more than 30,000 acres total resort size, less than one-fourth has been developed. One quarter has been designated as a wilderness preserve.
* It takes approximately 50,000 people to create the magic here at the Holiday Kingdom. Not surprisingly, Walt Disney World is the largest employer in Central Florida.
* The money gathered throughout the year in all of our fountains at Walt Disney World is awarded to local non-profit organisations.
* Epcot’s Spaceship Earth weighs 16 million pounds (over 7 million kg) – equal in weight to 158 million golf balls. And it can be spotted by aircraft flying along the Eastern Coast of Florida.
* If you’re enjoying fresh vegetables at the Garden Grill, Sunshine Season Food Fair, or Coral Reef restaurants, chances are they were grown right in the Theme Park. Last year, more than 30 tons (27,000 kg) of fruits and veggies were harvested from The Land pavilion’s greenhouses.
* At the Rose and Crown Dining Room and Pub in World Showcase (United Kingdom), a specially designed ale warmer can heat your Guinness to 55 degrees, the temperature favoured by the Irish.
* The Canada pavilion features, among other things, a replica of the Chateau Laurier hotel of Ottawa, as well as the famous Butchart Gardens of Victoria, British Columbia.
* More than 26,000 feet (7925 metres) of lights outqueues the World Showcase pavilions – a string long enough to stretch across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge more than six times.
* Fascinating facts about Fantasmic! Nighttime extravaganza. To create a surface on which animation can be projected, water screens pump 2,400 gallons (9,085 litres) of water into the air every minute…and if called upon, could fill the 500,000 gallon (1,892 cubic metres) Earffel Tower in less than 3 hours.
* In the grand finale of Fantasmic!, 26 Disney Characters cruise across the moat aboard a replica of the Steamboat Willie. At 80 feet (24 metres) long, it’s bigger than Christopher Columbus’ Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.
* Each “limo” at Rock ‘n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith launches from 0-60 mph in 2.8 blurring seconds – similar to the feeling of sitting on top of a supersonic F-14 Tomcat as it blasts off the deck of an aircraft carrier.
* At 199 feet (60 metres) tall, “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” is the highest attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
* There are over 200 species of animals – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects – representing 1,000 animals; and more than 4 million trees, plants, shrubs, vines, grasses and ferns at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
* Twenty-two species found throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom are part of the American Zoological Association’s Species Survival Plan. In all, there are 29 endangered species found at the Park.
* Over 325 animals are carved on the Tree of Life and over 100,000 leaves were individually placed on the branches.
* Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park exhibits the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.
* It would take nearly 9.5 million tennis balls to fill one of the tennis ball cans at Centre Court Hotel in Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. That’s enough to stretch from Walt Disney World Resort to Key West, which is the last island in the Florida Keys archipelago, a 3 hour drive from Miami.
* The musical staff notes that appear across the registration desk at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort spell out the first verse of “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
* Stormalong Bay, the swimming area at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, holds 750,000 gallons (2,839 cubic metres) of water, making it the largest sand-bottom pool in the world.
* The massive, eight story-high stone fireplace in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was built using the same stone coloring as the Grand Canyon.
* The mosaic mural in the fourth-floor lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort was created in 1971 with 1,800 pieces of one square foot tiles and took eighteen months to construct. Look closely, there’s a five-legged goat facing the monorail track.