Walt Disney

Who was Walt Disney?

Walt Elias Disney was born in Chicago in 1901. When he was just a few years old, he already had a talent for drawing, which allowed him, years later, to take to Hollywood a movie only produced with animated cartoons.

In 1927, he created the famous mouse, which his wife would call Mickey Mouse, and right after that other characters such as Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. He released movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, The Bambi or Cinderella. These are productions that we all have watched or at least heard about!

The first theme park

Walt Disney opened in 1955 the 1st amusement park in California, where children and adults could play, but quickly looked for a place to build another complex. He caught a plane to Orlando and secretly bought more than 11000 hectares of land, 21 miles away from the city. He waited two years until he officially revealed what he intended to build. His goal was to edify a theme park, hotels, resorts and his main project, the city of the future.

Unfortunately, Walt Disney died during the park’s implementation process. It was his brother Roy who assumed the leadership of the complex’s edification, with the help of his sister-in-law and nieces.

On the October 1st of 1971, what continues to be the most famous complex of all opened to the public, the Walt Disney World Resort. They have been making people happy for 46 years already. J

I was one of them… I’ve been there a few days ago and was indeed a magical experience. Being there with my two-year old daughter was, of course, very helpful to enhance the experience. I relived memories and emotions of my childhood and was amazed by the emotion found in the eyes of my baby.

I must confess that I never had a great desire to experience it, but now I want to repeat it. I already got the magic that lives there.

The complexes in the world

In addition to the complexes in California and Orlando, there are others built more recently, such as those found in Japan, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

If you want to know a little more about the California complex i recommend the post of the Travel Blog The Daily Adventures of me.

Disneyland Resort

It was the first to be built in the whole world. It is located in Anaheim, about 40 km away from Los Angeles, and was inaugurated on the July 17th of 1955. It was the only complex that Walt Disney designed, he supervised the construction and visited it.

It comprises two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.

Walt Disney World

This complex is located about a 30-minute drive from the American city of Orlando. It is without a doubt the most well-known and visited of all. It was inaugurated on the October 1st of 1971.

Walt Disney was involved in the project but died before its opening, and so his brother continued his idea.

Here we can find four theme parks, they are the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And, in addition to all these, there are still two water parks.

I spent 2 days at the Magic Kingdom only, with my three-year daughter and this was the most suitable for her. I managed to have time to visit every attraction that I wanted and still repeated the best ones 🙂

Board that is at the entrance of Walt Disney World.
Board that is at the entrance of Walt Disney World.
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Walt Disney World
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Walt Disney World
Beginning of the parade at Walt Disney World
Beginning of the parade at Walt Disney World
End of the parade at Walt Disney World
End of the parade at Walt Disney World

Tokyo Disney Resort

This was the first Disney complex to be built outside Europe. Located in the city of Urayasu, a town about 30 km away from Tokyo. Here we can find the Tokyo Disneyland and the Tokyo Tokyo DisneySea. It opened its doors on the April 15th of 1983.

Disneyland Paris

This complex is the only one located in Europe, commonly known as Euro Disney. It opened to the public in 1992, in the city of Marne-la-Vallée, 32 km away from the French capital.

There are two parks in this complex, the Disneyland Park and The Walt Disney Studios Park.

Hong Kong Disneyland

We find this park on Lantau Island, in the region of Hong Kong, China. It was inaugurated on the September 12th of 2005. I imagine that it would be interesting to know the adaptation of the Disney concept to Eastern traditions.

In just one visit, one can see the Hong Kong Disneyland Park and The Disney Story.

Shanghai Disney Resort

The most recent of all complexes is this one, having opened to the public in 2016. It’s located in Shanghai, one of the largest cities in China and in the world. It is the 2nd park to be built in China.

The complex includes the Shanghai Disneyland and the Disney Theme Park.

Visit a Disney park is reliving the magic that we felt with the Disney characters and stories. Going with a child is even better, given the magic that we find in their eyes… If you have the chance, go there to know one of the parks, and you’ll probably be surprised!! I was.