The Walt Disney Resort in Florida is the most famous entertainment resort in the world. Also known informally as Disney World, the resort is located in Lake Buena Vista about 21 miles southwest of downtown Orlando and is spread across 30,080 acres (47 square miles).
It is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company and houses two water parks, four theme parks and thirty three resorts and hotels of which 24 are owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The other five are privately owned and are located in the five resort areas of Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, or Downtown Disney resort areas. The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts also operate fitness centres, five golf courses, two spas and other recreational venues.
The resort was developed in the 1960s and was opened to the public on October 1, 1971 with the Magic Kingdom as the only theme park. The other theme parks were added later. In addition to parks and resorts, the company had also planned to include a planned city as “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”, which was to serve as a test bed for new innovations in city living. The Government of Florida created a special district, Reedy Creek Improvement District, and gave Walt Disney Company full autonomy of an incorporated city. However, Walt died before these plans could be fully realized.
Think of Orlando and the images that will immediately come to the mind are some of the world’s most famous theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. The city attracts more than 51 million visitors every year and has been nicknamed the ‘The Theme Park Capital of the World.’ The most famous resort is the Walt Disney World Resort which is located about 21 miles southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista. The Universal Studio, which comprises two theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios and other entertainment venues, also attracts hordes of tourists. With the exception of Walt Disney, the parks are located along International Drive. The tourism industry forms the backbone of Orlando, making it the most visited American city in the year 2009.
Davenport is located in Polk County, between Winter Haven and Kissimmee, southwest of Orlando, near Lake Tohopekaliga and Lake Marion. A stay in Davenport puts you in close proximity to all of Central Florida’s attractions such as World Disney and Epcot. If you are looking for relief from the theme park, you can indulge yourself to a pleasant game of golf at some excellent golf courses found in this area including Highlands Reserve Golf Club and Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country Club. Davenport also provides convenient access to some of the best shopping opportunities to be found large shopping centers in Orlando, Kissimmee and Tampa.
Kissimmee, a city in Osceola County is a popular Central Florida tourist destination because of its sunny weather and close proximity to Disney World. The city also offers spring training baseball for major league clubs. Kissimmee is located south of Orlando in what is known to be the “Kissimmee-St. Cloud” area, due to the short distance between them. Apart from visiting the Disney World, there is much that you can do within the city itself. The Old Town hosts a classic car show on weekends and there is also a free Ferris wheel as well as other rides if you have a coupon which can be found in all hotels.