Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Disney Around the World (in lieu of 11/6 post)

Living in the United States, we are very familiar with the Disney culture. It pretty much has taken over the nation since Walt Disney created Ricky the Rat, and later, Micky Mouse. When Walt created Disneyland in 1955, no one had an idea the effect it would have on today's culture. It took the nation by storm and soon enough we had Walt Disney World in 1971. The Disney Company has spread far beyond the US. Here are the Disney resorts around the world.

Disneyland Resort- Anaheim, CA:
This is the original Disney theme park. Disneyland opened in 1955. At first it was a flop, but it soon became very popular and gained mass success. Disneyland is one of the most popular theme parks in the world, bringing in million of tourists every year. It also had a recent expansion with California Adventure in 2001

Walt Disney World- Orlando, FL:
Walt Disney World was the second Disney park. It is the most visited entertainment park. The resort contains four theme parks and two water parks. It sits on 30,080 acres. The park opened in 1971 and had bigger and better plans than Disneyland in California. Walt wanted it to be more than the one-day visit Disneyland was intended for. To get the full effect of Disney World, I recommend spending at least a week there.

Disneyland Paris- Paris, France:
This park, Disneyland Paris, opened in 1992. Disneyland Paris consists of two theme parks, a retail, dining and entertainment district, and seven Disney-owned hotels.  It was the second Disney resort to open outside the United States (following Tokyo Disney Resort) and the first to be owned and operated by Disney.

Tokyo Disney Resort- Tokyo, Japan:
Tokyo Disney Resort opened on April 15, 1983, as a single theme park (Tokyo Disneyland), but developed into a resort with two theme parks, three Disney hotels, six non-Disney hotels, and a shopping complex. Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park opened outside the United States.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort- Hong Kong, China:
Hong Kong Disneyland officially opened on September 12, 2005, the resort contains the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Hollywood Hotel, and several retail, dining and entertainment facilities covering 320 acres of the island. The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is the second extension into Asia after the opening of the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Shanghai Disney Resort- Shanghai, China:
The Shanghai Disney Resort is a new upcoming theme park resort built by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The resort is scheduled to open in 2016. Phase 1 of the resort's development will feature a Magic Kingdom style park, Shanghai Disneyland Park, an entertainment district, 2 themed hotels, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs.

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