While most people are familiar with Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, not everyone knows about all the Disney Theme Parks around the globe. Here is an introductory look at the individual parks that make up the Disney Resorts around the world.
1. Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
Disneyland in Anaheim was the original park that started the Disney craze around the world. Disneyland just celebrated its 55th Anniversary in July and its lands and themed areas include Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Mickey’s Toontown, Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country.
Across from Disneyland is the California Adventure Park, opened in 2001 and commonly referred to as DCA by many Disney enthusiasts. Originally opened as Disney’s California Adventure Park in 2001, the park underwent a slight name change in May 2010 to Disney California Adventure Park, although the website still refers to it as Disney’s California Adventure.
Lands in California Adventure include Sunshine Plaza, Hollywood Pictures Blacklot, Paradise Pier, Golden State, “A Bug’s Land” and Paradise Pier. A new Cars Land is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2012. Sunshine Plaza will soon be renamed to Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Pictures Backlot will become Hollywoodland.
Other parts of the Disneyland Resort include Downtown Disney, ESPN Zone, and three Disney hotels.
Official website for the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim: http://disneyland.disney.go.com/
2. Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World (WDW) is not technically located in Orlando, but lies southwest in Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, and is just marketed as Orlando. This resort is the largest and is made up of four core theme parks, two water parks, and 24 on-site Disney owned hotels, and 8 non-Disney owned hotels.
The four theme parks are Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The two water parks are Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Other parts of the Walt Disney Resort include the Downtown Disney District, Wide World of ESPN Sports, and Disney’s Boardwalk.
Official website for Walt Disney World: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/
3. Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France
Disneyland Paris originally opened as Euro Disney in 1992 and is owned and operated by the French Company, Euro Disney S.C.A., a public company, of which 39.78% of stock is held by the Walt Disney Company, 50.22% by shareholders, and 10% by the Saudi Price Alwaleed. The name was changed as Euro Disney was not that well received by many and in turn received negative publicity. The resort underwent a number of name changes before becoming Disneyland Paris in 2009.
The Disneyland Paris Resort (often abbreviated DLP) includes two theme parks, an entertainment district, and seven official hotels. Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park are the two theme parks and Disney Village is the shopping and entertainment district. Disneyland Paris just celebrated a big milestone with the opening of the first Toy Story Playland August 17, 2010.
Official website for Disneyland Paris: http://www.disneylandparis.com/
4. Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
The Tokyo Disney Resort (TDR) was opened in 1983 with the Tokyo Disneyland Park (TDL). Tokyo DisneySea (TDS) opened its gates in 2001 featuring totally new attractions and lands from any other Disney park. There is also a shopping area that is called Iskpiari, which features lots of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options. The resort is owned and operated by Oriental Land Company.
Tokyo Disneyland has no Main Street, U.S.A. and is called the World Bazaar. Other lands include Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown, and Tomorrowland. A number of the original rides were duplicated here in Tokyo, all very popular with the locals, who pack the Disney Parks nearly every day.
Tokyo DisneySea is truly one-of-a-kind and features themed areas like Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, and American Waterfront, which is subdivided into Old Cape Cod and New York Harbor.
The resort features three hotels and a state-of-the-art monorail system that connects with local transportation and circles around several partner hotels located just outside the resort itself.
Official Tokyo Disney Resort website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/top.html
5. Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of the Disney Resorts, and features the fifth Magic Kingdom style park. Located on Lantau Island, close to Hong Kong’s airport, the park opened on 2005. This September, Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) is set to celebrate their 5th anniversary in September 2010.
Themed lands include Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland . New construction is happening with plans for Toy Story Playland, Grizzly Gulch, and Mystic Point to be completed in the next 1-2 years. Other long-term plans may include a Downtown Disney District, a third hotel, and perhaps even a second theme park.
Official website for Hong Kong Disneyland: http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/zh_HK/home/home?name=HomePage