How Many Disney Parks Are There in the World? These Are the ‘Happiest Places on Earth’
Every year, people from all over the world visit the United States for a day of Disney magic. But while the parks might have had their start here, Mickey and Minnie also have homes overseas. From California to Florida to across the pond in Europe, the Happiest Place on Earth exists around the world, wherever Disney parks are found.
Up ahead, we take a look at how many Disney parks there are in California, Florida, and around the world.
How many Disney parks are there in California?
Located a short distance from Los Angeles — where Walt Disney Studios resides — the Disney parks in California are must-see for Disney fans. Not only is California home to the original park, but it is also home to a unique, California-themed park that is not available in Walt Disney World. Keep reading to find out how many Disney parks are in California.
Walt Disney’s first theme park, Disneyland opened its doors in the summer of 1955 and has been operating as the original Happiest Place on Earth ever since. Located in Anaheim, California, Disneyland features a host of popular attractions, including Space Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and more.
Disney’s California Adventure
If you have plans to visit Disneyland, you might also want to check out Disney’s California Adventure. The California-themed park is located just across the way from Disneyland, California Adventure is home to many Pixar favorites, including Toy Story, Cars, and The Incredibles. In addition to Pixar, California Adventure also features attractions with Guardians of the Galaxy, The Little Mermaid, and many traditional carnival-like rides.
How many Disney parks are there in Florida?
Albeit a success, Walt Disney wanted more. So, he sought out to make his own world in Florida. In 1965 (ten years after Disneyland’s opening day), Walt Disney World opened its gates. Curious to know how many Disney parks are in Florida? We share the details, below.
When Walt Disney dreamt up Disney World, he knew he wanted a bigger version of Disneyland — and the Magic Kingdom is exactly that. Featuring many of the same rides and attractions as the original Happiest Place on Earth, the Magic Kingdom is home to Cinderella Castle, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, It’s a Small World, and other classic Disney attractions.
Want to go on a trip around the world without leaving Disney? Epcot is your place. Located in Walt Disney World, the theme park draws inspiration from both culture and innovation and is even nicknamed a “permanent world’s fair.” The name Epcot is an acronym for a futuristic utopian city planned by Walt Disney called Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. At Epcot, guests can enjoy cultures from around the world, including Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, China, and more.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is more than just an animal-themed park. The Walt Disney World theme park pays homage to Mother Nature, animals, and those that love the great outdoors. From a safari ride that features real lions, giraffes, and zebras, to rides and attractions like Expedition Everest and Avatar Flight of Passage, there is something for everyone.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Florida is a long way from Walt Disney Studios, so Mickey got creative and brought the studios to Disney World with Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The theme park is reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood with a tribute to film, music, theatre, and television.
In addition to its theme parks, Walt Disney World is also home to two water parks: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.
How many Disney parks are there in the world?
On top of the parks in California and Florida, Disney has a few international parks that are worth checking out. From Europe to Asia, here are the Disney parks to visit while traveling abroad:
Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disney Resort was the first Disney theme park to be built outside of the United States. The park features classic Disney lands such as Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Mickey’s Toontown.
In addition to Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan is also home to Tokyo DisneySea. The nautical exploration themed park features lands like the American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, and Mysterious Land. Similar to Disneyland, each area has a theme and features Disney rides and characters that fit within the land.
Initially called Euro Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris is much like Disneyland — only it’s located in the city of love. From Big Thunder Mountain to Autopia to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Parisian park features all of your favorite characters and attractions.
Walt Disney Studios Park
In 2002, Disneyland Paris opened a second theme park called Walt Disney Studios Park. Similar to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, the Parisian theme park pays homage to all things show business.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Similar to Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, Kong Kong Disneyland boasts a variety of classic Disney attractions, characters, and lands.
Shanghai Disney Resort
Like other classic Disneyland resort parks, Shanghai Disney Resort features its own Disneyland park with similar lands, characters, and attractions. The resort is the newest Disney theme park to open overseas.
Between California, Florida, Europe, and Asia, there are 12 Disney parks around the world (not including water parks). That’s a lot of “Happiest Places on Earth!”
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