Disney Amusement Parks

Many people state that Disney amusement parks are a “must” vacation/travel spot, especially for families. It’s like a rite of passage or something. Don’t misconstrue the previous statement. We love Disney, and have the utmost respect for Mr. Walt Disney, his accomplishments, and The Walt Disney Company. My wife has experienced the Disney magic a few times in California. I, on the other hand, have not. It was never a thought in my parents minds when we would vacation. I remember my father urging me to take my young children to Disneyland — as a grandparent, he had caught the “rite of passage” bug.

There are many packages that tourists/travelers can buy, as well as many ways to buy said tickets and/or packages in order to experience the magical world of Disney. We are not going to go through any pricing/packages in this blog post, but make certain that you complete your research to get the best deal possible for your length of stay, and the number of people attending. Important tip: packages typically are for a family of four.

What we are going to divulge to you, is a bit of fascinating history, and the locations of the Disney amusement parks around the world.

Animation

Original Animation Building

Walt Disney created an impressive gigantic world of fantasy and futurism. He pioneered many things. He began his career by creating animated cartoon characters. Not only did Walt Disney animate cartoons, but he also provided the voice for Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willy. This cartoon was the first animated film to include sound. It quickly became a national sensation. The demand for his animated audio cartoons grew immensely. Even though the demand was high, Walt Disney’s vision to improve his animated work, caused his company to struggle financially. Obviously, the financial struggle did not demolish the company. He persevered and endured three years to complete his first feature-length film. Disney was also one of the first movie studios to produce film directly for television.

Disneyland California Grand Opening

Walt Disney

Fifty-four years after his birth, Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth”, opened its gate in California, but certainly not without any hiccups. Walt Disney had an innovative mind. He aimed to design a park that not only had an entertainment appeal to people of all ages, but also was as equally educational. This is the only amusement park that was designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself.

Walt Disney World Florida

Epcot Center

The second, even larger amusement park, opened in Florida, five years after the passing of Walt Disney. Even though, Disneyland is not considered small, it is small enough to fit inside the parking lot of Walt Disney World in Florida. Walt Disney World, “The Most Magical Place on Earth”, remains Florida’s premier tourist attraction. Walt Disney envisioned Walt Disney World much like Disneyland, but with innovative ideas. EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), was one of those ideas. The early plans of EPCOT, were to create an actual city that not only highlighted the best of urban living, but also highlighted new technologies. With Walt Disney’s creative vision buried, the company’s leaders rejected the idea of building the prototype community.

Tokyo Disney Resort

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Tokyo Disney Resort

The first Disney amusement park built outside of the United States, Tokyo Disney Resort opened its gate in the spring of 1983. Even though “The Kingdom and Magic of Dreams” was modeled after Disneyland and Walt Disney World, The Walt Disney Company does not own the two theme parks in Tokyo. Due to the Japanese railway regulations, the theme park is not encompassed by a railroad, like the other parks are. The regulations state that trains making multiple stops would be required to charge a fare, and would have to adhere to a posted schedule.

Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris

Continuing the international expansion of Disney theme parks. Disneyland Paris opened its gates in 1992 as Euro Disney Resort. It went through a few name changes before it finally settled on the current theme park name of Disneyland Paris. Unlike Tokyo, whose design is a near replica of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the Paris destination wanted a more distinct look. The park’s designs and concepts were more retro-futuristic, and the parks modifications matched that style. Modifications were also made to protect against the climate in Paris.

Hong Kong Disneyland

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Hong Kong Disneyland

Making history in China as the first Disney amusement park to open its gates in Hong Kong in 2005. Keeping to the culture of their country, and The Walt Disney Company, Hong Kong Disneyland incorporates Chinese customs and holidays into the event schedule, with special celebrations for Chinese New Years.

Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai Disney Resort

The newest amusement park opened its gates in 2016 in Shanghai. It was also designed for an authentically Disney and distinctively Chinese appeal. Dedicated to all the Disney princesses, Shanghai Disney Resort is home to the tallest Disney castle. Unlike all the other amusement parks, Shanghai Disney does not aim to have an influx of visitors beyond the parks capacity.

Disney Holiday Themes

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Each Amusement park share authentic Disney similarities, but they also have their unique qualities as well. No matter which location you travel to, they all offer a magical Walt Disney experience, where dreams really do come true for people of all ages. If you would like a themed and decorated magical experience, the Halloween and Christmas seasons are when you should travel. Not to mention, these seasons are during the off-season, prices are typically cheaper, and the number of admissions are typically lower — that is definitely a plus.

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