Gathering Houses near Disney

Gathering Houses near Disney · ChampionsGate, FL

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Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is four separate theme parks, each with its own personality and point of view. You’ll have so much fun at all four, it will be tough to choose a favorite! 

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the oldest, opening in 1971, and best known theme park at Walt Disney World. It’s been described as, “The Most Magical Place on Earth”. Cinderella’s castle is the image most associated with this park. The castle is surrounded by six lands, each offering its own theming, rides, dining options, character greetings, and entertainment.

Main Street, USA is the first land experienced. You’ll feel like you travelled back in time to an iconic American 20th-century small town, offering shops, eateries, a City Hall, fires station, trolleys, and a Walt Disney World Railroad train station. You might want to join the many who choose to view the daily parades here. Just try to resist the sweet smells from the Main Street Bakery!

Fantasyland is the most recognized land, found just behind Cinderella’s castle. Popular experiences here are riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The most popular restaurant is Be our Guest Restaurant. Each dining room is themed after a room in the Beast’s castle from the film Beauty and the Beast.

Liberty Square takes you back in time to Colonial America and the time of the American Revolution. The Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, and a ride on the Liberty Square Riverboat are top choices in this land.

As you stroll out of Liberty Square, you move right into the Old West of Frontierland. Theming here includes American West architecture, Popular experiences are riding Big Thunder Mountain, getting wet on Splash Mountain, and exploring Tom Sawyer Island. Parade viewing is also popular in Frontierland. You’ll find great dining choices too at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

Adventureland integrates the 1920s Jungle Cruise, the Swiss Family Treehouse, Middle Eastern shops, tiki huts, and Spanish forts. Popular experiences here are the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial experience, flying on Magic Carpets of Aladdin and enjoying a Dole Whip. Try one, you’ll love it!

Finally, Tomorrowland has futuristic theming, or at least what was once considered futuristic. Popular experiences here are riding Space Mountain, belly laughing at Monster, Inc. Laugh Floor, and racing at Tomorrowland Speedway. Your kids will feel so grown up driving on the speedway!

Your day at Magic Kingdom concludes with the 18-minute Happily Ever After fireworks/laser/light projection show, experiencing scenes from classic and modern Disney movies. You won’t believe your eyes!

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Epcot

Epcot is Walt Disney World’s second theme park, opening in 1982. It has two sections, Future World and World Showcase. Seasonal festivals mean the offerings are constantly evolving. You may want to plan your trip for the Food & Wine Festival,  Flower & Garden Festival, or the Festival of the Arts.

Future World’s most sought-after experiences are riding Soarin’, Test Track, and Mission: Space, as well as talking to Crush from the Nemo movie and getting autographs from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald.

World Showcase highlights countries from around the world, including their architecture, culture, entertainment, and cuisine. You’ll love this section of you’re a foodie! Frozen Ever After is a very popular ride here. Character autographs from Belle, Mulan, Jasmine, and Winnie the Pooh are also popular to collect.

Your day at Epcot will conclude with a 13-minute night time fireworks/laser show above the World Showcase Lagoon called Illuminations. A late dinner with a view of the show is a recommended experience, or you might prefer reserving a boat cruise for prime viewing.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom officially opened in 1998. The fun and beauty centers on the Tree of Life and is a definite family photo stop! Encompassing the Tree of Life are Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Dinoland USA,  Asia, and Pandora – The World of Avatar (brand new).

The Oasis is like a journey through the jungle and your first experience when you enter the park. Along the way you will see African Spoonbills, Military Macaws, Giant Anteaters, Mandarin Ducks, and many more unusual animals. It’s a beautiful backdrop for photos! At the end of your path, you will encounter the huge and beautiful Tree of Life on Discovery Island.

The Tree of Life on Discovery Island has over 325 animals carved on its trunk. Kids love to see how many they can name. Inside the tree’s trunk is the 3D It’s Tough to Be a Bug experience. Trails surround the base of the tree for more exploring and animal spotting.

Across the bridge from Discovery Island is Africa. You’ll be immersed in the African village of Harambe. The Kilimanjaro Safari ride is a must-do. The safari ride takes you into the African Savannah where you’re sure to spot lions, hippos, giraffes, elephants, and many more animals. Every ride is a different experience as the animals’ activity levels change.

The Wildlife Express will take you from Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. There, the focus is on the environment, conservation, and animal welfare. The HUGE animal murals and a kids’ petting area are popular experiences. The train will take you back to Africa.

A short walk from Africa leads you to Asia and the mythical Kingdom of Anandapur. Popular experiences are walking the animal trail, where you’ll see tigers, and riding Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids.

Nearby is DinoLand USA. Dino-lovers and kids of all ages enjoy the Dinosaur thrill ride and the Midway style rides and games of Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama.

The newest section addition to Animal Kingdom is Pandora – The World of Avatar, an immersion experience into a world of floating mountains, winged mountain banshees, bioluminescent forests, and exotic plant life. The two rides in this section are Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey.

The day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom concludes with the 15-minute Rivers of Light water/sound/light show in Asia’s amphitheater, a gentle, beautifully composed production.

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Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened in 1989. Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Sunset Boulevard, Pixar Place, Animation Courtyard, and Grand Avenue are the current sections of this theme park.

Hollywood Boulevard will take you to old Hollywood, complete with art deco architecture and real-life movie characters interacting on the streets, such as detectives, starlets, and gossip columnists. A popular restaurant is the Hollywood Brown Derby, featuring the same menu as the original. Mann’s Chinese Theater is replicated here along with celebrity handprints in the cement.

Echo Lake takes you to the entertaining Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Star Tours – The Adventure Continues 3D experience, and For the First Time in Forever Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. “Let it go, let it go…”

Sunset Boulevard is your next stop. The shops feature gifts from classic films and Disney characters. The sought-after rides here are The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. You find Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage to be very entertaining here too.

Pixar Place is behind Mann’s Chinese Theater and Toy Story Mania is the ride everyone is there for! Autographs from Buzz, Woody, and the Green Army Men are acquired here.

To the right of Pixar Place is Animation Courtyard. Character meet and greets, Voyage of the Little Mermaid show, and Disney Junior Live! show. Star Wars fans flock to the Star Wars Launch Bay to interact with beloved Star Wars characters and view galleries of memorabilia and Star Wars Artifacts.

Grand Avenue is a work in progress, but currently features Muppet*Vision 3D, a 3D, special effects comedy show.

Toy Story Land will opened summer 2018. It is great fun as you are “shrunk” to the size of a toy to explore Andy’s backyard along with your favorite Toy Story characters. Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers are the favorite attractions.

Your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios concludes with Fantasmic! at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater and/or Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, projected on Mann’s Chinese Theater and the surrounding buildings . The Fantasmic! show features lights, lasers, fireworks, a dramatic music score from famous Disney movies, and water animation. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular lights up the sky with fireworks, lasers, light projections, and special effects, all accompanied by Star Wars music and scenes from all seven Star Wars movies. If you’re lucky, you’ll see both the same night!

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Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are the two water parks at Walt Disney World. Blizzard Beach is the largest and will transport you to a wacky time when a freak winter storm covered the area with a thick blanket of snow. A ski resort was constructed, but the snow melted before anyone could ski, resulting in downhill waterslides, a tube ride, and a chair lift for swimmers.

Typhoon Lagoon is a tropical themed oasis featuring slides, pools, a slow river, a surf pool, and an artificial coral reef pool full of tropical fish you can snorkel through. How cool is that?

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Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a dining, entertainment, and shopping complex at Walt Disney World resort. The theming is of a waterfront town, with numerous water features, a signature water tower, and over 150 shops, restaurants, and other venues. Parking and access to Disney Springs are both FREE, so it’s a great place to spend an afternoon strolling the causeway, shopping for Disney or designer merchandise, and dining at a top-notch restaurant. Your kids will love bowling at Splitsville while you enjoy an adult beverage. Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, and the LEGO Imagination Center are all family favorites.

Here is a map of all the fun currently offered at Disney Springs: http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/disney-springs.htm.

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