The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who once spent an exhausting but fun 48 hours touring all four parks. She saw a lot, but as a first-timer, I wondered what she wished she’d known before her trip. The answer was simple: That Disney World is huge! Guests who’ve visited other Disney parks or who are only familiar with non-Disney amusement parks are often surprised by how large Disney World is. Here are a few big and small facts about Disney World:
Disney World covers 48-square miles, about twice the size of Manhattan. Less than one-fourth of the land has been developed. Another one-fourth has been set aside as a nature preserve.
The tallest building on in a Disney World park isn’t Cinderella Castle, which is 183 feet high, it’s actually the Tower of Terror at 199 feet. Disney Imagineers didn’t want to put lights on the castle, so they kept it a bit shorter. The Tower of Terror’s extra 13 feet means it has lights to warn approaching aircraft. (ETA: Oops. Kathryn pointed out there aren’t actually lights on the building. It’s one short shy of needing them. Thanks, Kathryn.)
The largest park in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Animal Kingdom at 500 acres. Animal Kingdom’s iconic symbol, the Tree of Life, is 150 feet tall and 50 feet in diameter. The tree itself is actually framed around an oil rig that was dismantled and brought to Central Florida.
The entire length of the Disney World monorail system is 14.7 miles.
26.2 miles of sausage are served every 60 days in Epcot’s Germany pavilion. That’s an entire marathon’s length of sausage and honestly, it’s disturbing. And delicious.
Typhoon Lagoon is the most visited water park in the world, with approximately 2.06 million guests in 2008 alone.
Those giant turkey legs at Disney World have a whopping 1100 calories each. Fear not: It’s a scientific fact that it is impossible to gain weight on a Disney vacation.
If you’d like more Disney trivia, check out Lou Mongello’s site, WDW Radio.