Walt Disney World’s Vital Statistics

On April 2, 2012 by Kevin Forde

Some things become so ubiquitous that, after a while, they get taken for granted.  Take Disney World Florida. We all know Walt and his wonderful world of magical fairytales and singing crickets. We all know just how splendid, heartfelt and occasionally disturbing they can be too. The tales and the characters who tell them are so popular that the resort in Florida is now the most popular in the world.  Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded just what this sort of place offers.  So, here’s a quick rundown of some stats, figures and wholly inappropriate overuse of the word “positive” to remind you.

History

Walt Disney World Resort was originally supposed to open in the 1960s and Walt had many an extravagant plan for his new themed park. Then he died and his plans were never fully realised, although if there’s sufficient advancements in cryo-technology in the future there might still be time. Anyway, the resort finally opened in 1971 with the Magic Kingdom theme park, that’s since been extended somewhat while Walt Disney World has grown to become the most-visited entertainment resort in  the planet of earth.

Theme Parks

The first and most magical of theme parks is the Magic Kingdom which has proved quite popular in the years since its launch in 1971, in fact in 2010 it hosted around 17 million visitors.  It’s divided into its own various districts such as Main Street USA which resembles some sort of typical main street, in the USA. There’s also adventure in Adventureland, freedom in Liberty Square and bondage and S&M in Fantasyland, or, eh, Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo, that’s what we meant.

Theme Park number two is Epcot which opened in 1982  and looks at all sorts of human achievement down through the years. Disney’s Hollywood Studios features attractions and tours looking at all things acting related while the Animal Kingdom Park offers guests a glimpse of a variety of exotic animals, as well as a whole host of water related adventures.

Speaking of water related fun, Walt Disney World also offers two water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach (which features one of the world’s tallest waterslides) and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

Walt Disney World Stats

OK, here’s are some of the resort’s vital statistics including size, environmental related numbers and things to do with laundry.

  • The resort covers about 29,900 acres – which is twice the size of Manhattan
  • The recovered material processing facility processes 60 tons of recyclable materials every day.
  • Around 94,000 pounds of office paper and 400,000 pounds of cardboard are collected each month for recycling
  • And for the some laundry related news. If you were to dry one load of washing every day for 33 years you would do as much laundry as the resort does in one day.
  • What about food, I hear no one ask? Well, each year guests consume about seven million hamburgers and 46 million coke drinks.

We could go on and on with the stats but you get the picture, Walt Disney World is big and it’s big for a reason, people love Disney, Disney related memorabilia and food which is not necessarily good for you.