Disney Parks and Destinations

The Disney parks started in California, USA, very close to the Walt Disney Animation studios. In 1955, Walt Disney saw his dream of the happiest place on Earth for kids and families come true. Disneyland® opened in Anaheim. The seed was planted and people truly loved it.

Disneyland® was limited in size by its surrounding. A bigger lot was purchased in Florida to create Walt Disney World® Resort. It's the biggest of them all.

Over the years, more parks blossomed around the world. Each of these resorts also got additional theme parks, often with more grownup themes.

There are now six park resorts, a cruise line, a Hawaii spa and hotel resort, a vacation club, and a guided travel agency. This is without counting all the other accommodations around the world, Disney stores, TV channel, radio channel, and so on.

The parks are opened all year round, even during the Tokyo winter. So you can either go to the USA (California, Florida, and Hawaii), France, Japan, China, or Hong Kong and be in the happiest place on Earth: Disney.

See below the list of Disney destinations to find out your next vacation spot!

  • Disneyland® Resort
  • Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Tokyo Disney Resort®
  • Disneyland® Resort Paris
  • Hong Kong Disneyland® Resort
  • Shanghai Disney Resort®
  • Disney Cruise Line®
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
  • Disney Vacation Club®
  • Adventures by Disney®

Disneyland® Resort

This park resort is the original one and you can feel it when you are there. It's the only park Walt Disney oversaw and brought to completion. He passed away in 1966, before the completion of his second park, Walt Disney World® Resort. The castle in Disneyland is the original one and it's s designed to be Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

Disneyland Resort, California, USA

Disneyland Resort, California, USA

  • Location: Anaheim, California, USA
  • Opening Date: July 17, 1955
  • Official Website: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/ca/
  • Visitors per Year: Over 26 millions (all theme parks combined)
  • Size:  2.06 km2 (510 Acres)
  • Theme Parks:
    • Disneyland® Park (July 17, 1955)
    • Disney California Adventure® (February 8, 2001)

Walt Disney World® Resort

This park resort is the biggest one and is actually not only the most visited of all the Disney resort, but the most visited vacation resort in the world with over 55 million visitors each year. The castle in Magic Kingdom® is not the same as Disneyland®. It's bigger and it's designed to be Cinderella’s castle.

Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

  • Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Opening Date: October 1, 1971
  • Official Website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com
  • Visitors per Year: Over 55 millions (all theme parks combined)
  • Size: 103 km2 (25 000 acres, 40 miles2, size of San Francisco)
  • Theme Parks:
    • Magic Kingdom® (October 1, 1971)
    • Epcot® (October 1, 1982)
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios® (May 1, 1989)
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom® (April 22, 1998)
    • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (June 9, 1989)
    • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (April 1, 1995)

Tokyo Disney Resort®

This was the first theme park to open in Asia and has a culture of its own. The Disneyland® Park castle is the same one found in Orlando, Cinderella’s castle.

Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo, Japan

  • Location: Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Opening Date: April 15, 1983
  • Official Website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/
  • Visitors per Year: Over 30 millions (all theme parks combined)
  • Size: 2 km2 (494 acres)
  • Theme Parks:
    • Tokyo Disneyland® (April 15, 1983)
    • Tokyo DisneySea® (September 4, 2001)

Disneyland® Resort Paris

This park was originally named Euro Disney. You may still hear people refer to it this way. It’s the first European park and it has a different castle. Since Europe is the kingdom of magnificent castles, they designed a special one for the resort. It’s closer to the Sleeping Beauty castle you see in the movie, especially with its stylized landscaping, than the one in Disneyland® Park, California.

Disneyland Resort Paris, France

Disneyland Resort Paris, France

  • Location: Serris/Coupvray/Chessy, Marne-la-Vallée, Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France, France
  • Opening Date: April 12, 1992
  • Official Website: http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk
  • Visitors per Year: Over 13 millions  (all theme parks combined)
  • Size: 1.94 km2 (480 acres)
  • Theme Parks:
    • Disneyland® Park (April 12, 1992)
    • Walt Disney Studios® Park (March 16, 2002)

Hong Kong Disneyland® Resort

This is the smallest resort and was the second park opened in Asia. This resort has the original Disneyland castle, the Sleeping Beauty castle. The park features many of the classic original rides and some customizations and original attractions.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

  • Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
  • Opening Date: September 12, 2005
  • Official Website: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com
  • Visitors per Year: Over 6.5 millions
  • Size: 1.3 km2 (320 acres)
  • Theme Parks:
    • Hong Kong Disneyland® Park (September 12, 2005)

Shanghai Disney Resort®

The Shanghai Disney Resort® is the most recent theme park. Some of the most beloved rides such as Pirates of the Caribbeans have been enhanced with incredible effects and a new spin. This park also has its own original castle, the Enchanted Storybook castle.

  • Location: Pudong, Shanghai, China
  • Opening Date: July 16, 2016
  • Official Website: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/
  • Visitors per Year: Over 7 millions (9 months after opening)
  • Size: 3.9 km2 (963 acres)
  • Theme Parks:
    • Shanghai Disneyland® (July 16, 2016)

Disney Cruise Line®

Before Disney started its own cruise line, they partnered up with existing cruise lines. Finally, they launched their own line and have now four wonderful ships with over fourteen different cruises. Disney also owns a private island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay exclusive to the Disney Cruise Line guests!

  • Location: Celebration, Florida, USA (Headquarters)
  • Departure Points:
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
    • Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Dover, England
    • Galveston, Texas
    • Miami, Florida
    • New York, New York
    • Port Canaveral, Florida
    • San Diego, California
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
  • Destinations:
    • Alaska
    • Bahamas
    • California Coast
    • Canada and New England
    • Caribbean
    • Europe
    • Mexico
    • Panama Canal
    • Transatlantic
  • Opening Date: May 3, 1995
  • Official Website: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/
  • Ships:
    • Disney Magic® Cruise Ship
      • 2400 passengers capacity
      • July 30, 1998
    • Disney Wonder® Cruise Ship
      • 2400 passengers capacity
      • August 15, 1999
    • Disney Dream® Cruise Ship
      • 4000 passengers capacity
      • January 26, 2011
    • Disney Fantasy® Cruise Ship
      • 4000 passengers capacity
      • March 31, 2012

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Aulani is Disney’s very own beachside hotel and spa resort in Hawaii. It's a very family friendly relaxing tropical destination with plenty of activities to do. You can combine the Disney magic and excellent service with your dream trip to the beach in the Pacific ocean.

  • Location: Kapolei, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, USA
  • Opening Date: August 29, 2011
  • Official Website: https://resorts.disney.go.com/aulani-hawaii-resort/
  • Number of Rooms: 359 hotel rooms (16 suites) and 460 Disney Vacation Club villas (21 Grand villas)
  • Activities:
    • Beach
    • Pool and Infinity-edge Pool
    • Pool Parties
    • Golf
    • Spas
    • Excursions
    • Aunty’s Beach House for children
    • Shopping
    • Cultural and Dining Experience (4 restaurants)
    • Children Splash and Play Zone
    • Hydrotherapy Garden
    • Beach Equipment Rental
    • Playgrounds and Adventure Trails for Children
    • Firepit Storytelling
    • Art Exhibit
    • Community Hall
    • Snorkelling
    • DIY Bodycare Products

Disney Vacation Club®

This is Disney’s own membership, or timeshare, program. Its members can take Disney vacations at more affordable prices. To be a member, one must purchase a Disney real estate interest, which means Disney Vacation points that can then be used to reserve Disney accommodations around the world as well as plenty of other destinations made available to members.

  • Location: Celebration, Florida, USA (Headquarters)
  • Opening Date: December 1, 1991
  • Official Website: https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com
  • Total Number of Members: Approximately 200 000 (some say 500 000)
  • Main H ome Resorts:
    • Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai'i
    • Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Adventures by Disney®

Adventures by Disney® offers group travel suited for families to worldwide destinations. Their packages are guided vacation aimed towards adventure and discoveries. They have over 30 different tours in six continents. They offer long vacation, short trip, and river cruise packages.

  • Location: Celebration, Florida, USA
  • Opening Date: December 19, 2005
  • Official Website: https://www.adventuresbydisney.com
  • Destinations:
    • Australia
    • China
    • South-East Asia
    • South Africa
    • Costa Rica
    • Ecuador and Galápagos Islands
    • Peru
    • Western Europe
    • Eastern Europe
    • Scandinavia
    • Danube River
    • Rhine River
    • Amalfi Coast
    • Mediterranean Sea
    • Alaska
    • United States Mainland
    • Western Canada

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Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!