Welcome back to another episode of Magical Answers, where I answer your questions about all things Disney. Let’s get to it!
How many Disney parks are there? Where are they located?
Here is my version of a timeline of the Disney parks. Enjoy!
(Fun fact: Disneyland opened on July 17, which is my birthday! )
How many square miles does Walt Disney World occupy?
The Walt Disney World Resort is made up of 47 square miles of land (about 30,000 acres). However, only 1/3 of that land is being used for the parks and resorts. The rest is kept the same, to conserve the wildlife surrounding the park. This also leaves a lot of extra room for a possible expansion!
When Walt purchased the land for Disney World, he did so under multiple aliases. This was because Floridian land was cheap, and didn’t want prices to go up because of his success in California. Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep up with the ruse. Just as he suspected, the land would be more expensive now that he was the one buying it. His first acre of land was $80. His last acre of land was $80,000! Seriously though, if Walt Disney wanted to buy your land, you would jack the prices up too.
What’s the fastest ride?
The fastest ride is Test Track at EPCOT. It can reach up to 65mph.
How do you know the park is empty at closing time?
It’s called a “sweep”. First, all of the restaurants and attractions close down, ensuring that Guests have exited the buildings. Then, cast members will walk through the entire park. They look in every nook and cranny for anyone who may be trying to stay.
It would be really hard to get away with staying in the park after it’s closed. First of all, there would be nothing to do. No rides. No food. And with the third shift coming in to work on maintenance issues and custodial power-washing the roads, someone is bound to find you. My advice- Don’t try it. It’s not worth it.
Well that’s it for now! Got any Disney questions? Send them my way and you may find it in the next Magical Answers!
-The Memory Maker