With four major theme parks, two waterparks, 24 themed resorts, five golf courses, and a total area twice the size of Manhattan, Disney World packs an enormously fun punch.
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Disney Parks has raised the price of admission to Disney World in 2014. Single-day tickets to the Magic Kingdom now cost $99 for adults, while one-day admission to Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios cost $94. Note that tickets are substantially less expensive if you buy multi-day tickets.
On track to debut in spring 2014, the highly anticipated Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the final addition to the new Fantasyland in Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The ride will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine "where a million diamonds shine" and through the rolling countryside surrounding the mine.
Set to open in August 2014, the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World offers 444 rooms and suites, many of which deliver spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks display. The lakeside resort is located inside the gates of Disney World in a residential setting minutes from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Part of Epcot is a sort of permanent world's fair, with international pavilions, and hands-on exhibits at Future World. Some call it educational; but it's also very entertaining to tour the 11 countries surrounding the lagoon at World Showcase. Every pavilion has some type of live show, movie, or interactive experience. The pavilions also have great eats: from the casual (French patisserie, anyone) to fine dining.
Epcot also has plain ol' fun like the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids", Test Track rides, Soarin', and Mission Space.
Not to be missed: at night, the beautiful IllumiNations fireworks show is staged over the lagoon.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Other highlights in this theme park are some great live shows: Indiana Jones, the Beauty and the Beast musical... Don't miss the night-time Fantasmic! show, a unique spectacle of fireworks, lights on water "hydrotechnics", and "real" pirate ships.
(Also fun: the gigantic desserts at the Prime Time Cafe, where everything, including the wait staff, is themed to the fifties. Expect wisecracks from your waitress.)