Everyone loves a Disney vacation. For many families, it’s an event that comes after many years of planning and saving. And when you’re deciding which park to visit, you essentially have two choices, right? It’s either Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Florida. But there are actually several other Disney theme parks all around the globe!
Most people remember when Euro Disney opened in the 1990s, but that’s far from the only park outside the United States. Let’s take a look at all of the currently operating Disney theme parks:
Disneyland is, of course, the first original Disney theme park, opened in 1955 by Walt Disney himself. Located on 500 acres near Anaheim, California, Disneyland was originally a single park. In 2001, the resort expanded to include the Disney California Adventure theme park, plus Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and Downtown Disney.
Walt Disney World
Located near Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World opened in 1971. Like Disneyland, it originally contained only one park, the Magic Kingdom. It has since expanded to include Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, and dozens of resort hotels. Covering over 27,000 acres, it is by far the largest and most visited resort destination in the world.
In 1983, Japan got its own Disney theme park with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland. It features six themed areas, mostly modeled after similar areas at Walt Disney World and the original Disneyland: World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, and Toontown. In 2001, a second theme park was added called Tokyo DisneySea. The Tokyo Disney Resort complex also includes a version of Downtown Disney called Ikspiari and four Disney resort hotels.
Originally called Euro Disney, Disneyland Paris opened in 1992 in France. In the beginning, the resort featured only one park, Disneyland Park. However, a second park opened in 2002, called Walt Disney Studios Park. After years of initial financial troubles, the resort has gone on to become another huge success for Disney. Like the other resorts, Disneyland Paris features a shopping and entertainment complex called Disney Village, as well as seven official Disney resort hotels.
Hong Kong Disneyland
In 2005, Disney opened its second Asian theme park, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The resort’s lone theme park, Hong Kong Disneyland, contains seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. The resort also includes the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, and several shopping and entertainment complexes. In addition, the resort has land reserved for future expansion.
The newest Disney theme park, Shanghai Disney Resort, just opened its doors in June 2016. The theme park inside is called Shanghai Disneyland Park, and features six themed lands: Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, and Tomorrowland. Great pains were taken to adapt the park to include symbols of Chinese culture. The resort also includes the Disneytown shopping and entertainment complex and two themed hotels: Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Toy Story Hotel. The resort will add two more theme parks in additional phases.