115 Amazing Walt Disney World Facts and Statistics (September 2017)

With over 40 million annual guests and tens of thousands of acres dedicated to its four theme parks, two water parks, gigantic retail complex, athletic complex and dozens of hotels, there is much that can be measured about Walt Disney World Resort. Disney World’s history is rich and there are so many interesting aspects of the resort that can be studied and measured after 45 years of operation.

Here are 100 of the more interesting Walt Disney World Facts and Statistics I was able to dig up. There are sure to be a few fun facts about Disney World in here that you didn’t already know. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

See also: Our rundown of all current Disney World Vacation Deals

Please note that some of these Disney World statistics are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All stats are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed here should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.

Walt Disney World Facts and Statistics

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Walt Disney World Facts and Statistics

When did Disney World open?

Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971

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When was Walt Disney World announced?

November 15, 1965


How old is Disney World?

Disney World is 46 years old

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Adult Disney World tickets cost $3.50 when it first opened was and now Disney World ticket prices have risen to $116


Amount it cost to build the original Disney World:

$400 million


How much has it cost to build Disney World (so far)?

$3.5 billion

Last updated 5/16/17


The very first guest of Walt Disney World was William Windsor, Jr


How many attractions did Disney World have on opening day?

26


How many people visited Disney World on opening day?

10,422


Number of Disney visitors total by the end of 1971:

400,000


How many Disney World cast members were there when it opened?

About 5,000


What are Disney World’s hours?

Park hours differ from park to park and from day to day. Here is a great tool to find out what the Disney World park hours for a particular park on a particular day.


When did Epcot open?

Epcot opened on October 1, 1982

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How old is Epcot?

35 years old


When did Disney’s Hollywood Studios open?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened on May 1, 1989

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When did Disney’s Animal Kingdom open?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22, 1998

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When did Blizzard Beach open?

Disney’s Blizzard Beach opened on April 1, 1995

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When did Typhoon Lagoon open?

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon opened on June 1, 1989

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When did Disney Springs open?

Disney Springs opened on March 22, 1975 (as Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village)

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Where is Disney World:

Walt Disney World is located in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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What is the Disney World address?

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830


How many times has Disney World closed?

5 times including Hurricane Irma

Last updated 9/8/17


The estimated annual attendance for the Walt Disney World Resort:

48 million guests are estimated to visit Walt Disney World each year

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Number of Disney World hotels owned by Disney:

18 of the Walt Disney World hotels are actually owned by Disney

Last updated 10/1/16

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Number of campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness:

Disney’s Fort Wilderness currently has 800 campsites

Last updated 10/1/16

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Number of hotel rooms throughout Disney World properties:

There are 23,000 rooms throughout the various Disney World resort hotels

Last updated 10/1/16

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Number of hotels on Disney World property that aren’t owned by Disney:

There are 9 hotels on Walt Disney World property that are not owned by Disney

Last updated 10/1/16

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Number of hotel rooms in hotels on Disney World property that aren’t owned by Disney:

There are 6,000 rooms on Walt Disney World property that are not owned by Disney

Last updated 10/1/16

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How big is Walt Disney World Resort:

Walt Disney World Resort covers 25,000 acres

Last updated 10/1/16

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Amount of land that Walt Disney originally purchased for Disney World:

Walt Disney actually purchased 43 square miles of land in 1965 for Disney World

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Number of people (cast members) Disney employs to work at Disney World:

Disney employs 70,000 cast members at Disney World

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Magic Kingdom attendance total for 2016:

20.4 million people visited Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 2016

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Epcot attendance total for 2016:

11.7 million people visited Epcot in 2016

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom attendance total for 2016:

10.8 million people visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2016

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios attendance total for 2016:

10.8 million people visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2016

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Number of Disney World guests that have used MagicBands:

29 million

Last updated 6/12/17


Space Mountain was the world’s first computer-controlled thrill ride.


The Magic Kingdom is technically the second floor of the property (there is a system of tunnels under the Magic Kingdom that are actually at ground level)


How many fastpasses can a visitor to Disney World get per day?

you initially can make 3 fastpass+ reservations and then cn make more once those are used up

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us and DisneyEverything.com My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments:1) The birth of my son (who is now 6 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?)I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it.

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