150 Walt Disney World Facts and Stats You Won’t Believe (2019)

Here are 150 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.

Walt Disney World Facts and Statistics

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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 47 years of operation.

See also: Interesting Epcot Facts and Statistics

Please note that some of these Walt Disney World facts 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:

When did Disney World open?

Walt Disney World opening day was 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?


How many people visited Disney World on opening day?


Number of Disney visitors total by the end of 1971:


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

About 5,000

The Walt Disney World Preview Center, opened in 1970, is still there!

It is located on Hotel Plaza Blvd and is now the headquarters of the AAU.

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 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

Disney World was originally called the “Florida Project”

To keep Walt Disney’s intentions a secret

How big is 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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When did Disney start purchasing land for Disney World?

April 1964

When large parcels of land in central Florida were being purchased by an anonymous buyer(Disney), some speculated the entity buying the land was NASA.

How much did Walt Disney originally pay for the Disney World land?

Approximately $5 million

Name of the special governmental district created for Walt Disney World:

Reedy Creek Improvement District

Year that the Reedy Creek Improvement District was created:


Along with the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the State of Florida also created two new cities for Disney:

Bay Lake and Reedy Creek (now Lake Buena Vista)

Disney World is located in two Florida counties:

Orange County and Osceola County

Many people know that Walt Disney died 5 years before Walt Disney World opened, but you may not know that Roy Disney, who oversaw the construction of the park, died less than 3 months after it opened.

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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 many people 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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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, called Utilidoors) 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

Which Disney resort has the most guest rooms:

Pop Century Resort

How many Hidden Mickeys are there in Disney World?

There is no official count reported, but this guy has been logging Hidden Mickeys and has found over 1,100 in Walt Disney World so far!

In Walt Disney World, you are never more than 30 steps away from a trash can.

Each year, more than two million turkey legs are sold among Disney’s six North American parks!

Estimated number of plastic straws Disney handed out annually at Disney World prior to eliminating them:

175 million

For more Disney Parks Statistics, please visit the following articles (or continue on to page 2 for more Disney World Facts):


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