10 Numbers That Tell Us How Big Walt Disney World Is

While many guests love a Disney vacation and regularly visit, many don’t realize just how massive the property is. Walt Disney World features four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, dozens of resorts, and countless dining options. With so many things to see and so, day to day tasks that come together to keep Disney running form an immense operation. From thousands of Cast Members to the number of props on each attraction, hearing statistics about the size of Disney is always impressive. Here are ten numbers that tell guests just how big Walt Disney World is.

10. 47 Square Miles

The Walt Disney World Resort is so huge that it occupies roughly forty seven square miles of land. While that number alone is huge, it is even more impressive to learn that only a small fraction of the available space has been developed into the parks and resorts that guests enjoy today. All of that remaining land is either being preserved or awaiting exciting new expansions in the future!

9. More than 25 Resorts

Many guests have a favorite Disney Resort that they refer to as their “home” and return to time and time again whereas others like to bounce around and try a different resort on each vacation. Those who like to try something new each time have plenty of options to choose from as Disney is home to twenty-five plus resorts! Guests can choose from Value resorts like Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Moderate Resorts like Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter and Disney’s Caribbean Beach, or Deluxe Resorts like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

8. Kilimanjaro’s Size

The largest attraction in all of Walt Disney World is Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The attraction takes guests into the one hundred and ten acre Harambe Reserve where they embark on a two week safari to find animals like lions, giraffes, elephants, and hippos. Kilimanjaro Safaris is so massive that all of the Magic Kingdom can fit inside of it!

7. Railroad Tracks

The Walt Disney World Railroad is one of the most relaxing and scenic attractions in the Magic Kingdom and it takes guests on a leisurely loop of the park while stopping at three distinct stations. Guests might be so relaxed on their ride that they might not realize they are actually making a one and a half mile loop around the park!

6. Cast Members Galore!

With so many different jobs at Walt Disney World, it is no surprise that they employ an insane number of Cast Members. Over seventy thousand Cast Members are employed at a given time at the resort and they hold positions including janitors, ride operators, and food servers. Cast Members are always friendly and love talking to guests, so take some time to thank them for all that they do on a Disney vacation!

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5. So Many Attractions 

Walt Disney World is home to nearly seventy attractions scattered throughout its four theme parks. Guests can enjoy experiences including flying on the back of a Banshee in Pandora, rocking out with Aerosmith on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, traveling back to prehistoric times on Dinosaur, and hang gliding high over California on Soarin’. With so many amazing experiences to enjoy, guests could spend days trying to do every attraction.

4. Fantasmic! Performers

One of the most popular nighttime shows in Walt Disney World is Fantasmic! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show combines pyrotechnics, projections, live acting, and special effects to take guests into Mickey’s imagination for an epic battle between good and evil. With so many elements in the show, an impressive group of over forty Cast Members take to the stage and lagoon each night to wow guests.

3. Spaceship Earth’s Triangles

Spaceship Earth is one of the most recognizable structures in Walt Disney World and it is the symbol of Epcot. The outside of the attraction is covered in many silver geometric triangles which are called tetrahedrons. In fact, there are eleven thousand three hundred and twenty four individual triangles that combine to form the impressive attraction that guests love.

2. The Sea’s Size

The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot offers guests the chance to dive into the oceans and learn all about the world under water with characters from Pixar’s Finding Nemo. The aquarium featured in the pavilion holds almost six millions gallons of water and is home to a number of sea creatures including dolphins, sharks, and turtles. The aquarium is so massive in diameter that Spaceship Earth could actually fit inside of it!

1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

When Galaxy’s Edge opened on August 29, 2019, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the most popular park to be at! This massive expansion of a land invites guests to a brand new planet filled with details around every turn and two outstanding attractions. Even more impressive is that the land spans an impressive fourteen acres!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.