World Showcase

This community of 11 miniaturized nations surrounds the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon on the park's southern side. All of the showcase's countries have authentically indigenous architecture, landscaping, background music, restaurants, and shops. The nations' cultural facets are explored in art exhibits, song and dance performances, and innovative rides, films, and attractions. And all of the employees in each pavilion are natives of the country represented. All pavilions offer some kind of live...

Walt Disney World Hotels

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort 12 Disney's All-Star Music Resort 11 Disney's All-Star Sports Resort 13 Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge 10 Disney's Beach Club Resort 18 Disney's Boardwalk Inn 19 Disney's Boardwalk Villas 20 Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort 21 Disney's Coronado Springs Resort 14 Disney's Contemporary Resort 4 Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground 6 Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 2 Disney's Old Key West Resort 23 Disney's Polynesian Resort 3 Disney's Pop Century...

Moments A Piece of Yesterday Today

The Grand 1, the Grand Floridian's 44-foot yacht, is available for hire for groups of 2 to 12. It cruises Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake, where in the evenings you can see the Magic Kingdom's Wishes fireworks display or arrange a gourmet-dinner cruise. Voyages are 350 per hour including a captain and deck hand (& 407 824-2439). white picket fences. Two-bedroom villas have beds for eight grand villas (2,202 sq. ft.) sleep 12. Villas have whirlpool tubs. All of the accommodations sport...

Tips Hitting the Links

Walt Disney World operates five 18-hole, par-72 golf courses and one 9-hole, par-36 walking course, so if you want to work on your putting and need some time away from the kids (who will most likely prefer an outing on one of Disney's mini-golf courses see p. 218), you'll have plenty of options. All of Disney's courses are open to the public and offer pro shops, equipment rentals, and instruction. The rates are 109 to 175 per 18-hole round for resort guests ( 5 more if you're not staying at a...

Rips When a WDW Property Is Not a WDW Property

There are nine official Disney hotels that aren't owned by Mickey's stockholders. But there are a couple of asterisks. Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin have Uncle Walt's name and they're on mainstream WDW resort property, but they're not Disney-owned resorts, so we consider them officials. The good news for you You can get discounted room rates and other special offers at the Swan and Dolphin that you won't get at a Disney-owned resort. restaurants, shops, and other...

State Parks Preserves

Lake Louisa State Park All ages If you bring your own fishing gear (there are no concessionaires here) you and your kids can catch bass or bream. The beach has a bathhouse with showers and there's also a picnic area. White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, marsh rabbits, opossums and raccoons are seen on rare occasions along the nature trails. 12549 State Park Dr., Clermont. & 352 394-3969. 3.25 per vehicle. Open 8am-sundown. From Disney, take U.S. 192 west to U.S. 27 north about 15 miles to Lake...

If Your Wallet Gets Lost Or Stolen

Be sure to tell all of your credit card companies the minute you discover your wallet has been lost or stolen and file a report at the nearest police precinct. Your credit card company or insurer may require a police report number or record of the loss. Most credit card companies have an emergency toll-free number to call if your card is lost or stolen they may be able to wire you a cash advance immediately or deliver an emergency credit card in a day or 2. Visa's U.S. emergency number is &...

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With miniature renditions of Gotham's landmarks (the Empire State, Flatiron, and Chrysler buildings) and characters peddling knock-off watches. You'll find some of the best street performing in the Disney parks here. More importantly, it's a working movie and TV studio where shows are occasionally in production. Arrive early. Unlike Epcot, MGM's 154 acres of attractions are easier to see in 1 day. The parking lot reaches to the gate, but trams serve most areas. Pay attention to your parking...