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    10 Mind-Boggling Statistics About Walt Disney World


    Walt Disney always intended Disney World to be on a scale unlike any other previous resort, snapping up huge swathes of land in Central Florida to enable his dreams to become a reality. Following Walt’s death, the plans for the resort changed. The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) didn’t become a enormous, working city. Instead, it became Walt Disney World’s second theme park after the Magic Kingdom. Since then, two further theme parks have opened, along with the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks and a large selection of on-site hotels. Operating a resort on that scale is a challenging task, undertaken by more than 60,000 Disney Cast Members. Here are some truly mind-blowing statistics that give an impression of how complex the operations of Walt Disney World really are.

    10. The transport system

    Monorail Every day, 250,000 guests make their way to and from Walt Disney World’s various theme parks, attractions and hotels via a mass transit system that consists of more than 270 buses, 12monorail trains and a fleet of boats and water taxis.

    9. The Seas

    The Seas with Nemo & Friends

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    The Seas with Nemos & Friends pavilion at Epcot first opened as The Seas back in 1986. At the time, it housed the largest saltwater tank in the world, holding some 5.7 million US gallons of water (this was surpassed in 2005 by the Georgia Aquarium). Empyting this water in one-gallon milk jugs and laying them side-by-side would result in a line that stretched from Orlando to New Orleans – 540 miles. The recipe for the artificial seawater involved the use of 27 truckloadsof table salt.

    8. Room for expansion


    Epcot. Image: Greg Goebel, via Flickr

    Walt Disney World spans a ridiculous 25,000 acres. Disney’s Animal Kingdom alone occupies 403 acres. Less than 34 percent of this has been developed, although a quarter has been designated as a wilderness preserve. So there’s plenty of room for that mythical fifth gate…

    7. Stormalong Bay

    Stormalong Bay

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    The Seas isn’t the only enormous body of water at Walt Disney World. Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is billed as “the largest sand-bottom pool in the world”, holding a huge 750,000 gallons.

    6. Mowing miles


    Image © Disney

    There are 2,000 acres of turf at Walt Disney World, requiring 450,000 mowing miles every year to keep in shape. That’s the equivalent of 18 trips around the Earth at the equator. The resort’s horticulture staff plants 3 million bedding plants and annuals, along with 4 million shrubs, 13,000 roses and 200 topiary every year.

    5. Keeping up appearances

    Mickey autograph

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    There are more than 2,500 Cast Member costume designs in use at Walt Disney World, with a total of around 1.8 million pieces in the extensive wardrobe. Roughly 13,000 pieces are manufactured every year. Mickey Mouse has almost 300 different outfits, while Minnie has more than 200.

    4. Deck the halls

    Cinderella Castle Iced

    Image – Sam Howzit, Flickr


    During the winter holiday season, more than 15 miles of garland, 300,000 yards of ribbon and 1,500holiday trees are installed to add a touch of festive cheer to Walt Disney World.

    3. Feeding the masses


    There are more than 300 dining outlets at the resort, with 350 chefs on staff to help keep guests well-fed. Every year, the resort serves up 10 million hamburgers, 1.6 million turkey drumsticks, 6 million hotdogs, 9 million pounds of french french fries and 300,000 pounds of popcorn. These are washed down with 75 million Coca-Colas and 13 millionbottles of water.

    2. Sleeping room

    Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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    There are almost 25,000 rooms spread across the resort’s hotels, campsites, cabins and Disney Vacation Club properties. It would take you more than 68 yearsto stay in every single one of these at a rate of one per night.

    1. The “giant golf ball”

    Spaceship Earth.jpg

    The iconic Spaceship Earth at Epcot weighs some 16 million pounds, with its outer skin being made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles.