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General Facts of Walt Disney World

43 square miles of property is what is considered the original area centrally located in Florida and is considered the largest of its kind in the world.

5,900 acres have been developed

1965 is when the public was told about the Walt Disney World Resort Plans

52 months of construction were needed to build Walt Disney World back in 1971,

8 million cubic yards of earth were moved to build Walt Disney World.

2,000 acres remain open for development by the Walt Disney World Company.

$4.75 was the cost of a 7-ride book on opening day in 1971

$5.75 was the cost of a 11-ride book on opening day in 1971

$180 an acres was a great price for the Florida land, until Disney was named the person buying the land then the price went to $1000 an acre.

27,258 acres of land were purchased for WDW

5 million dollars was the cost to purchase the 27,258 acres of WDW

$5,018, 770 was the cost of the 27,258 acres

18 months of moving dirt were used to just prepare the Magic Kingdom site to be built.

8 million cubic yards of earth were moved to build the Magic Kingdom.

3.3 million chocolate covered Mickey Mouse ice cream bars are sold every year at Walt Disney World (WDW)

4 colors make up the official colors of WDW, lagoon blue, mint green, pumpkin orange, lavender.

450 acre area is Bay Lake and located near the Magic Kingdom.

14.25 pound largemouth bass is the largest ever caught on Bay Lake, but we’ll never know since it is catch and release fishing.

4.5 miles of beach line the Seven Seas lagoon and Bay Lake

70,000 fingerling bass were originally stocked in Bay lake when WDW first opened.

2.385 billion gallons make up the volume of water that is Bay Lake and the adjoining Seven Seas Lagoon.

14 feet deep is the Seven Sea lagoon, but Bay Lake is only 12 feet deep.

14 floats are used in the Electrical Water pageant , that has been featured at the Magic Kingdom since 1971

1 million cubic yards of earth were dredged from the bottom of the lagoon during the initial excavation phase, the soil was reused for the foundation of the Magic Kingdom. Also some of the sand was cleaned and used for the near by beaches

7 million pens are purchased by WDW each year.

4 inches is the distance the driver of the armored car has between the door and the wall of the Utilidors, which is the only gas powered vehicle allowed in the Tunnel.

9 acres of tunnel are under the Magic Kingdom.

14 feet below ground are the 9 acres of tunnels servicing the Magic Kingdom.

2 times a month the horse shaped hitching posts on Main Street, USA are scraped and painted.

20 minutes is all it takes to fill Splash Mountain and 5 Minutes to drain it.

47 square miles is the original property size that was purchased for Walt Disney World.

7,500 acres were set-aside as Conversation area in 1970 and developed a system of more than 43 miles of canals and 22 miles of levees to control the water level.

100,000 guests is the max capacity for the Magic Kingdom. The parking lot closes at 75,000 to allow room for Hotel resort guests arriving on buses, boats and monorail.

1,000 firework shows per year makes WDW the largest consumer of fireworks in North America.

15,000 weddings have taken place at WDW since September 1991.

9.7 million hamburgers are sold each year at the parks

5,8 million hotdogs are sold each year in the park

9 million pounds of French fries are sold each year in the park

18.2 million ketchup packets are used each year in WDW

2 million pounds of bulk ketchup are used in WDW each year

1.5 million barbecued turkey legs are consumed each year at Walt Disney World & Disneyland

2.5 million pounds of turkey is consumed each year in WDW and Disneyland

410,000 pounds of popcorn are popped every year at Walt Disney World Resort, that's 5 million bags of buttery kernels.

3.2 million pizza are served in WDW each year that range from 7” diameter to 16” in size

58,000 employees are employed by Walt Disney world as of 2006, spending more than $1.1 billion on payroll and $478 million in benefits each year

5,000 employees are dedicated to the maintenance and engineering at WDW including 750 horticulturists and 600 painters.

$100 million is spent each year to maintain the Magic Kingdom.

10 of the 12 trains can be stored in the maintenance shop on its upper level (the bottom level houses the four steam locomotives that circle the Magic Kingdom). On any given night, two Mark VI trains are parked outside the gate of the Magic Kingdom. No train will ever be left outside two nights in a row.

72,000 ticket holders at the FedEx Orange Bowl National Championship game in Miami each receive a surprise free ticket to any Disney theme park in the world. The largest Disney theme park ticket give-away ever was part of the launch of the Happiest Celebration on Earth, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and Disney theme parks.

50,000th child to have a Disney theme park wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Disney. This event took place on October 6, 2005.

3,700 different Cast Member costume designs make up a working wardrobe of about 1.8 million pieces. Approximately 13,000 costume pieces are manufactured each year at Walt Disney World.

1 million yards of fabric are needed to make costumes at WDW

350,000 costume pieces are altered or repaired annually

200,000 new costumes are manufactured by WDW costumers annually

18 wardrobe issuing locations are operated by over 500 wardrobe “librarians”

132,000 square foot plant in the North Service area is recognized as one of the largest completely automated, state-of-the-art laundry plants in the world

13 million cast member garments are cleaned annually

160 Disney characters have costumes so they can meet and greet guests

40,000 square feet of wardrobe warehousing are needed to store all the costumes

90 seamstress, tailors, and milliners help to produce the costumes at WDW

15 million miles are driven by the Walt Disney World bus fleet each year.

3,421,399 (approximately)famous “Mouse Ear” hats sold each year at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to cover the head of every man, woman and child in Portland, Oregon.

30th year anniversary for Walt Disney World was celebrated October 1, 2001. Happy Anniversary !

392,040 square feet of space under the Magic Kingdom creates the Utilidors and are bustling with action. Beside navigation information the walls are covered with motivational information, such as the 7 rules of a Cast Member.

750 watercraft makes Walt Disney World the 5th largest fleet of watercraft in the world.

2.5 million garments(pieces) exist in Walt Disney World costuming department.

150,000 gallons of paint were purchased in 2004 enough to cover 7,500 average size homes.

110,000 gallons of paint were used by WDW and its many contractors in 2011

270 buses are in service at Walt Disney World.

50 million soft drinks are sold annually at WDW.

194,871 miles of toilet tissue are used annually at WDW.

24,409 miles of paper towels are used annually at WDW.

319,353 lbs. of chocolate are used annually at WDW.

900,000 pounds of watermelon are used annually at WDW.

741,150 pounds of sugar are used annually at WDW.

1.8 million pounds of flour are used annually at WDW.

245,000 pounds of fruit filling are used annually at WDW.

38,000 pounds of white icing glaze are used annually at WDW.

2.9 million pounds of eggs are used annually at WDW.

606,000 pounds of bananas are used annually at WDW.

510,000 of grapes are used annually at WDW.

1.5 million soft pretzels are served annually at WDW.

639,000 pounds of macaroni and cheese are served at WDW.

337,000 pencils are purchased annually to use at WDW.

148 million sheets of recycled copier paper are used annually at WDW.

730,102 gallons of bleach are used annually at WDW.

214,000 bandages were provided to guests during the year 2004 at WDW.

20,000 different colors of paint used in Walt Disney World.

3 circle vision films play at WDW. n the Magic Kingdom, take a trip through time in Tomorrowland’s "The Timekeeper." The other two films using the Circle-Vision technology are both found in Epcot's World Showcase. They are O Canada!, and the Wonders of China.

290 different outfits are in Mickey’s wardrobe closet, including a scuba suit and a tuxedo.

200 different outfits are in Minnie’s wardrobe closet, including a cheerleader costume and various evening gowns.

15 million gallons of water are used each day at WDW.

5,000 plus performers, (not counting the 500 doves that were released), joined in the Grand Opening Celebration of Walt Disney World at the Magic Kingdom on October 25, 1971.

1,076-piece band (including 76 trombones) was led by "Music man" Meredith Wilson as part of the Grand opening parade up Main Street, USA.

51,000 employees work at WDW, this number changes with the seasons and peak park seasons.

500,000 character watches are sold annually mainly Mickey watches, are slipped onto wrists from Walt Disney World gift shops each year. At any given time, there are more than 200 different varieties of character watches. The most popular timepiece: a gold-tone relief of Mickey Mouse.

210 pairs of sunglasses on average are turned in at the Magic Kingdom lost and found alone. Their have been enough "shades" submitted each year in the Magic Kingdom to outfit every resident of Sun City, Arizona; Sun City, California; and Sun City, Florida. Since 1971, an estimated 1.5 million pairs of glasses have found their way into the "lost" bin.

6,000 cell phones are turned into the lost found each year

3,500 digital cameras are turned into the lost found each year

18,000 hats are turned into the lost found each year

7,500 autograph books are turned into the lost found each year

6,000 different types of food are served at WDW.

350 or more chefs are employed at WDW

2 times the size of Manhattan Island is the property of Walt Disney World.

200 feet is the maximum building height in Florida, so the building does not have a red light installed for aircraft.
1st guest entered Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971

50,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on March 2,1976

100,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on October 22, 1979

150,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on April 7, 1983

200,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on July 20,1985

300,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on June 21, 1989

400,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on August 5,1992

500,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on October 13, 1995

600,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on June 24, 1998

4 million guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels have used Disney’s Magical Express since the airport shuttle, luggage delivery and airline check-in service launched May 5, 2005

250,000 Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort ride the various forms of “mass transit” every day, which include monorails, ferryboats, bus services and water taxis.

100,000 to 200,000 photos of guests are taken each day by Disney’s PhotoPass photographers

4 % percent of all amateur photography is estimated to be taken at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

3 times the park has been closed, once resort wide in September 1999 for Hurricane Floyd; resort wide on September 11th, 2001 due to the terror attacks on America; and Epcot only on July 17th, 2002 due to a power outage.

72,000 individual AudioAnimatronic functions per second are controlled by the Digital Animation Control System (DACS)

2.2 million travelers were bused from Orlando International Airport to either a WDW resort hotels or cruise ships in 2008, That works out to about $1.6 million a year in payments to the airport

80,000 high school seniors will celebrate graduation during the annual Grad night party at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney has hosted the event for 36 years with a variety of acts from KC and the Sunshine Band to Jessica Simpson.

160 lane miles of paved roads are maintained by WDW

70 lane miles of public roads are maintained Reedy Creek Improvement District

5,500 cast members ere working at WDW when it opened in October of 1971, by the end of the summer of 1972 there were over 10,000 cast members working at WDW

15,326 cast members were employed ay WDW by September 30, 1995

56,044 people applied for jobs in 1994, of those 56,o44 applicants 8,750 people became cast members

2,600 cast members were honored with Distinguished Service Awards in 1996

850 acres of lakes featuring nearly 130,000 feet of shoreline are available at WDW, And that’s just on “the surface”: Beneath the surface of the 7 largest lakes are a combined 3.122 billion gallons of water

2.385 billion gallons – that’s the volume of water in Bay Lake and adjoining Seven Seas Lagoon, at a combined 596 acres the 2 largest lakes at Walt Disney World Resort

9 that’s the number of theme park attractions for which guests board boats for a floating adventure: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Liberty Square Riverboat, it’s a small world, Norway’s Maelstrom, Living With the Land, El Rio del Tiempo (River of Time), and Kali River Rapids. Also notable: a raft ride across the Rivers of America to Tom Sawyer Island, and the flying pirate ships of Peter Pan’s Flight.

14 (at least!) that’s the number of other theme park attractions, shows and interactive entertainment during which water plays – or sprays – a memorable role. Here’s the lineup:
1 Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour (flash flood in Catastrophe Canyon)
2 “Fantasmic!” (dancing fountains, water screens and shiploads of character drama)
3 “Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3-D” (surprise special effects)
4 “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” (the entire story theme is “Under the Sea”)
5 “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show" (jet ski featured in one scene)
6 “Fountain of Nations” (dramatic, computer-choreographed water ballet in Innoventions Plaza at Epcot)
7 The Seas with Nemo & Friends (with 5.7 million gallons of water, one of the largest man-made ocean environments in the world)
8 “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” (there are fireworks, for sure, but also fountains … and it all takes place on 36.9-acre World Showcase Lagoon)
9 Imagination! fountains (quirky fountains in the plaza entertain guests with spurts and streams)
10 The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (beware the spitting camel)
11 Journey Into Imagination with Figment (imagine bathroom fixtures installed on the ceiling)
12 The Great Movie Ride (Gene Kelly is still “Singin’ in the Rain”)
13 The Enchanted Tiki Room–Under New Management (the Audio-Animatronics cast sings up a tropical storm)
14 Ariel’s Grotto (meet “The Little Mermaid” character and then cool off in an interactive leap-frog fountain spouting between sea sponges)

60,000 cast members are employed at WDW to be more precise. That's how many people it takes to create the magic at the Vacation Kingdom. Not surprisingly, Walt Disney World Resort is the largest single-site employer in the United States.

9 is the number of theme park attractions for which guests board boats for a floating adventure: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Liberty Square Riverboat, it’s a small world, Norway’s Maelstrom, Living With the Land, El Rio del Tiempo (River of Time), and Kali River Rapids. Also notable: a raft ride across the Rivers of America to Tom Sawyer Island, and the flying pirate ships of Peter Pan’s Flight

15 is the number of other theme park attractions, shows and interactive entertainment during which water plays – or sprays – a memorable role.

3,000 different job roles are available at WDW

52 that’s the number of feet of luxurious yacht in Grand 1, available for charter cruises on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The captain and first mate welcome aboard private parties of up to 18 people at the Grand Floridian Marina.

89 varieties of cheese are used by Disney theme parks and resort chefs

3,000 different job roles are available at WDW

2,000 slices of apple strudel are served in the parks each day

1980 is when the Mickey bar first appear in the parks

8,100 Mickey bars are made per hour at the Nestle factory near Fresno California

170,000 Mickey bars are made per day at the Nestle factory near Fresno California

100 Mickey bars are formed per minute at the Nestle factory near Fresno California

12 minutes are need to freeze the Mickey bar at the Nestle factory near Fresno California

-60 degrees is the temperature at which the Mickey bars are frozen at

20 character dining experiences can be found at WDW

3,000 servings of rice cream are made from 1 daily batch

9 gallons of water go into making the 1 daily batch of rice cream

40 pounds of rice go into making the 1 daily batch of rice cream

9 gallons of milk go into making the 1 daily batch of rice cream

1 million servings of rice cream are served each year at WDW

1 millions servings of Mickey waffles enjoyed by guests at WDW each year

6,000 different food items are available at WDW

2 million eggs are used through out the park annually

9 is the number of theme park attractions for which guests board boats for a floating adventure: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Liberty Square Riverboat, it’s a small world, Norway’s Maelstrom, Living With the Land, El Rio del Tiempo (River of Time), and Kali River Rapids. Also notable: a raft ride across the Rivers of America to Tom Sawyer Island, and the flying pirate ships of Peter Pan’s Flight.

5 adults can sit in a row on the Trams

210 adults can be seated on the Trams

23 trams operate at WDW

20 tons of fresh fruits and veggies are consumed annually at Walt Disney World Resort

13,000 roses decorate WDW and many varieties of roses are used

14 girls were hired to work in the WDW preview center

600 million guests have been to WDW since it opened in 1971 (as of 2011)

9 screens are required to construct a Circle-Vision theater

134 attraction are located in WDW as of 2011

$6.50 was the price of guided tour of WDW on opening day

1,500 automated external defoliators (AED) are installed backstage and in guest areas all throughout WDW property

94 lives have been saved by the AED installed at all Disney properties worldwide as of 2012