A global presence, but just how massive?
It’s no secret that Walt Disney was the entertainment and media visionary of his time. 1955 was a turning point in the Disney corporation’s history, laying the groundwork for countless projects and expansions. The year that the city of Anaheim, California, first opened its door to the original Disneyland Park.
If you could go back in time and ask Walt Disney himself If he’d ever imagined having twelve- that’s right, twelve- Disney Parks around the world, what might he respond? Even as crazy a visionary as him, he might just laugh!
Do you have dreams of knocking out all things Disney Parks? If you’re up for the adventure, check out this guide written by Mouse Hacking for a rundown!
The 12 Disney Parks
Cutting to the chase, there are twelve Disney Parks around the world, across six resorts.
- California Adventure
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disneyland Paris
- Walt Disney Studios Park
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Shanghai Disneyland
- Tokyo Disneyland
- Tokyo Sea
Disneyland Parks in the US
The US is home to two castle parks on each coast. Florida is host to the Walt Disney World Resort, with its main castle park being Magic Kingdom, with the addition of Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Hollywood Studios.
On the pacific coast, California is home to the aforementioned Disneyland Resort. While it only has two parks (Disneyland & Disneyland California Resort), its massive combined lineup boasts more than 35 attractions! To put it into perspective, the other parks range from 17 to 24.
Disneyland deserves a special spotlight for the game-changing projects and events seen in recent years. From additions like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2019) to limited events like Pixar Fest (2018), there’s always something new for everyone!
Disneyland Parks in Asia
Opening in 2016, Shanghai Disneyland is home to some exclusive attractions and castle park designs! This location is alone in offering the TRON Lightcycle Power Run, and Challenge Trails
rides immersions. The Shanghai location takes a method of modernity and succeeds through means of a futuristic approach.
Tokyo Disney Resort is high up on the bucket list for many Disney-goers. And it’s no surprise! Within this resort are Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Where Tokyo Disneyland might dwindle in attraction size compared to others, travelers have often praised its improved experience of existing rides in other parks. For example, Pooh’s Honey Hunt and Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek in Tokyo have been hailed as superior and more immersive copies of their sister parks. Unique to this resort is also its legendary food menu, which takes inspiration from Tokyo culture and seamlessly adds its Disney magic.
DisneySea, on paper, is an experience like no other. Attractions aside, DisneySea really seems to elevate the concept of aesthetics to a magical level only Disney could. At the heart of its awe-inducing awesomeness is the theme of the “Sea”. All conventionalism and reason are cast aside here for a more conceptual approach to “ports” that permeate the park. The symbolism deserves a discussion of its own. But for our purposes, the visual connections between humans and the vast sea are enough to make you want to return in the near future.
This Disney Resort is relatively on the smaller side. Hong Kong Disneyland seems to be more inspired by Disneyland rather than going for its mystical distinction. Nevertheless, there’s a peculiar “bravado” in its smaller size, with around 20 rides, that still manage to get one’s attention. That attention will surely increase in the coming years with Disney’s plans to improve the park.
Disneyland Parks in Europe
Bonjour Monsieur Mickey Mouse! Disneyland Paris Resort contains two parks: Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park, a close rendition of the Hollywood Studios residing in Florida.
The Cars ROAD TRIP and Crush’s Coaster attractions are exclusive to the second park. It wouldn’t be Disney Paris without a dedicated French-themed pavilion in honor of the one and only Pixar film, Ratatouille. With just under ten rides, this “adventure” of a park could be completed in a day.
Disneyland Paris has much of the unique storytelling charm that DisneySea has. It’s not easy being able to tell a story through architecture and visual beauty alone, although they found a way to do so. In a country like France, where castles are prominent, they are still able to pay homage to old-style architecture while adding their own Disney twist.
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