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How Many Disney Parks Are There?
How many Disney parks are there? You might be surprised!
“Disney World” and “Disneyland” have become synonymous with family vacations, Mickey Mouse, and the famous Disney castle. But how many Disney theme parks are there actually?
Short answer: There are twelve Disney parks across six resorts.
As for “castle parks” with an iconic Disney castle at the center, there are six, with one at each resort.
Want to learn more about all the Disney parks around the world? Let’s get into it! Here’s a breakdown of each park and each resort, starting with the ones that opened first.
1. Disneyland Resort
The first Disney resort to ever open was Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
There are two theme parks at Disneyland Resort:
- California Adventure
Disneyland is the first park to have ever opened, debuting in 1955. This is the park that brought Walt Disney’s vision to life, and it’s the only Disney theme park he got to see opened during his lifetime.
California Adventure was opened in 2001.
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2. Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is the largest of all the resorts and contains the most theme parks. The four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort are:
- Magic Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios
- Animal Kingdom
Magic Kingdom was the first to open in 1971. Walt Disney had a big hand in developing both Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and was very passionate about what he called his “Florida Project”, but unfortunately he did not get to see either of the parks open before his death in 1966.
Epcot (short for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) followed Magic Kingdom, opening in 1982. Next came Hollywood Studios in 1989, and finally Animal Kingdom in 1998.
Walt Disney World Resort also has two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, but I am not including them in the total count since they aren’t officially theme parks!
3. Tokyo Disney Resort
Disney’s first expansion into Asia was the Tokyo Disney Resort. The resort is located in Urayasu, Japan, about twenty minutes outside of downtown Tokyo.
The two theme parks at Tokyo Disney Resort are:
- Tokyo Disneyland
- Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland debuted to the public in 1983, while Tokyo DisneySea came along in 2001.
4. Disneyland Paris Resort
Disney’s first and only foray into Europe is at Disneyland Paris Resort. Originally named Euro Disney Resort, the name was changed two years after the resort opened.
The resort is located in Chessy, France, about fifty minutes from central Paris.
There are two theme parks at Disneyland Paris Resort:
- Disneyland Paris
- Walt Disney Studios Park
Disneyland Paris was the inaugural park at the Disneyland Paris Resort, founded in 1992. Ten years later, Walt Disney Studios Park opened in 2002.
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5. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Disney’s second resort in Asia is Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. This park is located on Lantau Island, which is about twenty minutes from central Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is the smallest out of all the rest of the Disney resorts around the world, and it currently consists of just one theme park:
- Hong Kong Disneyland
This theme park opened to the public in 2005.
6. Shanghai Disney Resort
Finally, Disney’s newest resort is in Shanghai, China. This is Disney’s third Asian park and the first one located in mainland China. Shanghai Disney Resort consists of just one theme park as well:
- Shanghai Disneyland
Being Disney’s newest resort, Shanghai Disneyland officially opened in 2016.
How Many Disney Parks Are There?
So as you can see from the breakdown above, in total there are twelve Disney parks spread out between six Disney resorts around the world.
- Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom
- Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California: Disneyland and California Adventure
- Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Japan: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
- Disneyland Paris Resort in Chessy, France: Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park
- Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in Lantau Island, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Disneyland
- Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai, China: Shanghai Disneyland
Of course, that’s just for right now. Walt Disney famously said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
It’s inevitable that more Disney parks will open in the future, although it’s unlikely to be the very near future given that Shanghai Disneyland just opened in 2016.
However, Disney executives have confirmed that Disney parks will continue to expand, hinting at potential expansion in China and in other countries around the world.
More Disney Resorts Around the World
While there twelve theme parks across six resorts, there are actually three MORE Disney resorts located around the world! They just don’t have any theme parks.
The theme parks are obviously the biggest draw of all the resorts, but every resort encompasses more than just theme parks: hotels, shopping, dining, and entertainment.
So the three additional Disney resorts that don’t have any theme parks are:
- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort (Vero Beach, Florida)
- Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort (Hilton Head, South Carolina)
- Disney’s Aulani Resort (Kapolei, Hawaii)
These resorts are great vacation destinations, but they’re just missing the theme park magic.
Abandoned Disney Parks
And finally, the Disney theme parks that could have been!
Over the years, Disney has started a number of projects but ultimately abandoned them. Three Disney theme parks that could have potentially existed are:
- Disney park in Nara, Japan: This was Disney’s original attempt in Japan, but they pulled out halfway through. The park opened independently as Nara Dreamland in 1961. However, it eventually closed in 2006 due to the competition from the actual Tokyo Disneyland Resort.
- Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square in St, Louis, Missouri: This would have been the second Disney park, but it was abandoned in favor of the Orlando resort instead in 1965.
- Disney’s America in Haymarket, Virginia: An American history-themed park was planned for Virginia, but ultimately cancelled in 1994 due to rising costs and significant public opposition to the concept of how Disney would portray American history.
None of these Disney parks every came to fruition, so the answer to the questions How many Disney parks are there? is still twelve parks at six resorts.
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