Walt Disney World Statistics

With the initial success of Disneyland in the mid to late 1950’s, Walt Disney set his sights on building another theme park, only this time on a much grander scale. After years in development, Walt’s vision became a reality when Disney World opened the gates of Magic Kingdom on October 1st, 1971. However, this momentous day came five years after Walt Disney succumbed to lung cancer, and thus, he was not able to witness the early and later successes of the park.

Although some elements of Disney World have slightly different outcomes than what Walt originally envisioned, we think he’d be pleased with how the park has evolved over the years, the giant it is today, the positive influence Disney World has had on society and culture along the way. The eye-popping Disney World statistics we discuss in this article really tell the story of Walt’s vision becoming a reality.

With an average annual attendance of over 52 million visitors, Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world. The amount of manpower, creativity, machinery, and technology involved in keeping Disney World humming and innovating is simply astounding. Hidden beneath the attractions, resorts, restaurants, and shops are some eye-opening statistics that only an operation as grand as Walt Disney World could lay claim to.  Let’s look at some of these fascinating Walt Disney World statistics.

Disney World’s 4 Theme Parks: Opening Year / Annual Attendance – Disney World Statistics

Magic Kingdom: 1971 (20.45 million (2017))
Epcot: 1982 (12.2 million (2017))
Hollywood Studios: 1989 (10.72 million (2017))
Animal Kingdom – 1998 (12.5 million (2017))

Disney World’s 2 Water Parks: Opening Year/Annual Attendance – Disney World Statistics

Typhoon Lagoon: 1989 (2.163 million (2017))
Blizzard Beach: 1995 (1.945 million (2017))

Park Overview -Disney World Statistics

Walt Disney World covers 27, 258 acres (43 square miles) – about the same area as all of San Francisco and two times the size of Manhattan. The Florida swampland which is now home to Disney World was purchased by Walt Disney during the mid-1960’s for only $5 million dollars.

Disney World Resort Statistics

  • There are more than 23,000 hotel rooms throughout Disney World, which include resorts, campsites, cabins, and Disney Vacation Club properties. If you were to spend one night in each hotel room at WDW, then it would take you over 68 years to do so!
  • Number of Disney-owned hotels at Disney World: 18
  • 9 hotels (6000 hotel rooms) on Disney property are not owned by Disney.
  • Number of campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness: 800

Disney World Dining Statistics

  • WDW has over 300 dining outlets with a staff of 350 chefs.
  • Every year, Disney World serves 10 million hamburgers, 6 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of French fries, 300,000 pounds of popcorn, and 1.6 million turkey drumsticks.
  • 13 million bottles of water and 75 million Coca-Colas are sold each year at WDW.

Disney Transportation Statistics

  • An average of 250,000 guests travel daily to and from various WDW properties via the 300 buses, 12 monorail trains, and the fleet of water taxis and boats owned by Disney.
  • The monorail alone has an average of 150,000 daily riders
  • Since its opening in 1971, WDW monorail trains have registered enough miles to make 30 round trips to the moon.

Disney Cast Member/Employee Statistics

  • There are over 60,000 Cast Members throughout the Disney World resort, which makes it the biggest single-site employer in the United States.
  • Among the Cast Members at WDW, 2,500 work in costume design. Nearly 13,000 clothing items are manufactured every year, with a total of 1.8 million items in Disney’s enormous wardrobe. Minnie Mouse alone has more than 200 different outfits, while Mickey has nearly 300.
  • Each year, WDW horticulturalists maintains over 2 million shrubs, 13,000 roses, and trains 200 perennial shrubs on the property. With 2,000 acres of turf to maintain, WDW grounds crews log 450,000 mowing miles every year!
  • PhotoPass photographers take between 100,000 to 200,000 photographs of guests on any given day.
  • 285,000 pounds of laundry is cleaned by WDW employees every day.

Magic Kingdom Statistics

  • Over 250 million people have ridden the “It’s a Small World” attraction at Magic Kingdom.
  • Test Track reaches speeds of up to 65 mph, making it the fastest ride at Disney World.
  • Cinderella Castle is 189 feet tall, has 27 towers, and took 18 months to build.
  • Over 500 oak trees growing at WDW have come from the acorns of the Liberty Oak in Liberty Square.

See our Magic Kingdom Secrets, Best Magic Kingdom Rides, and Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants pages for more interesting insights on this iconic Disney theme park.

Epcot Statistics

  • The outer skin of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is constructed with 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles. The structure weighs an astounding 16 million pounds!
  • Over one million pizzas have been served at Epcot’s Via Napoli.
  • There were over 225 million food dishes are served at last year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
  • Epcot’s The Land Pavilion grows more than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables every year. The produce is then served at WDW restaurants.
  • When The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion first opened in 1986, it’s 5.7 million gallon tank was the largest saltwater tank in the world. In 2005, WDW’s tank dropped to the 2nd spot after the Georgia Aquarium surpassed them. If you were to empty all the water at The Seas with Nemo & Friends aquarium into one-gallon milk jugs, laying them side by side, the result would stretch 540 miles. This would equal the distance from Orlando to New Orleans!

See our Epcot Secrets and Best Epcot Restaurants pages for more interesting insights on this Disney theme park.

Animal Kingdom Statistics

  • There are more than 300 different species of animals at Animal Kingdom, with around 2000 total animals.
  • Covering 580 acres, Animal Kingdom is the largest theme park in the world. It’s 100 acres larger than DisneyLand, and over 5 times the size of Magic Kingdom.
  • It takes more power than a 747-jet engine to bring the Yeti on Expedition Everest to life.

See our Animal Kingdom Secrets and the Best Animal Kingdom Dining Locations pages for more interesting insights on this Disney theme park.

More WDW Statistics

  • The cost of an adult admission ticket was $3.50 when Disney World first opened.
  • It cost Disney $1 Billion to implement the MagicBands system.
  • For FY2016, Disney had $55.632 billion in worldwide revenue.
  • There are 150 shops and restaurants at Disney Springs. World of Disney is the largest retailer of Disney merchandise in the world.
  • During the festive Christmas holiday season, more than 1,500-holiday trees, 8.5 million lights, 15 miles of garland, and 300,000 yards of ribbon are installed around Walt Disney World.
  • Holding 750,000 gallons of water, Stormalong Bay – at Disney’s Beach Club Resort – is the largest sand-bottom pool in the world.
  • Typhoon Lagoon is the second most visited water park in the world, while Blizzard Beach is the 3rd.
  • Who was the 1st cartoon character awarded a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
    Mickey Mouse, of course!

We hope that you found some interesting Disney World statistics on our list! Feel free to browse other MagicGuides pages, including our Best Disney Value Resorts, Best Disney Moderate Resorts, Best Disney Deluxe Resorts, and Disney Travel Planners pages.

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