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Here's Walt in 1964 showing off a model of the ride.
For The Little Mermaid, I couldn't find any definitive proof as to where it takes place. It came down to Denmark or the Caribbean. Basically 50/50, there were signs pointing to both and also negatives. I chose the location I felt best represented the film as I've seen it. I don't doubt that many think it's wrong. But, I bet had I put it in Denmark there'd be issues with that as well.
For Atlantis, well, that's a pretty obvious case of no one knows where Atlantis is located. The movie (to my knowledge) never explicitly states where it is, so I went with the prevailing theory behind it's disappearance. Honestly though, I could have put it anywhere on the map and it would have been "wrong."
The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Happier! Picture two amazing Disney Parks - the world-famous Disneyland® Park and the newly expanded Disney California Adventure® Park - plus three incredible Resort Hotels and a spectacular entertainment, dining and shopping district, and you've just imagined the more magical-than-ever Disneyland® Resort!
At Disneyland Park celebrate the worlds of yesterday, fantasy and tomorrow with timeless attractions, dazzling entertainment and magical moments that last a lifetime.
Experience all of the adventures in the newly expanded and re-imagined Disney California Adventure® Park where your entire family will be able to be fully immersed in your favorite Disney and Pixar stories like never before. Get ready to be floored in the all-new Cars Land and experience incredible attractions and shows the whole family will enjoy from day-to-night. Plus, the Downtown Disney District is a lively promenade featuring dining, shopping and exciting entertainment.
From unmatched convenience to unforgettable moments that can only happen here, the Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort surround you with all the ingredients for the ultimate Disney vacation!
In the mid-1960s, Walt Disney's dream was to build a family resort destination like no other. The dream became a reality when Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971 featuring Magic Kingdom as the centerpiece. Today, Walt Disney World Resort and its Cast Members deliver one-of-a-kind experiences to millions of Guests who come from around the world to enjoy vacationing at the resort.
Spanning 40 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort is a world-class entertainment and recreation center featuring four theme parks, two water parks, and more than 20 Resort Hotels. There is also dining, shopping and entertainment, boating, two full-service spas, championship golf, miniature golf, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and so much more.
Fantasyland is undergoing the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. When complete in 2014, the expansion will nearly double the size of Fantasyland and be a celebration of what Disney does best: storytelling through deeply immersive entertainment and interactive experiences featuring beloved characters from classic Disney stories. Plus guests will be able to feel like characters in the story at the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Featuring family suites with three separate sleeping areas, two separate bathrooms and a kitchenette, there's enough room for the entire family to stretch out.
Don't wait a moment longer to enjoy this expansive resort. Come now and Let the Memories Begin!
A Disney Cruise Line® vacation is a vacation that everyone in your family will think was created just for them. Each voyage is filled with relaxing "me" time for adults, imaginative fun for kids and exciting family time for all. Best of all, every voyage includes the attention to detail and world-class hospitality that Disney is famous for.
Kids will be immersed in Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab where the spaces and activities are designed to let their imaginations sail free, the possibilities are endless. Tweens and teens can hang out at their own private clubs, Edge and Vibe, where they can kick back with kids their age - all supervised by the coolest counselors at sea. Meanwhile, adults can indulge in tantalizing temptations onboard, from visits to the adult only pool and full-service spa, to evenings of romance at our adult-exclusive restaurants and entertainment district.
No matter what your vacation preferences Disney Cruise Line® has an itinerary perfect for your family.
Everything about an Adventures by Disney© guided group vacation is designed with one purpose in mind: to allow you and your family to experience each moment of your trip to its fullest. With Adventures by Disney© you don't just see the world. You touch it. You taste it. You become part of the places you visit. We take care of the details so you’re free to enjoy your vacation – and your family.
On our trips, you experience the heart and soul of the places you visit. Imagine learning Tai Chi from a seasoned master along the banks of a river in China, tracking wild animals with a wily bush ranger in South Africa, or spending the night in a luxurious castle that was once home to Irish kings. Every aspect of your adventure is steeped in authenticity and rich in history. Your children will not only see some of the world's most famous places, they’ll step into the pages of history and re-live history through unique activities designed just for them. With destinations spread across six continents – Adventures by Disney vacations are the best way for your family to see it all.
Imagine enjoying a sunrise visit from a giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas, a romantic view of the Magic Kingdom® Park fireworks from your balcony at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, or a tropical sunset at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club® Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai`i. With the magic of Disney Vacation Club, you and your family can enjoy vacation memories just like these for years to come.
Disney Vacation Club is a flexible and affordable vacation ownership program that provides you and your family with a convenient and cost-effective way to see the world. Stay in a range of accommodations - from Deluxe Studios, to 1-, 2- and even 3-Bedroom Grand Villas - at a variety of Disney Vacation Club Resorts, or visit over 500 other destinations around the globe, year after year!
The high level of quality, signature service and pleasant, no-pressure sales approach that you'll experience sets Disney Vacation Club apart from others. Plus, as a Member, youll receive special benefits and perks, including savings on select Theme Park Annual Passes. Discover the magic of Disney Vacation Club today!
Aulani is a new Disney Resort and Spa in Hawai`i. Located on the island of O‘ahu on a beautiful beachfront cove, Aulani offers something for everyone: adults, teens and kids of all ages.
It's a truly Hawaiian paradise with a touch of magic!