Recently, I was reintroduced to the Ancient Wonders of The World. I remembered most of them from my fourth-grade history class, and I was amazed by what once was. The ancient Greeks loved to compile lists of the marvels in their world. So I thought, “Why not compile a list of the seven most marvelous wonders of Disney World?”
#7: Spaceship Earth
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#6: The Grand Floridian
The Grand Floridian is pure romance at its best. Disney’s flagship hotel sits grandly on the Seven Seas Lagoon. The six red-gabled buildings are visually impressive in their beauty and are architecturally impressive. Adjacent to The Grand is Disney’s wedding chapel, where lifelong dreams are fulfilled daily. The expansive lobby is exquisite in charm and decadence. The five story Victorian inspired hotel is a masterpiece of Walt Disney World’s theming. This timeless beauty will alway be cherished as part of Disney’s architecture and a great place to stay.
#5: The World Showcase in Epcot
Fifth on the list is where East meets West: The Countries of the World Showcase in Epcot. Where else can you experience the wonders of Canada, The United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, The US, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico? All of the countries are set around the Showcase Lagoon, creating a picturesque view. The architectural details alone make these structures spectacular, but when coupled with the manicured and pristine landscaping, the walkways at the World Showcase are truly breathtaking.
#4: The Gardens of Walt Disney World
Oh, the beauty that rises up to greet you. The gardens of Disney are magnificent. In every theme park and every resort, the highways and byways of Disney truly make a landscaped paradise. My particular favorites include the topiaries of France, the English gardens of the UK, and the flowers of Canada. For me, they make up the trifecta of Disney World’s gardens. Everywhere on Disney property, I find myself amazed at what mere men can accomplish. My hat is off to the Disney horticulturist team that have surpassed expectations of beauty in landscaping.
#3: The African Savannah at Animal Kingdom
Who thinks: “Hey, we should build a whole African savannah. And while we’re at it, let’s totally make a 14 story fifty foot wide tree with intricate carvings in it. Sounds like a plan!” Apparently the Imagineers who planned Disney’s Animal Kingdom had exactly that thought. Animal Kingdom’s vast man-made savannah is home to over 1700 animals and makes up most of Animal Kingdom’s 500 acre span. This is truly a wonder of Walt Disney World. For a unique view of the animals on the savannah, check out the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction.
#2: Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom
#1: The People of Walt Disney World
All of the people of Disney, from Walt himself to Imagineers who design the rides to the horticulturists who tend the gardens to the cast member just telling us to have a magical day, are the heart and soul of a powerful company. For that, I say “Thank you!” Without the dreamers and the manpower to execute those dreams, dreams cannot be realized. To everyone who has provided Disney magic throughout the years, I say you are truly the number one wonder of Walt Disney World.