Walt Disney World By the Numbers
So many fun and exciting things have happened over the years at Walt Disney World that we decided to share some of the most interesting facts and statistics we could find.
Walt Disney World opened its doors on October 1, 1971.
Every year more than 52 million visitors come to Walt Disney World.
Admission prices in 1971 were $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for juniors under age 18, and one dollar for children under twelve.
The Walt Disney World property covers nearly 25,000 acres — that means it’s about the size of San Francisco! Not all of those acres are used though — a third have been designated as a wilderness preserve.
What’s the biggest theme park? It’s not Magic Kingdom — it’s Animal Kingdom, which is 403 acres. The Tree of Life is 14 stories high and 50 feet wide at its trunk.
Walt Disney World is such a pretty property and every year a horticulture staff plants 3 million bedding plants and annuals to keep it even prettier. It includes more than 4 million shrubs, 13,000 roses and more than 200 topiary.
It takes a village to take care of the visitors and the property at Walt Disney World — including everyone from those who work in the stores to those who sing on stage. More than 58,000 people work at Walt Disney World!
Laundry craziness! This fact bubbles over with the OMG factor — if you were to wash one load of laundry every day for 52 years, you’d do as much laundry as the people at Walt Disney World Laundry — yes, there is such a thing — do every day, which is 285,000 pounds. Your laundry pile doesn’t look so bad now, does it?
Eat ‘em up! Here are some fun food facts — every year we drink 75 million Cokes and 13 million bottles of water at Walt Disney World. We also eat 10 million hamburgers, 6 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of French friends and 300,000 pounds of popcorn.
Speaking of food, drum roll please! More than 1.8 million pounds of turkey drumsticks are consumed every year in four Disney theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
If you’ve ever lost a pair of glasses or sunglasses, they might just be at the Walt Disney World Lost and Found. Every day, 210 pairs of sunglasses are turned in! Since 1971, 1.65 million pairs of glasses have been turned in. They’ve also collected thousands of cell phones, digital cameras, hats and autograph books. Unusual things they found? How about a prosthetic leg and a glass eye?
30 trips to the moon!
When it comes to the monorail, if you were to add up all the miles logged by the monorail, it would equal more than 30 trips to the moon!
At the All-Star Sports Resort, there is a huge tennis ball can. Did you ever wonder how many tennis balls it would take to fill that up? It would take a whopping 9.5 million of them! At the Home Run Hotel, it would take 20 million 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola to fill one of the huge Coke cups!
Look closely at the Big Wheel at the Pop Century Resort — the sticker says it can accommodate a child who weighs up to 877 pounds!