How Big is Walt Disney World?

Walt Disney World is home to some of the most popular theme parks in the world. It is a beloved tourist destination that features four theme parks, two water parks, more than 20 resorts, and much more.

So, how big is Walt Disney World in terms of actual size? Huge. Officially, Walt Disney World currently sits on roughly 40 square miles or about 25,000 acres. To put that in perspective, that’s almost twice the size of Manhattan in New York.

But Walt Disney World may actually be a bit bigger. Land purchases such as this one, this one and this one may place the total property closer to 30,000 acres.

Remarkably, Disney hasn’t even come close to developing all of the land at Walt Disney World. Much of the land been reserved for conservation purposes due to their agreement with the state of Florida, but they could still develop quite a large amount.

Historically, Walt Disney World property used to be even larger than it is today. It came in around 47-48 square miles – or around 30,500 acres – when it was originally founded. Over time, various pieces of land have been sold or repurposed, including the land where the city of Celebration sits today.

Will Walt Disney World ever grow in size? Yes and no. They have purchased roughly 1,500 acres and nearly 1,000 acres between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Those new land purchases may be used for conservation in order to allow for the future development of existing land located near the current theme parks and resorts.

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David is a Disney travel expert who created Notes from Neverland in 2018 after visiting Disney theme parks countless times. Previously, David spent way too much time writing about sports, and was featured in Sports Illustrated, MSN, Yahoo!, and in many other publications. Learn more or contact us.

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