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Which Disney Park is Biggest? (ranked smallest to largest)

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Disney parks are all over the world, and with many expanding and adding rides and attractions, many have wondered which Disney park is biggest.

Here’s what I learned:

Walt Disney World is technically the largest of any Disney Park at 25,000 total acres. But, that’s not all rides & attractions as over a 3rd is conservation land. But at 1096 acres at the 4 main parks, it is still the largest Disney park, followed by Shanghai Disneyland at 963 acres.

But there’s a lot more to the story of Disney parks and size, including what makes up the majority of Walt Disney World’s 25,000 acres, so let’s keep going.

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All Disney parks ranked from largest to smallest

Here are all 6 Disney parks by (current) size:

  • Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, FL) – 1096 acres (4 main parks only)
  • Shanghai Disneyland – 963 acres
  • Disneyland Paris – 365 acres (Disneyland 85 acres, Europa-Park 235 acres, Astérix Park 45 acres)
  • Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA) – 157 acres (85 acres for Disneyland and 72 for Disney’s California Adventure)
  • Tokyo Disney – 115 acres
  • Hong Kong Disneyland – 68 acres

Bear in mind many of these parks have additional acres not shown here for resorts, transportation, and scenery. So these numbers are for the parks themselves.

Which Disney World park is the biggest?

Within Orlando’s Disney World lies 4 individual parks (plus 2 water parks).

Those 4 parks that make up Disney World are:

  • The Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot Center (technically the “center” was dropped in 1996)
  • Animal Kindom
  • Hollywood Studios

The biggest of the 4 parks is Animal Kingdom coming in at 580 acres. Next, we have Epcot at 300 acres.

Hollywood Studios, home to the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge section, comes in at 135 acres.

Rounding out the 4 parks, the Magic Kingdom is 107 acres. This is the classic park that most closely resembles the main park at Disneyland.

So Animal Kingdom is, by far, the largest park at Disney World.

Where are all the Disney parks located?

Of course, Walt Disney started with Disneyland in Anaheim California, which opened on July 17, 1955.

But while that was the only park Walt got to see open to the public, they’ve gone on to create 5 other main parks, most of which typically has 2 or more parks within them.

The main Disney parks are:

  • Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL) – Contains the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
  • Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA) – Contains Disneyland and California Adventure
  • Disneyland Paris – Contains Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park
  • Tokyo Disney – Contains Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Shanghai Disney

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How big is the Magic Kingdom?

The Magic Kingdom is 142 acres. And yes, it’s larger than Disneyland which is only 85 acres.

Within the Magic Kingdom are 6 lands, or sections. Those are as follows:

  • Main Street, U.S.A. (the entrance)
  • Adventureland (home to the Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Frontierland (home of Splash Mountain and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad)
  • Liberty Square (home of the Haunted Mansion)
  • Fantasyland (home to Peter Pan’s Flight and It’s a Small World)
  • Tomorrowland (home of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin)

At the center of the park is Cinderella’s Castle and then each land or section branches off from that. The Walt Disney World Railroad encircles the whole park and is a great way to get a look at the park as a whole.

Which Disney park is the smallest?

At 68 acres, Hong Kong Disneyland definitely comes in as the smallest of all Disney parks.

After all, with Walt Disney World coming in at 1096 acres, that makes it almost 20 times larger than Hong Kong.

So what’s missing at the Hong Kong Disneyland?

Well right off the bat, they don’t have Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

But here are some other well-known Disney rides or attractions that are NOT in Hong Kong:

  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Star Tours
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Like all other Disney parks, Hong Kong Disneyland has themed lands or sections. In this case, they have 7:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Fantasyland
  • Adventureland
  • Tomorrowland
  • Grizzly Gulch (like Frontierland)
  • Mystic Point
  • Toy Story Land

But they are expanding in 2021 with the addition of Arendelle: World of Frozen and the Avengers Campus in 2023, which, as the name implies, is a Marvel-themed area coming to several Disney parks including Hong Kong.

Is Disney World bigger than Disneyland?

Yes, is the short answer.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Flordia is CONSIDERABLY larger than Disneyland in Anaheim, California. To be specific, Walt Disney World is about 1096acres.

Disneyland, by comparison, is only 157 acres including the newly opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which added an additional 15 acres.

So all the parks combined, Walt Disney World is almost 4 times larger than Disneyland.

Which is the best Disney park in Orlando?

Best is a pretty subjective term.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the 2nd Disney park built. While Walt Disney was very much involved in the design of the park, he sadly passed away in December 1966 about 5 years before the grand opening of Walt Disney World in 1971.

Walt Disney World contains 4 main parks (plus 2 waterparks)

  • The Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot Center (technically the “center” was dropped in 1996)
  • Animal Kindom
  • Hollywood Studios

Many people love The Magic Kingdom because it’s the most “classic” of the Disney parks with its iconic Cinderella’s Castle (Disneyland in California has Sleeping Beauty’s castle).

It’s also VERY similar to the original Disneyland in California.

Of course, Walt Disney World didn’t open with all 4 parks. 

Epcot came 2nd in 1982, Hollywood Studios, then called Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park opened in 1989, and Animal Kingdom opened in 1998.

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Which park is bigger Disneyland or Magic Kingdom?

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Disneyland refers to the original park in Anaheim, California.

Not counting California Adventure located next to Disneyland and collectively known as Disneyland Resort, Disneyland itself comes in at 85 acres.

The Magic Kingdom is a very similar park located as one of the 4 parks at Orlando’s Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom is 107 acres. So, The Magic Kingdom at WDW is a little larger than Disneyland.

Is Magic Kingdom bigger than Epcot?

As I mentioned above, The Magic Kingdom is 142 acres.

By comparison, Epcot (once known as Epcot Center) is 300 acres. Thus, Epcot is almost 3 times larger than The Magic Kingdom.

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What is the biggest Disney Resort?

By Disney resorts, we’re talking hotels and other Disney lodging.

Amazingly, there are 42 Disney Resorts worldwide. In terms of which is largest, here are the top 10:

  1. Disney’s Pop Century Resort – 2880 rooms – Orlando
  2. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – 2384 rooms – Orlando
  3. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside – 2048 rooms – Orlando
  4. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – 1984 rooms – Orlando
  5. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort – 1920 rooms – Orlando
  6. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort – 1920 rooms – Orlando
  7. Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – 1604 rooms – Orlando
  8. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – 1920 rooms – Orlando
  9. Dolphin at Walt Disney World – 1509 rooms – Orlando
  10. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – 1260 rooms – Orlando

Not surprisingly, since the total acres come in at 25,000, all of these resorts are at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

How big is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is often referred to as Star Wars Land.

It opened in Anaheim’s Disneyland in the summer of 2019. And it was followed at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019.

Both parks are about 14 acres.

In Anaheim, Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge is located just north of Frontierland on the site previously occupied by Big Thunder Ranch.

While several rides were temporarily closed for construction (Tom Sawyer Island, Mark Twain Riverboat, etc), all but Big Thunder Ranch have reopened.

In WDW, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has become a big part of Hollywood Studios.

Much of that park’s Streets of America areas were closed including the Honey I Shrunk the Kids attraction to make way for the new Star Wars adventures.

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How Big is Toy Story Land?

Toy Story Land is a park obviously based on the Toy Story movies.

Currently, Toy Story Land is part of the following Disney parks:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios (part of Walt Disney World in Orlando)
  • Walt Disney Studios Park (part of Disneyland Resort Paris)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Shanghai Disneyland

Thus, currently, Toy Story Land is NOT in Anaheim California’s Disneyland Resort.

But then Disneyland does have Cars Land located in California Adventure, which is unique to that park (and is awesome!)

Toy Story Land is about 11 acres in Florida’s WDW and is the largest of all the versions of Toy Story Land that currently exist.

Which Disney World park is the most popular?

Crowds are an important factor in deciding which Disney park to visit and when to go.

The most visited parks, in order from most to least visited, are:

  • The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida
  • Disneyland at Disneyland Resort in California
  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • Toyko DisneySea
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World
  • Epcot at Walt Disney World
  • Shanghai Disneyland
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World
  • Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris
  • Disney California Adventure
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris

The Magic Kindom gets that number one spot by having over 20 million visitors a year.

By comparison, Hollywood Studios typically gets half that many. But of course, that will change with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019.

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