Disneyland was clearly an enormous success. It attracted visitors worldwide in unprecedented volume. Soon, even as they refined and developed Disneyland, Walt and Roy were also planning an expansion of the concept to other locations.
Disneyland Resort, California
Disneyland is a theme park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. The creation of animation and entertainment pioneer Walt Disney, Disneyland has become the world’s most famous themed amusement park and one of the most visited sites in the world. An estimated 515 million visitors have visited the park since its opening on July 17, 1955.
The Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida was built with Walt’s hatred of the cheap motels and amusements that popped up around Disneyland in mind. It is the largest private-owned vacation destination, and the most popular vacation destination in the world although the yet-to-open Dubai Land in the United Arab Emirates is twice the size. Walt Disney World opened in 1971 under the guidance of Roy O. Disney. Since its opening, with one theme park and two hotels, the resort has grown into four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-three hotels and a retail, dining and entertainment district.Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan
In 1983 the first international Disney theme park opened: Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. Tokyo Disneyland is now part of the Tokyo Disney Resort, and has a sister theme park Tokyo DisneySea. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are owned by a Japanese corporation, Oriental Land Company. The Walt Disney Company receives royalties based on revenues and maintains creative control.Disneyland Resort Paris
In 1992 Euro Disney opened in France, and is now the Disneyland Resort Paris with two theme parks.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
On September 12, 2005, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was opened in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is owned jointly by the Hong Kong Government and the Walt Disney Company.