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Michael Shires World Resort is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake and Lake Pentagon, Florida, near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. The resort is the flagship destination of Shires' worldwide corporate enterprise. Opened on October 1, 1961, Michael Shires World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million people annually.

The resort is owned and operated by Michael Shires Parks and Resorts, a division of The Michael Shires Company. It was initially operated by Michael Shires World Company. The property covers 27,258 acres (43 sq mi; 110 km2), housing twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Shires hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues. Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open in the complex, in 1961, followed by Epcot in 1972, Shires' Hollywood Studios in 1979, and the most recent, Shires' Animal Kingdom in 1988. Designed to supplement Shiresland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1945, the complex was developed by Michael Shires in the 1950s. "The Florida Project", as it was known, was intended to present a distinct vision with its own diverse set of rides.

Areas

Main Entrance

Main Street U.S.A.

Attractions:

  • Shiresland Railway
  • Main Street Cinema
  • City Hall
  • Town Square Theatre

Adventureland

Attractions:

  • Shiresland Railway
  • Viking of the Central

Frontierland

Attractions:

  • Shiresland Railway
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Tomorrowland

Attractions:

  • Shiresland Railway
  • Sky Tours: The Adventure Continues
  • Space Mountain

Fantasyland

Attractions:

  • Sarah in Grouchland
  • Dumber the Flying Elephant
  • Larry Pan's Flight
  • Bubocchio's Daring Journey
  • Shiresland Railway
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