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By D Magazine |


And a world of intriguing adventures serenely unfolds before you. This delightfully self-contained continent is a place where early morning mists whisper their songs to a torii gate … where the fresh-faced welcome of a french shopkeeper is as sweet as the pastries she offers . . . and where you’ll find the joy of life translated into a myriad of languages.

This island of calm and comfort . . . this modern-day Shangri La … is a rarefied environment rich with international cultures and cuisines, luxurious accommodations and limitless recreation. In this oasis of elegant extravagances and simple pleasures, one can spend time lavishly and be pampered shamelessly for this is a world like no other on earth. This is the ultimate vacation destination.


Travel to this world and you’ll never hunger for variety or excellence – not with a realm of restaurants that run the gustatorial gamut from outright exotic to the finest European fare! Here, you can savor culinary masterpieces created by world-renowned chefs Paul Bocuse and Roger Verge and premiere patissier Gaston Lenotre as you dine at Les Chefs de France.

Find out if the couscous at Restaurant Marrakesh tastes as good to the tongue as it sounds to the ear. Sample the fettucine that made L’Originale Alfredo di Roma famous. Or sit in the shadow of a magnificent Mayan pyramid while you dine on the most subtle of Mexican dishes at a superb replica of Mexico City’s San Angel Inn Restaurante.

One night may find you at the very top of the world – sipping champagne in elegant style. The next day you’re munching pub food at the Rose & Crown or stopping by the Biergarten for schnitzel and schnapps. And, as the evening wears on, you’ll board a regal riverboat called the Empress Lilly for a sumptuous seafood repast or a prime rib dinner!


Thought you’d mastered the art of browsing? Well, be prepared for an eye-opening experience in this world full of diversions – an awesome array of them in fact!

There seems no end to the rare treasures gathered from the far corners of the globe.

Here you’ll find legendary Guy La Roche fragrances … sensuous silks that seem to caress your skin and buttery soft Isanti leather goods. This is the place where you can listen to cuckoo clocks chime the time … play with tomorrow’s solar-powered toys … and try your best not to hug a cuddly Steiff teddy bear.

Watch artisans at their craft, wear the art of the Orient in the form of a delicate kimono or cradle a tiny Hummel figurine whose only reason for being is the sheer delight she gives. Soon you’ll know why even the most jaded “Bloomie” can’t resist spending an hour or two just browsing.


If for you “the play’s the thing,” there’s a long list of leisure activities from which to choose. Three championship golf courses offer a beautifully-manicured challenge to accomplished and aspiring players alike. A video analysis of your game by highly qualified pros is also available. And, eleven lighted tennis courts dot the landscape to let you play into the night.

What’s a trip without a tan? In this world you’ll find a number of watery options for getting one. Set sail on azure blue lakes, water ski or whip about in a sporty mini-speedboat! Saddle up for a sunny horse-back ride then put on your suit and take an afternoon splash in a modern-day version of the “Ol’ swimmin’ hole.”

Of course, after all that exertion you expect to be pampered. And so you shall be. Sip a tall, cool drink at poolside before returning to your suite or villa, then get ready for a very entertaining evening.

Come nighttime in this world of cosmopolitan pleasures, you’ll be glad you saved some energy for the dance floor when you hear the fine sounds of a 12-piece orchestra. Or sit back and watch a Broadway-style musical revue while you sip champagne. “Going native” was never so much fun as the polynesian-style revue that’s drawing raves. And if jazz is your thing, sit in for a session at the lounge – it’s such a good room that lots of jazz legends have made it a favorite haunt.


Walt Disney


Meandering through the pages of pleasures that came before, one might well envision all sorts of resorts and far ports of call . . . yet this exquisitely diverse playground exists – as a world all its own – just hours away in Florida. Here, the surprise of discovering all that the Walt Disney World Vacation Kingdom has to offer soon turns to sheer delight! For only here in this rarefied environment, can one savor repasts from around the globe, luxuriate in lavish accommodations and encounter the world’s most famous mouse, vis-a-vis!

This is a place where magic reigns supreme. In fact, there’s an entire kingdom here devoted to make-believe, magic and the fragile fantasies that the child in all of us will never let go! In this world, the future takes on tangible form to let you glimpse tomorrow’s achievements in all the arts and sciences. And in this gathering of great thoughts and bold deeds called Epcot Center – innovative technologies and breakthrough techniques are put into action every day – to begin feeding a hungry planet, to enrich our lives and to simply entertain!

Epcot Center is also the site of a marvelous microcosm of richly diverse cultures called World Showcase. Newest of its ten nations is Morocco, a shimmering example of the architectural integrity Disney strives for in this extraordinary international potpourri. On an afternoon’s walk, one can listen to the cadence of new languages; come face to face with fabulous art treasures from lands such as China, Mexico, Japan and Morocco; shop for the world’s best and dine on some of the finest cuisines imaginable!

Quiet times abound in this world as well. Nestled in the center of a sparkling lake, one finds a truly remarkable haven for man as well as for rare and endangered wildlife. It’s Discovery Island, a certified zoological park and the only zoo of its kind on earth.

So many more worlds are here just waiting to be explored by you; peaceful little nooks where the fish are biting, friendly pubs and bistros with their own special warmth and a rich array of shops and bazaars overflowing with international crafts and wares. All are part of this ultimate vacation destination, this one-of-a-kind kingdom called Walt Disney World.


When it’s time to rest up for another day of fun, the panoply of places to stay in the Walt Disney World Vacation Kingdom is truly amazing! There’s the sleek Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Village and Golf Resorts and, of course, the luxurious privacy of treehouse or fairway villas.

Even more choices await you at the Walt Disney World Village Hotel Plaza’s six magnificent hotels – the Americana Dutch Resort, Buena Vista Palace, the Hilton, Hotel Royal Plaza, Howard Johnson’s Resort Hotel, and Viscount Hotel are all the Official Hotels of Walt Disney World.

Because it takes days to explore this vast vacation kingdom, savvy travelers opt for the Walt Disney World Adventure Package – 7 days and six nights of world-class accommodations, excellent meals (including dinner shows) and unlimited admission to all Walt Disney World attractions and recreations.

The incurably inquisitive choose Walt Disney World Vacation Seminars on Disney Culinary Arts, the Disney Discovery Series or Landscaping for the Home Gardener – they’re a very challenging way to play. Still others have vacations specifically tailored to their needs by the Walt Disney Travel Company – these packages include multi-day Passports to all Walt Disney World attractions, too.


Once you’ve experienced Walt Disney World near Orlando to its fullest, linger a bit in this land of perpetual sun and set out to explore yet another aspect of it just a few hours away: the Disney-owned Arvida resort communities on either Florida coast!

You’ll soon discover that the Walt Disney World Vacation Kingdom knows no boundaries when you stay amid the casual elegance of Boca West at fabled Boca Raton.

If you seek a world apart, Sawgrass promises unspoiled stretches of serene Atlantic-beachfront at beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach. And when the Gulf of Mexico beckons, the only place to be is in the unhurried comfort of the Long-boat Key Club.

Come discover new worlds for yourself. Come partake of all the pleasures that await you now as you make your destination … the world! It’s so warm, sunny and accessible that the only passport you’ll need is the one on the cover.

For reservations at the Walt Disney World Contemporary, Polynesian Village or Golf Resort, call (305) 824-8000.

Boca West, call 1-800-327-0137. In Florida, call 1-800-432-0184.

Sawgrass, call 1 -800-874-7547. In Florida, call 1-800-432-1270.

Longboat Key Club, call 1-800-237-8821. In Florida call 1-800-282-0113.

For Vacation Seminars reservations, call (305) 828-1500.

For more information about any aspect of this ultimate vacation destination, write Walt Disney World Co., Dept. C/R, PO. Box 40, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830.

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