Disney’s Two Cities: The History of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista

Walt Disney World is a vacation kingdom. With over 50 million guests every year, and over 70,000 cast members working there, it’s easy to look at Disney World like a city. In reality, it’s two cities and a special district. Today we’re going to look at the creation of the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

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