A pivotal gateway to the Walt Disney World Resort, World Drive takes motorists from Interstate 4 and U.S. 192 directly to the main parking gate of the Magic Kingdom. World Drive also provides access to the other theme parks, water parks, resorts, and entertainment centers throughout the Disney World Resort complex.

Construction underway to fall 2018 reconfigures the north end of World Drive at the Magic Kingdom parking lot entrance with a new flyover serving World Drive hotel traffic.1


World Drive north
Beginning at Celebration Boulevard, World Drive immediately enters a directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 4. The stretch between Celebration Boulevard and U.S. 192 opened to traffic in 1997. Photo taken 07/09/16.
The initial ramp departs for a collector distributor roadway leading to both Interstate 4 east and SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) north. I-4 ventures northeast toward Orlando, passing near the other major theme parks (Sea World and Universal Orlando) and other area attractions. Photo taken 07/09/16.
World Drive continues 1.3 miles north to Griffin Road, which connects the expressway with U.S. 192. Photo taken 07/09/16.
Interstate 4 is a major freeway connecting the Disney World Resort with Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach. Tampa lies 62 miles to the southwest in Hillsborough County. Photo taken 07/09/16.
An at-grade left turn joins World Drive north with the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 4 west for Championsgate and Lakeland. Photo taken 07/09/16.
Griffin Road provides an at-grade connection from World Drive north to U.S. 192 (Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway). Photo taken 07/09/16.
U.S. 192 travels west from World Drive to several resorts, retail centers, SR 429 (Western Beltway) and U.S. 27 at Four Corners. Photo taken 07/09/16.
Traffic lights at World Drive and Griffin Road operate in flash mode. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Griffin Road north at U.S. 192. Photo taken 07/09/16.
World Drive transitions into a freeway ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 192 east. Photo taken 11/23/13.
The eastbound exit for U.S. 192 leaves for the Kissimmee area. Several attractions, hotels and resorts line the often congested U.S. highway between Interstate 4 and Kissimmee. Photo taken 11/23/13.
The succeeding off-ramp connects with Osceola Parkway. Osceola Parkway links World Drive with Buena Vista Drive to Blizzard Beach Water Park, the All-Star Resort and Coronado Springs Resort. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive advances north from U.S. 192 to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom while a slip ramp leads to a collector distributor roadway to Osceola Parkway. Photo taken 11/23/13.
The c/d roadway for Osceola Parkway leads guests to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Wide World of Sports complex. Photo taken 11/23/13.
The c/d roadway extends north to a full cloverleaf interchange with Osceola Parkway. A new loop ramp opened from the parkway east to World Drive north on March 20, 2017. Photo taken 11/23/13.
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An elaborate archway structure welcomes guests into the Disney World Resort along World Drive north ahead of Osceola Parkway. Other archways are located along Epcot Center Drive, Osceola Parkway and Western Way. Photos taken 11/23/13.
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Supplemental signs for both the Wide World of Sports and Animal Kingdom resorts and facilities precede the departures for Osceola Parkway. Photos taken 11/23/13.
A ramp leaves for Osceola Parkway east to area resorts, including the Wide World of Sports complex and I-4. Florida's Turnpike otherwise lies 11.7 miles to the east. A loop ramp ahead leads drivers to Osceola Parkway west to Animal Kingdom. Photo taken 11/23/13.
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Osceola Parkway spans World Drive as motorists continue north toward Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. In addition to the distributor roadway, Hollywood Studios can also be accessed via World Drive north to Buena Vista Drive east. Photos taken 11/23/13.
A decorative facade for Hollywood Studios lines the oncoming ramp from Osceola Parkway west to World Drive north. Hollywood Studios opened its doors May 1, 1989 (as Disney-MGM Studios) and showcases various aspects of show business, represented by different areas within the theme park.
This ramp will permanently close when the new entrance to Hollywood Studios opens from Victory Way and Osceola Parkway to the east. Photo taken 11/23/13.
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World Drive advances north from Osceola Parkway to Buena Vista Drive next. Typhoon Lagoon water park and the Disney Springs shopping complex lie along Buena Vista Drive east near Lake Buena Vista. Photo taken 11/23/13. Second photo taken 05/03/18.
Buena Vista Drive connects World Drive with Epcot Drive and the Lake Buena Vista hotel resort area near Apopka Vineland Road. Photo taken 05/02/18.
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Buena Vista Drive connects with the resort areas of both Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Buena Vista Drive west leads drivers to Blizzard Beach Water Park, Coronado Springs and Animal Kingdom Lodge (via Osceola Parkway west). Resorts such as the Swan and Dolphin can be reached using Buena Vista Drive east to Epcot Resorts Boulevard north. Photos taken 11/23/13.
Located to the east via Buena Vista drive, Disney Springs offers visitors an array of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Photo taken 05/02/18.
The Tower of Terror, a drop tower thrill ride, is one of the main attractions within the Hollywood Studios theme park. This mock facade entices drivers from the median of World Drive ahead of the Buena Vista Drive overpass. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Advancing north toward the Magic Kingdom parking gate, World Drive north next partitions with the entrance ramp to Epcot. Photo taken 05/02/18.
Two lanes depart from World Drive directly to the main Epcot parking gate. The trumpet interchange with Epcot Center Drive follows, but there is no access from World Drive north. Photo taken 05/02/18.
Construction underway to fall 2018 adds both a trumpet interchange with Vista Boulevard east and a wye for the continuation of World Drive beyond the Magic Kingdom parking area. Photo taken 05/02/18.
A twin monorail system parallels World Drive north from Epcot Center Drive heading toward the Magic Kingdom. The system links the main gate at the Magic Kingdom with the main gate at Epcot. Photo taken 11/23/13.
The succeeding exit ramp connects with Vista Boulevard and the continuation of World Drive beyond the Magic Kingdom parking gate to Fort Wilderness and other points of interest. Photo taken 05/02/18.
Guests arrive at the fee-based main parking gate for the Magic Kingdom theme park.
The Magic Kingdom opened October 1, 1971 and is represented by six different lands, including Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Main Street U.S.A. The park also feature rides such as Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. Photo taken 05/02/18.
World Drive advances north along the east side of the Magic Kingdom parking area toward the various Magic Kingdom resorts, including the Contemporary and Wilderness Lodge. A Disney-style trailblazer for I-4 directs motorists to continue along World Drive to Seven Seas Drive. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive north approaches Seven Seas Drive. Seven Seas Drive west connects with Floridian Way, the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts and two of the five Disney resort golf courses. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Timberline Drive stems east from World Drive 0.4 miles to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Seven Seas Drive west to Floridian Way south leads motorists back to U.S. 192 and I-4. World Drive continues north between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom to end at Center Drive and Floridian Way. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive south
Floridian Way combines with traffic from the Magic Kingdom parking area exit ramp ahead of the Walt Disney World Care Center. Construction through fall 2018 adds a wye interchange connecting the two sections of World Drive. Photo taken 05/02/18.
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Flyovers will eventually carry two lanes of traffic from World Drive south over the south end of Floridian Way / Magic Kingdom Exit Road. Photos taken 05/02/18.
South from the Magic Kingdom, World Drive is a freeway en route to U.S. 192 and Interstate 4. The succeeding ramp departs for the resort areas and attractions surrounding Disney Springs via Epcot Center Drive and Buena Vista Drive east. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive south carries three lanes and a 50 mph speed limit within the Disney World Resort complex. The entrance to Epcot lies just east of the forthcoming trumpet interchange with Epcot Center Drive. Photo taken 05/02/18.
An additional supplemental guide sign advises drivers to use Epcot Center Drive east to reach the shopping, dining, and entertainment destination of Disney Springs. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive passes underneath Epcot Center Drive as it progresses south toward the Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom theme parks, U.S. 192 and I-4. Epcot Center Drive exits Walt Disney World as SR 536 east from I-4 to SR 535 and World Center Drive. Photo taken 05/02/18.
A loop ramp departs World Drive south to Epcot Center Drive east. The main parking gate for Epcot lies immediately to the east of this trumpet interchange. Opened to the public October 1, 1982, Epcot (formerly EPCOT Center) was the second theme park built in the Disney World resort. The two main sections in the park are Future World which explores innovative aspects, and World Showcase which is represented by various countries around the globe. Photo taken 11/23/13.
A six-ramp parclo interchange joins World Drive south next with Buena Vista Drive west to Animal Kingdom and east to Disney Springs. Photo taken 11/23/13.
The westbound on-ramp for Buena Vista Drive departs for Coronado Springs and Blizzard Beach. Western Way stems west from nearby, providing access to SR 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway), which in turn links with Florida's Turnpike. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Buena Vista Drive east runs just north of Hollywood Studios en route to an interchange with Epcot Center Drive and Disney Springs. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Several Epcot area resorts are reached via Buena Vista Drive east including the Swan and Dolphin hotels and the Yacht & Beach Club. Photo taken 11/23/13.
A loop ramp connects World Drive south with Buena Vista Drive east to Hollywood Studios and the Epcot resort area. The succeeding interchange with Osceola Parkway connects Walt Disney World with Florida's Turnpike and Orlando International Airport (MCO) via SR 417 north. Photo taken 11/23/13.
A mock facade of one of Hollywood Studios main thrill rides, The Tower of Terror, entices guests riding south along World Drive between ramps for Buena Vista Drive and Osceola Parkway. Photo taken 11/23/13.
A supplemental guide sign precedes the cloverleaf interchange with Osceola Parkway, listing attractions near Animal Kingdom. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Osceola Parkway connects World Drive with Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach Water Park to the west and the Wide World of Sports resort complex to the east. Photo taken 11/23/13.
The Wide World of Sports is an athletic complex located within the Disney World Resort hosting amateur and professional sporting events year round. Additional resorts, including the Art of Animation, are located along Osceola Parkway east. Photo taken 11/23/13.
A collector distributor roadway separates from World Drive south for Osceola Parkway west and east. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Osceola Parkway extends west to Buena Vista Drive by Blizzard Beach, the Animal Kingdom parking gate, Sherberth Road south and the entrance road to Animal Kingdom Lodge. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Construction through 2019 upgrades Osceola Parkway to a freeway east from World Drive with ramps at Victory Way and the new entrance to Hollywood Studios. Crossing into Osceola County, the parkway continues to I-4, SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) and SR 535 (Vineland Road). Connections with SR 417 lead motorists east to Florida's Turnpike. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive leaves the Walt Disney World Resort complex south of Osceola Parkway. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Two lanes will depart World Drive for U.S. 192 east to Interstate 4 and Orlando and west to U.S. 27 in 0.3 miles. Photo taken 11/23/13.
An extension of World Drive south from U.S. 192 to Celebration Boulevard opened in 1997. This allowed motorists to access Interstate 4 west without having to use the often congested U.S. highway. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Traffic partitions with a single lane for U.S. 192 west to U.S. 27 and two lanes for U.S. 192 east to I-4 and Kissimmee. U.S. 192 west is fairly populated with several resorts and retail areas along its final 6.8 miles to Four Corners. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive passes over wetland areas associated with Reedy Creek as it progresses south to Interstate 4 and Celebration Boulevard. Photo taken 11/23/13.
A trailblazer for Interstate 4 stands along World Drive south ahead of Griffin Road. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Griffin Road is a short connector linking World Drive and U.S. 192 west. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Paralleling Reedy Creek, World Drive advances one half mile south to the westbound on-ramp for Interstate 4 to the Tampa area. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive enters the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 4. An at-grade turn connects World Drive north with the freeway west ahead. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Three lanes continue toward I-4 east and SR 417 north beyond the single lane ramp for the collector distributor roadway linking SR 417 south with Interstate 4 west to Championsgate, Lakeland and Tampa. Photo taken 11/23/13.
World Drive gains an additional lane just prior to the separation with the two-lane ramp for the c/d roadway to both I-4 east and Florida 417 north. Photo taken 07/09/16.
Florida 417 is a toll road circumventing the greater Orlando metro area east to Orlando International Airport (MCO). The beltway makes a return to Interstate 4 near Sanford in neighboring Seminole County. Photo taken 07/09/16.
World Drive extends south to a signalized end at Celebration Boulevard in Celebration. Photo taken 07/09/16.
Celebration Boulevard connects World Drive with the unincorporated new urbanism style town of Celebration, a master planned community first envisioned by the Walt Disney Company. Celebration Boulevard winds north through Celebration to U.S. 192 and southwest to Celebration High School. Photo taken 02/27/16.

Sources:

  1. "Four Disney road projects scheduled for completion in 2018." Orlando Sentinel, June 22, 2016.


Photo Credits:

11/23/13, 02/27/16, 07/09/16, 05/02/18, 05/03/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 4
U.S. 192
Florida 536 / Epcot Center Drive
Osceola Parkway - County Road 522

Page Updated 08-20-2018.