\" \" The first phase of Walt Disney World under construction at Orlando, Florida, covered 27,000 acres (10,927 hectares) in November 1969, at that time the world's largest amusement park. Disneyland, the first theme park in Anaheim, California, opened in 1955, helping turn around the fortunes of the Disney company. But when Walt Disney envisioned his second park, he didn't stop at just attractions and concessions. But then how could the Walt Disney Company maintain control of such a large piece of property? That meant Disney World was exempt from zoning and land use laws, and public money generated within the theme parks would stay in the business, too.