Kennedy Space Center and Disney World

Summary: Really big.

Kennedy Space Center

I stayed at Manatee Hammock, a county park near Titusville, Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center. The park is on the Indian River right across from Cape Canaveral.

Kennedy Space Center
First look, the Kennedy Space Center, about 14 miles across the channel from the Manatee Hammock campground.

That building on the Cape is the Vehicle Assembly Building, which Wikipedia lists as the sixth largest building in the world.

The Vehicle Assembly Building (NASA Photo - my photos of the VAB weren't any good).  Standing alone, it's hard to get perspective, but the flag is 209 x 110 feet - the stripes are about 9 feet wide (wider than my RV).  The VAB is one of the largest buildings in the world - it is almost twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, interior volume is 2/3 larger than the Pentagon or 3.75 times as much as the Empire State Building.
The Vehicle Assembly Building (NASA Photo – my photos of the VAB weren’t any good). Standing alone, it’s hard to get perspective, but the flag is 209 x 110 feet and the stripes on the flag are about 9 feet wide (wider than my RV). The VAB is one of the largest buildings in the world – it is almost twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, interior volume is 2/3 larger than the Pentagon or 3.75 times as much as the Empire State Building.

It takes more than a day to see the main attractions at KSC. The complex is huge. Some of the sights you’ll visit, like the launch pads, are a 35 minute bus ride from the main visitor complex.

Apollo 14 command module
Apollo 14 command module
Saturn 5  on display at the Kennedy Space Center, 360 feet long
Saturn 5 on display at the Kennedy Space Center, 360 feet long

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The Crawler-Transporter, which moves assembled space vehicles to the launch pad, With some objects like an 18 wheeler in the frame for perspective.
That’s not a building, that is the Crawler-Transporter, which moves assembled space vehicles to the launch pad, With some objects like an 18 wheeler in the frame for perspective.

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A mural of the International Space Station
A mural of the International Space Station
Rocket Garden at KSC
Rocket Garden at KSC
The Kennedy Fountain
The Kennedy Fountain

Walt Disney World

I’ve been to Disneyland, but this is my first time at Disney World. All I knew was that it was bigger than Disneyland.

Bigger is an understatement. Disney World covers 43 square miles – twice the size of Manhattan. I stayed at a campground onsite, Fort Wilderness, which, despite being on site was still a 20 minute bus ride on Disney freeways to the theme parks like Epcot or Disney Hollywood Studios.

First look, walking up to Epcot.
First look, walking up to Epcot.
Disney Hollywood Studios
Disney Hollywood Studios

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The start of World Showcase - more than a mile of international themed restaurants and souvenir shops.
The start of World Showcase – more than a mile of international themed restaurants and souvenir shops.
The World Showcase continues, wrapping around a lake inside Epcot.  It's like the world's largest food court.
The World Showcase continues, wrapping around a lake inside Epcot. It’s like the world’s largest food court.

A special appearance during the stunt driving show Lights, Motors, Action.
A special appearance during the stunt driving show Lights, Motors, Action.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Rhino at Animal Kingdom
Rhino at Animal Kingdom
Street scene at Animal Kingdom
Street scene at Animal Kingdom

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

One thought on “Kennedy Space Center and Disney World”

  1. Do you get to get to go to space mountain and develop new inventions in the future?

    I’m totally jealous! I’ve been reading your blog and what can I say? I can say, “AWESOME!”

    If you ever get back to Phoenix, we’ll have to go riding!

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