Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World in Orlando FL is a huge resort complex with several theme parks including the Disney Magic Kingdom Park, water parks, and hotels… A visitor could probably spend a month there and still not see everything that Disney has to offer! But the very first theme park at Disney was the Magic Kingdom, which opened up in Orlando FL in 1971, and is still a favorite among visitors around the world…
In fact, the Disney Magic Kingdom Park has been a model for the creation of others in other countries, such as Japan and France. The original was Disneyland in California, but there wasn’t enough land for Walt Disney to do much more with that property because of encroaching commercial enterprises just outside, so he started his 2nd park in the Orlando FL area.
The Disney Magic Kingdom is the park that everyone first thinks about when dreams of visiting Disney World come to mind, since it has the original themed “lands” and the Walt Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The other parks did not have the Disney characters in the parks when they first opened, but because of rule changes they are now present there as well. The incredible lands in the Magic Kingdom include Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland.
When you first enter the Disney Magic Kingdom Park, you will enter Main Street USA, which is a wonderful assortment of shops, restaurants, trolleys, and old fashioned car rides all along a turn of the century 1900 era theme. Interested in a haircut or shave in an old barber shop the way it used to be? There is an incredible barber shop on Main Street that you can try out, with its own barbershop quartet! Or try some old fashioned fudge at the local confectionary shop… There is much to see and do in this section of the park, so don’t feel you have to rush off right away…
Next, head over to Tomorrowland, where you can enjoy a futuristic view of the world with many rides of tomorrow that you will surely love! The showcase of the land is the Space Mountain roller coaster, which may be the first ride of its kind at Disney… This is incredible ride on a “spaceship” as it races through the solar system with many variations of dark and light to give you a real “out of this world” experience! Most people who finish their ride get right back in line for another trip! The lines can be longer the later in the day you go, so try to get there early. The Transit Authority People Mover can take you on a tour of Tomorrowland, and you can also try your hand at the speedway, where you can hop in a race car for a trip around the racetrack…
Next up on your journey though the Disney Magic Kingdom Park is Fantasyland, where kids can be kids, and so can adults! The park recently started an expansion of this themed land to double the size, and it is due to be completed in 2013 or so. However, there are still plenty of great attractions for you to have fun with right now… Try out the Flying Dumbo ride, which is a children’s favorite! Or the Mad Tea Party if you like getting spun around and around.
The next lands on the list are Liberty Square and Froniterland, which may be my favorite themed lands at the Disney Magic Kingdom Park. They take you back to a day during the history of the United States that was a much simpler time than today, and finding that next frontier just over the next hill happened every day! Liberty Square brings us back to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War, and the days that followed. You can see the Hall of Presidents, the Haunted Mansion, or take a ride on the Mike Fink Keelboats! In Frontierland, you can stroll down a western frontier town with rowdy saloons, gunfights, grab a quick meal at the Diamond Horseshoe Revue, or maybe ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster! You can also catch a ride on the other railroad of the park, the steam powered train that will transport you on a tour around the edges of the park.
The last themed land in the Disney Magic Kingdom Park is Adventureland! This is also another favorite of mine, where you can climb on the Swiss Family Robinson Tree house and see how that family may have lived on their stay on the island. The Pirates of the Caribbean is another very popular attraction that has been upgraded from the early days of the park to update it with the current “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies with Captain Jack Sparrow… The Tiki Room will delight you with a fantastic song and joke review with a journey through Polynesia! You’ll have a great time in this land…
After exploring the Disney Magic Kingdom Park, there are still many other great options at Disney to see, including the Hollywood Studios Park, Disney Epcot, Disney Animal Kingdom, and the two incredible water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach! You will also enjoy your stay here more if you try one of the Disney hotels or resorts on the property, which include a wide variety of different experiences, prices, and options… Some of them include the Grand Floridian Resort, Polynesian Resort, Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge, or the Swan and Dolphin Hotels… Plan your trip, work your plan, and have some fun!
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