Now, let’s see what puts the ‘Magic’ in Magic Kingdom.
“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy” – Walt Disney.
Indeed, these memorable words are embodied in the ambiance and attractions of Magic Kingdom. Main Street, U.S.A., is reminiscent of small town America, with Ma and Pa general stores full of delicious goodies and fun souvenirs. Adventureland creates exotic experiences such as boarding the Jungle Cruise and joining the crew on the fan favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean. Make your way over to Frontierland and enter the Wild West. Hold on to your cowboy hats because Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain are two thrill rides that will make your stomach feel like a bucking bronco. Liberty Square is home to the relaxing Liberty Square Riverboat as well the Haunted Mansion. You will have a boo-tifully frightening experience when you mournfully climb into your doom buggy. Just pray you don’t become its 1000th ghost! Tomorrowland takes you on intergalactic adventures such as Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin. While you’re there, keep a lookout for one of my favorites, the Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. As Walt Disney’s contribution to the 1964 World’s Fair, this attraction visits American life during the 20th century. Finally, step into the newly renovated Fantasyland. Take part in Ariel’s story through Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid and sneak a peek at the dwarfs cottage in the brand new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. My favorite addition to the new Fantasyland are the castles featured in The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. I wish I could go inside, don’t you?
Welcome to the “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Every Disney junkie knows that feeling upon entering the park. You wait impatiently as security checks your bag. Have a mini panic attack when the fingerprint scanner doesn’t immediately light up. Within steps of walking through the tunnel into Magic Kingdom, your senses are assaulted (in the best way) with the smell of popcorn and sounds of Ragtime music. You walk in further and that’s when you see it. The icon that makes your trip to Disney World complete upon first glance: Cinderella’s Castle. As the butterflies flutter in your stomach and a wave of nostalgia and happiness hits, you find yourself at the hub, the epicenter of the park. Select one of the six pathways and embark on an exciting and different adventure. Just don’t forget to hop on the steam train for a scenic journey around the park!
Amongst all the yummy eateries at Magic Kingdom, there are two in particular most would give their Mickey ears to eat at. First, if you manage to get a reservation, you can live the dream at Cinderella’s Royal Table by eating INSIDE the castle. (Pause for moments of awe and tears of joy) I won’t ruin all the surprises, but prepare to be treated like royalty from the moment you walk in and enjoy a feast fit for a King or Queen. Be Our Guest Restaurant is another one most fawn over…I’m STILL waiting to eat there! Enter the Beast’s castle and enjoy a delightful supper complete with the grey stuff (it’s delicious!) Who here wondered what it really tasted like while watching the film? I sure did. Another restaurant definitely worth a visit is the Liberty Tree Tavern. This place puts you right into the colonial era while you are served a family style Sunday spread that will leave you stuffed.
I’m sorry to say (no I’m not) that the fireworks and parades at Magic Kingdom are far superior to those of any other parks. Narrated by familiar Disney characters, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is a fireworks show where good triumphs over evil. Watch out for Tinkerbell as she flies over the park (Think of a wonderful thought and look out for the Pixie Dust!), signaling the start of the biggest fireworks display in Magic Kingdom history! If you haven’t had enough lights and sparkle, stay tuned for the Main Street Electrical Parade. 500,000 lights sparkle and dance while loveable characters wave and smile. If you’re not a night owl, catch the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. This new parade has all the bells and whistles: princesses, a hot air balloon, even a fire-breathing dragon! Watch any of these remarkable displays and you will find your taste for magic thoroughly satisfied.
When thinking of Magic Kingdom, most can agree that the word ‘nostalgia’ comes to mind. Full of memorable attractions, families can revisit their childhood together on Peter Pan’s Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I remember holding my mom’s hand waiting to experience It’s a Small World, my first ride ever at Disney World. With some hesitation, I stepped into the boat and was carried away to a land of color and delight. I soon learned that every attraction at Disney World has something wonderful to offer. Exclusive events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (I’m finally going in September!) and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (on my bucket list) come with distinct and exceptional entertainment including a special parade and fireworks show. Though Magic Kingdom features characters left and right, you may have the opportunity to meet someone very special. That’s right – I’m talking about the Boss himself, Mickey Mouse. Make sure you ask him questions: you’re in for a real treat! Mickey and Disney World itself is Walt’s true dream come to life. After all…it all started with a Mouse.
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