Magic Kingdom Park
The Magic Kingdom Park was the very first of the 4 theme parks to open at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It combines the pure enchantment of childhood fairy tales with exciting entertainment, classic attractions, beloved Disney Characters and so much more. At least one very full day and a comfortable pair of shoes required! Arrive before the gates open to get ahead of the crowds. The Magic Kingdom Park®is by far the busiest park so a plan of attack is essential. It’s shaped like a giant pizza with seven lands (slices!) and that world famous castle in the center.
Save Main St. USA for later in the day and head straight for the ‘mountains’ – Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland or Space Mountain in Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is also home to the hilarious Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – a comedy club for the whole family – where Mike from the movie is the ‘Monster of Ceremonies’.
Families with younger children may want to head directly to Fantasyland complete with Prince Charming’s Carousel, Dumbo The Flying Elephant and a great kids coaster called The Barnstormer. Fantasyland has undergone a huge expansion with new additions like Casey Jr’s Splash & Soak Station and every little girl’s new favorites, Under The Sea – Journey Of The Little Mermaid and Enchanted Tales With Belle. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a huge hit – a great combo of speed, story telling and classic Disney characters.
Fans of ‘Toy Story’ can face off with the evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Mickey’s Philharmagic is a stunning example of 3-D technology, complete with accompanying smells and the occasional squirt! The Festival Of Fantasy Parade is a great way to see all your favorite characters every afternoon, so get in place 45 minutes beforehand if you want an unobstructed view. The same applies to the wonderfully atmospheric night-time parade – and don’t leave the park before enjoying Wishes, a beautifully orchestrated fireworks spectacular!