Disney's Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, the first Walt Disney World Resort park in Florida, opened in 1971 and follows the same basic layout at the original Disneyland park in California.
If you have small children then this is probably one of the best places to take them. As well as all the rides and attractions, you can also get to meet some of their favourite cartoon characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Donald Duck and many others.
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world with an estimated 15.2 million visitors in 2004
To actually get to the Walt Disney Magic Kingdom you must park at the Walt Disney World Resort Ticket and Transportation Center and then take one of two monorail trains or a paddle-boat ferry across the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Disney's Main Street Railroad Station lit up at night
Note that there is also a monorail service connecting the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot.
You enter the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom under the Main Street Station and walk up Main Street USA towards the trademark Disney Cinderalla's castle.
Radiating from the central hub of the castle are seven separate themed 'lands' representing different aspects of life in America. Reading clockwise they are:
- Main Street USA – a Victorian styled street complete with a barbers shop, cinema and way too many shops to walk past without buying something!
- Adventureland – with a mixture of African and Caribbean themes, home to the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean
- Frontierland – reliving Hollywood's vision of the Old West and the pioneer days, with the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster and Splash Mountain log plume ride
- Liberty Square – post colonial America in the 18th and 19th centuries represented by the Hall of Presidents and the Haunted Mansion
- Fantasyland – centred on Cinderalla's castle, home to many of the young children's favourite rides including Dumbo and It's a Small World
- Mickey's Toontown Fair – meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse and even get your photo taken with them, a magnet for children young and old
- Tomorrowland – sometimes referred to as "Yesterdayland", by its very nature it is constantly having to evolve to keep up and is home to the Space Mountain roller coaster
Of course when you think of Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, you must not forget the parades and fireworks.
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world with an estimated 15.2 million visitors in 2004. That is an average of over 41,000 people every single day of the year but on some days those numbers can easily double.