Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the original Disney World theme park, opened in 1971 it covers 107 acres. The Kingdom is divided into six “lands” that surround the enchanting Cinderella’s Castle that stands proudly at the center of the theme park. Quite often the Magic Kingdom is the first Disney theme park visitors experience, it’s true that many repeat visitors to Orlando don’t feel that their vacation has started until they’ve returned to the Magic Kingdom.
Although the park has had new rides and attractions over the years, rides such as Dumbo, The Madhatters Tea Party and The Haunted Mansion have been with us since the very beginning. Proving that the Magic Kingdom is indeed a timeless classic.
As you head into the Magic Kingdom you’ll see the castle directly ahead of you if you walk directly down Main Street USA and head clockwise around the park, you’ll visit the lands in the following order.
Swiss Family Treehouse
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management
Pirates of the Caribbean
Walt Disney World Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Tom Sawyer Island
Country Bear Jamboree
The Hall of Presidents
Liberty Square Riverboat
The Haunted Mansion
Fantasyland – Classic Disney characters are abound in Fantasyland, represented by Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella. A ‘must visit’ area of the park for the young.
It’s a small world
Peter Pan’s Flight
Dream Along With Mickey
Snow White’s Scary Adventure
Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Pooh’s Playful Spot
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
Mickey’s Toontown Fair
Minnie’s Country House
Mickey’s Country House
Walt Disney’s World Railroad
The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Stitch’s Great Escape
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The “not to be missed” theme park for any visitor to Orlando. The Magic Kingdom epitomises the hopes, dreams and magic that Walt Disney instilled in much of his work. The first park to open at Walt Disney World on the 1st of October 1971, the Magic Kingdom is the first park that many visitors to Walt Disney World go to. With it’s six magically themed “lands”, a multitude of rides, attractions, parades and firework displays, the Magic Kingdom has something to offer every visitor. It is easy to see why it’s been dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
I always get a bit of a fizz when I pass underneath the Walt Disney World Railroad and on into the Main Street USA town square. You’re likely to be hit by a throng of visitors at this point. Little tip for you, if you want to take in the spendour in relative quietness, make an ADR at the Crystal Palace or Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Walking down Main Street USA, with it’s turn of the century street and stores to peak in, leads you towards the themed lands and the iconic Cinderella Castle that sits proudly as the centerpiece of the park
At the end of Main Street you have a few options, you can head towards the castle and pass underneath to Fantasyland, fork left to Adventureland or right to the ever popular Tomorrowland.
If we go left we are taken into the Adventureland, with its tales of shipwrecks and pirates. You can visit the Pirates of the Carribbean or the popular Jungle Cruise. Passing through Adventureland takes you onto the wild west and into Frontierland. With Splash Mountain and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Frontierland has two of the parks “not to be missed attractions.
As you walk past Frontierland you enter Liberty Square, themed around the colonial era of America. Liberty Square features the Haunted Mansion and the Hall of Presidents attractions. From Liberty Square you pass behind the parks centrepiece, Cinderella Castle into Fantasyland. Fantasyland provides a true fairy tail experience for the young, and the young at heart. The entire land is designed to be part of a courtyard for Cinderella’s Castle, with rides such as a magical carousel horse, Dumbo the flying elephant and the teacups.
Finally, Tomorrowland sits in the east of the park and looks to the future with Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Stich’s Great Escape and of course the unmissable Space Mountain cosmic space rollercoaster. Tomorrowland has undergone many updates over the years to keep it in the future, the last being in 1994/95, with it being updated to reflect the sci-fi future from the novels of the ’20s and ’30s.
The Magic Kingdom is without doubt a place that should be on every visitor to Orlando’s itinery.