Coming to Orlando on vacation is the thrill of a lifetime. There is so much to do here that spending two weeks is just enough time to scratch the surface. Walt Disney World Parks have a variety of interests and one of the parks will surely be suitable for you. Magic Kingdom is the only park where you have to take the monorail or a boat ride to the entrance rather than getting right to the park from the parking lot.
We will visit Magic Kingdom, the first of the four parks which opened on October 1, 1971. Magic Kingdom Theme Park has several sections, namely, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Liberty Square is located right in the middle of the park.
Let’s check out the rides and see if we can find any restaurants or entertainment along the way. Keep in mind if you have little ones in your party that some rides have height requirements. Most rides offer the Fast Pass advantage so you don’t have to wait in the long lines at the more popular rides.
Main Street, U.S.A.
As we enter the park there are all the necessary amenities at our fingertips. A few restaurants and a bakery and Ice Cream Parlor can be found here. You may even come across one of the Disney characters nearby. A First Aid Station is here and hopefully you’ll be safe and won’t need to check it out. Wheelchairs and strollers are available for your comfort before you venture too far into the park. Photographers may stop you and have you pose for a picture which you can purchase before you leave. From here we will start walking to the right and reach our first destination.
Like speed? Do you have a lead foot? Well you might enjoy the Tomorrowland Speedway ride. Drive a miniature hot rod and hit the track. The Best part of this ride is no officer stopping you, NO TICKET! Have fun.
Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster full of excitement riding in the dark as if riding outside during the day isn’t bad enough! Go ahead and scream, everyone’s doing it.
After that exhilarating ride we move on to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and they mean it when they say spin! The chair you and a partner are in is called a Space Cruiser and the object is to aim and shoot at targets as they pop up while you are spinning around. Score is kept for you so at the end of the ride you will see who has the better score.
If you missed picking up your favorite Buzz Lightyear souvenir it can still can be purchased at Amazon.com once you get home and there are many choices of Buzz for you.
Ready to sit down and catch your breath? Great. Let’s go to the Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. As you walk in you will notice that this is not a ride, but looks like a theater, and it is, with comfortable chairs and a full size screen. This attraction is really a rotating carousel taking you back a century and seeing how technology has taken over. Where would we be without our cell phones and all the other modern conveniences we now have?
Hungry yet? The kids are, as usual. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe has burgers and chicken nuggets and is hosted by Coca-Cola. Wanting a hot dog you can hit The Lunching Pad. (No that’s not a typo.)
Our tummies are full so it’s time to continue. While our food is digesting, let’s take a nice relaxing boat ride on It’s A Small World. As the theme song plays we cruise down the lazy river and enjoy scenes of different countries with children dressed in their native costumes.
Okay it’s time for some more fun. The Mad Tea Party is next. This huge tea cup seats around six people and has a spinning wheel in the middle of it. The faster the wheel is spun the faster the ride goes. Having several hefty people in your group you will get off feeling like you’re still spinning and very dizzy.
Your little girls will want to see their favorite princess so it’s time to check out the Princess Fairytale Hall. Catch Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, or some newer princesses like Anna, Elsa, Pocahontas, or Rapunzel. These are just a few of the princesses dressed in beautiful costumes. All of the princesses and their costumes can be purchased at Amazon.com once you get home.
Many other rides are here in Fantasyland, The Barnstormer, a junior roller coaster, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, yes you will be flying in an elephant, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which is a Pooh Bear Hunny Pot trying to find the pot of honey.
Many other rides are here in Fantasyland and if you missed grabbing a bite in Tomorrowland, you can visit Pinocchio Village Haus or Cinderella’s Royal Table where you can dine with a Disney Princess.
Exhausted yet? We are just in the middle of the park! The Liberty Square Riverboat will take you down the Rivers of America in the Liberty Belle paddle wheel riverboat which takes you around Tom Sawyer’s island.
The Hall of Presidents and the Haunted Mansion ride, along with some restaurants such as Liberty Tree Tavern serving All-American food are here in the square.
Tom Sawyer Island looked inviting as we noticed it on the boat ride. Let’s take a look. The adventure starts with taking a raft to get there. You will see caves to go through, rocks to climb, and bridges to cross all giving you a sense of being there with Tom and the gang.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a crazy roller coaster ride full of twists and turns on a runaway train that goes through a gold mining town. Riding along you will see pools and bones as you race around the mountain imitating scenes of the Old Wild West. Too bad the train doesn’t slow down long enough to find any gold.
Splash Mountain is based on the film “Song of the South”. The mode of transportation for this ride is a log. Climb aboard and it will take you up and down and all around seeing Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Patch entertaining you with their antics. As the ride ends, the log will take you slowly up an incline and then at the top there will be a sudden swift drop. Of course, you are in the water. Guess what?…..SPLASH. Hope it’s a warm day so you can dry off.
Let’s check out our next stop.
Finally we arrive at the last section of Magic Kingdom. I really didn’t mean to save my favorite rides last, but that’s how things fell into place.
First, there is the Swiss Family Tree House. This is a replica of the film “Swiss Family Robinson” about a shipwrecked family. Actually, this is a physically challenging attraction rather than a ride. There are many, many stairs to climb to the top with interval landings each showing a scene copied from the film. At the top, if you have the stamina to get there, you will be able to enjoy seeing all of Adventureland.
Descending all those stairs, it’s time once again to relax on a boat ride. We must be at the Pirates of the Caribbean. Since the ride is underground and dim it is a nice place to cool off from the summer heat while waiting in line to descend onto the boat. The boat takes off and soon you hear “yoho, yoho, a pirate’s life for me”. Then many scenes and pirates appear here and there. Depending on where you are sitting, you may feel a splash now and then. There is activity on both sides of the boat so you need to be quick and not miss anything. Captain Jack Sparrow is showing off all his stolen loot just as the ride ends. Great ride!
End of A Fantastic Day
This has been a wonderful day and all there is to do now is watch the parade and fireworks display as it goes down main street and around the corner. Everyone is exhausted but thrilled to have seen everything here.
Magic Kingdom was basically built with the little ones in mind and a few adult themed rides for the older kids. Now it’s time to leave and gear up for another day at the park tomorrow.
A new roller coaster ride, the Tron Lightcycle Power Run, will be in Tomorrowland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Magic Kingdom.
Looking for another restaurant? One is being constructed between Test Track and Mission Space, fittingly named Space Restaurant.
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