Park Spotlight: Magic Kingdom
Who wouldn’t love spending their vacation at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? This park has so much to offer! From fabulous dining opportunities to a variety of rides and character interaction. Magic Kingdom has it all! There are also a few deluxe resorts located along the monorail at Magic Kingdom that makes it very convenient for guests to enjoy the closeness and excitement of Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom opened its gates on October 1, 1971. The iconic Cinderella castle is at the center of Magic Kingdom. This park is geared for all ages. Magic Kingdom is divided into 6 main areas. The 6 lands include Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland. It has a variety of rides for all children and adults. Every person feels like a kid at Magic Kingdom. It truly is the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH!!!
Some of the most famous attractions include Peter Pan’s Flight where you board a magical pirate ship to Never Land and fly high in the sky. Another classic ride includes Pirates of the Caribbean. On this ride you set sail on a voyage where pirates ruled the sea. Both rides are for all ages. Another iconic ride is It’s A Small World where you see singing children from all around the globe. Some rides at Magic Kingdom are for everyone; however, some of the rides have height restrictions. A few of the more thrilling rides like Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad have a height requirement of 40 inches.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was recently added in Fantasyland in 2014. This ride has been an all time favorite. The wait time for this ride can get extremely high at peak times. This family coaster races through the enchanted forest and allows you to relive some of the magic from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While waiting in line there are many activities for kids to participate in to help waiting in line much easier.
Magic Kingdom offers rides that are family friendly thrill rides to slow boat rides. Some of the top rides at Magic Kingdom include Seven Dwarfs, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Magic Kingdom has more to offer than just exciting and thrilling rides. It has an abundance of meet and greet characters, parades, and a dynamic firework show. Some of the different meet and greet characters include princesses at Fairytale Hall. You can meet Cinderella, Elena, Rapunzel and Tiana. Other princesses like Ariel and Jasmine can be found in a specific land at the park. Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse Meet and Greets are located at Town Square as you enter the park. Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade allows guests to see many characters as they line the streets of Magic Kingdom. You will see Disney princesses, Peter Pan, as well as Mickey and Minnie in this wonderful parade.
The main source of entertainment at Magic Kingdom is the firework show. Happily Ever After replaced Wishes in 2017. Words cannot describe the amazement of this spectacular firework show. Happily Ever After transforms Cinderella’s Castle into popular Disney stories. It is brought to life with fireworks, lasers, lights and projections. Best place to view the fireworks is directly in front of Cinderella’s castle.
Magic Kingdom also offers special events. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are two favorites extra ticket events. It is not included in regular admission. A separate ticket must be purchased to attend these events. You can meet characters, enjoy a parade and rides as well as enjoy special treats. There are some event exclusive dining options also.
There are so many options for dining at Magic Kingdom. A favorite table service meal includes Be Our Guest Restaurant. You can eat here for a dinner table service or a breakfast and
lunch quick service. Some other classic restaurants include Sleepy Hollow and Liberty Tavern. A fun interactive character table service meal is The Crystal Palace. Everyone loves Winnie the Pooh and friends. Another well-known table service restaurant is Cinderella’s Royal Table. You can meet princesses and enjoy the view of Cinderella’s castle. This dining restaurant requires 2 credits.
The snacks at Magic Kingdom are included in the dining plan. You receive 2 snacks per day with the Disney Dining Plan. The all-time classic treat is the Dole Whip in Adventureland. Even a Mickey Ice Cream Bar makes your trip seem a little more magical! 😊And there is nothing like eating a Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street! Absolutely amazing!
A few tips and tricks for visiting Magic Kingdom include getting to the park before rope drop. Sometimes the park even opens a little early. Its best to pick your three fast passes for rides or attractions that have long wait times and as soon as you scan your band on the 3rd fastpass, look on the My Disney Experience App and get a 4th fastpass and so on. Do this as much as you can. Many people ride the big rides when others are watching the parades.
There is so much to see and do at Magic Kingdom! Every person no matter how young or old feels like a kid at Magic Kingdom! From taking pictures in front of Cinderella’s castle to watching Happily Ever After Fireworks- there are no words to describe the feeling of just being at Magic Kingdom! By far the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH!!!
Emily Edwards is an Independent Agent of Fairytale Adventures Travel. She specializes in family travel to Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Sandals, Beaches and Cruising. Emily can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or message her on Facebook at Emily Edwards- Destination Specialist.