Magic Kingdom Park was the first park built at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the second Disney Park. It opened in 1971 to a crowd of about 10,000 people and quickly gained momentum. Magic Kingdom attracted 50,000 per day by the end of their first year of operation. Magic Kingdom is popular with children of all ages; it is consistently ranked as the number one park in the world in terms of attendance.
The Magic Kingdom presents their daily spectacular parade at 3 pm; it is called Festival of Fantasy. This parade features characters like Tangled‘s Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Frozen‘s Anna and Elsa, Brave‘s Merida; there is a very re-imagined Maleficent Dragon fighting Prince Charming. Festival of Fantasy is the perfect midday treat if you have children (or even children at heart) in your party.
The Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams Nighttime Spectacular fireworks happen nightly right behind Cinderella’s Castle. Please note: Viewing locations range from Town Square all the way to the Hub directly in front of the castle. The fireworks can be seen clearly from most locations within the park. Locations along Main Street, U.S.A., fill up quickly, so plan ahead!
Note: There is also the Main Street Electrical Parade, a 1972 Disneyland Original parade brought back to Magic Kingdom in 2010 during the “Summer Nighttastic!” celebration. The entire parade is lit up in beautiful LED light color; even the characters shine with tiny lights! This parade is truly spectacular; it really has millions of dazzling lights!
Magic Kingdom evokes the spirit of Walt’s Disneyland while being distinctly unique from Walt’s original park. Magic Kingdom is divided into six uniquely themed “lands”: (going clockwise) Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland.
Main Street USA
Main Street USA takes you back in time to the turn of the century. As you enter Magic Kingdom you will encounter the Town Square. What would a Town Square be without a City Hall and Fire Station. These buildings also double as guest services for the park.
Want a barbershop experience? You can get a beard or mustache trim at “The Harmony Barbershop” Baby’s first haircut would be a great memory to have; you even get a certificate! Travel along Main Street in a Disney horse drawn trolley, fire engine, omnibus, jitney or horseless carriage. Along the way you’ll pass such hometown staples as the Main Street Bakery and Main Street Cinema. Fun fact: The windows above the shops include the names of Disney executives, contributing artists and family members.
Tomorrowland could be referred to as the “tomorrow we imagined that never was” and features Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Everyone will love spinning rides like: Astro Orbitor, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and other fun attractions.
Tomorrowland is also the home of the Tomorrowland Speedway. Kids and parents can take a spin on a “real” race track in this fast paced attraction. Space Mountain is also a crowd favorite! Who wouldn’t love to ride on a completely dark roller coaster housed inside a futuristic and iconic white mountain facade?!
Fantasyland is filled with the “classic attractions” that generations have grown up watching. Family friendly rides like, it’s a small world, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel will stir up lots of fun memories for all. Mickey’s Philharmagic will tingle all your senses with 4D awesomeness. The carnival like atmosphere in Fantasyland will make you feel like a kid again.
The pinnacle of Fantasyland is “New Fantasyland”. New Fantasyland is divided into the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus. The Forest is the home of the Seven Dwarf Mine Train, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. Storybook Circus is the new home of Dumbo the Flying Elephant; this ride has a new twist: TWO different Dumbo rides that fly in opposing directions!
Liberty Square is the home of the Haunted Mansion. This part of Magic Kingdom has one of the best counter service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbor House. Columbia Harbor House is one of the few places in the Magic Kingdom where you can find healthy, delicious options for your family.
Frontierland is home to “the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness”- the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Here is where you will find the exciting water flume ride called Splash Mountain. You will sometimes get soaking wet adventure through the Laughin’ Place to the Briar Patch with Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear.
Adventureland is where you’ll find the always pun-filled World Famous Jungle Cruise. You’ll see the forever classic Pirates of the Caribbean and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. You can also get one of the most sought after desserts at Walt Disney World: Dole Whip. This magical concoction can be found at Aloha Isle. There’s nothing like cold pineapple soft serve on a hot day!