The Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971 and is the most famous and most popular Florida theme park as well as the largest recreational resort in the world at 30,000 acres.
Known as the "happiest place on Earth", Disney World paved the way for many other theme parks and attractions in the area and helped make Orlando a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world.
Florida's Walt Disney World Resort features four theme parks, three water parks, six golf courses, a sports complex, an auto race track, twenty resort hotels and numerous sources for shopping, dining and entertainment.
The Magic Kingdom theme park has remained the most popular park and consists of 7 themed lands. It is laid out like a wheel with the hub centered directly in front of Cinderella Castle. Take a quick video tour of the park below:
• Main Street, U.S.A. is based on the small Missouri town where Walt grew up and is the introduction to the Magic Kingdom.
After arriving at the theme park entrance via monorail or boat ride, guests pass under the Walt Disney World Railroad Station and enter the Town Square and then Main Street, U.S.A.
Travel along Main Street in a horse drawn trolley or omnibus and pass such hometown favorites such as the “Main Street Bakery”, “The Shadow Box”, ”Uptown Jewelers” and “Chapeau” for monogrammed Mickey ears.
Guests can also board one of the four steam powered trains of Walt Disney World Railroad for a one mile trek around the Magic Kingdom theme park with stops at Frontierland and Mickey's Toontown Fair. At the end of Main Street, U.S.A. stands the iconic Cinderella Castle.
• Fantasyland is the heart of The Magic Kingdom theme park with the centerpiece being the Cinderella Castle. It is the classic fairytale experience with princesses, pixies and boys who won't grow up. Classic attractions include “it’s a small world”, “Cinderella's Golden Carousel” and the spinning “Mad Tea Party”.
Explore Neverland on “Peter Pan’s Flight” or journey through the Hundred Acre Wood on “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”. Fantasyland is also home to “Dumbo the Flying Elephant”, “Ariel’s Grotto” and the 3-D adventure “Mickey's PhilharMagic”.
• Adventureland is an exotic mix of jungles, wild animals, pirates and a Middle Eastern bazaar. It is home to some of the Florida theme park's best-loved attractions including the buccaneer boat ride “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the lively riverboat tour of the “Jungle Cruise”. Also included is “The Enchanted Tiki Room — Under New Management” , the “Swiss Family Treehouse” and “The Magic Carpets of Aladdin”.
• Frontierland is where guests can relive the old west of the 19th century and explore the mysteries of the Rivers of America on “Tom Sawyer Island”. Attractions include the wet log ride “Splash Mountain” and the wild thrills of roller coaster “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”. It is also home to the popular performing bears of the “Country Bear Jamboree” and the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade.
• Liberty Square has a colonial era theme and is home to the majestic Liberty Tree, a live oak decorated with 13 lanterns to represent the 13 original colonies. A genuine replica of an early American paddle steamer, Liberty Square River Boat, is also docked here and takes guests for a ride around Tom Sawyer Island. Attractions also include a ghoulish ride through “The Haunted Mansion” and the popular Audio-Animatronics salute to the United States’ presidents in the “Hall of Presidents”.
• Mickey’s Toontown Fair is the area of the theme park to meet Mickey, Minnie and the gang up close and in person at the “Judges Tent” or at the “Toontown Hall Of Fame”. Guests can also take self-guided tours through Mickey and Minnie's fully decorated country houses. Cool off on the leaky play area on “Donald’s Boat” or ride the small roller coaster “Barnstormer” at "Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm”. Mickey's Toontown Fair is also one of the stops of the Walt Disney World Railroad that runs the perimeter of the Florida theme park.
• Tomorrowland is themed to be a bustling, futuristic spaceport. Designed to be a living blueprint of our future, it is a fantasy world where seeing space aliens and participating in time travel is a thrilling but common activity. Guests can speed through the universe on a high-speed coaster at the popular “Space Mountain” or take a leisurely tour of the area on a pollution-free mass transit super skyway, “Tomorrowland Transit Authority”.
Battle aliens at “Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin” or guard a little alien at “Stitch's Great Escape!” Guests can burn up the track at the pint-sized “Tomorrowland Indy Speedway” and enjoy the interactive comedy show, “Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor”.
Daily parades include the "Disney Dreams Come True Parade", which runs between Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. and Frontierland and comes complete with giant snow globes, Disney Characters and live performers.
The “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” is a parkwide musical fireworks and pyrotechnics extravaganza in the Magic Kingdom hosted by Jiminy Cricket.
The “SpectroMagic" Parade lights up the night in a dazzling display that features a half a million lights on special nights throughout the theme park.
Parking is available at all Disney Theme Parks for an additional fee. Once the parking fee is paid for one park, it is good for all the other theme parks for that entire day. Annual Pass Holders and Disney Resort Guests receive complimentary parking. Visit Walt Disney World Vacation Packages to start planning your trip.
For more information on this Florida theme park, please contact:
Disney's Magic Kingdom 3111 World Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 407-WDW-MAGIC www.disneyworld.com