Mickey and Minnie in front of Cinderella’s Castle
One of the most popular theme parks at Walt Disney World is the Magic Kingdom. It is the first park built at Disney World and has been open since 1971. It was inspired by Disneyland in California, so the design and attractions are very similar. Last year, about 17 million people visited the park.
The Magic Kingdom is divided into six districts (with a seventh opening next year), each containing exciting rides and attractions fitting with the theme. When you walk into the park, Main Street, U.S.A. is the first land you will encounter. This is where you can pick up a ride on the Disney World Railroad that runs around the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom and get a peek at everything you might want to see. Main Street, U.S.A. is also home to the famous Cinderella’s Castle where you can watch fireworks every night.
Other lands in the Magic Kingdom include Adventureland, home to the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride; Frontierland, an Old West themed district that contains the iconic Splash Mountain; Liberty Square, where you can be spooked by the Haunted Mansion; Fantasyland, the location to see Mickey’s PhilharMagic; and Tomorrowland, a futuristic land that has the famous Space Mountain ride. In 2012, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will be opening a new district called Storybook Circus, where they will move some of the favourite circus-themed attractions such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Great Goofini.
Throughout the Magic Kingdom there are always Disney’s favorite characters walking around to sign autographs and take photos with. Disney parks are the only place in the world where you can get an autograph from a genuine Princess Jasmine or a photo with Goofy. These characters are always a real hit with children, and are almost always surrounded by groups of happy kids.
A common complaint (and one of the only ones) about the Magic Kingdom is the time lost waiting in line. Some quick tips for avoiding lines to check out are going earlier in the day, going in the off-season, using the single-rider line, or picking up a FastPass (a card which will hold your place in line while you do something else).
There is so much to see and do in the Magic Kingdom alone that you could easily spend your whole Florida holiday there. It really is one the most magical places on earth!