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The Magic Kingdom

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At A Glance

The original Disney theme park in Florida, with much to see and do, all in around 100 acres. While there are some thrill rides, none are too white-knuckle.

Under 3's get in for free. 3 to 10 years charged at childrens rate, above 10 charged at Adult rate. Car parking is free to Disney hotel residents and Annual pass holders, but otherwise is charged ($6 USD per day). Entrance fee includes all rides and attractions. Food/Refreshments extra. Some rides carry min/max height restrictions.

Disney characters appear throughout the park at various times.
Time required - 1 Day min.

Best time to visit - Sunday morning.

The Magic Kingdom is the original Disney Park in Florida, having been dedicated on the 25th of October 1971, and it is divided into six worlds, arranged like a wheel, with the magnificent Cinderella's Castle as the centrepiece at the hub of the wheel. For most people it's also probably the most magical and memorable of the three parks, so it's well worth budgeting to spend at least one full day in the Magic Kingdom if you want to see it all.

Most of the famous Disney characters including Mickey, Donald, The Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, Pluto, Goofy and everyone else can be found scattered at various places throughout the Magic Kingdom, posing for family photographs and autographs.

Character Meals can also be booked at The Crystal Palace in Main Street USA, in the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square, and in King Stefan's Banqueting Hall in Fantasyland.

The daily parade travels through The Magic Kingdom in mid afternoon, with a second (usually different) parade heading through the park again during the early evening, shortly after which the "Fantasy In The Sky" Fireworks display is held.

After passing through the main entry gates, you enter The Magic Kingdom along Main Street USA, passing the City Hall, and the Main Street Town Square, a small American town centre from the year 1900. During December the Town Square holds a massive Christmas tree, adorned with lights and presents.

Main Street itself is a collection of small shops, cinemas, and attractions from bygone days. You can either walk down Main Street, or catch one of the transportation vehicles, a horse-drawn carriage, omnibus, or fire engine, for your trip along Main Street and on towards Cinderella's Castle, towering over 160 feet above The Magic Kingdom.

Adventureland holds the Swiss Family Treehouse, The Jungle Cruise, The Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Enchanted Tiki Birds.

Frontierland, themed like the old west of the 19th century, is home to the Country Bear Jamboree, along with Splash Mountain and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Frontierland is also the starting point for exploration of the Tom Sawyer Island, reachable by raft.

Liberty Square, themed in the colonial era, houses the Hall of Presidents, The Diamond Horseshoe Revue, The Haunted Mansion, and the landing stage for the elegant paddle steamer which plies the waters around Tom Sawyers Island.

Fantasyland was Walt's idea for the heart of The Magic Kingdom. There are no thrill rides as such in Fantasyland, which is dominated by the castle and Cinderella's Golden Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, Peter Pan's Flight ride, The Legend of The Lion King show, and the charming It's a Small World cruise. The Castle Forecourt Stage in front of Cinderella's Castle is the place to find some of the regular stage shows presented regularly thoughout the day. Fantasyland was also home to the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea adventure, an underwater adventure in the Nautilus, and to Mr Toad's Wild Ride - rides that are now sadly closed.

Mickey's Starland, (Now Mickey's Toontown Fair), specially for the younger visitors, is home to Mickey Mouse and some of his friends. Mickey's House is a small museum to the career of this famous mouse.

Tomorrowland holds the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, The Timekeeper, Space Mountain rollercoaster ride, along with the Tomorrowland Speedway for younger visitors, American Journeys presented in Circlevision 360, Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (formerly the WEDway people mover) can all be found in Tomorrowland.


The Magic Kingdom