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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park opened way back in 1971 and is simply the most magical place on earth. It remains the most popular theme park in the world bringing well over a million visitors through its gates every month. It is said that you don’t experience the full magic of Disney until you step foot into the Magic Kingdom and take in Cinderella’s Castle standing proud at the top of Main Street.
The Magic Kingdom instantly transports adults back to their childhood to a time when waving madly at Mickey Mouse seems like the most natural thing in the world. If you actually have small children then this is the place to take them where they can hug Cinderella, get Donald Duck’s autograph or even have breakfast with Winnie the Pooh!
The park is divided into themed lands which all come together at the top of Main Street, right in front of the castle.
Main Street USA is a small town American street complete with a working barber’s shop and is the home to many souvenir retailers.
Liberty Square is based on an American Revolutionary town. Here you will find the Liberty Belle riverboat, Haunted Mansion and the Hall of Presidents.
Fantasyland, centred on Cinderalla’s castle is home to many of the young children’s favourite rides including Dumbo and It’s a Small World. “Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” – Walt Disney
Tomorrowland , by its very nature it is constantly having to evolve to keep up and is home to the Space Mountain roller coaster and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Frontierland focuses on the Wild West and is home to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Tom Sawyer Island, Splash Mountain, and the Country Bear Jamboree.
Mickey’s Toontown Fair is the only new land to be added to the Magic Kingdom since it opened. It’s the place to meet the main mouse himself and just recently has added an area where the little ones can meet the famously elusive Tinkerbell.
Adventureland has a mixture of African and Caribbean themes. Here you’ll find the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Magic Kingdom has a wonderful Opening Ceremony. To see the show, you need to be at the Magic Kingdom Park (not the Ticket & Transport Center) for at least 15 minutes before the official park opening time.
The show takes place right in front of the train station. Around 15 minutes before the park opening, a citizen of Main Street steps out onto the platform and welcomes everyone to the “most magical place on earth.”
Shortly after, the Main Street Singers appear and present a very catchy rendition of ‘Good Morning.’ You then hear a whistle from the right just before a steam train appears along to the sound of ‘Zip–A-Dee-Doo-Dah.’ Onboard the train is Mickey Mouse and some of his pals – also the ‘family of the day.’
Introductions over with, a countdown begins counting backwards from ten to zero. On zero, pixie dust and streamers are sent over the crowd.
A great opportunity to see how your small children are going to react to the characters.