Cinderella's Castle is the focal point of the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney was inspired by several French castles as well as Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle is quite nice to look at and inspires all sorts of reactions from kids and adults alike.
Inside the Castle is Cinderella's Royal Table; a nice table service restaurant, the Cinderlla Suite at the top of the castle (if you can afford it), a gift shop and some very pretty Mosaics depicting the Cinderella story.
Th castle is the focal point for the night time fireworks show when the castle comes alive with beautiful lighting.
Downtown Disney is full of restaurants, entertainment and shopping. There are some chain restaurants such as the Rainforest Cafe and Planet Hollywood as well as other options like Raglan Road and Portobello Yacht Club. They have some really fun stores ike the Lego store and the Disney Christmas store.
We spent some serious time here shopping, dining and having a great time.
Every year Disney World's Magic Kingdom park hosts the "Not So Scary Halloween Party on selected nights throughout the month of October. On these special nights the park is decorated for Halloween and the cast members wear costumes, there are lots of Disney characters around, there are special places around the park to trick-or-treat for Halloween candy and there is a very special parade! (The parade was my favorite event!) If you don't have your own bag for collecting treats, the cast members will give you one.
The party starts around 7:30 p.m. after the park closes for the regular day and children wear their Halloween costumes to the park and an awful lot of their Moms and Dads do too! It's a great night for those who really like Halloween. Most all of the rides remain open, but alot of people flock to the Haunted Mansion ride which seems to be fitting, don't you think!?! This year a "friendly" which sat on the front lawn scaring unsuspecting visitors to her mansion.
I would say this party appeals mostly to the younger children, but it's fun to try it once! This party requires a special admission ticket for adults and children and is not covered by your regular daily admission ticket. Expect to pay about $43 per adult and $37 for children 3-9 yrs old for tickets which you must purchase in advance to this evening party.
Despite the fact my father ended up in the hospital at the end of the brief ceremony, the 'Flag Retreat' with guest veteran participation was really a moving ceremony. (Dad suffered heat stroke and at 80... he spent one night but was released the next day). They do the flag retreats DAILY with veterans pre-arranged to participate. If you know of a military veteran going to Magic Kingdom that might enjoy this ceremony, do the following:
Call the WDW info Hotline number at 407/824-2222 and ask for Magic Kingdom City Hall. Tell them the date the veteran you know will be at Magic Kingdom and request them to be the Vet of the Day. Be flexible if that date is already filled.
Guest must be a ticket holder for the park, naturally (nothing is free at Disney!). At the completion of the ceremony, the vet receives a commemorative certificate and a special trading pin that says 'veteran.'
Disney has a photographer and they give you a free 5x7, and then you pay for any other photo you want. (Photog took about 75 photos).
NOTE: To prevent your elderly vet from passing out at this event, request a wheelchair and/or make sure they hydrate, wear a hat and eat before the ceremony. It lasts about 30 minutes. The ceremony doesn't require lots of walking, but just getting into Magic Kingdom requires lots of walking. Keep this in mind!
Typhoon Lagoon is one of the two Disney Waterparks. It has a tropical feel to the park with plenty of greenery and trees. The main attraction of the park is the Surf Pol. It's very large and a big wave is generated every 90 seconds. The wave is very gentle at the shallow end but more intense as you get deeper in the water. They have a bunch of tube rides and slides : Keelhaul Falls, Gang Plank Falls, Humunga-Kowabunga and Crush n Gusher. There is also a Shark reef experience where you can snorkel in the pool and watch the creatures of the tank (if you want a linger 30 minute experience than there is an additional $20 fee).
Our favorite part of Typhoon Lagoon is Castaway Creek. Grab an inner tube for one or two people and hop on in the lazy river. There are many entrance and exit points along the river to hop in or out of the water. It was so relaxing to lay in the tube and float down the river while passing some nice trees and flowers. It wasn't very crowded that day since it was a weekday and at one pont we were the only people in that section of the river. Time seemed to stand still while we floated that we didn't realize we were in the river for over an hour and quite pruned from the water.
Locker rentals are available at the park at the High 'n Dry Towels. It is $5 for a small size and $7 for a larger size. $2 is refunded when you turn your key back in. We took a small locker since we didn't bring much except a wallet, towels and our park passes. If you forget to bring a towel, you can rent one for $2.
Blizzard Beach is one of Disney's water parks. The park is supposed to look like a Ski Resort in the middle of Florida. There are more high speed plummets slides at this park compared to Typhoon Lagoon. Some of the big slides are: the Summit Plummet and the Slush Gusher. Liz would not go on the 120 foot Summit Plummet (the last time she rode this water slide she wound up at one of Orlando's medical centers....so I was totally understanding). The SLush Gusher is a fun slide but is quite bumpy and fast. Women are warned to hold onto their tops (many have benn pulled off from the force of the water). The Teamboat Springs rapids ride is fun; jump in and ride down. That was fun and no fear of losing a top. The Runoff rapids are fun as well as long as you don't get turned around. We wound up going backwards most of our ride which was quite scary for Liz since she can't swim.
Blizzard Beach is fun but I liked the laid back atmosphere of Typhoon Lagoon.
This is a really fun show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I really liked that they pulled folks from the audience and had them play extras in the show. Being a long time Indiana Jones fan, it was cool to get a behind the scenes look at how the movie was made. I have to admit that some of the bangs actually made me and Patrick jump. I laughed when I looked over and saw Sebastian and Hammy holding their ears. I could feel the heat of the flames and explosions from where we were sitting. I'm not sure if I can pick a favorite scene or actor, it was all really cool. I don't recommend this show for the easily frightened or very young children. Be sure to arrive about a half hour early if you want to get a decent seat. Its also easiest to get out if you simply wait for everyone else to leave. There's a video posted of part of the show.
the twilite zones hollywood tower of terror is one ride in MGM studios you should do. It is not as bad as you might think..... I think the worse part was waiting for the end of the ride,were you fall,You no it is going to happen, just not when...
I still think that aero smiths coaster is more fun....
Although magic Kingdom is more for the littles ones, It still is a nice Park to see..
It brings back memories of when i was younger watching Walt Disney World on T.V...
The rides are more for younger kids and you can get to see many charecters around which is always fun for the young/and old...
I wanted my picture with Cinderella....
The Hall of presidents is interesting and a place i would go to if your in this park...
And well you just must get your picture taken with the castle, once in a life time....
If you visit the animal kingdom you must see the tree of life...
Outside of how remarkable it is,i mean the construction and carvings etc...
The show a bugs life was fantastic....
It is a 3-D show of a bugs life and well with out telling you what happens, it is kind of like all the 3-D shows in Disney, things happen and you see 3-D charecters up close and personal...
Please if you get the chance do the tree of life..
UPDATE (Summer, 2006): Some information I have read indicates that this show is being replaced by another attraction. If true, what a shame! The show was very entertaining for the whole family!
I could never begin to take pictures of all my favorite rides in the four Disney parks so it won't be my main objective here. If you've been to Disney World before, you know the scale of it all is enormous and I'm not sure I could do it justice anyway. But when you need a break from the rides, try seeing one of the several shows in each park. During our last visit to Disney (October, 2003), we were able to see "Tarzan Rocks" and boy, does it! My family really had no intention of seeing it, but they had to admit it really was a good show and worth the time.
Needless to say it involves loud music, but also roller blading in the style of "Starlight Express" and even some aerial work. The sets and costumes are great, so give it a go the next time you're at the Animal Kingdom Park--you just may enjoy it as much as I did!
Check signs daily for show times.
If you're a guest at one of the hotels in the park and want to take a break from the parks for a while and you're interested in seeing one of the best resort lodges in the park, scoot on over to the Wilderness Lodge. You can take a tour or pick up one of the fact sheets about the lodge. You will definitely be amazed to learn that the lodge which was completed in May, 1994, is constructed of 85 loads of lodge pole pine from Oregon and Montana. The soaring 7-story atrium features two 55-ft. totem poles--the Raven and the Eagle pole--carved by the noted artist, Duane H. Pasco. You'll also find fossil rock, Native Indian artifacts, a rock geyser and more detail than I can mention here. There are also two very good restaurants here. Artist's Point" is one of the Disney Signature restaurants which means that the restaurant and the food served is on a level with any of the best restaurants in the country. It also means that the menu prices will reflect that. The Wispering Canyon Cafe is alot of fun and serves some very good food too! I like their all-you-can-eat skillets which can serve the whole family and you will walk away wondering "Why did I eat the whole thing!" Waiters & Waitresses are dressed in Wild West costume more or less and make you laugh but worse, make others laugh at you! They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a western lodge type atmosphere and setting.
The geyser behind the pool area erupts every half hour -- you might think you were at Yellowstone Park. The Lodge has a nice gift shop too with items that relate to the Lodge itself, and also carries a pretty range of grocery store items as well.
You'll love the piped music which will put you right in the mood for where you feel you are -- the western Rockies!
Minnie Mouse is a popular character at the kingdom, so don't miss meeting her! Minnie made her first appearance with Mickey Mouse in a cartoon entitled "Steamboat Willie". Although she never had a series of her own, she appeared in 73 cartoons with Mickey Mouse and Pluto, his faithful dog.
Goofy is just one of those silly characters you love to meet! He's loveable, friendly and a big....goof!
Goofy first appeared in the cartoon called "Mickey's Revue" from 1936. He was featured as part of the crowd but his distinctive laugh caught the attention of the audience. There on, his laugh brought him the recognition he deserved...
This ride scared the living crap out of me, but Patrick absolutely loved it. You start off watching a short movie skit about a dark and stormy night when a family check into the hotel, but was never heard from again. The elevator conductor guides you into the car where you pull down a harness over your shoulders. As the doors close the conductor yells something into the riders, but you can't tell what he's saying. You ride up a bit then the doors open and some holograms come on telling you to go back then they disappear. The car comes out of the elevator shaft and goes in a curvy pattern to another elevator shaft. The doors close behind you leaving you in pitch black silence. The next thing you know the car just drops. It drops so fast your shoulders are pressed against the harness. The the car is lifted up and the doors open you can see the onlookers down below, but the ride is not over, before you know it, you are dropping again and being lifted again to another set of doors. This happened a total of 4 times for us. I squeezed Patrick's hand so hard I thought I was gonna break it. Rumor has it that the total number of drops and raises differs each time you ride the ride, but in all honesty, I have no intention of riding this thing ever again. Patrick loved it, but agrees that he doesn't want to go on it again. This ride is definitely not for the week at heart or pregnant women. If you get motion sickness I don't suggest this ride for you either. It is definitely thrilling and causes the heart to race and the adrenaline to pump.