Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Orlando
You can't go to WDW without going to the Magic Kingdom....& no trip to MK is complete without the seeing the parades!
Every afternoon at 3pm it's parade time - Disney style. It's great fun to watch & I'll never tire of it.......it really puts you in the Disney spirit.
Keep in mind that, depending on the time of year of your visit, people will start getting the best spots (in the shade, down Main Street USA etc) up to 2 hours before the parade starts! If you're walking around at it's 1.30pm & people start randomly sitting down at the side of the roads on the curbs - it's because of the parades! Try to get a spot in the shade if you can - again, depending on the time of year, it can get baking hot.
The MK map has the parade routes clearly marked out. The parade starts at Frontierland & ends at Main Street USA (near the part entrance) & lasts 15-20 minutes.
Disney World is made up of 4 parts: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM and Animal Kingdom.
The Magic Kingdom is Disney World's most popular park, especially with kids. Cinderella's Castle is at it's center and it's divided into lands each with their own theme. There's Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, and Mickey's Toontown.
Here is where your little ones will be in their element ( and probably the Dads too, cos we all know they never grow up!) All your classic rides here, Snow White, Pinocchio, the absolutely horribly addictive "its a small world" The Disney parade take place every day at 3pm then again at night which finishes off with a spectacular firework Display The beautiful castle and all the buildings, shops and characters that come and hug you, really do make this a place where dreams come true.
Welcome to the original and most popular of Orlando's theme parks! The castle that sits in the center of the park is often thought of as the symbol of this place. It is worth a close look, and there is much to do in the Magic Kingdom. I recommend getting here right away as the park opens. The first few hours are critical in getting on the rides before the massive crowds hit. A lot of people who come early claim that they get the most done in those first few hours. Use the Fast Pass feature of your ticket--every ticketholder can use Fast Pass. This lets you return to a big name attraction at a later time with a minimal wait. Anything with "mountain" in the name of the ride is a good candidate for using Fast Pass, but there are others as well. Good items to bring are cameras, ponchos, and lots of money. Food and drink are expensive here, but there are some good restaurants in the kingdom. There are usually fireworks at the end of the day. A lot of people who stay in nearby Disney resorts often go early to the park, take a break at their resort during the most crowded hours, and return again in the evening. Whatever your strategy is, this should be a good time for you and the children (if you brought any). There is a reason why people come from all over to visit this and other Disney parks. Enjoy!
Flagship park for all of Walt Disney World, The Magic Kingdom has a wonderful mix of timeless classics and new thrills. A favorite amongst the youngsters, this park is obligatory for any Disney World neophyte, and is full of traditional Disney rides and landscapes. This home of Cinderella's Castle is picturesque, yet can be placed as second or third to visit for those that are looking for rides with greater thrills.
It's A Small World
Peter Pan's Flight
Legend of the Lion King
Dumbo Flying Elephants
Snow White's Adventures
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger
Carousel of Progress
Big Thunder Railroad
Tom Sawyer Island
Country Bear Jamboree
Swiss Family TreeHouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
Hall of Presidents
Liberty Belle River Boat
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The Magic Kingdom is basically the fairytale park, with plenty to see and do for people of all ages. There are a lot of roller coasters, Disney characters, and kid rides. You don't have to wait in long lines anymore, either. You can get a ticket in advance that tells you what time to come back to ride the ride without any wait at all. This works great for rides like Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. Also, it's best to get a park hopper ticket so that you can go to more than one park in a day. There are monorails to take you to Epcot from the Magic Kingdom, or you can use buses to get back and forth between all three of the parks too. The fireworks shows are really great, and they happen at the end of the night.
At the end your day in Magc Kingdom (on selected nights) there is a fireworks display above Cinderella's castle.
The "Wishes" fireworks combines Disney music and fantastic firework displays.
This is not to be missed.
Opened in 1972, this was Disneys first maor theme parks in Florida. It remains today one of the premeir tourist destinations. Its centerpiece is of course Cinderellas Castle which is located at the end of Main Street, USA. From the castle, paths lead to the various themed lands throughout the park. These include Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Each land has an assortment of rides, shows and attractions.
Some of the best known include Its a Small World (Fantasyland), Pirates of the Carrabbean (Adventureland) and Space Mountain (Tomorrowland).
Throughout there are numerous shops and places to eat. There are also live performances and the famous costumed characters , all of whom may be seen in a daily parade. The Magic Kingdom is a wonderland for children of all ages.
There are some other excellent rides in Tomorrowland:
The Extra-Terrorestrial Alien Encounter - This ride is TERRIFYING. You are strapped into your seat so that you cannot move (or escape, which is what I wanted to do), then a scary monstrous alien is unleashed in the room and you do not know where he will go ... then you feel his breath on the back of your neck...
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin - This is like being inside a computer game, where you have to shoot at things and score points.
Indy Speedway - Drive race cars around a track. This ride is great fun.
Another of Disney's famous mountains is located in Tomorrowland - Space Mountain.
A fast rollercoaster ride in the dark, with shooting, stars, falshing lights and high speeds, making the journey into "space" a memorable one.
There are some brilliant rides in Fantasyland. These include:
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - Take a ride in a hunnypot through a Winnie the Pooh Story. When you meet Tigger, your hunnypot bounces in line with his story!
Dumbo - A meeri-go-round ride inside Dumbo (This is more for the younger visitors).
Mad Tea Party - This is a spinning ride in a tea cup - do not go on straight after a meal.
Snow Whites Scary Adventure - Follow the Seven Dwarves down the mine for the story of Snow White.
This golden carrousel was built in 1917 and was restored by Disney.
Located behind Cinderella's Castle, it is a wonderful old fashioned ride.
This picture of me on the carrousel was taken on one of Disney's Haloween nights in the pouring rain, which is why I am wearing the mac!
The next land you come to is Fantasyland. (This can also be reached by walking through the centre of Cinderella's castle).
One of Disney's most famous attractions is It's a Small World.
You take a boat ride through hundreds of brightly coloured dolls, dressed in traditional costume of the countries of the world singing the song "It's a Small World".
You can't fail but to leave the ride happy.
Liberty Sqaure has another of my favourites. This is the Hall of Presidents.
In the Hall of Presidents, there is an animatronic of each President there has ever been, they are all individually introduced and acknowledge the audience, and some of them give a speech.
Abraham Lincoln gives a speech about the history of America.
I find this attraction really interesting, but no one else I am with is keen to go in (my husband usually draws the short straw), they all find it a bit boring, so I guess it depends what your interests are.
Because it is my favourite, I have loads of photographs of the haunted mansion (unfortunately you can't take any pictures inside the ride - the ghosts are camera shy!!)
This is a photo of my mam outside the Haunted Mansion.