Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Orlando
The first thing you see as you enter Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is Main Street USA with Cinderella's Castle at the top of the street.
The famous site takes your breath away. You feel as though you are in a fairytale.
Main Street USA itself is a street of Disney shops where you can buy everything from Clothing to Jewelry, Ornaments to Kitchenware.
You can even take Horse Drawn Carriage Rides or trips in old fashionned vehicles up Main Street.
Walk round to the left when you leave Main Street USA, and you will come to Adventureland, the home of some brilliant attractions.
The main attraction in Adventureland is Pirates of the Carribean. You board a small boat and ride throuh various pirate scenes - past a pirate ship, a pirate raid on a carribean island, all to the tune of Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for me. It's great fun.
On the Jungle Cruise you board a boat, and your skipper takes you to the Asian Jungle, the Nile Valley and the Amazon Rainforest.
Along the way, you see a variety of the animals living in these places.
One of the high points of this ride is the narration by the boat's skipper which is usually extremely funny.
As well as Pirates and Jungle Cruise, there are other great attractions in Adventureland, including:
The Tikki Room - Enter a room where you will be serenaded by all of the birds and flowers you could imagine. Iago and Zazu are "managers" of the Tikki Room, which makes for an entertaining show.
Swiss Family Treehouse - Take a walk through a replica of the famous treehouse.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin - Fly through the air in one of 16 magic carpets (rather like a merri-go-round with a Disney theme).
Continuing round the park in a clockwise direction, you will come to Frontierland, the home of two of Disney's famous mountains.
Splash Mountain is one of my favourite rides. The beginning of the boat ride seems innocent enough. You are riding along watching the colourful story of Brer Rabbit from Song of the South, when all of a sudden you see a sign Danger and the two vultures from the film are looking over you. You then find yourself speeding down an almost vertical five story drop. It is fantastic - and you get soaked!!
The other of the 2 mountain rides in Frontierland is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Board a train through the mountains for "the wildest ride in the wilderness".
The rollercoaster style ride takes you around the mountain at speed. Look out for the goats, donkeys and the saloon.
As well as Splash and Thunder Mountains, Frontierland also has the following attractions:
Country Bear Jamboree - A theatre show featuring the singing bears.
Tom Sawyer Island - Take a boat ride over to the island and explore. It can be a relaxing break from the hussle and bussle of the park.
Continuing round the park, the next land you will come to is Liberty Square.
My favourite ride ever is the Haunted Mansion. I love it.
Even waiting to get on the ride is brilliant. You queue beside a grave yard. Make sure you read the grave stones - they are hilarious!
When you enter the mansion, you are put into a room which appears to have no windows or doors.
You are then put into a buggy for 2 people and taken on a tour around the mansion. The most amazing site is the ghosts in the ball room.
After passing through a grave yard to the tune of "grim grinning ghosts", you come across 3 hitch hiking ghosts, one of whom takes a lift in your buggy.
This is the best ride in the park. (It is also one of the few rides which has been there since the park opened in 1971).
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.
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!
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.
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 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 corny classic done Disney style - two minutes of old fashioned pleasure for the kids and us old folks too. One of only 30 classic carrousels left in the United States, this antique was built in 1917 by Italian craftsmen at the Philadelphia Toboggan Co for use at the Detroit Palace Garden. Disney liberated it from Maplewood Olympic Park in 1967 for a total restoration.
Each of the 90 horses is different, hand painted, and covered in gold, silver, and bronze decorations. They are valued at $20000 for an inner ring horse up to $100000 for those on the outside. All are white - Disney planners did not want time wasted by people choosing between horses to get their favorite color. Organ renditions of Disney classics serenade the riders.
With 90 riders, the long line moves quickly. Actually it is even quicker to sneak in the exit gate around the back.
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.