Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Orlando
The Magic Kingdom has special events and parties spread out throughout the year:
-Night of Joy (Friday and Saturday night first weekend of September)
-Mickey's Not Too Scary Halloween Party.(certain weeknights and weekend evenings through Sept. 14th-Nov. 2nd)
-Mickey's Merry Christmas Party (certain weeknights and weekend evenings throughout December
-Pirates and Princesses Party (Wednesday nights and weekend evenings in August)
The parties are great because they limit park admission so there are no lines for any of the rides, you're not getting crowded by other tourists, the encourage both children and adults to show up in costume, and they pass out special treats for free throughout the park, admission is cheaper than a regular park admission (only $40-50 for adults and even less for children under 12 compared to the regular admission price of $69 per adult). The party hours are from 6:30pm- midnight and Main Street stays open until 1:00am for shopping.
The not so great thing about them is if you are one of the park guests during the day, paid full admission price expecting to spend the whole day at the Magic Kindgom and watch a fireworks show (they are very good shows) and get kicked out at 6:30pm. So be sure to check the Magic Kingdom calendar to make sure park hours are what you expect them to be during those months (August, September, October and December)
If you decide to go to one of these parties, try to book one of the weeknights. It's less crowded and more enjoyable. Friday and Saturday nights tend to be busier night for the parties.
Make use of the magic hours if you stay in a Disney hotel, they are the best hours to go on the most popular attractions with very little wait.
If you have a choice que on the left as it is normally the shortest.
Use the parades as a distraction to get on the rides with slightly less of a que.
Pal Mickey is a cool way to find out about the parks and keep children entertained in long ques.
Pin Trading is a good way to interact with cast members and it can be good fun!
In Animal Kingdom, the animals are more active early on in the day so go and see as many as you can.
If you park a car tie something to the radio transmitter or something to make it noticable in a huge crowd of cars.
Use the free transport if you stay in a disney hotel as it saves money on petrol and it is a very easy way to get places.
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.
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.
Commonly referred to as Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is the original theme park that opened in 1971. Complete with Cinderella's Castle, here you'll find Space Mountain (the coolest rollercoaster despite its age), the Haunted Mansion (where ghosts hitchhike as you ride along), Pirates of the Caribbean and Its A Small World (even big kids enjoy these rides), and the scariest attraction I've ever been to, Alien Encounter. Mom gets a big kick out of my being scared to bits as we're locked in a room with an escaped alien stomping around on our heads and breathing our our necks. Ewww. Creepy.
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!
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.
The Magic Kingdom is the original theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort complex. This park is a favorite of small children and, for some reason, honeymooning couples.
The Magic Kingdom is divided into 7 sections: Main Street USA, the main shopping thoroughfare and parade route; Adventureland, home of pirates, tiki birds and the Jungle Cruise; Frontierland, with its Wild West shootouts, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain; Liberty Square, featuring the Hall of Presidents and the very popular Haunted Mansion; Fantasyland, a child's dream with flying Dumbos and the chorus of voices in Its a Small World; Mickey's village, a walk through tour of the mouse's house; and Tomorrowland, a somewhat futuristic area with flying rockets and the roller coaster, Space Mountain.
I've been going to Disney almost since it opened when I was very small and the city of Orlando was little more than the one theme park. I have to confess that this is my favorite park as well. Something about the colorful displays, cheery songs and exuberantly cheerful staff makes this place truly magical.
Magic Kingdom is divided into about 6 areas.
Adventure land is where you'll find the fun Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise. You may even get a little wet in the Caribbean ride.
Liberty Square and Frontierland are a couple of my favorites. In these areas are the Liberty Bell paddle wheel boat and the Big Thunder Mountain Railway. The views from the paddle wheeler are really neat. But my favorite ride in Liberty Square is the Haunted House-check out the incredible holographics.
Fantasy Land is loaded with fun child imaginative rides like It's a small World, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the flying Elephant, and Peter Pan's Flight. The slow going rides through the different attractions, like It's a Small World, are so beautifully animated that even adults should find them fascinating.
Mickey's Toontown Fair has no rides, but it's a great place for taking colorful pictures. The kids will enjoy wandering around through the characters "neighborhood" while you snap away.
Then there's my favorite section of the park - Tomorrowland. Here is where the popular rollercoaster of Magic Kingdom is - Space Mountain. Although it really doesn't travel too fast, it's in darkness so you can't anticipate the turns. But my favorite atractions here are Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Alien Encounter. Buzz is a riding shooting gallery where you control the spin of the seats and Alien Encounter can be very scarey - even if it's not your first time to it!
At night, don't miss the "SpectroMagic" Parade and the "Fantasy in the Sky" Fireworks display. Both are very well done and I've enjoyed them multiple times!
No trip with children would be complete without a trip to The Magic Kingdom, and making sure your there for the Dreams Come True fireworks display is a must. The show is amazing, with all kinds of things going on.
Dreams Come True is arguably Disneyland's most lavish nightly fireworks display. It's also the longest, clocking in at almost 20 minutes long, and costing over $33,000 per showing.
Walt Disney World is even more magical at Christmas Time.
This is a picture of the decorations up Main Street USA.
This ride takes you into Peter Pan. You board a ship which flies thorugh the air over the sights of London, the Pirate ship and the mermaids.
See Captain Hook defeated by Peter Pan.
*Photo of Main Street, USA*
There are 7 sections to choose from, each with their own theme. Should take 2 days to cover the park at an easy pace.
If you look closely at this picture you will see Sarah and Nick (my sister and brother in law) in the back seat!!
You know you have to go to Disney World. Pack up the kids and drive or fly down. They'll have a blast, and so will you!