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published 30/08/2012 | chrisc92
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I live with my wife and 2 youngest children in Plymouth and our aging wizard of a cat
Pro It's Disney what more can you say
Cons If you are short of time plan your day and don't drink the water!
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"Embrace The Mouse at Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Orlando"

My family had the trip of a lifetime during the early part of August 2012 staying at Disney's Port Orleans resort (French Quarter) with 14 day passes to both Disney and Universal parks and a further trip to Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

When you think of Disney, Mickey Mouse and Cinderella's castle are among the most recocgnisable, so is no surprise that they both have centre stage at The Magic Kingdom.

A free bus operates between the resorts and Disney parks taking you directly to the park entrances regularly throughout the day. However, as we hired a car at the airport we very rarely used Disney transport and had a parking pass as a resort guest which saved us $14 per day at their parks. For those staying at the Magic Kingdom resort you could walk, drive or get the monorail from within the hotel complex!

From the car park it is a reasonable walk to the entrance although a shuttle does operate throughout the day and is a definite bonus when you leave! From here you can chose either the monorail or boat to get to the gates where any bags will be searched and you will need to put your park ticket into a machine and endure a fingerprint scan before being admitted to the park.

On admission you enter The Magic Kingdom where you are met by a series of shops and theatre known as Main Street USA which include some very tasty treats at the cake shop and bakery many of which can be included as part of your snack or meal if you have the Disney Dining Plan. The sweet shop is a treat in its self as you can see them making some of the snacks such as candy apples and the bakery has my wife's favourite - the Cinnamon Bun.

There are plenty of shops to chose from selling hats, ears (no kermit ones), t-shirts, toys and a wide range of Disney merchandise. Main Street is also an ideal viewing location for the Disney Parades that run at 11am, 3pm and 5pm. There is also a spectacular light show parade and firework display (the latter occurred while on Splash Mountain with my daughter).

From Main Street USA you can walk towards the castle where the park seperates into 5 distinct regions - Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland or you can take the train which leaves roughly every 7 minutes which travels round the outskirts of the park stopping at Adventure, Frontier and Tomorrowlands.

It is not impossible to complete the park in a day especially if you are a Disney guest with extra magic hours either in the morning or late at night with opening times for guests an hour or so earlier up to late opening until 2am. My only critism was the choice of food and the horrible water that they use to mix their drinks, but if you choose carefully and buy bottled drinks there is enough choice for everyone, and there are a number of counterservice cafes etc where you can use Disney Dining Plan credits for meals or snacks - including whole turkey leg, crisps (chips), cookie and a drink which equates to a meal. As a guide a 20 floz bottle of coke cost $2.75 and for four meals was in the region of $100. Places to eat are scattered around the park - it's just a matter of finding something that you like, or at times the best of what you don't!

We didn't spent much time at Fantasyland and the only attractions we visited was Mickey's PhillerMagic in 3D which was relatively short but enjoyable with poor old Donald in trouble yet again, and It's A Small World which was a very gentle water ride where you leave with the tune almost hypnotically placed in your brain - and yes I can still hear it now! It is enjoyable although after several versions of the same music played on different instruments and in different languages you do plead for the end of the ride.

Adventureland attractions we visited were:
Pirates of The Carribean - a gentle water ride through the pirate world of Jack Sparrow which had a very good mock up of a ship and of Captain Jack.
Enchanted Tiki Room - corney but fun where a range of birds sang, alligators played drums and statues hummed
Alladins Magic Carpet - quite fun especially when your wife starts feeling airsick as your daughter plays with the up and down controls (a bit like flying elephants)

Liberty Square was a little disappointing as this was one area where Disney showed it was proud to be American and this was shown by The Hall of Presidents which with out doubt was geared directly at the American people through its story of struggle and determination which brought it up to its place in the world of today including Lincoln speaking the Gettysbury address and Obama's recent speach. The other attraction we visited was the haunted mansion or should I say went in - and back out again rather quickly as my daughter was frightened when the floor dropped!

Frontierland's main attractions were splash and thunder mountains. I intended to go on Thunder Mountain until I read the warnings on the ride! Yes, I felt rather silly when the runaway mine train which didn't even have proper lap belts came into site while meandering along Splash Mountain, but by then was too late to get on as ride times were over an hour. Splash Mountain however was well worth the two times we went on it as you meander through brare rabbit country trying to escape brare fox. It is even more enjoyable coming down the 50ft+ drop in darkness at 10pm! The other attraction well worth visiting is the Country Bear Jamboree which is great for being absolutely dreadful - which made what they sang really funny.

Tomorrowland, a name which will live in infamy - my mad daughter got me to go on the ride which is an indoor roller coaster in the dark which has sudden curves and what appears to be power surges which you don't know about until they happen! One ride I am glad I will never experience again! It is also the home of Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin which is a great ride where you try racking up points by hitting toy targets as your car spins round from side to side. We also visited Stichs Great Escape which appears worse than it really is - especially when the seat restraints come down!

Many rides are best done using fast passes which are available to all by placing your park ticket into machines located near ride entrances and an hourly slot allocated for your return - at times the fast pass queue was actually larger than the normal one so its worth planning your visit well.

There are various admission prices for The Magic Kingdom but if visiting from the UK it appears better value tickets (7 / 14 or 21 days) are available for access to all parks. In our case they were part of the package Virgin offered - current rate is £265 adults and £235 children for 14 days (ultimate ticket) - 21 day tickets are much better value.

With 37 degree heat, lightning storms, rain and the intense walking would I go there again - without a doubt yes! There are bits that I would avoid which is the same everywhere but there is certainly enough to occupy everyone and dreams really do come true.

Costs at Disney are high so make sure you have a spending limit - you don't want to leave disappointed!

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  • Kukana published 31/08/2012
    Now I have that tune running through my head! Hope it doesn't last all day...
  • Renza published 31/08/2012
    Hmm... I reckon they should try and control the fastpass queues by only allowing so many for each time slot. Would definitely help.
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