The Magic Kingdom, Disneyworld
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Review of "The Magic Kingdom, Disneyworld"
A very active twelve month old means less reviews from mum, but so many toys to review!
There is a reason why it is called the Magic Kingdom and that is because it is the place where dreams come true and the magic of Disney comes to life. Even at the age of *cough* thirty something *cough*, I love Disney and even though I have been here before and to the Paris park umpteen times, I still loved visiting the Magic Kingdom. I can only imagine how exciting it must be for young children who still believe in fairy dust and princesses. The Magic Kingdom is split into several areas . . .
Main Street USA and AdventurelandMain Street USA is the backbone of the park and provides the grand entryway to the rest of the lands beyond. It is headed by Cinderella’s Castle and is absolutely the best place to get the iconic picture of the grand fairy tale castle. There isn’t much in the way of attractions in this street, but it is the theme and the carnival atmosphere that exudes from the area that provides the attraction. The street is lined with shops and eateries that are all themed around traditional American bakeries, hot dog stands and ice cream parlours. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat before you start your day or to grab your souvenirs at the end of the day. It is actually a great place to do your shopping at the end of the day because you have to go down this street to get out of the park, so you don’t have to carry bags of things around with you. Be warned though, the shops get very busy just before park closing time.
Main Street USA also has, like I said, a carnival theme to it. That is down to the fact that many of the parades and shows take part here, so there is almost always something going on throughout the day and there are plenty of opportunities to spot your favourite characters around these parks. The main parades all go down the main road and they are worth watching, especially if you are with young children. The ‘A Dream Come True’ parade takes place every night and involves all the main characters on different well-made and fun floats, it is lovely to watch, even for older fans! Throughout the day there are also little one-off performances featuring popular characters and you can meet and greet Minnie, Mickey and everyone else in front of the castle. There is usually a queue for Mickey, but all the others are just milling about so it is fairly quick and easy to meet them.Adventureland is a cute little area of the park and is the first land you get to if you walk in a clockwise direction from Main Street USA. There are a few rides in this area although none of them are for thrill seekers. The main ride is Pirates of the Caribbean, which is a boat ride through the Spanish Main and features Jack Sparrow. It is a very tame ride, although I have to say the Jack Sparrow animatronics look pleasingly like Johnny Depp! Fans of Tinkerbell can meet her in her little nook, whilst fans of Aladdin will enjoy The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. The Swiss Family Treehouse is quite fun especially for younger adventurers and, if you make it to the top over all the obstacles, you can see over the park which is nice. There are a couple of eateries in this area that feature predominantly Mexican food and ice creams.
Frontierland and Liberty Square
Frontierland is one of my favourite places in the park because I love the theme. It is sort of an old western theme and Disney pulls it off really well, even right down to the little details like having the food and drink stalls done up like old travelling carts.There are a couple of good rides in this land and they are a bit more exciting for older guests too. Disney does really do high action thrill rides because obviously their target audience is younger but the two main rides here are the closest you are going to get. Big Thunder Mountain is a roller coaster that is a runaway train raging around the mines. It is fast and there are lots of turns and a couple of dips. It is fun. The other one is Splash Mountain, which is a log flume. It’s quite a long ride and you go through Brer Rabbit’s ‘Laughin’ Place’ which is quite amusing, before plunging down a five storey drop. You don’t get ridiculously soaked although you will obviously get a bit wet. Both rides have minimum height restrictions of 40 inches. The good thing about both of these rides is that they last a while so, even if you have queued for a while, you don’t feel short changed.
Outside of the Splash Mountain ride, you’ll find the meet and greet area for the characters from Toy Story. We saw Woody and Buzz Lightyear, and although there was a little queue, they seemed to be spending quite a while with each person, so it was worth the wait.Liberty Square is a new area to me – it wasn’t there last time I visited – but it is quite small. It is here that you can board the Liberty Square Riverboat which is a huge paddle boat that travels around the man-made lake. It is a pleasant little trip that takes about fifteen minutes. You can get departure times from the gate here.
There is an animatronics show called The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square but I can’t tell you anything about it because we just didn’t fancy it, even despite its proud claims that it has been re-imagined to include Barack Obama! I will however recommend the last ride here which is the Haunted Mansion. You queue through the graveyard which isn’t actually that scary because the tombstones all have little comedic ditties on them although it is very well designed and quite atmospheric. The ride itself is very good; clever and chilling rather than being out and out scary and suitable for all ages.There are quite a few American themed diners and cafes in this area which is pretty handy because this is about the half-way point in the park and is a good place to have a rest and a bite to eat. There is something for all tastes and budgets here, even a little picnic area if you’ve brought your own food.
This is the area of the park that Walt Disney is famous for and is absolutely fantastic for young visitors. It is where they will see all their favourite characters and where they will be able to go on every ride because there are no restrictions. Everything is very tame although the focus is on bright colours and appealing songs.The Many adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a very popular ride and, being a fan, I had to queue up and have a go. The queuing area is very good and demonstrates just how much Disney value’s its younger visitors because there are games and activities all the way round that went down an absolute storm with all the kids. It was loud though! The ride itself is like going through a story book that features Winnie and all his friends. You sit in a little car and go round a track watching animatronic characters. It is pleasant and fun and very bright and appealing for kids.
There is a cute carousel which is hosted by Prince Charming and has lovely carriages and multi coloured horses that you can choose from. Soar over Fantasyland on a Dumbo flying elephant or spin around at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which is one of those spinning cup type rides and is great for everybody to enjoy.There are a couple of good shows in this area as well, which make for some fun entertainment whilst having a nice sit down. The Mickey’s PhilarMagic show is a lot of fun. It’s a 3D movie and you get proper plastic glasses, not those rubbish card ones that don’t stay on. There is also the Pete’s Silly Sideshow which takes place under a big top at various times throughout the day.
If you want something to eat, there is plenty of that too. You can even have a character breakfast, lunch or dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is located in the castle itself. It’s not cheap though – you should expect to pay between $35 and $50 dollars per person for a meal, which does at least include drinks. If this is beyond your budget, you can have a much cheaper lunch of pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs or snacks at various cafes and stands.
TomorrowlandAs you might expect from the name, this land is all about the future and the rides and attractions have a spacy type theme to them. Everything in this area is shiny and silver and futuristic. There are some pretty fun rides here.
The best is the indoor roller coaster – Space Mountain. It has a minimum height restriction of 44 inches which is mainly thanks to the fact that it spins and turns and is pretty darn fast. I really enjoyed this one and it is the closest thing that Disney have to a white knuckle ride. It was perfect for me though! It is completely in the dark so you can’t see what is going on, which I think really added to the thrill.The other ride we really liked was the interactive Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. When you are queuing, you should listen to the instruction from Buzz himself because he gives you tips and hints for scoring the most points once you’re inside. You side in a two person space buggy and pass through the ride taking aim and zapping all of the aliens. The photos at the end are pretty amusing too!
You can take control of a car on the Tomorrowland Speedway (it is on tracks obviously) and it is pretty quick.There is also the Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor which is an interactive show. Unfortunately it wasn’t open when we visited this time because there was some kind of technical problem. I am pretty sure I went on it last time I visited though and I remember it was pretty good. It was a shame it wasn’t open though because I do like Monsters, Inc.
We had something to eat in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, which was just basic chicken burgers and fries type foods, but it was good and not that expensive to be honest. I think we paid about $10 for a burger, fries and a huge soda which was enough for both of us and we got free salad with that as well from the salad bar. There are a couple of other places to get snacks from as well.
Other InformationThere is a train that goes around the park, The Walt Disney Railroad, and stops in each of the lands. It is free to use and is a quick way to get around if you aren’t up to walking. The first stop is at the entrance of the park. It is quite a good way to get a nice view of the whole place actually.
There are lots of places throughout the park where guests aged three to twelve years can be transformed into pirates and princesses. You need to book an appointment and it isn’t included in the price of your park ticket, but they do a very good job and make little ones feel very special. Transform into a pirate at Adventureland or a princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland. Details for booking can be found on the park maps.Make sure you mention when buying your ticket if you are celebrating something special like a birthday or you honeymoon or even if it is just your first visit. You’ll get a special badge and throughout the park staff will make a point of wishing you a happy birthday or checking that you are having a good day.
If you can time your visit around a holiday season, it is extra special. We were there at Halloween and they go all out with the decorations. Nothing to scary obviously, but there were pumpkins and scarecrows all over the place and it looked fantastic. Christmas is something else though – the place really does become magically and it is hard not to get swept up in it.The park operates a Fast Pass system, which is a free system where you can go to the most popular rides and pick up a ticket with a time slot on for when you should return to the ride and go to the front of the queue. It is a good idea especially in summer when the park gets very busy, but bear in mind that time slot you get can even be a few hours later so it may mess up your planning!
If you have only bought a ticket for a single day and a single park, you’ll need to get your hand stamped for re-entry. The most flexible way of getting a ticket is to get a multi-park one, they are more expensive but you do get more for your money. We paid about £100 each for a one day ticket although the more days you buy, the cheaper it gets per day. For two week stays it can be as little as £15 per day for an adult and the cheapest prices can be found if you pre-book on line before you go.Parking is $14 per day and allows you unlimited access to all car parks within the Walt Disney World resort, when you are travelling between them; just show your ticket for entry. The car park for the Magic Kingdom is a fair way from the park itself, but there is a monorail that runs between the two very regularly so it is pretty convenient – and it is free.
If you need any more information, you can go to www.disneyworld.disney.go.com
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