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Above: Some of Disneyâ€™s most beloved characters, such as Donald, Goofy, and Mickey, welcome guests at Magic Kingdomâ€™s opening celebration. Below: Guests explore shops on Main Street U.S.A. Next Page: Guests walk around the colonial-inspired Frontierland.
alt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park opened its gates in 1971 and is one of the most visited places on the planet. Currently, there are typically around 40,000 visitors to the Magic Kingdom per day, according to MouseBuzz.com. Within Magic Kingdom, there are five mini-theme parks: - Frontierland - Adventureland - Fantasyland - Tomorrowland - Main Street USA
Each park houses unique attractions, dining experiences, and character visits, entertaining the young and young-at-heart of all interests.
Set in colonial America, Frontierland gives guests the opportunity to travel back through time and explore early America with Disney characters.
This guide explores each section of the Magic Kingdom, as well as list some of the most popular attractions found in each section. The attractions listed are colorcoded:
Can’t Miss Attractions:
Haunted Mansion Country Bear Jamboree Hall of Presidents Tom Sawyer’s Island
BLUE - Character attractions PURPLE - Recommended for older children (age 10 and up) & adults RED - Recommended for younger children (age 5 and under) BLACK - For all ages 2
Above Left: A view of Splash Mountain rollercoaster from Adventurelandâ€™s entrance. Above Right: Toy Storyâ€™s Buzz Lightyear instructs guests in line for an attraction. Below: Tomorrowland
ADVENTURELAND Adventureland serves to free guests’ inner thrill-seeker with an array of attractions. Can’t Miss Attractions:
Splash Mountain Big Thunder Mountain Pirates of the Caribbean Jungle Cruise
TOMORROWLAND “Keep moving forward,” one of Walt Disney’s most used phrases, is the main idea of Tomorrowland. Guests can create, innovate, and explore future technologies while visiting lesser known Disney characters. Can’t Miss Attractions:
Space Mountain Stitch’s Great Escape Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor Astro Orbiter Tomorrowland Speedway
FANTASYLAND This is where guests’ dreams really do come true. Character sightings and the Magic Kingdom’s most classic attractions fill this area of the park.
MAIN STREET U.S.A
Main Street serves as the Magic Kingdom’s central hub. Photo passes, lost-and-found services, and maps are located here, as well as souvenir shops that allow guests to Currently, Fantasyland is undergotake a piece of their Disney vacation ing major reconstruction, nearly dou- home. bling its original size, according to Walt Disney World’s website. At specified times during park hours, Main Street comes to life as WDW Imagineers are phasing atparades entertain guests lining the tractions in section by section, with street. the first opening as early as Spring 2012. All attractions will be fully Can’t Miss Attractions: functioning and opened by Spring 2013. Magic Kingdom parade (check park for details and times) Can’t Miss Attractions: Dumbo The Flying Elephant Cinderella’s Castle Mickey’s PhilharMagic Goofy’s Barnstormer (opening spring 2012) “it’s a small world”
Left Page: A very young guest meeting Snow White in Fantasyland. (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Snodgrass) Above Left: Toy Story’s Jessie the Cowgirl waves at guests during Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Parade Above Right: Stilt walkers entertain the crowd during the Main Street Parade. Below: Guests walk by WDW Imagineer’s Fantasyland sketches. (Photo courtesy of WDWFacts.com)
NIGHTLY FUN Near closing time, the Magic Kingdom puts on one final show - Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade. Guests’ favorite characters give their goodbyes while riding down Main Street U.S.A. in lit floats. Immediately following the parade, watch Cinderella’s Castle for WDW’s worldrenown fireworks display to top off a perfectly magical night.
Above: Panoramic view of Main Street U.S.A. at night. Cinderella’s Castle changes color due to lighting effects. Below: Mickey and Minnie Mouse wave to guests during the Main Street Electrical Parade.
For more information regarding the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, or booking a trip, visit http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/
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