Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World - Part 1

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Magic Kingdom is the park that has the biggest impact on people.

I remember the first time I went, I felt like crying as I looked down Main Street and saw Cinderella’s Castle. A young girl’s dream.

Admittedly I was 22 but the little girl in me couldn’t have been happier.

There is a spark in the air as you enter this park and there’s no surprise they called it Magic Kingdom, you really feel like anything is possible.


Not only are you surrounded by magic but you get to practice some yourself in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. How awesome is that?

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive adventure and using your MagicBand and magic spell cards (given to you at the introduction) Merlin teaches you how to cast spells in order to defend the Magic Kingdom against an army of Disney Villains.

To sign up for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom enter the building to the left when you get into the park and tell a cast member that you’ve never played before. They will go through the rules and give you a short demonstration. Here you will be given your set of magic spell cards and once you’ve seen the demonstration you are free to go around the park, at your own pace, taking on Disney Villains. You can get a pack of free cards every day you visit Magic Kingdom and there are lots to collect.

Main Street U.S.A


Main Street U.S.A is where you’ll find a number of shops selling various things including Disney cooking sets, soft toys and yummy cakes and cookies.

Enter the shops to check out gifts to buy for people back home or, more importantly, get out of the sun as you make your way into, or out of, the park. All of the shops along each side of the street are connected so you can walk from one end of Main Street to the other without being outside, particularly useful on those very hot days.

Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland is the area we usually head for first, well at least this time we did.

Here you’ll find rides like Space Mountain, a roller-coaster in the dark. My eldest loves this ride and the little one was very disappointed that he wasn’t tall enough to ride. You have to be 44” or 112 cm to ride on Space Mountain, the hubby tried to get me to go on it but there was no way. A roller coaster is bad enough but one in the dark? I don’t think so!

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a fantastic ride where you use laser-guns to shoot at targets. This ride is great for smaller kids, you get to help Buzz Lightyear defeat Zurg.

One of Disney’s oldest rides is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress and this one is great for that much needed rest. Sit in the moving theatre and travel through the 20th century watching how technology has improved the way we live. The theatre moves around on a track as you watch the years race by.

If you still need a rest then try out Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, an “emission-free mass transit system of the future”. You get to see all around Tomorrowland including inside some of the rides, get a great view of Cinderella’s Castle, and have a sit down while doing it.

Tomorrowland Speedway is another ride your kids will love because they get to drive their very own car!

You have to be at least 54” or 137cm to ride alone but anyone above 32” or 81cm can ride with an adult. Help your kids race around the track in this awesome ride.

Stitch’s Great Escape! is not really a ride, more of an experience. After seeing the arrival of Stitch you move into a dark theatre and interact with the mischievous creature. This one could be a little scary for the smaller kids, there are loud noises and people tend to scream.

For great entertainment head over to Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor where Mike Wazowski entertains us with jokes and gets the audience involved too. You really need a sense of humour for this one! ;)

Food in Tomorrowland is pretty awesome too. At The Lunching Pad you’ll find hot dogs, pretzels and frozen Coca-Cola; ice cream, smoothies and sundaes can be found at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies and one of the best lunches we had on this holiday, a lobster roll, can be found at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. This sandwich was really tasty and I would definitely recommend it.

Fantasyland


Peter Pan's Flight ride, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Entrance to Peter Pan's Flight
Fantasyland is just great for the girls in your group. There are rides for the boys too such as Peter Pan’s Flight where you take a ride in a magical ship and watch Peter as he fights with Hook.

The Barnstormer is a junior roller coaster and anyone above 35” or 89cm can ride, it doesn’t last very long so even the younger ones, or people who don’t like coasters shouldn’t mind this ride.

In Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid you descend below the waves to watch the story of the Little Mermaid, with all the music and everything. Great ride.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is definitely one to see, this 3-D musical movie is very entertaining and your kids will love it. Classic Disney characters attempt to put on a fantastic show but have some hitches along the way. This is also another good one for that much needed rest.

Magic Kingdom's newest coaster Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is brilliant. Race through a diamond mine and listen to the singing as you sway from side-to-side.

Fantasyland offers a wide range of food options including flatbreads, chicken breast nuggets and salads at Pinocchio Village Haus and cinnamon rolls, pork shanks and fruits at Gaston’s Tavern.

If you’d rather have a table service meal then try out Cinderella’s Royal Table where I’m sure the girls in your group will enjoy. Here you get to meet Disney princesses while enjoying a very tasty meal. For the less ‘girly’ option (if there’s any objections to Cinderella’s Royal Table) try out Be Our Guest Restaurant where you can enjoy steak, fish or pork meals while sitting inside the Beast's castle. There are 3 different seating areas, each offering it’s own entertainment and you are free to wander around all of the dining areas. When you have finished your meal you can go and meet the Beast and have a photograph taken, if you wish. We ate at Be Our Guest Restaurant and the desserts are awesome.

There’s still loads to cover at the Magic Kingdom but I think I’ll leave it there for now.

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