Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park of the franchise attracting more than 20 millions visitors a year (20.450 million visitors according to 2017 TEA report) making it the most visited theme park in the world for the twelfth consecutive year. The park opened on October 1, 1971 and is located at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida that is also home for the major theme parks Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney, a huge shopping-dining-entertainment complex that we have visited at night. The complex also has two water parks, 30 resort hotels and six golf courses.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom has 107 acres in size with Cinderella’s Castle in the center and paths leading to the six different themed lands: Main Street, Adventureland, Fronteirland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, and Tomorrowland.
To enter the park you’ll need to take either a monorail or ferry boat ride to reach the park from the ticket booths.Then you reach Main Street and see at the distance Cinderella Castle, a 190 feet (58 m) tall castle, constructed with an optical trick known as forced perspective that makes the castle appear even larger than it actually is. Adventureland is home to two of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions, the Jungle Cruise and the Pirates of the Caribbean, a fun roller coaster for all ages.
Frontierland is home to the thrilling rollercoaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, another roller coaster themed around a run away mine train and Splash Mountain, a log flume ride with a great story. Liberty Square features three main attractions, the Hall of Presidents, the Liberty Square Riverboat and the Haunted Mansion. The star attraction in Liberty Square is the newly enhanced Haunted Mansion, home to 999 ghosts. Fantasyland kids area include Peter Pan’s Flight, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and Cinderella’s Golden Carousel. Finally, Tomorrowland is home to Space Mountain – an indoor roller coaster.
In 2014 the park opened the ambitious Fantasyland expansion featuring a Seven Dwarfs mine train coaster that takes riders through the story of “Snow White” on vehicles that swing back and forth.
In our view the park is best suited for those with kids under the age of 12. Thrillseekers may find the park boring and slow paced, but you can’t be all things to everybody. Best times to come to the park are September through mid-November, mid-January through early March, sometimes early May, avoiding holidays.
The price of admission to Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the most expensive of all Amusement Parks we ever visited (starting at
$105 USD for a one-day ticket!) and we didn’t find any Internet good deals to smooth this “pain”. A piece of advice: make the most of your Fast Pass as even on quieter days the newer rides have long queue times.
Various themed food stands and restaurants are available throughout the park. Tacos can be found in Adventureland, burgers in Frontierland, fish and chowder in Liberty Square, pizza in Fantasyland, the Farmers Market in Toontown Fair, and teriyaki and noodle bowls in Tomorrowland.
Don’t miss fireworks at the end of the night!. When we were watching the fireworks we felt all of the planninng, walking and waiting was worth it, even though we were dead tired.
A magical experience even for grown ups!.
By Ana Rita Mendes and Carlos Canaes. Updated 29/12/2018
1180 Seven Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Orlando
Starting at US$ 107,00 for a one-day ticket!
Open all year
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