The ultimate dream vacation destination for kids is Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, USA. The Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort (Disney World). Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world and covers 107 acres (43.3 hectares). The theme of the amusement park is fairytales and everything-Disney, kids of all ages will meet their favorite characters from Disney films and the surrounding scenery and buildings are all based on well known structures in Disney films. The most recognizable structure in the park is the iconic Cinderella Castle. Cinderella's Castle stands in the middle of the wheel-shaped park with paths branching off like the spokes of the wheel, each to a different "land."
Cinderella Castle Photo by Jim Pennucci/Flickr
The park is divided into six magical lands: Adventureland, where Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America and the South Pacific are brought to life; Frontierland takes you back to the Wild West; Liberty Square, is based on an American Revolution colonial town and here you can ride the Liberty Belle riverboat; Fantasyland is home to many of the classic fairytale characters; Tomorrowland takes you into outer space and Main Street USA, a typical US main street lined with stores and entertainment. Together with the visual delights of Disney characters; castles and magical houses there are exciting amusement park rides; employees in Disney character costumes walking around the park; parades; music and fireworks!
On arrival at the Magic Kingdom parking lot there are trams which take visitors to the other side of the Seven Seas Lagoon where the park is located about a mile away. When visitors reach the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) they can plan their day, as there is a lot to see and do. There is transportation to get visitors around the huge Disney World Resort complex which includes not only the Magic Kingdom but also hotels, 24 theme resorts, 2 water parks, 4 theme parks (Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom). To reach the Magic Kingdom visitors take the Walt Disney Monorail System, ferryboats or buses which connect the (TTC), hotels and the parks. From the TTC you can reach the Magic Kingdom directly on the non-stop monorail outer lane.
Disney Characters Photo by Derek Hatfield/Flickr
Magic Kingdom Attractions
The many attractions include animal encounters, classic theme park rides, indoor activities and interactive activities. The attractions can also be divided according to age interest so there is something for everyone from preschoolers to teens. Each of the attractions is rated by its "thrill level" ranging from the rides for the super brave (Big Drops) to the tamer rides (Slow Rides). On the classic Magic Carpet of Aladdin ride young kids can control the elevation of their "carpet". Take a lazy boat ride past scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean. An entertaining skipper will guide you down a jungle river by boat on a 9 minute ride past exotic and jungle scenes with audio-animated "animals" among the trees. Splash Mountain is one of the "Big Drops" as visitors ride in hollowed out logs downstream – expect to get wet! Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster ride through the dark which is lit only by the stars of outer space. For a good thrill visit the Haunted Mansion with 999 ghosts. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a thrilling roller coaster ride on a run-away mine trail which hurtles through the canyons of the Wild West. For a little education visit the Hall of Presidents where life-size models of the 44 US presidents are brought to life with audio-animation. Its A Small World in a slow ride which takes you on a cruise past the nations of the world. Dolls dressed in traditional national dress, and well loved songs accompany you on the journey.
Big Thunder Mountain Photo by Jeremy Thompson/Flickr
Extravaganzas and Entertainment at the Magic Kingdom
Kids can take a Captain Sparrow Pirate Tutorial and get dressed up like pirates! There are musical performances throughout the park like the Dapper Dans harmony singing group, the Banjo Brothers and Bob and the Storybook Circus Giggle Gang. There are many characters from Disney movies waiting at specific rides to greet kids. Like Alice who greets kids at the Mad Hatters Tea Cup ride and you can meet the Disney fairies at Tinker Bell's Magic Nook.
The day at the Magic Kingdom is incomplete if you haven't stayed until night fall to see the fireworks soaring above Cinderella's Castle. The pyrotechnics are accompanied by music. The Spectromagic is a colorful parade where the floats, carrying Disney characters, are lit up with bright lights and accompanied by music. There is also the spectacular Main Street Electrical Parade. These are not the only parades, in the park there are a number of special theme parades in each season. Also at the park are 4D films where you can see Mickey's Philharmagic, a short film which threads together parts of the best animated Disney movies. This is one of the park's most popular attractions.
Captain Sparrow Pirate Tutorial Photo by The Consortium/Flickr
Eating in the Magic Kingdom
You'll find every kind of dining option within the park and the choices are geared towards the needs of families. Families who are looking for a cheap meal for their kids, a healthy meal or a quick meal will find a restaurant to suit them. The restaurant prices range from $14.99 to $60 for a meal.
Extra Special Fun at Magic Kingdom
Let your kids become detectives in a guided scavenger hunt across the park following clues to save the park from evil Disney villains. You're little princess can undergo a Disney make-over at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Teens will enjoy and learn all about the park's locomotives as they try their hand at driving some of the awesome machines on the Disney The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour. You can even have an Exotic Driving Experience in one of the classic high-seep cars from famous movies. For each season there are special events, parades and shows to celebrate the holidays.
A visit to Disney's Magic Kingdom is a once in a life time experience not to be missed but make sure you plan your trip well so that you make the best use of your time and see everything that interests you.
|Hours:||See Calendar - normally 9:00 am to 1:00 am for Magic Kingdom|
|Address/Map:||3111 World Drive Orlando, FL 32836|
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|Ages 10+||Ages (3-9)|
|2-Day Pass (per ticket, per day)||$92||$86|
|3-Day Pass (per ticket, per day)||$87.34||$81.34|
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