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Magic Kingdom, Where the Magic Began

Since Disney World consists of four fabulous, heart-pounding theme parks and two relax-in-the-sun water parks, Orlando attraction planning is a must. These parks are large and offer an overwhelming choice of shows and thrill rides. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Scheduling your park times and when to eat should be set up ahead of your visit, so you can be in the correct area when your favorite Disney character makes its appearance. You also do not want to be that family who spends the majority of their vacation by standing around trying to decide where things are and what to do next.

Disney World’s first, and most visited amusement park in the world, is Magic Kingdom. Not only was it based on Disneyland, but the name, Magic Kingdom, was the unofficial nickname of its predecessor. While visiting this worldwide known Orlando attraction, the dedication to its Disney characters is a glorious sight. From the characters that started magical dreams to the newest character in Disney movies, each have their home.

This popular Orlando attraction holds the key to everyone’s imagination. Adult guests will be brought back to their childhood memories; filling them with the make-believe mentality that can be lost in life. Visitors start to feel like they have been transported into a magical place; even before they walk through the entrance. Magic Kingdom is indeed magical.

Magic Kingdom Castle

Photo © Walt Disney World

There are different “lands,” based on assorted themes, that make this Orlando attraction perfect for the whole family. With all that Magic Kingdom is known for, the one recognized around the world is Cinderella’s Castle. Standing 190 feet tall, centered in the middle of the park, and viewable from the famous Main Street, USA, it’s the most sought after place to dine in the park, which is by reservations only. Walking up to the attraction, seeing this magical, iconic symbol will take your breath away.

Through Orlando attraction planning it will be obvious the magic comes from the many other places to visit in the kingdom. The shows, based on favorite Disney movies, are a joy for everyone. Check your park guide to schedule time to see them all.

Magic Kingdoms’ most famous “lands” include: Frontierland, Adventureland and Fantasyland. Fantasyland is the most popular for children. A majority of the beloved characters reside here.

Although Disney World has many magical places, Magic Kingdom is the Orlando attraction that started it all. Many people have not been, thinking they cannot afford it. There are discounts and specials during certain seasons. This magical place should be visited by everyone.

Spotlight: Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Epcot is easily recognized by its signature “giant golf ball” icon, Spaceship Earth.  Epcot is divided into two sections: Future World and World Showcase.

World Showcase is a collection of pavilions with shops, attractions and restaurants that represent the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: United States, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.  Some of the attractions inside the pavilions include the Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros, a charming boat ride through a shady lagoon at the foot of a smoking volcano that takes guests on a journey to find everyone’s favorite duck, Daffy! (Mexico).  The newest addition to Epcot’s World Showcase will leave Frozen fans of all ages excited: Frozen Ever After transports guests to Arendelle via an ancient Norwegian vessel, where they will embark on a musical journey featuring fan favorites like Anna, Elsa, Sven, and Olaf! Also located in the Norway pavilion for Frozen fanatics is the Royal Sommerhus, a cozy cabin where visitors have the opportunity to do a meet a greet with Anna and Elsa. Other World Showcase attractions include Reflections of China and The American Adventure. There is something interesting to see in each country.  In true Disney spirit, everything is so realistic-looking; you will feel like you took a trip around the world.

Future World’s attractions focus on technological advancements, innovation, and wonder, as well as inspiring entertainment and shows. Find one of the largest man-made ocean environments in the world at The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion.  Check out the Land Pavilion and learn how scientific techniques are helping farmers to meet the worlds’ food needs. Enjoy the Soarin’ attraction, which has been updated to take you on a hang-gliding adventure that highlights famous attractions from all around the world!  If you have a strong stomach, Mission: SPACE will bring you on a realistic space flight to Mars. Make sure you check out the fastest attraction at Epcot, Test Track, which is a 60 mph thrill ride where you become a test subject in an automobile.  There are many more things to see and do, even inside the ‘giant golf ball,’ Spaceship Earth.

Epcot also hosts two very popular festivals annually: The International Flower and Garden Festival and The International Food and Wine Festival!

Orlando Tourist Tips:

  • To avoid long waits, don’t make the Spaceship Earth attraction your first stop in the morning, because that is it’s most popular time. The wait will be shorter at any other part of the day.
  • Disney’s FASTPASS reservation system reduces time spent in line at popular attractions at Disney Theme Parks. You can start making selections as early as 30 days before you arrive after you purchase your ticket or annual pass. If you like to plan as you go, slip your Park Pass into the FASTPASS machine to receive a ticket with an assigned return time and enjoy the rest of the park while Disney’s FASTPASS service saves your place in line.
  • If you have a weak stomach and a strong desire to ride Mission: SPACE, consider going on the green mission instead of the orange to avoid the intense spinning and g-force that can be too intense for certain passengers, including small children.

If you like rides, use your FASTPASS for Soarin’ or Test Track ASAP – they always have a long line.

 

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