When people think of Disney World, Magic Kingdom is often the image that comes in mind – more specifically, the wonderful castle. Many people don’t realize that there are many more parks that make up Disney World as a whole, but this post is about the first Disney World Park…
This is the most popular & most known park of all of them. It was the one that was modeled off of Disneyland & Walt himself started the plans for. It consists of different lands, which all surround the main landmark, Cinderella’s Castle. The lands (in counter-clockwise order):
When you first walk in the gates, you go under the railroad station, and take a step back in time, to Main Street, USA. It is made to look like an early 20th century classic downtown area, with stores, restaurants, candy shops, a (working) barber shop, a City Hall & even its own fire station. It even has yummy scents, like cotton candy, piped into the air. It often has characters, that you can line up to get an autograph from. Don’t forget to have one of their Photopass Photographers get a picture of you and your family, from an awesome angle with the castle in the background. (They will also take a picture with your personal camera as well.)
The next land you get to, if you take a right at the end of Main Street, USA is Tomorrowland. Being a poler opposite of the first land, it steps forward in time, to an unknown futuristic point in time. It has very modern features, and resembles how the future was envisioned years ago (think lots of metallic colors & a space theme). It is home to one of the “Magic Kingdom Mountains” – Space Mountain (an indoor roller coaster “in space”). It also has other attractions, like Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Stitch’s Great Escape, Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover, Astro Orbiter, Carousel of Progress & Tomorrowland Speedway.
The next land is where young (and young-at-heart) princes & princesses feel at home- Fantasyland. It included many famous attractions, like “It’s A Small World” & Mad Tea Party (the spinning tea cups). Some other attractions include Mickey’s Philharmagic, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh & Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel.
The next land you will run into is Liberty Square. This is a land set up to look like Colonial Times. Here, you can see The Hall of Presidents & Haunted Mansion. This is an excellent land for any history buffs.
Next is where you step into an old Western…Frontierland. You feel like you should be tripping over tumbleweeds, as they blow by. The other two “Magic Kingdom Mountains” are here, too- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad & Splash Mountain. Don’t forget to check out The Country Bear Jamboree there, too!
Then, head over to where the adventurers and pirates reside- in Adventureland. Another famous ride (which was created well before the film) is Pirates of the Caribbean. In Adventureland, you can also take a boat ride on the Jungle Cruise & fly over Agrabah on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Other attractions include The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management & The Swiss Family Treehouse
The newest addition to Magic Kingdom (still in different stages of construction) is Storybook Circus. So far, the only attractions that are open there (as of June 2012) are Dumbo’s Flying Elephants & Barnstormer – Featuring The Great Goofini. There are many new attractions that will be opening in phases. This land will be larger than Fantasyland.
What is your favorite land in Disney World?