If you have kids, the main attraction of Walt Disney World is The Magic Kingdom.
This will probably be the main focal point of your whole vacation; a place where dreams come true and animated friends wander the streets. No matter how old you are, one can’t help but revert back to a child as you pass beneath the railroad tracks and look up Main Street to see a real-life castle. Yes, you’ve just stepped into a magical fairy tale!
Do yourself a favor, if this is your child’s first visit, run ahead to the middle of Main Street and photograph his/her face as they see Cinderella’s Castle for the first time.
Beyond Cinderella’s Castle is Fantasyland. Here you’re favorite Disney cartoons come alive and invite you to experience their stories with them, such as Peter Pan’s Flight, the Mad Tea Party, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the classic Dumbo Ride. I always like to check out Mickey’s PhilharMagic (a 3D movie with 4D interactivity). So many child-friendly rides that your child may never want to venture out of the area to see the rest of The Magic Kingdom!
In Tomorrowland, the future comes alive. Have you ever wanted to pilot a spaceship (AstroOrbiter)? Shoot aliens (Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin)? Travel like you live in the age of The Jetsons (Tomorrowland’s Transit Authority Peoplemover)? Joke around with a bunch of monsters (Monsters Inc Laugh Floor) or take a look back at how life has evolved since your grandparents were young (Carousel of Progress)? We can only wonder how much the new Star Wars movies influence will be inserted into this area in the future!
When you step into Liberty Square, you will be transported to the early days of America. See how peaceful and quaint our country used to be. Be sure to make a dining reservation at the Liberty Tree Tavern for their year-round, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Dinner (be sure to save room for desert!). Travel back to the era of steam-transportation with a relaxing Riverboat ride on calm waters. A trip through Liberty Square would not be complete without a visit to The Haunted Mansion. Here, 999 friendly ghosts await your visit. Fun for all ages!
Over in Frontierland, journey back in time to the 1800’s and experience the simplicities of life as America grew beyond the original 13 colonies. Start off by taking a raft over to Tom Sawyer’s Island. Let the kids run around and play in the fort or wander through caves.
Be sure to check out Old Scratch’s Mine and discover the hidden treasure that may very well mess with your head!
Also, if you get there early in the day and find a white paint brush, turn it in to a Disney worker and receive a free fast pass!
Splash Mountain combines the thrills of a water-coaster with animatronic animals acting out tales of ‘Brer Rabbit. It is one of the longer rides in the park clocking in at almost 10 minutes. Then for the thrill-seekers, be sure to take a ride on Big Thunder Railroad. This is a runaway train that venture in and out of rocky formations of the old west.
Our last ‘land’ is Adventureland. Journey to once-mysterious parts of the world with a cruise through the jungle (Jungle Cruise), get serenaded by birds (Enchanted Tiki Room), climb into a house high above ground (Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse), and go on a wild adventure with pirates as they storm an unsuspecting town (Pirates of the Caribbean). While in this area, be sure to pick yourself up a Dole Whip Float. The hotter the weather, the better it tastes!
In my next article, I’ll focus on another park in Walt Disney World.
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