Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971 as the first of four theme parks at Walt Disney World! The park was built as a larger, improved version of the Disneyland Park in California. Magic Kingdom is divided into six different lands; Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
So, starting off with our first land, Main Street U.S.A. This area of the park is based off a small town in Missouri’s Main Street. All along Main Street you’ll find various shops selling merchandise and food. The design for Main Street U.S.A. is an early 20th century small town America, so all the décor inside and outside of the buildings resemble this design. Also, all the cast members working in the shops along Main Street will be dressed in costumes that resemble the time period’s fashion.
The next section of the park is the hub, right off Main Street. The Hub is at the very center of Magic Kingdom. Here is where all six lands come together in front of Cinderella Castle. In the Hub, you will find the Partner’s Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, Cinderella Castle Stage, and the best viewing spots for all the stage shows, parades and nighttime fireworks that happen daily within the Magic Kingdom.
Now going clockwise through the lands, the first actual land that you come to is Adventureland. Adventureland represents the mystery of exploring foreign lands. Like for instance exploring the remote jungles of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific. And the perfect ride for that is taking a tour on the Jungle Cruise! Some other attractions in this area is The Pirates of the Caribbean, the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
The next land is Frontierland where guests can relive the American Old West! From cowboys and Indians to exploring the mysteries of the Rivers of America. Frontierland is home to some iconic classic rides and attractions, those are; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and the Country Bear Jamboree.
This next section of the of the park is called Liberty Square and it resembles that of a colonial American town during the American Revolution. This area of the park is neat because like when walking through Main Street, you feel like you are in a whole other era. The rides and attractions within this area are the Liberty Belle Riverboat, the Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents and the Muppets Present Great Moments in American History.
Next is probably the most visited section of the park and that is Fantasyland. It is located directly behind Cinderella Castle and in it are rides and attractions based off the most popular animated Disney movies. In the words of Walt Disney, “Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” The rides and attractions within Fantasyland are: It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhillharMagic, Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. Now there is also a second themed Fantasyland called Storybook Circus which has taken on the “kids” area of the park. Within Storybook Circus you can find the Barnstormer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Splash n’ Soak Station and Pete’s Silly Sideshow.
The last section of the park is Tomorrowland. It is set in an intergalactic city of the future. Some of the classic rides and attractions within Tomorrowland are: Space Mountain, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover, the Tomorrowland Speedway, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monster’s INC Laugh Floor and Stitch’s Great Escape.
And lastly! I don’t want to forget about the Walt Disney World Railroad! It acts as the park’s method of transportation between the different lands with three stations throughout the park; Main Street Station, Frontierland Station and Fantasyland Station. This attraction can be used as transportation around the park or just a way to rest and recharge so that you can finish out a day at Magic Kingdom!
Tips, Tricks, Advice and “Good to Know” Facts about the Magic Kingdom
- I always suggest, no matter how many times that you have visited the parks, to pick up a Time’s Guide and a Park Map. I say this because the parades and shows can change due to the season, the weather or occasion.
- Main Street U.S.A.: Main Street U.S.A. is a little piece of Americana. Above this idyllic small town, you’ll see some American flags flying. If you look closely, not one has 50 stars. Why is that? Flags that have less than 50 stars are not real U.S. flags and therefore do not have to be taken down during bad weather or illuminated at night. There is only one flag with all 50 stars on it and the flag is in Town Square the flies on the flag pole and receives a flag ceremony every day at 5:00PM.
- Main Street U.S.A.: All the shops on Main Street are connected, meaning you can go in one store at the front of the park and exit out of the last shop and come out at the end of Main Street at the Hub. When the park closes go through the shops to exit in order to avoid the crowds.
- Main Street U.S.A.: The shops on Main Street don’t actually close until an hour after park closing. So take your time and shop around.
- Main Street U.S.A.: The windows on some of the buildings on Main Street display the names of the men and women that were and are important to the the Disney Family and the development of Walt Disney World. Ex. ” Elias Disney, Contractor” is Walt’s dad who built homes for a living.
- Main Street U.S.A.: Walt’s name is on some of the buildings as well, but his name will always be facing Cinderella Castle.
- Main Street U.S.A.: If you need any help with Photopass, Magic Bands or FastPass+ head over to City Hall and a cast member will be glad to help you.
- Main Street U.S.A.: If you see an old-timey decorative phone on the wall in any of the shops along Main Street, it never hurts to pick it up and listen there just might be someone on the other line.
- Main Street U.S.A.: If you have any medical problems, First Aid is just next to the Crystal Palace.
- Main Street U.S.A.: Hidden devices along Main Street emit the smell of cookies and vanilla out onto Main Street.
- Adventureland: Most people head to Fantasyland when the park opens, which in turn makes Adventureland really quiet in the morning. Hello no wait time!
- Adventureland: Most of the attractions and shops in Adventureland are either indoor or undercover, which makes it great for avoiding the rain and midday sun.
- Adventureland: Watch out for the spitting camels! Be aware! If the ground is wet DO NOT walk through it!
- Adventureland: The front half from the plane on the Jungle Cruise is the one used in the Casablanca scene in The Great Movie Ride.
- Adventureland: During the Holidays, The Jungle Cruise is transformed into the Jingle Cruise.
- Adventureland: The water on the Jungle Cruise is dyed in order to make it appear much deeper than it really is.
- Frontierland: Try to ride Splash Mountain last. If you have ever rode a “wet” ride first thing and then walked around the park all day in wet clothes, you know my reasons for this.
- Frontierland: The Big Thunder Mountain queue is undercover, but it is still very warm during the hot season so don’t get stuck in a long queue around the middle of the day.
- Frontierland: Sometimes the parades can change and reverse routes to where they could either end or begin at Splash Mountain.
- Frontierland: If you’re a Vinylmation collector, Frontier Trading Post is the place to trade and sell figures.
- Liberty Square: Liberty Square is an ideal part of the park to go to and relax during the heat of the day because all of the main attractions are indoors and hold a lot of people.
- Liberty Square: The Liberty Tree holds 13 lanterns to represent each of the original colonies.
- Liberty Square: In one of the upper windows in Liberty Square you’ll find two lanterns warning you that the British are coming!
- Liberty Square: Many of the displays in the waiting area of The Hall of Presidents are authentic items that belonged to former Presidents and their families.
- Liberty Square: Disney had to get special permission from the U.S. State Government to have the Presidential Seal on the carpet in The Hall of Presidents.
- Liberty Square: Tucked into a small corner of Liberty Square there is a year-round Christmas Store, Ye Old Christmas Shop.
- Liberty Square: While waiting in the Haunted Mansion queue, look for the tombstone for J. Thaddeus Toad. It is a nod to the former ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
- Liberty Square: There are two “stretching rooms” in the Haunted Mansion Ride. One fills up while the other empties and vice-versa in order to keep the guests constantly flowing and filling up the Doom Buggies.
- Fantasyland: You can ride Cinderella’s horse on Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel, it’s the one decorated with purple flowers.
- Fantasyland: It is said that if you ride the Lilac teacup on the Mad Tea Party, that it is the fastest.
- Fantasyland: Try and pull the sword from the stone, you just might succeed!
- Fantasyland: Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride has a new interactive queue. Inside the Big Top is a play center where you can wait and play, a cast member will give you a pager that will let you know when it’s your time to ride.
- Fantasyland: In Pete’s Silly Slideshow, you can meet your favorite characters in wacky circus outfits.
- Tomorrowland: You can skip fighting through the busy Hub area to get to Tomorrowland by taking a shortcut past Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and walking through Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.
- Tomorrowland: Get a FastPass for Space Mountain whether it’s busy or not. The FastPass line leads you to the right track, which is longer and faster with more bumps and turns.
- Tomorrowland: There’s a path behind Space Mountain that leads to Fantasyland and the Walt Disney World Rail Road Station in Fantasyland.
- Tomorrowland: The TTA Peoplemover runs through some of the rides in Tomorrowland and you can snag a great view of the castle. You can look into Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain and get an above view of the store Mickey’s Star Traders.
- Tomorrowland: Part of the original model for Epcot can be seen while ridding the TTA Peoplemover.
- Tomorrowland: Yes, there are tunnels under the Magic Kingdom. You can tour this underground area by taking a “Backstage Magic Tour” or the “Keys to the Kingdom Tour”. These tours do cost extra and only those 16 years and older can attend them.
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