The magic of Disney World can be best experienced at Magic Kingdom, one of the four theme parks in the 300,000 acres of Disney World. Although the other three theme parks (Epcot Center, MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom) have their own unique charm and offerings, Magic Kingdom is still the ‘King of theme parks,’ staying true to the original vision of Disney since it opened in1971. Magic Kingdom holds the essence of Disney theme parks, drawing more visitors annually than Epcot Center, MGM Studios, or Animal Kingdom.
Enjoying the kingdom
A trip to Disney World is not complete without visiting the Magic Kingdom. If Epcot Center is the place for endless wonder and possibilities, MGM Studios is the world of showbiz and Hollywood, and Animal Kingdom is the site of fascinating animals (real and imagined), then Magic Kingdom is the culmination of them all. It’s a park where Disney characters and storybook fantasies come alive - the perfect place for children of all ages, as well as adults who want to be transported back to their childhood.
Magic Kingdom is divided into seven lands, arranged in a spoke formation, meeting at the top of Main Street USA in front of Cinderella Castle. The seven lands or areas include Main Street USA Area, Liberty Square, Frontierland Area, Adventureland Area, Tomorrowland Area, and Mickey’s Toontown Fair. Each area has its own theme of rides and attractions consistent with the land’s title. Underground tunnels connect the areas of Magic Kingdom so that Disney cast members can walk from one land to the other without being seen, thus operating seamlessly.
What is really great about Magic Kingdom is that it has various rides and attractions that can be enjoyed by different age brackets and across generations. Attractions such as Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean are only some of the popular rides that appeal to every member of the family. Arguably the best attraction in Magic Kingdom is Space Mountain, a classic ride that is more than 180 feet high and more than 300 feet in diameter, technically one of the largest ‘mountains’ in Florida. The ride lasts for three minutes but long queues are the norm for most of the day.
A nighttime favorite is the spectacular fireworks display and parades at the Magic Kingdom. Currently, there is a combo fireworks show that is sure to impress you: the "Wishes" fireworks display and the all-time favorite, Spectromagic show.
Other notable attractions in Magic Kingdom include: Ariel's Grotto, Astro Orbiter, The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm, Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Carousel of Progress, Cinderella's Golden Carousel, Country Bear Jamboree, Donald's Boat, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tiki Room, Hall of Presidents, The Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Liberty Square Riverboat, Mad Tea Party, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey's Country House, Mickey's Philharmagic, Minnie's Country House, Peter Pan's Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pooh's Playful Spot, Snow Whites Scary Adventures, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Stitch's Great Escape!, Swiss Family Treehouse, Tom Sawyer Island, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, and Toontown Hall of Fame.
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