Construction on the Magic Kingdom, which is considered to be Florida’s most famous theme park and also the most visited theme park in the world, began in 1967. The park was to be built with a design similar to California’s Disneyland. It is said that Walt Disney caught sight of a Frontierland cowboy walking through Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and wanted to make sure that the magic wouldn’t be ruined in Florida’s park. In order for cast members to move between the park areas without disrupting the various themes, tunnels were constructed at ground level and dirt was used to cover them, hiding them underground. These tunnels were called Utilidors, or utility corridors. Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle can be seen from just about any point in Magic Kingdom. At sunset, it is illuminated by Vari-Lite lighting fixtures surrounding the castle, producing a colorful 16.7 million colors. Popular belief suggests that the castle can be taken apart if threatened by a hurricane. This is entirely false; the castle is, in fact, designed to easily withstand 110-mph winds and can handle most hurricanes. The castle is surrounded by a moat; unlike Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, however, the drawbridge cannot be lifted. It has twenty-seven towers, a restaurant, a suite [used as a prize in Disney giveaways], and access to the Utilidors. It also has an office, originally designed to be a suite for Walt Disney and his family before his death on December 15, 1966. Magic Kingdom is by far the top favorite Disney park, and for good reasons. This is where the princesses dwell– Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Aurora, Pocahontas, Snow White, and Mulan. It is broken down into seven sections, and each section is a small world all its own. Within each “world” are many different attractions, all having to do with the theme of that world. There are a total of forty-eight attractions in Magic Kingdom.
The Magic Kingdom consists of the following areas: • Adventureland • Liberty Square • Fantasyland • Tomorrowland • Mickey’s Toontown Fair • Frontierland
Our Disney Travel vacation package offers you wonder, fantasy and plenty of pixie dust at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom®. Fly through Neverland, go yo-hoing with a band of pirates, and much, much more in Magic Kingdom’s seven enchanted lands. Exciting adventures and timeless fairy tale classics are just a smile away on a Disney vacation. With more than 40 magical attractions, there’s something for everyone!
It’s no wonder that Disney World’s Magic Kingdom® is the most beloved Disney Theme Park!
Tune in to Mickey’s PhilharMagic- an outrageous, all-new, in-your-face 3D extravaganza featuring the largest cast of Disney animated characters ever assembled, giving fun a whole new dimension to your Disney vacation in Orlando, FL. You can even rocket through a roller coaster adventure into the darkest part of the universe on Space Mountain®. Maybe you’d rather pilot your own cruiser to save the galaxy in Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin®! If the supernatural is more your thing, giggle with grim-grinning ghosts on a chilling, thrilling — and not-so-scary — romp through the Haunted Mansion. Soak up a five-story drop into Brer Rabbit’s Laughin’ Place at Splash Mountain®. You can even see where the Big Cheese himself lives — and Minnie, too — at Mickey’s Toontown® Fair. And, don’t forget to take to the air over Agrabah on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Just be sure to watch out for those spitting camels!
Watch the magic get brighter at night with SpectroMagic® – a dazzling parade of light, color and sound. Also listen to the “oohs” and “ahhs” grow louder with the all-new Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams fireworks spectacular. It will touch your heart with a “story in the sky” that you’ll cherish forever.
Magic Kingdom is definitely the park to go to if you like parades because every week there is a giant parade with all of the Disney characters, including characters from Fantasia, such as the alligator and the ballerina hippo. This is also a very good park for smaller children, though there are plenty of attractions for older kids and adults as well. And you can meet many of the Disney characters here; Cinderella might be near her castle, or perhaps you might find Snow White wandering through the streets. Mickey and Minnie are sure to be found here, as well as other favorite characters- Chip and Dale, Mulan, Jasmine and Aladdin, and many more. The kids will love all of the meet and greets with all the Disney characters they’ve grew to love!