Tickets to Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Orlando Vacation
Disney World Florida Guide
Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Orlando Florida
The Magic Kingdom is a theme park
at Walt Disney World in Florida. Opened on October 1, 1971,
it is the most famous of the Florida theme parks. It covers 107
acres. Its layout and attractions are generally similar to those
of Disneyland in California.
In addition to the bronze "Partners Statue"
of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle,
there is also a bronze statue of Roy O. Disney sitting with Minnie
Mouse near the park's entrance.
The Magic Kingdom park is constructed
above a series of tunnels called utilidors, short for "utility
corridors," used by park employees ("cast members")
to reach areas inside and outside the park without being seen by
park guests. This means that cast members in Tomorrowland outfits
never have to be seen in Frontierland, for example. The utilidors
were built at ground level (due to Florida's high water table) and
the area around them was filled in with dirt from the "Seven
Seas Lagoon" which was being dug in front of the park, and
the Magic Kingdom itself was built on top. This means that, technically,
ground level inside the Magic Kingdom is actually on the second
Magic Kingdom Attractions
The park contained twenty-three attractions on the
day it opened, twenty of them copies of attractions at Disneyland.
Today the park map lists forty-eight attractions (though several
of these, like the Guest Information Board, probably shouldn't be
included in the number) in seven themed "lands." Major
attractions are listed below.
The Walt Disney World Railroad runs along
the perimeter of the park and makes stops at Main Street, Frontierland,
and Mickey's Toontown Fair.
Magic Kingdom Main Street, U.S.A.
Magic Kingdom's Main Street
is lined with shops selling Disney merchandise and park food.
Magic Kingdom Adventureland
Magic Kingdom's Swiss Family
Treehouse, a large tree with steps and walkways leading high
up around it
Magic Kingdom's The Enchanted
Tiki Room Under New Management, with Audio-Animatronic birds that
sing (the old attraction has been updated to include The Lion
King's Zazu and Aladdin's Iago)
Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise,
a boat ride with a skipper who tells bad jokes
Magic Kingdom's Pirates of the Caribbean,
a dark ride through pirate scenes
Magic Kingdom's The Magic Carpets of Aladdin,
a Dumbo ride on flying carpets
Magic Kingdom Frontierland
Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain,
a log flume
Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain
Railroad, a fairly tame steel roller coaster
Magic Kingdom's Tom Sawyer Island,
reachable by raft, on which are caves and a fort for kids to explore
Magic Kingdom's Country Bear Jamboree,
a show with Audio-Animatronic singing bears
Magic Kingdom Liberty Square
Magic Kingdom's The Hall of Presidents,
a show featuring an Audio-Animatronic version of every United
Magic Kingdom's The Haunted Mansion,
a dark ride through a haunted house
Magic Kingdom Fantasyland
Magic Kingdom's it's a small world
is a dark ride through colorful stylized representations of many
countries (the attraction is currently being renovated and will
reopen in May 2005)
Magic Kingdom's Peter Pan's Flight,
a dark ride in a pirate ship flying over London
Magic Kingdom's Mickey's PhilharMagic,
a 3-D movie experience
Magic Kingdom's Cinderella's Golden
Carrousel, the oldest ride in the park, a carousel built
Magic Kingdom's Dumbo the Flying Elephant,
the prototypical Dumbo ride
Magic Kingdom's Snow White's Scary Adventures,
a dark ride through scenes from the movie (only scary for young
Magic Kingdom's The Many Adventures
of Winnie the Pooh, a dark ride through scenes from the Winnie
the Pooh stories
Magic Kingdom's Mad Tea Party,
a ride in spinning teacups
Magic Kingdom Mickey's Toontown Fair
This area is the location of Mickey's and Minnie's
houses, Donald's tugboat, and a county fair tent.
Magic Kingdom's The Barnstormer at
Goofy's Wiseacre Farm, a small steel roller coaster
Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland
Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Indy Speedway,
a 'racetrack' with small gas-powered racecars
Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain,
an indoor steel roller coaster in the dark
Magic Kingdom's Astro Orbiter,
a Dumbo ride in rocketships
Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Transit
Authority (also known as the WEDway PeopleMover), a gentle
ride over Tomorrowland
Magic Kingdom's Walt Disney's Carousel
of Progress, an Audio-Animatronic show which debuted at the
1964 New York World's Fair
Magic Kingdom's Buzz Lightyear's Space
Ranger Spin, a dark ride with "laser guns" to shoot
targets and score points
Magic Kingdom's The Timekeeper,
a CircleVision 360 film starring Robin Williams, Rhea Perlman,
and Jeremy Irons
Magic Kingdom Trivia
In Cinderella's Golden Carousel, Cinderella's own
horse is the only one which has a golden bow on its tail. It's in
the second rank in from the outside, in the line immediately before
the Indian chieftan horse.
"The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh"
is built in the former location of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride,"
based on the 1949 Disney animated film The Wind in the Willows.
Fans of the Mr. Toad ride organized a petition in an attempt to
prevent it from being replaced, but were unsuccessful. However,
the ride contains a picture of Mr. Toad presenting the Toad Hall
deed to Owl (look to the left behind the car immediately after the
ride begins), and one Mr. Toad car is on display inside the Exposition
Hall on Main Street.
Other noteworthy Magic Kingdom attractions which
have been removed include "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
(based on the film of the same name) and the "Skyway,"
for which stations can still be seen in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
The "20,000 Leagues" lagoon has was left visible for years
after the attraction closed, but has recently been barricaded and
drained and will be filled with dirt to make room for a new attraction.
"The Magic Kingdom" is also a nickname
for the Disneyland theme park itself. This usage predates the Florida
theme park, but Disneyland never officially bore this name. While
Disneyland's official nickname is "The Happiest Place On Earth,"
the official nickname of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
is "The Most Magical Place On Earth."