Disney World Pictures ~ Vacation in Florida, USA at the Magic Kingdom

Main Street USA with Cinderella's Castle straight ahead...

Main Street USA
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Main Street U.S.A. - in HD

Disney World and the Magic Kingdom


My mother, niece and I spent a total of five days there back in 1990 and did not even begin to see all that is available. Believe me, we tried our best to take in as many sites as we could and left exhausted, but happy.

Purposely breaking up this Walt Disney World experience into at least three hubs, it will not become too long or burdensome to read, hopefully.

Our lodging was at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort which offered free transportation to and from the Disney parks. We took great advantage of this perk which was one reason why we chose to stay in one of their resorts in the first place. This negated having to find & also pay for parking each day.

We spent several days exploring the Magic Kingdom and the photos that follow do not tell the complete story of what we got to see and enjoy but might give some example of the scenery to be seen.

The main entrance to the Magic Kingdom leads one to Main Street USA and because we went through that area more than once, many of my photos are of this first part of the park. Once one walks through Main Street USA the rest of the Magic Kingdom from the center is split into parts like the spokes of a wheel.

Going clockwise starting to the left of Main Street USA is Adventure Land followed by the following in order...

Frontier Land

Liberty Square

Fantasy Land

Mickey's Birthday Land

and finally...Tomorrow Land.

You are cordially invited to join us on this trip down memory lane.


Main Street USA photos...

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Main Street USARed firetruck offering transportation in Main Street USAMain Street USAMany topiaries in the green spaces surrounding Main Street USALady and the Tramp sculpture inside Tony's Town Square Cafe where we had lunch one day.My mother on Main Street USAScenery around Main Street USABarbershop trio singing in harmony on a street corner of Main Street USAAnother topiary near Main Street USAThe Crystal Palace offering meals morning to night Great topiary in green spaces around Main Street USA
Main Street USA
Main Street USA | Source
Red firetruck offering transportation in Main Street USA
Red firetruck offering transportation in Main Street USA | Source
Main Street USA
Main Street USA | Source
Many topiaries in the green spaces surrounding Main Street USA
Many topiaries in the green spaces surrounding Main Street USA | Source
Lady and the Tramp sculpture inside Tony's Town Square Cafe where we had lunch one day.
Lady and the Tramp sculpture inside Tony's Town Square Cafe where we had lunch one day. | Source
My mother on Main Street USA
My mother on Main Street USA | Source
Scenery around Main Street USA
Scenery around Main Street USA | Source
Barbershop trio singing in harmony on a street corner of Main Street USA
Barbershop trio singing in harmony on a street corner of Main Street USA | Source
Another topiary near Main Street USA
Another topiary near Main Street USA | Source
The Crystal Palace offering meals morning to night
The Crystal Palace offering meals morning to night | Source
 Great topiary in green spaces around Main Street USA
Great topiary in green spaces around Main Street USA | Source
Lady and the Tramp [VHS]
Lady and the Tramp [VHS]

I love the Lady and the Tramp story. It is one that never gets old!

 

MAIN STREET USA


While in Main Street USA one can board the Walt Disney World Railroad which is an old fashioned steam driven train that encircles the entire Magic Kingdom. We utilized this to get an overview of the park as well as using it for transportation to parts of the park that we later wished to see.


Wear the most comfortable shoes you own if you visit here. Believe me, your feet will be thanking you!


There are a number of Main Street Vehicles that one can utilize if desired like horse drawn trolleys...even a red fire engine among others.


A Penny Arcade that spits out prophesies for the price of a penny on up to a quarter offers a room full of old time fun. I spent a penny to find out what "Grandmother" had to say. She mentioned pretty flattering things and I could have learned more had I dropped another coin in the slot. Ha!


In the Main Street Cinema old silent movies are run continuously. We watched several for a few moments and moved on to other sites. My husband's grandfather actually played a piano in one of those silent movie theaters many years ago!


The Walt Disney Story is told in another spot. Fascinating fellow!


Depending upon the time of the day, there is singing and dancing in the streets. On corners are barbershop trios of men singing close harmony.


We did stop in Tony's Town Square Cafe one day to grab a bite to eat. A statue of "Lady and the Tramp" was a focal point and the rest of the décor matched that theme.


The main reason for the existence of Main Street USA is to give one a glimpse back into the past of what towns used to look like all across America. The normal operating businesses like City Hall, barber shops, ice cream parlors, five and dime stores selling sundry items and many more are open and operating for all to enjoy.

Cinderella Castle marks the entrance to Fantasy Land

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Riding off with her Prince Charming.Cinderella's CastleCinderella with her step-mother and her step-sistersCinderella's Fairy Godmother prepares her for the ball.Cinderella exiting the ball before the clock strikes midnight.Cinderella trying on the Glass Slipper.
Riding off with her Prince Charming.
Riding off with her Prince Charming. | Source
Cinderella's Castle
Cinderella's Castle | Source
Cinderella with her step-mother and her step-sisters
Cinderella with her step-mother and her step-sisters | Source
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother prepares her for the ball.
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother prepares her for the ball. | Source
Cinderella exiting the ball before the clock strikes midnight.
Cinderella exiting the ball before the clock strikes midnight. | Source
Cinderella trying on the Glass Slipper.
Cinderella trying on the Glass Slipper. | Source

The Cinderella Story

CINDERELLA'S CASTLE IN FANTASY LAND


Cinderella's Castle forms the striking entrance into Fantasy Land. One walks through a passageway which is a portion of the castle that is embellished with the most beautiful tile mosaics telling the story of Cinderella.


For those who might not remember this classic tale there is an abbreviated version of it in the you-tube video here for your perusal.


This is the ultimate living "happily ever after" tale.

Cinderella's Golden Carrousel in Fantasy Land

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Cinderella's Golden CarrouselMore topiary in front of the carrouselOne can ride one of 90 beautifully carved horses on Cinderella's Carrousel.
Cinderella's Golden Carrousel
Cinderella's Golden Carrousel | Source
More topiary in front of the carrousel
More topiary in front of the carrousel | Source
One can ride one of 90 beautifully carved horses on Cinderella's Carrousel.
One can ride one of 90 beautifully carved horses on Cinderella's Carrousel. | Source

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

My mother and niece get ready for this fun ride.
My mother and niece get ready for this fun ride. | Source

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Boarding the submarine for the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea ride.20,000 Leagues under the Sea
Boarding the submarine for the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea ride.
Boarding the submarine for the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea ride. | Source
20,000 Leagues under the Sea
20,000 Leagues under the Sea | Source

"It's a small world" video...

Experiences we enjoyed while in Fantasy Land



On Mr. Toad's Wild Ride we sat in vehicles that took us on a fun and slightly crazy joyride through what was supposed to represent Old London. Many smiling faces were seen (ours included) in exiting this playful site.



20,000 Leagues Under the Sea took us to the "Lost Continent of Atlantis" among other sites on this submarine voyage aboard the "Nautilus" captained by Captain Nemo himself. The submarine looked like a steel plated prehistoric undersea creature as you can see from my pictures.


Not photographed due to lighting or other factors are some of the other things in which we were able to participate in Fantasy Land. These included the following:


Peter Pan's Flight where we were flying over London on a moonlit night to Never-Never-Land.


And the one that can still get me humming is the cruise we took through It's A Small World.


As we sailed through this large cave-like structure on board water crafts, literally hundreds of dolls with costumes from countries all around the world perform singing and dancing scenarios with that tune of "It's a small world" consistently running as a unifying theme.



In our five days, we had to pick and choose among many choices and these were the things we decided to spend a little more time enjoying while in Fantasy Land.

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (WDW)

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON TREEHOUSE IN ADVENTURE LAND


Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventure Land


The Swiss Family Treehouse is where we climbed winding stairways through a re-creation of a giant banyan tree in which the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson built their home.


It was fun imagining how this fictional family lived and survived using native plants and supplies in building this structure high up from the ground for protection from predatory animals and weather.


Who doesn't like the idea of living in a tree house?

Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventure Land

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Tourists up in the recreated banyon treehouse.Yours truly in the treehouseMy niece in the treehouse
Tourists up in the recreated banyon treehouse.
Tourists up in the recreated banyon treehouse. | Source
Yours truly in the treehouse
Yours truly in the treehouse | Source
My niece in the treehouse
My niece in the treehouse | Source

Jungle Cruise in Adventure Land

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Jungle Cruise in Adventure Land



The Jungle Cruise took us down tropical rivers of the world filled with wild animals and dangers like giant snakes draped overhead on tree branches.



Our fearless captain (a most entertaining college student) led us through these equatorial waters. Scenic waterfalls and playful elephants taking advantage of the cascading water added to the enjoyment of this journey.


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Disneyland

Disney World Country Bear Jamboree Live

Frontier Land


In Frontier Land we saw typical old west scenery in mock towns.


We enjoyed the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which was in actuality a mild roller coaster ride through mountain and desert scenery. It was supposed to emulate a runaway mine train during the old Gold Rush days.


Hilarious musical instrument playing and western dressed bears performed in an old fashioned hoe-down in the Country Bear Jamboree. We really enjoyed this cute part of the Frontier Land park and the performance definitely had us tapping our toes to some of the music and laughing at the outrageous costumed bears. As with the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this is no longer a part of what visitors will now find at Frontier Land.


There is more to visit and do in Frontier Land but we wanted a flavor of each section so we would choose a few things to see and then move on to the next portion of Disney World.

Photos from Frontier Land

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Approaching the Big Thunder Mountain RailroadWe took this roller coaster ride on the Big Thunder Mountain RailroadStreet scene in Frontier Land
Approaching the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Approaching the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Source
We took this roller coaster ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
We took this roller coaster ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Source
Street scene in Frontier Land
Street scene in Frontier Land | Source

Tomorrow Land photos

Tomorrow Land Theatre with Disney characters
Tomorrow Land Theatre with Disney characters | Source
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Space Mountain...a wild roller coaster ride inside this white building!
Space Mountain...a wild roller coaster ride inside this white building! | Source
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Tomorrow Land


My mother, niece and I spent quite a bit of time at Tomorrow Land. Some of the things we enjoyed were the following:


Tomorrow Land Theatre - Disney characters did song and dance routines. Especially nice for young children...we enjoyed it as well. Guess we are just kids at heart!


Mission to Mars was an area in which one visited a symbolic Mission Control room and a rocket ship would blast off to the planet Mars.


Dreamflight presented the opportunity to learn about the history of aviation and where one could also experience the feeling of supersonic flight. Amazing what these Disney folks have done! The room shook and it thundered as though we were truly inside a spaceship blasting off.


In the "American Journeys" theater we watched moving pictures being displayed on the 360 degree screen encircling the room. We stood in this theater and had a bar to hold onto if my memory is accurate. It was quite an experience! Lots of twisting and turning of heads occurred as one tried to take in all of those magnificent images swirling around the room. Of course there was audio to accompany the show.


The Carousel of Progress was a fascinating look at what life used to be like during the past century with regard to modern conveniences. It was fun for my mother and I to look back at what kitchens used to look like with the latest and greatest gadgets in the different decades. Remember the early little box television sets? Everything relating to the earliest of inventions as electricity literally changed the way most people lived is in this building for people to see.


OK...now to the experience that has long legs as far as my memory is concerned...

Space Mountain - Having enjoyed the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride, we thought that we would go ahead (primarily because of my niece's desires) to take another roller coaster ride. The lines were long and as we inched our way closer to the front of the line we kept reading about the health restrictions and other warnings. We also heard an inordinate amount of screaming coming from inside. In the end, my mother decided to bypass this ride. I truly wish I had done the same! But I felt obligated that someone should be on the ride with my niece.


The roller coaster ride is designed to simulate a wild race through space. Most of it is all in darkness with twinkling lights symbolizing stars or other objects in outer space.


Suffice it to say that with the violent twists and turns and feeling of dropping straight down at times and not really being able to see much of anything so as to anticipate what was to come next...I have never been more frightened in my life. My palms were so sweaty as I was clinging to the bar holding me in to the seat, that I thought at any moment I might be catapulted right out into the air. I finally quit screaming and just tried my best to hunker down and get through that experience alive. The ride (torture chamber to me) seemed interminable!


Now I fully understand the medical warnings against taking this ride for people with health problems.


We finally exited and what do you suppose my niece wanted to do? She wanted to take the Space Mountain ride again!!!


She was soundly overruled. I made a vow to myself that IF I came out alive, I would NEVER AGAIN take another roller coaster ride.


For any of you dare-devils out there...Space Mountain is one heck of a ride!


Walt Disney World in Florida

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These pictures will give you an idea of what there is to do and see in Florida's Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

There are many more choices!

Some of the attractions end and new offerings are there to keep it interesting for those who wish to return again and again.


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© 2009 Peggy Woods

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello WiccanSage,

Enjoy your upcoming trip to Disney World. Despite the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea being discontinued...there will be plenty to occupy your time as you well know. :))


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

OMG, blast from my past-- I LOVED 20,000 leagues under the sea; sorry it had to go. I'm sitting here all anxious about my Disney trip starting next week, and this was a delightful hub to enjoy. Thanks for sharing!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Leah,

Before we went to Walt Disney World, I wondered how much I would like it since normally I love seeing natural beauty and nature. I had a ball! It is so much fun!!! Kids probably have fun on one level, and adults on that and more. It is truly for all ages. It will be fun for you to see your children's excitement for the first time.

As to the Tower of Terror...you won't find me on that either. Ha!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I've been reading about the refurbishment of Fantasy Land. I guess they're putting in a Snow White mine train ride (mild roller coaster) and a few other attractions/restaurants. My kids are desperate to go there! I really want to go back because I love the Animal Kingdom park there - I like some roller coasters, but I can't do anything with big drops. So no Tower of Terror for me, lol!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Leah,

I guess I am in the category of roller coaster wimps. I couldn't WAIT for that Space Mountain ride to end! My hands were sweaty and I was glad that I got out alive. You must be an afficianado of thrill rides. If you love it, your kids will probably follow suit. Thanks for your comment on this Disney World Magic Kingdom hub. :)


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