Visit Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kindom
Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kindom

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Entrance To Magic Kingdom
Entrance To Magic Kingdom
Uncle Walt and Mickey
Uncle Walt and Mickey
Donald Duck Statue
Donald Duck Statue

Disney's Magical Kindom

If you are planning to visit Walt Disney World, I suggest that you go to Magic Kingdom first. To me and my family, it was the best way to start our tour of all four parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot Center. I just thought it a perfect precursor to all four parks, as you feel welcome here--most notably on Main Street USA where you'll feel right at home with the people, architecture, and attractions--candy for your eyes and ears. It's not uncommon for everyone to point at all the scenery. But don't be embarrassed, just about everyone in Walt Disney World are visitors after all

The most difficult part about Magic Kingdom was deciding as a group on what we wanted to do first. Many of us visited the many shops and venues when first entering the park, picking up drinks and candy for our day. One of our favorite places we visited was Main Street Confectionary (please don't ask where this place is!). The Emporium is by far the largest gift shop on Main Street, as it covers 17,000 square feet taking up an entire block. There you'll find all sorts of hats and apparel, including the famous Mickey Mouse hat and balloons. For more information, you can visit the official Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Website for more information including a list of all the venues that will be available to you.

Overall, we ended up just doing a little bit of everything and just our map and went in a full circle without a set game plan. I kept on having to stop to take as many pictures as possible while trying to capture all the magic Disney's Magic Kingdom had to offer. As you can imagine, walking all day long will cause members of your group or family to grow weary, grumpy and thirsty. If possible, bring lots of bottle water. I found that that freezing 16 or 20 oz. bottles of spring water and stuffing them into a backpack is a great way to not only save some money but also keep you hydrated and cool all day long. Make sure to take a breather too periodically. Please enjoy.

Main Street USA at Night. Courtesy holeinthedonut.com
Main Street USA at Night. Courtesy holeinthedonut.com

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Magic Kingdom: Main Street USA
Magic Kingdom: Main Street USA
Magic Kingdom: Adventureland
Magic Kingdom: Adventureland
Frontierland: Splash Mountain
Frontierland: Splash Mountain
Frontierland: Thunder Mountain
Frontierland: Thunder Mountain
Liberty Square: Haunted Mansion
Liberty Square: Haunted Mansion
Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland
Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland
Magic Kingdom: Tomorrowland
Magic Kingdom: Tomorrowland
Mickey's Toontown Fair: Mickey's Country House
Mickey's Toontown Fair: Mickey's Country House
Mickey's Toontown Fair: Minnie's Country House
Mickey's Toontown Fair: Minnie's Country House
  • Main Street, USA-Inspired by the small neighborhoods of Missouri and New England, Main Street, USA maintains a cozy feel.  The best representation of this is the “four corners” area as each of the four corners is representative of a unique architectural style.  Here, visitors can dine at one the many restaurants or peruse the many shops for souvenirs and even get a hair cut at its local barbershop!  Worth noting is the early 20th Century décor that was inspired by Walt Disney’s childhood which in turn helped him to create movies such as Lady and the Tramp.  But the biggest attraction at Main Street , USA is Cinderella’s famous castle. It is by far THE Disney icon, second only to Mickey himself, of course.
  • Adventureland-The designers of Adventureland focused primarily of bringing about the exploration of foreign lands to resemble the South Pacific, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  In addition to this, Adventureland also features the famous ride Pirates of the Caribbean with Captain Jack Sparrowwhich of course inspired the movie of the same name. Pirates of the Caribbean should by no means be missed.
  • Frontierland-Frontierland is a blast to the past where visitors have the opportunity to relive the Wild West, featuring cowboys, Indians, and get to explore the Rivers of America much like Lewis and Clark.  Frontierland features such attractions as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, TomSawyerIsland, SplashMountain, and the Country Bear Jamboree.
  • Liberty Square-Visitors here will get a chance to travel back to the time of the American Revolution and our countries origins.  The MagicKingdom’s Rivers of America plays host to the Liberty Belle riverboat.  Liberty Square is square also features such attractions such as the HauntedMansion and the Hall of Presidents.
  • Fantasyland-Fantasyland includes such attractions as It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Cinderella’s Golden Carousel, and the Magic Tea Party.  Walt Disney himself believed that, Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true."
  • Tomorrowland-In the words of Walt Disney: "Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future." Some of Tomorrowland’s attractions include “Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters,” “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage,” and the famous “SpaceMountain.”
  • Mickey’s Toontown Fair-Mickey’s Toontown Fair first started out as Mickey’s birthdayland which then evolved into Mickey’s Starland, which included Mickey’s  Country House, Minnie’s Country House, Goofy’s Barnstormer, and Donald’s Boat.  Both Mickey’s and Minnie’s Country Houses are walk thru attraction, by the way.  Scenes include Mickey’s bedroom, living room, kitchen, game room, garden and the garage. While walking through his garden you’ll be able to see Pluto’s Doghouse and you’ll meet Mickey himself in the judge’s tent.

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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv

I was ther once and I know I did not get to experience everything. It is really a trip you need to do more than once!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Of course you were there, Ms Chievous! You were in the movie! Definitely, I agree. To really experience everything, you have to visit each park 3 times which equates to 12 trips total! That's why you'll hear about how families will go like 3 years consecutively. Thanks for dropping in!


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andromida 7 years ago

I never have the opportunity to visit Wald Disney World and even not knowing that there are four parks.Thanks for giving me this great opportunity to visit the Disney world online and I must say the pictures & video you have chosen are just fantastic.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Andromida. I'm glad that you stopped by! Hopefully you'll have the opportunity to visit Disney World one day. I really do appreciate the compliment, it's so good to hear! I should finish be all four parks by later today!


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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

Trust me Dohn. Disney world should be thankful to you for taking such great pictures and writing such wonderful hubs.

Well Done Dohn!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Ultimate Hubber! Some of these pictures were not easy to take! I had to break a few rules to get them! Next time I go, I'm going to have a really GOOD camera, like a Canon EOS with the really BIG lens...I can't wait!


Crazdwriter 7 years ago

I've been to Disneyland here in cali does that count? lol Again I'm mad at you lol


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow, you're half way to finishing my Disney World hubs! Care to visit the other half? We'll have to wait and see :D


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Thanks dohn, I've never been, your pictures are great, they tell the story almost by themselves.

Good work


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Duchess! It wasn't until last year that I went to Magic Kingdom and absolutely loved it. I'm sure that if and when I do have children, I'll enjoy it because they'll enjoy it. Please make a point of going there. You won't regret it.


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

My family just went in June , and I agree to go to magic kingdom first, after that my favorite was Epcot.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, I agree with you. Magic Kingdom is like the welcome mat to Walt Disney World. If and when I do have children, I'd really like to go back. Thanks again!


poetlorraine 6 years ago

wow so many beautiful pictures.... hopefully i will get there one day


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You will, Brenda! I'm glad you did :)


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

This one slipped my notice - Disneyworld has certainly expanded since I went there in 1986! Well, I admit, I had heard. Ah! I enjoyed it so much when I went but now when I look at the photo of Main Street all I hear is that music in my head! Still! You didn't see any male Mary Poppins impersonators, did you?! (I've got an eye for these things now, sigh)

Another very thorough hub Dohn!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I really enjoyed Walt Disney World all together. I hope that I can go there one day with little ones of my own ;) Yes, that music is still in my ears and I'm sure that if and when you do go back, memories will rush back to you! I did see Mary Poppins by the way!

Would you believe more than half of these photos are mine?


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

Wow! You're good at photography too! (I usually chop people heads out the picture!) Don't tell me you took that one of Thunder Mountain train though...? It doesn't look like a good place to stand and take a photo Dohn...!

For children the Disney experience is so magical and I'd take any children to the Florida park for the true experience. Ah! I had such a good time! (but less so when I got home and the 'it's a small world' music tortured me for weeks on end!)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

LOL. On my mother's eyes, I took that picture! I couldn't believe how lucky I was to have been able to capture that one at precisely the right time...The wait for that ride was ridiculous--like 2 hours--time I will never get back :( But I guess it was worth it :D

One of these days, I will have kids (working on it) with my wife (working on that too) and make my return to Disney World (you know the drill).

You never fail to make me laugh, apricot! RE: Thanks for the fan mail by the way :D


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

the Emporium is big Dohn, I thought I read all your hubs already I have to check one by one LOL< but I emjoyed all this series, it is amazing and the pictures are all great and beautiful, I cant choose which one is better, they are all nice..

one day I can visit them all,

thank you Dohn, Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Keep "checking" as it gives me traffic ;) I just "visited" Amsterdam by the way and thought it was an awesome review, although it might not be my cup-of-tea. Thanks as always, for reading me, buddy.

Dohn


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

How funny - I did a search for Disney World hubs because we're going next month and I read through this whole thing without even realizing you were the author, Dohn, until I got to the comments! While reading, I was studying your pictures thinking what great photography and wondering where/how you stood to get the great shots you did; they really are terrific. You're write-up is fantastic, too!

I went to college in Orlando, so I've been to all the parks plenty of times and said I'd never go back again until I had my own kids to bring and now is that time - we're going for my oldest daughter's 5th birthday. I can't wait! Thanks for your great info, Dohn! I'm going to have to check out your other Disney park hubs; I think we'll probably do one day at Epcot and the rest at Magic Kingdom.

I got a new Canon Rebel T1i for xmas (AND birthday, mother's day, anniversary...) and can't wait to put it to good use at Disney!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks so much, Lily Rose. Yes, I did take most of these pictures. I wish I was able to travel to more so I could take more pictures. I'm actually planning to go back to Orlando in the spring of 2011 with the family again. Going there reminds me time and again just how much I want children. However, the girl I'm seeing doesn't want children unfortunately. Reading your comments just reinforced this idea, lol.

Epcot is by far my favorite--It just seems more geared towards adults, wouldn't you say? I'd love to have your camera! Right now, the camera I do have is a Canon Elph. It's portable, takes great macro pics, but it's no SLR. One day I will have one, courtesy of Google AdSense!

Thanks so much for reading this, Lily Rose. I'm glad you liked it and am doubly glad you liked the pics. I literally had hundreds to choose from. I hope I get my dream camera by the time I visit Disney World again!


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Shane Belceto 5 years ago from WA USA

I must say I am surprised I didnt' bump into this sooner smiles.

Love the way you captured your trip with some great pics .. we tend to be running so much that only pics get caught in our heads lol ... great idea with starting with Magic Kingdom first .. I might suggest book ending your trip by starting and then ending it with magic Kingdom .. grin.

We are well over due for our next visit in fact and yes it is a whole different expereince with your kids .. although I will always be a kid myself. My profile pic actually was just after being able to introduce my girls to my pal Mickey .. and the hug was his idea .. realy it was

Thanks for sharing the magic

~Expect Miracles


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Shane. You know, I actually inadvertently took your idea as my family started at Magical Kingdom and ended with Magical Kingdom (relive (dare I say it?) the magic of Walt Disney World.

Don't be embarrassed about hugging Mickey by the way as there is a 99.9% that the Mickey you hugged is actually a girl inside that costume :D

Thank you again for reading!


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carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

WOW those pics are really awesome!! I love all the Disney movies and crazy about Disney 2d animation!! This is such a beautiful and detailed hub!! You have a new fan :))

carrie


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dmdiaz 4 years ago

I can never get enough Disney


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you carriethomson for reading and commenting on this hub! It always means a lot to me when others appreciate my work as it did take a bit of time to write and construct this hub. I'll be sure to follow you as well :D


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for that dmdiaz! I wholeheartedly agree.


Mara 3 years ago

Sorry Thad, but I don't agree. When Ron Miller and Card Walker were at the helm, Disney may have become more convvrsatiee and risk averse , but there was still the unmistakable Disney look and feel to everything they produced. I know you don't care much for Disney yourself, but for those of us that grew up loving Disney films the loss of that Disney "look" is extremely disheartening. I think you know very well that I'm specifically criticizing the way Eisner and Iger have forsaken the Disney in-house look and gone for all of these very unDisneylike shows and movies, indistinguishable from everybody else's product. Let's be honest - you WB fans were aghast at what they did to the Looney Tunes characters when they did that idiotic "Loonatics Unleashed" show, as well you should be. I see this revisionist approach to The Seven Dwarfs as being just as bad as that.


Asami 3 years ago

Awww love all your pictures! My kids have only done Small world once way back in 2006 but I remmbeer that elephant well and the way his head tilts from side to side (but my memories are from my own childhood) though I must admit to being somewhat relieved that my kids aren't fans of the ride


Taynaira 3 years ago

This show isn't going to be a refreshing break from coortmpneary cliches, I see. These characters look exactally like something off Total Drama Island! Tom Reugger is involved, so there's some hope; but not much.

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