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Magic Kingdom - The First Disney World Park

The Magic Kingdom started it all, opening in 1971.

Before you get ready to remind me that there is that other park in California that is older, please remember that in my myopic view of life there is Only WDWorld, thereby making the Magic Kingdom the first park.

This is the place where everyone is a kid again and the imagination reigns supreme.

The folks at Disney excel at storytelling and this place is an example of some of their finest work. The level of detail that went into each land and attraction, assures the visitors that they can successfully escape reality and enjoy their day in this very special place.

You enter onto the welcoming mythical Main Street and shortly come face to face with the iconic Cinderella’s Castle. Then you must choose which of the six lands you wish to visit first: Tomorrowland, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, or Adventureland.

Each of the lands have attractions that people include on their can’t miss list.

This land started as a vision of the world yet to come, but was later re-imagineered to eternally be the 1950’s view of what the future would look like. This whimsical vision of the future doesn’t have to worry about keeping pace with each new leap forward in modern day technology.

Although many view Space Mountain as their favorite attraction in this land, I always look forward to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

Mickey’s Toontown Fair
More so than any other land in the Magic Kingdom, this is geared towards the youngest of the visitors. It is also probably the best place for character interaction, including meeting Mickey himself.

My favorite attraction here would have to be Goofy’s Barnstorming Rollercoaster as I have great memories of taking my children on their first mini-Roller Coaster experience here.

This land pays tribute to some of Disney’s greatest animated movies and characters with attractions for: Snow White, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, and Mickey Mouse. It is also home to one of the most loved and hated attractions ever, It’s A Small World.

I would say that my current favorite in this land is Mickey’s Philharmagic. It is one of the best done 4-D (3-D plus extra effects) movies that I have ever seen. It is a must do attraction during each visit.

Liberty Square
The early American colonial times are represented here. The main attractions are the Hall of Presidents and the Haunted Mansion.

I would have to say that my favorite attraction in this land is the Hall of Presidents. The audio animatronics are amazing, even to this day.

Frontierland pays homage to the old west and contains two of the Magic Kingdom’s three Mountains – Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad.

My favorite would be the Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is a roller coaster, based upon a run away train through an old west mining town.

You are transported to a tropical place inhabited by Pirates, wild animals, talking birds, & a spitting camel. The key attractions are: Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride.

Although the Pirates of the Caribbean is the most famous attraction, my kids are always interested in visiting the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House.

This is certainly the place that exudes the magic that people associate with Disney. In additional to the attractions there are two different parades per day and a magnificent fireworks show called “Wishes” to cap off each night.

Generations of families have memories that last a lifetime from their visits to this truly Magic Kingdom.

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