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Families making plans to visit Orlando, Florida know that one of the best reasons to go is to check out the Walt Disney family of theme parks and resorts. Orlando has long been home to Mickey Mouse and his friends, and Magical Kingdom, just one of four theme parks in the Walt Disney Family, is a classic destination. Designed to capture the magic of Disney with fairy tales that come to life and attractions to feed the imagination, this theme park is a big hit with families.
Magical Kingdom’s iconic Cinderella castle is the central hub hosting magical lands built around the castle like a huge wheel. Major areas of Magical Kingdom include Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
Magical Kingdom is famous for an array of attractions that lead visitors right into the heart of fantasy. Space Mountain is a legendary simulated ride that takes guests into outer space, shooting them 180 feet and enveloping them in darkness with occasional magical lights.
In a more classic ride, join Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in Mickey's PhilharMagic in Fantasyland. Follow the two pals through a 12 minute animated adventure projected onto a huge 150 feet screen. Guest will appreciate not only the classic storyline of Mickey and Donald, but the intricate and realistic animation fully rendered to be larger than life.
When the weather is warm, take a ride down Splash Mountain, a whimsical ride that takes guests through intricate dips, twists and turns in warm water.
Another favorite is the “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular, featuring fireworks, and entertainment hosted by favorite Disney characters like Ariel, Peter Pan, Cinderella and more. This show is subject to weather and seasonal availability, so check for updates.
There are many more attractions which cater to a wide age range. Expect to spend a full day at the Magical Kingdom to explore all of the attractions, shows, food spots and events.
Special Tour Packages
Perhaps one of the best ways to experience all the magic at Magical Kingdom is to arrange a tour package with guest services. The magic family tour takes the entire family on a two-hour adventure, exploring the best of Magical Kingdom with a knowledgeable guide.
“Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom” is an educational tour that takes guests through the history of Walt Disney’s life and career, stopping to see some of the best of Disney’s legacy along the way.
For a full day tour, check out the seven-hour long “Behind the Magic” package, which will give visitors an insiders look into the creation of Disney’s characters and the worlds in which they live.
These are just a few of the special tour options. To book the appropriate package for your family, contact guest services before your trip.
Dining and Shopping
There are more than a couple of dozen options for eating and picking up souvenirs inside Magical Kingdom. Traditional favorites like burgers and fries can be found in causal dining restaurants. Special dessert shops also offer quick snacks.
Looking for a gift? Head out into Tomorrowland, Fronteirland or any other special area of Magical Kingdom, and you’ll find gift shops abound. Whether you’re looking for a quirky hat, souvenirs modeled after Disney characters, or a specialty food item, you’re bound to find them at one of the many shops in Magical Kingdom.
Guests staying at the Walt Disney Resorts can access Magical Kingdom via complimentary shuttle, or monorail, services. Other points of access are via boat, bus or ferry. These services also link Magical Kingdom to the other theme parks, including Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
When visiting Magical Kingdom or any of the Walt Disney theme parks, wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a shade hat are also good to have on hand, as is a light rain jacket or umbrella in case of rain. Check in with guest services if you require special arrangements, such as food that meet special dietary needs.