Hi ladies and Gentlemen and welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to write about Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. I am going to discuss my favourite attractions, snacks and places to eat.
Magic Kingdom was the first of four parks at the Walt Disney World resort with the park opening on October 1st, 1971.
The park is represented by Cinderella Castle, inspired by the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film. In 2016, the park hosted 20.395 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world for the eleventh consecutive year and the most visited theme park in North America for at least the past seventeen years.
There are so many amazing attractions, snacks, and places to eat at the park and I am going to talk about my top 3 of each.
I am going to start with the attractions. There are so many to choose from and so many kinds of attractions; dark rides, coasters and shows.
In 3rd place is Space Mountain. Space Mountain is an indoor dark outer space-themed steel roller coaster ride. Opening on January 15, 1975, Space Mountain is the oldest operating roller coaster in the state of Florida. It is also the original version of the iconic attraction that has since been replicated at all The Walt Disney Company’s Magic Kingdom-style themed parks worldwide, except for the Shanghai Disneyland Resort.
Space mountain is a truly great coaster. The theming of the queue line is great, and it really does hold up considering the ride has been at the park for over 40 years. This is always a must ride every time I visit the park and it is one of the first rollercoasters I ever got to experience.
In 2nd place is Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a 3-D film attraction found at the Magic Kingdom theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and at Tokyo Disneyland. The film was directed by George Scribner, who is best known for directing Disney’s 1988 animated film, Oliver & Company. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a 12-minute-long show featuring 3D effects, scents, and water, as well as several characters from Disney movies. It is shown on the largest purpose-built 3D screen ever made, at 150 feet wide. I know this will not be a popular decision from a lot of Disney fans, but I love it. Donald Duck is one of my favourite all time characters from the Disney World and to see him play a big part in this 3-D film makes it one of my top 3 things to do in Magic Kingdom.
In 1st place and my all-time favourite ride in any park I have been to is Splash Mountain. Splash Mountain is a log flume dark ride at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, based on the characters, stories, and songs from the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Although there are variations in the story and features between the three locations, each installation begins with a peaceful outdoor float-through that leads to indoor dark ride segments, with a climactic steep drop into a “briar patch” followed by an indoor finale. The drop is 50 feet (15 m).
Splash Mountain is just spectacular in every way, the theming of this dark ride is amazing. To me it’s right up there with the theming of Everest in Animal Kingdom which in my opinion, there is no comparison between the two as they are both as fantastic as each other. I also think that it’s amazing how popular this ride really is considering how many people these days have never seen the film Songs of the South.
So now I am going to move on to my favourite snacks at Magic Kingdom. There are so many to choose from that this was a really hard decision to whittle it down to just 3.
In 3rd place is the Mickey Ice Cream Bar. You can get these in quite a few places in Magic Kingdom and they are great for kids and adults alike.
In 2nd place is LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern. Made with frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow and topped with a passion fruit-mango foam. This foamy, frothy concoction is perfect for keeping cool on a warm day.
There could only be one snack in 1st place and that is a Dole Whip. You can only get this from 1 place at Magic Kingdom and that is in the Aloha Isle in Adventureland. The Dole Whip is a classic treat that’s a favourite for first-time visitors and Disney veterans alike. The amazing blend of vanilla and pineapple flavours makes it the perfect snack for a warm Florida afternoon.
I have not yet had the chance to eat at all the restaurants in Magic Kingdom, so I would like to give a couple of mentions to a few that are on my bucket list before I tell you what my current favourite place is to eat in Magic Kingdom.
First a special mention to Be Our Guest. The restaurant is based on the film Beauty and the Beast. It is very hard to get a reservation in for any time of the day and you have to be extremely lucky to get one for the evening. At this moment in time breakfast and lunch is quick service which makes it a little easier and dinner is table service. There are some rumours floating about that Be Our Guest will turn in to a signature dinning which would be the first one in Magic Kingdom.
My next special mention is for Cinderella Royal Table. This restaurant is situated inside Cinderella’s castle which makes this a must eat for avid Disney fans. Upon entry there is a photo opportunity with Cinderella herself and if you go for breakfast you can meet the Fairy Godmother and an assortment of other princesses.
Now on to my favourite place to eat in Magic Kingdom. Casey’s Corner. Every time I have been to Walt Disney World and visited Magic Kingdom (which is every time I have been obviously), I have and always will go to Casey’s Corner. This is a baseball themed restaurant serving a variety of amazing hot dogs, nachos and ballpark food. You can find Casey’s at the end of Main Street USA. The food in Casey’s in so tasty and the atmosphere is amazing.
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