Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom: Disney’s Largest Fantasy Land (Walt Disney World Orlando Series 4)

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom 
Disney’s Largest Fantasy Land
(Walt Disney World Orlando Series 4)

It was on our third day in Orlando that we visited Magic Kingdom,
and we all woke up early to catch to 8 AM free shuttle at the hotel.

We were all excited as we were finally able to
visit all the Disneyland Parks all over the world.

 We have been to Anaheim about 6 times,

…to Paris Disneyland once,

…to Tokyo Disneyland twice,

…to Hong Kong Disneyland once,

…and this time- we are all ecstatic as we
are in Walt Disney World Orlando at last.

The bus took us the WDW transport center
where we had the option to take the monorail,

…or the ferry boat on our way to Magic Kingdom.


We chose the latter-

...that took us to a 10- minute
leisurely scenic boat ride,

…to the Magic Kingdom entrance,


...where we had our routine picture 
taking, before entering the theme park.

Just like all Disneyland Park, the WDW Magic Kingdom
begins with the Main Street America that had the City Hall,

…the train station,

…and the main street lined with lovely
buildings with turn of the century architecture,

…leading to a courtyard plaza,

…in front of the Cinderella Castle.

This area leads to the different zones of the Magic Kingdom
and it has always been our practice on all Disneyland Parks to
turn left and begin our park exploration at the Adventureland.

It is where the Swiss Robinson Family House
is located. It is  the counterpart to the Tarzan’s
House found in the original Anaheim Disneyland.

We tried the Magic Carpets of Aladdin
as this is something unique in Orlando,  and
not found in other Disney Parks in the world.

The WDW version of the Jungle Cruise
I observed is bigger and grander here than
those in Tokyo, Paris and Anaheim Disney.

We also never fail to visit the Enchanted Tiki Room,
my wife’s favorite Disney attraction as she finds the
animatronic singing birds soothing and very relaxing.

The Pirates of the Caribbean is also found on this
zone and we also found this attraction much bigger
and grander than those on other Disneyland Parks.

We visited the The Frontier Land next as it is right next to  this zone,
where Tom Sawyer Island  is located and accessible by a boat ride.

Two of our favorite classic Disney rides are
here;  the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad,

…and the iconic Splash Mountain.

The bucolic Country Bear Jamboree show
a classic animatronic musical is also found here.


We ate a late but heavy lunch at the
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café, 

…and watched the afternoon
Disney Magical Parade later.



After the parade we went to Liberty Square, 


...and watched The Hall of Presidents, a historical  audio-
animatronics show featuring the past US presidents and
recently reformatted to include President Barack Obama.

We also braved the long queue at the Haunted Mansion,
my family’s another classic favorite Disney attraction,


..and marveled at Liberty Square Riverboat,
which we decided not to ride anymore as we took
a similar steamboat on our way to the theme park.

From the Liberty Square, we proceeded to
the Magic Kingdom and tried our all- time
favorite attraction, the Peter Pan’s Flight.

Just in front, we almost did not recognize the
It’s a Small World boat ride as this Orlando
version’s façade was unassumingly minimalist,


…as compared to its grandiose
counterparts in other Disney Parks.


Nearby was the  3D movie  Mickey’s PhilharMagic
and Dream Along With Mickey musical stage show.

We skipped Prince Charming Regal Carrousel,

…and went directly to the delightful ride of
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,

…where my young son enjoyed the interactive
playground at the waiting area, that kept him and
the other ids entertained while lining up for the ride,
so they didn’t really mind the very long queue.

Just in front was the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
another attraction found only in WDW Orlando,
similar to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad but
a more sleek and smoother roller coaster ride.

We later decided to have a later after noon snacks 
at the Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant.



...and chanced upon the Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto while
queuing for Little Mermaid’s Undersea Adventure.

Nearby was the Storybook Circus, a section of Fantasyland
and the counterpart of Mickey’s Toontown in Anaheim Disney,

…where the kids had fun at
Dumbo the Flying Elephant,


…and on the twisting, turning, daredevil, roller coaster
“flight.” at the Barnstormer with the Great Goofini.

There was also a circus-themed waterplay area
called Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station.


It as late in the evening when we left Fantasyland
and the park was closing in an hour, and we didn’t
have enough time to visit Tomorrowland anymore,


…but we were just in time to watch the colorful
Laser and Light Show at the Cinderella Castle,



…that precedes the spectacular Fireworks display,

...that concluded in a magnificent conflagration of
 breathtaking display of colors lighting up the evening sky.


Three days later, I returned to the Magic Kingdom
with the kids after a day at the Typhoon  Lagoon,
while my wife decided to stay and rest at the hotel,

We took a shuttle from the hotel,
to Disney’s Transportation Center,

…then the Monorail,

…back to the Magic Kingdom,

…and directly went to Tomorrowland.


It was already seven in the evening and we had
a very limited time so we decided to forgo the
Space Mountain because of the very long queue.

We watched Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor a hilarious,
interactive comedy show inspired by Disney- Pixar’s
“Monsters, Inc.’ movie where we have a Fast Pass.

We then watched Stitch’s Great Escape,
a hi- tech interactive alien experience show,

…and finished just in time for our Fast Pass
reservation at the Tomorrowland Speedway . 

We used our third and last fast pass privilege
at the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
and intergalactic interactive adventure also
Inspired by Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 2.” and
this happens to be my son’s favorite attraction.


We have been to all the Disneyland Parks around the world
but we never tried riding the iconic Astro Orbiter. This is
the first time that we decided to try this outdoor spaceship ride,



…and we got an extra treat of watching the magnificent
fireworks display while whirling up above Tomorrowland.

We then tried Tomorrowland Transit Authority’s
People Mover, a very smooth and relaxing train
ride that rolls through  Tomorrowland’s attractions.


We concluded our night watching Carousel of Progress
the classic Disney audio-animatronics show through time.


It was past midnight when we left the park.

Tired and exhausted, we all went straight to bed for a much needed  rest
as we would be visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios the next day.

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