Disney World: Magic Kingdom

Disney World: Visiting Mickey Mouse in Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle, MGM Studios Orland

Orlando is known throughout the world for its myriad of theme parks. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is a destination that is popular with families. In this magical fairy tale world, your family can experience your favorite Disney characters up close.

Cinderella Castle, the white-and-blue fairy tale castle, rises majestically above the park’s “Main Street U.S.A.” themeland and makes the heart of princes and princesses—young and young at heart—beat faster.

Be sure to visit the “Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade” or the “Dream-Along With Mickey” show in Main Street U.S.A., and watch Mickey, Minnie, Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Aladdin and many other Disney favorites waving and parading through the streets. You will see bright eyes and smiles all around—it is an experience that you and your family are long going to remember.

Pirates of the Caribbean is a popular boat ride in the park's Adventureland area. It takes you on a plunge down a 14-foot waterfall into a world of pirate caves where you meet Captain Jack Sparrow and other villains.

Magic Kingdom, Orlando

Frontierland is home to Splash Mountain, where you board vehicles made to look like hollowed-out tree logs and embark on a journey that takes you from the top of the mountain to a grand drop down five stories of rushing water. But fear not—your log will safely carry you to a briar-brimmed pond. Be prepared to get drenched on your ride, especially when you are sitting in the front, while you might only get splashed when riding in the back.

If you are not looking for one of these popular “fun-rides”, Tom Sawyer Island, which is accessible only by raft, may be perfect for you and your family. Hidden trails, a fort, a mill and an entire labyrinth of caves invite you to explore the island and embark on a number of exciting adventures—just like Tom Sawyer und Huckleberry Finn.

Younger children will love It's a Small World in the theme park's Fantasyland area. This internationally themed attraction takes you through a miniature world past more than 300 brightly costumed dolls and animals. More than 100 countries are represented here and you will hear the classic tune of the theme song “It's a Small World” in five languages.

The Mad Tea Party is another well-known attraction, where you and your family can take a giant teacup out for a spin. The cups take you around in circles in wide turns. Each cup has a wheel in the center that lets you control how fast your cup spins. Just don't turn it too fast, or you might end up feeling dizzier than your adventurous children.

Tomorrowland Speedway is a racing track with small brightly colored racecars. Rails guard the cars safely around the tracks, so even your children can get “behind the wheel”.

Magic Kingdom, Florida - Impressions

Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida
Magic Kingdom, Florida

Preparing for your visit

The less you carry, the more enjoyable your visit will be. Apply sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting wet. Drink plenty of water.

Each year, approximately 50 million tourists from all over the world visit Orlando, and parks may be crowded, especially during school breaks and holidays. To avoid the crowds, start early and skip the theme parks on weekends. Some attractions in Disney World offer "Fastpass" ticketing that allow fast admission to certain attractions during a particular time-window. Fastpasses offer a very convenient way to save your place in line while having lunch or visiting other, less frequented attractions.

More information:

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom
3111 World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830,
Phone +1-407-934-7639
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com


Park hours usually range from 8 am to 9 pm. Admission fees start at $74 for children ages 3 to 9 and at $82 for visitors ages 10 and older (+ 6% sales tax).