On Wednesday, January 22, we visited the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld near Orlando, Florida. The Magic Kingdom is basically “Disneyland East” as the layout and the rides are VERY similar to its more familiar and older brother in Anaheim. We actually went to Disneyworld back in 2005, just about one month after my father passed away. Strange as it may sound, it was a fun way to remember my dad shortly after his death since he and my mom took us kids to Disneyland a number of times. In 2006, we took the kids further south to Legoland and Seaworld, but then scored some free tickets for a day to Disneyland and California Adventure from a guest at the resort where we were staying, so we had to extend our vacation for a day to take advantage of it.
Anyway, having taken our kids to Disneyland twice in the past four years, Parley and Brianna were pretty familiar with the Magic Kingdom already. For Lily, however, it was a totally new experience since she was so young the last time we went. We arrived shortly after opening and had a very full day. Here’s a list of the attractions we visited.
Dumbo’s Flight (Lily’s favorite)
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Snow White’s Scary Forrest (I always laugh at that name)
it’s a small world (yes, they don’t capitalize the words, for obvious reasons)
Haunted Mansion (classic ride, always fun)
Splash Mountain (at least five good drops)
Big Thunder Mountain (very fast, very fun, Lily even enjoyed it)
Pirates of the Caribbean (they’ve added Jack Sparrow from the movies)
Jungle Cruise (same cruise, same cheesey jokes and puns)
Alladin’s Carpets (very similar to Dumbo)
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (still a classic walk-through attraction)
Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management
Carousel of Progress (cheesy and dated, but still fun and nostalgic)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Moster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (great new interactive comedy show)
Mickey and Minnie’s Houses in Toontown
Goofy’s Barnstormer (kiddie rollercoaster, not too exciting)
Walt Disney World Railroad (from Toontown to Frontierland)
Peter Pan’s Flight
Ariel’s Grotto (Robin and girls got to see arial up close and personal while Parley and I rode Big Thunder Mountain a couple more times!)
Whew! It was a very busy day. It was also a very cold day in Central Florida, but at least the sun was shining and the crowds were relatively light. How else could we have done all of the things listed above? I once went to Disneyland when we went on a total of six rides, since the average wait time was 45 to 90 minutes — and that’s miserable. At the Magic Kingdom, I think the longest we had to wait was about 15 minutes. Not bad! We walked right on to Splash Mountain — twice.
Best ride at the Magic Kingdom? It still has to be Space Mountain. All of us agreed on that. It’s so fast, so exciting and so unpredictable (how could it not be, you’re riding in almost complete darkness). We loved and got to ride it twice. (Parley and Brianna rode it four times due to the child swap with Lily.)
The “Wishes” show at the end of the day was also a real treat. We sat right in front of Cinderella Castle and really enjoyed this multimedia presentation. The fireworks timed to the powerful music were spectacular. And Tinkerbell actually flew from the top of the castle out into the night sky by using a very long zip line (this must have been pretty scary and cold for the actress who played Peter Pan’s pixie friend).
There were not too many other “shows” at the Magic Kingdom, but that’s okay. There was PLENTY to do. We saw several shows the next day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but I’ll wait to post about that next time. Until then, “may all your dreams come true.”