Sunday, May 10, 2009

Walt Disney World -- Magic Kingdom, first visit

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is the equal to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Here in Orlando, the Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks in the Walt Disney World complex. Although the equal to Disneyland as I said, it does have some small differences which makes each park unique unto themselves.

You won't find the Matterhorn at Magic Kingdom...but you will find Liberty Square. Some of the rides are slightly different at each park, too. The Magic Kingdom is my favorite park here at WDW. At EPCOT you can enjoy a wider range of dining choices...but for sheer fun and excitement....the Magic Kingdom is the place to go. So far, Bruce and I've gone to M.K. twice. Today, which is Mother's Day, we expected heavy crowds so we went early. Disney was giving "free parking" today in honor of Mother's Day. (We have annual pass and always have free parking) The free parking was a nice touch since they charge $12.00 per day to park at any lot. The parking lot at M.K. holds 12,000 cars so that was a lot of revenue to give away. Once you park your car you still have 1 1/2 miles to go until you get to the entrance of Magic Kingdom. Guests take either a free ferry boat across 7 Seas Lagoon or take the Monorail Express, which is also free.

Here at the entrance is the flower Mickey head to greet guests. Behind that you can see the railway station.

This is a photo I took looking toward the Crystal Palace restaurant off Main Street, U.S.A.

Just like at Disneyland in Anaheim, the Magic Kingdom of WDW is beautifully landscaped with annual flowers and beautiful shrubs.

To enter Fantasyland you go past Cinderella's castle. Several times each day, Disney, entertains guests with their "Dream Along with Mickey" musical stage show. It features...of course...Mickey Mouse and all the Disney princessess join him.

Here is a photo of the beautiful Cinderella castle looking at it from Main Street.

It was hot, hot, hot again today so we made it a short day. We were able to take in the Mickey's PhilharMagic 3D movie, Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Scary Adventure and the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh rides. We also checked out Toon Town for when the grandkids arrive in June. We'll have a lot more fun at the Magic Kingdom when they arrive and it will be nice to share the time with them.

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