I am always excited to go to the Magic Kingdom. You would think I would concentrate on the other parks at Walt Disney World … you know, the ones we don’t have here in California. But, the Magic Kingdom still holds a draw for me, even though I am a diehard Disneyland fan.
It never ceases to amaze me … in fact, it even catches my breath … the sight of the Castle when I first enter the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella’s Castle rises 189 feet above the end of Main Street like a majestic cloud pushing up into the sky. I guess I am always expecting to see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (like in Disneyland). She stands a mere 77 feet high, though her charm is unsurpassed! The Magic Kingdom, however, knows how to make a statement.
Directly in front of the castle stands Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse themselves, welcoming and inviting guests to enter this magical place. The plaque under the Walt & Mickey statue reads:
We believe in our ideas: a family park where parents and children could have fun – together.
~ Walt Disney
I imagine, it’s a good thing … this shocked state of reality that happens when entering the Magic Kingdom … it sets up how the rest of the park presents itself.
Husband Rod put it best when describing his first visit to the Magic Kingdom (and the shocked reality that it isn’t quite Disneyland), “It’s like they took Disneyland, threw it up in the air, twirled it around and let the pieces just fall.”
We love the Magic Kingdom, for all her differences, size and grandeur, and now we get to share it with two of our kids. And just as Walt promised … we were looking forward to having fun – together.
Walt Disney World Railroad is the first attraction to greet us as we entered Magic Kingdom. Allie captured it nicely as she instagrammed the start of our day.
Cinderella’s Castle is quite impressive. She houses the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and a full restaurant – Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Walking through the Castle, we found the walls lined with beautiful mosaic art depicting the story of Cinderella.
Fantasyland sits playfully on the other side of Cinderella’s Castle. There is a lot to do here. You don’t want to miss Mickey’s PhilharMagic Show … it was one of our favorites.
Jacob testing his strength by trying to pull out the Sword in the Stone. I guess he’s not the rightful King of England, after all.
We ate lunch in the Beast’s Castle at the Be Our Guest Restaurant.
Sentries guard the entrance to the Beast’s Castle and the restaurant within.
Inside the restaurant is a happily-ever-after stained glass of Belle and her Prince.
Our desserts included the Chocolate Cream Puff, Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake and The Master’s Cupcake topped with ‘Grey Stuff’ icing. Let me just say … try them all, they’re delicious!
I don’t know what it is about these gargoyles … they are cute!
Like mother, like son … Jacob had a fascination with the gargoyles, too.
Leaving Fantasyland behind, we traveled to Tomorrowland.
Jacob and i reliving our respective childhood memories on this old favorite!
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover was a welcome sight!
While Rod and Allie had fun on the PeopleMover, they were probably more entertained by our overt enthusiasm for this ride.
The Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is a great show and not one to miss! Just watch out for ‘That Guy!’
Frontierland found us ready to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We had Fast Passes and were shocked to see the Fast Pass line had a queue while the Standby line was seemingly vacant (it wasn’t)! Fortunately, the line went quickly and we were riding ‘the wildest ride in the wilderness’ in no time.
Group Selfie on Thunder Mountain Railroad!
The Liberty Square Riverboat sits quietly on the Rivers of America, waiting to take a trip around Tom Sawyer Island. While she looks the same as Disneyland’s Mark Twain Riverboat … here name quite differently reflects her roots in Liberty Square.
Rod and Allie have a father/daughter moment.
Splash Mountain is a family favorite and we delighted in the differences provided by the Magic Kingdom.
One big difference … you sit side-by-side! I guess there is no more hiding behind Rod to keep from getting wet!
The Haunted Mansion sits at the edge of Liberty Square and offers up all kinds of fun and differences from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion in New Orlean’s Square. From the interactive line queue … to the addition of interior rooms … to the design itself, Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion stands strong on its own with no need to compare. I love them both!
Smack in the middle of Liberty Square, you can take the opportunity to lock up the kids. Sometimes you just need a quiet moment to yourself!
Not to miss is the Rapunzel Restroom area … never has a restroom been so quaint!
We each took photos and videos on our iPhones during this trip. I have gathered all the footage together to create this trip journal of our adventure … offering everyone’s point of view. Hope you enjoy our trek!
Next up: Animal Kingdom!