quintessential Disney Park, the Magic Kingdom is to us and many others, the most exciting
and exhilarating part of Walt Disney World. From the moment you step onto Main
Street USA, you are transported to a place where the cares of the outside world seem to
magically melt away.
The park is built on a hub/spoke design (similar to a wheel). Cinderella Castle
the center, or hub, of the wheel and the different themed lands branch
out in a circlular direction around it .
Join us as we take a
look at this special park and its attractions up close and personal with pictures, videos
and descriptions. Choose a land to visit!
Magic Kingdom sits on 107 acres with the towering Cinderella Castle at its
center. Similar to Disneyland in California, the park is divided into
six themed lands -- Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland,
Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.
Cinderella Castle, the park's icon, stands 189 feet tall and includes 18
towers. Inside its main hall, five glittering mosaics created under the
direction of Dorothea Redmond and Hanns-Joachim Scharff tell the story
of Cinderella in 500 brilliant hues of glass.
Fantasyland Expansion: The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history
was completed in 2012, a project that nearly doubled the size of
Fantasyland and delivered a new home for Ariel, new ways to interact with
favorite Disney princesses, an exciting new family coaster, a double dose
of Dumbo and more!
Walt's "Florida Project" dream was realized when Magic Kingdom, the first of four theme
parks at the sprawling Florida site, opened Oct. 1, 1971. Walt's older
brother and lifelong business partner, Roy O. Disney, inaugurated the
park with a heartfelt dedication that remains today on a bronze plaque
in Main Street, U.S.A.:
WALT DISNEY WORLD is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter
Elias Disney ...
and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney
organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney
World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to
this happy place ... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all
ages can laugh and play and learn -- together.
General Magic Kingdom Video:
Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade
Monorail from the Contemporary Resort to the Magic Kingdom
At one time, you were allowed to ride in the front cab of the
Monorail. Here we take a trip all the way round the beam.