You have been looking forward to this day for some time now. You have planned and budgeted for the trip and the day has finally arrived. You are headed to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World!

Take the bus or your car to the Disney parking area where you will head to the Monorail station. Board the Monorail for your trip into the Magic Kingdom.

Secret Tip==> If you happen to be fortunate enough to end up in the front que for the 1st Monorail car ask the conductor if you and your children can ride in the engineers car with them. This is an especially awesome view at night. You have an unobstructed view going into to each stop and into the Monorail station at the Magic Kingdom.

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Once you deboard the monorail at Magic Kingdom you will head toward the main entrance which is just a short walk. My suggestion to you at this point is to invest in an "Autograph Book" so that your children, or you, can collect the signatures of the various Disney characters that you will encounter at the various Disney Parks. (Tip>>>Bring a pen or two as the characters to do not carry pens with them. Also, some of them have a difficult time grasping a small pen because of their costume so you may want to bring one that is easy to grip.) Also, at this time I would suggest you obtain a park map so can navigate the Magic Kingdom. If you have older kids make sure you arrange for a meeting point at a certain place in the park at a certain time so you can regroup.

The park is divided into 7 different area's:

Mainstreet USA



Liberty Square


Mickey's Toon Town Fair


Mainstreet USA is just that. You will find the Disney Railroad and the trolley cars. It is one of the first area's you encounter when you enter the Magic Kingdom. Ther are many shops as well. I suggest you make a quick pass through Mainstreen USA upon entering the park and head to one of the other areas that have rides. Mainstreet is also the headquarters for the City Hall, the bank (ATM), reserve dining privileges, pick up wheel chairs, strollers, etc.

Adventureland is an Adventure. The Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean are just two of the many rides in Adventureland. You really must do the Pirates of the Caribbean. I can still remember the first time I rode this ride as a youngster. The cannon's firing, the smoke, the water, the waterfall drop. WoW! And it really is pretty tame and for the whole group!

Frontierland takes you back to the old west and the frontier life. There you will have the opportunity to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Be sure you do this.

Libertyland is about the coming of age of our great country, along with a few other things. We always enjoy the Hall of Presidents. The animatronic presidents are quit good as is the animatronic narrator, Mark Twain. Also, another must do attraction in Libertyland is the Haunted Mansion. This is a really fun tour through the Haunted Mansion.

Fantasyland get's you more into the actual Disney fantasy adventures. It's A Small World, Peter Pan's Flight, Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, and the Mad Tea Party are just a few of the rides in this area. I know it may be a little hokey for the adults, and you will be humming the song for the rest of the day, but you really must ride the It's A Small World ride. The music and the animated dolls are very good. Just think about this ride and how long it's been around and it's still good!

Mickey's Toon Town Fair is where many of the characters are located. There you can see the "homes" of some of the Disney characters. The main thing here is to keep your autograph book and camera handy as you should encounter Disney characters.

Tomorrowland is the future. Here you will encounter Space Mountain, Astro Orbit, Buzz Lightyear Ailen Encounter, and the Tomorrowland Speedway. I would recommend Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear in this area. Space Mountain is basically an indoor roller coaster (you are riding a rocket ship through space) and the Buzz Lightyear ride is interactive as you are shooting your "laser gun" at aliens scoring points along the way!

Parades and Fireworks

The "Dreams Come True Parade" is held every afternoon at 3pm. Find a place along the parade route where you can watch the parade and take pictures. This is a very colorful and exciting parade. I would recommend trying to get near the central hub on Main Streen to watch the parade because there is shade and you will be able to see the entire parade. Pick out a good spot and get there a little early to find you a spot.

The Disney Wishes fireworks show is held each evening at 10pm. This fantastic music and fireworks display is first class all the way. It basically wraps up the festivities for the day and shuts down the park each night. Be patient if you stay for the fireworks show. It will take a little time to exit the park, catch the monorail or other transportation and get back to your hotel.

Tomorrow we will discuss FastPass, dining in the park, and character breakfasts at Magic Kingdom.

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