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25+ Cool Magic Kingdom Facts For Walt Disney World Lovers

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To be honest, Disney has been a constant part of our childhood for a long time.

Most of us came to know Disney through the animated films that laid a magical influence on us. However, the next best thing one could do was to visit Walt Disney World.

When it comes to the history of amusement parks, Walt Disney was one of the first men to ever think about setting a full-blown theme park for Disney fans. Disney World and theme parks have existed for a long time and have gone beyond the boundaries of being in a country. The journey to places like California and Florida is about discovering Disney Parks. As the company has managed to span over decades while maintaining its popularity, adults and children equally like to enjoy the magic of a Disney trip. So, we thought of refreshing your memories with some of the most interesting facts about Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Therefore, do keep reading if you live and breathe everything Disney.

Magic Kingdom Location

Have you ever wondered if there are more Magic Kingdom parks around the world? If yes, then let's learn a bit about them.

  • The Magic Kingdom is a theme park present at Walt Disney World Resort located in the Bay Lake area of Florida, that's quite close to Orlando, Florida.
  • The Magic Kingdom Park is exclusive to the Florida location and is looked after by The Walt Disney Company.
  • However, the interesting thing is that the Magic Kingdom was based on the Disneyland Park of Anaheim, California, undoubtedly one of the most popular theme parks of Disney.
  • Magic Kingdom is one of the four theme parks present in the Walt Disney World Resort. The other three are Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.
  • Reaching the Magic Kingdom theme park is pretty easy, as the Bay Lake area is well-connected to the rest of the country. On top of that, most people prefer to book combo tickets that let them visit Disney's Magic Kingdom along with the other Disney Parks on the premises.
  • Below the Magic Kingdom park lies a connection of tunnels known as utilidors, a word made from joining utility and corridors, and it allows the cast members and employees to swiftly journey across the park without crashing into the tourists. This also helps kids to enjoy a truly magical journey during their Disney trip.
  • Florida's terrain didn't allow the construction of the utility tunnels under the ground. Hence, the entire Magic Kingdom park is actually located on the second story. The Magic Kingdom park has a height of around 108 ft (33 m).

Famous Rides At Magic Kingdom

When it comes to visiting the most popular theme park, you need to be careful about choosing the right rides. Even though there are many, some do stand out more than others. So, here are the ones that are a must-try in Disney's Magic Kingdom.

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: If you have a little one with you, then the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train should definitely be the first ride to experience. It's equally enticing for a child and even a teenager because the ride is filled with bright colours. On top of that, on reaching the summit, you are greeted with an amazing view of Fantasyland. However, you need to brace yourself as the train takes some adventurous turns while going down the mountain. Overall, it's one of the family-friendly rides that would most likely be enjoyed by everyone. The height requirement for this rid is 3.1 ft (38 in) and taller.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Hands down, one of the more iconic rides to have existed in the Magic Kingdom has to be Pirates of the Caribbean. You are going to be waiting to get on this ride as it can quickly get congested, but the experience makes it stand out. Disney has been able to bring the fun of being on a ride with the pirates along with the right amount of light and sound to make it a magical experience. On top of that, you get to witness the ransacked seaport towns, journey around the haunted Dead Man's Cove and get to hear the booming cannons being shot between a Caribbean fort and a 12-gun galleon. Anyone can get on this ride, and it's pretty slow, but you need to remember that it's just as dark as the films.
  • Haunted Mansion: We are still awestruck by how the Disney engineers were able to build a ride like the Haunted Mansion. Yet, they were pretty successful, as this spectacular ride ushers people to Disneyland from all over the world. The one at Magic Park, Florida, is pretty popular, but the ride is also available in California, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, and Japan. This ride is located at Liberty Square, and you get to ride a buggy into the dark mansion. Anyone can get on this ride, and the popular attractions are Madame Leota's séance room of horrors and the spooky graveyard of singing ghosts. Even though there are moments when children can feel a bit scared, the friendly ghost wouldn't let them be sad for too long. The Haunted Mansion is pretty popular among adults while visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Splash Mountain: Ready for another fun ride? Next up, we have Splash Mountain, a ride that's part of the Frontierland, based on the American Frontier or the Wild West. This ride is known for having more than a hundred audio-animatronics frogs, and the ride takes you through a scenic Southern bayou. At first, this ride can be pretty slow, and you will surely enjoy the musical journey. But, the most thrilling thing about this rid is the end, where you are dropped into a briar patch. And, it's almost a five-story drop. The height allowance for this ride is anyone above 3.3 ft (40 in), so it's best for kids, teenagers and adults.
  • Jungle Cruise: If you are visiting the Magic Kingdom with a child, then they will most likely want to go on the Jungle Cruise ride. It's a ten-minute boat ride, taking you through different sceneries of South America, Africa, and Asia. Have a fun time spotting the beats amidst the tropical wonderland. There is also a tribe of headhunters wandering around the area, waiting to pay the visitors a surprise. As it's a slow ride, you can enjoy it after going through the other Magic Kingdom rides available.
  • Some other rides to look out for are Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan's Flight, and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. If you have enough time, it's best to take a ride on as many rides as possible.
Disney has been a constant part of our childhood

Things To Do And See At Magic Kingdom

Here are some of the things you can possibly think of doing while visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.

  • First, you need to remember that Walt Disney World is not just Magic Kingdom. So, there are three other theme parks: Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. Hence, it's important to figure out what are rides or attractions that you would like to experience on your Disney trip. Moreover, Disney world's best part is the availability of different types of tickets. So, you may want to book the tickets ahead of time to get a chance to participate in all of Magic Kingdom's attractions.
  • As you may know, going to the Magic Kingdom would typically require accommodations. And, the best part is that the Disney World Resort has 20 large resorts on the premises. So, if you book on time, you can stay in the park itself and require no extra commute time.
  • The Magic Kingdom is currently divided into six lands by the name of Main Street USA, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Adventureland, Fantasyland, as well as Tomorrowland. Each of them has been themed to mimic a time and place. There was a seventh land, Mickey's Toontown Fair, but it was closed in 2011.
  • At the Main Street USA, have a closer look at the windows as they pay tribute to the creators of Magic Kingdom and Disney World. Also, outside Tony's Town Square Restaurant, you can find the Lady and the Tramp paw prints on a closer look at the pavements. Moreover, there are red sidewalks on the Main Street USA that are meant to be a red carpet for every visitor, and it was done with the help of Kodak. You can also find the antique phone by the Chapeau Hat Shoppe and pick up the receiver to get yourself involved in an old conversation.
  • The main attraction of Liberty Square has to be the Liberty Tree, a live oak tree with an age of more than 135 years. If you notice, you will see 13 lanterns hanging from the tree that represents the original 13 colonies of the USA. Also, in Liberty Square is the Haunted Mansion, and at the end of this ride, you find the cemetery. On a closer look at the gravestones, you can find one dedicated to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
  • There's no need to say that Cinderella's Castle is the biggest attraction of Magic Kingdom. One of the most interesting things to notice is that the entire castle is made of fibreglass. Cinderella's Castle is 189 ft (59 m) tall. However, a forced perspective method has been used to make Cinderella's Castle appear much taller. You might not really be able to see this, but the Imagineers created a secret Royal Suit inside Cinderella's Castle, just for Walt Disney's family. Also, the moat surrounding Cinderella Castle contains around 3400000 gal (12870400 l) of water.
  • If you are really interested in knowing a bit more about the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Resort, and the Walt Disney Company, do invest your time on Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour. It's a five-hour walking tour that costs $99 each that lets you know all titbits since the Magic Kingdom opened and also the insight of the cast members.
  • It may not really come as a surprise, but when in Magic Kingdom, do pay attention to the trash cans as Disney is known for cleanliness. They are unlike any other you would have seen, as the trash cans on the park are connected to pipelines that help to dispose of the trash immediately. The trash is collected through a vacuuming system and sent to the central location for further processing.

History Of Magic Kingdom

Here's everything that you absolutely need to know about the history of Disney's Magic Kingdom, often called by many as the most magical place on earth.

  • Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971. The Magic Kingdom theme park was initialized by Walt Disney himself and was designed by his very own WED Enterprises.
  • On opening, the Magic Kingdom came with Disney's Contemporary Resort as well as Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Initially, the name of the theme park was Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, but later it was changed to just the Magic Kingdom park.
  • The Magic Kingdom park has an area of around 43 ha (0.43 sq km). It's considered twice the size of Manhattan. Even though we don't know if Magic Kingdom is the biggest park, the Walt Disney World Resort is definitely the biggest in terms of the other Disney worlds, including Disneyland.
  • If you were a fan of the original Mickey's Toontown Fair land, you could still enjoy parts of it as it has been included in Fantasyland's Storybook Circus. Also, the Barnstormer has been re-themed as The Great Goofini.
  • The Cinderella Castle was built to be the centrepiece of Magic Kingdom and has 18 towers and 13 gargoyles.
  • Currently, there are around 23 rides in the Magic Kingdom theme park.
  • The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is the oldest attraction of the Walt Disney World Resort, and it was opened with the Magic Kingdom, which was the only park at the time of opening. The Space Mountain ride has a height of 183 ft (55.7 m), coming second to the Cinderella Castle. There was a time when Magic Kingdom used to have a waterpark called River Country, and it opened in 1976. But, the River Country ride was mysteriously closed in 2001 without an explanation from the Walt Disney Company.
  • A fun fact about the Magic Kingdom is that none of the American flags displayed in the park is accurate. This is to avoid the need for strict regular upkeep required for maintaining flags. 
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Srija Chanda

<p>An aspiring media professional, Srija is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, after completing her degree in journalism. With experience in PR and social media, she has also honed her leadership skills through her participation in a youth parliament. Srija's interests include devouring books, watching movies, and exploring new places through travel.</p>

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