I recently visited the happiest place on Earth and I wanted to share my favorite things about Magic Kingdom at Disney World! This place is not only filled with entertainment, fun, and games, but leaves you feeling that anything is possible. Before I jump into all of the highlights of the fun filled theme park, you might find these random facts as interesting as I did!
→Walt Disney designed the parks so when you pass from land to land, you don’t see the others. If you were in Liberty Square, you can’t see Fantasyland because of trees, buildings, and distractions like the water wheel. The noise keeps you from looking to your left and seeing the other lands (even the pavement changes to match the new [mood] land).
→ If you have ever been to any of the parks in Disney World, you will more than likely notice how clean the parks are. I mean, you literally have to search for a piece of trash on the ground. It is a fact that you will find a trash can every 30 steps you take. Walt Disney did an experiment during the development of the parks to see, on average, how long people would walk before dropping a piece of trash on the ground. His findings lead to the multiple trash cans! (Small pipes shoot the trash through the utilidors under the Magic Kingdom at 60 mph, which is why you will never find a full trash can.) …I know, who knew trash could be such an interesting topic. =)
→When you take a walk down Main Street, take a good close look at the castle. You will notice that the “bricks” get smaller the higher up the castle goes. The Imaginers called it the “forced perspective” technique. The castle looks a little taller than it would if all the “bricks” were the same size.
⇒ Cinderella’s Castle- This one is pretty obvious so I figured I would just put it first! The castle looks beautiful in pictures, but it is breathtaking in person. Throughout the day there are shows on the castle stage and it holds the firework show at the end of every day. To add to the firework show, they light up the castle with different colors throughout. I am adding a picture but it really doesn’t do the actual firework show justice. You must see this for yourself.
⇒ The Purple Wall – I know this is going to sounds crazy, because I thought it was at first too, but it is a must go to spot! (Especially if you’re into photography and good lighting!) This infamous purple wall is located in Tomorrow Land by Monsters Inc. It really is just a pale purple colored wall with nothing else to it. What makes it great? This location has the best lighting in the entire park at any given time of any given day. The color of the wall compliments and is flattering to anyone. It’s a great selfie location or just to take pictures in general. The location is secluded enough where there are not many people around so you have time to take as many pictures there as you want without feeling like you’re being watched. I mean it has its own Instagram so you know its cool! And really, if you don’t post a picture of yourself with the purple wall, did you really go to Magic Kingdom? 😉
⇒ Character Meet and Greets – Get the Disney APP! With the Disney app you can find which characters will be out in the park, times, and locations. If it is someone that is more popular, plan on arriving to the site about 30-45 minutes BEFORE the character start time. The lines start building and very quickly. If you walk up at the exact time or after you might not be able to see the character as they do make a cut off after so many people in line. Since Beauty and the Beast just released, I had my eye on meeting Gaston. He was just as overly confident and brash as he is in the movie, but I wouldn’t have expected anything less!
⇒ Parades – There is a main parade that goes around the castle and down Main Street. Grab yourself some lunch, or ice cream if you’re like me, and find an open spot! The parades only last around 15-20 minutes but they are filled with every character that you would want to see. Not to mention, there are so many great dancers and performers throughout the parade.
⇒ Rides – There are a lot of family friendly and “I’m not a roller coaster person” type rides available. My favorites were the Buzz Light Year, Dumbo, Tomorrowland Transit, Space Mountain, and the Tea Cups.
Buzz Light Year- You are in a cart with one other person. The idea is to shoot as many targets as possible. Whoever gets the most points, wins!
Dumbo- While going in a circular rotation, at a low speed, you control how high or low your Dumbo goes.
Tomorrowland Transit- Some call this the “take a nap” ride, but I thought it was really cool. This ride takes you around and through some of the park and is really good for sight seeing. You actually go through Space Mountain, so at one point it goes completely dark. It’s not going to give you an adrenaline rush or anything but I think it’s worth going on!
Space Mountain- If you like roller coasters, this is a must. The whole ride is inside and in complete darkness! The only downside is the length of the ride. It at least feels pretty short.
Tea Cups- As long as you can handle going in circles over and over, this one is fun and usually doesn’t have much of a line. This ride also provides cute candid pictures!
If you ever have the opportunity to make it to Magic Kingdom, do it! It isn’t called the happiest place on Earth for no reason!