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The Magic Kingdom - October 1st, 1971

The Magic Kingdom opened on October 1st, 1971 and was the start of all of Walt Disney World.

It is the most enchanting part in the entire world. The awe of Cinderella's Castle, the parades, attractions and fireworks is truely amazing.

You can go through on a vast jungle adventure in Adventureland, visit the Wild West in Frontierland, live your fantasies in Fantasyland, hang out with Mickey and Friends in Toontown Fair, learn about our American history in Liberty Square, and see the future that could have been in New Tomorrowland.

Everything and Anything is possible here at the Magic Kingdom.

Map of the Magic Kingdom

Main Street U.S.A.

Main Street U.S.A.

Return back to the turn-of-the-century America here on Main Street USA. Watch Horse-drawn trolleys go by or smell the aroma of fresh baked cookies from the Main Street Bakery. The small area of the Magic Kingdom is based on Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Though there are no attractions here, there are many shops including the expanded Emporium, the Barbershop, and the Main Street Cinema.

Enter a vast jungle where every trail leads to adventure. Come ride a magic carpet with Aladdin or come face to face with vicious pirates. You could also take a ride down the most famous rivers in the world and see amazing animals. It's all up to you!

Swiss Family Treehouse
Guests climb the treehouse from the famous book and Disney film. Many people tend to avoid this self-guide attraction since there really isn't much to see plus you have to drag yourself up a lot of narrow staircases. Check out this huge tree when you have the energy but not when you have spent the day walking throughout the park.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin!

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin:
The newest addition to the Magic Kingdom and the first new attraction in Adventureland since Pirates of the Caribbean in 1973, takes guests to a whole new world. Guests can ride in 16 magic carpet cars that each hold four people. They can take the carpet up or down and tilt it as well. This is much like the standard Dumbo ride in Fantasyland. After the ride, take a look around a recreation of the city of Agrabah from Disney's Aladdin. But watch out for the camels...they spite!

Click here to visit Aladdin Central!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho..A Pirate's Life for Me!

One of the most popular classic Disney attractions ever created, Pirates of the Caribbean takes guests back to when pirates ruled the high seas. Guests sail past a wrecked pirate ship where a skeleton head warns, "There be rough waters ahead!" What a wimpy pirate! There is a drop but a very small one. The rest is pretty smooth going through a pirate battle and a raid on a small village. YO HO, YO HO! A PIRATES LIFE FOR ME!

Who Needs Aladdin?!

The charished Disney attraction received new owners in 1998 (Zazu from The Lion King and Iago from Aladdin) and a whole new look as well which was really needed. Iago trys to change the show but the Tiki goddess, Uhoha, has different plans. Though the change is better, it really isn't great but it will do.

Don't worry...They're wearing their trunks!

The Jungle Cruise
Inspired by the African Queen, Skippers who blurt out corny jokes takes guests down the most famous rivers in the world like the Nile and the Amazon. Watch the audio-animatronic zebras, monkeys, lions, hippos, and tigers as you travel down the rivers in this 10 minute adventure. Hurry to get here because lines can get very long by mid-day.


Splash Mountain
One of the most popular attraction in the Magic Kingdom and all of Walt Disney World, guests take a watery trip down Chikapin Hill. You not only go down three small drops but also a 52 foot tall drop at the very end. Recognize the characters? The entire attraction is based on the 1946 Disney film, Song of the South. Come find your Laughing Place here at Splash Mountain.


Tom Sawyer Island
Kids can have a ball of fun in this wild playground. But don't make this a top priority since the only way on and off the island is via the rafts which can cause long lines because it takes so long. Visit only when you have the time to kill.

Country Bear Jamboree

The Country Bear Jamboree
Come clap your hands and stomp your feet and keep right with them here at the Country Bear Jamboree. These Grizzly bruins sing country songs and joke around in this 17 minute review. Everybody is here including Henry, the Five Bear Rug, and accourse, Big Al with his version of "Blood on the Sandle". A Christmas version is presented during the holiday season.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Guests enter an old abandoned mine searching for gold but it seems that there is one problem: There is an ancient Indian curse that causes the mine trains to go wild and scares off visitors. Too bad we don't scare easily. If it seems too much at first, take a long look at the 197 foot tall mountain top and watch cars go by before taking a ride. While on the ride be sure to check out the audio-animatronics that most people miss like the Billy Goats.  And don't forget them hats and glasses because this here is the wildest ride in the wilderness.


The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon Revue
The Diamond Horseshoe performs its last show on February 1st, 2003, and there are no prominent plans at this current time on what will be replacing it.

George W. Bush

The Hall of Presidents
Guests can learn about the great men who made America the great world power that we know today. This 20 minute patriotic presentation has a movie presentation that looks at the early years of the country with events like the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Civil War to the modern day. Then the curtain rises and all the presidents, from George Washington down to the recently added George W. Bush, are introduced in order and two of them (Abraham Lincolin and George W. Bush) make speeches. Watch as some presidents doze off or look at papers. This show may be very crowded especially with the high popularity of George W. Bush in the wake of the tragic events of September 11th. Go early in the morning or near the end of the day.

The Haunted Mansion

"There are 999 ghosts here... but there is always room for 1000.... ANY VOLUNTEERS?!" Don't be scared! This seven minute experience takes guests through ghost filled mansion which is more funny then scary. One of the most popular attractions ever created by Disney. The Ghost Host points out residents of the mansion while guests travel in their "Doom Buggies". Don't forget your death certificate when you leave! Looking for some holiday cheer and terror? Well starting next year, WDW's Haunted Mansion will get a holiday makeover like its Disneyland counterpart.

There's room for 1000....ANY VOLUNTEERS?!

Cinderella's Castle

Enter this timeless land of enchantment for some classic rides based on children's favorites. The older people in the family may not have the best time here since most of the attractions are aimed for little children but they will feel young at heart. Enjoy the happiest land of them all!

Donald stars in Mickey's PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic
Mickey's PhilharMagic will star Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters animated in a way they've never before been seen: grand, glorious, in-your-face three dimensions.Set in the PhilharMagic Concert Hall, which replaces "Legend of the Lion King" in Fantasyland, the eye-popping 3-D experience will unfold on one of the largest screens ever created for a 3-D film, a 150-foot-wide canvas. Complete with in-theater effects, the attraction will immerse guests in the richly animated world of the Disney characters.
OPENS October 8th, 2003!!

And off we gooooo!

Peter Pan's Flight
"And off we go!!" Guests are taken from the quiet nursery, over the streets of London and into Never Land. You also watch famous scenes from the film including Peter's battle with Captain Hook and the famous Crocidile always following Captain Hook. Your vehicles are also themed to look like pirate ships.


Snow White's Scary Adventures
This 3 minute attraction takes guests through the dark and scary scenes from the classic animated film, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. Be careful! The wicked witch pops out of nowhere at almost every turn.

Click Here for Snow White clipart!

It's a Small World
One of the most scary attractions ever created by Disney is here! Just kidding but this ride, which was originally from the New York World's Fair of 1964-65, isn't very popular with everybody. But it does have a special place in the hearts of children and some adults all around the world. A showcase of diversity, the attraction is a simple celebration of human similarties.

Cinderella's Golden Carousel
This attraction originally was from the Olympic Park in New Jersey and was actually built in 1917. Disney then took it, refurbished it and rethemed it for the Magic Kingdom.  Children can ride several horses around the carousel while classic Disney tunes are played.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant
A simple kiddie ride takes guests to new hights. This purely simple ride has become the symbol of Fantasyland and has become a huge favorite among the little children. Get here extremly early before a huge line builds up. Unfortunately no FASTPASS exists yet for this attraction.

Mad Tea Party
This 1 1/2 minute attraction takes guests spinning through a wild ride. They ride in over-sized tea cups and spin madly around but guests can determine themselves how fast they spin. The ride is themed around the Un-Birthday Party scene from the classic animated film, Alice in Wonderland. Note that if you have motion sickness, this may not be the best ride for you.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The latest addition to Fantasyland, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh follows that cuddly old bear through a blustery day, a battle with Heffalumps and a near flood. But in the end, Pooh is reunited with his honey ... and his friends too. Check out the gift shop at the end of this 3 1/2 minute attraction.


The newest land addition in the Magic Kingdom takes Disney's most favorite toons to the country fair. Guests can visit the homes of Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck or visit Goofy's Wiseacres Farm for the only real attraction here, The Barnstormer. Also be sure to visit Toontown Hall of Fame to see who the latest characters are that you can visit or you can shop around for character merchandise instead. Make sure to come back again, Ya' Hear!

The brand new Tomorrowland gives guests a look at the future that was invisioned in the movies of the 1920's & 1930's and in science fiction writers. Come visit the future that never was and always will be!

Alien Encounter

The ExtraTerrorestrial Alien Encounter
The Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center has been taken over by the alien company X-S-Tech. The technology company has brought to Earth a brand new invention that can transport a person from one planet to another as S.I.R. and Skippy demonstrate in the preshow. Unfortunately things go wrong in the real show and instead of the head of the company coming to Earth, an huge alien is sent and breaks loose into the audience. Beware! There is danger at every sound. The attraction was produced by George Lucas.  *NEW* Stitch is expected to replace the scary alien in this attraction in Summer 2004.
Note: Alien Encounter may be too scary for younger children. No one under 7 years old or 44 inches is allowed in the show.

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
The Evil Emperor Zurg has swiped the batteries from Star Command space ships so he can power up his devise to destroy the universe. It's up to you (Junior Space Rangers), the LGM (Little Green Men) and Buzz Lightyear to save the day. The 4 1/2 minute attraction allows guests to fire laser guns at enemies to gather points at the end. It feels just like inside a video game. Much like a video game, this attraction can become very addictive.


Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Underneath the spinning planets of the Astro Orbiter, lies the trains formerly known as the WEDway People Mover. This tour takes guests around Tomorrowland and shows them favorite attractions. There really isn't much more then that but it is a good place to rest.

Astro Orbiter
Formerly known as Star Jets, this 2 minute attraction was redesigned to look like over-sized Buck Rodgers toys that whirl around spinning planets and stars. This ride is similar to the Dumbo and Aladdin ride but is much higher up which is not good for those afraid of heights.

Space Mountain

This can't miss always a crowd pleaser attraction blasted into Walt Disney World history in 1975 but was originally invisioned by Walt Disney himself 10 years earlier. The 2 1/2 minute attraction takes a turbulent ride through space rocketing guests through the dark filled with great special effects. Make sure to hang on to your things because they can easily get lost in the darkness, ask any cast members.


The following attractions has had their last performance at the Magic Kingdom but they will forever be in our hearts as true Disney classics.
          * The Legend of the Lion King
          * Mickey Mouse Revue
          * Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
          * Timekeeper
          * Take Flight
          * Skyway


Share a Dream Come True Parade
A brand new parade created for the 100 Years of Magic Celebration invites guests to celebrate a dream come true! The parade showcases floats that look like over-sized snowglobes featuring Mickey Mouse, Disney Villains, and Fairy Tale characters. Don't forget the final float where a castle rises from the snowglobe thanks to Tinkerbell. Check map for showtimes.

Spectromagic, which was originally premiered for the 20th Anniversary of WDW, has returned after a short break. Come sit and watch some 700,000 bulbs on many intricate floats which are based on films like The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia and Peter Pan. The parade is sometimes shown twice a night, the later one is always less crowded.

HOT Tips
* If there are two performances of a parade, the later one is always less crowded.
* Get to the front gate at least an hour before the stated time.
* Check the Tip Board for times for attractions and which ones are closed.
* If an attraction has two lines, the one on the left is usually shorter.
* Stitch will be incorporated into Alien Encounter starting in Summer 2004 with a budget of $10 million. No official word has been announced but imagineers have said it is a definite go.
* Seats in the front and on the right side are always more wet on Splash Mountain.
* Most of the Fantasyland attractions are dark, so keep this in mind for small children.
* Mickey's Toontown Fair opens much later then the other lands; 10am on most normal days.
* Visit Big Thunder Mountain in the afternoon when the grease on the rails is still hot.
* Mickey's PhilharMagic will open October 8th, 2003!!
* Diamond Horseshoe will reopen soon with a totally different show.
* Carousel of Progress and Timekeeper have been known to reopen during busy times of the year.
* Check in for updates on Mickey's PhilharMagic!

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