Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida can easily be described as Disneyland on steroids. But let’s not start there. Walt Disney World, in general, is comprised of four theme parks and two water parks. It also boasts a newly renovated “downtown” shopping area. The theme parks are: Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the aforementioned Magic Kingdom. The two water parks are: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Disney Springs is the shopping area which also include many wonderful restaurants.
The Magic Kingdom is where you will find “Disneyland”. The usual suspects (Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, etc.) are all there for your amusement. Like Disneyland, you will also find Big Thunder Railroad, the Jungle Cruise, as well as Space and Splash Mountain. What adds to the thrill of the Magic Kingdom are the new additions to the familiar faces. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride are fun rides that you won’t find at its California counterpart. Another noticeable difference between both parks is the size. The Magic Kingdom sits on 142 acres, a good 60 acres more than the California theme park.
When it comes to food at the Magic Kingdom, the options are endless. From small and fast, to amazing sit-down experiences, the Magic Kingdom can put a smile on faces young and old. For quick service that won’t put a huge strain on your pocketbook the park offers the Columbia Harbor House, The Friar’s Nook, Gaston’s Tavern, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café and the Tortuga Tavern to name a few. If relaxing sit down is your style and pocketbook isn’t a concern, perhaps Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, The Crystal Palace or the Diamond Horseshoe would work. Regardless of style, the Magic Kingdom has something for all. Sleepy Hollow, located in Liberty Square, is known for their wonderful and quite filling Chocolate Chip Cookie ice cream sandwiches.
There are many different ticket options for Walt Disney World, which will include The Magic Kingdom. Single day, one park prices begin at $107 per adult. The longer you stay, the more parks you wish to visit, the less expensive the ticket becomes. A 3-day park hopper ticket will run $349 per ticket for the 3 days while a 5-day park hopper runs $445 per ticket. It’s quite a difference per ticket the longer you stay in Disney World.
Obviously, the Magic Kingdom has its busy times. In fact, its popularity keeps attendance high for most of the year. But there are times when attendance is quite bearable. Late August through September is a good time. The second week of January through mid-February will find you shorter lines. Also, the first three weeks in May seem to be fairly light in attendance.
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