The Magic Kingdom, officially known as Magic Kingdom Park, was the first of 4 theme parks situated at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. On October 1, 1971, the grand opening was held. WED Enterprises was responsible for the designing and building process. The attractions and overall layout are similar to that of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.
Disneyland parks are committed to Disney characters and dedicated to fairy tales and all things magical. Approximately 17.54 visitors came through the gates in 2012. These figures made it the most visited theme park in the entire world for that year.
The famous Cinderella Castle is one of the most distinguishing features of the park. This fairy tale castle gained popularity from the 1950 film. Hence the name “Magic Kingdom” was commonly used as an unofficial nickname for Disneyland prior to Walt Disney World being constructed.
“The Happiest Place On Earth,” is the official tagline for Disneyland. The Magic Kingdom has “The Most Magical Place On Earth,” as its tagline. To differentiate it from Disneyland, the park was renamed in 1994 to become Magic Kingdom Park. It is simply known as Magic Kingdom. Similar to all Disney theme parks, the official park name does not start with “the” even though it is often referred to that way. There is however, a sign located on the railroad station within the front of the park that does read “The Magic Kingdom.”
The mystery of exploring foreign lands is encompassed in Adventureland. It is themed to resemble to remote jungles in the Middle East, Africa, the South Pacific, Asia and South America. It has another area that replicates a Caribbean town square.
Within Frontierland, guests can relive the excitement of the American Old West. Here, the Native Americans run with the romanticized cowboys of days past. The Rivers of America and their intrigue can also be discovered. Classic attractions such as the Country Bear Jamboree, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain can be enjoyed.
Liberty Square is based on a colonial town in the historical time period of the American Revolution. The Liberty Belle Riverboat can be explored on the Magic Kingdom’s Rivers of America promenade. Other classic attractions such as the Hall of Presidents, the Haunted Mansion are found here. Note that behind the Christmas Shop, there is a sign up location for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
To quote Walt Disney: “Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” Fantasyland is themed in a carnival style flourishing with a medieval flair. Some of the classic attractions found here include: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mad Tea Party, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and It’s a Small World. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is also found in this location.
Storybook Circus is considered to be part of Fantasyland. It is located at the former site of Mickey’s Toontown Fair and features elements from the Mickey Mouse Universe and Dumbo.
The Magic Kingdom Park now covers 133 acres, including the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus.
Tomorrowland is a fun intergalactic city. The concept is futuristic as seen from around the era of the 1950s. There are robots, rockets and UFOs. Some of the classic attractions include the Tomorrowland Speedway, Astro Orbiter, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Additional current attractions featured include: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Stitch’s Great Escape.