Magic Kingdom is one of the first of the Disney parks that opened in Orlando, over 30 years ago. Living in Miami as a child, I was lucky enough to go several times and the last time was 3 years ago when my parents invited their grandchildren to experience this great place. Although the focus is the same, many of the facilities had been updated and improved, including many new attractions. It is a must in Florida to take a trip to Disney World and visit the Magic Kingdom in particular. I cannot do it justice by describing it here so I suggest that you go online to look at the descriptions of the attractions. I recommend it 100%, for both kids and adults.
Disney's Animal Kingdom is home to some of the most interesting animals in Africa. Walking through the area will give you the opportunity to take a closer look at nests, bones, a colony of hairless mice, African birds, antelopes and more. The journey takes about 20 or 30 minutes. It is located on the edge of the Kilimanjaro Safari. You can also visit a forest in search of gorillas. On the way, you'll walk through a valley full of African hippos, birds and fish of the Nile. You'll go into an aviary full of exotic species and finally you will find a tribe of gorillas which can be seen in their natural habitat. We also liked seeing the prairie dogs.
On the set of a Mediterranean villa, the show includes cars that blow up, stunt motorcycles, vehicles and incredible aquatic pyrotechnics. From beginning to end you'll be open-mouthed at the daredevil driving! Do not miss it at Disney Hollywood Studios.
Downtown Disney is the leisure centre in Walt Disney World. Opposite a large lake, it has lots of souvenir shops (in the Market Place), themed restaurants of all types, an area with nightclubs (Pleasure Island), cinemas, etc ... I recommend the Lego Store, the Disney at Christmas store, with precious items for Christmas and the Raglan Road Irish Pub, to have terrific Fish and Chips or the Rainforest Cafe, with its extraordinary decoration ..
The world showcase is part of the EPCOT Park. Eleven countries around the world are represented by pavilions so visitors can enjoy a world tour without leaving the park! Start with Mexico. You can taste the rich flavor of Mexican cuisine in the Cantina de San Angel. View or buy handmade crafts and listen to the music of the Mariachis. The attraction of the Mexico pavilion is called The River of Time and is a boat trip to see a volcano.
Or what about Norway? Dine inside the Akershus Castle restaurant and indulge your inner Viking with a trip on the Swirl: a Norwegian boat adventure...polar bears, pirates and the stormy North Sea.
China. There is an IMAX presentation. See the authentic Chinese gardens and temples, Chinese shops and, of course, the Chinese food and the acrobatic show about the legend of the dragons.
Germany. The cuisine, music and dance of Germany. Wine-tasting, and of course cake!
Italy. Venice and the bell tower in St. Mark's Square, bridges, gondolas. Italian Food in Delizie Italiane, La Bottega Italiana, and L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante.
Japan. A serene landscape of gardens and streams, with a pagoda and a torii gate. You can eat authentic Japanese food in Mitsukoshi Teppan Yaki and Yakitori House.
Morocco. Two sections, the Ville Nouvelle (new city) and the Medina (the old city), complete with a souk.
France. The streets of both Paris and the provinces and shops. Watch the movie "Impressions de France".
UK. See over 1500 original articles and shops from England.
Canada. You can explore the canyon, its waterfalls and majestic gardens and architecture. There is an IMAX presentation called "O Canada!".
"Welcome to the happiest cruise that ever sailed" says this attraction at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Basically, it is a boat trip around the world, where each country is represented by its most characteristic monuments and some pretty funny cartoons characterized in traditional costumes of each region. It lasts about 10-15 minutes, all the while playing the same song. The language varies by region or continent (in South America, it is in Spanish) but it is still the same tune over and over again, and again. It's good because a lot of countries are well represented and the models are very funny. Others, you are not sure what country they are, adding some "excitement" to the trip, because it means you can try to find out through the costumes or scenery. But don't wory, Spain is easy: Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and a pair of flamenco dancers! It is neither the best nor the worst attraction. If you are close and the queue isn't too big, it's worth going to.
In the futuristic exhibits found in EPCOT is the Living with the Land attraction which is meant more for adults and dedicated to express the interaction of us and the land. This pavilion, even though it has undergone changes over many years, has kept the original idea of Walt Disney to be an area of research and creativity when applying technology. The research performed at the pavilion is attractive for production through horticultural technic in hydroponics, irrigation methods and pest management, the same as what is currently sponsored by Nestlé and the Department of Agriculture of the US. If you want to have a tour, it can be booked at the pavilion. It is an exhibition that offers entertainment and education.
One of the many ways to get back to feeling like a kid is to go to Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Orlando. Besides the night parade (one of the most striking) there is a parade during the day (usually mid-afternoon), all the characters get up on floats and parade from Main St. USA (main entrance) to Frontierland (west), but sometimes they do the opposite. It lasts for about 30 minutes and people throng around the streets where the "parade" passes. There is not a better or a worse place to see it, it's just a matter of getting lucky and if you want to see the band, try the front row where it is. One of the most beautiful and striking views is with the Cinderella Castle. Besides the classic Mickey, Minnie and Pluto, also in the parade are the Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Pinocchio, Aladdin, Toy Story characters, Chip & Dale and many more. All floats or walkers are accompanied by catchy songs and dancers who are dancing around the course and encouraging the little ones. It really is worth seeing, especially for children who want to see the faces of all the characters. But not only the children, because adults enjoy it too (myself included) it's like being 6 years old again. Sorry if the video is bad, but my phone did not give more quality.
It's the most important attraction of the park. Do not miss it. It is the symbol that represents the park, the big golf ball. A huge structure 55 meters in diameter and 60 meters high with a weight of 16 million tons and a volume of approximately 750,000 cubic meters. This supported by six huge pillars embedded in the ground. The surface is composed of triangular panels of different sizes (contrary to what was thought) made of an alloy of aluminum and polyethylene. Presented by AT & T. The attraction is a chronological walk from the Stone Age (approx.. Between 30 to 40,000 years BC) through Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Modern Age, the Industrial Revolution, to today, and some of the future that we can expect. The trip is in a van and you go through these scenarios with dolls characterized at the time and quite educational. On the walk you climb inside a ball by following a spiral. It lasts about 17 minutes. If you want to enjoy it without a queue, it is preferable to go at the last minute or before closing the park. At the exit of the attraction is the "AT & T Global Neighborhood" a demonstration of advances in telecommunications.
Same as Mickey Mouse house: It is not the most famous or most spectacular in the Magick Kingdom of Disney World, but it really has to be seen even if only to see how well it was made. Outside (completely pink) and inside (completely detailed). The living room with the giant radio and sofas is amazing. You have to take a look at the pictures because some are great and they show the lives of Minnie (and Mickey too) in images. Some of her childhood. But the kitchen is undoubtedly the best thing about the whole house. The utensils are crazy and the fridge leaves one amazed. It is as if the cartoons were real and we had walked into the cartoon. It makes you want to open the cans of food. Even the microwave works and makes popcorn! Some times they change or redecorate the rooms (they're even funny when doing this) as they leave cartoon-looking paint cans in the middle. The good thing is that it doesn't get very crowded and you can see it in a short time.
The Lego Store is a mega store located in the Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World, Orland. Kids and adults alike will adore these 250 square meters of pure fantasy. Within the store you can use the most famous blocks in the world to create your own city, robot, or anything that captures your imagination!
You can't go to a Disney park without stopping to admire one of the parades! Check the daily program for the park schedule and routes. The parades vary according to the park and the time of year. In the Magic Kingdom, classic Disney characters parade while in the Animal Kingdom the animal characters are the stars. Disney Studios is reserved for the latest characters. Park workers cordon off the streets so the parades can pass without any problems. Look out for special parades on 4 July (Independence Day) and Christmas Day.
This little musical, just 25 minutes long, tells the famous story of Beauty and the Beast. It takes place every day in Hollywood Studios, one of the parks in the Disney complex. The production is amazing, almost like a Broadway show with marvelous visual effects! Don't miss it!
The Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney is one of the most popular festivals of outdoor art in America. Free to visit, it was first held in 1975 and since then more than 150 artists participate each year. Sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs, etc are displayed in different places around the Downtown Disney Marketplace, where you'll also find food and drink, children's activities, live music, etc...
This simulator, opened August 15, 2003 at a cost of around $100 million dollars, recreates the feeling experienced by astronauts going into space. Wow! There is so much attention to detail, from the queuing area onwards. There are two options: the Green Line is the less intense version of the attraction, without the centrifugal force (this is what I went for), while real thrill-seekers can choose the more intense Orange Line. From the moment of take off, I felt the brutal sensation. I couldn't move my arms! The host of this attraction is none other than the actor Gary Sinise (CSI NY), who appeared in the film Apollo 13, telling the story of the beginning of space exploration. The actor gives an instructional video and shows you what will happen once inside the capsule. Before you enter the module, you will be given a role in the mission, choosing one of: Navigator, Pilot, Commander, and Engineer. Each will have to perform a specific task in this simulator. You'll notice that when you enter the module, the attention to detail is very real. It really feels like you are in a space module. The lights go down, and then the countdown begins ... 3-2-1, lift off! Then the action starts! Once you wake out of suspended animation, you have to respond quickly to the instructions you receive. The super realistic special effects really make this attraction work. The Disney Imagineers have done an amazing job!
This new attraction opened on 06/12/12. We crossed the seabed in carts shaped like shells, where we can relive the story of the Little Mermaid. The dolls in the attraction are beautiful and seem almost real.
This show recreates some of the scenes of the famous Indiana Jones movies and lasts approximately 30 minutes. It's very popular, so get there early for a good seat, and if you're lucky you'll be invited to appear in the show as an extra! The show takes place every day at Hollywood Studios park, one of four that make up the Disney complex.
The Studio Backlot Tour is a tour of the "backyard" of the Disney Studios amusement park, where you can see the actual scale models of many of the vehicles (aircraft, cars, submarines, ships and more) that have been used in MGM films, and workshops making costumes for different shows at the park and on the big screen. The tour lasts about 35 min and goes on a train that travels through the different areas. At the halfway point there is a bit of action, with a gas leak, fire and an overflowing dam!