In my previous article, A Magical Family Celebration at Walt Disney World – Part I, I talk about our fun-filled days arriving at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Epcot and Downtown Disney. In this post, I will be writing about our visit to the place where fairytale dreams come true for children, and adults, of all ages…The Magic Kingdom.
On the morning of our arrival we were all anxious for breakfast as we had a reservation at The Crystal Palace and knew what to expect – delicious food, and lots of it. Here you will find buffet/family style dining and feast with some of your favorite friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.
I could go on and on about Magic Kingdom. As a child growing up in Florida, I was lucky enough to visit Mickey Mouse during our family vacations. Some of my favorite attractions were Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree, It’s a Small World, Jungle Cruise, just to name a few. And what little girl doesn’t dream about living in Cinderella Castle and marrying that awesome prince?
Over the years since I have visited as a young girl there have been many updates and additions at Magic Kingdom. Here are just a handful to check out.
Enchanted Tales with Belle, Fantasyland – Here you will be magically transported from Maurice’s cottage to the Beast’s library and meet and spend time with Belle. You may even be invited to play a part in the story.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tomorrowland – In this shooting-gallery game you fire lasers to defeat Evil Emperor Zurg who is stealing batteries from helpless toys to power a new weapon of destruction. I just spin, aim and shoot and somehow rack up the points.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Fantasyland – In this 12-minute 3D fantasy adventure starring Donald Duck, Disney magic meets Disney music. This attraction is great for all ages.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland – Sit back and enjoy the show as the wisecracking Mike Wazowski, manager Roz and some funny monsters do their best to make you laugh. The atmosphere in this comedy club is improvisational, so don’t be surprised if you become part of the show. Believe me, this is a great comedy show you won’t want to miss.
Splash Mountain, Frontierland – Based on the 1946 Disney classic Song of the South, Splash Mountain tells the tale of Br’er Rabbit on a quest for adventure. This attraction includes 950,000 gallons of water and a massive 5-story waterfall. A small tip for rookies – you will get wet!
Stitches Great Escape, Tomorrowland – This ride transports you into the world of the Galactic Federation. Beware as Stitch escapes and is on the loose! This attraction is appropriate for all ages, however the show takes place in a dark theater and there are several surprises and loud noises during the performance. Another tip -definitely worth waiting in line for. Just go.
Be Our Guest Restaurant, Fantasyland – Enter inside the Beast’s enchanted castle for a delicious lunch or a delightful dinner. This 550-seat restaurant allows guests to relax in the mysterious West Wing, Belle’s book-filled library or the grand 2-story Ballroom. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and are available at dinner only.
Prince Eric’s Village Market, Fantasyland – Quick service, fast casual dining. Here you will find healthy foods such as fruit, veggies, hummus and chips, and icy cool treats. My daughter loved this cute food stand.
Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party, Tomorrowland – A bountiful buffet of treats with fireworks over Cinderella Castle. Help yourself to pastries, cookies and mouthwatering desserts and enjoy a mesmerizing Wishes Nighttime Spectacular – the biggest fireworks extravaganza in Magic Kingdom history.
For our dinner this evening we were dining at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Almost everyone loves Italian food, however this is no ordinary Italian venue. It’s where Lady and the Tramp had their very first kiss! The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful this evening and that is why we have returned many times. Reservations are accepted.
I’m so thankful I’ve had the experience to visit Walt Disney World many, many times over the years (and Disneyland as a child) growing up as a child with my brother and parents, and now with my own family. It truly is magical. I’m planning our next trip for later this year and looking forward to the grand opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which is a family-friendly roller coaster ride!
Have you experienced the MAGIC of Walt Disney World?