I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Disney World and The Magic Kingdom
My mother, niece and I spent a total of five days there back in 1990 and did not even begin to see all that is available. Believe me we tried our best to take in as many sites as we could and left exhausted but happy.
Our lodging was at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort which offered free transportation to and from the Disney parks. We took great advantage of this perk which was one reason why we chose to stay in one of their resorts in the first place. This negated having to find & also pay for parking each day.
We spent several days exploring the Magic Kingdom and the photos that follow do not tell the complete story of what we got to see and enjoy but might give some example of the scenery to be seen.
The main entrance to the Magic Kingdom leads one to Main Street USA and because we went through that area more than once many of my photos are of this first part of the park. Once one walks through Main Street USA the rest of the Magic Kingdom from the center is split into parts like the spokes of a wheel.
Going clockwise starting to the left of Main Street USA are the following in order:
- Adventure Land
- Frontier Land
- Liberty Square
- Fantasy Land
- Mickey's Birthday Land
- Tomorrow Land.
Main Street USA Photos
Main Street USA
While in Main Street USA one can board the Walt Disney World Railroad which is an old fashioned steam driven train that encircles the entire Magic Kingdom. We utilized this to get an overview of the park as well as using it for transportation to parts of the park that we later wished to see.
Recommendation: Wear the most comfortable shoes you own if you visit here. Believe me your feet will be thanking you! There are a number of Main Street vehicles that one can utilize if desired like horse drawn trolleys and even a red fire engine among others.
A Penny Arcade that spits out prophesies for the price of a penny on up to a quarter offers a room full of old time fun. I spent a penny to find out what "Grandmother" had to say. She mentioned pretty flattering things and I could have learned more had I dropped another coin in the slot. Ha ha!
In the Main Street Cinema old silent movies are run continuously. We watched several for a few moments and moved on to other sites. My husband's grandfather actually played a piano in one of those silent movie theaters many years ago!
The Walt Disney Story is told in another spot. He was a fascinating fellow!
Depending upon the time of the day there is singing and dancing in the streets. On corners are barbershop trios of men singing close harmony.
We did stop in Tony's Town Square Cafe one day to grab a bite to eat. A statue of "Lady and the Tramp" was a focal point and the rest of the décor matched that theme.
The main reason for the existence of Main Street USA is to give one a glimpse back into the past of what towns used to look like all across America. The normal operating businesses like city hall, barber shops, ice cream parlors, five and dime stores selling sundry items and many more are open and operating for all to enjoy.
Cinderella Castle Marks the Entrance to Fantasy Land
Cinderella's Castle in Fantasy Land
Cinderella's Castle forms the striking entrance into Fantasy Land. One walks through a passageway which is a portion of the castle that is embellished with the most beautiful tile mosaics telling the story of Cinderella.
For those who might not remember this classic tale there is an abbreviated version of it in the YouTube video here for your perusal. This is the ultimate living happily ever after tale.
Our Fantasy Land Experiences
On Mr. Toad's Wild Ride we sat in vehicles that took us on a fun and slightly crazy joyride through what was supposed to represent Old London. Many smiling faces were seen (ours included) in exiting this playful site.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea took us to the "Lost Continent of Atlantis" among other sites on this submarine voyage aboard the "Nautilus" captained by Captain Nemo himself. The submarine looked like a steel plated prehistoric undersea creature.
Peter Pan's Flight where we were flying over London on a moonlit night to Never-Never-Land.
And the one that can still get me humming is the cruise we took through It's A Small World. As we sailed through this large cave like structure on board water crafts literally hundreds of dolls with costumes from countries all around the world perform singing and dancing scenarios with that tune of "It's a small world" consistently running as a unifying theme.
In our five days we had to pick and choose among many choices and these were the things we decided to spend a little more time enjoying while in Fantasy Land.
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse in Adventure Land
The Swiss Family Treehouse is where we climbed winding stairways through a re-creation of a giant banyan tree in which the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson built their home.
It was fun imagining how this fictional family lived and survived using native plants and supplies in building this structure high up from the ground for protection from predatory animals and weather. Who doesn't like the idea of living in a tree house?
Jungle Cruise in Adventure Land
The Jungle Cruise took us down tropical rivers of the world filled with wild animals and dangers like giant snakes draped overhead on tree branches.
Our fearless captain (a most entertaining college student) led us through these equatorial waters. Scenic waterfalls and playful elephants taking advantage of the cascading water added to the enjoyment of this journey.
Jungle Cruise in Adventure Land
In Frontier Land we saw typical old west scenery in mock towns.
We enjoyed the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which was in actuality a mild roller coaster ride through mountain and desert scenery. It was supposed to emulate a runaway mine train during the old Gold Rush days.
Hilarious musical instrument playing and western dressed bears performed in an old fashioned hoe-down in the Country Bear Jamboree. We really enjoyed this cute part of the Frontier Land park and the performance definitely had us tapping our toes to some of the music and laughing at the outrageous costumed bears. As with the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea this is no longer a part of what visitors will now find at Frontier Land.
There is more to visit and do in Frontier Land but we wanted a flavor of each section so we would choose a few things to see and then move on to the next portion of Disney World.
Things to See in Tomorrow Land
My mother, niece and I spent quite a bit of time at Tomorrow Land. Some of the things we enjoyed were the following:
Tomorrow Land Theatre
Disney characters did song and dance routines. It is especially nice for young children and we enjoyed it as well. I guess we are just kids at heart!
Mission to Mars
Mission to Mars was an area in which one visited a symbolic Mission Control room and a rocket ship would blast off to the planet Mars.
Dreamflight presented the opportunity to learn about the history of aviation and where one could also experience the feeling of supersonic flight. Amazing what these Disney folks have done! The room shook and it thundered as though we were truly inside a spaceship blasting off.
In the "American Journeys" theater we watched moving pictures being displayed on the 360 degree screen encircling the room. We stood in this theater and had a bar to hold onto if my memory is accurate. It was quite an experience! Lots of twisting and turning of heads occurred as one tried to take in all of those magnificent images swirling around the room. Of course there was audio to accompany the show.
Carousel of Progress
The Carousel of Progress was a fascinating look at what life used to be like during the past century with regard to modern conveniences. It was fun for my mother and I to look back at what kitchens used to look like with the latest and greatest gadgets in the different decades. Remember the early little box television sets? Everything relating to the earliest of inventions as electricity literally changed the way most people lived is in this building for people to see.
Having enjoyed the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride we thought that we would go ahead (primarily because of my niece's desires) to take another roller coaster ride. The lines were long and as we inched our way closer to the front of the line we kept reading about the health restrictions and other warnings. We also heard an inordinate amount of screaming coming from inside. In the end my mother decided to bypass this ride. I truly wish I had done the same! But I felt obligated that someone should be on the ride with my niece.
The roller coaster ride is designed to simulate a wild race through space. Most of it is all in darkness with twinkling lights symbolizing stars or other objects in outer space.
Suffice it to say that with the violent twists and turns and feeling of dropping straight down at times and not really being able to see much of anything so as to anticipate what was to come next...I have never been more frightened in my life. My palms were so sweaty as I was clinging to the bar holding me in to the seat that I thought at any moment I might be catapulted right out into the air. I finally quit screaming and just tried my best to hunker down and get through that experience alive. The ride (torture chamber to me) seemed interminable!
Now I fully understand the medical warnings against taking this ride for people with health problems.
We finally exited and what do you suppose my niece wanted to do? She wanted to take the Space Mountain ride again! She was soundly overruled. I made a vow to myself that if I came out alive, I would never again take another roller coaster ride.
For any of you dare-devils out there...Space Mountain is one heck of a ride!
There are many more choices of things to do and see in Florida's Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. These are merely some of the things that we enjoyed while there.
Some of the attractions end and new offerings are there to keep it interesting for those who wish to return again and again.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Peggy Woods
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2013:
Enjoy your upcoming trip to Disney World. Despite the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea being discontinued...there will be plenty to occupy your time as you well know. :))
Mackenzie Sage Wright on September 15, 2013:
OMG, blast from my past-- I LOVED 20,000 leagues under the sea; sorry it had to go. I'm sitting here all anxious about my Disney trip starting next week, and this was a delightful hub to enjoy. Thanks for sharing!
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 18, 2012:
Before we went to Walt Disney World, I wondered how much I would like it since normally I love seeing natural beauty and nature. I had a ball! It is so much fun!!! Kids probably have fun on one level, and adults on that and more. It is truly for all ages. It will be fun for you to see your children's excitement for the first time.
As to the Tower of Terror...you won't find me on that either. Ha!
Leah Lefler from Western New York on May 17, 2012:
I've been reading about the refurbishment of Fantasy Land. I guess they're putting in a Snow White mine train ride (mild roller coaster) and a few other attractions/restaurants. My kids are desperate to go there! I really want to go back because I love the Animal Kingdom park there - I like some roller coasters, but I can't do anything with big drops. So no Tower of Terror for me, lol!
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2012:
I guess I am in the category of roller coaster wimps. I couldn't WAIT for that Space Mountain ride to end! My hands were sweaty and I was glad that I got out alive. You must be an afficianado of thrill rides. If you love it, your kids will probably follow suit. Thanks for your comment on this Disney World Magic Kingdom hub. :)
Leah Lefler from Western New York on May 17, 2012:
I love Space Mountain - though the one at Disneyland, California is a lot smoother/faster than the one in Florida. It can be an overwhelming ride if you're not a fan of roller coasters! I was at the Magic Kingdom in 1996 or so - it has been a while since my last visit. We want to take the kids, but we're waiting until they're six and eight so that they'll enjoy it more. We want them to remember the magic!
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2012:
Glad that you liked this hub about the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Thanks for your vote up and comment. And yes...the USA is "awesome." :)
Dawnrichard on May 17, 2012:
USA is simply awesome. Everything is there. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2011:
You are fortunate to be living so close to Disney World and the Magic Kingdom. If I lived in Florida I would surely have gone back more than once also. It is an amazing place! Thanks for your comment and votes.
Charlu from Florida on April 30, 2011:
I've been there so many times and I am still amazed every time I go. Awesome pictures up/beautiful/awesome
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 06, 2010:
Hello Cheap suite Austell GA,
I would agree that Disney World and the Magic Kingdom in Florida bring magic and wonderment into the lives of visitors. Sure happy that we got to see it once and I agree with you that it is worth the effort to spend some vacation time there. Thanks for the comment.
Cheap suite Austell GA on October 06, 2010:
The Disney World is really Magic world.It is full of imagination and the kids love the place a lot.I would suggest everyone should give a try for a vacation in Florida.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 28, 2010:
Happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos taken of our Disney World vacation in the Magic Kingdom of Florida. I agree...the topiaries are wonderful! Thanks for the comment.
TheDisneyVacation on August 28, 2010:
I always love those topiary.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2010:
Hello Lily Rose,
I am smiling just thinking about the fun you are going to have taking your girls to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Have a wonderful vacation!!! You will have many more memories to cherish!!!
Lily Rose from A Coast on April 09, 2010:
Great hub, Peggy! I went to UCF in Orlando many, many years ago so I spent a lot of time at Disney and vowed I wou;dn't go back until I had my own kids to take .... well, in 18 days I am d