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Magic Kingdom Disney World Vacation Pictures in Orlando, Florida

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Main Street USA

Main Street USA

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

  • 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'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.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  • 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?

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse in Adventure Land

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse in Adventure Land

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.

Frontier 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 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.
  • 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.

OK now to the experience that has long legs as far as my memory is concerned.

  • Space Mountain - 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!

Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

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

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2013:

Hello WiccanSage,

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:

Hi Leah,

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:

Hi Leah,

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:

Hello Dawnrichard,

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.

Dawnrichard

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2011:

Hi Charlu,

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:

Hello TheDisneyVacation,

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:

Wonderful pics!

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 doing just that with my 3- and 4-year old girls! My 4 year old will be turning 5 on our second day there. I've been going crazy trying to plan this trip and you hub is a big help! I'm very excited to go.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2009:

Greetings koma,

You will enjoy Disney World and the Magic Kingdom as much as your son. I think that most of us, no matter what our ages, all remain kids at heart. Glad you liked this hub and thanks for your comment.

koma on September 30, 2009:

Awesome hub!! Fun and exiting and filled with imagination. I cant wait till my son will be old enough to appreciate Disney World. Memories still pending. Love All Koma. Thanks for such a fun filled adventure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2009:

Hi Ethel,

I have to agree! Seeing Disney World was especially fun being there with my young niece at the time. As an adult, I really liked Epcot the best and, of course, the old Discovery Island...liking nature and animals as I do. Thanks for the comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 29, 2009:

Disney is such fun. Lucky you

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2009:

Hello halleyhoops!

You have that right! There is so much more to Florida than just Disney World and the Magic Kingdom. That is a plus, however. Florida is filled to the brim with great attractions. Thanks for your comment and nice to see a new face here.

halleyhoops from west palm beach on September 24, 2009:

this is one of only few benefits of living in florida

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2009:

Hello Yangtze,

So happy that you enjoyed this recalling of our vacation trip to Florida's Disney World...and in particular, the Magic Kingdom. Hope you get to see it someday for yourself.

Thanks for the comment.

Yangtze on September 22, 2009:

Hi,Peggy!So beautiful pictures and splendid descriptions about your trip.You make me want to travel there right now~

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2009:

Hello Helen,

Some of my earlier hubs are not structured like my later ones. I am starting to go back and rework some of them. Maybe that will make a difference.

Thanks for the compliment on the hubs and happy for you that you got to visit Disney World ( or Disney Land ) while on vacation over here. What other places have you visited in America?

Helen Cater from UK on September 17, 2009:

You have some fantastic hubs so I really do not see why the adsense is not coming. I must admit I spent days and days reading all the help sections. I have been to Disney and several places in America. This is really informative.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2009:

Hello Bail Up !,

Always nice to see a new face here.

Hope you complete your plans of visiting Florida's Disney World sometime soon. If it is anybody's birthday...go on that day. According to a friend of mine, that admission will be free! More money for food and souvenirs within the park.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Bail Up ! on September 16, 2009:

Feeling compelled to visit WDW soon. Thanks for this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2009:

Hi again Celesta,

It is amazing that they do not advertise the fact that entrance to the Disney parks is free with proof of it being one's birthday. How did you find out? Is it posted at the entrance or did someone tell you?

It would be smart of Disney World to advertise it as few people would go just by themselves (I would think) so they would pick up additional revenue...plus anything purchased while in the parks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2009:

Greetings steffsings,

Wow...having Disney World and the Magic Kingdom as well as the other parks in your backyard (so-to-speak) must have been wonderful! At least you have all those great memories! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Celesta Lampkins on September 16, 2009:

This is good for all four thene parks. ( Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animals and HollywoodStudios. If I had known this before going I would have waited a week later for my birthday. It was not Cain's birthday. I found it interesting that it is not advertised.

steffsings from Pacific NorthWest on September 15, 2009:

One of my most favorite places. I used to live only miles away - I miss those days & those fun runs to the park on special occasions.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2009:

Hi jill of alltrades,

Yes we did have the time of our life in Florida's Walt Disney World. This hub only addressed what we saw in the Magic Kingdom. Epcot was really my favorite park and I have yet to write about that one but intend to do so someday.

Glad that this gave some flavor of what one might expect if one becomes a visitor. Thanks for your comment.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on September 15, 2009:

Wow! It looks like you had the time of your life! Your photos and story made me wish I was there too.

Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2009:

Hello loveroflife,

Ha! Ha! I wondered who was going to make the first comment about that roller coaster ride at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Yes.......I lived to tell the tale! Thanks for listening to it. LOL

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2009:

Hi Celesta,

Wow! I did not know that and what a savings that would be given the prices. Thanks for letting people know about this. Is it good for ALL of the Disney parks or just the ones in Florida? When you took Cain, was it for his birthday?

loveroflife on September 14, 2009:

WOW! What a busy five days you had and, after the roller coaster ride, even lived to tell about it.

Celesta on September 13, 2009:

Nice hub. If you visit the theme parks on your birthday there is no charge. You will need to let them know it is your birthday.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2009:

Hello Kebennett1,

When you decide to visit Disney World in Florida on vacation, do check out all the special combinations of deals at the time. We decided that for the ease of transportation, etc. it really made sense to stay at a Disney resort and they come in all price ranges. The one we chose was one of the less expensive ones...and it was truly lovely. Thanks for your comment.

Kebennett1 from San Bernardino County, California on September 13, 2009:

How wonderful! The pictures were very inviting, as were your descriptions. Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel does sound like a good idea. I will keep that in mind for when we go. Great Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2009:

Hi dohn121,

Disney World and the Magic Kingdom is certainly an all American kind of place...even though there are now Disney playgrounds in countries outside the U.S. Some nice exported fun!

Yes, it is hard to try and capture all the fun of these parks in a hub. Will check yours out. Thanks!

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on September 13, 2009:

Hi, Peggy. It sounds like you had an awesome time. Disney World is like America's sacred place in which all citizens, young and old should make a pilgrimage to! What a wonderful job you did. I know just how demanding it can be to get into detail about the many parks of Walt Disney World (I covered all four). Thank you for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2009:

Hi Candie,

Definitely picked up some color at Disney World. Lots of outdoor walking! My niece was wearing her Mickey Mouse t-shirt...and we saw a bunch of little kids wearing the Mouse Ears Hats. Florida's Magic Kingdom is all about Mickey, Cinderella, Snow White and the 7 dwarfs, Goofey, etc.......... Lots of Disney characters!!! Also lots of fun for kids of all ages!!! Thanks for the first comment.

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on September 13, 2009:

Waiting for delivery of my "Mouse Ears Hat"!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun! Did you get a nice sunburn?