Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is composed of 5 different sections that all branch off from Main Street USA. The lands each represents a different theme, from old wild west to a futuristic world, and each hold memorable attractions that are unique to that theme. Today we go through the lands and discuss what we believe to to be their top attractions.
Adventureland: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean first opened in Disneyland in 1967 but made its way over to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 1973. Between its humorous scenes of pirate life and the catchy tune that stays stuck in your head for hours, it quickly became a favorite of parks guests and remains one of the more popular rides even 50 years after its opening. What makes it even better is that it gives you a chance to sit down and cool off as you enjoy the boat ride through the pirate-infested Caribbean.
Frontierland: Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain, which opened in Disney World in 1992, is one of those classic Disney rides that is a top favorite for many park goers. The combination dark ride and log flume takes you through the stories and characters of Disney’s 1946 film, Song of the South and ends with a splash into the briar patch. This ride attracts the biggest crowds, so I would recommend putting this on your Fast Pass list, but it is for sure worth the wait! If big drops aren’t for you, you can always participate by standing out front and watching as guests make the plunge into the patch of thorns.
Liberty Square: The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion has been spooking guests since Magic Kingdom opened in October of 1971, and those grim grinning ghosts are still looking for a 1000th happy haunt! The atmosphere and attention to detail in The Haunted Mansion are amazing, from the second you step through those gates to when you’re picking up that hitchhiking ghost at the end of the ride. An update in 2010 brought with it an interactive queue where guests can view a family of busts, along with three different crypts and the ever-famous Haunted Mansion graveyard. This ride will always remain a classic (and a personal favorite of mine) so “hurry back” and “be sure to bring your death certificate”!
Fantasyland: It’s A Small World
It was a bit more difficult to chose a top ride in Fantasyland, especially with the recent additions to the land in the early 2010’s, but I went classic on this one with It’s A Small World. What makes this ride so special is that it made its debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and got its design from Disney art director (and legend), Mary Blair. The boat ride takes riders through multiple different countries and cultures, ending with a scene of unity amongst them all. The whimsical theme of the ride makes it all the more enjoyable, and, like many other Magic Kingdom attractions, it will leave you with a tune stuck in your head.
Tomorrowland: Tomorrowland Transit Authority (The People Mover)
When I think of Tomorrowland, there aren’t many attractions that I dislike. While I also had a hard time choosing a top attraction in Fantasyland, it was nothing compared to picking a top attraction in here. After much thought, I ultimately decided on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (but mostly just known as the PeopleMover). It gives guests a quick overview of each Tomorrowland attraction, a great view of Cinderella’s Castle, and even takes you through Space Mountain (which is probably the coolest part!). To top it all of, this attraction basically never has a long wait due to the fact that it never stops moving, and it’s one of those rides I can ride over and over and never get sick of it.
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