Florida Road Trip - Magic Kingdom August 2019
Review May 2020
Following on from our last blog post our trip to Epcot, (part of our 2019 summer Florida Road trip) this is our blog post about our trip to Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Probably the most famous park on Disney property there is so much to see and do here for the whole family. Disney promote it as the ‘most magical place on earth’ there are certainly loads of magical experiences to be had from meeting princesses and Disney characters to innovative rides, entertainment shows and enchanting dining experiences. There are also themed events throughout the year and one of the most popular ones ‘Mickey’s Halloween party’ we got to experience too in August!
There is so much to see and do here it can feel a little overwhelming if you have little ones and if your time is limited. We definitely recommend planning your trip in advance. There is a wealth of planning resources available on the Disney website including the Disney fast pass system where you can book certain attractions and dining experiences in advance. Disney also have an app where you can log in and see all your bookings. This becomes very useful around the parks as you can check current attraction wait times! If you are staying onsite at Disney property take advantage of the early magic hours for the resort guests as this can really save you a lot of time. As a disney hotel guest you can also use you magic bands which work as a hotel room key and fast pass all in one!
Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
There is lots to see and do at Magic Kingdom and despite our best made plans we didn’t get to do it all! All guests enter through Main Street USA, there is a train station with a train that circles the park and beautiful shops and eateries. It is picturesque and incredibly busy! It is inspired by Walt Disney’s home town, Missouri and resembles a turn of the century American town. This is where the parades and fireworks are shown, so make sure if you want a good view to get a good spot in advance!
The rest of the park is split up into lands. We loved FantasyLand, Cinderellas Castle is the gateway to Fantasyland. This was probably the busiest part of the park for us. The boys loved meeting Winnie the Pooh, our favourite rides were ‘It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight and the 3D show Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
Next to Fantasyland is the Enchanted Forest. There is the Seven Drawfs Mine Train which we loved – this is very busy so make sure you fast pass it! We also had lunch at the Be Our Guest Restaurant. The restaurant is extremely popular we had to reserve our seats in advance in the UK. The restaurant serves 550 guests in a stunning ballroom. We ate at lunch which is counter service which worked well for us with our fussy eaters. In the evening they offer table service and the opportunity to meet the Beast himself! After lunch we headed to Enchanted Tales with Belle. This is a new interactive show where select members of the audience are chosen to participate. We couldn’t believe our luck when both Jake and Matt were chosen! We have a clip of this on our vlog on you tube!
Over in Frontierland Disney we loved the popular rides Great Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. One of my favourites has to be Tom Sawyer Island where you travel by log raft to a rustic hideaway inspired by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The Haunted Mansion over at Liberty Square had to be one our favourite rides too although Jake who was six was a little scared!
One of the most magical parts of the whole holiday had to be when after going on the Jungle Cruise in Adventure Land the boys spotted Aladdin and Jasmine. They queued up to see them and Aladdin to chose to sing to Jake ‘ ‘A whole New World’ and then asked him to join in! This was magical and definitely a once in a lifetime moment for him! I’ve included a short clip from our vlog below here:
One thing that is must do at Disney is their parades at Fireworks! Each one is different and we definitely recommend watching them. When planning the holiday we decided to book the firework dessert party in advance. This allowed us to gain access to a private area of Tomorrow Land where you receive complementary drinks and cakes and a private viewing area for the fireworks. This meant that we could avoid some of the crowds which at time can be overwhelming for my son and relax and enjoy the fireworks. For more information click here to go to the Disney website.
Halloween is very popular and Disney have been running the ‘Not So Scary Halloween Party’ for many years. I plan to write a separate blog post all about the Halloween celebrations we experienced soon. We had to buy our tickets in advance and it was very busy, but we did go to the opening night. It runs from August to October. We especially enjoyed meeting unusual character you can’t normally meet such as Monsters Inc! You also get to dress up in Halloween/ Disney characters. We went as Snow White/ Coco and the boys went as Duck Tales!
There are many ways to reach Magic Kingdom, it is walking distance from the onsite hotels- Contemporary and Grand Floridian. Some hotels and the Ticket and Transportation Centre offers a boat ride to the entrance across Disney’s Bay Lake or you can catch a resort bus or resort monorail. One of the new ways to travel around Disney is to order a Minnie Van (taxi)! We thought we would try it out and it was so cool when it arrived at our Hotel to pick us up and dropped us off right at the entrance of Magic Kingdom.