“Here is the world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic, and make-believe are reborn, and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”
– Walt Disney
Fantasy is what most people think of when describing the theme of the Magic Kingdom. The park was designed for families because Walt wanted to share experiences with his daughters. Walt would sometimes watch people inside his park in Disneyland California as he sat on a bench. Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971. The slogan is “Where dreams come true”.
Currently, 52 million people visit WDW yearly. It is approximately 107 acres(about 43 square miles). The purchase of all those acres cost around $5 million dollars in 1965. The WDW resort also houses 27 themed resort hotels, has 4 golf courses, a camping resort, two water parks, 4 theme parks, 2 miniature golf courses, and a huge shopping experience known as Disney Springs. Walt originally named Disney World as ”The Florida Project”. Unfortunately, Walt died in 1966. His brother Roy Disney headed the company and in his honor renamed the park, Walt Disney World.
Upon your arrival by car, you must decide whether to take the monorail or the ferry across the lake. Once you arrive you will noticed that the park is elevated. Everyone must enter through security including a bag check and now metal detectors. Afterwards, you go to the entrance and use either a card or magic band as your admission ticket. Finally you are going see Main Street U.S.A after going under the train station.
Main Street is a long row of shops to your left and some shops and restaurants on your right. The buildings have a look from a long time ago in the USA. In fact, the look inspired Walt from his childhood days while living in Marceline, MO. At the end of Main Street, you will see the front of Cinderella’s castle. There is a statue of Walt Disney standing, holding hands with Mickey Mouse. It is known as the partners bronze statue.
The park is set up to look like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Cinderella’s castle is at the center. To the left is Adventure land. Frontierland is next followed by Liberty Square. The new Fantasyland comes next and finally Tommorrowland.
The entrance to the Magic Kingdom is set up like a theatre. The ticket area is like a lobby. Under the train station you can see posters that remind you of coming attractions. When you exit, you are preparing to enter the show. You will find mobile popcorn vendors just after exiting those tunnels as well. Move down the street and look at the second floor windows. You will see many names on the windows. These are real people who were involved with the Magic Kingdom. Think of them as the credits. To find Walt Disney’s name, look on the right side toward the end, near the castle. There is a real barber shop located on Main Street. The Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world. Almost 20 million people each year visit it. Cinderella castle is the Icon for this park. On the castle there is a plaque that states the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn – together. It is in reference to Walt Disney.
New security procedures are in effect. Guests arriving by car will go through the metal detectors and security bag checks at the TTC before boarding the monorail or ferry. Upon arrival at the Magic Kingdom, they will go directly to the park. Guests staying at one of the Magic Kingdom hotels will go through security bag checks at the hotel before boarding the monorail.