Top Ten Magic Kingdom Attractions
Unless you are incredibly blessed you are probably like me and cannot go to Disney World as often as you like. Maybe the similarities do not end there and you like to think about, plan (and maybe even obsess about) what you could be doing if you were at Walt Disney World. This my list of Top Ten Magic Kingdom Attractions, the ten things I would definitely try to do if I were at the Magic Kingdom today.
Your list might be a little a different. That is fine. When you are in the Magic Kingdom you are supposed to make your own dreams come true not someone else’s. When you get through my list please take time to let me know where I was right and where I was wrong. In fact, feel free to post your very own list.
The Carousel of Progress
Some of you will say my list is wrong just because I include this attraction. The Carousel of Progress is not a fast ride. It is not flashy. If you are looking for those type of thrills this probably is not for you. If, however, you love history this little bit of nostalgia may be just the thing for you.
This attraction features a man named John and his fictional family. We quickly learn about the new innovations and inventions that were making life easier in the past or may make them easier in the future. Such inventions often include things we take for granted like indoor plumbing and refrigeration.
There are four different scenes in the current version. Each scenes has multiple animatronics. It would be very hard to change out the animatronics each time the scene changes. Instead of doing that the theater seats are on a carousel. As each scene ends the entire audience rotates to the next scene.
Besides being a nostalgic trip down memory lane I also like the fact that Walt Disney himself helped develop this ride. It was originally built for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York. It was quite the hit there and is still quite a hit for me today.
The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
At this point you may be thinking I have been at Disney World too long and the heat has fried my brain. The Carousel of Prorgress and now the Treehouse? Let me explain why this is on my list.
I grew up watching the movie. I watched it a lot during the summer because we did not have cable but we did have a VCR. I loved the movie with Father, Mother and their children as they try to survive the worst nature and man can throw at them. Their means of survival are nothing less than brilliant. They even found a way to create running water for their treehouse.
The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is a walk through (and up and down) attraction. It is not for those who have a fear of heights or those who cannot climb lots of stairs.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
It seems the evil Emperor Zurg is up to his evil tricks again. He is attempting to steal enough crystallic fusion cells (aka batteries) to power his armada as he takes over the universe. It is up to Buzz Lightyear, aided by a new batch of Star Command Recruits, to stop him. Guess who you are?
This ride is an interactive dark ride. You board your ship and head off into space. Each ship (ride vehicle) holds up to two adults or two adults and a small child. Riders can control which direction the ship faces and can spin a full 360 degrees. Each ship also has two blasters which are used to hit the targets.
This ride has been overshadowed by its cousin Toy Story Mania over at Hollywood Studios but is still great fun.
Mickey’s Philharmagic is one of the best shows at Walt Disney World. In this 4D movie guests are exposed to elements from some of the best loved Disney movies from the big screen.
This is a 4D movie. A 4D movie is a 3D movie that goes a little further. 4D incorporates touch and smell into the movie. In this movie guests will actually get a little wet, they will feel puffs of air and they will smell apple pie among other things.
The premise of the movie is Mickey is preparing to conduct a symphony but he leaves Donald Duck alone with his magic hat, the same one Mickey wore in Fantasia. Donald soon loses the hat and chases it through scenes that could have been lifted from movies like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and more. Each scence incorporates some of the best loved Disney songs from the movies.
The original roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom and all of Walt Disney World for the matter. This is an indoor coaster. The premise is you are about to blast off into space. To keep the illusion alive this ride is in the dark with stars overhead.
Space Mountain has two separate tracks, Alpha and Omega. The two tracks are nearly identical but Alpha is 10 feet longer. The unbelievable thing about Space Mountain is the speed, the trains only hit about 28 mph. In the darkness with all the curves and hills hitting you before you see them coming it seems must faster.
Almost every park in the world has a log flume ride. The Magic Kingdom is no exception. Splash Mountain is not your standard log flume ride though. Instead of just going up a hill and splashing down Disney made this a dark ride.
Splash Mountain takes you through the story of Brer Rabbit as Brer Fox and Brer Bear try to catch him. The story is based on Disney’s 1964 Song of the South and is told through songs and animatronics.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Billed at the “Wildest Ride In The Wilderness” Big Thunder Mountain is certainly the wildest roller coaster in the Magic Kingdom. The premise of the ride is this: Professor Cumulus Isobar has invented a rainmaking machine. It works so well that it is going to flood the town of Tumbleweed.
Guests are invited to take one last look at the town via the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This is a roller coaster but it is a Disney roller coaster. Instead of just a wooden or metal track this coaster goes through real landscaping. The details fly by too fast to see them some time but they are there. There are also animatronics to keep things lively.
The Jungle Cruise is one of the original rides at the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom officially opened on October 1st, 1971 and so did the Jungle Cruise. The Jungle Cruise is based on the highly successful Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom’s sister park, Disneyland. Walt Disney himself had a hand in the design of the Disneyland original.
Guests board riverboats and set out on a jungle adventure. Along the way they will encounter some friendly animals and some not so friendly. There will also be other explorers and a few natives. All of these encounters will be narrated by the river boat captain who will keep the action lively.
I know the jokes are corny (and seem never to change) but I love this one for the animatronics and the landscaping.
Pirates of the Caribbean
You might be surprised to know that Pirates of the Caribbean was
originally rejected as an attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Imagineers felt that pirates would be commonplace to Floridians so instead they planned a cowboy and indians themed ride called Western River Expedition.
Guests, however, wanted a pirates ride like Disneyland so Western River Expedition was scrapped. There was not enough money in the budget to do both. And so Pirates of the Caribbean came to the Magic Kingdom.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney dark ride. Guests get into boats and float past various scenes featuring pirates. The pirates are not fearsome but are more like pirate caricatures so children should not be scared. If you want a good idea of what these pirates are like think Jack Sparrow, Captain that is. In fact he has made it into the ride itself.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This is another attraction that was added as a result of guest demand. When the New Fantasyland expansion plans were announced many took to the internet to express dismay. It seemed everything that was being added was aimed at the girls and boys were being left out. So imagineers went back to the drawing board and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Was born.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has elements of a dark ride as well as elements of a roller coaster. The dark ride uses some new innovations for animatronics. The roller coaster is a family friendly mild coaster with a twist, the cars all swing back and forth with the motion of the coaster.
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There you have it my Top Ten Magic Kingdom Attractions? What are your thoughts? What would you add and what would you take away?
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