|Mr. A and I at Magic Kingdom|
MAGIC KINGDOM! Everyone knows that iconic castle and trust me it’s just as amazing in person. Magic Kingdom is my all time favorite park in Disney World. For me, I don’t feel like I’m in Disney unless we’ve been to Magic Kingdom. It has maintained its genuine charm since opening over 30 years, a testament to the power of dreams and imagination. Magic Kingdom is separated into five lands, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland. Each land has rides, entertainment, shopping and dining that follows its name.
My first must have is visiting Cinderella’s Castle. Standing over 190 feet tall, the Castle provides the perfect backdrop for the centerpiece of Magic Kingdom. It’s beauty on the outside is rivaled only by the majesty found inside, where jeweled mosaic titles line the walls with the story of Cinderella.
|(One of the murals inside Cinderella’s Castle)|
So regardless, of what rides you decide to get on, make sure that you get some pictures of Cinderella’s Castle during the day and at night. It’s a really beautiful sight.
Magic Kingdom stands out from the other parks in terms of its shows, and the firework spectacular Wishes is no different. Wishes, the largest fireworks show in Disney World, combines pyrotechnics, fireworks, music and lights in an inspirational journey narrated by Jiminy Cricket. The display takes the audience through the highs and lows of making a wish Disney style. And while you are busy staring at the high tech fireworks, make sure you don’t miss Tinkerbell flying. During the middle of the show, Tinkerbell flies from the top of the Castle to the roof of a restaurant in Tomorrowland. Since capturing this amazing show with words is nearly impossible, I will let the video do the talking. You can ignore the incredibly cheesy music that proceeds the actual video
As you can see, it’s a total crowd pleaser and that means the masses line up for this sucker for hours and hours before the show starts. In order to avoid the crazy cattle herds, I stick to two locations to view the fireworks, the train station and the Tomorrowland Noodle Station. The train station gives you a totally unobstructed view as you sit above the crowd below.
|View from the Train Station|
|View from Noodle Station|
Normally, Mr. A and I would have had to stake out this spot for a couple hours to get such a great look at the fireworks. Instead, with the wonderful help of my Mom, we used my third tip to avoid the wait and the crowds.
Wishes Dessert Party
If you are like me, you have a hard time justifying standing in line for long periods of time for a show that will be over in a few minutes. I love watching the Wishes show but I hate crowds. I mean just the thought of being elbow to elbow with sweaty tourists gets me queasy. Luckily, Disney has solved my dilemma. Taking note that a lot of Disney visitors were using the Noodle Station to view Wishes, Disney decided to turn it into an exclusive viewing area, called the Wishes Dessert Party. Every evening, an hour before the Wishes show, Disney shuts down the Noodles Station for the Wishes Dessert Party. For $27.60, guests have access to an all you can eat dessert buffet and an assigned table and seat to watch the fireworks. All of the tables have a great view of the castle and guests are allowed to walk to the railing once the fireworks begin. Seating is limited so it’s highly recommended that you make reservations for this event.
|View from the a table in the back
|The Dessert Buffet|
This trip was the first time I got to go to the Wishes Dessert Party and it was totally worth it not to stand in line. We were lucky enough to get a table right next to the railing so we had the perfect spot for pictures. Not to mention that the desserts were delicious. They had literally some of the biggest chocolate covered strawberries I’ve ever seen.
|Nom Nom Nom
Sorry for the horrible picture. The lighting was not working in my favor. This might have been the first of three plates that I had. I know it’s gross, I have a huge sweet tooth. After devouring a gallon of sugar, we took our places for the fireworks. I got some amazing pictures.
Definitely worth the $28 a person, especially when it serves as a substitute dinner If you want to watch the fireworks in peace without smelly tourists butting in front of you, I would totally recommend the Wishes Dessert Party.
I’ve only shown 3 of the 100s of things that Magic Kingdom has to offer. But hopefully, I have shed some light on the lesser known aspects of Magic Kingdom. Most people focus on the rides at amusement parks but Magic Kingdom is much more than flying Dumbos and Mickey Mouse.
Have you ever been to Disney World? What do you think of Magic Kingdom?
*Unless noted otherwise, all pictures in this post are personal pictures*