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Disney, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Sea World
Magic Kingdom is the flagship of Disney. The 100+ acres are arranged intodifferent lands surrounding Cinderella’s Castle.
Once you have parked your car ( and carefully noted the row it is in – manyhours later this is easy to forget!) you get a shuttle bus to the TransportationCentre. From here you have the choice of using the Monorail or the Steamer tocross to Magic Kingdom. The Monorail is often quicker and goes through themiddle of one of the hotels. However do not miss out on the Steamer ride, it isa great experience especially on a hot day when the breeze is very welcome.
Once in the Park get some maps which will include the times of today’s showsand parades. If you have time a ride on Disney’s Railroad is a great way to getyourself acquainted with the Park. The station is by the main entrance.
There are thrill rides for the adventurous and wonderful magic rides andexperiences for the young (or young at heart!) For the youngsters, wethoroughly recommend Mickey’s Toon Town. Here you can meet Mickey, visitMinnie’s house and see many characters at the Hall of Fame.
Watch carefully and you will see characters appear for a few minutes forpictures and autographs all over the park, but again consult your timetable forcharacter appearances. You can buy autograph books at Disney or in thesupermarkets – always have your page ready and a large pen for the characters tobe able to grip easily – the pens sold at Disney for around $3 are ideal and agreat talking point when you get home. It’s too hot generally for thecharacters to stay out for more than around 20 minutes but they will pose forphotos with you and sign the all important autograph book. When the guide saysthat the character “will be back in five” – this is true so wait around if theysay this.
Fantasyland has lovely rides for the smaller children, including Winnie thePooh which is nice and gentle. Dumbo is also great for young ones as is SmallWorld a little cruise around the world. However at time of writing this reviewSmall World is closed for refurbishment and should re- open late 2004. Don’tmiss Mickey’s Philharmagic a new show that is great for young and old. SnowWhite can be a little scary for the very young.
Space Mountain is a thrill ride for big kids and adults, our ten year oldloved this ride.
The following rides have Fastpass options, take advantage of these in busyperiods:
The afternoon parade is a must (usually about 3pm) - all the Disneycharacters are on the most magical floats and you will get to see all yourfavourites, not to mention that amazing “Disney” music. There is an electricparade on some nights which is enchanting and the new firework show Wishes issupposed to be fantastic, we haven’t seem it yet but intend to on our nextvisit. The times are subject to change during low season so again make sure youpick up the leaflets with times etc. Even with the parades, get your spotearly, people start sitting in appropriate spots at least an one hour before -we tend to wait around ½ hour. Children at the front, obviously get a greatview and if they wave excitedly the characters often come over to shake theirhands and on occasions they get asked to join in the Parade. Try and be nearthe exit as tens of thousands of people all leave after the lastparade/fireworks. Although Disney seem to clear crowds like no other place inthe world, the quicker you leave the better chance of missing the heavy trafficalso.
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