As the very first park to open in Disney World, Magic Kingdom is arguably the first park people think of when they say “I’m going to Disney World!” With so much to see and do in this magical wonderland, here are some fun facts you can share to impress your friends and family!
- When Magic Kingdom Park opened on October 1, 1971 a ticket cost $3.50!
- Mr. William Windsor Jr. was the first guest to enter.
- Total park attendance for that day was 10,400.
Opening Day Rides and Attractions
- Walt Disney World Railroad Main Street U.S.A Station*
- Main Street Cinema
- Cinderella’s Golden Carousel (Prince Charming Regal Carousel)*
- Tropical Serenade (Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room)*
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant*
- Jungle Cruise*
- Hall of Presidents*
- Mad Tea Party*
- Swiss Family Treehouse*
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade*
- Country Bear Jamboree*
- Grand Prix Raceway (Tomorrowland Speedway)*
- Peter Pan’s Flight*
- It’s a Small World*
- The Haunted Mansion*
- The Dapper Dans*
- Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
- Mike Fink Keel Boats
- Snow White’s Adventures
*All of these rides and attractions are still operating today!
Adventureland is home to many classic rides and attractions, most notably Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise. Walt Disney himself had his hand in designing many of the beloved attractions, despite his death some 5 years before, and the area has a great feel of nostalgia for many guests.
- The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was supposed to be a wax museum gallery that guests would walk through instead of a boat ride.
- Recently the “We wants the Redhead!” scene, where a woman was being auctioned off by pirates, was changed. She is now a pirate along with the male pirates selling stolen goods.
- This is the last attraction Walt Disney had a hand in personally designing before his death.
- The famous song, “In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room” was written by the Sherman Brothers, who also wrote songs for Mary Poppins. The Enchanted Tiki Room has about 150 different animatronics – almost 120 different kids of birds can be heard singing during the show.
- Since 1976 the show has been sponsored by Dole, who also makes the most amazing snack in all of Disney World, Dole Whips!
- The Jungle Cruise boats are on a track system in water that is only about 4 feet deep!
- At the end of the ride you meet Trader Sam, a local head salesman who will trade you two of his heads for one of yours! This ride inspired Disney to open Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto which has a location in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, complete with special effects when you order certain unique alcoholic beverages!
The theme of this land is one that takes you straight into the wild, wild west, complete with two of the most popular “mountain” attractions in the kingdom, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Here you can ride the “wildest ride in the wilderness” and practice your shootin’ skills at the arcade.
- Splash Mountain has 950,000 gallons of water constantly running through the attraction, over 100 singing animatronic animals, 3 dips, and a 5 story drop!
- There used to be a Walt Disney World Railroad stop here but it was demolished and moved to make room for Splash Mountain!
- There are 6 train cars running on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, U.B. Bold, I.M. Fearless, I.M. Brave, and I.B. Hearty.
- The Country Bear Jamboree is located in Grizzly Hall and is a 16 minute knee-slappin’, rootin’ tootin’ good time stage show for guests of any age. It was one of the last attractions Walt Disney actually had a hand in bringing to life.