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.
This land is unique to Magic Kingdom as it is not duplicated in any other Disney park anywhere in the world. With authentic details like building designs true to the era and an exact replica of the Liberty Belle, this land is filled with history!
- There are more dinning options than attractions in this area which makes it a great place to take a break and have a great meal. Chow down on some clam chowder from Columbia Harbour House or sit down to an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet with american classics like pot roast and mashed potatoes.
- The Liberty Square Riverboat, Liberty Belle, is docked here and takes guests on a cruise of the Rivers of America showing guests what life was like over a century ago in the United States.
- The riverboat has a maximum capacity of 450 guests, and like the Jungle Cruise, it rides along a track even though it is a real, working steam engine.
- The Presidential Seal located in the lobby of the Hall of Presidents took a literal act of Congress to be installed here.
- This attraction stayed virtually the same from 1971 to 1993 before it was updated with the addition of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
- The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular rides in all of the Magic Kingdom!
- Guests, entering the mansion through the stretching room, soon become foolish mortals and are taken on a omnimover, called a doom buggy. Your guide throughout this ghoolishly haunted home is the Ghost Host and his ever-present creepy voice in your ear will likely haunt your dreams for days to come!
- Madame Leota was based on of a real woman, Leota Toombs, who was an Imagineer for Disney and it is her face we see floating in the séance room!
Reimagined in 2012, the New Fantasyland is home to many iconic Disney World attractions including It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party also known as the Teacups, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and the Cinderella Castle. Many new attractions, including Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Princess Fairytale Hall meet-and-greet, have made this land a must-see for all!
- The New Fantasyland expansion is almost two times larger than when the park first opened at 21 acres!
- Be Our Guest has been one of the hardest to reserve restaurants on property since it opened in 2012.
- Starting July 27, 2018 the restaurant will undergo a reimaging of its menu, now offering an enhanced prix fixe 3 course dining experience of exquisite French inspired delicacies.
- When this land was expanded so was Dumbo the Flying Elephant and it’s queue!
- In the new queue guests are given a pager that holds their place in line virtually while kids can play in the covered, air-conditioned playland!
- There are now 2 sets of elephants, each rotating a different direction, that can fly 17 feet high above a water feature and with 32 different elephants to choose from, you’ll always have an awesome view of Storybook Circus!
- The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has one of the most unique ride vehicles in all of the kingdom.
- Each of the mine carts sway side to side making for a much more fun ride then a stationary coaster!
- This is the only ride in Magic Kingdom that has a in-ride video! Guests who purchase PhotoPass can download and relive their journey through the mine and sing-along with the dwarfs as they sing their famous song Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s Off To Work We Go…
Tomorrowland is what Walt Disney imagined the far off future life to be, complete with futuristic dark rides like Space Mountain, a snapshot of a family through different decades in the Carousel of Progress, and how people would travel in the future in the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!
- Space Mountain was the very first “mountain” to open in Disney World, but with speeds topping off at 28 mph it is also the slowest.
- It was the very first rollercoaster to be controlled by computer, and NASA Astronaut Gordon Cooper, who flew in the Mercury 9 and Gemini 5 missions, served as creative consultant.
- Many people love to wonder what Space Mountain looks like with its lights on and may be lucky enough to catch this rare sight while riding through the attraction in the PeopleMover!
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a great slow-moving ride where guests can get a great view of Tomorrowland and Cinderella’s Castle especially at night!
- Besides catching a glimpse of Space Mountain, guests can see the original concept model for Progress City, the inspiration for what we now call E.P.C.O.T.
- Carousel of Progress debuted at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York. The attraction was transported to Disneyland where it remained until 1973. It was packed up and moved to its final spot in the Magic Kingdom opening in 1975.
- The song There’s a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow written by the Sherman brothers was the original song for the attraction when it debuted at the World’s Fair and when it resided in Disneyland. But from 1975 to 1994, guests heard another song, The Best Time of Your Life.
- The entrance of Tomorrowland has the new iconic #PurpleWall which has been trending all over various social media sites as of late. Guests of all ages have been striking their best pose in front of the newly designed wall. At times there will be a line just to get a picture!
Well, there you go! I hope you had fun learning about what makes Disney World so special and so amazing. It’s no wonder guests keep coming back year after year since the park is ever evolving. There will always be new foods to try, new rides to ride, and new things to experience!
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