Magical Blogorail

 

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re taking you on a virtual tour of our favorite Disney parks. If you’ll step this way, we’ll head into my pick:

The Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Entrance

Photo courtesy of My Dreams of Disney

Magic Kingdom resonates with me because of its continuity. I visited Disneyland as a child, so when I stepped through those gates as an adult, it really did feel like coming home to a part of my life that was easier, more carefree. There is something truly magical about a place that can transport you across decades and miles the instant you step inside. (Thanks to My Dreams of Disney for providing the perfect picture!)

Magic Kingdom Map

Main Street, U.S.A.

The magic begins on Main Street, U.S.A. Say all you like about the dangers of romanticizing a past that never really existed, and out there, in the real world of work and responsibilities, it’s probably true. But here, in this place, the rules are different. Indulge in dreams and visions! Remember a past that never existed outside this magical kingdom. It exists here, and they have ice cream. What more could you want?

Most people rush right through Main Street, U.S.A. on their way to the more exciting stuff within the park. There are no rides here. But I’ve always wanted to slow down and wander, really immerse in this part of the park. I didn’t bother as a kid at Disneyland, and wasn’t really able to as an adult at Walt Disney World, but I’m hoping to take a couple of hours on our next trip and just wander and pretend that the world of deadlines and traffic and meltdowns is just something in a book, that the true reality is here, in this place.

Fantasyland

Walk through the castle at the end of Main Street, and you’ll find yourself in Fantasyland. It has changed so much since I was there, and I can’t wait to explore the world of Beauty and the Beast on our next trip. (Yes, I know…there’s more to the new Fantasyland than Belle and Be Our Guest Restaurant, but Ariel never really grabbed my imagination the way Belle does.)

This has always been my favorite part of Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. For me, it’s always been about the stories, and my first stories were fairy tales. Fantasyland brings those old and treasured stories off the page and makes them so real!

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Liberty Square

Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom

Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom

I’ll admit, Liberty Square left me a bit disoriented, perhaps because it’s the one land in Magic Kingdom that does not have an analogue in Disneyland. The primary attraction in Liberty Square is the Haunted Mansion. At Disneyland, the Haunted Mansion stands in New Orleans Square – in my opinion, the original got it right! The Haunted Mansion seems out of place in Liberty Square, as though it’s just stuck there because there was room, not because it necessarily made sense for the story.

Frontierland

Frontierland is where we begin our tour of the Disney Mountains: Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain are both located in Frontierland. The Walt Disney World Railroad station, located between the Mountains, offers an opportunity to sit down and relax. I like to hop the train here, because by this point in the day I’ve gotten past the rush of “Oh my goodness, I’m back at Disney!” and am ready to get my bearings. The Walt Disney World Railroad runs around the perimiter of the Magic Kingdom, and gives guests a sense of where everything is.

Antique steam train on the Disney railroad

Antique steam train on the Disney railroad

Adventureland

We’ll take a break from the Mountains in Adventureland. Here we’ll hit two iconic attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise. Watch for Captain Jack Sparrow – he likes to recruit outside the Torguga Tavern!

Pirates!

Pirates!

Tomorrowland

 In tomorrowland, we finish our tour of the Disney Mountains with, of course, Space Mountain. I’ll be honest, of the three, this has always been my favorite – and the one I didn’t get to experience on our last trip! I took the younger kids to Fantasyland instead while Bill took the older kids to Space Mountain. Back in the early 90’s, during my “I’m too cool for Disneyland” teenage years, Space Mountain almost made up for the existance of costumed characters and kiddie rides!

Space Mountain

Space Mountain

Thank you for joining me today. This concludes your tour of the Magic Kingdom. Please board the monorail for your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop: Magik Mouse.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
3rd Stop ~ Return to Disney
4th Stop ~ Magik Mouse
Final Stop ~ DIStherapy