Showing posts with label Magic Kingdom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magic Kingdom. Show all posts

January 28, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Main Street USA - Tony's Town Square

Tony's Town Square is a table service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located on Main Street USA, in Town Square. They do accept reservations (suggested), and they participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This location is themed around the Italian bistro featured in Disney's Lady and the Tramp, and it's equally suitable for a couple or a family. I found it to have a perfect balance of sweet and cute. Dining room, sun room and patio dining options are available.

January 27, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Main Street USA - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is a buffet style restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located just off Main Street USA, toward Adventureland. Reservations are strongly suggested, and they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This is a Victorian themed location, offering character encounters. 

January 10, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Main Street USA - The Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant is a table service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located at the end of Main Street USA, toward Tomorrowland. Adjacent to a hard-to-miss ice cream parlor, this cozy little gem seems to be overlooked a little too often. They do accept reservations, and they're advisable to avoid the potential for a surprise rush. They also participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This is a Victorian themed location with intricate decorative accents. Indoor seating is available in a main dining room, as well as a smaller sunroom.

January 2, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Frontierland - Golden Oak Outpost

Golden Oak Outpost is a quick service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Frontierland, near Splash Mountain. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This is an outdoor service window dining location without dedicated seating options. Nearby tables and benches supply areas for a quick snack stop. 

Magic Kingdom - Frontierland - Pecos Bill Cafe

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is a quick service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Frontierland, next to Country Bear Jamboree. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This is a Western themed location with both indoor and outdoor seating options. 

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - It's a Small World

Some love it and some think it's a harsh push straight into the bowels of insanity, but regardless of your opinion, no one can deny that it's a small world (deliberately left in all lower-case as part of it's cutesy theming) is a legendary Disney masterpiece. The craftsmanship alone is worthy of awe, even if the earworm of its namesake burrows a bit too deeply into your brain. Personally, this one was my favorite to work as a Fantasyland Cast Member! 

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Journey of the Little Mermaid

For a while now, Walt Disney World has been trying to find a way to squeeze The Little Mermaid into a worthy Magic Kingdom attraction. Some may remember Ariel's Grotto, a somewhat hasty-lazy, but still amusing fun spot that used to be located in Fantasyland. This short-lived attraction was within my area of rotation when I worked as a WDW Cast Member, and as much as I loved it as a guest, I grew to hate it as a CM. Ariel's Grotto was a splash-and-play area where rock "props", water sprays and colorful foam ground lured guests into Ariel's world. Within the cave situated toward the back, you could even meet the mermaid princess herself! Sounds fun, right? So, what was the problem with this magical little area?

December 21, 2013

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - ​Mickey's PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic is a 4-D attraction that debuted in October of 2003 in the Fantasyland portion of the Magic Kingdom. The theater seats nearly 500 guests, and offers a nice, comfortable twelve minute break from the hustle and bustle of the parks. The lobby area where you wait to enter the main theater can often get crowded and chaotic, but it too is indoors. Find a cozy spot near the main theater doors and soak it up as you wait. Just a tip... of the three sets of doors that open from the lobby into the theater, the door on the left will open toward the front of the audience seating area. With the ginormous 150 ft. wide screen, there's hardly a bad seat to be found, however... so please don't do the usual 'stampede over others to get to the front row' routine. Don't forget to grab your 3-D glasses!

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle is the icon and focal point of the Magic Kingdom, and arguably one of the most recognizable landmarks in America. Completed prior to the park's opening in 1971, the castle is a modern architectural marvel, and certainly a sight to behold. It took 18 months to build this 189 ft. tall behemoth, which is constructed primarily of steel and concrete, with fiberglass touches. To the surprise of many, not a single brick was used in construction. (Keep this factoid in mind... It's a favorite tidbit of Disneyphiles.) An optical illusion of sorts was used to give the castle the appearance of greater height and depth. This tactic is known as forced perspective. The castle is surrounded by a six foot deep moat containing over three million gallons of water.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Enchanted Tales with Belle

As I've previously stated, I am not a fan of the relatively new, organized character greeting method at the Disney parks. Something magical was lost with the spontaneity cut. With that said, if they're going to do it, this is the way to do it!! Enchanted Tales With Belle is not the typical 'line up for autographs and photographs' type of character encounter. It's more of a character experience

December 20, 2013

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Princess Fairytale Hall

You know the saying, 'if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all'? Well,  I'll keep this entry short. I'm already a bit miffed over the new arrangement surrounding character greetings, and the redundancy of the characters present. Taking away one of my favorite attractions to accommodate yet another place devoted to meeting Disney princesses is no way to endear Princess Fairytale Hall to me. 

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

I'm still getting used to calling this one Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. When I worked this attraction, it was Cinderella's Golden Carrousel, and it was also my nemesis. That's right, kiddies... I have a fantastic little tale to share with you regarding this ride. Frankly, it still gives me chills. When I was training on the Carrousel, my trainer explained how "we like to enhance the 'show' by stepping on and off the carousel while it's running". Being a boundless klutz, this was a horrifying concept to me, but he demonstrated the whole thing with ease numerous times and insisted I would have no problems. Not wanting to upset the apple cart, I complied. I stepped on, a wee bit wobbly, but successfully. Stepping off, however... didn't go so smoothly. Somehow, forward momentum kept me going - straight into the torso-height wall surrounding the attraction. Cracked rib, it was! I was so embarrassed that I tried to deny the ache - until a respiratory infection set in. When a supervisor found me on the floor of a break room in tears, there was no more hiding it. Modified duty and medical care for me! Not a fun experience. I'm sure there's some PTSD in there. I haven't even considered riding a carousel since. 

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Winnie the Pooh

I have such a completely befuddled opinion on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I do love the attraction. I think it is exceptionally well done, clever, fun, timeless, and vivid. Add to this an irresistibly fun interactive queue area, and you have true Disney magic. However, taking my lifetime of loyalty to my friends in the Hundred Acre Wood out of the equation, I remember just how much I miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Yes, I'm one of those people - those disgruntled Disney loyalists who just don't understand the repeated decisions to shut down one beloved attraction to replace it with a rushed, new one. After all, the space is certainly available to avoid this, but again... I digress. I feel I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here, so let's fill in some details...

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Everyone knows about it, and it's a rather simple attraction. I like to consider Dumbo the Flying Elephant to be a necessary evil. Okay, that may be a bit harsh... but in fairness, it is unimaginative, cliche and reliably slow to load. I think it's a stroke of minor brilliance that WDW opted to add a twin ride adjacent to the first, but I also feel fooled due to their attempts to tout this "change" as a new attraction. No matter what they do, it's still just a redundant rotational ride. It earns respect from me for its heritage only, and nothing more.

December 19, 2013

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party

The Mad Tea Party is one of those love it or hate it rides. If you don't like spinning, you won't like this. It's kind of like an insane version of a Tilt-A-Whirl. Sometimes all the colors alone will make you a bit queasy, but if you can hack it - it's a blast! 

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Naturally, this particular entry will call for an update before long, but... I couldn't wait until sometime next year to get my fingers to the keyboard about this one. Slated to open in 2014, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be a steel roller coaster marking the final phase in the expansion of Fantasyland's Enchanted Forest.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan's Flight is an attraction that is near and dear to my heart. This was one of the areas I was assigned to when I was a Cast Member at Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. Not so surprising side note - this is also where I was working the day I met Michael Jackson and his sons. Yes it's true; Peter Pan's Flight was Michael's favorite, and when he came through, everything came to a halt until his party had their fill (three rides for a party of seven on the day I met him). I have to say, he was a gracious, friendly man. But.... I digress!

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Barnstormer

The Barnstormer is referred to as a "junior" roller coaster. In my mind, this equates to a step above the Sea Serpent at the county fair, but not Space Mountain level. Upon opening in October of 1996, this ride was themed around Goofy's Wiseacre Farm in the "Mickey's Toontown Fair" section of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. When Toontown was leveled to make way for the Fantasyland expansion in February, 2011, The Barnstormer remained, re-themed around the Great Goofini in the new Storybook Circus area. 

December 5, 2013

Walt Disney World - Making Christmas Beautiful

I'm keeping this one simple, folks. It's one of those "a picture's worth a thousand words" situations, so I'll rely heavily on the photos this time around. 
Disney is a company that pays attention to detail. The parks transform with the seasons, and Christmastime is the most amazing of all at the Walt Disney World Resort. There are tremendous celebrations, like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party... unique experiences such as those at Epcot's Holidays Around the World... breathtaking displays like the Osborne Lights at Studios... then there's the truly inspired (and inspiring), amazing little touches absolutely everywhere else. Every park, shop, and hotel has its own original holiday touches to take notice of. Let me take you on a tour of some of the top highlights!!!

November 23, 2013

Magic Kingdom - Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion was an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom in 1971. Since then, it's basically taken on a life of its own, with a cult following of devotees, a movie, an earworm of a soundtrack and an endless array of myths and legendary tales behind its background and secrets. It's just a bustling, fun little spot that seems to have more and more to take notice of each time you ride it! Contrary to the implication of its name, it really isn't necessary to be overly concerned with frightening younger guests with this experience. It is a dark ride, and obviously there's a ghostly theme at root here, but it's more Casper or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man than Poltergeist. This was my daughter's favorite WDW attraction from a very young age. 

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