Magic Kindgom at Walt Disney World

Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney

Animal Kingdom


Hollywood Studios




Main Street USA

Liberty Square

Disney World

In 1963, Walt Disney flew over the Orlando, Florida area that is now known as Disney World looking for land so he could build his second Disney theme park. Before his dreams were realized, Walt Disney died of lung cancer in 1966, leaving his brother Roy to oversee the development of the Magic Kingdom. The park opened its gates to visitors on October 1, 1971.

Currently the Walt Disney World Resort offers visitors four theme parks, 23 on-site resorts and two water parks. Magic Kingdom, the original of the four Disney parks is home to Cinderella’s castle. At the park visitors can dine with the characters, meet and greet the Disney princesses, including Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Fairies such as Tinkerbell. Other Disney characters such as Minnie and Mickey and their friends also sign autographs and take pictures with their fans.

Of the rides at Disney, some of the most famous include It’s a Small World, the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. For the younger crowd, rides such as Dumbo and Snow White and Peter Pan’s Adventure are open.

In 2011, the Magic Kingdom closed down Mickey’s Toon Town in an effort to expand the fairytale portion of Fantasy Land. The new Fantasyland will open before 2013 and will include additional castles and the settings from almost every one of the Disney princess stories. Mickey and Minnie are now located in the Town Square theater at the entrance of Disney.