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"Lives to the hype…"
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdrom in Florida was one of our many stops during a recent trip to the East coast of the USA. We were torn between opting for the 'Downtown Disney Walk' which is free but gives a feel of the whole Disney theme, and a day at the magic Kingdom, which set us back by around £70 a ticket just for a day! We decided to give it a go in the end, as it's not everyday you get to drive past Disney World and thought it'd be a lovely experience for our girls (ages 7 and 8) to add to their repertoire of experiences. We didn't regret it! The ticket includes a boat/air train ride to the destination which is lovely in itself (beware of hefty unavoidable car parking fees though); and full access to all the attractions. What makes it worth the cost is the 'atomosphere', me and my sister who came along with us got sucked right into the magical atmosphere and felt like kiddies again!
There is a range of rides, all sectioned off into zones (ie princess /fairies, futiristic, nature etc). Queues can last a minimum of 20 minutes and can go on for over an hour ( we gave up after a forty minute wait to meet Belle!). you get three free 'fast passes' and can upgrade your tickets to get unloimited fast passes although I personally do not think its worth it as you have to then manually book slots for when you want to visit the ride (and sometimes most slots are taken) rather than just wandering and going on rides as and when. In all honesty the rides aren't spectacular; we preferred the shows to the rides, but its the lovely atmosphere, the parades, the music, dancing and fireworks that makes it well worth a visit.
Food is plentiful and you can have anything from a cheap and cheerful burger to a three course meal. A wide range of budgets are catered to and the map outlines rough costs of all the food outlets.
The fireworks at the end are the best bit- we got to watch them from the ferry as we were leaving for a really spectacular and memorable view.
We'd recommend this for under 10s. A full day is more than enough spent here unless you're a die hard Disney fan and want to check out the other parks!Read moreLess
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