The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s Disneyland-style theme park. Centered around Cinderella’s Castle, the Magic Kingdom is probably the park that people most identify with Walt Disney World. Magic Kingdom is made up of six distinct themed lands: Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. The park is designed in a “hub and spoke,” layout where the end of Main Street and Castle forecourt make up the “hub” with the surrounding lands making up the “spokes.” The iconic park is also home to Disney’s three mountains (Splash, Big Thunder, and Space) as well as a wide variety of ride for the whole family to enjoy. Additionally, the Festival of Fantasy afternoon parade and Happily Ever After fireworks spectacular can be seen here daily.
The Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open at Walt Disney World. It opened its in October 1971 with the monorail resorts The Contemporary and the Polynesian along Fort Wilderness. While Walt Disney did not live to see the start the construction of the Magic Kingdom, his imprints are all over the park. Walt selected Central Florida as the site of the project, purchased the land, and lead the initial planning. The park is heavily influenced by Disneyland. Both feature castles at the center, surrounded by themed lands. However, one of the main differences is that the Magic Kingdom was built on a much larger scale. As Imagineer and Disney Legend Tony Baxter puts it, “Disneyland is Charming, and Disney World is spectacular.”