Welcome to the happiest place on earth! Old man winter has finally decided to leave our sunshine state and make way for a picture perfect first day of spring! Nothing brings back childhood memories of a first visit to the Magic Kingdom, as when you are driving up to the park with your eyes glued to the enormous Mickey Mouse ears perched on top of the water tower! Assorted vehicles with babies, teenagers’, in-laws and weary-eyed parents along with strollers, fanny packs and overloaded suitcases, all make their way closer to the parking lot. Make sure and write down your parking spot upon arrival or you will forget if you are in Sleepy #39, Goofy #29 or Snow White #89. Trust me, after 10 hours of enjoying this park, the last thing on your mind will want to be “Dude, where’s my car?”. Now, grab a park map, and get ready to experience the wonderful world of Disney. Comfortable walking shoes are a MUST! Find Tinkerbell to sprinkle patience dust over you prior to attempting the 45-65 minute wait for all popular rides like Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, and the newly refurbished, Pirates Of The Caribbean. If standing in line doesn’t appeal to you, there are literally dozens of shops to browse through, eateries and pushcarts offering Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream bars, popcorn, cotton candy, cold drinks, smoked turkey legs and custom made jewelry. The options are endless.
If possible, take the monorail into the park to kickstart your day then, as your funfilled hours wind down, enjoy a soothing water taxi ride back to the parking lot. To save some money on food and beverage purchases, you may bring small coolers into the park. You must be able to carry them over your shoulder, store under a stroller and no coolers with wheels. Glass and alcohol products are not allowed. Be prepared to have all backpacks, coolers and purses, etc., searched before entering the park.
Finally, for all of the people who have never experienced Magic Kingdom, it’s expensive! A one-day adult admission, not including tax, is about $80 U.S. dollars. As you purchase your tickets at Disney, you will be offered certain park pass upgrades that are available for an additional charge.