Between the four parks, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot Center, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Magic Kingdom is where it all started. We think of it as the mother ship. As you walk up and see the train station sitting high and mighty alongside the “Magic Kingdom” sign, you will feel right at home. You can almost hear Mickey saying, “Come right in.” Under the train station’s tracks, the Mickey Mouse garden of flowers with the backdrop sign of “Let the Memories Begin” will be your first photo. You’ll go on lots of amazing rides, which are more like exhibits, and worth the wait in line. Our faves are: Dumbo the Flying elephant (yes, for the young and old), It’s A Small World, Little Mermaid Under the Sea, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Pirates of the Caribbean. That’s just a partial list.
Restaurants we love: the Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose. For a quick bite, Pizza Planet has some great pizza. It’s also an arcade so if you need to take a break, the kids can have fun while you’re resting your feet. And, if you’re still longing for something delicious yet sweet, go to Hollywood Scoop for great ice cream, or pick up a mouth-watering chocolate-covered apple (mmmmm).
Be sure to explore these thrilling rides/shows: Shrek 4D, Terminator Show, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, E.T. Adventure, Disaster, Twister, Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers The Ride 3D, Men in Black Alien Attack (play a real-life videogame against your family and friends), The Simpsons, Blues Brothers Show (lots of fun), and Animal Actors on Location. Restaurant choices we recommend: Mel’s Drive-In (for a quick bite) or Lombard’s Seafood Grill (for a good sit-down meal).