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Disney’s Magic Kingdom – Orlando

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is a 90 minute drive from St Pete Beach, so it is well worth a day visit.  I bought my 1 day tickets online in the UK and set up a ‘My Disney Experience‘ account so that I could plan my day beforehand.

Tip – One day ticket options are only available online is if you change the language setting on the website from English (UK) to English (USA).  You also get 3 free fast passes when doing so, which really made our day a lot smoother and hardly queued at all.

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Pooh hugging Josh while Tigger tries to eat his leg

Take Two

If you are spending more than one or two days in Disney, I would strongly recommend staying on site and booking when you get free Disney Dining.  Not only is the food and drink extremely pricey, the parking is charged at $20 per day.  It also gives you the option to get to the park extra early, then go back to the hotel for lunch and a swim before returning later in the afternoon.  A full day from 8 am to midnight is not for the faint hearted.

How much?

Tip – Share an ice cream with your child for two reasons.  They are huge and they melt quicker than a child can eat one!

A must for every first time visitor to the Magic Kingdom

Taking a child on rides like ‘Dumbo’ and ‘It’s A Small World’ for the first time, is such a wonderful experience.

It’s A Small World

It’s A Small World

It’s A Small World

Cinderella’s Castle with Christmas decorations

I love the mosaics inside Cinderella’s castle

Just a reminder of what an incredible man Walt Disney was

“Saving Mr Banks” is an incredible movie about Walt Disney and the plaque on his statue really sums up his incredible contribution to our world.  It reads;

“We believe in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun together – Walt Disney”

The Pirates of the Caribbean

This one needs no introduction

The lovely Minnie Mouse

The gorgeous Disney Christmas Tree

Suggested Reading: Disney Magic Cruise Ship Tour

Disney Magic Cruise Ship Review

Disney Magic put in a rare appearance at a UK port and seemed to turn the Dover port authority staff and travel agent visitors into a bunch of children.

I was among the lucky handful of travel agents to have been offered the opportunity to visit the Disney Magic.

What To Expect On A Disney Cruise

Cruising can be many things to many people, but put the name Disney in front of it and it changes the expectations completely.

The first thing you do when starting any Disney experience is to look out for the well loved characters, and it wasn’t long before I caught my first glimpse of Goofy hanging off the back of the ship as he was adding the finishing touches of paint to it’s aft.

Onboard the Disney Magic

Captain Mickey greeted us as we embarked the ship.

The tastefully styled atrium was nothing like I’d expected. There were subtle touches of Disney but the elegance of a cruise ship remained.

On Deck

It was a gorgeous sunny August day and we made our way up to the pool deck, always my favourite place on a cruise ship. Goofy’s pool has a movie screen and the splash area with water slide for thrill seekers. Cove Pool is the adults only retreat from the excitement of the younger and older kids.

There are plenty of pool vests available for children.

Beautiful art can be seen throughout the ship which takes on many forms from sketches to oil paintings.

Every stateroom onboard a Disney ship has a separate bathroom and toilet, which is a godsend when travelling with children. Every bathroom has a bath in it as well regardless of which type of room you go for. The décor has a subtle Disney feel to it and nothing like I had expected.

Needless to say there has been no skimping on facilities for kids clubs. Disney has huge areas for all age groups.

The main dining room, Animation Palate is something else. As you enter the restaurant, you are surrounded by black and white sketch drawings. But during the course of the evening colour explodes from the paintbrushes and colours the entire room.

Of course it would not be Disney without it’s own theatre and the incredible shows they put on the ships.  I can’t help but thing of the movie “Saving Mr Banks” everytime I see a picture of Walt Disney.

Of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have my photo taken with the lovely Anna and Elsa to end a wonderful day onboard the Disney Magic.

If you are a Disney fan, why not read about the day I took my kids to The Magic Kingdom