Hard to decide where to take the family on the next vacation? Well… there are plenty of choices! Maybe I am biased because I live only hours from the front doorstep, but my personal favorite family destination is the Disney theme parks in Orlando, FL. For me, Disney is truly the happiest place on earth! There is so much to do at Disney, both for adults and children, that it makes it the ideal destination for almost any family.
Here are a few points of interest:
1.) Magic Kingdom: This is the most visited of the parks, with the ever famous Cinderella’s castle as the backdrop. As you enter you a greeted by Main Street USA, which is a beautifully designed replica of the American main streets of old. Many people make the mistake of perusing through the shops before heading into the park, but I recommend you save this until last. This area is opened after the rides are closed, and can be the last on your list to do for the day.
Directly past and framed by Main Street is the landmark Cinderella’s castle, using the circular courtyard as a meeting place if someone in your party gets lost is a very good idea. It is best to make a circular pass of the park, if you are trying to get everything in one day. If you go counterclockwise you’ll hit Tomorrowland first, with rides such as Buzz Light Year’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain this area has rides both for the adults and children.
Passing the Small World ride you’ll find Liberty Square, which has the Haunted Mansion, Riverboat rides, and the Hall of Presidents. The Haunted Mansion is a slow ride, but may not be suitable for very young children.
The final area is Frontierland and Adventureland, which is popular with the rollercoaster buffs! You’ll find Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean! One of my favorite rides (though a little hokey) is the River Boat tour! This ride is suitable for all in the family, and depending on the tour guide, can be one of the most entertaining rides you’ll have all day.
There are several places to eat at the park, but if you’re looking to save money, I would recommend that you eat a hearty breakfast before heading to the park. Then you just spend money on drinks and snacks until dinner. All-in-all, the Magic Kingdom is one of the best parks on Disney property, and it continues to inspire children year after year.
2.) Downtown Disney: