The Magic Kingdom An enchanting world for children of all ages, the Magic Kingdom features thrilling rides, delightful entertainment, magical parades, and fantastic nighttime fireworks displays. Fifty attractions are located in seven themed lands; their primary attractions include: Main Street U.S.A Adventureland Frontierland Liberty Square Silent movie theater, shops, transportation to other lands Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Birds Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Country Bear Jamboree Haunted Mansion, Hall of Presidents
Snow White, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Dumbo Meet Mickey Mouse in his dressing room
EPCOT Center Travel into the future and around the globe in EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), and focus on the achievements of science, industry, and imagination. At night, experience the exciting Illuminations, a show of lasers, music, fireworks, and light. In Future World, you can journey through the human body at the Wonders of Life Pavilion, tour the oceans at The Living Seas, watch "Captain EO" (a 3-D musical movie starring Michael Jackson) at Journey Into Imagination, and travel through the history of our planet in Spaceship Earth. Other attractions include Communicore, Universe of Energy, World of Motion, The Land, and Horizons. In World Showcase, you can experience the food and entertainment of eleven countries. Authentic landscaping and architecture convey the atmosphere of each land. In the Mexico and Norway pavilions, rides immerse you in culture and tradition. Appreciate the history and scenery of China, Canada, and France through films.
Disney MGM Studios Theme Park Tour backstage areas of television and motion picture production studios. Learn about animation as you tour a working studio. Travel into the movies on The Great Movie Ride, go to the Moon of Endor with Star Tours, and survive Catastrophe Canyon. Star in SuperStar Television, create sound effects in the Monster Sound Show. Watch live performers in the Beauty and the Beast stage show and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. A highlight for the children is the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure. Don't expect to see everything at Walt Disney World, unless you have three or four full days to spare. Early in the morning is the best time to see busy Disney MGM Studios Theme Park Attractions; EPCOT's Future World is least crowded in the evenings. In April, parks stay open until 9 or 10 p.m.; check operating hours at the Guest Information desk at your hotel. If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can make advance dinner reservations for popular restaurants at all three theme parks.
OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
In addition to Walt Disney World, the Orlando area offers a variety of attractions including Universal Studios and Sea World. Within a one-hour drive are the Kennedy Space Center, Cypress Gardens, and Daytona Beach; Busch Gardens-Tampa and Florida's Silver Springs in Ocala are about thirty minutes farther. Universal Studios Florida Universal Studios brings movies to life as you face the fury of King Kong at Kongfrontation, race across the moon in the E.T. Adventure, experience an Earthquake, and blast into the future on the Back To The Future Ride. Children can audition at the Nickelodeon Network Studio. Learn about audio, music video, television, and movie production at the MCA Recording Studio and the Production Studio Tour. Other highlights include the Jaws and Ghostbusters pavilions; the Murder, She Wrote Post-Production Theater; Phantom of the Opera Make-Up Show; Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies; The Wild, Wild, Wild West Stunt Show; and The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. Sea World of Florida Meet whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks, and many more aquatic forms of life. They perform in Shamu: New Visions starring Shamu and his family of killer whales; Whale and Dolphin Discovery; Clyde and Seamore, 10,000 B.C. featuring sea lions, otters, and walruses; and Terrors of the Deep, presenting barracuda, sharks, and eels. Visit the North Pole at the Penguin Encounter and move through a clear acrylic tube in a 600,000-gallon aquarium in the "Sharks!" pavilion. Don't miss a team of waterskiers performing at the Atlantis Stadium. Kennedy Space Center Space shuttles launch and land at the Kennedy Space Center on Florida's east coast. The two-hour Red Tour takes you by bus to the Flight Crew Training Building and the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Show, the space shuttle and Apollo launch sites, and the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building. The Blue Tour transports you through the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, including the Mercury and Gemini pads and the Air Force Space Museum. Cypress Gardens Explore 223 acres and more than 8,000 varieties of flowers, plants, and trees. Stroll through the Mediterranean, Waterfall and Big Lagoon areas, the Oriental Gardens, and the AllAmerican Rose Garden. Tour the gardens on a miniature railroad or electric boat ride or enjoy the
view from 153 feet in the air on the Kodak Island in the Sky Ride. Children will love Carousel Cove's child-sized thrill rides. Daytona Beach Home of the world-renowned Daytona 500, held each February, the Daytona International Speedway presents year-round race car, stock car, motorcycle, and go-cart racing. You will tour the speedway or watch a race, or bet on nearly jai alai games or greyhound races. Daytona's famous beach, 23 miles long and 500 feet wide, presents an opportunity to work on your tan or swim in the Atlantic Ocean. During low tide in daylight hours, you will drive your car on the hard-packed sand along the water's edge. Busch Gardens-Tampa Explore nineteenth century Africa at Busch Gardens, including rides, games, shops, and live entertainment. At desert outposts, jungle glades, and a game preserve, you will spot hundreds of varieties of wildlife, from apes to zebras. You will ride roller coasters and other theme park rides, travel along the white water rapids or brave a tidal wave, or experience a flight simulator. Live shows include ice skaters at the Moroccan Palace Theater, a German Festhaus, a dolphin show, and various animal acts. With a combination one-day ticket, you will also visit nearby Adventure Island, an outdoor water park featuring flumes, a wave pool, a speed slide, swimming and diving areas, a children's playground, and a beach. Florida's Silver Springs The world's largest formation of clear artesian springs is located in central Florida. The Silver River is formed by one major outlet, 65 feet long and 12 feet high; these springs release more than 750,000 gallons of water daily. At Silver Springs, you will tour the springs in a glass bottom boat. Take a Jeep Safari through a wildlife preserve and spot monkeys, alligators, zebras and deer as they roam through the jungle. On the Jungle Cruise, you will see zebras, giraffes, and ostriches. Travel back in time on the Lost River Voyage. Children will enjoy feeding llama, deer, sheep, and baby goats at Dolittle's Petting Zoo.
DIRECTIONS TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
Walt Disney World is situated southwest of Orlando, off Interstate 4 (I-4). If you are driving from the north, you will be traveling on I-95, US Route 1, or the Florida Turnpike Southbound. Take I-4 West to the Walt Disney World exit and follow the signs. If you are making a side trip to Tampa, you will be traveling south on I-75. Take I-4 East to the Disney World exit and follow signs. From southern Florida, traveling north on the Florida Turnpike, take the Kissimmee-St. Cloud exit. Take Highway 192 West to Walt Disney World.