Let’s take the kids to the Magic Kingdom
A virtual Walt Disney World vacation provides some home-made magic
I go to Walt Disney World a lot. No, like – a lot.
Imagine an excessive amount of trips to central Florida. Now double it. You’re probably half way there.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that it’s my favorite vacation destination. However, we’ve got a problem. Whatever the number of Disney getaways I’ve taken is, it’s not going to change anytime soon. In a completely unprecedented (and completely necessary) move, Walt Disney World has closed its doors to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
So what’s a hopeless WDW addict to do?
Take a virtual vacation.
Especially now that most of us are stuck at home, it’s a great way to forget about the pandemic news for a short time. We’re on to day three of the quarantine/school shutdown, so once the remote learning is taken care of and the homework is done, of course (note to my own kid: do your homework,) put the kids in front of your device and set them loose into virtual Disney.
Follow the videos down the page, and you’ll be walking through the Most Magical Place on Earth – from Main Street USA, through Fantasyland, and getting on literally every attraction with a Parenting NH Fastpass.
Think of it this way: It’s all the attractions and atmosphere with none of the humidity and standing in line.
Also, food is much less expensive at home.
If/when you make it through the entire park – tell me what your favorite Magic Kingdom attraction is. Seriously – I want to know. I need my Disney fix.
We’ll start with a little Disney zen for the parents. Get your coffee and settle-in, because this is an hour and 16 minute video of Sunrise over the Magic Kingdom. It’s quieter than you’ll ever find the park (except for now, I guess,) serene and relaxing. It starts out in the early morning dark and slowly the sun illuminates Cinderella Castle. It is peaceful, tranquil and hypnotic.
Sunrise over the Magic Kingdom
It is time.
Get everyone in the room, make sure you have your Magic Bands and step into virtual Disney.
When I visit Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is always our day-one stop. Cinderella Castle is the enduring icon of the entire place, and it always sets the mood for the week ahead. So we’ll start there.
Main Street USA is the red carpet that leads to everything beyond it. The shops, the music and the entertainment are a welcoming entry to the park.
I’m going straight through to Fantasyland. There are a few reasons why I always do this, but primary among them is I love the classic attractions there, but I won’t wait in line for them. You can go get in line for Splash Mountain if you want, we’ll just meet back here for lunch.
Mad Tea Party
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Practice your royal wave. Yes, it’s just a merry-go-round, but if you can spot the horse with the gold ribbon on its tail, you’ve found Cinderella’s personal steed.
It’s a Small World
Peter Pan’s Flight
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
We’ll usually head into Tomorrowland next, mostly because we’ve done some walking by now and there are some great ‘sitting down’ attractions here. Also, I’m a little obsessed with the Carousel of Progress.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Carousel of Progress
My own personal obsession. I want to live in this world, next door to John Progress. We can share sarsaparilla (or root beer) and bomb around in Schwartz’s hupmobile.
TTA Peoplemover (AKA, the “Blue Roller Coaster”)
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
The first time we tried this show, I was “That Guy.” I typically loathe being the center of attention, but they have a way of making it all low-stress and fun. Plus I got a sticker at the end identifying me as “That Guy.”
This is where my kid would get her favorite late morning snack – a baked potato at Liberty Square Market. Even when it was 95 and humid. She has her quirks.
The Haunted Mansion
The Hall of Presidents
Liberty Belle Riverboat
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Country Bear Jamboree
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Enchanted Tiki Room
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Tree House
You made it! That’s pretty much every attraction at the Magic Kingdom. So for sticking it out, here’s a bonus: The best nighttime show in all of Walt Disney World (your opinion may vary.)
Happily Ever After
The only thing left is to fight the insane crowds as we exit via Main Street USA.
I’ll tell you what – I have a better idea. Let’s take the monorail to the Poly and meet up at Trader Sam’s for a Zombie.
Haven’t had enough? Walk through it all on Google Street View.