The History of the Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom is the first of 4 theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was opened to the public on October 1st, 1971, 46 years ago, and has remained open, aside from a handful of specific incidents, for the entire time. 

In 2017, Magic Kingdom was host to over 20 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world...for the 12th year in a row! Today, we’ll learn some of the histories behind this amazing wonderland, and we’ll look forward to the future to see what Magic might be in store!

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At the time it was opened, Magic Kingdom was actually called Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, so as to avoid confusion with the Disneyland theme park, which had also been referred to as the Magic Kingdom in that time. However, in 1994, the park was officially named Magic Kingdom Park, and the name has stayed that way ever since. When it was opened, as many of you know and is made obvious by the maps of the Parks, Magic Kingdom was a replica of Disneyland in California, save for a few additions. The original plan for the Magic Kingdom was to have a larger, more spacious, version of Disneyland that would allow for expansion.

One of the major additions to the park was Liberty Square, which is unique to Magic Kingdom! The remaining 5 themed “lands” within the park were copies of Disneyland, and they include Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. One fun difference between Disneyland and Magic Kingdom is that the latter is actually built on a series of tunnels, or utilidors, that allow the cast-members to travel below the street! This was actually an idea of Walt’s, as he had been at Disneyland one day and saw a cowboy from Frontierland cross the street and make his way into Tomorrowland. Disturbed by the crossover of themes, Walt was determined to find a way for cast-members to traverse the Park without having to sneak their way around. Voila! Tunnels!

Another incredible fact about the Park is that the actual entrance is over a mile away from the parking lot. Now, if you’ve been there, you already knew this, but it’s still a crazy-long way! As with everything Disney, though, this is all by design! Setting up the lot that far away allowed Disney to loop the lot in with their plans for a transit train, ferries, and other amazing transportation plans for the Parks!

As for the future of the Park, there are obviously going to be some up-and-coming attractions, but what you maybe didn’t know is, there are plans for a movie about Magic Kingdom in the works! According to Wikipedia, Jon Favreau plans to direct a film, aptly titled “Magic Kingdom”, that will be a Night at the Museum in Magic Kingdom, of sorts. Although Favreau is busy with other projects, he has mentioned in the recent past that he still plans on making the film! How cool would it be to see all of the characters of the Park come alive in one movie?!

That’s it for us today! Until next time, Stay Magical!

Just in Time: 10 Incredible Facts About The Incredibles

The Incredibles 2 will be hitting theaters everywhere on June 15th, which is almost too much to contain ourselves. We are so excited for this film! While you might remember the movie, you might not know some of the truly incredible secrets behind the scenes! Today, we’ll go over our 10 favorite Incredible facts about The Incredibles so you can get in on the secret with us! Enjoy!

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1. Metroville, the name of the town that the Parr’s reside, is actually a combination of the names Smallville and Metropolis from Superman! As always, we can depend on Pixar to come up with something absolutely genius, only to make it just a tiny part of the amazing complete picture.

2. Samuel L. Jackson was cast as Frozone because his voice is Yep. You read that correctly. “Who could we possibly have as the voice of this superhero that shoots ice out of his hands? Why, the coolest person ever, of course!” It makes so much sense!

3. The Incredibles was Pixar’s first movie using primarily human characters. While human characters had been a part of movies in the past, no human characters were the central focus of any Pixar movie prior to The Incredibles! As their first “real” foray into the realm of human animation, we think they did an incredible job!

4. Edna Mode is voiced by the movie’s director...Brad Bird. Again...shocking! Edna is one of Pixar’s most beloved characters, even though she doesn’t have that many lines, all thanks to her hilarious personality and, of course, the way she says, “dahling”! Little did we all know when we first saw the film, she’s played by a man!

5. Dash sounds out of breath all the time because he actually was. During the recording process, director Brad Bird made Spencer Fox, the voice of Dash, run laps around the studio in order to give him a more realistic out-of-breath voice. It worked! That kiddo sounds winded!

6. The original title of the film was The Invincibles. Personally, I think The Incredibles sounds a lot better anyway! But, this is just a testament to how critical Pixar is about every single detail. Would the movie have been equally awesome with the name The Invincibles? Probably! We will never know, but it’s definitely fun to think about!

7. Each characters’ personality is personified in their superpowers. While Mr. Incredible is strong in his opinions and firm on his beliefs, his powers are super strength! Elastigirl stretches herself thin just trying holding their family together, and her power is unlimited stretchiness! Violet is more quiet and protective of her emotions and is able to cast a powerful shield and turn invisible, while her energetic and distracted brother has exemplary super-speed! Even Frozone, who’s obviously the coolest person in Metroville, has ice as a superpower! It all fits!

8. Syndrome’s appearance is strikingly similar to that of director Brad Bird. It’s reported that after being much too far into development to make any changes, Bird finally realized the resemblance. Bird has mentioned that it was his fascination with superhero comics as a child that led to the idea for this movie, so it’s almost more fitting that the character who loves superheroes the most is modeled after him, right?

9. Mr. Incredible’s GPS of Metroville in the opening sequence is actually modeled after the area surrounding Pixar’s headquarters. Again, as if they couldn’t be more impressive, Pixar leaves us with another subtle reference that blows us away! This is so cool!

10. The code-name for The Incredibles during production was “Tights”. Okay, I genuinely laughed at this one. How awesome? Tights?! It’s perfect. And so obvious, in retrospect. Pixar is amazing, and we cannot wait for the release of The Incredibles 2!

We’ll see you after the premiere!
Stay Magical, Walt Lifer!

Disney Parks: Toy Story Land and New Magical Attractions at the Parks

If you’re like us, you are so fantastically excited about Disney World’s newest attraction: Toy Story Land! As a loyal Toy Story fan for much of my life (Toy Story came out well after I was born), I have to say that this almost feels like a long-overdue treat that I can’t wait to get my hands on! There are plans for all kinds of really neat attractions in Toy Story Land, and today we’re going to go through all of the information Disney has shared about the newest corner of Hollywood Studios!

Slinky Dog Dash Rollercoaster

Slinky Dog Dash

When you get to the Toy Story Land webpage, the first thing you see is the Slinky Dog Dash rollercoaster, and it promises to be quite the thrill ride! It sounds like it’s going to be a very family-friendly coaster, featuring curves, hills, and drops around the theme park! According to the webpage, Guests must be 38 inches or taller to ride, which leaves the coaster open for most kids age 5 or older! This ride is reportedly Fast Pass+ accessible so you can set yourself up for an amazing ride ahead of time!

Alien Swirling Saucers
For anyone that’s a fan of the Teacups, this ride will be a huge hit! Featuring everyone’s favorite alien toys, this ride takes you on an out-of-this-world spinning-experience! The required height is 32 inches or taller so the little ones will be able to hop on with no problem! Make sure to get your Fast Passes to secure your spaceship early!

Toy Story Mania!
Although it’s already open, and you can head there right now if you’d like to, it’s still worth featuring in the blog! Go with a partner through the 5-Arena shooting gallery starring all of your favorite Toy Story characters! Much like the predecessor ride, “Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin”, but this time in 4D, Toy Story Mania is a perfect interactive ride for guests of all ages!

Woody’s Lunch Box
Need a bite to eat while you explore the new frontier of Hollywood Studios? Perfect! Woody’s Lunch Box will have all the snacks you could need! The menu features both breakfast and lunch/dinner options so there will be food to try at all times of the day! Some of the more intriguing menu items include the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart, the “Totchos”, and the Banana Split Yogurt Parfait! No matter what you crave, Woody’s Lunch Box promises to be quite the trip for your taste buds!

No matter your reason for visiting, Toy Story Land will certainly meet (if not, exceed!) your expectations! As huge Toy Story fans, we absolutely cannot wait to see what Disney has in store for us this time!

Until next week, Walt Lifer’s, Stay Magical!