Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

Next in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series in Cinderella Castle.  This Disney Weenie is the original Weenie for Walt Disney World, and is both a landmark and an attraction.  Inside these walls you’ll find dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, hair styling at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a walk through from the end of Main Street, U.S.A. to the beginning of Fantasyland — although it is sometimes blocked for shows — and of course, you’ll see Wishes soaring high atop Cinderella Castle each night, and on good nights, you’ll see Tinkerbell flying away from the Castle.

Attraction Name: Cinderella Castle
Attraction Type: N/A
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day, except during Wishes.
FastPass+: Not Available

I find it interesting that Cinderella Castle is listed as an attraction on the Disney World website, because it isn’t really an attraction in the sense that I think of it — it’s more of a landmark to me.  Still, it is listed as such on the website, so I treat it as such for our Attraction Guides series.  As a starting point for Fantasyland, though, there is no better structure that I can think of than Cinderella Castle — the building where reality of Main Street, U.S.A. becomes the world of fantasy in Fantasyland.  What do you think of Cinderella Castle?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Cinderella Castle

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Main Street Vehicles

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide!  In this series, we are going to work through each of the six Lands that make up the Magic Kingdom, so starting us off, we’re going to look at the attractions of Main Street, U.S.A.  Kicking us off is the Main Street Vehicles!  Here is all of the relevant information that you need to determine if this Attraction is for you.

Attraction Name: Main Street Vehicles
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: None
Location: Main Street, U.S.A.
Hours of Operation: Varies, but usually just a couple of hours early in the morning.
FastPass+: Not Available

In addition to the early style Fire Truck that you see above, the mode of transportation can also be via a Horse-Drawn Street Car, a Jitney (this is an early automobile without a roof), or via Omnibus, which is an open air double decker bus.  This attraction has limited hours because of the crowds that can clog traffic on Main Street as the park gets busier.

This is a one-way means of transportation, starting at either Town Square or in front of Cinderella Castle, so you can get on at one of the stops but you are required to get off unless there is nobody waiting to get on.

For my family, this isn’t something that we often see, but I can see us doing this one morning when we are visiting.  I don’t see us needing to experience it more than once.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

The Lands of Disneyland: Critter Country!

From the Sailing Ship Columbia, this shot of Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain looks great!

From the Sailing Ship Columbia, this shot of Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain looks great!

On Tuesday we continued our look at the Lands of Disneyland by taking a peek at all that there is to explore at Frontierland!  Now, we are moving on to Critter Country, next on our list of the Lands of Disneyland series!

Critter Country

Critter Country is made up of the following attractions — I for one think of Critter Country as just Splash Mountain, but there are other things to explore here also:

  • Splash Mountain
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes

Did you know that Critter Country is actually the third name this land has had?  When it first opened in 1956, it was known as Indian Village.  It featured Native American shows and attractions, including the Indian War Canoes.  Actually, at this time, Indian Village was part of Frontierland.  However, in 1971 it was re-themed, and renamed Bear Country, and was officially made a “Land”.  It opened on March 4, 1972, and featured the Country Bear Jamboree as it’s centerpiece attraction.  It would stay as Bear Country until 1988, when it was renamed Critter Country in anticipation of the January, 1989 opening of Splash Mountain.  It has been Critter Country ever since.

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is very much like the Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.

Splash Mountain is very much like the Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland is very much like Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, but there are some differences.  The two biggest differences are that the Disneyland version features a single seat log flume — and let me tell you, it was a lot of fun when we rode it — and also, the Disneyland version doesn’t have a lap bar like the Magic Kingdom version does.  Other than that, really, it’s the same ride, all based off of the movie The Song of the South.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Critter Country

The Winnie the Pooh ride is basically the same as the Magic Kingdom version, but the queue is different.  Another great factor for when we visited was that it had hardly any line all the time, so we were able to hop right on.  Also, it is located right across from Splash Mountain, so it is pretty easy to find.  The map does a great job of showing all the different parts of the land.

Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes

This canoe ride is one that we didn't get around to, but I think would be fun -- and tiring!

This canoe ride is one that we didn’t get around to, but I think would be fun — and tiring!

The third attraction in this small land is the Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes attraction.  While we didn’t participate in this attraction, I think it would be fun to do once — and get a totally different view of the Rivers of America and surrounding lands.

In addition to these three attractions, you also have the Harbour Galley and the Hungry Bear Restaurant to fill your tummy with — both of them are quick service, and while we didn’t eat at either one of them, I think we would have liked both of them.

Critter Country, while it is a small land, features arguably one of the best attractions in all of Disneyland.  Along with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, and the dining establishments, this land is definitely not one to be forgotten!  Make it a part of your day at Disneyland every trip!

What do you think of Critter Country — one of your favorite lands, or one to skip past?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and thanks for stopping by My Dreams of Disney — where we are helping you turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!

The Lands of Disneyland: Frontierland!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is just one of the great things to do in Frontierland!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is just one of the great things to do in Frontierland!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our next installment of the Lands of Disneyland!  As you know, we have previously taken a look at Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, and New Orleans Square.  As we continue our path clockwise around Disneyland, we next come to Frontierland!  This land is located right next to New Orleans Square, and has a ton of activities for you to enjoy during your visit.  Take a look at this list, and we’ll elaborate on these further on in our post also:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Big Thunder Ranch
  • Fantasmic!
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is near the top of my list of favorite roller coasters!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is near the top of my list of favorite roller coasters!

The big name at Disneyland in Frontierland is probably Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  What is different about Disneyland is that Splash Mountain is located in Critter Country, a totally different land, and isn’t right next door to BTMRR like it is at Walt Disney World.  Unfortunately for us, though, we weren’t able to experience that great ride because of this sign:

Sadly, it was closed until Fall...

Sadly, it was closed until Fall…

Big Thunder Ranch

Big Thunder Ranch is a great little outdoor petting zoo type environment!

Big Thunder Ranch is a great little outdoor petting zoo type environment!

We came strolling into Big Thunder Ranch one day during our trip, and had the best time.  They had lasso’s for your kids to learn how to lasso, they had some of the great horses on display, along with other animals and birds, and while we were there, we ran into our friends, as you can see below — it was so cool because there was hardly anyone around, so we didn’t have to wait at all!

Look who we ran into at Big Thunder Ranch!

Look who we ran into at Big Thunder Ranch!

Fantasmic!

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Fantasmic is performed on the Rivers of America in Disneyland!

As you can tell by the map image below, Fantasmic is located right on the shore of the Rivers of America!  However, just like at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the wait for the show is absolutely insane — in my opinion only, of course — so we didn’t see it.  Mostly this is because you would have to get a seat around 5PM and wait for the show time, and I just felt like that was a waste of time.  One year we will see Fantasmic, but it wasn’t this year…

Fantasmic Map Disneyland

Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition

The Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition is of a similar nature to the one at Walt Disney World. Basically it’s a shooting arcade — it isn’t really our thing, so we didn’t take it in, but if you have young hunters or would-be hunters, I’m sure they would enjoy it!

Mark Twain  Riverboat

The Mark Twain Riverboat is a replica paddleboat on the Mighty Mississippi!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is a replica paddleboat on the Mighty Mississippi!

The shot above was taken from the pilothouse (I think that’s the right term) of the Mark Twain Riverboat!  It was great being able to go up there, although it was a little cramped with me, Sophie, and our boat captain up there!

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

The Pirate's Lair is part of Tom Sawyer Island, a fun place for kids to play!

The Pirate’s Lair is part of Tom Sawyer Island, a fun place for kids to play!

Tom Sawyer Island is a great little getaway from the rest of Disneyland.  Just like at the Magic Kingdom, access to the island is by way of raft, and it’s a lot of fun to head on over and relax some of the day away.  Look for all the treasure at the Pirate’s Lair, and have fun finding all the passageways!

Sailing Ship Columbia

The Sailing Ship Columbia is perhaps the most relaxing boat to go on at Disneyland!

The Sailing Ship Columbia is perhaps the most relaxing ship to go on at Disneyland!

I really enjoy the Sailing Ship Columbia.  When you board her deck, and get underway, it really feels as if you are back in the age when this ship was sailing around the world!  That is part of what I love about Disney — his true love of history, and how he incorporates that into his parks so that they are so much more than just a place to ride rides.

In addition to all of these, Frontierland is also the home to the Golden Horseshoe, which, while it doesn’t still do Wally Boag’s show, is still a great photo opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up!

The Golden Horseshoe is a great looking building!

The Golden Horseshoe is a great looking building!

The story of Frontierland is so much more than a place to ride a roller coaster, or go looking for Pirate treasure, or pet some animals.  The story of Frontierland really comes down to this quote, spoken by the great Walt Disney himself, on the day of Disneyland’s opening on July 17, 1955:

Frontierland. It is here that we experience the story of our country’s past. The color, romance and drama of frontier America as it developed from wilderness trails to roads, riverboats, railroads and civilization. A tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of our hearty pioneers who blaze the trails and made this progress possible.

Thank you for stopping by as we take a look at Frontierland, one of the Lands of Disneyland!

 

Coming Soon – The Lands of Disneyland!

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle beckons you at the end of Main Street, U.S.A.

 

Much like we did with the Lands of the Magic Kingdom, and the Countries of Epcot World Showcase, we are getting ready to start a new series where we will explore all the different Lands of Disneyland!  If you have never been to Disneyland before, this series will help you to see all of the great things that you can experience in Disneyland, and perhaps help you realize that there is so much to experience there that you will want to plan your own trip out west.  If you have been to Disneyland, hopefully this series will serve to remind you of all of the great things that you did experience, so that you can relive those memories over and over again.

As you may know, we are also working on our series about the Pavilions of Epcot Future World, so there is no set timetable for this, but despite that, please know that these posts will be exciting moments for me and my family to relive that dream trip we took back in June of 2013.  I hope you’ll join us and walk the same paths that we walked as we all remember Walt in the park that he created!

Here are the lands that we’ll be learning more about in the coming days and weeks:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Adventureland
  • New Orleans Square
  • Frontierland
  • Fantasyland
  • Tomorrowland
  • Critter Country
  • Mickey’s Toontown

Stay tuned, we’ll be starting with Main Street, U.S.A., which you will learn has some distinct similarities to Main Street, U.S.A. in Walt Disney World, but also has significant differences too!