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The Magic Kingdom was the first park to open at Disney World.  When the park first opened you paid a small admission fee and then bought tickets for the rides just like the old amusement parks.    The tickets had letter designations ranging from "A" to "E".   The better the ride the higher the designation and the more the ticket for that ride cost.  The very best rides needed E tickets to go on them.   Even today, you will hear people refer to a ride as an E Ticket attraction.   That means the ride is really good.  Today, one admission price gives you access to all of the rides and shows in the park. 

If you are interested in a particular area of the Magic Kingdom click on the name below to be taken immediately there. Otherwise, scroll down for the full listing. Please note: CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS may be closed from time to time.  They are open when crowds or special events deem it necessary and then, only for limited hours. 

The three photos below are, from left to right, the monorail approaching the station, the Contemporary Resort Hotel, and Disney's security check point.  Just click on these or any photos on this web site to see the full size photo.

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MAIN STREET USA   FANTASY LAND    PARADES AND SHOWS
MICKEY'S TOONTOWN FAIR   LIBERTY SQUARE   FANTASY LAND
TOMORROW LAND   FRONTIER LAND   ADVENTURE LAND

 

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1. Walt Disney World Railroad

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: A nice relaxing ride around the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom. You can get on or off the train at Main Street, Frontier Land, or Mickey's Toontown Fair. The ride has a lively but corny narration. The main attraction of the ride is the train itself. The cars are pulled by one of four genuine steam engines that were built around the turn of the century and refurbished by Disney. They were also converted to diesel at the same time. The coaches are open on the side and have park bench style seating. All though there is no air conditioning, the fifteen minute ride could provide a welcome break.

(7) WAITING TIME: USUALLY NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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2. Main Street Transportation

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 1

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 2

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Nothing exciting here. Replicas of antique cars, horse drawn trolleys, and a fire engine that travel up and down Main Street. Rides are one way to either end of Main Street. You can get just as much if not more out of seeing them as they drive by as you can by riding on them. This ride is not worth seeing if you have to wait at all in line.

(7) WAITING TIME: 10 TO 15 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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3. Main Street Cinema

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: All

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This is a meet and great for Mickey and Minnie

(7) WAITING TIME: 30

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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ADVENTURE LAND  
1. Swiss Family Robinson Tree House

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This attraction recreates the tree house from the movie "SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON". There are a whole lot of stairs to climb at this attraction and really not a whole lot to do or see. Mainly, you climb the stairs and go past the different rooms and make shift devices that were created in the movie. If you are in fairly good shape and don't mind the climbing go for it, otherwise send the kiddies in and have a seat in the shade.

(7) WAITING TIME: TEN MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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2. The Enchanted Tiki Birds (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: The Enchanted Tiki Birds is classic Disney entertainment. Not only birds, but flowers and statues perform for your enjoyment. These audio animatronic creations are extremely animated although not exactly state of the art. The songs and dialogue are humorous and enjoyable. No trip to Disney would be complete without visiting this attraction. The show is about fifteen minutes long, there are seats, and it is air conditioned making this attraction a great midday rest stop. There is also a good pre-show for you to watch while waiting for the next show. This attraction recently came under new management, Lago from Aladdin and Zazu from the Lion King now own this attraction and inject their own style of humor into the show. Definitely worth seeing.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE. Theater should hold everyone waiting.

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME. Show times are posted

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3. The Jungle Cruise

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 6

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: The Jungle Cruise is another "must see" ride. On this ten minute ride aboard an African Queen style boat you will travel through the jungles of the world. On your journey you will encounter all sorts of (audio animatronic) Wild life. Your real life guide on this journey can be quite funny at times. The subtropical plants that you will see along the way are real. They are kept alive by a hidden system of heaters and fans for when the temperatures get too cold.

(7) WAITING TIME: USUALLY 30 TO 50 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING OR LATE AFTERNOON.

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4. ALADDIN'S MAGIC CARPETS

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 4

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY:  This is very similar to Dumbo over in Fantasyland.  The main difference is that you may get just a little wet because the camels that surround the ride spit streams of water.  Great for adolescents but not worth the wait for anyone over ten.

(7) WAIT TIME:  About 40 minutes

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: Anytime

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5. Pirates Of The Caribbean (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: A raging thunder storm and a short drop down a water flume in the beginning of this ride belie the true nature of this attraction. This is actually a very benign ride with the exception of the beginning. Once you have gone down the flume your small boat gently drifts into a Caribbean port town which has been taken over by pirates. This ride has undergone a refit. You can now spot Captain Jack Sparrow in several scenes along with Captain Barbosa. The biggest change is in the begining where Davie Jones can be seen projected on a fog screen just before the drop. The detail and the audio animatronics are excellent. When you come out of the ride, you will probably find yourself whistling the song which is played in the background during the ride. A great time for all! Be sure to look for Captain Jack Sparrow out in front of the attraction. He puts on a small show for everyone.

(7) WAITING TIME: 40 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: MID AFTERNOON AND EVENINGS

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FRONTIER LAND  
1. Splash Mountain (H) 40

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 6 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES, WHILE INSIDE SPLASH MOUNTAIN

(6) SUMMARY: This is THE most popular ride in the Magic Kingdom. You ride in a log boat through brightly colored scenes with lively music and audio animatronic figures that follow the adventures of Brer Rabbit as he tries to escape from Brer Bear and Brer Fox. The adventure ends with a drop down the longest, steepest, and fastest water flume around. After the ride you can purchase a picture of your drop down the flume as a souvenir.

(7) WAITING TIME: 45 TO 70 MINUTES ( FAST PASS RIDE )

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING OR DURING THE PARADE

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2. Big Thunder Mountain (H) 40

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 6 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 7

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is a somewhat mild roller coaster ride aboard what is suppose to be a runaway mining train. There are no long drops but there are some really quick turns. All of the mining equipment that you see on the mountain are genuine antiques collected from around the country by Disney. This ride is much more exciting if ridden after dark. If you are going to go on this ride more than once, ride it at least once during the day and once after dark.

(7) WAITING TIME: 45 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNINGS, MEAL TIMES, AND EVENINGS

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3. Frontier Land Shooting Gallery

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 1

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 2

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: You pay to play, the guns shoot a beam of light, and there are no prizes. Do only after you have done everything else in the park at least twice.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME

 
4. The Country Bear Jamboree (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Audio animatronic bears in all shapes and sizes sing and joke for your entertainment in a real country hoe-down. All seats in the theater are good but you can see more things going on the farther back you sit. Try sitting halfway between the front row and the middle of the theater for the best view. This is a great show and a good rest stop.

(7) WAITING TIME: ABOUT 30 MINUTES BETWEEN SHOWS

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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5. Tom Sawyers Island

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 1

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 4

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Kids will enjoy this attraction much more than adults. You board a free floating raft that brings you over to the island. There are caves to explore, barrel bridges, and all sort of things to see and do. It should be noted that in the event of a thunder storm there are few places to come in out of the weather and the rafts that brought you to the island will not operate while there is lightning. So if you decide to take in this attraction keep an eye on the weather.

(7) WAITING TIME: 15 TO 20 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: MORNINGS

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  LIBERTY SQUARE  
1. The Hall Of Presidents (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This is a theater production about the founding of our country. After a short movie the curtain rises and reveals some of the most realistic audio animatronic figures you will ever see with the possible exception of The American Adventure at EPCOT. All of this country's presidents, past and present are represented on the stage. After a roll call in which each president acknowledges his name, President Lincoln gives a short speech. Watch the others during the speech and you will see them fidgeting just as if they were alive. President Bush also gives a short speech. A great show and another good rest stop. 

(7) WAITING TIME: ONLY UNTIL THE START OF THE NEXT SHOW

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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2. The Haunted Mansion (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 6 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: A ride through a haunted Victorian mansion.  The ride takes you from room to room where you view ghostly goings on including some fairly realistic holographic type images that seem to be floating in mid air. Be sure to read the epitaphs on the grave stones at the entrance and exit of the house. Pay particular attention to the grave of Leota pictured to the right of this review.  Watch closely and you just might see the stone come to life.  This attraction has gone under a major renovation with many changes.  It is a little more scary than before so be aware of this before bringing young children who may have issues with this.  I have increased the ratings on this ride to reflect the changes.

(7) WAITING TIME:  40 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: MID AFTERNOON TILL CLOSING

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3. The River Boat Ride

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 1

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: A replica of a real steam driven stern wheeler but not free floating. This boat moves along a track located a few feet below the surface. A nice relaxing ride but it should not be considered a rest stop on a hot day. This ride gives you a view of Frontier Land and Liberty Square that you will not get anywhere else.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE ONCE THE BOAT IS AT THE DOCK

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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  NEW FANTASY LAND  
1. It's A Small World (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: A delightful indoor boat ride around the world where audio animatronic figures costumed in clothes styled from the country that they represent sing and dance to the attractions theme song. Although the audio animatronic figures are far from being state of the art, it is still a very entertaining ride. This is the same ride that appeared at the 1964 Worlds Fair. It is also another good rest stop. "WARNING" The theme song "It's A Small World After All" is contagious. You will find yourself unconsciously singing or humming this song long after you have left the park.  Point of interest, the third photo down on the left shows a clown holding a sign that reads "help".  This clown is the only figure on the ride that is not smiling.  All other characters that you will see have a smile on their face. This ride underwent a 12 month refurbishment in 2004 that included some new figures as well as some much needed cleaning. The only thing that I have found to be missing from the original ride is the clown that is mentioned earlier.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 TO 60 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: LATE AFTERNOON AND ON

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2. Peter Pan's Flight

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Guests board a small pirate ship which is suspended from a track above. Each ship can seat two or three people. On the ride the ship seems to fly through the air while it passes from scene to scene following the story line of Disney's animated version of Peter Pan. A very enjoyable ride for young and old alike.

(7) WAITING TIME: 40 TO 60 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME, LINES ARE FAIRLY CONSTANT

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3. Cinderella's Golden Carousal

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 1

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is a totally refurbished antique carousal. In fact, it is so refurbished that you really can't call it antique anymore. Very few of the original parts remain. It is however, a highly detailed and very beautiful ride to see. Disney engineers have spared no expense to recreate the grand piece of equipment it once was. Unfortunately, it is still just a merry-go-round.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
4. MICKEY'S PHILHARMAGIC (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: MICKEY'S PHILHARMAGIC is a 3D movie featuring many of your favorite characters. This is a really great show. The affects are outstanding and the pace is lively. The best show of this type in all of Disney.

(7) WAITING TIME:  20 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME.  LINES ARE FAIRLY CONSTANT

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5. The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 6

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: An amusement park type ride that is fairly enjoyable. Two people can climb into a honey pot and go for a ride that is full of turns, spins and bounces. A very tame ride really, it follows the story line of Winnie the Pooh complete with all the characters from the story.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 TO 50 MINUTES ( FAST PASS RIDE )

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME, LINES ARE USUALLY CONSTANT

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6. Dumbo

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 2

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Two Dumbo rides side by side.  A carnival midway style ride. Dumbo flies up, Dumbo flies down, Dumbo flies round and round and round. Small children will enjoy this ride. Children over the age of seven will find this ride too childish.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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7. Snow Whites' Adventure This attraction is now a meet and greet for Disney Princesses

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 2

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Character meet and greet

(7) WAITING TIME: 40 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME, LINES ARE FAIRLY CONSTANT

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8. The Mad Hatters Tea Party

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 2

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is the classic spinning tea cup ride. The cups are in groups of four and spin on a spinning turntable which sets on a larger spinning turntable. This is truly not for anyone who is even the slightest bit prone to motion sickness. A great ride if you can handle it.

(7) WAITING TIME: 20 TO 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: BEFORE YOU EAT

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9. The Barnstormer
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(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 5 and up

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: A fairly mild roller coaster (kiddie coaster) with no rolls or loops. This is a very short ride and not very fast. The cars are child sized so they do not easily accommodate larger people. Leg room and hip room are at a premium. I rode this ride with my son who was 10 at the time and neither of us were very comfortable. My advice is that you let the children fide alone if possible.

(7) WAITING TIME: 20 to 30 minutes

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY OR LATE IN THE DAY AND AT MEAL TIMES

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10. UNDER THE SEA WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: A GREAT RIDE WITH FANTASTIC SCENERY.  A GREAT RIDE THAT IS WORTH SEEING.  DISNEY GOT IT RIGHT ON THIS ONE.

(7) WAITING TIME: 50 minutes

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY OR LATE IN THE DAY AND AT MEAL TIMES

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11. SEVEN DWARFS MINE TRAIN (H) 38 INCHES

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 5 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: A GREAT RIDE WITH FANTASTIC SCENERY AND AMAZING VISUAL EFFECTS.  DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MISSING THE GOOD STUFF BECAUSE THE TRAIN ACTUALLY SLOWS DOWN AT TIMES DURING THE RIDE SO THAT YOU DO NOT MISS ANYTHING.  A GREAT RIDE THAT IS WORTH SEEING.  DISNEY GOT IT RIGHT ON THIS ONE.

(7) WAITING TIME: 90 minutes or more

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY IN THE DAY

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1. Space Mountain (H) 44

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 9

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 4

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This is a roller coaster ride that is unlike any other one you have ever been on. Forget loops, forget cork screws, this one is in near total darkness. The top speed of this ride is less than 30 MPH but the extra sharp, sudden and unexpected turns make the G force that you experience on this ride incredible. It's enough to pull things right out of your shirt pocket. Also, the front seat has some visual surprises all it's own. One more thing. If you decide that, after standing in line you don't want to go on the ride or you just want to see what it looks like inside, there is an escape exit just before the final cueing line that will lead you to the exit. This is NOT A GOOD rest stop.

(7) WAITING TIME: 60 TO 90 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING, LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENINGS

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2. Tomorrow Land Transit Authority

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 4

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: ONLY WHEN PASSING THROUGH EXHIBITS

(6) SUMMARY: Billed as the transportation of the future this transportation system is used here to give you an automated tour of The New Tomorrow Land. The cars move along a track much in the same way as the experimental Meg Lev. train. Electromagnets imbedded in the track act on magnets in the cars. By turning them on and off in sequence, motion is achieved. A very interesting ride and a good rest stop.

(7) WAITING TIME: 0 TO 10 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
3. Buzz Lightyear's
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(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This ride is based on the character from Disney's hit movie TOY STORY. The cars that you ride in have two laser guns, one for each passenger and a joy stick which allows you to turn your car from side to side in order to line up targets. Be careful, holding the stick to one side or the other makes the car spin round and round. Each hit scores points which are totaled on the counter in front of each passenger. At the end of the ride you can see who had the best score.

(7) WAITING TIME: 45 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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4. Astro Orbiter

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This ride has just been remodeled. It was formally called the Star Jets and was an amusement park type jet ride high above Tomorrow Land. You have to take an elevator to get to the ride and you walk down afterwards. Nothing special but it might be worth trying once.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING OR LATE IN THE DAY

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5. The Grand Prix Raceway (H) 32

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL. (small children must ride with adult)

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: The Grand Prix Raceway really doesn't belong in Tomorrow Land. In fact, with the remodeling of Tomorrow Land finished it's totally out of place here. It is a very popular attraction though so it will more than likely be around for some time to come. Here you will drive a miniature gas powered formula 1 race car around a Grand Prix course. The cars are guided around the track on a single rail. You can steer the car but the rail prevents you from leaving your lane. It's fun if you've never done it before but once you've done it, it's boring because they don't go very fast.

(7) WAITING TIME: 40 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY OR LATE IN THE DAY

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6. Carousel Of Progress (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This attraction is another hold over from the 1964 Worlds Fair but it has been updated and remodeled more than once during its life. There are several stages located in a circle at the center of the theater. When you enter you will take a seat in a room facing one of the stages. The presentation follows the lives of a family from the turn of the century to the near future and shows how technology has changed their lives. The stage does not move from scene to scene. The room does. Once you sit down you stay seated for the entire show. The audio animatronics are excellent and the show is very good. This attraction is highly recommended and it's also a great rest stop. This attraction is usually only open during peak periods.

(7) WAITING TIME: 10 TO 15 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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7. Stitches Great Escape

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 6

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Loosely based on the movie Lilo and Stitch, the new version of this attraction is not as scarey as its predecessor. Still a good attraction but more for younger children now. The cartoon introduction during the pre-show is not as good as the live action version. Skippy the test subject during the pre-show is still on hand but the show is not as entertaining as the original.  Young children may not like this show because much of the main show is in total darkness.  All in all a good show but not as good as the original. Disney has a track record of replacing attractions with versions that are not as good as the original. Example, Imagination at EPCOT.

(7) WAITING TIME: 20 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: VERY EARLY OR LATE IN THE DAY

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8. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Monsters Inc. is located in the old Time Keeper theater across from Stitch.  The show is set as a comedy club where animated characters from the film try to make you laugh to get power for their city.  They can interact with the audience and the show can be quite funny.  The level of amusement depends greatly upon how willing the members of the audience are to participate in the show.  You do not have to go up on stage but are put on camera and shown on a big screen beside the stage.  A cast member roams the audience with a mike so that the characters can ask questions.  You may be poked fun at so a good sense of humor is essential.  This show is still evolving with new bits and control of the animation improving all the time.  Monsters Inc. is a good show and should be seen if you have the time.

(7) WAITING TIME: TILL NEXT SHOW MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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PARADES AND SHOWS  
1. Main Street Parade

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: The Main Street parade can be seen at a variety of locations throughout the Magic Kingdom. It starts next to Splash Mountain, goes through Frontier Land, turns right at the river boat landing, continues around the castle and then down Main Street where it exits. This route will sometimes be reversed. Currently, the theme of the parade is "DISNEY FESTIVAL OF FANTASY". There are floats along with music, singing, and dancing and of course, the Disney Characters. It's a very good time for all. This is not worth seeing more than once. On a hot day try and find a shady spot for viewing about 15 to 20 minutes before parade time. 

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

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2. MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: A night time parade of lights and fantasy. This parade is very hard to describe and still do it justice. Built mostly around Disney movies, it features floats and characters adorned with thousands upon thousands of tiny lights. The parade follows the same route as the previously mentioned parade but it is only presented when the park is opened late. This is truly a "Must See" attraction. Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your trip.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

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3. Wishes

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Wishes is the Magic Kingdoms fireworks display. An above average display, it is held nightly when the park is open late. The best vantage point is from the end of Main Street. From there you also get to see Tinker Bell fly down from one of the spires of the castle. A truly brave sole, she slides down a guide wire to a point in between Main Street and Tomorrow Land.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

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4. Castle Shows

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: A live show held on the stage in front of the castle.  The current show is DISNEY DREAMS COME TRUE. It's really a delightful show and it's held several times during the day. 

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

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