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Magic Kingdom 1996, 1997 & 2000


MAGIC KINGDOM is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando. Its design is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. Cinderella Castle, ispired by the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film, is the central focus. It 2019 the park hosted almost 21 million visitors, making it the most visited theme part in the world.


Each day, one park opened early for guests who were staying at one of the Disney resorts. It was a great opportunity to grab a ride on one of the attractions that typically had a very long line. It was also a great time to take photos with fewer guests in the shots.


MAIN STREET, U.S.A. is the first thing you see when you enter Magic Kingdom and is lined with shops selling merchandise, food and everything Disney. Inspired by Walt Disney's childood, the street looks a lot like what you might have seen in the early 20th Century in small towns across the country.
Curtis snaps a photo of Carolyn, Beth and Philip
Can you spot Beth and Philip in the photo on the right?
Carolyn & Curtis get caught sporting their best bathing suits on Main Street
Curtis poses for a photo on Main Street in 1997
The MAIN STREET PARADE is a large theatrical production dating back to the beginning of the theme park. Many Disney characters such as Mickey & Miney Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy & Pluto, Cinderella & the Prince, Belle & the Beast, Ariel & Eric, Snow White & the Dwarfs and Pocahontas are frequently in the parade.
The 1996 Main Street Parade celebrated Mickey Mouse and his friends
My photos from this parade aren't the best but they still hold memories for anyone who was there.
Mickey & Minnie Mouse
Ariel the Little Mermaid, Alice from Woderland, Snow White and the Dwarfs
The cast of the Lion King
Aladdin, Jasmine & the Genie
Belle & the Beast
Cinderella and the Prince


CINDERELLA CASTLE is Cinderella's fairytale castle and the main focal-point of Magic Kingdom. The castle was inspired by a variety of real and fictional palaces, has 27 towers and is surrounded by a moat.
Our first look at Cinderella Castle in 1996
Great photos of Beth & Philip with Cinderella Castle in the background
There was a wonderful Cinderella Castle stage show with Mickey, Minnie and all their friends
The back side of Cinderella Castle
The family stops to rest a few minutes before the fun continues
The same year, 1996, but a different day of the week
The back side of Cinderella Castle
The family stops to rest a few minutes before the fun continues
(Right) Beautiful Cinderella mosaic on the inside of Cinderella Castle
My photos of Cinderella Castle in 2000 were spectacular
It was great to have so few guests in the shots due to "early" park entrance day
To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Disney World on 01 October 1996, Imagineers transformed the front of Cinderella Castle into an 18-story "birthday cake - complete with red and pink "icing", giant candy canes, 16 glowing candles. The castle served as the centerpiece for the 15-month-long celebration.
This is how we saw Cinderella at our second visit to Disney World in 1997
Shows outside of Cinderella Castle happen regularly - Mary Poppins sings her way into the hearts of the crowd
Belle & Beast sing and dance
A marching band and Aladdin
In February 2020, Disney announced that the castle would be getting  a renovation, with dark blue roofs, a slight rose pink color for the walls, darker stone and gold trim accents.


ADVENTURELAND is one of the "themed-lands" in Magic Kingdom. The original Polynesian motif is still visible around the Swiss Family Treehouse, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
The entrance to Adventureland
The JUNGLE CRUISE is a river-boat attraction located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. The attraction simulates a riverboat cruise. Guests board replica tramp steamers from a 1930s  lodge and are taken on a voyage past different Audio-Animatronic jungle animals. The tour is led by a live Disney Cast Member.
We enjoyed the JUNGLE CRUISE in 1996 and 1997, but the line seemed to be too long in 2000 so we skipped it
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN is a dark ride in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. The ride tells the story of a band of pirates in the West Indies in the 17th and 18th and reflects their voyages, troubles and exploits. The ride popularized the son "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, the Pirate's Life For Me".
Carolyn (on the Right) heads in to the ride while Curtis snaps another photo during the 2000 disney trip
Photos from 1996
A 10-minute cruise through a series of sets dipicting a pirate raid on a Caribbean Island town
Each pirate's face had remarkable personality, and the rendition of "Yo-Ho-Yo-Ho" stuck with you after the ride
Great photos of Beth & Philip after the ride - from 1996
SWISS FAMILY TREEHOUSE is a walk-through attraction that is based on "The Swiss Family Robinson" movie from 1960. The tree, while intended to look real, is actually made up of steel, concrete and stucco, stretching 60 fee tall and 90 feet wide.
"Everything you need right at your fingertips", This is how the Robinson father described the treehouse that he and his two sons constructed for his family after the ship that was transporting them to America was wrecked in a storn.
CURTIS: "The Swiss Family Robinson" tree house was wonderful to look at. I would live in it. It reminded me of my Tarzan fantasies from my childood. The tree house was closed in 1997 and Carolyn didn't want to see it in 2000, so I skipped it, too. These photos are from our 1996 trip.
Carolyn and Curtis from 1996
The ENCHANTED TIKI BIRDS is an attraction and Polynesian musical animatronic. The presentation features a "cast" of over 150 talking, singing and dancing birds, flowers, a magic fountain, tiki drummers and tiki totem poles. The TIKI BIRDS were closed on earlier trips, but we did visit the attraction in 2000.
The following photos are from our 2000 trip to Disney
Carolyn hides behind thes tiki totem poles
A photo of Curtis with some beautiful Asian-themed architecture


In the words of Walt Disney: "FANTASYLAND is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true". Attractions include It's a Small World, Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Mad Tea Party.
Can you find Beth & Philip in all of these photos?
(Right) Early morning entry to MAGIC KINGDOM. There's no one in the photo with Beth & Philip
(Left) King Triton, (Right) Curtis pretends to climb Jack's Beanstalk behind of Cinderella Castle
"It's a Small World" is a water-based boat ride located in the Fantasyland area at the Magic Kingdom. It first premiered at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The ride features over 300 audio-animatronic dolls from cultures around the world singing the attraction's title song, "It's a Small World After All".
(Left) MEXICO, (Right) INDIA
(Left) TAIWAN, (Right) IRAQ
SNOW WHITE'S ENCHANTED WISH was a dark ride in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. Snow White meets the Seven Dwarfs, tries to avoid the Witch, and manages to live happily ever after. Strobe lighting and other effects are used in the attraction.
Snow White, the Witch and Dwarfs


FRONTIERLAND is one of the "themed lands" at Magic Kingdom. Themed to the American Frontier of the 19th century, Frontierland is home to forts, cowboys, pioneers, saloons and more.
Curtis  on the wall at Fort Langhorn and at the Blacksmith shop
SPLASH MOUNTAIN was a log ride at Magic Kingdom that was based on the animated 1946 Disney movie, "Song of the South" and is part of Frontierland. The ride begins peacefully outdoors but has a climatic deep drop into the "Briar Patch". In 2020 it was announced that the ride would be replaces with an attraction based on the 2009 Disney film, "The Princess and the Frog".
 If there was a water ride, you could count on Carolyn wanting to ride it. There was usually a long wait at Splash Mountain, and you could definitely count on getting wet.
Carolyn & Curtis didn't ride Splash Mountain in 1996, but they did in 1997 and 2000.
TOM SAWYER ISLAND is an artificial island surrounded by a man-made river. You can take a raft across the river to visit the island and there is even a Showboat ride on the river.


LIBERTY SQUARE is one of six "themed lands" and is exclusive to the Magic Kingdom. Themed after colonial America, Liberty Square has a long waterfront and dock.  Attractions include "The Hall of Presidents", "Liberty Square Riverboat", and "The Haunted Mansion.
Liberty Square Architecture
The HAUNTED MANSION is a dark ride attraction at Magic Kingdom, located within part of Liberty Square that features a ride-through tour and a walk-through show. The attraction uses Audio-Animatronics as well as theatrical and special effects.
The Haunted Mansion


MICKEY'S TOONTOWN FAIR was one of the many themed land at Magic Kingdom. The attraction is a small-scale recreation of the Mickey Mouse universe where visitors can meet the characters and visit their homes. Mickey's Toontown Fair was closed on 11 Feb 2011 in order to expand Fantasyland.
Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse's houses
Curtis sits for a little while in Mickey Mouse's chair


TOMORROWLAND is set in an intergalactic city, as seen from around the 1930-1950s: including rockets, UFOs and robots, etc. It is a fantasy city like the machine-age dreams of science-fiction writters and moviemakers from those years. Tomorrowland looks back to the time when the jet age, space age, and cumputer age seemed to be only fantastic dreams. Classic attractions include Space Mountain (which I only rode once - in 1997), Carousel of Progress, Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and the Tomorrowland Speedway.
The ASTRO ORBITER was an attraction that was featured in Tomorrowland. The attraction featured a large tower with a rocket that appeared to be weaving between several planets. The Astro Orbiter, telephone booth and other similar futuristic props and decorations gave Tomorrowland the futuristic feeling that it had.
Curtis gets a photo of Beth and Philip at the entrance of Tomorrowland in 1996 with the Astro Orbiter in the background
Beth checking out the "Metrophone" in 1996 and Curtis in 2000
As with many of the other parts of Disney World, there were lots of Audio-animatronics in Tomorrowland
THE TIMEKEEPER was a 1992 Circle-Vision 360 film that was presented at Tomorrowland. After guests entered the theater, the Timekeeper (voiced by Robin Williams) came to life. Nine-Eye prepared guests for a journey through Time.
The Timekeeper
THE CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS was a rotating theater and audio-animatronic show that was first seen at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The attraction follows an audio-animatronic family through 100 years of electronic wizadry.
SPACE MOUNTAIN was an indoor outer-space theme roller coaster ride in Tomorrowland. It is the oldest operating roller coaster in the state of Florida. The entire family rode Space Mountain but for Curtis and Carolyn, only one time EVER. The pressure from the speed was hard on my back.
The TOMORROWLAND SPEEDWAY was an attraction that was designed for both children and adults with a race-track theme.
The Tomorrowland TRANSIT AUTHORITY was an attracttion in Tomorrowland that was designed with a futuristic theme to transport people around the Tomorrowland section of the park. It was located beneath the Astro Orbiter. Guests would step on a moving walkway and ride to a second level, then step onto a moving platform that was going at the same speed as the trains, so they could easily board their train car.
(Left) The family caught the Skyway Express from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland
(Right) Philip enjos a smoked turkey leg .... cost $3.75


SpectroMagic was a evening parade in Magic Kingdom. The parade had 39 floats, 45 or more Disney characters and utilized 65 performers every night. We saw: Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit, Genie, Goofy, Golden Harp, Chip & Dale, Ursula, Ariel, King Triton, Br'er Bear, Br'er Fox, Prince Charming & Cinderella, Alice & the White Rabbit, The Queen of Hearts, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Snow White, Grumpy & Doc, The Evil Queen, Captain Hook, Pinocchio, Geppeto, Monald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and many more.
(Left) Alice, (Right) Peter Pan, Smee and Captain Hook
(Left) Cinderella, (Middle) Geppeto and Donald Duck, (Right) Minnie Mouse
After the parade, the evening concluded with fireworks - This is the only photo I got
Photos from Curtis Loftin on his 1996, 1997 and 2000 Disney trips