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Catriona hits the Magic Kingdom.
Catriona hits the Magic Kingdom.
Disney World Resort.
Toon Town is a must.

Disney World

Thursday, December 19, 2002
Walt Disney World in Florida has much more than rides and fairy floss. There are resorts, golf courses, shopping centres, the Magic Kingdom, and, of course, Mickey and Minnie in Toon Town.

A visit to the Magic Kingdom begins with a grand circle tour aboard a real steam train. Then you can take a horse-drawn streetcar, fire engine or horseless carriage along Main Street, USA. You will meet familiar characters — Minnie, Mickey and their friends, and there are about 20 rides to choose from, all included in your entry price.

The "ever-changing and never-changing" kingdom will take you into outer space on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, or you can join the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh. At the end of the day the Main Street Electrical Parade with 500,000 twinkling lights is not to be missed.

In Adventureland you can visit the Swiss Family tree house and board a launch for a jungle cruise, full of gorillas, elephants and hippos. You can also join the pirates of the Caribbean while they battle for control of a harbour town, and visit the enchanted Tiki birds.

America's old west comes to life in Frontierland with the Country Bear Jamboree and Tom Sawyer Island, reached by riding log rafts. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a wild ride on a runaway mine train, and you can try your skills in the Frontierland shooting gallery, or take a log-flume ride in Splash Mountain.

In Liberty Square you can see the Hall of Presidents, the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon, go to the haunted house on Graveyard Hill or float along on Mike Fink Keelboats.

The happiest land is Fantasyland, and in the courtyard of Cinderella's Castle you can enjoy the Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Snow White's Adventure, Peter Pan's Flight and Disney's tribute to the children of the world, It's a Small, Small World.

Tomorrowland features a glimpse into a city of the future as sci-fi writers and movie-makers envisioned it.

The Disney-MGM Studios take you to the glitz, glamour and excitement of show business with Hollywood Boulevard and Tinseltown of the 1930s. A 25-minute tram tour takes you behind the scenes of a staged movie production in Catastrophe Canyon, past vehicles, costumes and props from some of Hollywood's most famous films.

It's always fun to watch the stunt people doing their death-defying acts, or on the quieter side, you can watch animators and production artists working on the next of Disney's animated films.

Epcot is a truly international experience. Visitors can enjoy exotic cuisine, entertainment, artisans and scenery from 11 nations. Built with great attention to detail, the villages, streets, gardens and monuments give the feeling of actually being in the original country.

In the 10,000-square-metre Georgian-style American Adventure, you can see a 30-minute theatrical performance covering 350 years of American history. The elaborate three-dimensional settings and audio-animatronic characters of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain narrate the progress of the United States from the arrival of the Pilgrims to the present day.

You can visit China's Forbidden City, Tibet and Mongolia, and take part in Canada's Calgary Stampede by watching the Circle Vision 360-degree screen — it's breathtaking. Impressions of France is a spectacular airborne travelogue on a 200-degree screen.

Entertainment includes Cockney buskers, Mexican mariachi and classically inspired European music. When you are ready to eat, choose from Italian, French, Mexican, Japanese, German, British, Moroccan, Chinese or Norwegian cuisine.

Divers can experience Epcot DiveQuest in 25 million litres of salt water, up to a depth of 8m, swimming with 2000 to 3000 reef inhabitants, including angelfish, trigger fish, sea turtles, eagle rays and non-aggressive sharks.


Orlando, in the US state of Florida.


Qantas flies daily to Los Angeles, with American Airlines connections to Orlando.
Qantas Holidays has packages including return airfares, five-day park entry, transfers and five nights' accommodation for two adults and one child sharing a room at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort.
Prices start at $3069 per adult and $2040 per child under 12 years of age, based on low-season travel, October 29-December 20, 2000.
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More information

Qantas: 1300 360 347 for package holiday information, or contact your nearest AFTA travel agent.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission.

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