Fantasyland and Disney are closely related. In fact, there are six different Fantasylands on the planet. The Walt Disney World version is located at the Magic Kingdom. If you’re looking for fairy tales and happily ever after, you will want to spend some time in Fantasyland. Here are ten things that you will love about this incredible place. There are many, many, many more.
10. Three Different Themes
In 2011, Mickey’s Toontown Fair closed to make room for what at the time was referred to as New Fantasyland. The expansion was completed in 2014. There are now three different parts; Original Fantasyland, Storybook Circus, and Enchanted Forest. All parts are listed as “Fantasyland” on park maps and the Walt Disney World website. Storybook Circus has a circus theme, while Enchanted Forest is all about Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. The original section is where you’ll find most of the classics.
9. Family Attractions Galore
You’ll see all ages and plenty of strollers in Fantasyland, because it is arguably the best family destination in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. Only The Barnstormer and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train have height restrictions, and those are relatively low (35 and 38 inches). All ages will enjoy Enchanted Tales with Belle and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. There are over two dozen things to do in Fantasyland. You and your family could spend an entire day in the land and not get bored.
8. Big Top Souvenirs
If you’re tired of the crowded stores on Main Street, U.S.A., look for the blue circus tent in Storybook Circus! Big Top Souvenirs has a little bit of everything, and the store is huge and well planned out. You can easily browse through the store without having other guests bump into you, which isn’t always the case in the front of the park. Big Top Souvenirs also sells a nice selection of snacks, including caramel apples.
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7. Walt Disney World Railroad Station
In the back towards the right of Storybook Circus you’ll find one of three stops of the Walt Disney World Railroad. There are two things that make it special. First, if you’re tired, you’ll appreciate the fact that you can sit down and relax while heading to either Frontierland or Main Street, U.S.A. Second, Walt Disney loved trains, and the Walt Disney World Railroad is one that you can almost picture him riding on. Here’s a tip; there’s also a large restroom next to the station’s entrance. It’s usually not crowded.
6. A Chance to Cool Off
Speaking of trains, if your kids need a place to blow off some steam and you’d like to sit down for a few minutes, take them to Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station in Storybook Circus. You can’t miss it on your way to the Walt Disney World Railroad. Kids love playing in the water, and they’ll also like the fact that they can have fun without having to wait in yet another line. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day in Florida. Who knows, your inner child might decide to join in on the fun.
5. Meet and Greets
Meeting characters is an exciting enhancement to your Walt Disney World vacation, and there are some great opportunities in Fantasyland. In Original Fantasyland you could find Alice, Cinderella, Merida, Peter Pan, Rapunzel, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh. Ariel and Gaston hang out in two separate places in Enchanted Forest. Over in Storybook Circus, it’s Daisy, Donald, Goofy, and Minnie who you might encounter. Remember that characters are subject to change at any time.
4. Classic Rides
When you picture classic Walt Disney World rides, chances are that several of them are in Fantasyland. Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party, “it’s a small world”, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (originally Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel) have been around since opening day, although Dumbo has since doubled in capacity. Newer classics include The Barnstormer, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see a classic.
3. Castle Dining
Two of Walt Disney World’s most popular restaurants are located in Fantasyland. They are also both located inside castles. Be Our Guest Restaurant offers you a chance to dine inside Beast’s Castle. Breakfast and lunch are both counter service, while dinner is full service. At dinner the Beast himself might make an appearance. At Cinderella’s Royal Table, you’ll dine inside Cinderella Castle. It’s a character meal that features Cinderella and some of her princess friends. Remember that characters do change from time to time. If you hope to dine in either castle, make your reservation as soon as you can, even for the counter service meals at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Getting a table by just walking up is next to impossible.
2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The final addition to New Fantasyland was Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, although the entrance isn’t located in either of the new areas. This family friendly roller coaster has two small hills, and you’ll also get to see inside the mine while all seven dwarfs are at work. The Audio-Animatronics are some of the best that you’ll see at Walt Disney World, and the ride offers just enough of a rush to make it thrilling. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has a 38 inch height limit, making it a great coaster for kids who aren’t yet tall enough for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is often the Magic Kingdom’s hardest FastPass+ to grab, so if you see it available, don’t wait.
1. Cinderella Castle
There is something special about walking through the corridor that goes through the center of Cinderella Castle and takes you to Fantasyland. Don’t hurry through, take your time and notice the details. There are five murals that tell Cinderella’s story. The murals are made of silver, gold, and over one million pieces of glass. Also inside Cinderella Castle you’ll find Cinderella’s Royal Table and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which is where children are transformed into royalty. Cinderella Castle is special, and it puts the fantasy in Fantasyland.