Magic Kingdom is a must-see when visiting Disney World, and when visiting Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland should be on the top of your to-do list. Fantasyland is full of quintessential Disney magic and nostalgia. From fairies and princesses to pirates and flying elephants, you’ll find all of your favorite fairytale characters in this land, and for a short amount of time you’ll be transported to their worlds. That said, Fantasyland is a good sized land that is packed with things to do. In fact, it might just have the most attractions out of all the Disney World lands. Therefore, it’s important to go in knowing what you’re going to do there, especially if you’re short on time. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered a list of our top 10 favorite things to see and do in Fantasyland. Hopefully this helps you narrow your options so you can have a great time without stressing about what to see next.
1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This is the newest ride in Magic Kingdom, and is definitely one worth seeing. While it is a shorter coaster, it includes lots of fun hills and turns, as well as a dark ride portion. The whole thing is Snow White-themed and the animatronics are fantastic. To top it all off, the cars swing with the movement of the coaster, making it one of the smoothest we’ve ever experienced. The line for this ride is almost always super long. Make sure to grab a FastPass before you visit.
2. Be Our Guest Restaurant
Some of the best things about Disney World are the amazing dining experiences. For an excellent meal experience, consider grabbing some reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant. This eatery is absolutely incredible. Stepping into the dining room, you’ll feel as though you are entering the Beast’s castle, with every detail thought of. On top of that, the food is wonderful, French-inspired cuisine with something for everyone. This is a quick-service restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and a table-service spot for dinner. All three meals are great experiences and all require a reservation.
There are several meet-and-greets in this land. Some of the best include the princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall, Gaston in front of his tavern, and Peter Pan near his ride. You can also find the Lady Tremaine, the Fairy Godmother, and Anastasia and Drizella stationed behind the castle from time to time. Pooh and his friends are available near their ride throughout the day, and Alice and the Mad Hatter are located near the Mad Tea Party ride on occasion as well. Finally, you won’t want to miss some of the fab five dressed in their circus best at Pete’s Silly Sideshow!
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4. Enchanted Tales With Belle
Be a part of Belle’s story at Enchanted Tales With Belle. This magical experience takes guests through a magic mirror and gives them the opportunity to act out the Beauty and the Beast story in a surprise performance for Princess Belle herself. All young guests are given a part in this little show, and the whole thing is run by our good friend Lumiere. Of course, the best part is hugging Princess Belle at the end of the experience.
5. Peter Pan’s Flight
A classic Disney ride that everyone must experience, Peter Pan’s Flight takes guests on a flying adventure over the city of London and into Neverland. This is one of those quintessential Disney experiences that makes everyone feel like a kid again, and brings out the magic in Disney World. This is another one that has a consistently long wait. Therefore, getting a FastPass is the best way to experience this ride.
6. Cinderella’s Royal Table
If you’d like to dine in a castle with princesses, Cinderella’s Royal Table is for you. This restaurant is located inside the iconic castle and gives amazing views of Fantasyland down below. Here, all guests are greeted by Princess Cinderella herself before their meal ever begins. During the meal, a collection of other princesses stop by each and every table for a visit, taking photos and signing autographs along the way. The food here is fantastic, and the service phenomenal. That said, the restaurant fills quickly, so you will want to make your reservation as soon as possible.
7. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Dumbo the Flying Elephant is one of those Disney rides that everyone pictures when they think about Disney World. It’s a classic, and as such, simply must be ridden by every visitor, even if they might consider themselves too old for such a ride in any other situation. After all, nobody is too old to ride on the back of a flying elephant when in Disney. Besides all that, Dumbo is the ideal ride for youngsters. This is because there is no height requirement, it is tame enough for all ages, and there is an awesome playground that the kids get to play on while waiting their turn. How cool is that?
8. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Want a dark ride for the kids that is still super entertaining for adults? Hop on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This ride follows Pooh through the pages of his storybook as he has adventures with all of his favorite friends. The ride uses a number of fun effects throughout the story, including a bounding car, an awesome rain scene, and more.
This is really just a handful of all Fantasyland has to offer. That said, we believe these are the best of the best, and if you’re short on time, these are the rides and restaurants you’ll want to make sure to experience.