Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is what many people associate with the park. When you think of this part of the theme park, you picture flying elephants, carousels, spinning tea cups and beloved characters. In 2012, a major expansion was opened in Fantasyland that included new attractions, shops and restaurants. So that this isn’t too long of a read, I am going to split this into two parts. The first being attractions and things to do and then part II will be information about restaurants and shops and fun facts.
Prince Charming Regal Carousel: This was originally Cinderella’s Golden Carousel set right behind the castle in the courtyard of Fantasyland, this carousel is exactly centered in the hub of action and shouldn’t be missed. The music during your ride is organ-based versions of Disney music. 90 wood-carved, hand-painted horses are waiting your selection. As you go around and around and move up and down on this ride, you can take in the 18 panels on the inner rounding board that tell the story of Cinderella.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic: This 3D movie will sweep you away into a musical journey starring Donald Duck and many other favorite Disney characters. You will be whisked away and tour some of the best songs in Disney animation including “Be Our Guest”, “Part of Your World” and “You Can Fly” to name a few. It’s a fun show but it tends to be very loud and may be hard on little one’s ears.
Peter Pan’s Flight: Board a flying ship and travel above the most memorable scenes in Peter Pan. This ride is a continuous moving, black-lit spectacular classic that you will love. The queue has become interactive recently and you may want to participate in some of the cool activities but with a 60-90-minute wait most of the time, we suggest you fast-pass this attraction.
It’s a Small World: Probably the most iconic ride in the Magic Kingdom, this boat ride with the most “memorable” song will have you humming the globe with children of the world. Recently added- look for your name during the end area where they say “good-bye” in many languages. Its fun to see which person in your boat will get the shout-out.
Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid: This musical adventure under the water is a black-lit ride where you become part of Ariel’s world. The queue for this ride is interactive and cool, nice for those hot days in Orlando. You start your descent into the water as you enter the line and are taken to the bottom of the ocean to watch the movie scenes come alive.
Walt Disney World Railroad: This is one of the three stops in the Magic Kingdom. You can board here and enjoy a ride around the park or get off on Main Street or in Frontierland.
The Barnstormer: This is a junior roller coaster that kiddos can enjoy alone or with a parent, it’s a bit of a tight squeeze into the seats, but is a lot of fun. The Great Goofini, has you traveling in stunt airplanes above the storybook circus section of the park. *It is a very short ride but a good way to get kiddos ready for more adventurous rides in the parks.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant: Another Iconic ride in Fantasyland which was relocated into the Storybook Circus area now has two sets of elephants taking friends for a spin. With the ability to move your elephant up and down during your ride, the little ones can interact with the story of Dumbo. The queue has a unique aspect where you get a pager in line and then the kids can play in an interactive area until it is closer to their turn to ride.
Mad Tea Party: This ride has guests spinning around and around and around in giant tea cups. You have the ability to spin the cups yourself making it just the ride you would like. Located on the edge of Tomorrowland, this is the first ride you can ride on your way into Fantasyland. Be careful if you have a tendency to get dizzy, don’t let your kids spin you during the ride.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Here you travel through scenes from Winnie the Pooh in your very own “Hunny Pot” The track is fun and the scenes are cute. This attraction also has an interactive queue to keep the kids entertained while waiting, you may even want to try out the “garden” spots yourself.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride: A great addition to Fantasyland, this race through a diamond mine on a family friendly coaster is a ton of fun. The animatronics used for the Dwarfs is new and very entertaining. Get ready to get your picture taken as you come out of the mine and remember to look in the window at the end of the ride on the right to see Snow White dancing with her friends. The cars on the mine ride swing left to right, fun to try this as you are waiting to begin the ride or at the end coming back into the loading area.
Casey Jr. Splash N’ Soak Station: This is a water play area where kids and even adults can get some relief from the heat. Modeled like a circus train, the animals “spit” and “soak” you as you stand in front of them, watch out, you might even get wet as you walk by. Towels are available for purchase in a souvenir stand right by this area.
Meet and Greets (Make sure to bring your autograph books!)
Enchanted Tales with Belle: In the newer part of Fantasyland, this interactive story adventure may even feature you along with characters from Beauty and the Beast. You start in Maurice’s workshop and enter the hall with Belle through a magical mirror, truly is amazing. This is more than a traditional meet and greet and fun for the whole family especially if one of the people in your party get to play a role in the story.
Meet Ariel in her Grotto: Located on the right side of Journey of the Little Mermaid, Ariel meets with fans in her retreat under the sea. Always a popular character to get a picture with, Ariel is personable and takes time with each party.
Pete’s Silly Sideshow: A place to meet Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey. Inside the circus tent, these characters are dressed up like circus performers. It’s a very organized inside area to meet with each character and have your picture taken.
Princess Fairytale Hall: This is it, a place to meet some of your favorite Disney princesses. Many of the young ladies come from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques decked out in their princess outfits to have time with the princesses. Some young gentlemen like the princesses too!
Fairytale Garden: A little known area where you can meet Merida in an engaging play and greet. You can practice archery, color your own tapestry of Merida and her horse and spend time getting pictures and autographs.
Phew! I am exhausted just writing this blog. With so many attractions and meet and greets, you can spend days in this area. Come back for Part II of Fantasyland to hear all about the shopping and restaurants in this area.