Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom
By James | Last updated December 28, 2023
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Fantasyland is centred on Cinderella’s castle, and is home to many of the young children’s favourite rides including Dumbo and It’s a Small World. Disney are currently undertaking a major expansion of Fantasyland to create a New Fantasyland, nearly double the size. Some rides have been closed and others relocated.
Because of the large number of children friendly (and in the most part slow loading) rides Fantasyland tends to get very busy
A fairy tale castle that has become one of Disney’s trademarks, it is often decorated for various anniversary events such as the 25th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort. Within the castle is Cinderella’s Royal Table where you can dine and see Cinderella herself.
The new stage show Cinderellabration opened in May 2005. It has been adapted from the show in Tokyo Disneyland as part of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary “The Happiest Celebration on Earth”.
It features Cinderella and Prince Charming plus princesses from other Disney films including Snow White (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Aurora (from Sleeping Beauty), Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) and Jasmine (from Aladdin)
Mad Tea Party
In Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Tea Party is a waltzer type ride where you sit inside a giant tea cup and control the speed at which it tilts and spins around by turning a wheel in the centre of the cup. I hate to admit it but this innocuous looking ride actually makes me feel sick; give me a roller coaster any day!
Like the other non-continuous loading rides in Fantasyland, queues can be long as it takes time to load and unload.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
This is real favourite of small children and because it has a relatively small capacity, queues can be long. Sixteen dumbo shaped gondolas circle around a central hot air balloon while gently going up and down. The ride only lasts two minutes but loading/unloading times are slow. This ride has been relocated to Storybook Circus and now consists of two rides.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (FASTPASS available)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in 1999 and is four minute ride in a golden honey pot car through storyboards from the Hundred Acre Wood. Along the way you meet Winnie and all his friends including Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet but make sure you keep an eye for Heffalumps.
This ride has FASTPASS and you would do well to use it as the queues are always long.
Snow White’s Scary Adventure
Based on Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature film, you travel in wooden mine carts through scenes from Snow White. The three minute ride was originally deemed too scary for small children so it has been toned down. It now include scenes with the seven dwarfs and ends happily ever after with the Prince but you still meet the Wicked Witch/Evil Queen along the way and some small children may still feel scared in places.
THIS RIDE HAS NOW CLOSED.
Peter Pan’s Flight (FASTPASS available)
Peter Pan’s Flight is getting a bit long in the tooth like Captain Hook’s nemesis, Tick Tock the crocodile but it is still a firm favourite. The four minute ride takes you in a pirate ship across a nightime London all the way from Wendy, John and Michael’s nursery to Never-Never Land to the sounds of “You Can Fly”.
Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel
A genuine vintage merry-go-round that was originally built in 1917 and operated in Maplewood, New Jersey. It make a beautiful picture at night when it is all lit up.
There are 72 white horses (all different) that travel around to the sound of an organ playing your favourite Disney tunes. This two minute ride is another ride with a limited capacity so expect long lines.
It’s a Small World
If you want to avoid singing the theme tune inside your head all day long, make sure you do It’s a Small World late in the day. This is an 11 minute boat ride that people either love or hate. The ride was originally created for the UNICEF pavilion at the 1964 New York World Fair as a tribute to the children of the world and features brightly decorated dolls representing the different cultures of the world all singing the same song.
It’s a Small World has recently undergone a long renovation but the ride (and the song!) remains essentially unchanged.
If you are fan of Ariel, the Little Mermaid and want to get her autograph then be sure to visit her grotto. There is also a childrens water play area and a covered area for adults to cool off in.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic (FASTPASS available)
Mickey’s PhilharMagic opened in Fantasyland in October 2003 replacing the “Legend of the Lion King”. The 3-D production is projected onto a 150 foot high wraparound screen and features a number of Disney characters including Ariel, Aladdin and Simba as they try to help Donald Duck retrieve Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat.
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Eating in Fantasyland
The dining highlight in Fantasyland is Cinderella’s Royal Table in the medieval royal dining hall inside Cinderella’s Castle. Reservations are required.
Cinderella’s Royal Table offers a character breakfast, the “Once Upon a Time Breakfast”. The “all-you-care-to-eat” style breakfast includes eggs, potatoes, meats and French toast.
For the rest of the day, you can eat lunch or dinner with specialities like prime rib, steaks and fresh seafood.
The Pinocchio Village Haus is a counter service restaurant offering cheeseburgers, hot dogs, french fries with toppings and crisp salads.
The Enchanted Grove serves drinks including slushes, juices and swirls.
At Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard you can get soft serve ice cream, floats, sundaes and shakes.
You can also get drinks at Hook’s Tavern.
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