Enter a land of princes and princesses, of beloved characters and favorite fairytales, of enchanted kingdoms and magical castles, when you step into Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. The Original Fantasyland, Storybook Circus, and the Enchanted Forest make up Fantasyland, and the attractions found within each of these areas are loved by guests of all ages. The castle walls and turrets of Cinderella Castle extend out into Fantasyland, making guests feel like they are truly in a royal setting. Whether it’s the very first land you visit on a trip to the Magic Kingdom or the last stop before you head out the front gates, here’s why Fantasyland holds a special place in the hearts of guests.
1. Favorite Characters
Fantasyland is a wonderful place to meet favorite characters. Pose with Mickey and his pals at Pete’s Silly Sideshow at Storybook Circus, or discover Alice and the Mad Hatter in the area of the Mad Tea Party. The Thotful Spot is a great place to meet up with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, and flex your muscles with Gaston at Belle’s Village Courtyard.
2. Classic Attractions
Relive your childhood memories or experience these classic attractions for the first time. Fantasyland boasts perennial favorites like Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Mad Tea Party, “it’s a small world”, and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Guests are always young at heart here.
3. Refresh and Have Fun
Guests of all ages enjoy cooling off at the Casey Junior Splash ‘N’ Soak Station in the Storybook Circus section. This fun water play area is themed after the circus train in the animated classic, Dumbo.
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4. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
While this attraction may get overlooked, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a great place to rest in an air-conditioned theater and escape the sun or rain. Mickey and his pals entertain guests in a silly 3-D movie that is also a musical, complete with characters from guests’ favorite Disney animated movies.
5. Convenient Transportation
Hop on the Walt Disney World Railroad in Fantasyland to take a scenic ride around the Magic Kingdom, or use it as an easy way to get to Main Street USA or Frontierland.
6. Big Top Shopping
Featuring sweet treats, snacks, and a wide variety of souvenirs, this three-ring circus tent has something for everyone without being overwhelming. An irresistible sugary scent wafts through the door of Big Top Souvenirs, making it a great place to shop for apparel, hats, toys, pins, and accessories.
7. Cinderella Castle Details
Soaring majestically at 189 feet tall, Cinderella Castle is the most recognized symbol in the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World. The interior holds a restaurant, a guest suite, and a royal beauty salon for young guests. Spend some time inside the castle breezeway and check out the amazing details. The story of Cinderella is told through murals detailed with hundreds of thousands of tiles in 500 different colors, including 14-carat gold and silver embellishments. The Disney family coat of arms graces the front and rear entrances.
8. A Piece Of History
Making its debut at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, “it’s a small world” was showcased by Walt Disney as part of the UNICEF pavilion, and over 10 million people bought a ticket. Walt Disney capitalized on its popularity and moved it to Disneyland, and then finally Walt Disney World in 1971. The attraction delights guests with 289 dolls representing six continents, singing their iconic song in five languages. The theme song that guests hear on their voyage is actually the 1964 orchestral recording from the original attraction.
9. Fairytale Dining
Dining turns magical in Fantasyland at not one, but two castles! Enjoy delicious meals in the Beast’s magical castle at Be Our Guest, or dine with favorite Disney princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Watch the colorful boats sail through “it’s a small world” while enjoying delicous sandwiches and pizza at Pinocchio Village Haus for another enchanted meal experience.
10. Carousel Magic
A visit to Fantasyland isn’t complete without a ride on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Dating back to 1917, no two majestic horses are the same. Notice that the horses on the outside are more ornately detailed, and Cinderella’s special horse is marked with a gold ribbon on the tail. A spin on this attraction is a perfect start to your adventures in Fantasyland, and also a perfect ending as lights of the Magic Kingdom twinkle around you.