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9 Reasons Why We Love Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom at Disney World

Magic Kingdom is made up of six different areas and lands. There’s Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. Each area is full of wonderful attractions and together they make the most magical place on earth. But for the moment we’re going to focus on just one land and give you 9 reasons why we love Fantasyland.





 

9 – Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney’s most beloved movies, and we love all the Beauty and the Beast attractions in Fantasyland. Be Our Guest makes guests feel as if they are stepping into the movie as they enter the grand ballroom or the west wing.

Enchanted Tales with Belle brings guests inside an interactive story with Belle and Lumiere. Gaston’s Tavern serves up snacks, like warm cinnamon buns and their signature beverage LeFrou’s Brew. It’s also great that guests can see Gaston’s chair and his trademark antlers everywhere. And don’t forget to meet Gaston at Belle’s Village Courtyard, and if you’re brave enough you can even challenge him to a push-up contest. The Beauty and the Beast area and attractions are so immersive, endearing and filled with wonder that they are definitely a highlight of Fantasyland.

Lumiere

8 – The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was one of the latest additions to the new Fantasyland. Guests eagerly awaited the opening and when it did, it did not disappoint. This is the perfect family ride, with smooth, swaying mine carts that carry guests up the mountain and through the diamond mine where the dwarfs work. The ride finishes with guests slowly sailing past the little cottage where they can peer in the windows and see Snow White dancing with the dwarfs as the old hag looms outside the door. The attraction in Fantasyland is a wonderful tribute to the full-length film that started it all.

7 – The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is another of Disney’s classic fairytales that comes to life here in Fantasyland. Guests can pose in front of Eric’s Castle for photos and see the story of The Little Mermaid in the attraction Under the Sea – Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Guests can also meet Ariel in her mermaid form at Ariel’s Grotto.





 

6 – The Washrooms

It may take guests a moment to realize that the beautiful area dedicated to Tangled are actually restrooms. This themed area is the perfect place to stop and freshen up, and even snap a few photos! In the seating area, some of the tree stumps have outlets in them so you can recharge your phone and other devices. There are hidden Mickeys to find, and also hidden Pascal statues to find (apparently there are 10.) Rapunzel’s tower sits off in the distance among waterfalls and greenery, and of course there are lanterns, which are beautiful at night. The attention to detail at this rest stop makes it an attraction in itself.

5 – Storybook Circus

Storybook Circus is a section of Fantasyland that is full of color, whimsy and just plain fun. The Casey Jr. Splash ‘N Soak area is a great place to cool down as the animals spit and splash water out of the train cars. The Barnstormer, featuring the Great Goofini, is a perfect ‘thrill’ ride attraction for little ones, and a great ride to introduce young Disney fans to coasters.  And of course Dumbo is the star of Storybook Circus. We love that Fantasyland not only kept this classic attraction, but built upon it, adding an interactive playground to the queue and a second wheel of elephants to the attraction.

Storybook Circus

4 – Classic Disney

Although there have been many new additions to Fantasyland in recent years, we love that many of those classic Disney attractions and elements remain, keeping that sense of nostalgia for long time Disney fans. “it’s a small world” is an iconic Disney attraction, which first appeared at the 1964 World’s Fair, and displays the artistic design by Disney Legend Mary Blair. Peter Pan’s Flight is another classic Disney attraction that continues to be a favorite among guests. The railroad stop in Fantasyland reminds guests of Walt’s love of trains, and it’s also a great way of getting to and from Fantasyland.

3 – Characters

There are a whole cast of characters to meet in Fantasyland. At Princess Fairytale Hall, you’ll find Rapunzel and Cinderella, along with Tianna and Elena. In Storybook Circus at Pete’s Silly Sideshow, guests can meet classic Disney characters like Daisy, Donald and Goofy dressed as circus stars and performers. You can also catch Drizella and Anastasia, Cinderella’s step-sisters, at the Castle Wall. Merida can also be found on the edges of Fantasyland behind The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. You’ll also find Winnie the Pooh and Tiger at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Circus Minnie

2 – The Castle

Cinderella Castle is the main gateway to Fantasyland. One of the best feelings is walking from the hub, through the castle and finding yourself entering a whole new world of fantasy. The walls of the gateway through the castle are covered in beautiful mosaic murals that tell the story of Cinderella. They are worth pausing to look at. And of course Wishes paints the night sky over the castle every night, and if you stay in Fantasyland you’ll get a whole different perspective of the fireworks from behind the castle.

1 – Magic

It feels as if pixie dust has been sprinkled all over Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom and you can feel it as soon as you enter. This is where Disney movie magic truly comes to life with the characters, attractions, the castle turrets that surround the area, the princesses, and the list goes on. This is the land where it all comes together and dreams really do come true.



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About Lauren Repei

Lauren lives in Hamilton Ontario, but dreams of one day moving to Orlando to be closer to the Magic Kingdom. In the meantime, she spends her days working for the family business as a barista and baker, being active in the independent theatre scene in Hamilton and working part-time as a professional personal assistant to a writer. Lauren’s most memorable Disney moment is by far when she became engaged in front of Cinderella’s Castle making it her best Disney vacation to date.