Fantasyland

Fantasyland Introduction

by josh on May 15, 2010

With the longest list of attractions, this is where most guests will spend the majority of their time. Fortunately, most attractions enjoy short durations and healthy capacities, making it relatively easy to bang out the majority of rides in under an hour first thing in the morning or when crowds ease in the late evening. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is an outstanding 3D anytime attraction and Enchanted Tales with Belle is an afternoon FastPass+ priority.

Be Our Guest Restaurant is a popular quick service lunch option and a nearly-impossible-to-book table service restaurant at dinner. Lunch service typically begins at 10:30am and runs through 4pm. We recommend getting in line at 2pm so as to not waste precious morning touring time in line for lunch. Waits balloon to an hour or more from 11am – 1:30pm. On-site guests may be able to book FastPass+, which doesn’t count against the initial three FP+ limit. FastPass+ users bypass the standby queue and even have the opportunity to pre-order food, bypassing the line entirely. Dinner is table service with above average food and the only Magic Kingdom location that’s serves wine and beer. Cinderella’s Royal Table is the popular princess meal inside the Castle. See the dining chapter for more information.

Pinocchio Village Haus is the primary quick service, located to the left of the entrance to New Fantasyland. The flatbread pizzas and salads are above average and there’s plentiful air-conditioned seating in addition to outdoor patio seating. Gaston’s Tavern in between Be Our Guest Restaurant and Journey of the Little Mermaid serves pork shanks, cinnamon rolls, and snacks. The pork is surprisingly tender and a nice alternative to the more-difficult-to-eat-than-you-might-expect turkey legs. Indoor seating is minimal, but the theming is exquisite throughout. Friar’s Nook to the right of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is only open when crowds are heavy, but it offers several hearty macaroni and cheese dishes, in addition to usually enjoying short waits for snacks and drinks. Storybook Treats is Fantasyland’s version of the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, serving decadent sundaes and other ice cream treats. Cheshire Café serves snacks, drinks, and cake cups next to Mad Tea Party, while Prince Eric’s Village Market serves drinks, lemonades, sno-cones, and snacks across from the Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in New Fantasyland. Finally, Big Top Souvenirs across from Dumbo is yet another spot to find freshly made treats, including caramel corn, candied apples, and fudge, in addition to the frozen Goofy’s Glacier drinks.

Shopping is plentiful in and around Fantasyland. Castle Couture to the left of Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of the best spots for princess merchandise. Across the way is Sir Mickey’s, primarily offering toys and apparel. Two great stores are located back in New Fantasyland. Bonjour Gifts, to the right of Gaston’s Tavern, offers unique glassware, goblets, and other upscale items. Storybook Treats also offers a lot of toys and apparel.

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Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: October 1, 1971, Renamed Prince Charming Regal Carrousel from Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel on May 25, 2010.

Location: In the middle of Fantasyland

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FASTPASS: No

Type: Carousel

Similar To: A carousel

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero

What to Expect: Prince Charming Regal Carousel is a Disney themed carousel, complete with 90 horses that are all uniquely painted.  The horses slowly rotate around in a circle, moving up and down while Disney music plays in the background.  The Philadelphia Toboggan Company built the carousel in 1917 and it originally operated at Electric Park in Detroit.  Walt Disney discovered the carousel in 1967 and restored it for use in the Magic Kingdom.  Make sure to look up at the canopy over the ride and you will see 18 scenes that tell the story of Cinderella.

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

by josh on May 15, 2010

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Opened: October 1, 1971.  Opened in its new location in the Storybook Circus section on March 12, 2012.

Location: In the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland behind Mad Tea Party.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes – low priority.

Type: Carousel

Similar To: TriceraTop Spin, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Very low.  Dumbo does spin and go up in the air, but only the most frightened of heights will be bothered.  If heights are a problem, you can keep your elephant low to the ground.

What to Expect: Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a hub and spoke midway style ride with a central hub and 16 Dumbo-themed vehicles that spin slowly counter-clockwise.  Each Dumbo holds two people (or potentially three very squished people) that can control whether the vehicle travels up or down with a control stick.

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it’s a small world

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: October 1, 1971

Location: Fantasyland across from Peter Pan’s Flight

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes – low priority

Type: Dark ride

Similar To: Living with the Land with dolls instead of plants

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero, but you may lose your sanity depending on your tolerance for repetitious songs.

What to Expect: The queue for “it’s a small world” is covered and mostly indoors, but there isn’t a lot to see or do while in line.  Once you make it to the front of the line, you will board a slow-moving boat that seats about 20 people.  The boat will take you through a number of scenes featuring about 300 audio-animatronic dolls dressed up in costumes from over 100 nations.  Each of the dolls sings the “it’s a small world” theme song non-stop throughout the ride while dancing to the tune.

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Mad Tea Party

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: October 1, 1971

Location: Fantasyland in between Tomorrowland Indy Speedway in Tomorrowland and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes, low priority

Type: Spinning tea cup

Similar To: Unique

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Low.  This ride isn’t scary, but it’s liable to make people prone to motion sickness extremely uncomfortable.  Even people that don’t normally have problems with motion may be slightly uncomfortable, especially if you choose to spin your individual tea cup. Skip the Tea Party if you have serious motion sickness issues and make sure everyone riding in the same cup is on the same page as far as spinning the individual cup.

What to Expect: The queue for Mad Tea Party is mostly covered, but it’s still  hot in the summer months because it doesn’t block the sun out from the sides.  Once you make it to the front of the line you will be placed in an oversized tea cup that seats 2-4 people, depending on the size of the individuals.  The cups spin mildly no matter what, but there is a turntable in the middle of the ride that can be turned to spin the individual tea cup even faster.  There isn’t much more to it than that.

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Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: June 4, 1999

Location: Fantasyland on the end closest to Tomorrowland

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes – low priority

Type: Dark ride

Similar To: Peter Pan’s Flight

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Very low.  It is at times dark and blustery, but there’s nothing here intended to be scary.

What to Expect: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is similar to other Fantasyland dark rides like (the now defunct) Snow White’s Scary Adventures and Peter Pan’s Flight, only the theme is obviously based on Winnie the Pooh.  Riders board slow moving four-person “hunny pot” vehicles that move slowly through several scenes featuring Winnie, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Owl and other characters from the series.  This is a lighthearted ride with some neat special effects, especially the scene with Tigger.

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Mickey’s PhilharMagic

by josh on May 15, 2010

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Opened: October 3, 2003

Location: Fantasyland

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes – lowest priority

Type: 3D Theater show

Similar To: Muppet Vision 3D

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Low.  The 3D effects may disturb the very young, but there’s nothing in here that’s supposed to frighten.  If they do, try taking the 3D glasses off.

What to Expect: Mickey’s PhilharMagic takes place in a large, comfortable, air-conditioned theater that seats about 500 people.  The enormous screen in the front of the theater measures about 150-feet across and was the largest of its kind when it was constructed (there’s now a similar show at Hong Kong Disneyland).  This is Disney’s newest 3D show and by far their most clever and entertaining.  There are also several “4D” effects throughout the show to make it an even more immersive experience.  As you might expect, Mickey’s PhilharMagic stars Mickey Mouse with special appearances by Donald, Ariel, Aladdin, Simba, Lumiere and many other classic Disney characters.  Unlike It’s Tough to be a Bug or Honey, there is nothing here that should scare youngsters.

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Peter Pan’s Flight

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: October 3, 1971

Location: Fantasyland across from it’s a small world.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes – High priority. Consider using it as one of your three pre-scheduled experiences.

Type: Dark ride

Similar To: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero

What to Expect: The queue for Peter Pan’s Flight offers little entertainment and moves extremely slowly.  Once you finally make to the front of the line, you will board a slow moving vehicle themed like a pirate galleon that seats two to three people in a single row.  The best effect this ride offers is the sense that you’re actually flying through Peter Pan’s world because the vehicles are suspended from the ceiling.  The galleon will take you through several scenes from the Peter Pan story and features animatronic versions of Peter, along with Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and the Lost Boys.

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Barnstormer

by josh on May 9, 2010

Opened: Barnstormer originally opened on October 1, 1996 as part of Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  It was re-imagined as The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini as part of the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland on March 12, 2012.

Location: In the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland above Mad Tea Party and Dumbo

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes – moderate priority. Use a kiosk to select it as an additional experience after using your initial allotment of three pre-selected choices.

Type: Roller coaster

Similar To: A mild carnival coaster

Requirements: Must be 35” or taller to ride

Scary Factor: Low.  Barnstormer has a top speed of 20 miles per hours and a maximum height of about 30 feet, making it the tamest roller coaster at Disney World.  It’s designed specifically for the younger set and they should have a good idea if they want to ride it by watching the ride a few times.

What to Expect: Riders board roller coaster cars themed like Goofy’s stunt plane.  The seats are fairly compact, but should have enough room for an adult and one child, depending on size.  Taller guests, especially those with back or neck problems, may want to skip because the back of the car is very short and lacks proper support for anyone over four or five feet tall.  The coaster cars are also low to the ground, which may make it difficult for people with mobility problems to get in and out of the vehicle. The track is fairly tame with only minor drops and a couple moderately tight turns.  While part of the queue is partially covered using themed umbrellas, it can get very hot in the summer, particularly in the extended queue.  Also, the ride lasts only 59 seconds.  About half of that time is spent on the initial lift and the slowdown back to the loading area, making the Barnstormer the shortest ride at Disney World.

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