The Magic Kingdom is home to adventure, tomorrow and of course, fantasy. And fantasy comes alive at Cinderella’s Castle, the entrance to Fantasyland. Step into your favorite Disney fairy tales and animated movies as you walk through this beloved land. 2014 marked the official launch of new Fantasyland, which was an expansion to the iconic area that’s been there for decades. Even though Fantasyland is only one part of the Magic Kingdom, there is so much to see and do that will allow your imagination to run wild. Check out some of my Fantasyland Faves.
Journey Under the Sea
Let’s head “Under the Sea” to start this list. That is at the Journey of the Little Mermaid.
Ariel brings you along on all of her adventures. This ride was added during the new Fantasyland expansion and features a large area with Prince Eric’s castle. Next to this ride, you can meet Ariel at her Grotto.
Be Our Guest
My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. So when I heard Disney was building Beast’s castle and you’d be able to visit I was pretty excited.
During my last trip, I was able to have breakfast at Beast’s castle and it was so cool. The main dining room in the castle is an exact replica of the ballroom from the movie as is the West Wing Dining Room. This experience makes you feel as if you have been transported into the movie.
You are also able to visit Gaston’s Tavern, where you can try some of LeFou’s Brew and meet Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle in this area.
It’s a Small World
No trip to Disney would be complete without a visit to It’s a Small World. This is a Disney classic. The concept itself was introduced at the 1964 New York World’s Fair (like another ride in MK- The Carousel of Progress) and has since been expanded to different Disney Parks around the World.
On this popular ride, you board a small boat and are taken on a journey around the world where dolls dressed in clothes from different cultures sing the song, “It’s a Small World.”
Meet a Princess
Princess Fairy Tale Hall is a popular spot for little princesses looking to meet their favorite Disney Princess. This two sided hall allows you to meet 2 princesses at a time. These princesses are usually Rapunzel, Elena, Tiana and Cinderella but sometimes the princesses do switch so be sure to check the My Disney Experience App for more details. This space was formerly occupied by the dark ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
Head for the Third Star to the Right
Across from It’s a Small World is Peter Pan’s Flight. Like it’s neighbor, Peter Pan’s Flight is a Disney classic that exists at other parks around the world. On this ride, you fly on a pirate ship and get a bird’s eye view of everything happening below, including a battle between Hook and Pan.
The queue features a pretty cool mural that’s perfect for your next Instagram post.
At the exit of Fantasyland closest to It’s a Sma
ll World and Peter Pan’s Flight is a rest area dedicated to the 2010 film Tangled. The area features her famous purple flag hanging overhead, Rapunzel’s tower and wanted posters for Eugene Fitzherbert. It is honestly such a pretty area even for a quick stop.
Of Course, Castle Selfies
Cinderella’s Castle is not only an icon of Fantasyland but of the Magic Kingdom. Whether you’re just taking a picture in front of it, walking along the side, looking at the beautiful murals when you walk through it or actually dining inside, this is definitely a stop you have to make.
These are my Fantasyland Faves…. But Fantasyland is pretty cool so you should definitely just walk through and see all of the awesome stuff they have to offer. There are tons of quick service locations, shopping locations, cute photo opportunities and much, much more for you to explore. Plus, there is also the new area called Storybook Circus, which is home to the Dumbo Ride. While I haven’t visited the Cheshire Cafe (yet), I hear they have a delicious treat called the Cheshire Cat Tail that is a MUST.
What are some of your Fantasyland Faves? Let me know in the comments below!
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