With the New Fantasyland expansion recently completed, there is so much to see and do in this part of the Magic Kingdom. An often overlooked section of the parks, especially for adults without children, there really is so much to see and do in Fantasyland that can sometimes be forgotten among the more thrilling attractions in Walt Disney World. During your next visit to the theme parks, whether you bring the kids with you or not, be sure to experience the following while in Fantasyland:
5. Visit Gaston’s Tavern
Gaston’s Tavern, is a great addition to New Fantasyland, and is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Magic Kingdom. The tavern offers snacks like cinnamon rolls, pork shanks, and LeFou’s Brew, and guests have the opportunity to meet Gaston himself just outside as well. In my opinion, meeting Gaston is one of the best character interactions in the parks, and is well worth the trip over to his tavern.
4. Meet Anna and Elsa
Anna and Elsa now have a meet and greet location in Fantasyland. Due to the success of “Frozen,” meeting the duo is high up on the must do lists of many guests, however this also means that the lines for the meet and greet can be extremely long. In my opinion, this experience is a must do only if the wait time is not out of control. This can mean something different for everyone, so use your own judgment to decide whether or not meeting Anna and Elsa on your next trip is worth it.
3. Walk through Cinderella Castle
Walking through Cinderella Castle is something that every guest, especially first timers should experience. While I often find myself circling the park around the perimeter, there is truly nothing like walking right through the castle and arriving in the heart of Fantasyland. The mosaic inside the castle is an often overlooked part of the Magic Kingdom as well. The ornate mosaic along the wall of the interior walkway of the castle depicts the story of Cinderella with colorful tiles, sterling silver, and 14 karat gold.
2. Go on the classic rides
Fantasyland is home to some of the most classic attractions at Walt Disney World. A day at the Magic Kingdom is simply not complete without a ride on attractions such as it’s a small world, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and the Mad Tea Party are other attractions that cannot be missed while visiting Fantasyland. This part of the Magic Kingdom is for the young, and the young at heart, so definitely make time to hit up all of the classic attractions in this area, even if you think you’ll feel a little childish.
The newest attraction, and the first family roller coaster in Fantasyland is the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, and it is definitely not to be missed. The attraction features detailed audio animatronics, and a new take on the classic storyline. The roller coaster is very tame as far as coasters go, but the swinging carts add to the thrill of the attraction, and make for a very unique ride experience.
Brittany is a recent graduate of Saint Anselm College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She has always had an interest in Disney history, and spends much of her time researching various topics within this subject area. In the Fall of 2014, she will be participating in the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney Resort as a Merchandise Intern. In Spring 2015, Brittany’s first print publication, Brittany Earns her Ears, will be released. The book will provide readers insight into life as a Disney College Program intern, and will essentially be a sequel to the popular Amber Earns her Ears.