5 Things You Must Do in Fantasyland

Cinderella's Castle
Cinderella's Castle

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.

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1. Go on Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train

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.

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About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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