The Ultimate Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland Checklist – 10 Things You Must Do
Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the best place to be to feel like a kid. More than any other area on Disney property, Fantasyland allows guests of all ages to be completely immersed in their favorite Disney films. With so much to see and do, there are 10 things you absolutely must do on your next visit.
10. Visit the Gift Shops
No matter which gift shop you visit in Fantasyland, there are little touches all around the stores to integrate them into the attractions and films they represent. For example, Fantasy Faire has as its focal point, Donald Duck coming out of the ceiling with musical instruments as seen in Mickey’s Philharmagic and Castle Couture features Aurora’s gown which changes colors from blue to pink throughout the day. Besides souvenirs, there are great tributes to the films throughout the stores.
9. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight
If you’re not in the park the moment it opens, you’ll either need a Fastpass for this attraction or lots of patience as the queue length can reach well over an hour, sometimes an hour and a half during summer hours. Especially with the new interactive queue, guests can see the Darling children’s rooms and play with the shadows on the wall while they wait. Check out “7 Impressive Facts About Peter Pan’s Flight.”
8. Ride Small World
Love it or hate it, Small World is a Fantasyland staple. Sure, you’ll get stuck in the last room and get the song stuck in your head, but it’s tradition. At the very least, the queue is indoors so it’s a great option for when it rains.
7. Ride Prince Charming Regal Carousel
With a great view of Cinderella Castle, the carousel is right in the middle of Fantasyland. With different size horses for all ages, the two-minute ride features handmade horses from 1917 which have been in Detroit and New Jersey before Walt Disney rescued the carousel and had it restored and themed to fit with the Cinderella story for Magic Kingdom. It’s the oldest attraction in the park.
6. Watch Mickey’s Philharmagic
This 4-D experience is not only indoors, air-conditioned, and equipped with comfortable seating, but it also features Mickey, Donald, and characters from a number of Disney films. These include The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Peter Pan. The 3-D effects and surrounding screen make the scenery come alive and 4-D effects like splashing water and scents help to immerse you on the journey Donald takes as he tries to get Mickey’s iconic hat back, even if he was playing with it when he shouldn’t have to begin with. It’s perfect for all ages.
5. Watch/Participate in Enchanted Tales With Belle
Enchanted Tales with Belle is a show that asks guests to participate in helping to tell a story from the film Beauty and the Beast. Even parents are asked to help play some familiar roles as costumes and props are and assigned. Then, everyone meets Belle in her library and those who participate get a special gift from the princess.
4. Walk Through Cinderella Castle
When there isn’t a show taking place in front of Cinderella Castle, guests can actually walk through it on their way from the hub to Fantasyland. Along the way, view a beautiful mosaic that depicts scenes from the Cinderella story. Each panel is made of hand-cut tiles and it took about 22 months to complete the entire project. Check out “19 Impressive Facts About Cinderella’s Castle At Disney World.”
Fantasyland features the most characters in Magic Kingdom. Guests can meet Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy in the circus area, Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel or Cinderella in Princess Fairytale Hall, Pooh and Tigger by their attraction, the White Rabbit by Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups, and Cinderella’s step-mother and step-sisters by the New Fantasyland wall.
2. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The only thrill ride in Fantasyland, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train continues to be one of the most popular attractions in Magic Kingdom. A combination of dark ride and coaster, it’s perfect for families as you travel into the diamond mines and sing along with the dwarfs before passing by their cottage. But beware the witch!
1. Eat In A Castle
Fantasyland has expanded the number of castles it contains and guests have the option of dining with two of them. One is Cinderella’s Royal Table found inside the iconic castle. Step inside Cinderella Castle and be treated like royalty in this highly sought after dining experience. Another popular restaurant is Be Our Guest Restaurant which takes Disney fans inside the Beast’s castle. Dine in the Ballroom, West Wing, or Library and step into scenes inspired by the Beauty and the Beast film. You can even try the grey stuff and meet the Beast himself.
Of course, there are so many other things to see and do in Fantasyland. As this area of Magic Kingdom is so popular with young children, it’s best to arrive at the park early when lines are the shortest. Then you get Fantasyland all to yourself.
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Kristina is a freelance writer and full-time marketer who is a loud and proud Disney fan. Besides Disney Fanatic and How To Disney, she has also written for Examiner.com, Disney Avenue, and XOJane. A frequent visitor to Disney World, she enjoys trying something new each trip and experiencing all Disney has to offer. She lives in New York with her cat, Lizzie.