Cross under the towering spires of Cinderella Castle and step into a storybook setting of whimsical gingerbread cottages and glinting turreted rooftops. It’s the favorite land of the young as well as the young at heart. A Bavarian-style village where the fanciful attractions housed in multicolored, tent-like structures are a tribute to Disney’s most cherished, animated films.
The expanded Fantasyland® includes the famous Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Be Our Guest Restaurant located in the Beast’s enchanted castle, not to mention Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid as well as Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction with double the capacity.
= Cara's Favorite
“A million diamonds shine” on this delightful ride through the work world of the beloved Seven Dwarfs. Wind your way through a lovely forest and an interactive gem-inspired queue before being immersed in the enchanting story of Snow White. Board your mine train, a one-of-a-kind coaster that allows the cars to swing side to side, and head out on a kick of a ride through rocky outcrops, small hills and dips, and zippy turns. Race through the mine where the Dwarfs are hard at work surrounded by glittering jewels, all accompanied to the cherished music of the film classic. As you near the end of your ride, the train slows to catch a glimpse of the Dwarfs’ frolicking in their cottage, and, of course, Snow White herself dancing along with them.
This 3-D attraction is a delightful winner! Even though Mickey features in the title name, the mischievous Donald Duck steals the show as he takes visitors along on a wild ride through Disney animated movies, interacting with the most extensive cast of Disney characters ever in a single 3-D film. You’ll see Ariel, Aladdin, Jasmine, Lumiere, Simba, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and more, all accompanied by popular Disney music and fun in-theater effects of squirting water and delicious aromas. Shown on a seamless projections screen (150-foot long and 28-foot high), it’s an attraction that kids, as well as kids-at-heart, will adore.
It’s a little girl’s dream come true at Fantasyland’s Princess Fairytale Hall, where they have the chance to meet Cinderella and other visiting Princesses in a royal setting. Hang out and even chat with them, certainly worth the wait in line. On my last visit, along with Cinderella, were Rapunzel, Tiana, and Elena of Avalor. So fun!
Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most endearing attractions in Fantasyland, sure to steal your heart. Though old-fashioned and certainly not a thrill a minute, you’ll find it hard to resist flying with Peter Pan, Wendy, and the boys to Never Never Land. Take off in gently soaring pirate ships where your adventure begins in the Darling nursery “and off we go,” flying over the twinkling lights of nighttime London with Big Ben and the London Bridge standing out against a starry, moonlit city (definitely the best part of the ride). Next stop Never Never Land where far below are glistening waterfalls and glowing volcanoes, lovely mermaids sunning on the rocks, the Indian Village, and our first glimpse of the Lost Boys and Captain Hook’s ship. All the while, the movie’s theme song tells us, “you can fly.” The sight of Wendy walking the plank with the ticking crocodile waiting below is a bit nerve-racking, but of course, Peter Pan saves the day. This ride is a real charmer perfect for all ages.
This attraction’s interactive, seaside-themed queue is part of the fun with many things to explore in and around Prince Eric’s castle, including shipwrecks, lapping tides and rushing waterfalls, caves and caverns, and an abundance of sea life. It’s as if you’re genuinely heading “under the sea.” Then board your clam vehicle and move through scene after scene through Ariel’s grotto where famous songs combined with Audio-Animatronics tell the story of everyone’s favorite mermaid.
Cara’s Tip: After departing the ride line up next-door to meet Ariel in her colorful Grotto.