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Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland

Updated on September 6, 2008

Welcome To MAGIC KINGDOM FANTASYLAND

Disney's Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Florida is a magical place for kids of all ages. In this lens I take you through the attractions at Fantasyland to give you an idea of what to expect, help you plan your visit and get the most out of your trip.

If you have visited Disney's Fantasyland before you have the option of voting on your favourite rides which will help first timers to decide which attractions to make their priority.

Fantasy Land at a Glance

What can you expect at Fantasy Land

Fantasyland is every kids favourite. It is home to a lot of kids favourites and also has Cinderella's castle as its centrepiece.

Fantasyland can be accessed by passing through the castle although most people will probably enter from Tomorrowland and Toontown Fair or from the other end nearer to Liberty Square.

Fantasyland can get very busy and very crowed especially during holiday events. There is a reasonable amount of room but this very quickly fills up with strollers and space then becomes more of a premium. This is more so in the area between 'It's a Small World' and 'Peter Pan's Flight'.

Take your time to let the kids enjoy themselves and Fantasyland will be an experience to remember.

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Magic Kingdom - It's a Small World

Disney's Musical Indoor Boat Ride

Its a Small World is a very popular ride that everybody will enjoy riding, but some will say they hate.

It is a simple, leisurely boat ride through scenes representing many countries of the world. It was originally created as a tribute to the children of the world for Unicef for the 1964 World's Fair.

The ride has recently been refurbished to bring it back to its original condition. This includes all the models of the children, their clothes, their motions and the music that is playing constantly as to travel through the attraction.

The music is one of those songs that once you have heard it, it will stick in your head forever.

Most of the queue will be inside the building, but on extremely busy days this can extend out into the sunshine. There is a doubel line that runs down to the boat loading area. Observe the lines to see which is moving quicker. I have found that typically the left line is the better one to choose, but this is probably not the case as both lines load at the same rate.

At the loading area you will be ushered onto a boat, each boat has 6 rows of seats, with each row carrying up to 4 people. You can then sit back and enjoy the ride.

There are special boats for disabled guests.

Length of Ride : 10 Minutes 30 Seconds

My Daughters verdict : Good, can we come agian next time?

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Magic Kingdom - Peter Pan's Flight

Disney's Indoor flying fantasy ride.

Peter Pan's Flight is an original Walt Disney Ride that does not use any high tech gimmicks to attract riders. In fact it is probably one of the most low tech rides in Disney.

You board a Pirate Ship which takes you on a flight over London on to the battle between Captain Hook and Peter Pan. You can look down on the scenes throughout the length of the ride. The scenes are made up of models featuring lighting effects and luminous paint to achieve the desired effect.

Disabled guests in wheelchairs must be able to transfer.

FastPass is available for this ride, but as with most of the FastPass rides the Passes do get allocated quickly on busy days. Check the FastPass kiosk for the return time and decide whether to use it.

The popularity of this ride with young families means that often the area is overrun with strollers, if you have a stroller, do something to make it more easily identifiable like tie a balloon to it or something. This will help you find it more quickly.

Length of Ride : 2 Minutes 45 Seconds

My daughters verdict : Good Ride. Whats next?

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Magic Kingdom - Mickey's PhilharMagic

Disney 3-D movie. Presented by Kodak.

Mickey's Philharmagic is one of the latest additions to the Magic Kingdom. It is a 3-D show that took 3 years to create.

You enter a large auditorium, picking up a pair of 3-D glasses on your way in. The show is based on Donald Duck pinching Mickey's music wand which then takes him, and you, on a fantastic trip through loads of Disney films.

Throughout the show the 3-D effects will amaze you. Young children will be reaching for objects and characters that come out of the screen to float right in front of them.

If you want to get the best position, wait until some people have entered the theatre and then follow them in. Your aim to to end up roughly in the middle of the theatre both along the row and midway from the front to the back. I have found that this area will give you the best 3-D experience. Other people may have different opinions. Try for yourself and see.

Queues can be long for this attraction, but the theatre laods quickly and holds a lot of people so you should not have to wait too long.

FastPass is available for this ride, but I would suggest only using this on the busier days.

If you are not too fussy about where you sit in the theatre, you may be able to get in just before the doors close if the queue has all gone in. This could get you to see the show without queuing.

Length of Show : 12 Minutes

Wheelchai access is available.

My dsughters verdict : Wonderful, can we see it again?

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Magic Kingdom - Cinderellabration

Disney Music stage show.

At the front of the castle there is a large stage area. Thoughout the day there are various shows performed on the stage. At the time of writing it is known as Cinderellabration but this may change by the time you read it. I have known the stage to be simply known as the Castle Forecourt Stage.

These shows vary throughout the year so the best advise is to pick up the Attractions time sheet that is available with Park maps and check what shows are on and at what time.

There is a large area in front of the stage so it is not usually a problem to get somewhere to watch. The stage is raised so you can watch froma reasonable distance if you don't want to be right up close to the action.

This is a great opportunity to sit down with an ice cream and relax for a while watching the entertainment.

My duaghters verdict : I wish I could do that.

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Magic Kingdom - Fairytale Garden

Disney Story time with Belle.

If you approach the castle form Main Street and then follow the castle wall round to the right you will come across the Fairytale Garden.

A lot of people miss this and many only chance upon it when a story-telling is in progress. Belle is the Princess who tells the stories to the children.

You will have to check story-telling times locally as these do change.

There is not a lot of room around this attraction and it can become crowded quite quickly. Inevitably latecomers will not be able to see (or hear!) and will want to sit on a parents shoulders for a better view. So if your children are Belle fans try to get there early.

My Daughters verdict : Can we go somewhere else now?

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Magic Kingdom - Snow White's Scary Adventures

Disney Ride inside through the dark.

Notice should be taken of the title of this attraction. It can be very scary for younger children.

In terms of the Snow White story this attraction seems to focus on the darker side of the story with the Wicked Witch playing a major role. Granted she gets an ending she deserves but it can still be scary for smaller children.

My girls, slightly older now, enjoy this ride now but still approach it with a little bit of apprehension.

The Snow White title still draws the crowds, but it is generally not as busy as some of the other attractions in Fantasyland.

It is a little bit like the old fairground ghost trains. You sit in a car that takes you around the ride allowing you to see the different scenes from the story.

Length of ride : 2 Minutes 25 Seconds.

Disabled Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair.

My Daughters Verdit : I go on it just once.

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Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Golden Carrousel

Disney version of a fairground Carrousel

Cinderella's Golden Carrousel is your typical old time fair ground Carrousel. This is a fantastic traditional ride enjoyed by children and adults alike.

This is a true old time Carrousel and was built many years before Disney bought it and refurbished it in to the fantastic ride that it is now. There are about 90 horses on the Carrousel, no two are the same, and the story of Cinderella is depicted on all the artwork around the ride.

Queues can build during peak times as the unloading and loading process is a bit slow. Try to ride late in the day when you can take a couple of minutes to relax on the horse.

Disabled guests must transfer from their wheelchairs.

Length of ride : 2 Minutes

My Daughters verdict : Brilliant, I want to ride every horse.

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Magic Kingdom - Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Disney Flying outside ride

This ride probably sums up the nature of Fantasyland. You ride in Dumbo shaped seats that take you on a flight through the air around a central hot air balloon.

Children will love this ride, although older children and adults will probably find it a bit tame and slow. Younger children however will delight in being able to operate the lever to make Dumbe fly higher or lower.

Queues can be long for this ride and the line os usually full of small children who are rapidly getting bored and fed up. If your children don't like queuing, try to take them early r late in the day.

Disabled guests must be able to transfer from wheelchairs.

Length of Ride : 1 Minute 30 Seconds

My daughters verdict : Can we give it a miss?

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Magic Kingdom - Ariel's Grotto

Meet Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'

Simply put this is a 'meet the character' attraction. Meet Ariel and sit with her for a photograph and then get her autograph.

Located behind the Dumbo Flying Elephant attraction and sort of tucked away in a corner you will find a nicely themed grotto which obviously has a nautical theme.

There is a wet play area alongside where the line forms. Younger children will delight in getting wet and cooling off. Parents will also be able to sit and relax for a short time.

Ariel's current popularity means that queues can be longer than desired during busy times.

I would not be surprised if in a few years this whole area is refurbished with something newer and more appealing.

Disabled guests are able to access in a wheelchair.

My Daughters verdict : I already hace her photo.

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More Magic Kingdom Attractions Below. Need more Information? - Check out these great Disney Guides

A guide book is really worth having before you go. Read up on the areas you plan to visit and go pre-armed. If you wait until you get there, you will waste precious time reading instead of riding. These are all recommended good buys.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2008 (Unofficial Guides)
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2008 (Unofficial Guides)

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4. A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World.

5. Every attraction rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective, head-to-head comparisons of the Disney and Universal theme parks.

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Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2008
Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2008

Marketed as the official Disney Guide, this book is certainly very well polished. There are loads of full color photographs of the Disney Parks and Hotels with lots of information. The down side to all the photographs is that there is probably not quite as much in the way of hints and tips.

 
Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids, by Kids 2008
Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids, by Kids 2008

Again a very polished guide with loads of photographs but with the emphasis on visiting with children. Well worth a read.

 
Fodor's Walt Disney World® with Kids 2008: with Universal Orlando and SeaWorld (Travel Guide)
Fodor's Walt Disney World® with Kids 2008: with Universal Orlando and SeaWorld (Travel Guide)

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Clear, easy-to-read maps

Full restaurant and hotel descriptions, with star ratings

Quick Guides, Don't-Miss Lists, and favorite attractions by age group

Updates on Disney's FASTPASS system and Universal's EXPRESS system

Know-how for Disney cruises

 

Magic Kingdom - Pooh's Playful Spot

Disney Outdoor play area

This is one of the newer attreactions in Fantasyland. It is a play area intended for young children up to the age of about 5 years old.

It is located across from the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at the Tomorrowland end of Fantasyland.

Themed on Pooh Bear and the Hundred Acre Wood there are trees and fallen branches along with the more expected 'Hunny' pots forming slides and tunnels.

It is finished with a soft paving to minimise risk of injuries from younger children running around. There is also a wet area where your children can cool off in the hot sunshine. Brightly colored and interesting layouts and detailing will ensure your young children will not want to leave once they are there.

As well as being an ideal place to let the children run around, it is a great place for adults to take a well earned rest and to sit and watch for 5 or 10 minutes.

Disabled Guests can access in their wheelchairs.

My Daughters verdict : I am too old for that.

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Magic Kingdom - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Disney Indoor storybook ride.

Ride in a 'Hunny' pot through this wonderful storybook scene. The stories of Pooh Bear are retold as you ride through the pages.

The 'Hunny' pots carry four passengers and take you into Hundred Arce wood where you meet some of Pooh's friends and set off on an adventure with them.

As with all these rides there is a music, lighting and other special effects to give to a complete sensory experience.

Queues for this ride are always long, you will notice that there is a constant collection of strollers parked up outside the entrance to the ride. FastPass is available and you should take advantage of this if you can.

Disabled guests must be able to transfer to a standard wheelchair.

Length of ride : 3 Minutes 8 Seconds.

My Daughters verdict : I love Piglet.

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Magic Kingdom - Mad Tea Party

Disney Spinning teacup ride.

Based on the Alice in Wonderland story this is a spinning ride on which you sit in tea cups. The ride is located between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland and is also accessible from the front of the castle by following the castle wall to the right.

You sit in large teacups of different colors. Once started you can control the spin of the teacup, so if you want to spin a lot you can, but if you want a gentler ride you can do that as well.

Alice and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum often appear in this area for character greeting sessions so be sure to keep your eyes open and have your autograph book ready.

As with many of the rides in Fantasyland unloading and loading is a slow process which means that there is nearly always a queue for this ride. Try to avoid the busier times and ride late in the day if you can.

Disabled guest must transfer from their wheelchair.

Length of Ride : 1 Minute 30 Seconds

My Daughters verdict : Great fun but I am not going to queue again.

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Check out these great Disney Theme Park Guides

Magic Kingdom Guide     Epcot Guide     Animal Kingdom   Hollywood Studios

Adventureland                 Epcot Dining

Frontierland                     World Showcase

Liberty Square

Fantasyland

Tomorrowland

Mickey's Toontown Fair

Main Street USA

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