This week we will take a tour of Fantasyland. Although there are many ways to get into Fantasyland, we will enter through Cinderella’s Castle and begin our tour there. Cinderella’s Castle is 189 feet tall and the tallest structure in the Magic Kingdom. As you enter the castle archway, look around, the mosaic tiles tell the story of Cinderella once you have taken your fill of the art work, you are drawn to the center of Fantasyland via Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel. As the story goes, a contraption was built to help the Prince with his jousting when there was peace in the kingdom and the Prince had more time for such things. The contraption later named a carrousel began to get the attention of people in the kingdom and everyone wanted to try it. In his wisdom the Prince built another carrousel, instead of using roughly put together horses, the Prince had beautifully designed wooden horses put on the new carrousel to be enjoyed by all.
If we take a left, we will head over to Mickey’s Philharmagic. Mickey’s Philharmagic opened in October 2003 and is approximately 12 minutes long. It is a 4-D theater attraction that follows Donald Duck who tries to capture Mickey’s sorcerers hat before Mickey conducts the orchestra. Donald chases the hat through scenes of various Disney movies and with the help of a princess on a magic carpet ride, Donald gets the hat back. After he returns to the concert hall, Mickey uses the hat to put everything back in order.
Next we will go off to Neverland at Peter Pan’s Flight. This ride is a must do for any Peter Pan fan and is very popular, there is always a long wait unless you do it at park opening, even then you can wait if you don’t get there quick enough. To enjoy the attraction you board pirate ships to take you through. The ride starts in the Darling family nursery where Wendy, John and Michael join Peter on a trip to Neverland. After flying over London, you arrive at Neverland taking in the sites of the Mermaid Lagoon, the Indian Camp and Captain Hook’s ship, the Jolly Roger. When Wendy, John and Michael along with the lost boys are captured, Peter Pan comes to their rescue. As in the movie, Peter Pan saves the day and takes the Jolly Roger, the ride ends back in London where the Darling children are returned home.
Across from Peter Pan’s Flight is the classic attraction, It’s a Small World. This is the Disney World version of the same ride that was introduced at the 1964-1965 Worlds Fair in New York. It’s a Small World is a 15 minute boat ride that takes you around the world showing glimpses of cultures around the world. During the attraction, the most infectious song in Disney World is played over and over. Wether you want to or not, you or your kids will be singing this throughout the day (this could be a good or bad thing depending on how much you like the attraction).
Just around the corner from It’s a Small World is Enchanted Tales with Belle. This is a new addition to Fantasyland that was part of the Fantasyland expansion. Since this is a new attraction, I don’t want to give too much away, but here is the basic premise. The attraction begins in Maurice’s workshop. From there you go through a magic mirror and are transported to the Beast’s Castle. Once in the castles’s library, Belle will tell her story with the help of the guests. This is an attraction not to be missed for fans of Belle.
Across the way is Under The Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. Due to the fact that this is still a new attraction with the Fantasyland expansion, again I’m not going to give away too many details, just a basic overview. The attraction starts as you enter Prince Eric’s Castle and observe shipwrecks and treasure spread across the grounds and be on the look out for crabs (you will see what I mean when you ride). Once you are through the queue, you board your Clamobile and follow Ariel on her journey under the sea and above. Scuttle, Ariel’s seagull friend, fills you in on a little bit of the story before going under the sea. Once you are under the sea you meet Ariel in her treasure cave, followed by a the song Under the Sea. This brings you to Ursula the Sea Witch and her “deal” with Ariel. However true to the movie, it all ends happily with a wedding and Scuttle tells us it’s a happily ever after.
Next we will head over to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This is a great ride for all of your Winnie the Pooh fans. When you board your “Hunny Pots” you are on your way through a whirlwind tour of Classic Winnie the Pooh stories. You will enter Pooh’s dreams, bounce with Tigger, and have a blustery day. The attraction concludes on a happy note and everybody shouts “hooray”.
Over at the Mad Tea Party, join the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland on a spinning tea cup. Riders get into large pastel tea cups for minute and a half and spin themselves silly. The tea cups all rotate around the central tea pot, however, you can control how much you want your tea cup to spin. If you like to spin, this is the ride for you, but don’t forget that you do have to walk off the ride when it’s done spinning.
Down a path from the tea cups is the Story Book Circus part of Fantasyland. Here you will find the new home of Dumbo the Flying Elephant. If you have kids, this is a queue you will love to wait in. As part of the waiting process you will be handed a pager that will go off when it is your turn to ride. Until it is your time, your kids can enjoy the indoor play ground under the big top, while you sit watching them on benches. The best part is that it is all air conditioned. When your pager goes off, simply walk up, turn your pager in and board your Dumbo. The set up is a little different from its former version. There are now dueling Dumbos where one ride goes clockwise and the other counter clockwise. For a unique experience on the ride try riding during the day, then again at night to give a different perspective of the ride.
The final attraction is Goofy’s Barnstormer, my kids love this one. The premise is simple: Goofy is a daredevil pilot and is taking you along for the ride. This is a kid size roller coaster, but it’s a lot of fun even though it is very short. This will also help if you are not sure if your child will be able to do Thunder Mountain or the upcoming Seven Dwarves Mine Cart.
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