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Fantasyland is a themed area (or land) found in all Disney parks. It may refer to one of the following:

Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort

Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom is a land of Fantasy featuring 3 sections, Enchanted Forest, Storybook Circus, and Castle Courtyard.

The area went through a large expansion and renovation between 2010 and 2014.

Conceptual artwork for the expansion shows several new additions and changes. Included is a new dark ride themed to Disney's 1989 film The Little Mermaid (also located at Disney California Adventure), and an area themed to Disney's 1991 film Beauty and the Beast featuring the Beast's Castle with a new sit-down restaurant and Belle's cottage. There is also a rest area themed to Disney's 2010 film Tangled, and an interactive queue for Peter Pan's Flight.

Mickey's Toontown Fair was closed on February 11, 2011 in order to build the Storybook Circus area of the Fantasyland extension. Some elements of Mickey's Toontown Fair were demolished and others were re-themed to the new area. Storybook Circus is based on elements of the film Dumbo and other characters from the Mickey Mouse universe. The Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride was removed from Fantasyland and rebuilt in Storybook Circus, the new version doubling the capacity of the old ride and introducing an interactive queue. The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm was renamed The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini. Storybook Circus has been completed and became fully open to the public on October 4, 2012. The first stage was completed on March 12, 2012 ("The Barnstormer," the renovated Storybook Circus train station, and the first half of the new Dumbo ride). The second phase of Storybook Circus (the second half of Dumbo, the indoor queue area, and the Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak Station) opened in July 2012. The third, last and final phase (Pete's Silly Sideshow and Big Top Souvenirs) saw the completion of Storybook Circus on October 4, 2012.

Snow White's Scary Adventures closed on May 31, 2012. The original ride was removed and Princess Fairytale Hall, a new Disney Princess "meet and greet" area, opened on September 18, 2013, where the attraction previously existed. An area themed to Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs features the dwarfs' cottage and a new roller coaster ride called the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The coaster features a first-of-its-kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to the twists and turns of the track. Although not part of the original plans for the new Fantasyland, this attraction took the place of several proposed interactive Disney Princess meet and greets; these have been removed from the updated plans for the expansion. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened on May 28, 2014, completing New Fantasyland.

Expansion timeline

  • September 12, 2009: At the D23 Expo, Disney officially announces plans to expand Fantasyland. It will include new rides, shows, meet and greets, restaurants, and store. Concept art is also shown.
  • April 11, 2010: Ariel's Grotto and Pooh's Playful Spot close for the expansion.
  • February 11, 2011: Mickey's Toontown Fair closes for the expansion.
  • March 12, 2012: The Barnstormer, Fantasyland train station, and the first half of the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction open.
  • May 31, 2012: Snow White's Scary Adventures closes to make room for the Princess Fairytale Hall.
  • July 2012: Second half of the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction, interactive queue, and Casey Jr Soak N Splash Station open
  • October 4, 2012: Pete's Silly Sideshow and Big Top Souvenirs open.
  • November 19, 2012: Be Our Guest Restaurant, a quick service/table service restaurant opens.
  • December 6, 2012: Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Ariel's Grotto, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Belle's Village open.
  • March 8, 2013: Tangled themed rest area open.
  • September 18, 2013: Princess Fairytale Hall opens.
  • May 28, 2014: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens completing the Fantasyland Expansion.
  • November 22, 2014: Peter Pan's Flight interactive queue opens.

Current Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Listed by section:

Enchanted Forest[edit]

  • Ariel's Grotto (1996-2010 and 2012-present)
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid (2012-present)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2014-present)
  • Mad Tea Party (1971-present)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1999-present)

Storybook Circus

  • The Barnstormer (2012-present)
  • Casey Jr, Splash 'N' Soak Station (2012-present)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (1971-2012 and 2012-present)
  • Main Street Philharmonic at Storybook Circus
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (1971-present)

Castle Courtyard

  • Cinderella Castle (1971-present)
  • It's a Small World (1971-present)
  • Merida "Meet and Greet" at Fairytale Garden
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic (2003-present)
  • Peter Pan's Flight (1971-present)
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (1971-present)
  • Princess Fairytale Hall

Former attractions and entertainment

  • Mickey Mouse Revue (1971–80)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage (1971–94)
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1971–98)
  • Magic Journeys (1987–93)
  • Skyway to Tomorrowland (1971–99)
  • Snow White's Adventures (1971–94)
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures (1971–2012)
  • Legend of the Lion King (1994–2002)
  • Storytime with Belle (1999–2010)
  • Pooh's Playful Spot (2005–10)
  • Dream Along with Mickey (2006–16)
  • Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire (2016-20)

Current restaurants and refreshments

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cheshire Café
  • Cinderella's Royal Table
  • The Friar's Nook
  • Gaston's Tavern
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Prince Eric's Village Market
  • Storybook Treats

Current shops

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Big Top Souvenirs
  • Bonjour! Village Gifts
  • Casey Jr. RailRoad Mercantile
  • Castle Couture
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Hundred Acre Goods
  • Sir Mickey's

Fantasyland at Disneyland Park in Disneyland Resort, Anaheim California

Fantasyland at Disneyland Resort (Disneyland Park) has the same overall motif as Fantasyland in Magic KIngdom, but has several differences, such as the names of attractions and the design.

History and environs

Original dedication

Here is a land of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young and the young at heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star your dreams do come true.

Fantasyland is one of the original themed lands at Disneyland. Fantasyland features Sleeping Beauty Castle at its front, which is also the park's icon, and a central courtyard dominated by King Arthur's Carrousel, in front of which sits a sword in an anvil; several times each day a costumed Merlin helps a child pull the sword from it. Walt Disney said, "What youngster has not dreamed of flying with Peter Pan over moonlit London, or tumbling into Alice's nonsensical Wonderland? In Fantasyland, these classic stories of everyone's youth have become realities for youngsters - of all ages - to participate in."

In 1983, Fantasyland received a major facelift (dubbed "New Fantasyland") and the attraction facades changed from a Renaissance motif to a fantasy mock up of a Bavarian village. Fantasyland's main entrance is through Sleeping Beauty Castle. The entrance also contains a separate walk-through attraction that opened in 1957 but was closed from 2001-2008 due to security concerns following the September 11, attacks. The attraction re-opened in May 2008.

The plaque in front of the castle marks the spot where the Disneyland Time Capsule is buried. Sealed on the 40th anniversary of the park, it contains different items from the history of Disney parks. It is scheduled to be opened in the year 2035, forty years after it was first sealed. The famed "Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks" show was introduced in 1956, but Tinker Bell's first flight wasn't until 1961. The first Tinker Bell was Tiny Kline, former circus aerialist. Multiple shows have replaced this most involving some sort of 'flying' character, such as Tinker Bell.

Fantasyland was said, by Walt Disney, to be his favorite land in the park.

Current attractions and entertainment

  • Alice in Wonderland (1958-present)
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train (1955-present)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (1955-present)
  • It's a Small World (1966-present)
  • Fantasy Faire
    • Royal Hall
    • Royal Theatre
    • Clopin’s Music Box
  • Fantasyland Theatre (2013-present)
  • King Arthur Carrousel/The Sword In The Stone (1955-present)
  • Mad Tea Party (1955-present)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds (1959-present)
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1955-present)
  • Peter Pan's Flight (1955-present)
  • Pinocchio's Daring Journey (1983-present)
  • Pixie Hollow (2008-present)
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through (1955-present)
  • Snow White Grotto (1961-present)
  • Snow White's Enchanted Wish (1955-present)
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats (1955-present)
  • The Pearly Band

Former attractions and entertainment

  • Canal Boats of the World (1955)
  • Mickey Mouse Club Circus (1955–1956)
  • Mickey Mouse Club Theater (1955–82, replaced by Pinocchio's Daring Journey)
  • Keller's Jungle Killers (1956)
  • Skyway to Tomorrowland (1956–94)
  • Motor Boat Cruise (1957–93)
  • Midget Autopia (1957–66)
  • Fantasyland Autopia (1959–1999)
  • Skull Rock (1960–82)
  • Videopolis (1985–2006)
  • Fantasyland Depot (1961–1993, re-themed as Toon Town Depot)
  • Disney Afternoon Avenue, featuring Disney Afternoon characters (1991):
    • Baloo's Dressing Room
    • Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen
    • Rescue Rangers Raceway
  • Ariel's Grotto in Triton's Garden (1996–2008, replaced by Pixie Hollow)
  • Fantasyland Theater:
    • "Plane Crazy" Stage Show (1991–2012)
    • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage (1992–95)
    • The Spirit of Pocahontas (1995–97)
    • Disney's Animazement - The Musical (1998–2001)
    • Disney Princess Fantasy Faire (2006–12)
    • Mickey and the Magical Map (2013-2020)
  • Fantasia Gardens (1993–2006)
  • Royal Theatre
    • "Frozen" (2015–16)

Current restaurants and refreshments

  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Maurice's Treats
  • Red Rose Taverne
  • Troubadour Tavern

Former restaurants and refreshments

  • Character Foods (1955–1981)
  • The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant (1955–82)
  • Welch's Grape Juice Stand (1956–1981)
  • Yumz (1985-2004)
  • Enchanted Cottage Sweets & Treats (2004–2012)
  • Village Haus Restaurant (1983-2017)

Current shops

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • The Castle Holiday Shop
  • Stromboli's Cart
  • Royal Reception
  • Fairy Tale Treasures
  • "It's a Small World" Toy Shop
  • Le Petit Chalet
  • The Mad Hatter

Former shops

  • Merlin's Magic Shop (1955–1983)
  • Tinker Bell Toy Shoppe (1957–2008)
  • Castle Candy Kitchen/Shoppe (1958–1967)
  • Arts & Crafts Shop (1958–1982)
  • Clock Shop (1963–1969)
  • Captain Hook's Galley (1982–89)
  • Castle Arts (1983–1987)
  • Mickey's Christmas Chalet (1983–1987)
  • Geppetto's Arts & Crafts (1983–2007)
  • Briar Rose Cottage (1987–1991)
  • Castle Christmas Shop (1987–1996)
  • Disney Villains (1991–1996)
  • The Castle Heraldry Shoppe (1994–2017)
  • Names Unraveled (1995–2005)
  • Knight Shop (1997–1998)
  • Princess Boutique (1997–2005)
  • Villains Lair (1998–2004)
  • 50th Anniversary Shop (2005–2006)
  • Three Fairies Magic Crystals (2006–2008)

Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris

The fourth Fantasyland to open was in France, at Disneyland Park, previously named Euro Disneyland. Themed as a fairy tale village, this land specifically notes the European origins of the source material for many Disney animated films.

A unique attraction of the park was Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin, a Ferris wheel added to the rear of The Old Mill building in 1993. The Old Mill, which resembles a Dutch windmill and was inspired by the 1937 Academy Award-winning Disney cartoon The Old Mill, was a feature of the park when it opened in 1992, and serves drinks and snacks. The ride closed in the early 2000s, but the wheel and its eight bucket-like passenger cars were left in place and were seasonally decorated. It was later reformed, with the buckets removed, the mill's building serving as a snack counter and the queue area as a meet and greet area.

Current attractions and entertainment

  • Alice's Curious Labyrinth (1992-present)
  • Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (Snow White's Scary Adventures) (1992-present)
  • Le Carrousel de Lancelot (Lancelot's Carousel) (1992-present)
  • Casey Jr. - Le Petit Train du Cirque (Casey Jr. Circus Train) (1994-present)
  • Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty's Castle) (1992-present)
  • Disneyland Paris Railroad - Fantasyland Station (1992-present)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (1992-present)
  • La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty's Gallery)
  • Le Théâtre du Château (The Castle Stage)
  • It's a Small World (1992-present)
  • Mad Hatter's Tea Cups (1992-present)
  • Meet Mickey Mouse
  • Le Pays de Contes de Fées (Storybook Land Canal Boats) (1994-present)
  • Peter Pan's Flight (1992-present)
  • Princess Pavilion
  • La Tanière du Dragon (The Dragon's Lair) (1992-present)
  • Les Voyages de Pinocchio (Pinocchio's Fantastic Journey) (1992-present)
  • The Sword in the Stone

Former attractions and entertainment

  • Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin
  • Fantasy Festival Stage:
    • Winnie the Pooh and Friends, too! (1998–2008)
  • World Chorus

Current restaurants and refreshments

  • L'Arbre Enchanté (The Enchanted Tree)
  • L'Auberge de Cendrillon
  • Au Chalet de la Marionnette
  • Fantasia Gelati
  • March Hare Refreshments
  • The Old Mill
  • Pizzeria Bella Notte
  • Toad Hall Restaurant

Current shops

  • La Bottega di Geppetto (Gepetto's Shop)
  • La Boutique du Château (The Castle Shop)
  • La Chaumière des Sept Nains (The Seven Dwarfs' Cottage)
  • La Confiserie des Trois Fées (The Three Fairies' Sweet Shop)
  • La Ménagerie du Royaume (The Kingdom Menagerie)
  • Merlin l'Enchanteur (Merlin the Magician)
  • La Petite Maison des Jouets (The Little House of Toys)
  • Queues et Taches (Tails and Spots Pet Shop)
  • Sir Mickey's Boutique

Fantasyland at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland features the most prominent Disney trademark, Sleeping Beauty Castle and many of the classic fairy tale characters from everyone's childhood find their "homes" here, all have their own attractions, and the rest of the gang hangs out at the "Fantasy Gardens", the meeting point for character greetings.

In August 2014, The second Pixie Hollow decor had been moved closer to Adventureland, and the area that up to the Fantasyland Train Station, was surrounded by fences hiding the works started recently for "Fairy Tale Forest" opened on December 17, 2015, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, which is presented by Pandora.

Current attractions and entertainment

  • Cinderella Carousel (2005-present)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (2005-present)
  • Fairy Tale Forest
  • Fantasy Gardens
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad - Fantasyland Station (2005-present)
  • It's a Small World (2008-present)
  • Mad Hatter Tea Cups (2005-present)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (2005-present)
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic (2005-present)
  • Snow White Grotto (2005-present)
  • The Royal Reception Hall
  • Storybook Theater
    • Mickey and the Wondrous Book
  • Sword in the Stone
  • Castle of Magical Dreams (2020-present)
  • Royal Princess Garden

Former attractions and entertainment

  • Storybook Theater
    • The Golden Mickeys (2005–2015)
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle (2005–2018)

Restaurants and refreshments

  • Clopin’s Festival of Foods
  • Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Frozen Lollipops Cart
  • Royal Banquet Hall
  • Small World Ice Cream
  • Soya Chicken Leg, Corn on the Cob, Frozen Lollipops Cart

Current shops

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Enchanted Treasures
  • Merlin's Magic Portraits
  • Merlin's Treasures
  • Pooh Corner
  • Storybook Shoppe

Fantasyland at Shanghai Disneyland

Opening on June 16, 2016, Shanghai Disneyland Park also features a version of Fantasyland. The park's castle, called Enchanted Storybook Castle, represents all Disney Princesses and will be the largest of all six Magic Kingdom castles. A brand new unique attraction called Voyage To The Crystal Grotto is also included, and is a guided boat ride tour through the castle, and around Fantasyland.

Current attractions and entertainment

  • Alice in Wonderland Maze (2016-present)
  • Bai Ling Storytime
  • Enchanted Storybook Castle (2016-present)
  • Voyage to the Crystal Grotto (2016-present)
  • Frozen: A Sing-Along Celebration inside Evergreen Playhouse (2016-present)
  • Hunny Pot Spin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (2016-present)
  • Once Upon a Time Adventure
  • Storybook Court
  • Peter Pan's Flight (2016-present)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2016-present)

Current restaurants and refreshments

  • Fairy Godmother's Cupboard
  • Merlin's Magic Recipe
  • Pinocchio Village Kitchen
  • Royal Banquet Hall
  • Tangled Tree Tavern
  • Troubadour Treats

Former restaurants and refreshments

  • Celebration Cafe (2016-18)

Current shops

  • Be Our Guest Boutique
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Cottage Curios
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Hundred Acre Goods
  • Mickey & Minnie's Mercantile
  • Mountainside Treasures