Fantasyland is one of the "themed lands" at all of the Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. Each Fantasyland has a castle as well as several gentle rides themed after Disney movies.



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.

— Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955

History and environs

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")[2] 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.[3]

Things to do

Attractions and entertainment

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):
  • 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)
  • Fantasia Gardens (1993-2006)
  • Royal Theatre
    • "Frozen" (2015–16)

Restaurants and refreshments

  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Maurice's Treats
  • Troubador Tavern
  • Village Haus Restaurant
  • Captain Hook's Galley
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)


  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Fairy Tale Treasures
  • "It's a Small World" Toy Shop
  • Le Petit Chalet
  • Pooh Corner
  • 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)

Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort has 10 main attractions.


The area went through a large expansion and renovation between 2010 and 2014.[4]

Conceptual artwork for the expansion shows several new additions and changes.[5] 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.[5] There is also a rest area themed to Disney's 2010 film Tangled, and an interactive queue for Peter Pan's Flight.[6][7]

Mickey's Toontown Fair was closed on February 11, 2011 in order to build the Storybook Circus area of the Fantasyland extension.[8] Some elements of Mickey's Toontown Fair were demolished and others were re-themed to the new area. Storybook Circus is based from 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.[5] 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.[5][9] 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 will take the place of several proposed interactive Disney Princess meet and greets; these have been removed from the updated plans for the expansion.[10] The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened on May 28, 2014, completing New Fantasyland.[11][12]

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 open.
  • May 31, 2012: Snow White's Scary Adventures closes to make room for the Princess Fairytale Hall.
  • July 2012: Second half of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Storybook Circus 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 17, 2013: Princess Fairytale Hall opens.
  • May 28, 2014: Seven Dwarf's Mine Train opens completing the Fantasyland Expansion.
  • November 22, 2014: Peter Pan's Flight interactive queue opens.

Attractions and entertainment

By section

Enchanted Forest
Storybook Circus
Castle Courtyard

Former attractions and entertainment

Restaurants and refreshments

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


  • Big Top Souvenirs
  • Bonjour! Village Gifts
  • Casey Jr. Railroad Mercantile
  • Castle Couture
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Hundred Acre Goods
  • Seven Dwarfs' Mine
  • Sir Mickey's

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland has two original attractions among the usual dark rides: Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall, which features the story of Cinderella in a walk-through style attraction, and Pooh's Hunny Hunt, which uses a trackless ride system. It is also the only version of Fantasyland to still feature the original version of Dumbo the Flying Elephant with only ten flying elephants, while the other versions of the attraction have sixteen elephants.

In April 29, 2015, Oriental Land Company revealed a major expansion/re-imagining was announced that includes the addition of areas based around “Beauty and the Beast” will be the theme for the new area in development.[14]Alice in Wonderland” has been theme for the new area replacing the old It's a Small World, move next to Space Mountain. However, it has been cancelled and benn replaced by an indoor theater, an unnamed Big Hero 6 Ride in Tomorrowland and a meet and greet attraction in Toontown.[15]

Attractions and entertainment

Future attractions

Former attractions and entertainment

Restaurants and refreshments

  • Captain Hook's Galley
  • Cleo's
  • Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
  • Troubadour Tavern
  • Village Pastry


  • Brave Little Tailor Shoppe
  • Fantasy Gifts
  • The Glass Slipper
  • Kingdom Treasure
  • Pleasure Island Candies
  • Pooh Corner
  • Stromboli's Wagon

Disneyland Park (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 classic Disney 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 are seasonally decorated.[16][17]

Attractions and entertainment

Former attractions and entertainment

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

Restaurants and refreshments

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


  • 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)
  • Sir Mickey's Boutique

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[18] for "Fairy Tale Forest" opened on December 17, 2015, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration,[19] which is presented by Pandora.

Attractions and entertainment

Future attractions and entertainment

  • The NEW Unnamed Disney princess Castle and Hub Area (2019) [20]

Past attractions and entertainment

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


  • Merchandise Carts
  • Merlin's Magic Portraits
  • Merlin's Treasures
  • Pooh Corner
  • Storybook Shoppe

Shanghai Disneyland Park

Opening on June 16, 2016,[1] 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.[21] 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.

Attractions and entertainment

Restaurants & refreshments

  • Celebration Cafe
  • Fairy Godmother's Cupboard
  • Merlin's Magic Recipe
  • Pinocchio Village Kitchen
  • Royal Banquet Hall
  • Troubadour Treats


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


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  7. ^ Peter Pan’s Flight debuts new themed queue taking Walt Disney World guests through the Darlings’ house Retrieved July 8, 2015
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