Top 10 Reasons to Visit New Fantasyland

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New Fantasyland is the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom Park. Walt Disney World Resort guests can enter classic storybook worlds here, where elephants can fly and castles reach to the sky, where a beauty falls in love with a beast and a mermaid plays under the sea. Walt Disney himself said that “Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”

New Fantasyland features attractions, dining, shopping, character interactions, recreation and so much more! You will find waterfalls, grottoes, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops in this magical land. New Fantasyland is home to the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus areas, which added two more fairytale castles! You can visit a French village and play a role in Belle’s story, ride a clamshell “under the sea” into Ariel’s world, race through the Seven Dwarfs’ diamond mine, soar through the sky with Dumbo, and so much more here!

Here are the top 10 reasons to visit New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom:

  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will takes guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” This family-style coaster features a first-of-its-kind ride system with a train of vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey is accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid takes guests riding in clamshells with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the film. Adventurers will feel as if they are descending below the ocean’s surface. Once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid,” sharing Ariel’s adventure through a magical cast of characters and a captivating musical score that will entice everyone to sing along.
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant, the castle of the Beast, stands majestically upon a hill transporting Magic Kingdom diners into the splendor, elegance and fairy tale charm of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” To bring the classic story to life, the restaurant features a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, delicate Rose Gallery and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. Out tall arched windows in the ballroom, there are views to the French countryside where a light “snow” falls. With seating for 550, the magnificent Be Our Guest Restaurant offers French-inspired, quick-service lunch by day and full-service table dining in the evening.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle, inside of Maurice’s workshop, is home to an enchanted mirror that is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: guests will be transported to the Beast’s library to meet Belle and Lumiere. Through props and costumes (courtesy of Madame Wardrobe), guests step right into the story of “Beauty and the Beast” and share in a lively, interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”
  • Gaston’s Tavern – a comfy French lodge done in trophies to hunting and other manly pursuits of Gaston – where guests will be able to raise a goblet of LeFou’s Brew, a no-sugar-added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam!
  • Princess Fairytale Hall is the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom. The castle-like entrance features walls of stone and stained glass windows opening up into a large gallery — an airy space with a high ceiling — where portraits of the Disney princesses adorn the walls. When it’s time for their audience with a princess, guests will proceed to elegantly finished chambers to meet their favorite Disney royalty.
  • Dumbo, the Flying Elephant has doubled in size with two Dumbos – one going clockwise, the other counterclockwise. Fantasyland’s iconic attraction features shiny new red and gold colors (inspired by ’50s- and ’60s-era tin toys), beautiful newly-created signature illustrations from Disney animators and a new water feature circling the base of both attractions. The two Dumbos are connected to an air-conditioned “big top” area allowing parents to relax while their children explore an interactive zone of circus fun. Each guest gets a circus ticket pager that notifies them when their elephant is waiting. It’s also a FastPass+ attraction for guests electing to go straight to their flight with Dumbo.
  • The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini offers family-style coaster fun as guests dip and soar daredevil-style above the circus grounds. The circus’ stuntman, The Great Goofini, presents one of his most daring stunts – aerial acrobatics that follow a twisting, turning coaster “flight.”
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow, set in one of the tents in Storybook Circus,  invites guests to meet some familiar-looking circus hopefuls awaiting their big break. Pete’s Silly Sideshow shines the spotlight on Minnie Magnifique (Minnie Mouse as a circus star), Madame Daisy Fortuna (Daisy Duck as a fortune teller), The Great Goofini (Goofy as a stunt pilot) and The Astounding Donaldo (Donald Duck as a snake charmer). Don’t forget your cameras and autograph books.
  • Fantasyland Train Station pays homage to both the elegant train travel of America’s past — and the passion Walt Disney had for trains. Sharp-eyed guests will notice a Casey Jr. – inspired weather vane and Carolwood Park sign, with “Fair Weather Place” — a nod to “Fair Weather Route,” Walt Disney’s tag line for the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, the steam engine Walt had running through his backyard. The station is serviced by a passenger train encircling the Magic Kingdom, powered by an antique steam engine.

Bonus: Don’t miss Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station water play area!

What is your favorite part of New Fantasyland?

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