Fantasyland

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Fantasyland
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Disneyland
Status Operating
Opening date July 17, 1955
Magic Kingdom
Status Operating
Opening date October 1, 1971
Tokyo Disneyland
Status Operating
Opening date April 15, 1983
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Status Operating
Opening date April 12, 1992
Hong Kong Disneyland
Status Operating
Opening date September 12, 2005
Shanghai Disneyland Park
Status Under construction
Opening date December 2015
General Statistics
Theme Disney's animated fairy tale films; Fantasy

Fantasyland is one of the "themed lands" at the many 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.

Disneyland[edit]

Dedication[edit]

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

Fantasyland is one of the original themed lands at Disneyland. Fantasyland at the original Disneyland features 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")[1] 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 the castle courtyard 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 "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.

Fantasyland was said to be Walt Disney's favorite land at Disneyland.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

  • Mickey Mouse Club Theater (1955–82, replaced by Pinocchio's Daring Journey)
  • Fantasyland Depot (1955–93, re-themed as Toon Town Depot)
  • Skyway to Tomorrowland (1956–94)
  • Motor Boat Cruise (1957–93)
  • Midget Autopia (1957–66)
  • Skull Rock (1960–82)
  • Mickey Mouse Revue (1972–80)
  • 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)
    • Beauty and the Beast (1992–95)
    • The Spirit of Pocahontas (1995–97)
    • Disney's Animazement - The Musical (1998–2001)
    • Mickey's Detective School (2002–03)
    • Snow White: An Enchanting Musical (2004–06)
    • Disney Princess Fantasy Faire (2006–12)
  • Tangled "Meet and Greet" with Flynn Rider and Rapunzel

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

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

Former restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant (1955–82)

Shops[edit]

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • The Castle Heraldry Shop
  • Fairy Tale Treasures
  • "It's a Small World" Toy Shop
  • Le Petit Chalet
  • The Mad Hatter

Former shops[edit]

  • Captain Hook’s Galley (1982–89)

Magic Kingdom[edit]

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

Expansion[edit]

The land is currently going through a large expansion and renovation.[2]

Conceptual artwork for the expansion shows several new additions and changes.[3] 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.[3] There is also a rest area themed to Disney's 2010 film Tangled, and possibly an interactive queue for Peter Pan's Flight in the works.[4]

Mickey's Toontown Fair was closed on February 11, 2011 in order to build the Storybook Circus area of the Fantasyland extension.[5] 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.[3] 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 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.[3][6] An area themed to Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is also under construction. It will feature the dwarfs' cottage and a new roller coaster ride called the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The coaster will feature 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.[7] The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is expected to be completed on April 30, 2014, completing New Fantasyland as well.[8]

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Future attractions and entertainment[edit]

A number of new attractions are currently under construction as part of the Fantasyland expansion project. These include:[9]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • 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

Shops[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

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

Shops[edit]

  • Baby Mine
  • Fantasy Gifts
  • The Glass Slipper
  • Kingdom Treasure
  • Pleasure Island Candies
  • Pooh Corner
  • Stromboli's Wagon

Disneyland Park (Paris)[edit]

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 for the park was Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin, a ferris wheel based on Walt Disney's original animated film, The Old Mill. The concept was originally intended for Disneyland in 1954, but was discarded then, only to be reconsidered and built at Disneyland Park more than 35 years later. The ride is now closed, but still stands.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • 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
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends, too! at Fantasy Festival Stage

Shops[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Hong Kong Disneyland features Sleeping Beauty Castle, as well as Fantasy Gardens, where guests can meet Disney characters.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • 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

Shops[edit]

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

Shanghai Disneyland Park[edit]

Opening in 2015, Shanghai Disneyland Park will also feature a version of Fantasyland. The park's castle, called Enchanted Storybook Castle, will represent all Disney Princesses and will be the largest of all six Magic Kingdom castles.[11] Shanghai's Fantasyland will be divided into two sections with the traditional Fantasyland area being located behind the castle, and a new area called Gardens of Imagination being located infront. Garden's of Imagination will be an 11-acre collection of gardens and attractions located in the center of the park, with one garden called Garden of the Twelve Friends, which will be themed to the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, featuring mosaic tile murals depicting various Disney characters.[12] A brand new unique attraction called Voyage To The Crystal Grotto will also be included, and will be a guided boat ride tour through the castle, and around Fantasyland.

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