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Ten things to do in Disney World’s New Fantasyland

Walt Disney World Resort re-imagined Fantasyland in the largest expansion in the Magic Kingdom’s 42-year history. Doubling the size, New Fantasyland still features the classic attractions — the Mad Tea Party’s spinning cups, It’s a Small World with its never-ending theme song, Peter Pan’s Flight and the flying Dumbos — and also added a “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”-themed roller coaster that officially opened yesterday and so much more.

If you haven’t been to Disney World in the past year, you’ll be in for a magical surprise on your next visit to the Magic Kingdom. With so many new attractions and restaurants, I thought I’d share my low-down for what to see, do and eat in New Fantasyland.

General Tips

1. Take a moment to admire the castles

From Fantasyland, visitors have always had magnificent views of the backside of Cinderella’s Castle. After the creation of New Fantasyland, we also see the Beast’s Castle — a stunning backdrop to this fantastical land.

Fantasyland visitors will see the Beast's Castle in the distance. The castle has 115 windows! (Photo by Erin Klema)

Fantasyland visitors will see the Beast’s Castle in the distance. The castle has 115 windows!
(Photo by Erin Klema)

2. Use your FastPass+ selections wisely

You may want to save your FastPass+ selections for rides outside of Fantasyland, but there are at least three attractions for which I’d suggest securing a FastPass+: the brand new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Once you’ve used your passes or the time for each has expired, you can obtain an additional FastPass+ at a kiosk within the theme park. You can also use the My Disney Experience app to set up FastPass+ selections prior to arriving at the park.

3. Recharge with Rapunzel

Take a restroom break, charge your phone or other electronics, and sit for a moment in view of Rapunzel’s tower at this picturesque “Tangled”-themed village.

Disney World visitors rest and recharge at this "Tangled"-themed village outfitted with charging stations for mobile phones. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Disney World visitors rest and recharge at this “Tangled”-themed village outfitted with charging stations for mobile phones.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

Rides and Attractions

4. Rock and roll on the brand-spanking new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Ride a five-car train into the mine “where a million diamonds shine,” down drops, around tight hairpin turns and past scenes with Snow White, Doc and the gang, and forest critters as the first-of-its-kind coaster rocks and sways back and forth.

5. Indulge in childhood nostalgia by riding an old-time favorite

Take a spin in a pastel teacup, fly over Neverland, ride on a flying elephant or get “It’s a Small World” stuck in your head for the remainder of the day!

The Mad Tea Party and its spinning teacups has been a mainstay since the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Mad Tea Party with its spinning teacups has been a mainstay since the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

6. Tell stories with Belle

Participation is encouraged as you recount how Belle met the Beast in this incredibly adorable attraction. Also, the kiddos get to meet Belle.

Enchanted Tales wit Belle takes guests inside the princess's childhood home and her father's workshop through a magical mirror to the Beast's library for storytelling with Belle. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Enchanted Tales with Belle takes guests inside the princess’s childhood home and her father’s workshop through a magical mirror to the Beast’s library for storytelling with Belle.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

7. Journey “Under the Sea” with Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder

Take a seat in a giant clam shell in Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid as you go through musical scenes from the animated classic. You’ll see Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, Ursula and 179 other characters!

You'll see Ariel and Flounder with her "thingamabobs and whatzits" as you glide by inside your clam shell. (Photo by Erin Klema)

You’ll see Ariel and Flounder with her “thingamabobs and whatzits” as your clam shell glides past the “Part of Your World” scene.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

8. Fly like a Barnstormer

For children too short to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and adults seeking a tamer attraction, the Barnstormer has small drops but big thrills.

Riders need be only 35 inches (89 cm) for this kiddie coaster. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Riders need be only 35 inches (89 cm) for this kiddie coaster.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

Food and Dining

9. Make reservations for dinner at Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest diners can choose a table at one of three rooms designed to look like settings in “Beauty and the Beast.” The restaurant serves French-inspired dishes and wine. It is the only restaurant that serves alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. Disney World encourages guest to make advance reservations, which can be made up to 180 days prior to dining.

10. Slurp a LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern

On a hot day, cool down with a frozen apple-flavored and mango-and-passion-fruit-foam-topped LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern, a quick service restaurant. It’s very sweet!

If you’ve recently visited the Magic Kingdom, what are your favorite parts of New Fantasyland?

Wish you were here,

Erin

Ten things to do in Fantasyland at Disney's Magic Kingdom Theme Park

Ten things to do in Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park

 

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