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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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,