Fantasyland

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History

Located at the exit of Cinderella's Castle, Fantasyland takes its inspiration from the Disney movies themselves, allowing guests to “ride through” different Disney movies. Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Winnie the Pooh all have rides based on there movies, located in Fantasyland. In total, Fantasyland is home to 10 major attractions, and two character greeting areas. Also in Fantasyland is the opening day attraction, it's a Small world, which is a favorite by many of Disney's younger visitors. Fantasyland is also home to a wide variety of restaurants and food stands including Cinderella's Royal Table, which is actually located inside Cinderella's Castle itself. Fantasyland has gone through a lot of changes in it's history. Fantasyland Opening with the original attractions Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It's a Small World, Snow Whites Adventure, The Mad Tea Party, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, The Mickey Mouse Revue and Cinderella's Golden Carousel. The Mickey Mouse Revue was moved to Tokyo Disneyland, and closed in 1980. It was eventually replaced by Magic Journeys. Fantasyland then remained largely unchanged until 1993, when Magic Journeys was closed and replaced with the Legend of the Lion King. 1994 brought the first of a series of controversial changes to the park. On October 14, 1994 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was closed. Although it was not made clear whether the ride would reopen, it never did and was eventually replaced by Pooh's Playful spot. 1998 brought another change when Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, a popular fan favorite ride was closed down to be replaced with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Although the closure was met with much backlash and protests, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was closed on September 7, 1998. In September 2009, it was announced at the D23 Expo that Fantasyland would be expanded to include Disney Princess and Disney Faire characters, along with a new circus themed Dumbo area. The expansion will include the construction of four new attractions, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure, Cinderella's Chateau, The Beast's Castle, and Sleeping Beauty's Cottage.

Attractions

=== Ariel's Grotto === Come Visit Ariel, at this fun watery park!

===Cinderella Castle===- The Icon of the Magic Kingdom and the home of Cinderella! ===Cinderella's Golden Carrousel===- Ride along to classic Disney tunes, on this 90 seat Carrousel. Originally built in 1917, the Carrousel is the oldest ride on Disney property. ===Dumbo the Flying Elephant===- Soar through the clouds with Dumbo on this kid friendly ride. Inspired by the movie of the same name. Dumbo is one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World! ==="It's a Small World"===- The classic ride with the classic song. Take a cruise with kids from around the world, on a boat ride set to the song, "it's a small world". Along the way you will see differnent culutres, and learn how we all have a lot in common. ===Mad Tea Party===- Spin along in tea cups, with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare as you celebrate your unbirthday. Based on the 1951 animated film, Alice in Wonderland, this ride can cause motion sickness. ===Mickey's PhilharMagic===- Join Mickey, Donald, Ariiel, Aladdin and others in this 3D musical show. Sit back and relax as you are taken through a series of musical numbers from famous Disney movies. ===Peter Pan's Flight===- You can fly, you can fly, you can fly! Join Peter Pan as you fly over London and into Neverland to fight the evil Captain Hook. Along the way you will meet Wendy, Tinkerbell and many others on this adventurous dark ride. ===Snow White's Scary Adventures===- Ride along through the story of Snow White, based on the 1941 movie of the same name. On this dark ride you will meet everyone, from Dopey to Prince Charming. And be sure to watch out for the Evil Queen! ===The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh===-Take a jounrey through the Hundred-Acre Woods, as Pooh goes through many adventures for friends and honey! Based on the 1977 animated film of the same name. ===The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure=== Part of the expansion of Fantasyland and set to open in 2012, this attraction will give you an opportunity to visit Ariel in her own world! ===Cinderella's Chateau===- Part of the expansion of Fantasyland and set to open in 2012, this attraction will give you an opportunity to visit Cinderella, and see her world. ===The Beast's Castle===- Visit the castle of the beats, to visit Belle and her friends! Based on the the 1991 movie, this attraction is part of the Fantasyland expansion, and is set to open in 2012. ===Sleeping Beauty's Cottage- Visit Aurora at her home! Based on the 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty. This attraction is part of the Fantasyland expansion, and is set to open in 2012. ===Pooh's Playful Spot===- Have your little ones play around in this Hundred Acre Wood themed park! Based on the Winnie the Pooh animated movies

Past Attractions

===Mr. Toad's Wild Ride===- This former dark ride opened with the park in 1971, and closed September 8, 1998. On this ride you could join Mr. Toad as he caused mischief and took you along for the ride. Mr. Toad's Wild ride was replaced with The Manny Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but was still a guest favorite at the time. ===20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage===- Another opening day attraction, this ride was closed October 14, 1994. On this ride, you submerged into the Pacific Ocean with Captain Nemo and his crew, to get a taste of underwater life. ===Skyway===- This opening day attraction closed on November 10, 1999. The skyway allowed guests to travel from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland via gondola lift. ===Mickey Mouse Revue===- The Mickey Mouse Revue opened with the park in 1971, and closed September 14, 1980. This show gave guests an opportunity to see Audio Anamatrotic characters from Disney history perform classic Disney songs. The Fantasyland theatre which housed the Mickey Mouse Revue was left empty until Magic Journeys opened in December 15, 1987. ===Magic Journeys===- This show moved to the Magic Kingdom on December 1, 1987 and closed December 1, 1993. Magic Journey's was the first 3D show in Walt Disney World, and moved to the Magic Kingdom from EPCOT. The premise of the show was to see the world through the eyes of a child. Magic Journey's was replaced by the Legend of the Lion King in 1994. ===Legened of the Lion King===- Was a musical show that opened on June 15, 1994 and closed February 23, 2002. The show included key scenes from the movie acted out b puppets. The show was closed in 2002 to make way for Mickey's Philarmagic. ===Dining Cinderella's Royal Table===-is located within Cinderella Castle and features the "Once Upon a Time Character Breakfast", with Cinderella and other Disney Princess characters. Cinderella's Royal Table also offers a character lunch and a themed dinner featuring the Fairy Godmother to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. ===Pinocchio Village House===- A counter service restaurant serving food including pizza and sandwiches ===Mrs. Potts Cupboard===- A snack restaurant famous for it's ice cream ===Enchanted Groves===- A small stand which sells lemonade slushes and juices. ===The Village Fry Shoppe===- A cart which sells Hot dogs and McDonald fries. ===The Beast's Castle===- ==='Be Our Guest' Restaurant===- Is a restaurant due to open in 2012 Gaston's Tavern-Is a restaurant due to open in 2012

Trivia

  • "La Fontaine de Cendrillon" (or Fountain of Cinderella),is a bronze statue located in the central of Fantasyland is named after the fairy tale heroine who became popular in France in 1967, and served as the inspiration for Disney's 1950 animated classic, "Cinderella. This fountain is known as "Rags to Riches" because if you stand (actually, you may have to kneel) in front of Cinderella and look at the painted mural behind it on the Castle wall, a painted image of a crown appears to be sitting on top of the princess' head. Although an adult may have to get low to see it, this was designed intentionally so that when children look at the fountain, they can clearly see the crowned princess. The Sword in the Stone Ceremony takes place several times daily in the area behind Cinderella Castle and in front of Cinderella's Golden Carousel in Fantasyland. Presided over by Merlin the Magician, a child is chosen from the audience to pulling the magical sword, Excalibur, from the stone. He or she is then appointed "temporary ruler of the realm."
  • The opening day attractions in Fantasyland were, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It's a Small World, Snow Whites Adventure, The Mad Tea Party, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, The Mickey Mouse Revue and Cinderella's Golden Carousel.

References

http://wdwradio.com/Fantasyland/Fantasyland-Trivia.html http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/orl-disney-world-new-fantasyland-pictures,0,844507.photogallery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0