Fantasyland is the heart of the Magic Kingdom - a truly enchanting place spread gracefully like a miniature Alpine village beneath the steepled towers of Cinderella Castle.

Fantasyland's construction was completed in 2014. The expanded Fantasyland is divided into three distinct new sections:

Beast's Castle

Directly behind Cinderella Castle and set upon a snowcapped mountain is Beast's Castle, part of a Beauty and the Beast-themed area. Attractions here include:

The rest of this area holds dining and shopping:

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant The headliner restaurant of the new Fantasyland expansion, Be Our Guest serves counter service fast-food for lunch and sit-down meals at night. Although it's new, Be Our Guest serves the best lunch in the Magic Kingdom. Three unique dining rooms, themed from Beauty and the Beast, are available, and the menu includes French cuisine rather than typical American theme park food. The tuna nicoise is particularly good at lunch. Advanced Dining Reservations are suggested. Read the current menus here.

  • Gaston's Tavern A counter-service restaurant themed to the manliest of men, Gaston! Guests are greeted outside this restaurant by a large bronze statue of the man himself, and inside the walls are adorned in antlers. The downside is that there's not much indoor seating.

  • Bonjour! Village Gifts This is the main gift shop on this side of the New Fantasyland, and is the place to go for Beauty and the Beast-themed merchandise.

Storybook Circus

The far-right corner of Fantasyland - including the new Dumbo attraction, the Barnstormer kiddie coaster, and the Fantasyland train station - is an homage to Disney's Dumbo film. These are low-capacity amusement-park rides appropriate for younger children. Attractions here include:

Storybook Circus shopping includes Big Top Souvenirs, which may be the second-largest shop in the Magic Kingdom next to the Main Street Emporium.

The middle of the new Fantasyland territory holds the new Fantasyland headliners:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train A mild roller coaster which features ride vehicles that sway side to side with the track's twists and turns. FASTPASS+ available.

  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid This high-capacity attraction takes riders through various scenes of the classic animated film with the classic score in the background. Although the ride is a virtual clone of the one found in Disney California Adventure, Florida's version has a bit more detail in the ride, and the queue is much prettier. Fastpass+ available.

  • Ariel's Grotto A Little Mermaid- themed meet and greet area. Fastpass+ available.

Placing these in the middle of the new land allows for good traffic flow either to the left (toward Beast's Castle) for dining, to the right for attractions geared to smaller children, or back to the original part of Fantasyland for classic attractions such as Peter Pan's Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

The new sections of Fantasyland are divided from the existing, older Fantasyland attractions by a large wall themed similarly to Cinderella Castle. The wall's main entrance is behind the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.

A new addition to the existing Fantasyland area is Princess Fairytale Hall, a large meet and greet area, and set at the location of the old Snow White's Scary Adventures ride. Princess Fairytale Hall includes two lines: one to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen, plus Rapunzel; and one to meet Cinderella and one other (random) princess. Fastpass+ is available.

Finally, here's a chart showing the changes to Fantasyland:

Opening Date Attraction What it Is Scope and Scale
Open now Dumbo the Flying Elephant Disney-ified midway ride. Minor attraction
Open now Casey Junior Splash 'n' Soak Station A chance for your kids to get soaked to the bone. Diversion
Open now The Barnstormer Kiddie roller coaster. Minor attraction
Open now Walt Disney World Railroad - Fantasyland Station A scenic railroad ride around the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom, with transportation to Main Street USA and Frontierland. Minor attraction
Open now Big Top Souvenirs Circus-themed gift shop. Gift shop
Open now Pete's Silly Sideshow Circus themed meet and greet with Disney characters. Minor attraction
Open now Be Our Guest Restaurant Restaurant inside the Beast's Castle, includes food with a French style. Counter service by day, table service by night. Sit-down restaurant
Open now Enchanted Tales with Belle Next-Generation meet and greet with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Minor attraction
Open now Gaston's Tavern Counter service restaurant themed to Gaston of Beauty and the Beast. Counter-service restuarant
Open now Bonjour! Village Gifts Beauty and the Beast-themed gift shop. Gift shop
Open now Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid Underwater themed indoor ride. Major attraction
Open now Ariel's Grotto Little Mermaid-themed meet-and-greet. Minor attraction
Open now Princess Fairytale Hall Large-scale Princess meet-and-greet. Minor attraction
Open now Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Mild roller coaster. Major attraction


Related blogs:
The Disney's in the Details: Fantasyland Part 1
The Disney's in the Details: Fantasyland Part 2
The Disney's in the Details: Fantasyland Part 3
15 Photos You Must Take at WDW - Flying on Dumbo

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Disney Dish with Jim Hill

OH, DEER

"I use antlers in all of my decorating," sings Gaston, Belle's charm-free suitor, In Beauty and the Beast. the Imagineers are taking this Disney heel at his word: covering the walls and ceilings of Gaston's Tavern, his rustic quick-serve restaurant in Fantasyland, is all sorts of faux deer-related trophies. FYI, Gaston's is slated to become the watering hole of all manner of Disney villains. Don't be surprised to find the dastardly likes of Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, or the Evil Queen from Snow White hanging out and hoisting a glass during a daily event that WDW Entertainment plans on calling "Unhappy Hour."

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