Fantasyland

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Fantasyland
HKDL Fantasyland Logo.gif
Disneyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateJuly 17, 1955
Magic Kingdom
StatusOperating
Opening dateOctober 1, 1971
Tokyo Disneyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 15, 1983
Disneyland Park (Paris)
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 12, 1992
Hong Kong Disneyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateSeptember 12, 2005
Shanghai Disneyland Park
StatusUnder construction
Opening dateDecember 2015
General Statistics
ThemeDisney's animated fairy tale films; Fantasy
 
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Fantasyland
HKDL Fantasyland Logo.gif
Disneyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateJuly 17, 1955
Magic Kingdom
StatusOperating
Opening dateOctober 1, 1971
Tokyo Disneyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 15, 1983
Disneyland Park (Paris)
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 12, 1992
Hong Kong Disneyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateSeptember 12, 2005
Shanghai Disneyland Park
StatusUnder construction
Opening dateDecember 2015
General Statistics
ThemeDisney's animated fairy tale films; Fantasy

Fantasyland is one of the "themed lands" at all of the 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 front of the castle 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.

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Magic Kingdom[edit]

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

Expansion[edit]

The land went 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, last 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 features the dwarfs' cottage and a new roller coaster ride called the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The coaster features 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 opened on May 28, 2014, completing New Fantasyland.[8][9]

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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.

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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 of the park was Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin, a Ferris wheel added to the rear of The Old Mill building in 1993. The Old Mill, which resembles a Dutch windmill and was inspired by the 1937 Academy Award winning Disney cartoon The Old Mill, was a feature of the park when it opened in 1992, and serves drinks and snacks. The ride closed in the early 2000s, but the wheel and its eight bucket-like passenger cars were left in place and seasonally decorated.[11][12]

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Hong Kong Disneyland[edit]

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

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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.[13] 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.[14] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Post card showing "New Fantasyland" http://www.perrific.com/disney/cards/card29.html
  2. ^ "New Fantasy Land Soft Opening". All Ears.Net. 12 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Disney World’s Fantasyland expansion". WOFL FOX 35. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Walt Disney World opens “Tangled” themed rest area, further expanding Fantasyland with device charging area and bathrooms Retrieved March 8, 2013
  5. ^ Smith, Thomas (10 December 2010). "New Fantasyland Expansion Update". Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Princess Fairytale Hall to make royal debut on Sept 18 as Walt Disney World completes new home for Cinderella, Rapunzel Inside the Magic, Retrieved September 7, 2013
  7. ^ New Fantasyland evolution: Walt Disney World modifies concepts, artwork while Magic Kingdom expansion takes shape
  8. ^ http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/new-fantasyland-celebrates-one-year-anniversary-magic-kingdom
  9. ^ Smith, Thomas (2 May 2014). "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens May 28 at Walt Disney World Resort". Disney Parks Blog. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Smith, Thomas (30 July 2010). "New Character Experience, ‘it’s a small world’ Update at Magic Kingdom Park". 20 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Disneyland Paris - The Old Mill
  12. ^ yourdisneylandparis.co.uk - Snacks
  13. ^ http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/08/enchanted-storybook-castle-at-shanghai-disneyland/
  14. ^ http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/12/first-look-garden-of-the-twelve-friends-to-feature-mosaic-murals-at-shanghai-disneyland/