In the words of Walt Disney: "Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true."; This sentiment is reflected in the attractions and gentle rides in this themed area of the Magic Kingdom, for both the young and the young at heart.
Discover more magical experiences and enchantment in the new Fantasyland expansion, commencing from Spring 2012 and opening in phases. The main entrance to Fantasyland is still Cinderella's Castle, in the northernmost area of Magic Kingdom. The timeless castle has undergone several changes since it was first built. For its 25th anniversary, it was designed to look like a pink cake, trimmed with candy. Now, as it stands at 180 feet tall, it is intricately designed with gold trim. The most photographed of all of the buildings in Disney World, Cinderella's Castle was inspired by the design of 12th and 13th century French castles and, of course, by the design of the castle in the animated Cinderella feature film. This amazing castle looks real, but is really made of fibreglass and steel beams.
The new expansion features more Disney characters and stories, in two new themed areas: Storybook Circus, where Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Winnie the Pooh can be found, and Fantasyland Forest, where you can meet Disney's princesses in a wonderland inspired by Disney's films The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Fantasyland also provides guests with several places to eat. Among these restaurants are Cinderella's Royal Table, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner within the Cinderella Castle. The Enchanted Grove is a small stand that serves soft drinks and slush, while Mrs. Pott's Cupboard provides soft drinks, ice cream, and other snacks. For those looking for a counter service restaurant, Pinocchio Village Hause serves salads and sandwiches, while Scuttle's Landing offers snacks, tea, and coffee.
For the shopper, Fantasyland offers opportunities to purchase merchandise related to Winnie the Pooh at Pooh's Thotful Shop. Mickey souvenirs can be purchased at Sir Mickey's, while Donald Duck items can be found at Fantasy Faire. Children's clothing, stuffed toys, and games can be purchased at Tinker Bell's Treasures.