Welcome to Big Castle Travel’s Saturday Stroll series! This weekly series takes you through each land in each park in Walt Disney World. Last week we visited Main Street, U.S.A. This week we will continue through Cinderella Castle and into the original Fantasyland.
We have organized this in two ways. First, we have organized it into sections similar to how Disney organizes it in the My Disney Experience app: Attractions, Restaurants (Dining), Entertainment, and Shopping. Second, we listed them in order of appearance as if you took a counterclockwise path around the land, starting from the inside Cinderella Castle. The official area of Fantasyland is quite large, so we have broken it up into three subsections:
Let’s get started on our Saturday stroll through Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland in Walt Disney World!
Attractions at Disney World include both rides and experiences. We have listed the permanent and daily attractions, but be on the lookout for seasonal attractions and special events while you are in Magic Kingdom!
“What’s the ‘big castle’ that Big Castle Travel is named after?” Cinderella Castle, of course! Not Cinderella’s Castle, not Mickey’s Castle, not the Magic Kingdom Castle. Cinderella Castle.
The centerpiece of Magic Kingdom is the first stop in Fantasyland. Do not miss the handcrafted mosaics inside the castle, next to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique salon. Even though it is incredibly difficult to stay in the castle, you can definitely eat a meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Walt Disney had a special relationship with carrousels and merry-go-rounds. It is only fitting that Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is the home to the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Walt Disney World.
Be on the lookout for Cinderella’s own horse, complete with roses in her main. Just be sure Anastacia or Drisella don’t get to her first!
"it's a small world"
This whimsical boat ride around our small, small world is a recreation of the original attraction from the 1964-65 World’s Fair and Disneyland version. This version of “it’s a small world” has been delighting guests since 1971.
Yes, these are actual bathrooms. Yes, I said actual bathrooms are my “Don’t Miss” item for Fantasyland. Yes, you should make time to visit this area of Magic Kingdom, enjoy the theming, and take a few pictures. Pictures of bathrooms.
It is worth mentioning that these are some of the nicest bathrooms in all of Walt Disney World. If you are in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland after dark then head over to the Rapunzel bathrooms for a special PhotoPass Magic Shot.
Peter Pan's Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is based on the original 1955 attraction from Disneyland. This high flying adventure follows Peter and the Darling children through London and into Neverland.
Big Castle Travel generally recommends a FastPass+ for this ride. However, the interactive queue delights guests young and old and is worth the experience.
Join Donald Duck as he hosts a fantastical 3D adventure. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is an immersive concert of favorite Disney songs.
It is also a great place to enjoy some air conditioning during the 12-minute show.
Say it with me, “Disney World food is more than just pizza and hamburgers.” Magic Kingdom’s original Fantasyland area has four permanent restaurants in addition to various stands and roaming vendors.
Cinderella's Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table hosts a feast fit for royalty! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner inside Cinderella Castle in a special character dining experience.
While this is one of the pricier table service options, and one that has to be purchased in advance, every princess fan should do it at least once. Breakfast with Aurora, Jasmin, Ariel, and Snow White is also a great way to get into Magic Kingdom early!
The Friar's Nook
This quick service location is one of Big Castle Travel’s favorite places for a quick but hearty snack in Fantasyland. Known for their tater tots, The Friar’s Nook serves guests from 11AM-9PM most days.
Pinocchio Village Haus
Pinocchio Village Haus is a quick service and Mobile Order spot across from Mickey’s PhilharMagic. There are a few interactive elements inside, and certain seats have a window view into the “it’s a small world” boat launch area.
This restaurant serves quick Italian food at theme park prices. That is to say that Pinocchio Village Haus is neither a great value nor a great meal for most guests.
Entertainment at Walt Disney World encompasses most shows, parades, and character interactions. We are listing the entertainment offerings that are available daily in the original section of Fantasyland, but be sure to check a local times guide and ask Cast Members for any special entertainment options while you are in Magic Kingdom.
The Royal Majesty Makers
Holding court behind Cinderella Castle, The Royal Majesty Makers are Fantasyland’s version of the Citizens of Main Street. This comedic team delights guests with their knightly tales and lessons in court etiquette.
The four characters usually meet hourly through the morning and into early afternoon. They might even test your strength and see if you can pull the sword from the stone!
Princess Fairytale Hall
Do you have Disney Princess fans in your party? If so, then make your way to the Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.
There are two character meet and greets here:
One thing to remember about Walt Disney World is that each shopping experience is unique in some way. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that each shop has the same merchandise and clothing or you might miss out on your new favorite item!
Here are the permanent shops in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
After a recent expansion Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Magic Kingdom is bigger and better than ever! This salon, staffed by Fairy Godmothers-in-Training, will transform your child with the hairstyles, makeup, nail color, accessories, and Princess costumes of their favorite Disney Princesses.
You can now book appointments to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique online 180-days in advance, much like an Advanced Dining Reservation!
If you do not have a reservation at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, little princes and princesses alike can still shop for apparel and accessories around the corner at Sir Mickey’s. There is also a dedicated PhotoPass photographer inside this shop, and they are ready to take incredible shots of your children on a small stage.
Sir Mickey’s has assumed most of the functions and experiences once filled by Castle Couture, which was modified in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique expansion.