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5 BEST Rides in Fantasyland (Disney World)

One of the busiest parts of Magic Kingdom is Fantasyland. Cinderella Castle serves as the centerpiece of the land and most of the beloved classic Disney rides are here too. If you want to enjoy some of the best attractions at Magic Kingdom, check out our list of the five best rides in Fantasyland.


3 Sections of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland at Disney World is divided into three distinct areas: original Fantasyland, Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus (which were expanded in 2012).

Each of these areas has its own theme-based rides, Disney characters meet & greets, and restaurants.

Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Disney World

Original Fantasyland Rides & Attractions

Fantasyland Rides & Experiences

Enchanted Forest Rides & Attractions

Storybook Circus Rides & Attractions

5 Best Rides in Fantasyland (Disney World)

5 Best Rides in Fantasyland at Disney World

The entire Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom feels like you are walking in a magical world filled with enchanting activities, beloved characters, and thrilling rides.

If you are wondering how best to spend your time, these are the Fantasyland rides that should not be missed during your visit to Disney World:

Barnstormer Magic Kingdom

1. Barnstormer

Barnstormer is a perfect ride for young thrill-seekers.

Located in Storybook Circus, guests board Goofy’s homemade stunt airplanes to soar among the clouds.

This junior roller coaster has mini drops and turns and is a great first-time coaster experience for children.

2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

If you love the thrill of riding roller coasters at Disney World, you can Join Snow White and her friends on an exhilarating ride through the Seven Dwarfs’ diamond mine.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train combines both gentle twists and turns with exciting drops, making it suitable for all ages.

The highlight of this ride is the animatronic dwarfs singing and dancing as you make your way through the mine.

Small World Magic Kingdom

3. It’s a Small World

This iconic ride has been a staple in Fantasyland since it first opened in 1971.

Take a relaxing boat ride around the world, while being serenaded by the famous song “It’s a Small World.”

It's a Small World Magic Kingdom

The colorful and whimsical animatronic dolls designed by Mary Blair represent different countries and cultures throughout the world.

This ride will charm both children and adults alike and you will find yourself singing “It’s a Small World” all day long.

Little Mermaid Ride

4. Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid

Experience Ariel’s world under the sea in this musical ride.

On Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid, guests board a clamshell-shaped vehicle and journey through scenes from the classic animated movie, while listening to all your favorite Little Mermaid tunes.

The state-of-the-art animatronics, special effects, and catchy songs will make you feel like you are part of Ariel’s world.

Magic Tea Cups

5. Mad Tea Party

When it comes to the most popular rides in Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party is certainly one you won’t want to miss.

Inspired by the classic Alice in Wonderland story, this ride allows you to control how fast or slow your teacup spins as you twirl around a giant teapot.

The colorful and whimsical theming of this ride makes it a hit with both children and adults.

Disney Welcome Show

Using Lightning Lane for Fantasyland Rides

If you want to ride the best rides in Fantasyland, you should plan to get to the park early.

The best plan is to get there early enough to see the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show at Cinderella Castle

This way you will be closest to Fantasyland when the rest of the park opens!

Because this is the most popular part of the Magic Kingdom, you can expect Fantasyland rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train & Mad Tea Party to have the longest lines.

On average, the wait times for either of these two rides can exceed 2 hours!

If you want to get the most out of your time at Magic Kingdom, and especially, Fantasyland, you should consider purchasing Genie+ to get Lightning Lane access.

Lightning Lane Entrances Offered Through Disney Genie+ Service:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Barnstormer
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Lightning Lane Entrances for Individual Purchase

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Fantasyland is really a wonderful place to explore and you will probably spend the better part of your day in this section of the park. As long as you follow our advice, you should be able to ride at least a few of the best rides in Fantasyland.

Do you have a favorite ride in Fantasyland? What are they?

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Saturday 8th of December 2012

New Fantasyland sounds like so much fun!


Tuesday 4th of September 2012

We will be there December 22nd. Can't wait!


Wednesday 5th of September 2012

You are going to have a great time! Almost everything in Fantasyland will be open by Dec 22nd. Are you going to the Christmas party?

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