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Fantasyland is one of the eight themed lands at Disneyland Park. The land features a central courtyard dominated by King Arthur's Carrousel, in front of which sits a sword in an anvil.

Dedication

“'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


History and environs

Fantasyland is one of the original themed lands at Disneyland. Fantasyland features Sleeping Beauty Castle at its front, which is also the park's icon, and 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 famed "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. Multiple shows have replaced this most involving some sort of 'flying' character, such as Tinker Bell.

Fantasyland was said ,by Walt Disney, to be Walt Disney's favorite land in the park.[2]

Attractions and entertainment

Current

Former

  • Canal Boats of the World (1955)
  • Mickey Mouse Club Circus (1955-1956)
  • Mickey Mouse Club Theater (1955–82)
  • Keller's Jungle Killers (1956)
  • Junior Autopia (1956-1958)
  • Skyway to Tomorrowland (1956–94)
  • Motor Boat Cruise (1957–93)
  • Midget Autopia (1957–66)
  • Fantasyland Autopia (1959-1999)
  • Skull Rock (1960–82)
  • Videopolis (1985-2006)
  • Fantasyland Depot (1961–1993, re-themed as Toon Town Depot)
  • Disney Afternoon Avenue
    • Baloo's Dressing Room
    • Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen
    • Rescue Rangers Raceway
  • Ariel's Grotto in Triton’s Garden (1996–2008, replaced by Pixie Hollow)
  • Fantasia Gardens (1993-2006)

Restaurants and refreshments

Current

Former

  • Character Foods (1955-1981)
  • Captain Hook's Galley (also known as Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant) (1955–82)
  • Welch's Grape Juice Stand (1956-1981)
  • Yumz (1985-2004)
  • Enchanted Cottage Sweets & Treats (2004-2012)

Shops

Current

Former

  • Merlin's Magic Shop (1955-1983)
  • Tinker Bell Toy Shoppe (1957-2008)
  • Castle Candy Kitchen/Shoppe (1958-1967)
  • Arts & Crafts Shop (1958-1982)
  • Clock Shop (1963-1969)
  • Captain Hook’s Galley (1982–89)
  • Castle Arts (1983-1987)
  • Mickey's Christmas Chalet (1983-1987)
  • Geppetto's Arts & Crafts (1983-2007)
  • Briar Rose Cottage (1987-1991)
  • Castle Christmas Shop (1987-1996)
  • Disney Villains (1991-1996)
  • Names Unraveled (1995-2005)
  • Knight Shop (1997-1998)
  • Princess Boutique (1997-2005)
  • Villains Lair (1998-2004)
  • 50th Anniversary Shop (2005-2006)
  • Three Fairies Magic Crystals (2006-2008)
  • The Castle Heraldry Shoppe (1994–2017)

References


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Pixar Play ParadeTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularMickey's Soundsational ParadeFantasmicRemember... Dreams Come TrueBelieve... In Holiday Magic
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A Christmas Fantasy ParadeFrightfully Fun ParadeDisney's Celebrate AmericaHalloween ScreamsFantasy in the Sky:New Year's Eve Special
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