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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)
  • The 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

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • The Castle Heraldry Shop
  • Fairy Tale Treasures
  • "It's a Small World" Toy Shop
  • Le Petit Chalet
  • The Mad Hatter

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)

References


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Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Railroad | Main Street Cinema | The Disney Gallery | Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln | Dapper Dans | Main Street Vehicles

Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle | Alice in Wonderland | Casey Jr. Circus Train | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | It's a Small World | King Arthur Carrousel | Mad Tea Party | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Peter Pan's Flight | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Snow White's Scary Adventures | Storybook Land Canal Boats | Pixie Hollow | Sword in the Stone

Adventureland

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye | Jungle Cruise | Tarzan's Treehouse

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbitor | Autopia | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Disneyland Monorail | Captain EO | Innoventions | Starcade | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Mickey's Toontown

Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Donald's Boat | Gadget's Go Coaster | Goofy's Playhouse | Mickey's House and Meet Mickey | Minnie's House | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island | Mark Twain Riverboat | Sailing Ship Columbia | Big Thunder Ranch | Golden Horseshoe Saloon | Fantasmic!

Critter Country

Splash Mountain | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion | Pirates of the Caribbean

Resorts

Disneyland Hotel

Former Attractions

Country Bear Jamboree | Star Tours | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Ariel's Grotto | PeopleMover | Skyway | Carousel of Progress | Submarine Voyage | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Swiss Family Treehouse | Adventure Thru Inner Space | Home of the Future | Magic Journeys | Rocket Jets | Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland | Midget Autopia | The Party Gras Parade | Space Station X-1 | Flying Saucers | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | One Man's Dream | Mickey Mouse Club Theater | Fantasy Waters | Fantasyland Autopia | Rocket Rods | Snow White: An Enchanting Musical | The Lion King Celebration | America Sings | The Walt Disney Story | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown | Fantasy in the Sky

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List of Disneyland attractions

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