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Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland is one of the "themed lands" at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. Each Fantasyland has a castle as well as several gentle rides themed after Disney movies. 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."

Fantasyland is one of the original themed lands at Disneyland. Fantasyland at the original Disneyland features 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") 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 for security concerns after the September 11, attacks. The new attraction re-opened in May of 2008.

The plaque in the castle courtyard marks the spot where the Disneyland Time Capsule is buried. Sealed on the 40th anniversary of the park, it contains different things from Disney parks history. It is scheduled to open in the year 2035, 40 more years after it was first sealed. The "Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks" show was introduced in 1956, but Tinkerbell's first flight wasn't until 1961. The first Tinkerbell was Tiny Kline, former circus aerialist.

Attractions and Entertainment
Alice in Wonderland
Casey Jr. Circus Train
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Fantasyland Theater currently featuring Disney Princess Fantasy Faire
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
Pixie Hollow
Rapunzel and Flynn "Meet and Greet"
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Snow White Grotto
Storybook Land Canal Boats

Troubador Tavern
Village Haus Restaurant

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
The Castle Heraldry Shop
Fantasy Faire Gifts
"it's a small world" Toy Shop
Le Petit Chalet
The Mad Hatter

Former Attractions and Entertainment
The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant (1955-1982)
Mickey Mouse Club Theater (1955-1982, re-themed as Pinocchio's Daring Journey)
Fantasyland Depot (1955-1993, re-themed as Toon Town Depot)
Skyway to Tomorrowland (1956-1994)
Motor Boat Cruise (1957-1993)
Midget Autopia (1957-?)
Skull Rock (1960-1982)
Captain Hook’s Galley (1982-?)
Disney Afternoon Avenue, featuring Disney Afternoon Characters (1991)
Ariel's Grotto in Triton’s Garden (1996-2008, re-themed as Pixie Hollow)
Fantasyland Theater
"Plane Crazy" Stage Show (1991)
Beauty and the Beast (1992-1995)
The Spirit of Pocahontas (1995-1997)
Disney's Animazement - The Musical (1998-2001)
Mickey's Detective School (2002-2003)
Snow White: An Enchanting Musical (2004-2006)

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