Old Fantasyland is but a distant memory now that New Fantasyland has been revealed at Walt Disney World. My first thought after touring the new area of the Magic Kingdom was how much bigger Fantasyland now is — in fact, it has nearly doubled in size! The largest section is Storybook Circus, which now hosts 2 rides, a dueling Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction with an interactive queue and the re-themed Barnstormer Coaster, a Casey Jr. Splash Area, and Pete’s Silly Sideshow.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride
Everyone’s favorite ride is back and better than ever. Dumbo the Flying Elephant now has two “dueling” Dumbo attractions, making it twice the fun!
Previously, the lines for Dumbo could top and hour without the option for a Fastpass. Now with the new interactive queue, there’s no need to wait because children can play inside until it’s their turn to ride Dumbo– Parents are given a pager that goes off when it their group is ready. There’s also a Fastpass option if you want to enjoy New Fantasyland instead of the indoor playground.
The Barnstormer Ride
The Barnstormer coaster was re-themed to feature Goofy as the Great Goofini. The track still provides the same thrills as the previous ride, making it the perfect starter coaster for little ones.
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
One of my favorite additions is the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, which will prove to be the perfect way to cool off on a hot day in the Magic Kingdom. Casey Jr., the famous circus train in Dumbo, is loaded with water sprayers and soakers, allowing children of all ages to let off some steam.
Pete’s Silly Sideshow
Fantasyland has always been the place for classic character meet-and-greets. The new home for photo opps with Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy Duck is at Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Here, under the big top, you can meet the gang for pictures and autographs while they’re dressed as circus acts: Minnie Magnifique (a circus star), Madame Daisy Fortuna (a fortune teller), The Great Goofini (a daredevil) and The Astounding Donaldo (a snake charmer). Mickey can still be found at the Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A.
Special thanks to Walt Disney World for providing me the opportunity to preview New Fantasyland. All opinions are my own.