Having been to the park about a dozen times, first one being when I was around five, I figured I was qualified enough to review their newest (and largest) expansion in their 41-years, the New Fantasyland. Memories of the old Fantasyland flash back as I remember me, cautiously wrapping my arms around Minnie Mouse. I remember walking past the gates of the Haunted Mansion and begging my parents not to take me inside and instead take me directly to the carousel. I remember being thoroughly amazed and almost overwhelmed on the boat of It’s A Small World. So obviously, when I heard about the expansion of Fantasyland, I couldn’t wait to check it out.
Could Disney really be able to balance the nostalgia and magic and innovation? On a recent sponsored retreat to Walt Disney World, I came to find out … they did all of this, and more! Disney has discovered a way for parents to keep their toddler busy while waiting for the big kids to ride their rides – all while keeping the magic of Disney as enchanting as ever.
As of right now, New Fantasyland has two sections – The Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus.
Or step right up to the classic American circus in Storybook Circus – which evokes the spirit of the classic Disney film Dumbo. Take to the sky with The Great Goofini by riding The Barnstormer. Soar high above the big top on one of two Flying Dumbo rides – which offers a new twist to the old ride. Cool off in the circus-themed water play area at Casey Jr. Splash n Soak Station. Meet some of Disney’s most popular characters in one of the big top tents at Pete’s Silly Slideshow. Or catch a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad at Fantasyland Station.
From whimsical encounters with princesses to delectable dining experiences, multicolored circus tents to lively characters, there’s something to amuse every age and interest in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland – especially your toddler!
Wanna know a secret:
There are 115 Windows in Beast’s Castle, over 12,000 “books” in the library at the Enchanted Tales of Belle, and over 20,000 live and artificial plants decorating the Journey of the Little Mermaid ride inside and out. Shhhhh.
Photo Credit: Disney World Blog and D23
Disclosure: I had the pleasure of visiting Disney World on a sponsored retreat for Traveling Mom. All opinions are definitely my own – regardless of how much I am obsessed with Disney.