Monday, February 28, 2011

2nd star to the left and straight on until morning!

...Or, around the Seven Seas Lagoon and behind Cindy's Castle is: Fantasyland!

M.K. – Fantasyland

Emily on a gondola...  Just kidding!  Its a creepy doll from It's a Small World!

Sorry its a little blurry, but this is Em captivated by the dolls in It's a Small World.

            Fantasyland, every little girl’s favorite area in the whole Disney World Resort.  Fantasyland represents every story of a white knight, saving the damsel in distress that we have ever heard (especially the stories that Disney converted into animated films!).  Okay, so I kind of rushed talking about Cindy’s Castle in an earlier post.  Technically, I was supposed to talk about it here.  However, you can see the castle from everywhere in the park and there is a lot to do in Fantasyland…  Alright, I’m sorry for confusing you.  You (7) guys take this blog so seriously!
            Not counting Cindy’s Castle, there are TEN attractions in Fantasyland.  Not to mention the numerous shops outside the door of EVERY attraction and the 5 restaurants (not counting the one inside the Castle).  There are also numerous places to meet characters in Fantasyland.  I repeat, there is a lot to do in this area.
            First, on the list, is my daughter’s favorite ride in the whole park: It’s a Small World.  Yes, the song is annoying.  Yes, the dolls can be a little creepy at times.  But it’s iconic, Disneyania at its finest.  Everyone knows about this ride and everyone is humming the song, once they exit the boats.  And the animatronics of the dolls are very spectacular.  Young kids love this attraction, so if you brought some toddlers, plan on a stop.
            Peter Pan’s Flight has one of the longest wait times in the park.  Again, with this ride, it’s all about the fact that it is an iconic piece of Disney World.  The ride itself is very similar to other rides in the park.  It’s what Disney calls a “dark ride,” meaning you get in a vehicle that takes you around through the dark, lit up only by scenes from the movie.  In this ride, the vehicle is Captain Hook’s ship.  It is fun, but if it’s got a long line, it won’t kill you to miss it.  By the way, if you are a fan of Tinkerbell, head for the gift shop Tinkerbell’s Treasures as soon as the park opens.  The first person to enter the shop gets to awaken Tinkerbell by releasing her from the wooden box next to the cashier.
            Which brings me to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  It is a very similar ride to Peter Pan’s Flight: a “dark ride” through scenes of Winnie the Pooh.  It also has an extremely long wait time.  However, a funny fact in the ride is a must-see, if you decide to wait out the line.  The site of this ride use to be where Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was stationed.  It upset a lot of Disney fans when Winnie the Pooh replaced Mr. Toad.  In a nod to the fans, the Imagineers put an homage to Mr. Toad in the new Winnie the Pooh ride.  When you get to Owl’s house, turn around.  There is a picture of Mr. Toad giving the deed to his house to Owl.

Okay, I will write some more on Fantasyland another day.  There is still so much work left to be done!

I TOLD you little girls love Fantasyland!

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