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Fantasyland - Photo Tour

Photos by Brian Bennett (unless otherwise stated)

The Castle Courtyard  |  West (toward Liberty Square)  |  East (toward Tomorrowland)  |  The Characters

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland!  The pictures of this photo tour came from my own visits to WDW, but I've also tossed in some pictures by fellow MousePlaneteers. They will be credited appropriately throughout the tour.

On the West side of Fantasyland, the side over towards Liberty Square, several points of interest can be seen. Of course, the Legend of the Lion King is no longer in Fantasyland. It's place is being taken by a brand new attraction called Mickey's Philharmonic, which promises to be a wonderful new show. Until it opens, though, I thought I'd show pictures of the old Legend rather than photos of a boarded up area. After Mickey's Philharmonic opens, I'll replace these pictures with ones of the new show.

The Legend of the Lion King used to be on the West side of the castle courtyard.
The Legend of the Lion King used to be on the West side of the castle courtyard.

Rifiki handled the pre-show (photo by Karl Buiter).
Rifiki handled the pre-show (photo by Karl Buiter).

Mufasa shares with Simba about the great kings of the past.
Mufasa shares with Simba about the great kings of the past.

Timon teaches Simba the deep concept of Hakuna Matata.
Timon teaches Simba the deep concept of Hakuna Matata.

While Pumba enjoys, "the cream-filled kind."
While Pumba enjoys, "the cream-filled kind."

Beyond the Legend of the Lion King, and walking hard to the West, two of Walt Disney World's most beloved attractions can be found. Peter Pan's Flight and It's a Small World.

A classic view of Peter Pan's Flight taken from the skyway (photo by Karl Buiter).
A classic view of Peter Pan's Flight taken from the skyway (photo by Karl Buiter).

How about if we take a quick ride? Well, that's never exactly true on this popular attraction. The lines for Peter Pan's Flight grows quickly in the morngin and gets pretty lengthy before too long.

One last length of queue to go.
One last length of "turn back" queue to go.

The we jump into our galleon to fly away...
The we jump into our galleon to fly away...

Everyone has to have a first flight with Peter, right?
Everyone has to have a first flight with Peter, right?

The Darling nursery which we visit before flying over London and on to Neverland.
The Darling nursery which we visit before flying over London and on to Neverland.

The mermaid lagoon is one of my favorite flybys.
The mermaid lagoon is one of my favorite flybys.

A dire encounter with Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and their band of pirates!
A dire encounter with Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and their band of pirates!

But Peter triumphs in the end... as Captain Hook takes a licking (and hopes to still hear that ticking).
But Peter triumphs in the end... as Captain Hook takes a licking (and hopes to still hear that ticking).

Right across from Peter Pan's Flight is It's a Small World. This is a reproduction of the classic attraction that Walt Disney's Imagineers created for the 1964 World's Fair in New York. The original, of course, is still at Disneyland. The Walt Disney World version is a bit improved on the inside (with much improved mechanicals and a better layout), but the exterior facade can't hold a candle to the spectacular Disneyland version.

The less-than-awe-inspiring marquee of WDW's It's a Small World.
The less-than-awe-inspiring marquee of WDW's It's a Small World.

Mercifully, though, the loading queue is under cover from the hot Florida sun and is air-conditioned, too.

The loading queue area.
The loading queue area.

I don't remember the actual order of the rooms in the attraction, so you'll get the pictures I have in alphabetical order.

Africa.
Africa.

Arabia.
Arabia.

Latin America.
Latin America.

Polynesia.
Polynesia.

Northern Europe.
Northern Europe.

I can't believe that I don't have a picture of the soldiers and Big Ben from the United Kingdom! I'll have to make sure to get a couple on my next trip.

One last thing I'll point out here on Fantasyland's West side, is Pinocchio's Village Haus which happens to be one of the best places in all the world to get a great hot dog. The works bar is absolutely fabulous, so don't miss it if you have a hankering for a dog.

Pinocchio's Village Haus (photo by Ian Parkinson).
Pinocchio's Village Haus (photo by Ian Parkinson).

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