My favorite “land” in both Disneyland and Disney World by far is Fantasyland. The reason is simple: to escape into another world of sorts is one of the biggest allures for me to go to theme parks. Therefore, Fantasyland accomplishes this escapism more than anywhere else, as well as providing an outlet for my desire for innocence and “to be a kid again.” Most everyone has that desire at least to some extent. Along with the escapism angle I really enjoy the appearance of Fantasyland in both theme parks the most. I also love the films the attractions celebrate such as “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” and “Peter Pan.”
Fantasyland at Disneyland was architecturally more impressive than Disney World with every building being of complex design. Disneyland also had several attractions that unfortunately are absent at WDW such as Snow White’s Scary Adventure, Pinocchio, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Alice in Wonderland. These were all four well themed with Alice in Wonderland being the biggest surprise for me as to how well it is done. (It was recently renovated and improved in 2014.) Pinocchio was a delightful retelling of the movie with the ending montage being the best. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was indeed a “wild ride” simulating how Mr. Toad would drive through the streets of London ( I was anticipating this ride the most in some ways because so much ado has been made about its removal from Magic Kingdom at WDW). Snow White’s Scary Adventure was the least impressive of the aforementioned rides but still enjoyable.
Fantasyland also has other attractions/rides some of which we did and others we didn’t get a chance.
My favorite attraction that I haven’t covered thus far is Storybook Land canal boats. In this attraction you board a boat which rides past miniature montages such as Pinocchio’s village, the London park from Peter Pan, Arendelle and other scenes. You may also board the Casey Jr. train and see these same scenes, but the wait is longer and the view not as good. You also have a guide on the boats which tells you what each miniature scene is.
It’s a Small World is in the back of Fantasyland. It was quite a bit different than the Disney World version with characters from famous Disney movies represented in their countries of origin such as Alice from Alice in Wonderland in the Great Britain section, Peter Pan in the Great Britain section, Cinderella in the France section, etc. This ride starts and ends in the outdoors and is decorated with topiaries shaped like various animals.
Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Tea Party looked a lot different than at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World but was essentially the same spinning ride.
Other rides in Fantasyland we didn’t get a chance to experience, some of which were closed such as the Matterhorn and Peter Pan’s Flight. King Arthur’s carousel, Dumbo’s flight, and Fantasy Fair we didn’t get a chance to do.
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was closed due to renovation as well, so we only saw the tarp covering it. We hope to visit again soon when everything will be open. We still loved Fantasyland and Disneyland even with some ride/attractions closed.