|These signs are all over Disney’s rides throughout the park. My youngest and I were laughing that the top left icon makes it look like “no partying allowed”.|
Disney World Fantasyland in a Nutshell
- FastPass for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be your best friend! Try to get it as far in advance as possible. When we tried to get it, it wasn’t available during times we could get to the ride so we had to wait in line.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has a very long wait. When I say long, I mean I’ve never seen the wait under 1 hour, even first thing in the morning–we checked the app every 30-60 minutes throughout the day! It gets very hot in line. It was about 86 during the middle of the day when we stood in line and while there are fans nearer to the building, a decent portion of the line has neither shade nor fans. Everyone, including our family, spent a decent portion of time drinking water and reapplying sunscreen.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a legit roller coaster with plenty of dips and curves. Little ones that aren’t comfortable with rides like this will probably be quite anxious riding it. Our youngest convinced himself he loved it, but he spent the entire time white-knuckled and crouched.
- It’s a Small World also has a long wait so consider using FastPass there as well!
- Mad Tea Party is a family-favorite, but the lines are shortest first thing in the morning and in the evening, so it may be best to try then.
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant has a waiting area indoors, which is made to look like a psychedelic circus tent. You wait in a regular line until you make it inside where you’re essentially given a restaurant-style beeper. Here your kids play until it goes off, at which point you hand it back in and they put you in another line. It’s a madhouse in the tent with kids running around like crazy. It didn’t seem as though parents were allowed to go in/on the play structure, which created more bedlam in our opinions. Overall, it seemed like a nice concept, but not that great in delivery.
- There are actually 2 Dumbo Flying Elephant rides that are located side-by-side. One line feeds into both. The wait time was about 15-20 min in the middle of the day.
- If you get migraines, avoid the tent you wait in for Dumbo the Flying Elephant! The lights are fluorescent or neon (or something equally harsh) and brightly colored. If your migraines are triggered by light, this will surely set them off. I spent all of 10 seconds in the tent before I was hit with a major migraine that lasted the rest of the day.
Fantasyland Ride Reviews & Tips
|It’s a Small World–one of mom & youngest bro’s favorites, but one that Dad and oldest bro aren’t overly enthused about.|
|Peter Pan’s Flight is one that I always want to do, but the line is always very long so we never end up doing it. The boys are into newer films more so than some of the older ones, so this didn’t hold the appeal other rides did for them.|
|To keep young ones busy, Disney has placed a couple interactive things in this covered area just before you enter the “vault”. The first one is a jewel sorting game with a long touchscreen.|
|This area right before the “vault” had a cute little fountain with spouts carved like animals. It was sensored so that if someone put their hands underneath it squirted out water following your hand left and right.|
|I swear, something about these giant fake jewels was so fun and appealing even I wanted to reach for them! Some were easily the size of grapefruits!|
|Riders sit in mine carts with a super snug lap bars that fits around either side of your legs. Super secure!|
|The inside of the tent has the most migraine-triggering lights every. Beware if you suffer from migraines!|
|Around the edges of the tent there are bleachers-style benches for parents. Most parents had to run around trying to keep track of their little ones from the ground while their kids scurried through the play structure.|
|If you visited Disneyland or Disney World as a kid you probably rode this ride. It is exactly how I remembered it and the kids really enjoyed it.|
|The center piece of the ride is so beautiful. We loved seeing the stork and Mrs. Jumbo well represented!|
|Giant “pages” from the older animated films were on the walls–super cute!|
|Silly old bear!|
|Hundred Acre Goods (a play on Hundred Acre Woods) is the store at the exit of the ride. Super cute Pooh and friends of Pooh goodies here!|
Overall, Fantasyland is a great area for younger ADHDers and for nostalgia’s sake for adults since many rides share themes with older animated films. There’s something for everyone here, though it seems just about everyone is buzzing about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in particular. Our boys had seen several features on the Disney channel about it, but I wasn’t aware it was a roller coaster until we sat down to ride. It’s not a teeny coaster either–that thing moves!