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Orlando Family Travel Guide 2015 - Fantasyland Ride Reviews & Tips Including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland ride reviews & tips
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

Fantasyland is the portion of the park with a lot of the rides suited more towards younger kids such as It's a Small World, Flying Dumbo Ride, etc. It is also home to the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We spent almost no time in this area last year, but found ourselves here for several of the rides this year. 

Date VisitedMarch 3, 2015

Crowd Levelsmoderate (high for rides such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan's 

Age Range Appeallittle ADHDers to adults depending on the ride

Special Note: Of all the rides we've seen, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight and It's a Small World seem to have some of the consistently longest wait times--especially Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which was at or over an hour wait time every time we checked. It seemed as though most of the rides in Fantasyland had long waits compared to other areas, so we ended up using FastPass to bypass some of the waits here.


Fantasyland Tips

  • 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

Fantasyland is all about storybook endings!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland it's a small world ride
It's a Small World--one of mom & youngest bro's favorites, but one that Dad and oldest bro aren't overly enthused about.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland it's a small world ride
Last year we waited in a 40-45 min long line and both our youngest and I enjoyed every moment of it, In fact, everyone enjoyed it, but this year Dad and our oldest decided they weren't down for doing it again. Great, great little ride with no jostling for anxious little ones.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland peter pan's flight
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.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland bathroom locations
Straight ahead is the cute castle entryway a little ways into Fantasyland. This is a good landmark to remember, because there are bathrooms directly to the left around the right-hand side of Pinocchio Village Haus. We haven't eaten there, but we've used the restrooms here many times!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland prince charming regal carousel
Prince Charming Regal Carousel is an obvious favorite for younger ones, as you can tell by the army of strollers parked in front. We did it last year, but this year the boys were more interested in hitting up a lot of the bigger rides in Fantasyland. We also had FastPasses for several rides in Fantasyland, so we didn't have time to stop and wait here.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest ride in the the park from what I recall. It's a fast-paced roller coaster that is super cute with animatronic scenes based on  the animated film. I was a bit bummed you couldn't see the Seven Dwarfs' house until after you'd ridden the ride and had to exit. The majority of the line is outside when it's long, with part of it under an open roofed area and the last stretch inside the "vault".

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
The line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been excessively long from what I've heard since it first opened. The day we were there was no exception. We waited over 70 minutes in the blazing heat, starting around 10:30 am. The area you initially wait in (if the line is long) may be all the way out along the sidewalk like it was for us. Once you get a bit further in they have these amazing fans that literally almost breathe new life into your body for a minutes or two while you stand under them. You're not constantly under one, but every so many steps you hit one. 

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
The last 1/3 of the line or so (if the line is super long) is under a covered area and then inside the "vault". There are no fans here, but the fact that it's covered makes a difference. The line winds quite a bit in this area as well as inside, so don't be fooled, you still have a long way to go!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
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.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
The jewel sorting game touchscreens are inside long troughs and made to look as though the jewels are floating down water. You drag them into little carts with like-shapes/color combos. I can't tell you how many adults I saw failing at this and how many little ones instantly got it! Our line began moving quite a bit here and we're germaphobes, so our kids didn't play here much, but lots of kids enjoyed it, it seemed.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
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. 

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
Inside the "vault" the line still had a fair bit of traveling to go, but the area closest to where you first came in had these giant barrels brimming with giant jewels that you spun. If you spun them fast enough, scenes from the movie appeared on the ceiling. The light was super dim and it was impossible to catch the images on the ceiling, but check it out if you go! I may be mistaken, but I think FastPass skips this area.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
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!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
Riders sit in mine carts with a super snug lap bars that fits around either side of your legs. Super secure!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
Dumbo the Flying Elephant has a unique waiting area with a play area inside a circus tent. Parents and kids over 13 (from what I remember) cannot go in the play structure, which I found made things a bit more chaotic as kids were running around largely unattended.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
The inside of the tent has the most migraine-triggering lights every. Beware if you suffer from migraines!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
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.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
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. 

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
Dumbo!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland seven dwarfs mine train ride
The center piece of the ride is so beautiful. We loved seeing the stork and Mrs. Jumbo well represented!
orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland many adventures of winnie the pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a super cute ride, especially for younger ones that may be afraid of some of the more action-packed thrillers. If you've seen the older animated films, this ride is essentially a series of scenes from the animated movies.

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland many adventures of winnie the pooh
Giant "pages" from the older animated films were on the walls--super cute!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland many adventures of winnie the pooh
Silly old bear!

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland many adventures of winnie the pooh
The giant honey pots you ride are super cute, too! We fit 4 people (2 adults and 2 children) easily. There's a touchscreen "honey" wall to the left here, but we used FastPass, which bypassed it. Again, super touchy area so we germaphobes would have avoided anyway ;) 

orlando family travel guide 2015 fantasyland many adventures of winnie the pooh
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!

Don't forget to check out all of our features from our 2015 Orlando Family Travel Guide:
    Note: This trip was in no way sponsored. All opinions mentioned above are our own based on our experiences.

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