Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – “it’s a small world”

"it's a small world"

Today in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, we are taking a look at one of my favorite attractions in Fantasyland: “it’s a small world”.  This attraction is a favorite of mine for several reasons, but first, here are the details:

Attraction Name: “it’s a small world”
Attraction Type: Slow Rides
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

As I was saying, there are several reasons why I like this attraction.  For starters, I love the song!  I know that many people can only take the song for just so long, but for me, the song is perfect.  It is catchy, it is something that can stick with you for quite a while, it was written by the Sherman Brothers, and the whole purpose of the attraction is to show us just how much we have in common with one another, despite our geographic, ethnic, and language differences.  In addition, every time I think of “it’s a small world” I remember the times I would visit with my Grandparents and we would have a snack in Pinocchio Village Haus and watch the boats take off below.

Do you have any memories or a special affinity for “it’s a small world”?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Enchanted Tales with Belle

Image ©Disney Parks
Image ©Disney Parks

Next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series is the Fantasyland attraction Enchanted Tales with Belle.  Here are the details of this attraction:

Attraction Name: Enchanted Tales with Belle
Attraction Type: Interactive Story
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

With Enchanted Tales with Belle, you and your children can be transported to the Beast’s library from Beauty and the Beast, and listen to a special story told to you by Belle herself.  Better yet, your child may even be invited to help out with the story!  While my daughter is now to old to be interested in this, I know many Princesses that are mesmerized by Belle, and if your Princess is one of them, they will likely love this attraction.  To make it even easier to experience this, FastPass+ service is available.  Have you and your children experienced Enchanted Tales with Belle?  What did you think of it?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guides series.  This opening day attraction has gone through some transformations lately.  The most important aspect is that it moved from near Prince Charming Regal Carrousel over towards the Storybook Circus part of Fantasyland, and in addition, a second Dumbo attraction was added, creating what is commonly known as the “Dueling Dumbos”.  Here are the specifics of this attraction:

Attraction Name: Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Attraction Type: Slow Ride/Spinning
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

In addition to the actual ride, one of the great improvements they made was to add the big top area of the attraction.  This is a great place to take a load off, let the kids work off some energy, sit in nice air conditioning, and wait leisurely for your time to ride.  This is one of those cases where you need to decide which is better — to make a FastPass+ selection and bypass the big top, or to get a stand by pager (which notifies you when it is your time to ride) and go into the big top to relax.  Which do you think is the better way to go?  Let me know in the comments.  In the meantime, here is a picture from my friend Denny for you to enjoy!

Image Courtesy and ©Denny
Image Courtesy and ©Denny

 

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

Next in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series in Cinderella Castle.  This Disney Weenie is the original Weenie for Walt Disney World, and is both a landmark and an attraction.  Inside these walls you’ll find dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, hair styling at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a walk through from the end of Main Street, U.S.A. to the beginning of Fantasyland — although it is sometimes blocked for shows — and of course, you’ll see Wishes soaring high atop Cinderella Castle each night, and on good nights, you’ll see Tinkerbell flying away from the Castle.

Attraction Name: Cinderella Castle
Attraction Type: N/A
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day, except during Wishes.
FastPass+: Not Available

I find it interesting that Cinderella Castle is listed as an attraction on the Disney World website, because it isn’t really an attraction in the sense that I think of it — it’s more of a landmark to me.  Still, it is listed as such on the website, so I treat it as such for our Attraction Guides series.  As a starting point for Fantasyland, though, there is no better structure that I can think of than Cinderella Castle — the building where reality of Main Street, U.S.A. becomes the world of fantasy in Fantasyland.  What do you think of Cinderella Castle?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Cinderella Castle

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Casey Jr.

Image courtesy and ©Denny
Image courtesy and ©Denny

On a hot summer day, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is a great way to cool off!  Here are the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
Attraction Type: Water Rides
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Not Available

This attraction, while it says “Water Rides” on the Disney website, is more of a walk-through attraction.  Accessible from many vantage points, it’s a great way to keep walking towards your next destination while still getting some good, cool water on your skin and clothes to cool you down.  Of course, Casey Jr. is the train from the movie Dumbo, so it makes perfect sense that the Walt Disney Imagineers envisioned this in the area right near Dumbo.  While anyone can enjoy the cooling water, more often than not you are going to see younger kids there with their parents nearby — but safely away from the water jets.  In addition to Casey Jr., you’ve also got the clown car, the elephant car, and the giraffe car, all designed to give you a cooling mist, soaking water spray, and everything in between.

If you have young ones, I imagine that Casey Jr. is right up your alley!  Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and thanks!