Disney World vs Disneyland: Fantasyland

It’s a Disney World vs Disneyland full on Fantasyland RUMBLE! Today on Disney Parks Versus, we’ll get to the bottom of who has the better Fantasyland!

This s a tough one.

Disneyland has the classics that have fallen by the wayside at Disney World, such as Mr Toad’s Wild Ride and Snow White’s Scary Adventures, and they’ve got the mainstays, like Peter Pan’s Flight, the Tea Cups, the carousel and it’s a small world. They also bring a full Alice in Wonderland ride to the table, which is a fascinating experience in itself. Meanwhile, Disney World is blowing up their Fantasyland with the new Snow White attraction, the Be Our Guest restaurant, not one but TWO Dumbo the Flying Elephant options and… that pointless Rapunzel tower that just kinda sits there and does nothing.

Let’s break it down between the exclusive attractions and those that are at both parks.

Disneyland Exclusives:

Mr Toad’s Wild Ride
This is a fun little attraction that I’ve missed over the years and was glad to experience again at Disneyland. I still have no idea who Mr. Toad is, and it still doesn’t inhibit my enjoyment of the ride… wait, is this the one that ends with you in hell? I kinda think it is.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures

They should retitle this one Snow White: Act 2, because that’s pretty much all it is – just the act 2 parts of the story. Does Snow White make it through the adventure? This ride has no idea, but it did only promise to scare you, so fair enough.

Casey Jr. Circus Train
What can I say? The kids looked like they were having fun, but some of the cars are cages, which is kinda disturbing.

Matterhorn Bobsleds
Well, Disney World doesn’t have anything to compare this to. The Matterhorn is a little rickety, it’s not especially fast… don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I did it once, but yeah… I don’t love it.

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
I really dig this one – and they resolved the story!

Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through
I know it’s not much, but I appreciated what they were trying to do here. Lots of cool images!

Storybook Land Canal Boats

Watch ducks tower over miniature houses – it is awesome!

Disney World Exclusives:
The New Snow White attraction
I have no idea what this is. It looks big from the outside, I can tell you that for sure!

Be Our Guest restaurant
I wouldn’t normally mention a restaurant in this review, but the place seats 550 people across three dining rooms and it dominates the landscape.

The Barnstormer
I like the Barnstormer – it’s short and sweet.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
I do enjoy bouncing with Tigger, but otherwise, this is for the birds. Or bears. Or whatever, not me.
Anyway, Disneyland has a totally different Winnie the Pooh ride elsewhere in the park (Frontierland?), so it’s not like Disneyland is poo-less.
That sounds weird.

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

For a brand new attraction, I think this could have been better. This isn’t really a Disney World exclusive because they have it at California Adventure out in California. The line is certainly a better experience at Disney World, I will say that.

At both parks:
Peter Pan’s Flight
As far as I can tell, this is the same at both parks. Maybe it’s just me.

Tea Cups
I think this is covered at Disney World? It’s certainly not at Disneyland.

it’s a small world

Disneyland wins here, hands down. (check out the link!)

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Disney World’s got this one all locked up.

Fantasyland Theatre
I don’t think both parks have the same show playing, but whatever – both parks have a theater.

King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland/Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Disney World

Hey, it’s a Carrousel – and that’s that.

So who’s got the better Fantasyland?
It’s close, and it really shouldn’t be. Disneyland has less room (maybe they’ll take over Toon Town someday?) and it’s attractions are much older… This is a tough one for me. I should really table this until Disney World’s construction is finished, but for now, I’m going to give the nod to Disneyland. Disney World’s Fantasyland has always felt crowded and cramped – that main thoroughfare where most of the attractions are is just too narrow and after seeing Disneyland’s version of it’s a small world… I kinda feel cheated because I’ve always lived on the east coast.

Maybe "Snow White’s Mine Cart Seven Dwarves what have you ride" will change my mind, but for now, Disneyland wins!

About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on March 6, 2014, in Disneyland blog posts, walt disney world blog posts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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