Fantasyland

Fantasyland at the heart of the park, it is in the traditional location directly behind the castle. The castle here is Sleeping Beauty Castle and it a replica of the original Disneyland castle in Anaheim. The central courtyard of Fantasyland is smaller than the other castle parks in terms of attractions. On one side you have Mickey's PhilharMagic and the other the only "dark ride", Winnie the Pooh. If you continue back you reach the Carrousel and beyond it Dumbo and at the far side the Fantasyland Train Station. Off to the back right of Fantasyland, think Toontown in Anaheim, you have Small World and Disney's Storybook Theater.

Fantasyland houses two large dining locations, the Royal Banquet Hall and Festival of Foods. Both are large scramble locations, meaning several stations to purchase food with a variety of choices.

If you want to find Disney Characters, Fantasy Gardens is the place to check. Throughout the day a number of characters rotate through each with their own queue and photo spot.

There is also a Sword in the Stone and Snow White Grotto area for pictures.

Attractions
Current Attractions:
  • Cinderella Carousel (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • Fairy Tale Forest (Opened: Dec 15, 2015)
  • Fantasy Gardens (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad - Fantasyland Station (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • it's a small world (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • Mad Hatter Tea Cups (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • Mickey and the Wondrous Book in Storybook Theater (Opened: Nov 17, 2015)
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (FP) (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
Retired Attractions:
  • The Golden Mickeys at Disney's Storybook Theater (Sep 12, 2005 - Jul 26, 2015)

 

Dining
  • Royal Banquet Hall (Quick Service)
  • Clopin's Festival of Foods (Quick Service)
  • Outdoor Carts

 

Quick Facts
  • The singing voice from the wishing well at Snow White Grotto in Hong Kong Disneyland is that of Adriana Caselotti, the singing voice of Snow White.
  • The movie screen for Mickey's PhilharMagic is the largest seamless projection screen in the world. It is 150 feet long and 28 feet high.

Geek's Thoughts

Fantasyland is the heart of a Magic Kingdom style park. Here in Hong Kong I was disappointed to find only one dark ride and Winnie the Pooh at that. It is popular with locals and is one of the few attractions to feature FastPass. I really enjoyed the version of Small World here, I thought the added areas/nations and the better integration of Disney characters worked well. Also having it offset in the land and featuring lights year round was great!

My first impressions from my April 2015 trip:

  • It’s a Small World in Hong Kong is offset in the back of the park.  You go under the train track to get to it.  The façade is very similar to the Anaheim and Tokyo ones.  The attraction is completely inside, the boats do not sail around the garden outside.   Also interesting to note the exterior has lights year round.     The attraction itself was the first to be designed to have Disney Characters throughout and because of this I thought the integration was much tighter than in Anaheim where they were added after 40+ years.    I also thought the signage as you entered each room saying which region you were entering was a nice plus.    In terms of unique scenes the Americas section features the USA with the Golden Gate Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Pocahontas & friends as well as Canada with totem poles and a Mountie.    In Asia there are also more scenes including Hong Kong.    Length wise it was slightly shorter than Anaheim and I believe longer than Orlando.
  • The only dark ride in Fantasyland in Hong Kong is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  Also note it is one of two FastPass attractions that were in operation when we were there the other being Space Mountain).    The ride is very similar to the Orlando version of the attraction with the addition of an onride photo.

  • We decided to have lunch in the Starline Diner.. not sure why but we ended up there.  I decided to give a burger a try and I can report it was not very good, even by theme park standards.   I should have gone with the chicken as another in our party did, she reported it was not bad, so I made a note of that and did return for dinner and it was better than the burger.  Note: I discovered on a later day the burgers in Fantasyland were substantially better at the Royal Banquet Hall.

  • Next up the Golden Mickeys.  Once again the Platinum Magic Access Pass saved us waiting in line and got us great seats.   We walked up about half an hour before the show and the cast member said we were too early and to go find a seat.  We sat across from the theater on a bench.  A few minutes later she came over to us and said we could go in.  She then escorted us to the front of the line and they had set up a small queue under cover (it was starting to drizzle) for us to wait.  Also she said we would want to find a spot on the right since that is where the English closed captioning would be.  This show had the dialog in Chinese.  Most of the songs were in English. 
  • The show follows the same basic format as the versions on the Disney Cruise ships.  You are introduced to your host and the celebrities (Disney characters) arrive.  Then they give out awards to different genres.. for example Action, Adventure, etc…  The sets and cast are both larger than the cruise line versions.   No video was allowed but you could take all the still pictures you wanted.    I enjoyed the show.  It was a typical Disney production but enjoyable.    Also having it in a foreign language was a different experience.  Because of the video and closed captioning it really was not that hard to follow along (plus you could supply your dialog more or less). 
  • We ate at the Royal Banquet Hall in Fantasyland on our last day.  Not sure why we had not found our way there on other days.  We saw the offerings the first evening but for one reason or another it never crossed our minds to go.  In retrospect it was a mistake.  The selection and food inside were good, much better than Tomorrowland where I ate a couple meals.  It was slightly more expensive but still less expensive than a table service location. 

Geek's Pictures & Video
Golden Mickeys April 10, 2015 - My pictures featuring an extended look at the Golden Mickeys show in the Storybook Theater in Fantasyland.
Golden Mickeys Attraction Spotlight: "it's a small world"
   
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