Without a doubt, Fantasyland is for the young and the young at heart.
If you’re an older teen with some freedom to explore on your own, you may want to skip Fantasyland altogether and spend the time in nearby Tomorrowland instead.
Enchanted Grove, near the Teacups, is a great meeting place if you choose to split up with your family. It sits right between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, so it’s a great place to wait. You can grab something to drink and sit at one of the outdoor tables.
Younger teens can still enjoy Fantasyland, and you may have opportunities to break away from your family for short periods of time. If you get to an attraction you’d rather skip, check the “But I don’t want to do that!” table for the Magic Kingdom. We’ve listed some alternate attractions there that should take about the same amount of time, and we suggest convenient meeting places so that you can meet up again easily with your group.
While all of the attractions in Fantasyland are “cute” and can be enjoyable if you’re in the mood, there are some attractions that offer more for teen visitors.
Peter Pan’s Flight
In this indoor attraction, you sail over old London and Never-Never land in a flying pirate ship. This won’t be a thrilling experience, but it’s a unique style of indoor track ride. With all of its sights and sounds, the Peter Pan ride really captures the magic of Disney – especially if you ever enjoyed watching Disney’s Peter Pan movie.
Lines are shortest early in the morning, Later in the day you’ll want to use Fastpass, or wait until late in the evening.
Each park has a 3D movie, and the Magic Kingdom’s is modern, with a very large screen and special effects to accompany the 3D technology. Even though it features Disney characters, the movie provides an entertaining way to relax out of the elements. The theatre’s very large, so the wait is usually pretty short. The length makes this a great “alternate” attraction for you to attend while your family goes on a nearby attraction, like “It’s a Small World” or the “Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.”
Snow White’s Scary Adventure
Take a creepy (but not thrilling) journey on a mine cart in this indoor ride. The Wicked Witch has a prominent role in this attraction, and it’s too scary for many small children. We recommend it because you might not ride it with smaller siblings, and it will probably be more entertaining than the nearby Carrousel or “It’s a Small World” ride.
Even when Fantasyland is busy, the line stays shorter here, so there’s not a bad time of day to ride it. But you’ll have to do it while you have the chance – Snow White’s Scary Adventure will be closing permanently because of the Fantasyland expansion, which will be completed sometime in 2013.
Surprised by this suggestion? This is a wildly popular attraction with young children, and lines form quickly and stay long most of the day. While we wouldn’t recommend that you stand in a long line to experience Dumbo, if the line is short, the ride gives a great view of Fantasyland, especially after dark.
Mad Tea Party
Inspired by the Mad Hatter in the Alice and Wonderland story, the rotating teacups will spin faster if you turn the wheel at the center. This ride could be an exceptional opportunity to terrorize a parent or sibling.
Like all Fantasyland attractions, you’ll generally find shorter lines early in the morning, or in the late afternoon.