Four Things You Didn’t Know About Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland

For many people, Fantasyland is Disney; the embodiment of the fairy tale magic and childlike wonder that Walt Disney built his empire on. As such, it’s no surprise that these lands are often the most elaborate ones in the parks.

Cinderella Castle Replacement Sky
Having a giant castle will do that.

Of course, this also means that Fantasylands tend to be chock-full of secrets and surprising details.

Today, let’s travel to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to find four things you probably didn’t know about the Fantasyland.

Cinderella’s Hidden Smile

Imagineers are masters of perspective, as a glance at the castle will tell you.

This thing is less than 200 feet tall.

But making buildings look larger than they really are isn’t the only use of perspective you’ll find in Fantasyland. Take a look at La Fountaine de Cindrillon, just beyond the castle entrance.

La Fountaine de Cindrillon

Adults often describe Cinderella as looking pensive and melancholy here, due to her downward gaze. However, from a child’s perspective, you can see her gentle smile as she speaks with her animal friends. However, the real secret can be found if you stand in just the right spot…

The crown is perfectly aligned!

The backdrop is arranged to reveal Cinderella’s royal status, even as the statue depicts her during her humble, early days.

Emotional Stepsisters

Speaking of Cinderella, you can see her story in the murals on the castle walls.

Though they do take some liberties with the design.

However, there’s a tiny easter egg in the mural depicting the famous glass slipper scene.

Can you spot it?

Drizella and Anastasia, otherwise known as the Ugly Stepsisters (though they’d obviously beg to differ on that title) are shown watching Cinderella with sour looks on their faces. However, their pallor looks a bit… odd, doesn’t it? Both sisters are subtly colored with their distinctive pallets of green and red, which also hint at their emotional states; green with envy and red with anger. Sorry, Anastasia, you’ll need to wait until the direct to video sequel to wrap things up. As for Drizella… well, you’re out of luck.

 

A Giant’s Eye View

Next time you’re at Sir Mickey’s, take a look up.

Sir Mickeys

This Mickey and the Beanstalk inspired shop has a larger than life spy inside!

Peek a boo!

It’s Willie the Giant! This big boy is reenacting his bit from Fun and Fancy Free, trying to lift off the roof. It’s a cute and oft-overlooked touch in this charming shop.

A Tribute to a Disney Legend

A lot of guests ignore the Disney Vacation Club kiosks, which is a shame because they have a lot of hidden easter eggs as well. For instance, take this shop; H. Goff Cartography.

Which ironically does not sell maps.

But who IS H. Goff? A Disney Legend, of course!

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Harper Goff was an imagineer and set designer responsible for many famous Disney sets, including The Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which was later replicated in the ride once located near this kiosk. His role as a cartographer is probably a reference to his largest role in theme park history; designing Epcot’s World Showcase.

There are countless other easter eggs, of course… but part of the fun is seeking them out yourself! Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Austin Lang is an Orlando local with a love of Disney, puns, and Disney puns. He's been a contributing writer for AllEars since 2019, and has been sharing his quirky view of Disney life ever since.

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