Then and Now: Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

As we approach the 30th anniversary of “The New Fantasyland” at Disneyland park, I thought it would be fun to compare what Fantasyland looked like when it opened in 1955 to the Fantasyland we know today, which has remained mostly unchanged in its fairytale village style since it reopened on May 25, 1983.

We started with a vintage black and white photo taken somewhere inside Fantasyland and tried to recreate it. King Arthur Carrousel and the Mad Tea Party were moved from their original locations in 1983, so it was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Sleeping Beauty Castle that helped us establish the location perfectly.


Whether you first experienced Fantasyland in the last 30 years, or you remember it during its “medieval faire” years, it has been and always will be as Walt described it on opening day: a timeless land of enchantment.

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  • Would love to see more of the comparison slide pix!

  • The little slide picture is awesome! Very cool to see the changes.

  • WOOOWW…loving the pic, do more please

  • I remember Fantasyland prior to the 1983 remodel, and feel it is such an improvement. Now it is timeless.

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