A Bavarian Fantasy

I didn't know this until I was older, but when Fantasyland originally opened with the park in 1955, its dark ride facades weren't the ornate, romantic Bavarian village aesthetic that everyone is familiar with today. Instead, they were two dimensional Renaissance-inspired sets that thinly disguised the lines just inside.  It wasn't until 1983, after an extensive refurbishment that closed down the entire land, that the modern facades were revealed.  But I'm glad the park made the change oh so many years ago.  This charming village style helps build one of my favorite ambiances in the park, and it forms the backdrop of many a wonderful and magical childhood memory in this beautiful and most timeless of all lands.

The charming storybook village atmosphere of Fantasyland, with the Matterhorn in the distance.


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