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Just days after Disneyland previewed its new Fantasy Faire featuring Rapunzel’s tower in California, Walt Disney World has opened a further expansion of Fantasyland featuring a “Tangled” themed rest area.
Taking pictures and video just after the park opened this morning were @DLifestylers of DisneyLifestylers.com and Denise Preskitt of MouseSteps.com, who have shared with us all the imagery seen here.
Unlike Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire, the new area of the Magic Kingdom does not feature any shows, meet and greets, or even really any attractions, instead intended to offer theme park guests a chance to simply rest and relax amidst a highly-themed environment, with a few new twists.
Video: Tour the “Tangled” rest area of the Magic Kingdom
Featuring the famous “Tangled” tower high atop a rocky waterfall, the new area adds colorful whimsy just to the left of the “it’s a small world” entrance, linking that area to nearby Liberty Square. It’s the former home of the Fantasyland Skyway building, now featuring benches and restrooms.
For the first time, Walt Disney World is providing guests what they call a “D-Zone” charging area, with power outlets to charge up cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices at no extra cost. There are currently 6 charging stations, each with two electrical outlets. USB outlets are said to be added in the future.
With Disney putting an increasing emphasis on using their new My Disney Experience app to navigate the parks and retrieve helpful information, it will be handy for guests to be able to charge up their phones throughout the day.
The new area also features plenty of details for fans of the film “Tangled” to hunt for, including hidden Pascals throughout.
Other noteworthy elements to look for include Flynn Rider’s bag, Maximus’ horse shoe prints, and plenty of frying pans.
Those familiar with this area of the park may wonder why Disney has built such elaborate bathrooms so close to existing ones between Peter Pan’s Flight and Liberty Square. Rumor suggests that the existing Peter Pan bathrooms will be replaced by an interactive queue for the ride.
Though Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are not currently meeting and greeting in the new “Tangled” themed area, it’s not impossible to think they might pop in from time to time the future. For now, Disney intends for the new area to simply be offered as a rare area in the Magic Kingdom for guests to get off their feet for a while and relax while immersed in highly detailed surroundings.
More from the new “Tangled” area at the Magic Kingdom can be found on DisneyLifestylers.com now and on MouseSteps.com.
Owner and Editor of Inside the Magic. Since growing up in Miami, Florida and ultimately moving to Orlando after college, Ricky has become an expert on Central Florida\'s many theme parks and attractions. He founded Inside the Magic in 2005.
They just never seem to get his nose right!
Amazing!!! I love Tangled, and this area is perfect. Regardless if Merida get moved or not, I think Rapunzel & Flynn should move here. I know this meant to be like a rest stop area, but I’m surprised they didn’t have an area set aside for Rapunzel & Flynn anyway?
I had never heard about the interactive que rumor for Peter Pan, now I’m super excited!! XD
Does anyone know why there are no mirrors in the bathroom? Is it bad luck or something…or do they just not want people using the mirrors to look behind them and spy on people when they are going into the stalls or whatever?
Look at the photo of the sinks…it’s just so weird to not have a mirror there.
Maybe they just don’t want to keep a mirror clean of fingerprints all day?
I saw photos of the women’s bathrooms on a different site. They have mirrors.
They try to keep mirrors from the sinks to prevent people from blocking the sinks fixing their make up or hair.
Looks great, but I still wish Disney would have went with the Haunted Mansion “catacomb” gift shop they were working on for that area instead of this.
Looks good! But six charging stations doesn’t seem like enough, especially considering the push to use the Disney interactive information.
Bathrooms and a couple charging stations? REALLY? Here my daughter and my wife were hoping that story was a coverup for something far more entertaining. All that work for bathrooms. Sheesh. Tangled is my daughter’s absolute favorite Disney movie, so to relegate this to BATHROOMS is disappointing. No spot for Rapunzel and Flynn, no Rubber Duckling, no gift shop… Such a complete waste.
Before you judge it. You should check it out in person. It is a beautiful addition to the park.
Besides, Jason, “Tangled” is still very new to the Disney Family and has yet to achieve the same classic status as “Peter Pan” “Little Mermaid” and so forth. The movie was a huge hit for Disney. When the time is right and “Tangled” can really be considered a “classic” in ten years (maybe even less), Disney is going to want to capitalize on the movie’s success and make a proper attraction off of it. Look on the bright side: a lot of people’s favorite Disney movies don’t ever get so much as bathrooms in the Disney Parks.
In addition to what R. and Chaz have said, honestly, the area looks beautiful. This isn’t like they just slapped a picture of Rapunzel’s sun onto the bathroom door and said they were “Tangled” bathrooms. This area is laden with rich and effective detail–putting exceptional effort into simple areas like bathrooms/rest areas is something to be commended. The vibrant, colorful paintings in Rapunzel’s signature style adorning the walls and ceilings of both the interior and exterior, the plethora of frying pans, the wanted posters of the various characters, the strings of lanterns and festive flags hanging above the walkway, the beautiful little waterfall and tower that stands in the distance. The entire area evokes the sense of festivity, life, wonder, and spirit that we saw in the film. I personally like the fact that they aren’t forcing another gift shop or meet & greet in this area. There are plenty of those to go around. This is just a little corner of the park to relax, wander around, savor the atmosphere, and fully utilize your imagination. You don’t need to see Rapunzel and Flynn in person to believe that they are there. You don’t need a gift shop to create a lasting impression or memory. You don’t need a food location to take a special moment to unwind and enjoy the atmosphere. This is a beautifully designed area and, in my opinion, a very welcomed addition to the park. If your daughter likes Tangled, she will love this area. I’d wager that for any person wanted to step into the world of Rapunzel, this will be a “dream come true” (pardon the cliché). The details provide the perfect cues for the imagination to soar and take you away to the world of the lost princess. Is it anything grand or particularly large? No, but it doesn’t need to be.
really cool, Im curious what the view is like on the other side though, can you see Repunzle’s tower from liberty square.
Yes, it can be currently seen from Liberty Square, and the crossover of lands is a little jarring. I’m hoping the trees there will cover it from that vantage point over time.
I was a cast member at it’s a small world and Peter Pan’s flight in fall 2012 and watched the construction of these restrooms every day. It is so incredible to now see the completed project. I think these look like the best restrooms in all of Walt Disney World and I look forward to seeing these in person the next time I go to the Magic Kingdom.
My friends at Communicore Weekly will be thrilled to see that the Disney Bathroom craze has grown.
People need to consider that this area consists of so much more than “just bathrooms”.
Landscaping, lighting, water features, stroller parking, the “find Pascal’s friends” game, the charging stations, the seating areas, the unique area “soundtrack”, and yes, the restrooms all add up to something that could easily be described as a town park.
If you look toward the back its a huge building. Rumor has it that all of that detail was not for nothing. Rumor is that it will become an attraction in due time. Surprise.
Sad that WDW is encouraging the use of phones in the Park. I thought people went to Disney world to escape the routines and trappings of everyday life like cell phones.
There are a number of very good uses for smartphones in the parks. Touringplans.com offers pre-planned schedules that reduce your time in lines and standing around deciding what to do next. I use my phone’s camera and photobucket app to post to my blog or Facebook while I’m in the park. Heck, Disneyland has an app game that interacts with locations in the park. If you don’t want to use your phone while you’re on vacation, I understand, but lots of people are really enjoying these new ways of experiencing theme parks.
It’s nearly impossible to find well-informed people in this particular subject, but you seem like you know
I’m a Florida resident, and often pack a picnic lunch to take into the park, rather than buy. It’s really nice to have a spot with seating that isn’t connected to a quick service restaurant. I’ve never been ousted from a table if I took one, thankfully. It’s just really nice to have a spot with table seating that’s open to anyone sitting without feeling like they need to purchase something. If anything, I’d really like to see some more table seating in the park. I’ve bought food and I’ve packed and there are days when I can find a table no problem and others where my kids and I have eaten our lunch standing up. I’m not angry or upset about it…Disney has crowds, I get that. When we can find a table it’s nice, and it won’t stop us from coming back. 😉
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