We all might think that Fantasia is one of those earlier films that don’t get a lot of promotion in and around the Disney Parks, but you can be surprised at how much is actually there.
If you look at Disneyland Paris for example, Fantasia can be found in quite a few places.
The first and obvious place is right in front of the Disneyland Hotel itself with the Fantasia Gardens.
Quiet, serene, beautiful, and very picturesque, it has to be one of the most spectacular entrances to any Disney park. As well as the classic floral Mickey, it is home to a few custom topiaries (inspired by the animals from Fantasia), a central pond, a variety of different pathways and garden spaces, and water features. Now it has been refurbished, it even has its own little water show with music and fountains that change colour.
Moving inside the Disneyland Hotel, the second reference to Fantasia is the Café Fantasia, a cocktail bar and restaurant.
The décor is classy, relaxing, and the walls are adorned with sheet music and character artwork from the film. Even if you don’t get a drink from there (as it can be on the pricey side) it is a nice place to sit, take a few quiet moments, and enjoy the subtle Disney detailing.
Thirdly, there is the Fantasia Gelati ice cream counter in Fantasyland.
Inside, the walls are adorned with murals depicting Fantasia’s Pastoral Symphony sequence.
Where as Café Fantasia was remaining classy with its musical notes and sheet music, here we see the colour and animation that help to bring Fantasia to life.
And if you park hop into the Walt Disney Studios Park, you can’t escape one glaring reference to Fantasia.
The Sorcerer’s Hat is one of the landmarks that makes the WDS park stand out. It is in the perfect spot next to Art of Animation and I only hope it remains when Art of Animation eventually closes.
I’ve also just remembered that there is a Sorcerer Mickey statue right at the entrance to Toon Studios.
Speaking about Sorcerer Mickey, he has always been popular in Disneyland Paris, but I think he has seen a resurgence since the 20th anniversary when he and the sensational 6 could be seen wearing similar magician-like costumes.
Whilst Mickey in Mickey and the Magician doesn’t don his Sorcerer Mickey garb, I wouldn’t be surprised if his magical nature is, in part, a reference to Sorcerer Mickey but more humble and characteristic to the original Mickey we all know and love.
And lastly, in regards to the shows, I think Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite from Fantasia is one of the musical scores used in Disney Dreams! of Christmas.
As you can see, Fantasia is a pretty popular film in Disneyland Paris, and I think with many of the composers being European, it fits nicely into the aesthetic and theme of the park.
What do you think?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!