Fantasia Gardens: Disney's Animal Kingdom's Cancelled Attractions Part 4

Fantasia Gardens Concept Art Disney's Animal Kingdom Beastly Kingdom

One of the classic Disney Parks experiences is the musical boat ride, from classics like Pirates of the Caribbean and It's a Small World to modern takes on the ride style like Navi River Journey. Disney's Animal Kingdom opened without a musical boat ride, but it wasn't supposed to. The original plans called for the park to have a musical boat journey through the animals featured in the Disney classic film Fantasia.

Welcome to Disney's Animal Kingdom's Cancelled Attractions. If you missed any previous entries in this series be sure to check here, and come back every week for new entries in this series. This week we are discussing the canceled plans for Fantasia Gardens.

This is the first time we are diving into the massive canceled project that was Beastly Kingdom. This was one of the most extensive canceled projects ever, an entire land that was fully designed and ready to be built before it had its budget pulled out at the last minute.

One of the numerous attractions that didn't get built as a part of this project was Fantasia Gardens. This attraction would have been located on the light side of the land (it was divided into good and bad sections) and taken you through several scenes inspired by the animal sequences from Disney's original Fantasia.

This would have been a boat ride similar to It's a Small World with the main attraction being the stellar musical score.

We don't know exactly which scenes would have been included but it would have given a theme park presence to one of the only Walt Disney era animated films without any kind of attraction.

While it would never get built, the land would go on to inspire the Lost Continent at Universal's Islands of Adventure along with the other attractions lost as a part of Beastly Kingdom being canceled.

In losing this, we lost what would have been a desperately needed additional attraction on the park's opening day, and a ride based on a beloved animated film.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the other entries in this series here. Also, be sure to come back next week when we discuss the Alternative Entrance to Animal Kingdom. If you liked this article you may also want to check out our Epcot Center's Cancelled Attractions series.