Our 5 Favorite Fictional Fantasy Worlds

The most wonderful lands of imagination and make-believe come to life.

Have you ever wanted to go to a place of endless possibility and limitless imagination? The new fantasy flick Tomorrowland hits theaters today, and promises a mysterious world of just that. Starring George Clooney as a former boy-genius, the movie is an adventure mission to the fictional Tomorrowland, based on the futuristic Disney theme park by the same name.

As we were daydreaming about Tomorrowland today, we got to thinking about other fantasy worlds we’ve seen come to life on the silver screen. Join us as we share our favorites and imagine what it would be like for these wonderful, fanciful, make-believe lands to exist for real.

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Peter Pan and Neverland
© 1953 - Walt Disney Studios

Our inner kid is nostalgic for the place where you never grow up. There have been that let us join the adventures of J.M. Barrie’s classic story about Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys. And lucky for us, this gets pretty close to the dream world, too.

  • How to get there: Fly — with the help of a little bit of pixie dust, of course. Just remember, it’s the “second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning.” We don’t need anyone getting lost along the way.
  • The perks: A tropical paradise for the young and adventurous.
  • Watch out for: Pirates (namely Captain Hook) and hungry crocodiles.
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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Harry Potter and Hogwarts
© 2004 Warner Bros. Ent.

Hogwarts is technically a school of magic, but it exists in a whole wizarding world within the Harry Potter series. We’ve never wanted to go back to school more, but the best us mere Muggles can do is hit up The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. At least there’s butterbeer!

  • How to get there: All aboard the ! We’ll meet you at Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station.
  • The perks: Magic wands, an invisibility cloak, Quidditch games. The list goes on.
  • Watch out for: He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Draco Malfoy, the Avada Kedavra curse. The list also goes on.
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Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
© 1971 Warner Bros. Ent.

We’re still a sucker for the original 1971 film adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel. We got to meet Charlie Bucket and follow along during his eventful trip to the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. We’ve been wanting to try a fizzy lifting drink since we first saw the movie! Until we can, we’ll just have to book a trip to one of these four real-life chocolate factory tours — no Golden Ticket required!

  • How to get there: Buy some Wonka Bars and hope to find a Golden Ticket for a tour!
  • The perks: Duh. Chocolate. And lots of other yummy candy, too. And you know you want to meet an oompa loompa.
  • Watch out for: The Chocolate River and experimental three-course meal gum.
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The Chronicles of Narnia
© Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Walden Media, LLC

We just keep coming back to the enchanted land of Narnia. Probably because there continues to be of the C.S. Lewis book series. And every time we return, we can’t help but feel bad for the four siblings who were just trying to play hide-and-seek in their house. They ended up having to save a whole fantasy realm and restore the power of good over evil!

  • How to get there: Through the wardrobe in the spare room.
  • The perks: Magical forests, mythological creatures, and talking animals, including one seriously cool lion leader named Aslan.
  • Watch out for: The White Witch. She has a thing for endless winters.
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The Land of Oz

Wizard of Oz
Moviepix/Getty Images

We know this magical land in the classic 1939 film, , (and its ) is “somewhere over the rainbow,” but we’re not sure it’s truly a place where “troubles melt like lemon drops.” Sure, the Munchkins are welcoming and the wise-cracking Scarecrow and his crew are loveable, but there seems to be danger around every turn in the yellow brick road. Maybe there’s no place like home after all.

  • How to get there: Move to Kansas and wait for a tornado. Or take a trip in a hot air balloon.
  • The perks: New best friends, an awesome makeover in Emerald City, and a giant lollipop, courtesy of the Lollipop Guild.
  • Watch out for: The Wicked Witch of the West, flying monkeys, fields of poppies, and houses falling from the sky.