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->''"It's a 'magical' land. I think 'magical' is ancient Greek for 'pain in the butt'."''
--> -- '''Bun-Bun,''' ''SluggyFreelance,'' 11/9/03

The "another world" part of TrappedInAnotherWorld. It may [[CoolGate lurk]] [[DownTheRabbitHole down a rabbit hole]], [[PortalPool at the bottom of a pool]], over a mysterious mountain range, or [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia through a wardrobe]]. What is certain is that people from other worlds will be visiting it. Usually the MagicalLand is AnotherDimension or [[TimeTravel time period]] or some sort, but it can also be a mysterious "unexplored territory", uncharted island, or LostWorld, which is more common the farther you go back. ([[ScienceMarchesOn Geography marches on.]])

LandOfFaerie is a sub trope of MagicalLand.

Constrast this with ConstructedWorld which does not have visitors or a gateway from our world.

Magical Lands are usually [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy based on Medieval Europe]], and while they may be vastly different, they usually have a couple of things in common:

* Usually feature some sort of sentient non-human species.
* Are almost always a [[TheKingdom monarchy]].
* Contain {{magic|AndPowers}}.
* Are a FantasticNatureReserve for supposedly mythical creatures.
* Are relatively small compared to the "real world".
* Usually welcome young heroes from other worlds swooping in and saving the day, even if they're obviously inexperienced in using swords and sorcery and underpowered, they'll still be TheChosenOne.
* Lack any technology beyond [[PublicDomainArtifact 1923]], if they even got that far, [[MedievalStasis even if thousands of years pass throughout its history]].
* Usually have [[NarniaTime a different flow-rate for time]]; [[YearInsideHourOutside one year inside can be a day, hour, or even minute outside]].

Vulnerable to {{Planetville}}-ism. The world's version of natural laws are usually the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality.

The KingInTheMountain may be sleeping here. (Not necessarily under a mountain.) The rare democracy that falls under this trope will be CrystalSpiresAndTogas.

If it's ''really'' magical, it may be {{Wackyland}}. See also TrappedInAnotherWorld.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has the Digital World.
** Which itself has a secondary Magical Land revealed in the cards called, Witchelny. And like the name says, Witchmon, Wizardmon and other magical digimon come from here.
* ''[[{{MAR}} Marchen Awakens Romance]],'' Marchen even means 'fairy tale' in German.
* ''TheTwelveKingdoms.''
* Every single homeland of the {{Mentor Mascot}}s in the ''PrettyCure'' series.
* ''FushigiYuugi'' is set in the Universe of the Four Gods.
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld.''
* Cephiro from ''MagicKnightRayearth''
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Mundus Magicus.
* Gaea from ''[[Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne The Vision of Escaflowne]]''
* The Witch World from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi.''
* The Magical Kingdom that Arcs and Karts came from in ''{{Moetan}}''.
* Fandavale in ''OtogiJuushiAkazukin''
* The world of ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' is an unusual example; it is its own independent world (albeit one with magic), but technically qualifies as this because they keep stealing our stuff (its easier than inventing stuff themselves), and they occasionally get some of our people too, who are TrappedInAnotherWorld as a result.
* ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' has two: Realm, the world the {{Magical Girl}}s come from, and Wonderland, which while not magic in itself, was created with magic.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Valley from ''{{Bone}}''.
* Tellos from ''The World of Tellos''
* ''ComicBook/{{Abadazad}}'', a {{pastiche}} of Oz, from the comic book (later illustrated children's book) series of the same name.
* Gemworld, the setting for the ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'' series in TheDCU.
** The DCU also has Skataris (setting of ''TheWarlord'') and Myrra (setting of ''Nightmaster'' and part of Nightmaster's arc in ''ComicBook/{{Shadowpact}}'')
* ''TheMaxx'' imagined several Magical Lands, called Outbacks. Pangaea appeared prominently in the first StoryArc.
* Meridian - Remember, ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' was originally a comic book. ''WITCH'' readers will also remember Arkantha, amongst others.
* The Homelands in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' is a composite of every other MagicalLand where the titular characters from folklore and legend come from.
* The Terrain of Testament from the Ulitmate Warrior's self titled and published [[Comicbook/{{Warrior}} comic]] might be this, or maybe a MentalWorld. It's not really clear.
* ''Comicbook/{{Hellboy}}'': In addition to a LandOfFaerie, there is the Thrice-Nine Land, home of [[WorldTree Yggdrasil]], the Baba Yaga, and various beings from Slavic myth.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The eponymous location of ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''
* Andalasia from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''.
* The Land of Magic in ''{{Film/Merlin}}''.
* ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Literature/LandOfOz and its surrounding countries.
* Narnia from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' has the eponymous Wonderland.
* ''Literature/PeterPan'' has Neverland.
* The Kingdom of Wisdom from ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth''.
* ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}''.
* Giant Country and Dream Country in ''Literature/TheBFG''. The book indicates these are [[LostWorld unexplored territories]] on Earth, the visuals in the animated movie seem to imply they are more akin to [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]].
* Fantastica ("Fantasia" in the film) from ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory''. Bigger than the real world, however - in fact, as the home of everything ever created by the human imagination, it's supposed to be infinite and still growing.
* ''{{Glenraven}}'', which is also somewhat of a {{Deconstruction}}.
* TerryBrooks' ''MagicKingdomOfLandover'' has the titular Landover.
* ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' has a lot of elements of this. And it's smaller than the real world due to it being a peninsula of some Earth continent (which one depends on the era, 'modern' Xanth is found mostly off Florida).
* ''TheFaerieQueene'' has [[LandOfFaerie Faerie Land]]... which [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis is a real place]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Nevernever.
* The un-named other world from ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', which explores the negative connotations and ambiguities of the concept by making the entire land an evil trap.
* ''{{Everworld}}.''
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', going into a painting (instead of [[ArtInitiatesLife drawing a character out]]) lands you in a world with the rules that the painter thought of. Lava? ConvectionSchmonvection! The painter was not thinking about how the heat would kill.
* The Afterlife World in ''The Land of Oblivion'', which is actually [[DiedHappilyEverAfter a pretty happy place]], '''except''' the eponymous land.
* The Territories in ''Literature/TheTalisman'' are a smaller version of America, only with magic and monsters and stuck in the middle ages. [[spoiler:Sort of. The western half of the country is a nuclear wasteland.]]
* In DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', [=LeFel=] wants to get back to the land he was exiled from, where he will be immortal.
* In ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', the main characters go to a planet called Ginen, which is full of people with magical powers and has BambooTechnology.
* In Creator/RebeccaLickiss's ''Literature/EccentricCircles'', the fantasy realms outside Grandma Dickerson's house.
* The Magic World in ''Spellfall''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Bottom World in ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' (contains kingdoms like Fyredor and Ovendor, full of {{WackyWaysideTribe}}s.)
* The version of Britain in ''{{Series/Merlin}}''
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Many Creator/CirqueDuSoleil shows involve a character -- and by extension, the audience, given that NoFourthWall is a favorite trope of theirs -- ending up in a MagicalLand:
** ''Theatre/NouvelleExperience'' was their first example of this, and it crosses over with a {{Cloudcuckooland}}; fools, angels, devils, and magic-wielding rulers dwell within it.
** ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'''s world is inhabited by (among other things) clever birds, playful lizards, and sentinent viruses, and the viewpoint characters are two babies played by adult actors. The newcomer to this world, rather than an everyman protagonist figure, is a troublemaker who constantly needles the emcee who's trying to keep everything in order.
** ''Theatre/{{Quidam}}'' goes DownTheRabbitHole to a melancholy magical land where the heroine learns about the universiality of loneliness.
** ''Theatre/{{O}}'' is set in a magical theater that is based around water and can shift its form on a whim; a troupe of elegant "zebras" provides the show its EnsembleDarkhorse characters.
** ''Theatre/{{KOOZA}}'' transports an Innocent into a kingdom where, if one isn't careful, a troupe of singing and dancing skeletons can be conjured up at a moment's notice.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has the Land of Summoned Monsters. In the DS remake, it's referred to as the Feymarch.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has the world of the Espers, the place they fled to and sealed away from the normal world.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has the Far Plane, where pyre flies (souls) go to rest.
* Ivalice from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.
* Gensokyo from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, complete with visitors and occasional artifacts from the "real" world. Its name also literally means "fantasy land".
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has Hyrule itself. Additionally, the Sacred Realm, the resting place of the Triforce, is somewhere in Hyrule.
** The Sacred Realm isn't so magical in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyQuest'''s world has no definite name other than the "magical land of fantasy." How you got there? No one knows.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Annyseed}}'' the magical land is not so much a secret, but goes unnoticed if you aren't looking for it. It surrounds the real world (which in itself, doesn't quite seem like reality), but the most magical area in ''{{Webcomic/Annyseed}}'' ís version of the isle of Skye, is the woodland of Skull Valley, which works as a kind of ''MonsterTown''.
* Gillitie Wood from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is implied to be like this. Only the edge of it has been shown, but it is known to be ruled by [[PhysicalGod the Coyote]], peopled by TheFairFolk and {{Living Shadow}}s, and devoid of technology because its inhabitants are Luddites.
** 'Luddite' really isn't the right term to describe the people of the Wood. They widely use the [[FunctionalMagic Ethereal designs]] that seem to lose effectiveness if studied too carefully. Hence, the philosophy of the Court, which is to discover how the universe works is detrimental to them, setting them up in conflict.
* The character of Erro from ''Interdimensional Transfer Student Erro'' comes from one of these realms - AnotherDimension, of course, which is populated by a single species of strange, talking mascot animals (of which he is one).
* Aylia, the titular character of ''AMagicalRoommate,'' comes from Umbria. This is a bit of a subversion, however; Umbria is just a country in a much larger world, and the only off-worlders that affect politics are understandably those who married royalty. The jury is out on [[MedievalStasis expanding technology,]] though.
* The [[TotallyRadical Radical]] Land in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* ''BirdBoy:'' [[http://bird-boy.com/volume-1-page-13 When Bali chases the spear into the forest, it turns from winter to summer]].
* Just about everyplace in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' that isn't Earth, but particularly the Incipisphere.
* The common subtrope involving a child hero is {{deconstructed}} by ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' in [[http://xkcd.com/693/ strip number 693]].
* ''{{Zoophobia}}'''s magical World is actually situated in the centre of a colossal forest, isolated from the rest of the "real world".
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''TheTown.''
* The parallel world Creturia from ''DimensionHeroes.''
* The world the ''TheDragonWarsSaga'' heroes are trapped in
* The (non-Earth) planet in ''[[GutsAndSass Guts and Sass: An Anti-Epic]]'' which features paleolithic to Iron Age technology, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting giant shapeshifting cats]], anthropomorphic bodies of water, extrasensory abilities, a feudal monarchy, semi-domestic pastoralists, and hunter-gatherers.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** Ponyland/Dream Valley in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends series]] and the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie movie]].
** Equestria from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' has Meridian.
* "As the Universe is to real people, so the Fantaverse is to imaginary," says PuffTheMagicDragon in ''Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody.''
* Avalon fulfills this trope in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.
* The Battle Nexus is one of these in ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'', albeit one based more on ancient Japan than ancient Europe.
* Most kingdoms/planets in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', though most of them have advanced technology.
* All of the magical lands explored on the final season of ''{{Babar}}'', leading up to the Land of Happiness.
* Ledgerdomain in ''Ben10UltimateAlien.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Sword of Storms'', Hellboy gets pulled into a magic land inhabited by {{youkai}} from JapaneseMythology.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn spends the episode "Puhoy" trapped in a Pillow World. He spends his entire adult life there, eventually marrying a girl and raising a family, causing him to [[IChooseToStay choose to stay there]] until he dies, [[spoiler: when it is revealed that the whole thing was [[OrWasItADream probably]] just a dream.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Dreams
* This is often the core of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mkultra Project MKULTRA]] [[http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&safe=off&biw=832&bih=514&q=%22wizard+of+oz+programming%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= "Oz Programming"]]
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