Posts Tagged ‘Princess Fairytale Hall’

Meet Princess Elena of Avalor at the Magic Kingdom

by on October 14, 2016

Princess Elena of Avalor

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Do you have a Disney Channel fan in your house? If you do, then you have Princess Elena of Avalor on your TV all the time. So, I bet they would love the opportunity to meet Elena, right? Soon they will be able to!

Beginning on November 24, Princess Elena will be found at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. She will be meeting opposite Cinderella. (On the other side of Princess Fairytale Hall Guests can meet Rapunzel and Tiana.)

To ensure you get to meet Princess Elena, FastPass+ reservations are now available in My Disney Experience.

In addition, through the fall, Guests will still be able to catch The Princess Elena Royal Welcome show at the Magic Kingdom. The show takes place multiple times a day on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.

Who’s ready to meet Princess Elena?

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Princess Character Changes at the Magic Kingdom

by on June 17, 2016

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©Disney

A few weeks ago, I let you all know that there would be some changes in regards to which Disney Princesses would be meeting at Princess Fairytale Hall. In that post, I shared that Anna and Elsa would be leaving, since they would be moving over to the new Royal Sommerhaus in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. Now I can fill you in on the rest of the details.

Because of this change, starting today, Cinderella and Rapunzel are now meeting Guests separately at Princess Fairytale Hall. Guests will be able to now meet Cinderella alongside a visiting princess and Rapunzel alongside a visiting princess. So who are these visiting princesses going to be? One will be Princess Tiana and one will be Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).

For those looking for Snow White, she will be meeting Guests in the Town Square Courtyard next to City Hall.

This information could always change, so make sure to double check the My Disney Experience app while in the park for official details.

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Anna and Elsa Will Leave the Magic Kingdom

by on April 27, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

When the Royal Sommerhus meet and greet opens at Epcot in the Norway Pavilion this summer, it appears as though the Frozen sisters will be leaving the Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall. No official date has been announced for when exactly they will leave, but it will coincide with the opening of the Royal Sommerhus, and one would assume, the Frozen Ever After attraction.

The Royal Sommerhus will be Anna and Elsa’s summer home that was opened for visitors and was inspired by a Norwegian countryside cabin.

Currently, Princess Fairytale Hall is still offering FastPass+ reservations to meet Anna and Elsa through early June, however, once the sisters move to Epcot, other characters will replace them in the meet and greet area.

For Guests still looking to see Anna and Elsa in the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be able to at least see them in both the Festival of Fantasy Parade and the upcoming new Cinderella Castle stage show, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details about when you’ll be able to meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus, as well as more details about all the Frozen fun heading to Epcot in June.

 

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Walt Disney World Relics and Tributes: The Magic Kingdom

by on April 20, 2016

relicsandtributesWalt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. It is something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing and adding to.” Imagineers have made sure that the Disneyland and the Disney Parks have stayed true to that intention throughout the years.

In fact, the Walt Disney World Resort has been changing and growing a great deal in the past few years, such as the addition of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom and re-imagining of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, and prepares for new openings like the Rivers of Light show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and the Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot. But oftentimes, to gain something new, something has to be given up and past attractions must make way for new ones, such as in the closure of attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in preparation for Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land. Fortunately, Disney has a tradition of honoring its history while in the business of creating that great, big, beautiful tomorrow, and oftentimes through little tributes and details and even the recycling and reimagining of familiar icons.

I recently took a trip to the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to uncover some of these tributes and relics from the park’s past. I tried to avoid including those that many fans already know about–such as the windows on Main Street, U.S.A. or the picture of Mr. Toad handing over the deed to Owl at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh–in hopes that you may discover something new and maybe get a little dose of nostalgia in today’s Walt Disney World Relics and Tributes: The Magic Kingdom.

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Snow White’s Scary Adventures Vultures

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the Magic Kingdom’s newest attraction and one of the crown jewels of New Fantasyland. This attraction is incredibly detailed and a ton of fun, but one of the things I appreciate about most is its number of tributes to a former Fantasyland attraction: Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures was a classic dark ride and one of the park’s original opening day attractions. It sadly closed in 2012 due to New Fantasyland; but it’s sister attraction, by the same name, is still operating at the Disneyland Park today. It’s never easy to lose an attraction, especially one with so much history, and I suppose Imagineers felt the same way because there are a number of relics and nods from Snow White’s Scary Adventures hidden in and around this coaster.

The Vultures

When walking around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, or while aboard your gently swinging mine car, look up and you might see two menacing vultures. Do they look familiar? They used to be part of Snow White’s Scary Adventures! Imagineers recycled these feathered scavengers for the park’s newest Snow White-themed attraction; and in doing so, made a piece of the past work for the present.

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SATURDAY SIX: Top Six Meet and Greets at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 9, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the Top Six Meet and Greets at the Magic Kingdom. Let’s face it, meet and greets have become an important part of the vacation experience for many guests. Gone are the days when you could randomly bump into characters roaming the parks as the meet and greets of today have become attractions themselves, with some lines equaling even the best rides and shows in the parks. With elaborate sets, must-do character dining, and even special events based around the opportunity to meet characters, nobody does meet and greets better than Walt Disney World. Today we are going to look at the very best meet and greets at the Magic Kingdom, along with a little advice from an expert on meeting characters, Kenny the Pirate. The rankings are based on several factors including; theming of the meet and greet area, guest interaction with the characters, and a pinch of Je ne sais quoi (the indefinable magic that some meet and greets deliver which stays with you and your family for years, if not a lifetime.) Remember that clicking on any picture will bring it up in full size, and with that out of the way let’s start with…

# 6 – The Little Mermaid (Ariel’s Grotto)

Disney hit a home run with New Fantasyland delivering a great coaster with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a wonderful dark ride with Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, and the first “E-Ticket” dining experience with Be Our Guest Restaurant. They also over-delivered in the area of meet and greets with the hilarious Gaston (who we just may see later in the list,) Enchanted Tales with Belle (including the stunning Lumiere animatronic and the how did they do that Magic Mirror,) and Ariel’s Grotto.

The Grotto is located right next to the Mermaid attraction and personifies what Disney can bring to the table. Walking into the area guests will receive the same wow factor they got when seeing the elaborate queue of Under the Sea or the impressive Ursula figure during the ride. This is a setting befit of a Disney princess.Guests are asked to sit next to Ariel on her clam shell bench, and this provides an intimate experience you just don’t get at many meet and greets. Like her movie counterpart, this Ariel will comment on unusual items guests may have that wouldn’t be found in the water, along with having age appropriate conversations with each and every guest. This is your only opportunity to meet Ariel outside of a dining package, and be sure to ask how her friends Flounder and Sebastian are doing!

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The Little Mermaid. (photo by Jackie Laughters)

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Ariel’s Grotto. (photo by Daisy Lauren)

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Aurora and Snow White Moving to Town Square at the Magic Kingdom

by on June 14, 2014

Princesses meet at Walt Disney World  Photo-Disney

Princesses meet at Walt Disney World Photo-Disney

Beginning this Sunday, June 15, two princesses will be moving locations at the Magic Kingdom.

First, we’ll see Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) moving out of Princess Fairytale Hall over to the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street, U.S.A. Aurora will be meeting guests each afternoon, into the early evening. Also, Snow White will be start meeting guests daily at Center Street on Main Street, U.S.A.

Anna and Elsa will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. Their schedule recently changed; they are now available from park open until about a half hour before park closing. With this change, there will be no “visiting princess” greeting along with the sisters.

Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall as per usual.

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Anna and Elsa from Frozen Meet and Greet Schedule Extended at Princess Fairytale Hall

by on June 2, 2014

Anna and Elsa ExtendedI bring good news! The extremely popular Anna and Elsa meet and greet schedule has changed.

The sisters from Frozen are now meeting guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom from park opening until 30 minutes prior to park close, as well as during both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours. In addition, FastPass+ availability has been expanded to offer selection times for the newly expanded operating hours.

As you can see in the screenshot to the right, their meet and greet time no longer lists the previous early closing time.

With this change, it would appear that Aurora (otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty) will remain meeting guests as the “visiting princess” opposite the two sisters. Snow White, who would previously visit after Anna and Elsa left for the day, will be heading back outside, meeting guests in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to meet on the other side of Princess Fairytale Hall.

Another thing to note is that recently Disney changed the policy on rope drop, due to the popularity of this particular meet and greet. Guests who would like to head to Princess Fairytale Hall first thing in the morning are now led with a rope to the meet and greet location. It is a slow walk through the park to get there, and guests are not allowed to pass the Cast Members leading the charge. This change was enacted to attempt to keep order, as well as to keep people from racing to the meet and greet, possibly causing injury to either themselves or to others.

One would hope this change in schedule will make it a tiny bit easier for guests who really want to meet Anna and Elsa.

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Frozen’s Anna and Elsa Moving To Magic Kingdom

by on March 14, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenYay! No more standing out in the blazing sun at the Norway Pavilion!

With lines commonly running from two to three hours, even seeing as long as five hour waits, Disney has decided to move Anna and Elsa from Frozen out of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot over to the Magic Kingdom to meet with guests.

The sisters will be relocated to the Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland starting on April 20. This means that guests will also be able to make FastPass+ reservations to meet the sisters. (Keep in mind, this will likely be the hottest ticket in town. FastPass+ reservations are going to go extremely quick for the opportunity to meet these two.)

With this change, Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to greet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall. (And if rumors are correct, these two will likely be greeting guests together now. Anna and Elsa will likely be greeting with a visiting Princess. These are just rumors, as of now.)

Also, keep in mind that Anna and Elsa’s meet and greet opportunity will last only until the early evening. After that time, other visiting Disney Princesses will be available to greet guests.

I could see this change coming from a mile away. The Norway Pavilion has become crazy crowded since this meet and greet opened up. With summer rapidly approaching, and with the lines being as long as we’ve seen, I’m not surprised that Disney wanted to find an indoor location for people to wait to meet these two. I visited the pavilion on my most recent trip in February twice, at two different times of the day (early afternoon and early evening), and the area was just packed.

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