Preview of Enchanted Tales with Belle at Walt Disney World

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Walt Disney World

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Published on September 05, 2012 at 10:16 pm with 30 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • ralzap

    Thanks for the update. The expansion will not see me going to Orlando soon. WDW you need more up your pockets than this…..
    No more Disneyland recreations.
    WDW needs new unique rides…

    • Susan Hughes

      That’s what I thought. The “new look” of the Fantasyland expansion is pretty much Disneyland’s Fantasyland.

  • Bronco21

    Great update and I am very impressed with the details in new fantasyland, but it still doesn’t make up for the whole expansion still not involving an e-ticket. If they were serious about wanting to compete with WWoHP, they would have built an e-ticket not an elaborate meet and greet. The detail is nice to see, but hardly makes up for the years of crap TDO has given us over the years.

  • Timekeeper

    I first saw the Belle meet’n'greet AA’s from a Disney Imagineering Youtube Video and I made mistake assuming the interior where we meet the Wardrobe AA was from the Main Street Theater, not a different building entirely. I’m sure that area must be gorgeous in person, but that room reminds me of a hotel hallway, no offense to the other people reading this and the columnist.


  • BuckyRister

    My wife loves Beauty and the Beast, and it is easily her favorite…when she saw little kids stomping around the room holding up placards over their face, she looked at me as if to say, “Are you kidding?” And the wardrobe? Ear-shredding, and frankly, frightening. I told her this thing looked so tacky, it makes The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management look like a meeting at the Brookings Institution.

    Here’s my issue — I don’t think Disney should ever pitch a park attraction to a small demographic. Even the dark rides can be enjoyed by everyone. That’s what makes the parks so special — they are inclusive. And I don’t think Disney should ever chase buzzwords like “Interactivity”. That’s what gave us “Light Magic” in Anaheim. I was very worried about the plans for Meet and Greets throughout the New Fantasyland, because that seemed like a cheap way to create new attractions. Thankfully we only have one, but this preview proves me right. This looks like a $1000/hr. day care center. It isn’t why I take my family to WDW, and it doesn’t increase my desire to go.

    Oh – and Belle was living in that cottage since she was at least 12 months old? She must have a really good memory. “There goes the baker with his tray like always, the same old bread and rolls to sell, every morning just the same, since the morning that we came to this poor provincial town…” And Gaston said he fell for Belle since the first moment that he saw her. I guess Gaston is new to town, if she’s been running around the place since she was in diapers.

    • BuckyRister

      And does Belle really spend all day wearing that Prom Dress?

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update, the walkthrough looks nice except the recreating story part for Belle…I am sorry but this makes the walkthrough look VERY cheesy.

  • Aotphks

    Thanks for the great photos and descriptions. The level of quality of the details is really awesome, which I believe to be something that’s sorely missing in the Magic Kingdom Park, when you compare it to other Disneyland Parks in California and abroad. So I am elated to see this level of theme and visual quality finally brought to the old Magic Kingdom park.

    However, I’m a little concerned about this type of attraction. I guess I’m in the minority based on what I’ve read from other replies, but I don’t like much the idea of visitors participating in the story telling of the movie. Seems a little childish and not something that I would enjoy. I am more the passive visitor where I much rather sit back, relax and enjoy the show or ride as opposed to “being in” the show. Not sure my 10 and 8 years old children would enjoy this as much as a preschool kid would. I’m further dismayed by two statements made by the author of this report, one, he is not part of the demographic and would not re-visit this attraction. Two, PhotoPass employees recording the visitors’ every move. So, I wonder.. what is the demographics of this attraction? Little girls? In regards to the photopass employees.. why do they have to make a profit on this experience? Was this the only reason why this particular new addition to Fantasyland was designed the way it is, as a walk through experience?

    I am sure when the time comes for my family and I to visit, I may enjoy this more for the theme and details.. Oh and one more observation… The photo of the employee in his new uniform clearly shows a young boy walking (balancing?) on what appears to be rocks. This bothers me to the core! My kids would never do that as I would not allow it. I think it’s sad that after all the work put into making this new area so enchanting, some parents would allow their children to climb and over time destroy the quality of the details, and since the maintenance at the Magic Kingdom park seems to lack most time, I wonder how long it will be before all these wonderful details begin to look run down and mistreated. Time will tell I guess.

    Thanks for the photos and the report.