I think sometimes we lose sight of the the perspective that the Imagineers are working from. Disney is a company known for producing theme parks which are very child-friendly; that's a given. The Magic Kingdom, and Disneylands around the world, are the summation of that concept. They are places for the entire family to enjoy, creating a perfect balance of excitement, magic, awe and fun.
This expansion does exactly that.
Can you imagine being a child of about 7 and thinking you could actually visit the home of your favourite princess, or the Beast's Castle? Not only that, but you could meet them there!? Hello, I don't want to sound like a propagandist or anything but this is just, beyond exciting for that demographic. Not only that, but it offers bundles of pleasure and fun for the parents and for older kids too, no? The Snow White coaster sounds absolutely incredible, as does the small replica of the French village.
Personally, for me; to see the replica of Eric's castle, directly lifted from the movie (my favourite Disney movie with my favourite Disney princess) will just be beyond wonderful. I keep imagining my eight year old self, riding the Ariel attraction, then getting to meet her.
This will directly take the MK's Fantasyland from the weakest in the world to the strongest. I just can't see the negativity that people are finding in this. I've been wondering for a good while and this only just serves to encourage that; are Disney fans just incredibly hard to please? Are our expectations unrealistically high? I'm just trying to put together a checklist of the biggest Disney fan gripes;
* Attractions and experiences for the entire family to enjoy. CHECK
* Deeply immersive, rich, detailed themeing of the highest Imagineering calibre. CHECK
* Expensive. CHECK
Please tell me what I'm missing?