Think the big rollout made us expect the attraction would be “bigger”–
Although my first reaction the day it was announced was “Oh, so they’re moving the old Rose Garden show to a permanent space, after Rapunzel and Flynn took over the old one?”
(Presuming that the old castle Gardens space was now going to be either just scenic or used for temporary M&G’s. And yes, it was nice to wander in and out of the Garden if you were late or weren’t interested.)
While the mirror and animatronics are good, fans have been “complaining” that it’s just the old kids’ audience-participation show. Sort of brings up the question of “What did they expect?”–More fan-dreams that anything Disney builds is “the next E-ride”?
I agree 100%. Kids will love it and parents should be happy to watch their kids having a good time. There are several attractions I probably wouldn’t enter if not for my kids, but that’s part of going to WDW.
My kids will be grown and gone soon enough. Sharing in their fun is all the fun I need.
Honestly,this is a huge dissapointment. The interior of the castle looks quickly thrown together and blank. Also, the other originally planned meet and greets for the new Fantasyland would have tripled this making it better. VERY DISSAPOINTED DISNEY!
Great idea on paper, terrible in execution. With this and the same Ariel ride from CA, the December debut is gonna be a disappointment. I’m more excited for next years openings.
At least we’ll be able to drink in the new Fantasyland before we subject ourselves to this new experience! 🙂
I also agree with the idea of not wanting to feel trapped in this attraction. 30 minutes seems a long time, unless maybe it’s July and 98 degrees outside. I thought the same about taking Belle’s old show from the rose garden and putting inside; seems kind of lazy to me, considering how much work and money are going into this expansion. But I do agree that Madame Wardrobe and Lumiere look fantastic, and the details of Maurice’s cottage are quite nice. Disney is raising our expectations about this expansion, so I don’t think anyone could be blamed for feeling a little disappointed by this, I’m sorry to say.
Previews are apparently not over, as my sister and her friends got to experience the attraction Saturday morning.
We saw the Enchanted Tales with Belle on 9/22 and it was magical! We had no idea what we were in line to see and it was a very pleasant surprise!
Some incredible animatronics…some wonderful magic…BUT, there is a real danger not understood by some at Disney. It is the danger of being too sweet, too saccharine, too childish. Play to the whole family, not just the littlest children in the family. Don’t embarrass the older kids or the parents who are not particularly fond of the idea of prancing around in Kindergarten again…but who would love to get their picture taken with Bell and her friends. The story of Beauty and the Beast is in no way saccharine…there is danger, terror, love, enchantment…and don’t mistake Belle’s love of reading is more about the love of “adventure in the great wide somewhere” than it is about people prancing about with cardboard masks. Story is the thing…and, I believe, a story theme could be developed for this experience that would be enjoyable to all who visit…not just the little ones. The area is too wonderfully developed, too full of beauty and enchantment and detail, to allow too much sweetness to destroy the magic. Belle is a
beautiful princess…not a kindergarten or pre-school teacher. Think of the whole audience…the whole family…think of the movie…and make this experience truly enchanting for everyone. Too much saccharine, too much childishness, can destroy a beautiful opportunity for real magic.
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol’ Dan
I was very disappointed with this. I was excited to get a chance to see it in October with my three year old. Unfortunately she was too shy to volunteer to be a part of the show, which ultimately meant she was left watching other children meet Belle. She desperately wanted to meet her, but was not asked if she wanted to. The worst part about it was being stuck in that room for a long time watching other people’s children prance around. Even my daughter was not entertained by that. I saw several other children in the audience besides my own daughter that were not asked if they wanted to meet belle, which I found surprising.
Am an adult, visiting without children, I thought the experience was magical! I was in a party of 5 adults who all enjoyed it very much. We thought that that the other people in the room did too. I am really surprised at some of the negative reviews. It was encouraging to see single adults, dads, moms, and children participating in the story. I certainly did not feel “trapped” or that it was too long. We enjoyed watching the cast members get pictures and their special bookmarks. As we were leaving I noticed a reproduction of a unicorn tapestry that I had seen prints of in history books, and a very nice photopass photograper took my picture in front of it. A great “Disney Moment” for all of us! I thought that Belle and the other characters were charming!Thank you Disney, after all the months of anticipation we were thrilled!
We experienced this attraction just a few weeks ago. Big dissapointment, we waited an HOUR in line with no seating and nothing to do (not even toys for the kids like the Winnie the Pooh ride has). The cottage has nothing to do as well. Overwhelmingly we heard look but don’t touch. I thought we were going on a journey through the castle!! Instead we were led into a room to then stand and watch a talking mirror, then to another room where the cut-outs were handed out, and then to a library for a photo op with Belle. The cut-outs didn’t make sense and weren’t even used in the story! My daughter was the wardrobe but all she did was hold it. She loved the picure with Belle, but a HUGE lost opportunity here..Beauty and the Beast is the best and this is all there is to show for it? So sad.
I unfortunately experienced this “attraction” on opening day. HUGE, HUGE,
DISSAPOINTMENT after waiting in line for over 1 hour!! No indication anywhere that this was not a ride. Basically you stand around a mock up of Belle’s house then you move into Belle’s fathers workshop. The only thing entertainaing about the workshop was leaving it through a magic door only to be dissapointed by a talkin amwar. REALLY DISNEY for the amount of money you charge do you really have to resort to cardboard cut outs of characters on popsicle sticks for the chosen guests to become. At this point I was frantically looking for an exit. I said to myself the only think that can make this attraction worse would be if Belle herself showed up which unfortnately she did!! This clearly seemed like a RUSH job on Disney parts to come up with an attraction for the new fantasy land. Cleary very little imagination and effort was put into this attraction. HUGELY, HUGELY, disappointing!! Shame on you Disney!!
I’m confused by the criticism. I feel like you enter the attraction knowing it’s storytime, so why would you not want to stay for the actual storytime?
When looking at the Fairytale Garden version vs the New Fantasyland version, it’s got to be one of the most elaborate “re-imaginings” in Disney history. I guess expectations just have to be in the right place… if you go in expecting a fun but small character greeting, you will be impressed like we were. It was my favorite part of New Fantasyland, and I completely did not expect it to be at all!
If you don’t have kids, I recommend going in the later hours. We had an almost all-adult audience and the tone was very different than I think it would have been in the morning.
Thank you for this awesome review!! Belle is my favorite princess and I would Nerd out at this attraction.
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