When New Fantasyland debuted in December 2012, it made a lasting impression on fans of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast with impressive new sights. But Walt Disney World is already looking ahead, continuing the Magic Kingdom’s biggest-ever expansion with the upcoming addition of Princess Fairytale Hall, set to debut in fall 2013.
The new home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom, Princess Fairytale Hall is designed with stone walls, stained glass windows, and plenty of portraits of Disney princesses. And today Disney offered a first look behind the construction walls at the areas where guests will soon have a chance to meet Aurora, Cinderella and other famous characters.
But Princess Fairytale Hall doesn’t quite look show ready yet, still several months away from opening. Here’s a peek behind the scenes at its progress with Imagineer Jason Grandt:
Princess Fairytale Hall takes the place of the former home of Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Though that classic dark ride will be missed by many, the Disney Princesses will quickly find plenty of smiling faces amongst those who visit them within the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland.
Guests entering Princess Fairytale Hall will choose one of two lines, each leading to two Disney princesses. Signs will tell guests which princesses are currently meeting so they can plan accordingly, but two visits (and two passes through lines) will be required to meet all of them. It’s a similar setup as Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus.
After passing through an elaborately decorated entry area and queue, guests proceed to one of four chambers to meet the Disney princesses. Each chamber accommodates up to two Disney princesses.
New renderings have also been released showing the portrait gallery and inside the Princess chambers:
Cinderella and Rapunzel will often be featured inside, each in separate chambers with “a friend.” The other princesses greeting with them could be Snow White, Jasmine, or other familiar faces. But guests won’t find Ariel or Belle here, as they have their own permanent meet-and-greet locations elsewhere in New Fantasyland.
Princess Fairytale Hall is scheduled to open in fall 2013.