Well, it only took me a month to finally begin to catch up on some of the photos I took way back in December. I still have several more Christmas resorts meets to post too. Hey, it’s still really cold outside and many states including Alabama are receiving snow. I thought I’d post the photos that I took at Akershus back last month. Many character fans will enjoy the photos of Belle in her red Christmas dress and Ariel in her sea foam green dress.
Character Palooza can be like shooting at a moving target at times. Cast Members are instructed to act as if it doesn’t occur until they characters actually appear and the schedules aren’t published publicly except on my site and others who borrow it. I’m able to get basic schedules from an uncredited friend because the friend wants guests to be able to access these characters. Sometimes the schedules that I’m provided can be adjusted slightly based on conditions and desires of the Character Palooza team. I try my best to keep the schedules updated, but recommendation is to arrive a little before the times I list and wait around. Characters will NOT appear during inclement weather.
Here’s who we visited yesterday: Belle, Mulan, Snow White & Snow Queen Grimhilde, Green Army Men, Penguin, Mary Poppins, Stitch, Genie, Chip n Dale. Belle didn’t return for the second set and the third set was cancelled after only a minute or two on stage due to rain in the area.
(Click on a pic for a larger image. Sorry some of the photos are a little blurry, it was user error on my part)
|On my recent visit to Walt Disney World I had the opportunity to take part in “Enchanted Tales with Belle” in the New Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom. After dropping the bouncer at the gate a $20 and providing the keywords “Donald rules,” I was allowed entrance to the new area. I was excited to see what they were building on the other side of the walls with my own 4 eyes for the first time. What should I expect though? Is this going to be a show? Is this going to be another “Play and greet?” I found it to be more of the first, and less of the second. It’s more of an experience than a show though. It’s an effort to engage and interact with the guests of all ages in a very different way. Let’s take a journey behind the wall and into Maurice’s Cottage, then on to Beast’s Library. I’ll tell the story with photos and video.The area isn’t quite photo ready because the water and some more plants are yet to be added, but it is already looking quite amazing near the entrance to the area.|
|Because most of the small group I was queued with was already inside the cottage, my time inside the first room was quite hurried, so I quickly shot a few photos of the entry area before moving on to the Magical Mirror stage.|
|From this scene we are ushered into Maurice’s workshop, which is rich with blueprints (bleuprints?) and gadgets that Maurice is currently designing. Some are on shelves, while others are hanging from the ceiling.|
|After entering the workshop, the Cast Member quickly gathers everyone and focuses their attention on the Magical Mirror.http://youtu.be/WtH1kUB-hAU|
|We step through the Magical Mirror and enter the Wardrobe room. I personally like the fact that Disney is entertaining us while we wait on the final scene. It is similar to the approach of the Haunted Mansion in that they are telling us the story in pieces, rather than walking a static queue line. The Wardrobe Room is quite simple in its decor. I believe that is to focus everyone’s attention on the Wardrobe and the Cast Member who is setting the stage.IMPORTANT! If you or your child want to be involved in the story AND get a quick photo with Belle, be sure to VOLUNTEER. My brother was on of the guards on our second viewing and it added to the fun.|
|Here’s the full video of the Wardrobe segment…http://youtu.be/anGlKi-4uXU|
|After Lumiere requests our presence, we are ushered into the grand Library . The room is well done and has some nice benches to watch the show portion. Lumiere is definitely the greatest feature of this segment. I found myself watching his seamless movements while enjoying the show. I like how the Cast Members interact with the guests when telling the story and Belle does a beautiful job as always.|
|The guests are then used to tell the story. With each person presented at the appropriate time in the story. It’s similar to the old Storytime with Belle, but is presented in a better fashion and AIR CONDITIONING!|
|Here’s the final scene in all its glory in HD too!http://youtu.be/MF9uv_gXCC4|
|I really enjoyed the Enchanted Tales with Belle experience and I saw the glow in the eyes of small children that I look for in a great attraction. I’m sure that my daughters would like to soak it all it by viewing several times when it reopens to guests in late October. Even though Disney magic is used to reduce the line waits, it will be very popular and probably have much longer waits than the new Little Mermaid attraction that will be an omnimover and have a higher guest capacity per day.I’ve heard that Enchanted Tales with Belle will operate from open to close (or near close) once it reopens, so arrive early to avoid a longer wait.NOTE: Don’t expect this to be a “Meet and greet” with a character. There are no autographs and I noticed that only those who participated in the show are given a quick photo op. However, as attractions move from Imagineering to Operations, expect that additional changes could happen, including eliminating the quick photos in leiu of higher guest capacity. (My observation)|
Belle no longer meets at Town Square Theater. She now only offers Enchanted Tales with Belle inside the Magic Kingdom with just a quick photo op at the end. If you desire a regular meet with her, try France (Blue smock) in Epcot or Akershus (Gold dress) instead.
I met Belle at Magic Kingdom at 08-03-2012/09:16:13 AM using @kennypirate app. Downolad it http://tinyurl.com/d5pj9or