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Enchanted Tales with Belle: The new Dumbo.

What? People are waiting over 2 hours to see me???

The title isn’t meant as an insult, but to point to the importance of this attraction in your touring plan.  Dumbo used to the the number 1 attraction on most guests lists to avoid long lines.  Dumbo now offers FASTPASS, so it’s a much lower priority despite long lines in busy seasons.   Enchanted Tales with Belle (Contes enchantés avec belle) has become the new go-to attraction in the Magic Kingdom.  The lines for ETWB during the Christmas season have regularly been 90-150 minutes long.  That’s 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours to wait for one attraction!  Within a few minutes of park opening the line has been completely filled with guests eager to see this attraction.  It’s kind of like the Rapunzel Run, only worse.  The lines for ETWB often compete with Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight for the highest wait times in the park, but ETWB does not offer FASTPASS of any kind at this time.

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Annual Passholder preview dates for the New Fantasyland project details

(Registration begins October 8 @ Noon Eastern)

Preview Dates and Times

Dates and times for Passholder Previews are as follows:

Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Preview Itineraries:

You can experience one of the following itineraries during your Passholder Preview:

Enchanted Tales With Belle Itinerary, which lets you:
Take a tour of Be Our Guest Restaurant
Ride on Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle

The Ariel’s Grotto Itinerary, which lets you:
Take a tour of Be Our Guest Restaurant
Ride on Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
Take photos and receive autographs from Ariel

Important Registration Information

Registration for this event is limited. You may register up to 8 Guests total; every member of your party must be a valid Passholder at both time of registration and time of event.

If you are on the Annual Pass Monthly Payment Program, you must be current with your payments at both time of registration and the time of the event for which you register. If you have questions about your Annual Pass payments, please call (888) 701-4100.

Valid Magic Kingdom admission is required for all registered Guests in order to attend the event. Epcot after 4 and Weekday Select Passholders: please note that your Annual Pass is not valid for admission to Magic Kingdom park on the Passholder Preview dates. If you wish to register for a Passholder Preview, you may visit any theme park ticket window to inquire about an upgrade or to purchase a ticket.

Passholder Preview event registration is limited to one event per Passholder.  (You must choose)
In order to register, you will need the names, dates of birth, and Annual Passes for each member of your party.

When you have completed your registration you will receive a confirmation via email. You must print the confirmation page and bring it to the event check-in location in order to be admitted to your Passholder Preview. Confirmation pages on cell phones, tablets or other electronic devices cannot be accepted for this event.

Enchanted Tales with Belle review and photos

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.

My first view of Maurice’s Cottage

I’ve never been to France, so I’ll assume it looks like this 🙂

Maurice’s Cottage has a western appeal. Perhaps it is from Western France?

I was thirsty for a drink of water, but there seemed to be a drought on this day.

Some more exterior decor

I bet you won’t see the queue this empty when it opens for previews in late October!

We’ve finally made it to the cottage!

See, I told you there was a drought in this region of France currently. I’ve heard there will be a major rainfall around the end of October though.

We can see the final destination of Beast’s Castle in the distance
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.

The opening scene is of the quaint French cottage that Belle in which Belle was reared.

I love the wonderful small details that the Imagineers included like the growth chart upon the left hand wall as one enters the cottage.

With one simple picture, we learn that Belle acquired her love for reading from her dear departed mother.
 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.

Stay away! Scary guard on duty.

Looks like the Wardrobe was actually Shaquille O’neal before being cursed as a piece of furniture. Kidding aside, the animatronic effect is well done and made me think of Radiator Springs Racers with its fluid movement.

Cast Member reaches inside to retrieve each prop as they are called and matches them up with a wiling VOLUNTEER!

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.

A real star in this show.
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)

Enchanted Tales with Belle Magic Kingdom December 2012
Enchanted Tales with Belle Magic Kingdom December 2012

First Look: Lumiere, Madame Wardrobe Welcome You to Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park

The imagineers have really done a wonderful job on Belle’s new enchanted tales area. It looks like a huge leap forward from the old Fairytale Garden area. It will really draw you into the story and immerse you in the details and the beauty of the castle. This is part two of the experience. Part one takes you through the magic portal, which was very well done as well. I can’t wait to experience this new attraction soon. Let’s hope for some soft openings before November!