SPOILER ALERT: For anyone not wishing to read about Enchanted Tales with Belle before it officially opens in December, please feel welcome to skip this post. I don’t want to ruin any surprises :). Thank you!
“Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast”
The New Fantasyland Expansion (or at least, most of it ) will open to the public on December 6th, 2012. A few guests (myself included) have been lucky enough to catch previews of Enchanted Tales with Belle in its testing stage this past week! Disney kindly welcomed us to take as many pictures as we would like, and I am happy to share some of mine with you.
Enchanted Tales brings guests into the story of Beauty and the Beast like never before! Guests will come across a quaint little cottage–Belle’s home which she shares with her father, Maurice…
Once inside, the waiting queue winds you through Belle’s home, complete with touches reflecting Belle’s childhood and her love of books:
I won’t deny shedding a tear or two at this painting of little Belle with her mom:
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. As a Belle fan, the queue was an attraction in and of itself! The level of detail is astounding—even for Disney, and they are known for details! But I was unprepared for what was waiting in the next room.
Upon entering Maurice’s workshop, we are lead to a mirror, but not just any mirror… it’s an enchanted mirror, and we are told that Maurice uses this mirror to see Belle at the Castle where the Beast is keeping her. This mirror takes us “back to the day Belle and Beast fell in love.” My picture does NOT do it justice, but this stunning transformation left guests ooh-ing and aah-ing…
At last, the mirror transforms into an entrance to Beast’s castle, where the first character we meet is Madame Wardrobe, who (with a cast member’s assistance) chooses guests to play parts to help Belle tell her favorite story. You will be amazed by the technology that allows Madame Wardrobe to speak to guests—she is seamless and full of life!
I was chosen to play Mrs. Potts :)!
At last, we are escorted into the beautiful library, where we meet Lumiere—another technological wonder! As Lumiere speaks to the audience, I had to wonder, “How on earth did they do that?” But before I had too much time to think, the star of our show arrived… Princess Belle:
Members of the audience help tell the story of Beauty and the Beast—how they met and fell in love. The story and the setting are, indeed, enchanted. Children will love being so near to Belle and other Beauty and the Beast characters, and adults will be amazed by the combination of beauty and technology… Okay, if they’re anything like me, adults will be pretty psyched about the characters, too ;). Cast Members informed us that Enchanted Tales is not yet in it’s finished form while they are in the testing phase, so it will be exciting to see it when it officially opens in December!
I’m on my way to crossing #48, Experience all the new attractions in the Fantasyland Expansion, off my Disney Bucket List (you can read about my flight with Dumbo and getting splashed at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station here), but there are several upcoming attractions to come—a whole new world to discover! Stay tuned, as more of New Fantasyland opens to the public on December 6th, and I’m excited to bring you along!