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Princess Fairytale Hall debuts at Magic Kingdom; Fountain View now serving Starbucks at Epcot


Princess Fairytale Hall debuts

The fantasy world of Disney royalty becomes reality in the all-new Princess Fairytale Hall, where Magic Kingdom guests get to live out their dream of meeting a real Disney princess. Officially opening to guests tomorrow, September 18, the enchanting new home to Cinderella, Rapunzel, and the princesses who visit them is fit for royalty with lush purple and gold trimmings, stone walls and ornate chandeliers.

Princess Fairytale Hall.
Princess Fairytale Hall.

With its brightly colored tournament tent facade, Princess Fairytale Hall is located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland and is the latest opening in New Fantasyland, a multi-year project that more than doubles the size of Fantasyland and continues the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.

As loyal subjects to the princesses, guests can choose between two queues: one for Cinderella and a visiting princess or one for Rapunzel and a visiting princess.

The castle-like entrance to Princess Fairytale Hall features walls of stone and stained glass windows with images from the Disney animated film classic Cinderella. The entryway opens to a large Royal Gallery – an airy space with stone columns and a high ceiling with wooden beams and peaked arches. Framed portraits of Disney princesses adorn the walls. It’s the ideal royal setting for coming face-to-face with a Disney princess as their timeless tales come to life.

Princess Fairytale Hall.
Princess Fairytale Hall.

When it’s time for the big moment, guests are ushered into the royal chambers, richly paneled in wood and elegantly finished. Cinderella in one reception room and Rapunzel in the other are each joined by one other Disney princess. Royal visitors might include Aurora, Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine or Mulan.

Whoever from the royal court stops by to meet and greet her loyal subjects, it’s a royal scene made for making magical memories.

Each chamber features a large framed painting of a fairytale landscape and a table with a set of bound leather storybooks that bear the titles of fairytales in the language of the original tale. Rose vases are located on the far side of each reception room and wallpaper decorated with crowns and other royal imagery completes the scene. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras and autograph books. Disney PhotoPass Imaging specialists also are on hand to capture the events in each room.

“Through the years dating to Walt’s time, fairy tales have always been a rich cornerstone of Disney storytelling,” said Chris Beatty, Creative Executive Director of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Princess Fairytale Hall carries on our tradition of bringing classic Disney fairy tales to life in new and unexpected ways.”

Princess Fairytale Hall.
Princess Fairytale Hall.

To make Princess Fairytale Hall their new home, the princesses relocated from their former meet-and-greet area at Town Square Theater. Besides the standby queue, guests using FastPass+ and Legacy FastPass will be welcome as loyal subjects to Princess Fairytale Hall.


Fountain View + Starbucks

Reopening earlier this month, Fountain View at Epcot has a new look and new offerings for Epcot guests — featuring Starbucks products. Popular Disney-made treats will be served alongside Starbucks favorites like coffee, espresso and Frappuccino-blended beverages, as well as breakfast sandwiches and pastries.

Newly opened Fountain View, now serving Starbucks coffee.
Newly opened Fountain View, now serving Starbucks coffee.

Fountain View is the second Starbucks location at Walt Disney World Resort. Like Main Street Bakery’s nostalgic design on Main Street, U.S.A at Magic Kingdom, Fountain View was designed to match the futuristic theme of Future World. More locations are planned for Walt Disney World Resort as well as Disneyland Resort in California.

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Kristen DC
Kristen DC
September 17, 2013 4:32 pm

I hope the Fairy Tale Hall visitors will also include Belle and Merida as they are my favorite Disney Princesses!
September 17, 2013 3:02 pm

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