A place for royalty

09/16/2013 1:10 PM

09/17/2013 2:15 PM

Princess Fairytale Hall opens Wednesday, a regal hall where guests at Magic Kingdom can meet Disney princesses and pose for photos with them. The hall, done up in purple and gold, has chandeliers, stained-glass windows, wood paneling and an entrance topped by a tiara-shaped filigree that suggests the royalty within.

Here’s how it works: Cinderella and Rapunzel will be available for meet-and-greets all day, every day. Guests choose which one to meet and get in the queue for that princess’s reception room. Inside, Cinderella and Rapunzel each will be joined by another member of Disney nobility —usually Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine or Mulan — who will vary from day to day.

Part of the Fantasyland expansion, Princess Fairytale Hall is next to Cinderella Castle, on the site previously occupied by Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

The opening of Princess Fairytale Hall brings to four the number of princesses who have official, full-time homes. Belle and Ariel also got permanent meet-and-greet spots in the Fantasyland expansion. Enchanted Tales with Belle is in Maurice’s Cottage near Beast’s Castle, and Ariel’s Grotto is next to her ride, Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid.

The addition of full-time homes for those princesses is indicative of just how important meeting Disney characters has become for young fans, for whom a photo with a favorite character can be a higher priority than the most exciting ride.

But what of the other princesses? Disney has 11 official princesses (Merida of Brave, the newest, was coronated in May). Most have frequent, though unofficial, hangouts around the Magic Kingdom or another park. Here’s Disney’s list, with the caveat that the princesses aren’t always at these locales:

•  Jasmine (and Aladdin): the Agrabah Bazaar area of Adventureland
•  Tiana: the Enchanted Glade, near the entrance to Liberty Square
•  Merida: Fairytale Garden, near Cinderella Castle
•  Pocahontas: Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
•  Mulan: The China pavilion at Epcot.
•  Aurora: The France pavilion at Epcot.
•  Snow White: Near the wishing well at the Germany pavilion at Epcot.

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