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03
Oct 12

A Look Behind the Fantasyland Wall – Enchanted Tales with Belle Soft Opening

I was just over at the Magic Kingdom here at Walt Disney World and as luck would have it, we got a chance to go behind the castle wall and experience Enchanted Tales with Belle at a soft opening. I took a ton of pics and wanted to share them with you!

Here’s the backside of the entryway over near Pinocchio’s Village Haus

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Costumed cast members…

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Running at Disney and I can’t believe that we’re in this area!

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Love all the different lighting Maurice created here…

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

and here’s Maurice’s Cottage

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

The rock work on the right extends over to the Beast’s Castle

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

This area was off limits to guests still. It’s the arch nearest the cottage that leads over a bridge to the Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Here’s a close up of the amazing gargoyles that cling to the posts lining the bridge

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

A look at the work on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

seven dwarfs mine train disney fantasyland

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

The bridge to the Be Our Guest Restaurant with Price Eric’s Castle in the background

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Next we enter inside of Maurice’s Cottage

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Check out the hidden mickey! The bottom row of the stack of wood…

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

The next room you move into is Maurice’s Workshop

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

This unassuming mirror is magical and turns into the entrance to the castle!

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Guests then make their way into the castle thru the mirror that has transformed into a doorway!

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Here’s the transition room from the workshop to inside the castle

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

You then enter into the wardrobe room

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

The wardrobe and cast members interact with guests as props are handed out for story time

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Guests are then escorted into the library where they are greeted by Lumiere

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Belle then makes a grand entrance as the guests in the library shout “Surprise!”

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Story time then becomes interactive as the guests with props take part in the process.

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

and then at the end of the show, participating guests get to take a photo with Belle and are given a bookmark as a souvenir.

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

You then make your exit through heavy double castle doors

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle Maurice Cottage Disney Magic Kingdom

Right now this area is in a limited soft opening. The entrance is over near Pinocchio Village Haus. Keep your eyes peeled. You never know when they will be letting guests in. If you’re a passholder you can get into this area during the Passholder Preview.

I hope you enjoyed this photo tour of Enchanted Tales with Belle! See you around the park!


17
Jul 12

Brand NEW Aerial Photographs of the Fantasyland Construction in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

All I can say is thank you Scott Keating for taking these AMAZING aerial shots of what’s actually going on behind the Fantasyland Expansion wall for us nosey Disneyphiles! And thank you for allowing me to share your work! All images Copyright © 2010-2012 by Scott Keating. Images were snapped last week so this is a very current view of the progress.

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As Scott releases more images we will bring them to you! In the mean time check out this post with a link to a local television station who got a ‘behind the wall’ video…Media Get a Look Behind the Fantasyland Expansion Wall at the Magic Kingdom


19
Jun 11

Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Expansion Construction Photos

Maurice Workshop Fantasyland Expansion

Images courtesy of Disney

Voyage of the Little Mermaid Fantasyland ExpansionImages courtesy of Disney

Beast's Castle Fantasyland Expansionphoto via mikemcmahon on Flickr

Fantasyland Expansion ToonTownphoto via mikemcmahon on Flickr

Fantasyland Expansion Tentphoto via mikemcmahon on Flickr

Fantasyland Expansion Beast Castlephoto via mikemcmahon on Flickr

 

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