Move Over, Rapunzel; Make Way for MeridaPosted by Affording the Mouse
It seems like just yesterday we were saying good-bye to Belle and the charming “Storytime with Belle” meet-n-greet at the Fairytale Garden. Sure, we were excited about hanging out with Rapunzel and Flynn (who, by the way, didn’t last long with his princess) at the Tangled “play-n-greet”–but it still hurt to let our beloved Belle go.
Now, it seems that Rapunzel too will be displaced to Adventureland by a newer character, Merida from Brave, beginning in May. Rapunzel will actually leave April 15 in order to accommodate renovations to the area. While I’m sure that Merida will be simply delightful in her new space which will be transformed with a Scottish Highlands theme, it’s surprising that Disney has elected to replace what is arguably the most popular character meet-n-greet in any of the four Parks. (When we were last there, we arrived about 30 minutes prior to the attraction’s opening–this in “off-season” September–and we were behind at least 30 other people. And because of the limited space, the attraction always seems to have to turn away guests. Moral of the story, just as I wrote in yesterday’s Thursday’s Tip: arrive early!)
Perhaps the silver lining in this character shift is that Flynn Rider will be rejoining Rapunzel on April 15 at their new meet-n-greet spot on the Adventureland Veranda porch. This, however, will displace Ariel and Prince Eric, who will then be found at the glass gazebo adjacent to the Adventureland Veranda.
Brave opens in theaters June 22.