Enchanted Tales with Belle: The new Dumbo.

What? People are waiting over 2 hours to see me???

The title isn’t meant as an insult, but to point to the importance of this attraction in your touring plan.  Dumbo used to the the number 1 attraction on most guests lists to avoid long lines.  Dumbo now offers FASTPASS, so it’s a much lower priority despite long lines in busy seasons.   Enchanted Tales with Belle (Contes enchantés avec belle) has become the new go-to attraction in the Magic Kingdom.  The lines for ETWB during the Christmas season have regularly been 90-150 minutes long.  That’s 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours to wait for one attraction!  Within a few minutes of park opening the line has been completely filled with guests eager to see this attraction.  It’s kind of like the Rapunzel Run, only worse.  The lines for ETWB often compete with Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight for the highest wait times in the park, but ETWB does not offer FASTPASS of any kind at this time.

The best way to beat the crowds is to go straight there at rope drop or save it for last on your touring plan.  Many people have asked it they should go to Belle or Merida first. I would recommend going to each first on a separate  day.  If you can’t do that, then go to Belle, then Merida and take whatever line you see; or go to Merida first, then take in the Belle attraction late at night.  I’m sure the lines for Belle will moderate down to a high of about 60 minutes once the insane crowds subside, but that’s still 60 minutes of standing around.

If you’re going to either attraction first, you might want to send a runner to grab a FASTPASS for Peter Pan.

ETWB IS open for Extra Magic Hours

If a guest wishes to take a photo of their child with Belle, you must stand behind or beside the Photopass photographer.

Guests were allowed to pose with Belle that were not in the show the dates that we have visited.

OUR RECENT EXPERIENCE:  On December 19th, my daughter and I were a few minutes late arriving to the Magic Kingdom due to monorail issues.  We arrived at ETWB at 9:15 am when the line wasn’t very bad.  This photo was taken at 9:27 am.  This is the room that you enter before you begin the actual attraction.

My daughter thinks she’s short,but she’s the same height as Belle at the same age!

We moved into l’atelier de maurice at 9:32 am.  The entire experience felt far more rushed than it did in test and adjust period.  In each room we were told to “hurry, hurry.”

Le miroir magique is one of my favorite parts of the attraction.

The doors opened at 9:35 for us to enter la salle de armoire.

The cast member asked me to be a guard again, but I told her I wanted my daughter to be involved so I could take photos. She gave her this role after choosing the other roles.

We moved on from la salle de armoire into la bibliothèque de la bête at 9:41 am.

Pas de photos s’il vous plaît éclair!

My daughter had her photo taken with Belle at 9:49 am.

We were done completely by 9:52 am.  The wait and the attraction accounted for 37 minutes for us on a moderately busy day.  It may have been slightly shorter if we had been able to arrive 10 minutes earlier.  By the time we left the posted wait was 75 minutes and climbing.

Vous pensiez que la ligne a été de rencontrer belle?

Here’s my write-up from the attraction when they were still in test and adjust.  It includes photos and videos: http://kennythepirate.com/2012/09/16/enchanted-tales-with-belle-review-behind-the-new-fantasyland-wall/

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15 thoughts on “Enchanted Tales with Belle: The new Dumbo.”

  1. Hi Kenny! Just a quick question about this – I know on your touring plan you suggest to use the FP for this only if you are skipping other attractions. Our kids are almost 4 and almost 2 so we will be skipping some of the attractions but my 4 year old is determined to ride the “choo choo train coaster” so we may attempt Big Thunder Mountain. What is your recommendation of the best time to go to ETWB? When you say late at night, how late? Right now, I have the FP for 5/1 @ 6:00 pm but would like to go see this attraction earlier in the week. We are tentatively planning on spending the second 1/2 of the day in Magic Kingdom on 4/28, after naps, and were trying to figure out a game plan so that we could maybe use the FP that we have scheduled on Thursday on something else and see ETWB on Monday. Any suggestions are appreciated!! Thanks!!

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  2. When you went thru, was there any announcement made in the Wardrobe room that you HAD to participate in order to get a picture with Belle? Or is this still not readily known?

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      1. Thanks Kenny…we did ETWB in mid Oct during “dress rehearsal” and then in late Nov during “soft opening” and each time was so different. I didn’t think that any announcement would ever be made. That would slow the lines down even more. I do not like ETWB in its current form, I believe slight changes need to be made in order to make it better. And trust me, I did voice my experiences to Disney, and they did respond. So I am watching what happens with Belle.

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