UPDATE: Merida is definitley going to be meeting in the Magic Kingdom, not Hollywood Studios as rumored, begining in Mid-May More rumor wrangling for you on this beautiful 70 degree February day!
Merida – Merida will supposedly meet in Hollyood Studios. She will be Pixar’s first face character and has already had several girls for test fittings. She is said to begin meeting in the old Narnia area beginning in May. Her three triplet brothers Harris, Hubert, and Hamish are said to appear in puppet form to entertain guests as they wait to meet Merida. Some reports have them meeting with Merida, but queue enterainment seems more likely. They will be using puppeteers from Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Disney Jr. to accomodate this Meet.
Tangled – The former Skyway station location in Fantasyland is being remade into not only new restrooms, but also a new Tangled themed area. Rumor has it that Rapunzel will move to this location later this year accomodating a constant meet & greet to keep the lines lessened. It also creates an additional merchandise opportunity because Rapunzel merch is extremely popular. If Rapunzel relocates, that frees up the Fairytale Garden for another storytime type experience or total makeover. Belle will move into Beast’s castle for Storytime with Belle and meet and greet and Ariel will relocate to her new area near in the new ride. That leaves Aurora, Cinderella and Snow White to move into the new Fairytale Hall Princess meet area to be built in the current Snow White’s Scary Adventures area that will be removed soon. That would also open additional indoor space in Town Square theater and the Adventureland Verandah would be open for another character or left empty.
Fairies – For the second year in a row, the Fairies will have an area avaiable for meet and greets during the Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. The festival will take place from March 7 to May 20th. Their meet area is said to be nearer to Test Track this year.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – The new interactive experience that takes place all over the Magic Kingdom has now gone live daily for extended testing. There are 20 different villains that one will be able to defeat using spell cards. Each area will offer 5 different villains and 3 skill levels. When you sign up at the old Firehouse in Town Square, you’ll be given one key card and 5 spell cards. There are 70 spell cards in all to collect and use. Combining more than one spell will create a special and unique spell. Sorcerers is said to contain over 95 minutes of new animated sequences featuring many rare characters like Mr. Toad. The new game will officially offer full operation beginning February 21. This game is sure to be a hit with older kids and tweens!
Winnie the Pooh & Tigger have now officially moved back into the Toy Shoppe in the the UK Pavillion in Epcot. I’m updating their schedule later today!