Enchanted Tales with Belle

Opened: December 6, 2012.

Location:

In New Fantasyland to the left of Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning.

Attraction Length: 30 minutes.

Type: Interactive show.

Similar To: Unique in that it blends animatronics, character interaction, and technology into an experience that is unlike most others.

Requirements: None.

Scary Factor: Only the anxiety over whether or not you’re going to get picked to participate.

What to Expect:

Guests first line up outside Maurice’s Cottage.

Once inside the first room, there are a few things to look at before proceeding.

The next room features one of Disney’s better recent effects. I won’t spoil the surprise.

In the next room, an animatronic Wardrobe explains that we’re about to put on a show for Belle in the library.

Here’s a video of how that goes. A young child is usually selected to play the role of Beast. If your child would like to be that character, prepare them to offer an enthusiastic roar when the cast member is searching out a volunteer.

Finally, the little play is performed with Belle in attendance. The Lumiere animatronic in particular is neat in this room.

Overall, it can get kind of awkward depending on who is performing.

Where to Sit:

In the final room in the library, bench seating is provided in several rows. For the best view, sit in the front row. In the rows further back, sit towards the center. If you don’t have a family member participating in the show, consider sitting further back so others have a better opportunity to take pictures. PhotoPass is also on hand.

FastPass+: Yes, high priority. Enchanted Tales is a low capacity attraction and because of that, there are relatively few FastPass+ to go around. The length of the attraction also makes it a good choice in the afternoon because visiting it early in the morning when waits will be short takes so much time. So if you do Enchanted Tales first thing, it will take about 30 minutes, compared to ten minutes at something like Peter Pan’s Flight. That means that by the time you finish Enchanted Tales, waits will already be materializing at high priority attractions. For those reasons, Enchanted Tales is a smart choice for a late morning or afternoon FastPass+.

What You Miss Using FastPass+:

FastPass+ users head to the left, while standby guests head right down the winding queue outside the cottage.

FastPass+ users then proceed directly into Maurice’s Workshop, bypassing the living room area almost completely.

You’re not really missing much, but you will miss some artwork and some fun set pieces that help pass the time for those in standby.

Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 30 minutes.

4th FastPass+ Availability:

Expect to Wait:

When to Go: Ideally, use FastPass+ later in the day. Waits are otherwise short before 10am, during the afternoon parade usually between 2:30pm and 3:30pm, or as late in the evening as possible.

Rating: 7/10. This one is difficult to quantify because no two shows are the same and the quality depends largely on who cast members pick to perform the role of Beast. Without kids, most people will want to consider skipping the attraction entirely, particularly with the long duration. Those with young kids or those who enjoy Disney magic will get more out of it.

Commentary: This is a “one and done” for most people, particularly those without young kids interested in participating in the show portion. There’s enough here that most people that haven’t experienced it and have two or three days at Magic Kingdom will likely want to fit this in, but it doesn’t seem to generate a lot of glowing reviews.

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