Apparently, Disney was only about 36 hours late in the construction of the new Fairy Meet and Greet, officially named “Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook.” I was told it would be opening this morning, but it actually opened yesterday afternoon at about 12:30pm. As you’ll recall, I had a few images of the Fairies meeting outside on the Adventureland Veranda Porch this past Thursday. As we’ll see later, it was well worth an extra few hours of waiting. This is basically a permanent Meet and Greet for the time being. We may or may not see them incorporated into the Fantasyland Expansion. They shouldn’t be going anywhere between now and the end of next year though.
Here I am actually following my own advice for once. This is 8:30am this morning at our most recommended Park, Magic Kingdom.
The Morning Show begins around 8:50am. This one seemed abridged, though I had my face in my phone. I don’t recall dancing, the mayor doing his usual spiel, or the introduction of the family of the day, but it was very early in the morning. I might not have been processing yet.
Usually, the crowd will be allowed to enter Main Street right after the conclusion of the Morning Show, which is around 8:55am. From there, you’ll find another set of ropes at the entrance to each Land. We were let into Adventureland at 8:57am.
Here’s the entrance to the new Fairy Meet and Greet. The first image is looking directly at the building, the next image shows the view as you look diagonally to the right, and then the third image shows the Adventureland Bridge from the same standing location. Hopefully that gives you an idea about exactly where this is.
There’s a sign outside that displays the current wait time (where the blank space currently is). It wasn’t particularly accurate this morning, but it may get better in time. I recommend peeking your head inside the building to see how many people are in line. You can see the entire queue area from the door- the only additional queue is “through the portal” where only three or four groups are waiting to meet the Fairies.
This was very cute. Aladdin and Jasmine were knocking on the door to wake up Tinker Bell. The Fairies currently appear from 9:15am through one hour before Park close.
This is the left side of the queue area as you enter the door. It isn’t themed much at all. There are some paintings that you see in front of you and the large image in the middle is actually a panel that plays film sequences and images.
More queue area out to the right. This is a very long queue, but luckily the area is gloriously air-conditioned. It may seem hotter when more people are in line though. I’ll be keeping a close eye on wait times moving forward. These indoor “less obvious” Meet and Greets seem to be much less crowded than the outdoor ones, just because they aren’t particularly obvious. Most people will walk right by this building. Still, as we’ll see in a minute, it doesn’t take a lot of people for wait times to increase substantially in a hurry.
There’s a bit of a storyline here. This is the “portal” that shrinks everyone that goes through it. In other words, you’re five inches tall now too. That’s why Tinker Bell seems so big when she’s supposed to be so small.
I was really taken aback by the setting, considering the lack of detail in the queue area. It’s a stunning backdrop, full of vivid colors and detail. No one is going to be disappointed.
Tinker Bell appears with one other Fairy – either Rosetta or Vidia at the moment. You get a minute or two with each separately and depending on the interaction, the two of them may discuss things together. They’re happy to sign autograph books (called Leaf Guides or some such here) and the interaction was very much in character.
I think this is now the best Meet and Greet Resort-wide. It’s an intimate experience for the kids and the setting is superb. The Fairies are perfectly cast and the interaction is top notch. The only potential problem moving forward is going to be wait times. Assuming the Fairies spend two minutes with each group, it doesn’t take a lot of people to push that wait time into the 40+ minute range.