A long time ago (well, back in May, 2012), in a land far, far away (well, in the Magic Kingdom), there was a classic Disney dark ride: Snow White’s Scary Adventures. It was one of the opening day attractions that visitors enjoyed on October 1, 1971. The Snow White attraction was a fan favorite (especially for one boy who rode it 3,500 times, but that is a story for another day).
But nothing can stop progress or princesses.
On September 18, 2013, Disney officially opened the replacement attraction that takes over Snow White’s former digs: Princess Fairytale Hall.
The Disney Princesses have officially moved out of their temporary home in the Town Square Theater on Main Street USA. Interestingly, every time I walked by their temporary home, there was a longer standby wait time for the princesses than there was for Mickey Mouse himself.
Hello Permanent Home
Princess Fairytale Hall is the permanent home to Cinderella and Rapunzel. You can always see one of these two princesses for each wait. That makes sense, since Cinderella lives in the Magic Kingdom in (wait for it) Cinderella Castle, and Rapunzel also lives in the Magic Kingdom in the new Tangled rest area.
One other princess, like Snow White or Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, will visit each of the permanent princesses. It’s like you get one guaranteed princess (either Cinderella or Rapunzel) and one bonus princesses on each visit.
The new home is fit for a princess and has a wonderfully regal feeling. Unique lighting including detailed chandeliers, stained glass, plenty of stone-work, and impressive portraits decorate the waiting area. Portraits include Aurora, Mulan, and Tiana.
Just before you visit the princesses you can check out Cinderella’s glass slipper, and boy does it shine! I’m not sure if is radioactive or just uses some other magic trick, but it is truly dazzling.
Cinderella and her visiting princess are in one room, and Rapunzel and her friend are in another.
Their rooms include fairytale paintings and a table filled with books that include the original title of the fairytale in its original language. The book for Snow White is open as a tribute to Snow White’s Scary Attraction that formerly occupied this space.
Some fans were upset when Disney closed the classic, opening-day attraction of Snow White’s Scary Adventures. They argued that Disney removed a ride, and replaced it with a meet-and-greet, which wasn’t a great trade.
As mentioned above, in their former temporary home on Main Street, the princesses normally had longer wait times than Mickey Mouse. Princesses are popular, wildly popular. The Disney Princess line brings in $4 billion a year in merchandise and $2 billion a year in movie ticket sales.
Video tour of Princess Fairytale Hall.
Should Disney have replaced Snow White’s Scary Adventures with Princesses?