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.

This is the latest addition to the New Fantasyland, and is perhaps the last major piece of the Fantasyland overhaul, except for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

Princess Fairytale Hall is located in the shadow of Cinderella Castle.

Princess Fairytale Hall is located in the shadow of Cinderella Castle.

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.

Great Décor

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.

Great details in the queue, like this stained glass.

Great details in the queue, like this stained glass.

Sneak peek of Aurora's portrait beyond the arch.

Sneak peek of Aurora’s portrait beyond the arch.

Each portrait, like this one of Mulan, is beautiful.

Each portrait, like this one of Mulan, is beautiful.

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.

Check out the sparkle of this glass slipper!

Check out the sparkle of this glass slipper!

Cinderella and her visiting princess are in one room, and Rapunzel and her friend are in another.

Cinderellas greets guests in the most royal of ways.

Cinderellas greets guests in the most royal of ways.

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.

A nice tribute to Snow White's Scary Adventures in this book.

A nice tribute to Snow White’s Scary Adventures in this book.

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.

Guess what's at the exit?  A gift shop of course!

Guess what’s at the exit?  A gift shop of course!

Get your princess merchandise here.

Get your princess merchandise here.

But you can’t argue with the business logic of princesses.

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?