1) The Newly Renovated Royal Hall
This is the Fantasyland home of the Disney princesses. It’s the place to go to meet the Disney princesses. And I don’t mean a wave-by as you see a princess across the street. I mean a real-life intimate conversation, hug and picture with 3–that’s right, 3–of your favorite princesses. Guests are invited, not crammed in or rushed through so lines could be long. Once inside, it’s a royal experience with velvet ropes and red carpet so that everyone feels special – even the cool teenagers could not resist.
Next to the Royal Hall is the Royal Theatre, a venue for two new princess-based live stage shows, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled.” Sound redundant? It’s not. I was assured by moms in the audience that “Tangled” was as good or even better than “Beauty and the Beast.” And I LOVED the “Beauty and the Beast” show because it was well done, includes humor for kids and adults and has some terrific music. It’s a great opportunity to introduce young kids to live theatre.
This is another live theater venue in which technology meets live actors for a well-done production of select Disney stories and characters that literally come to life. Top-notch music, graphics, animation and a morally thoughtful storyline combine for an entertaining show for all ages. These days, it feels like every new movie has more tech than acting. I appreciate that Kevin Eld, creative director for Disney Worldwide, is passionate about introducing young audiences to live theatre
After the Star Tours ride, plan to spend some time in the gift shop if your kids spot the droid-building station there. Thousands of droid pieces are set up LEGO-style in bins where little hands can reach them. Actually big hands too. I saw plenty of 20-somethings and parents digging for the perfect piece to complete their personalized Star Wars-inspired Droid to take home.