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Disney Princesses’ “Royal Invitation” at Small World postshow reportedly postponed to 2012

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 at 00:01

Could one of the main attractions advertised for this year’s Magical Moments Festival not actually see its doors open until the 20th Anniversary? Reports originating on Disney Central Plaza forum suggest that Disney Princesses: A Royal Invitation is now due to open in 2012, rather than April of this year. The “attraction” replaces the former World Chorus post-show of “it’s a small world”, which closed last August to prepare for this invasion of tiaras and dresses. A small walk-through area, originally part of France Télécom’s sponsorship, it featured national landmarks with small animations playing in their windows, depicting children around the world uniting through technology.

While it will be sad to lose that delightful Paris exclusive, the new attraction doesn’t sound all bad. As Kristof on magicforum shared, it’s designed by Walt Disney Imagineering — rather than the park’s own Entertainment department — “and the area will be open even when there are no Princesses inside, since there will be interactive elements all over the place.” In fact, the concept seems to share much similarity with an attraction announced just today for Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland project.

To quote the press release, “In Princess Fairytale Hall, Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, such as Tiana and Rapunzel, will greet guests in their new home, an elegant royal court.” This new addition in Florida will have a much bigger footprint, as it takes over the current Snow White’s Scary Adventures dark ride, and arrives in place of the several separate princess encounters originally announced, but is due to open in late 2012. A connection, or just coincidence?

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  • Thanks for the info. Interesting to see what they are doing in WDW Fantasyland. The Snow White rides are too scary for young children I think, so I am not really surprised that this is being replaced.
    The Snow White rides are a good idea, but they need to concentrate more on the pleasant parts of the film, not just the bad and scary parts.

  • Not suprizing that this has been put off to 2012 with nothing rumored to be in development unless you include Star Tours 2 or Ratatoulie attraction which will not open untill 2013.

  • So what’s happening instead? The disney website still lists the royal invitation and has a meet and greet area on their map. I’m taking my 5 year old daugther at end of May and she’s desperate to meet the princesses. Anyone know whats the deal is currently?

  • Ian — There is currently a temporary tent structure providing a dedicated Princess meet ‘n’ greet just in front of Small World, near Fantasia Gelati. As expected, they’re advertising it using the name above as if that’s what was being marketed all along.

    The new permanent Princess Pavilion attraction will now probably open in 2012 and we’ll have a report on what to expect soon!

  • Carys Humphreys  21st August 2011, 21:42

    I’m going there on november 28th-2nd december 2011 and i see video of the it’s a small world post-show on youtube and it looks fantastic but if is it closed that mean i won’t be able to see the post-show for myself.

    On the magicforum website torillien said that in the last week of june when she want to DLRP it was open because she said this: infact it was as there were kids in it .. my 4 year old loves IASW and looked but didn’t want to go and play .

    So does that mean it has re-open or is it still closed.

    Please tell me weather it open or closed on november 28th-2nd december 2011.

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