New Construction Underway at Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle
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It was reported earlier today that a crane has arrived at Fairytale Garden in Magic Kingdom Park.

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Merida Meet and Greet

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Meet and Greet Mirabel

Although not particularly noticeable to a casual Guest passing by, it is a clear sign that Disney is moving forward with its plans to remove the Merida meet and greet near the castle and introduce Mirabel from Encanto (2021). For the past decade, Merida from Pixar’s Brave (2012) welcomed theme park Guests in the garden next to Cinderella Castle. But earlier this month, she was relocated to a new spot at Liberty Square. Before Merida, those visiting the Magic Kingdom could meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in Fairytale Garden.

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rapunzel and eugene

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Walt Disney World Resort filed a permit for the construction back in June, signaling the retheme of the Fairytale Garden. The permit listed the Adena Corporation as the contractor, which has previously partnered with amusement park chains such as Six Flags and SeaWorld.

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The new Mirabel meet and greet will be decorated to resemble the Casa Madrigal from Encanto (2021). The Disney character has only previously appeared during runDisney races, and this will be her first permanent home in a theme Park since the movie came out two years ago.

The Family Madrigal from Encanto

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Green scrims have been erected around the location, and the new meet and greet will be open this fall, although an official date has yet to be posted.

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Another Disney Character?

In addition to her confirmed space, many Disney Park fans are also curious if there will be any other characters from Encanto (2021) meeting Guests there as well. Bruno is the one many people are speculating may join her (if anyone) due to Walt Disney World recently holding casting auditions for the character. Granted, these could just be for special appearances during holidays or parades, but you never know. Disney loves to tease ideas and surprise theme park Guests!

Disney Adventure Friends Calvalcade

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)