Arendelle’s Royal Family has made the move from Norway to Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. That’s not all that moved, so did the extremely long wait times. On Easter Sunday, the first day the sisters were appearing in the Magic Kingdom, the wait time was 2.5 hours immediately after opening and climbed up to 4 hours wait time mid-day. Times not dissimilar from their location in EPCOT.
The good news is that there is now Fastpass+, which means lucky guests can reserve a short waiting time for Disney’s most popular princesses. Resort guests will have first crack at times 60 days in advanced with off-site guests and annual passholders window opening at 30 days.
I’d had heard rumors that Anna and Elsa were all booked up through June 30th, but I was just able to find two weekend days in April with reservations available. That may be because Disney has been holding some slots in reserve or because others have canceled their Fastpass+ times making them available for me. The lesson is to not give up if every day of your vacation is reserved right now, keep checking and a time may become available.
I do expect those long standby lines to drop even further. The advantage of Princess Fairytale Hall is that more guests can see the princesses simultaneously. Disney is also working on ways to extend Anna and Elsa’s endurance. Right now they head off to dreamland at 7pm, (with a line cut off time of 5pm) but after some strong coffee & training, that should be extended to park hours. You’ll have to read between the lines as I don’t want to spoil the magic for younger eyes here.
Also, as Disney is wont to do, those posted wait times are slightly inflated. 2.5 hours may only be 2 hours and 4 hours may only be 3.5 hours. But, on the other hand, there are rare times when you may end up waiting longer (ie, a bunch of families entered the queue just before you and the sign hadn’t been changed yet). So YMMV.
I kinda miss the Frozen themed backdrop they had in Norway.
What is the longest you would wait to meet and greet with the hot character of the day at a Disney theme park?
(Photos Courtesy Disney. Matt Stroshane, photographer)
I have never been one into meeting the Disney characters for a one-on-one experience. But if I was, I think I would wait no more than 30 min to meet any of them.
Because of this post I checked again for fastpasses for my niece and nephew. While chatting with Disney to see if there was a faster way to search multiple days, the help desk person gave me this tip. Try to search selecting only the child (or if the child is to young, one child and one adult). That will often show up times when it says sold out. Then just copy from the one child to the other child, and usually that will get the kids in.
I’d almost given up for our trip next week – but just checked the app again and managed to get all 4 of us for a fast pass!! My girls are going to melt!! Hoping the fast pass lines go quickly and smoothly!