Scrim has been added to the former Merida meet and greet area at Magic Kingdom’s Fairytale Gardens, ahead of a re-theme for Mirabel from “Encanto.”
Scrim Added to Former Merida Meet and Greet Area
As you can see in the photos, dark green scrim now covers the entrance and surrounding walls of the meet and greet area.
The “Brave”-themed tapestries are still up in this area, though it likely won’t be long before those come down. The green awning is also hanging up above. The sign displaying Merida’s clan symbol is also still here.
Guests looking for Merida can now find her in Liberty Square, under the Enchanted Glade Gazebo. Her meet and greet was relocated there on July 9.
Mirabel Meet and Greet
After much speculation and an original March announcement that Mirabel and Moana would be hosting new meet and greets at Walt Disney World, Disney filed a permit in June to re-theme the Fairytale Garden in Magic Kingdom for a Mirabel meet and greet. The permit contracts the Adena Corporation, a construction contractor that has previously partnered with amusement parks like SeaWorld and Six Flags, as well as worked on commercial and retail projects, schools, healthcare facilities, and housing facilities.
Mirabel from the hugely popular “Encanto” film has previously only appeared for meet and greets at Walt Disney World during runDisney races.
She has been appearing regularly in the Adventure Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom since June 2022.
In California, Mirabel has already appeared for meet and greets at the Disneyland Resort. She debuted in Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure for Viva Navidad festivities in 2021.
She later appeared at Disneyland Park, in front of a mural of her family.
Mirabel returned to Paradise Gardens Park in 2022, where her backdrop consists of a painted wall and her family’s magic candle.
We can expect Fairytale Gardens to have similar theming to Mirabel’s meet and greets at Disneyland. Disney has not yet announced a specific opening date for the Mirabel meet and greet thus far.
Mirabel’s mysterious uncle Bruno also made his Disney Parks debut at Disney California Adventure during Oogie Boogie Bash in 2022. Walt Disney World has recently posted a casting call for Bruno look-alikes, though we don’t yet know if this is for a meet and greet, cavalcade appearance, or something else.
“Encanto” tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a charmed Casita, surrounded by the mystical land of Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them — each child except Mirabel, it seems. When the family’s home is threatened, though, Mirabel may become their only hope.
The voice cast includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Alma aka Abuela; John Leguizamo as Bruno; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín; and Diane Guererro and Jessica Darrow as Mirabel’s sisters, Isabela and Luisa. Also lending their voices are Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo as Mirabel’s aunt and uncle, Pepa and Félix; and Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Mirabel’s cousins Dolores, Camilo and Antonio, respectively.
This film features all-new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”). It was directed by Byron Howard (“Zootopia,” “Tangled”) and Jared Bush (co-director of “Zootopia”), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer for “The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez”), and produced by Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino. Bush and Castro Smith served as screenwriters.
Are you looking forward to seeing Merida’s former meet and greet area transform for Mirabel from “Encanto”? Or will you miss the old experience here? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.