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Beloved Magic Kingdom Experience FINALLY Returns!

We’re thrilled to see more and more experiences returning to Walt Disney World Resort. Now, a surprise return arrived this past weekend at Magic Kingdom Park.

The Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort theme parks have slowly but surely been reopening Disney experiences after COVID-19 closures in 2020. Two years later, we’re still seeing the return of fan favorites.

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And while some experiences are missing or have reached the Disney chopping block, we are excited that Magic Kingdom Park is truly starting to look like its old self once again.

With the return of fan favorites such as the Festival of Fantasy Parade and character dining experiences, including Winnie the Pooh and Friends returning to The Crystal Palace, the “new normal” is giving off those pre-COVID vibes at Magic Kingdom Park.

The latest Disney experience to return to Magic Kingdom is the stunning red-haired Princess we all know and love as Merida!

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That’s right, Merida from Disney’s animated film Brave (2012) is once again greeting Guests in her Fairytale Garden within the Fantasyland portion of the Disney Park.

Located beautifully in the shadow of Cinderella Castle, next to Cheshire Café, Merida is back, welcoming lads and lassies for a perfect photo opportunity and autograph.

Merida keeps a busy schedule with daily character meet and greet times, including 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.

Disney describes the theme park meet and greet experience with, “Welcome, Lads and Lassies! Join Merida, Princess of DunBroch, inside Fairytale Garden. Hear tales of her passion for archery and all her very Brave adventures.”

Merida has also been in the buzz of the Disney fandom as fans of Brave are curious if Disney will be making a live-action movie of the original animated film. Fans are even suggesting which actress would make the perfect Merida, including the mention of Karen Gillan.

Be sure to drop by Magic Kingdom to welcome back Princess Merida!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.