The feisty red headed teenager Merida from Disney’s upcoming Movie Brave will is arriving with her Scottish Clan this May in Walt Disney World and Disneyland (California). Guests will be invited to join her clan in the new ‘play & greet experience’ where they can learn archery whilst they wait to meet her.
Joining Merida will be her 3 mischievous bear cub friends, which from the concept art look like they might be some kind of puppet/animatronic however this is unconfirmed and imagineers are just saying when asked “They will be bears!”. So we could see technology in place something like the other living creature initiatives like Muppet Labs or The Masks (Claude & Arnie) in the Adventurers Club.
According to Creative Director Reed Jones, “These new play and greet experiences at both parks will immerse our guests in ‘Brave,’ giving them the opportunity to be a part of Merida’s Scottish clan. And we’re all excited to have the bear cubs join Merida with their silly antics, creating a whole new way to bring our beloved Disney Characters to life.”
At Magic Kingdom Park, Merida will appear in Fairytale Garden in a setting inspired by her Scottish Highlands home, where young guests will be invited to engage in archery lessons and other activities until it’s their turn to meet her.
To prepare for Merida’s arrival, Rapunzel will be moving from Fairytale Garden April 15, to a new spot at the outskirts of Adventureland where she will continue to greet her loyal fans and subjects.
When visiting Disneyland park in California this summer, Merida and the cubs will find a home away from home near “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland, where guests will also be able to participate in activities inspired by Merida’s story.