In the upcoming Disney•Pixar movie “Brave,” Merida is a headstrong teenager with a vibrant spirit and a softness of heart, struggling to take control of her own destiny. You’ll be able to discover Merida’s story when “Brave” opens in theaters June 22 and, beginning in mid-May, Merida will be coming to Disney Parks in an all-new character greeting experience.
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. Joining Merida will be the three bear cubs from the film, who will no doubt be up to plenty of mischief.
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.
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.”
“Regardless of where they find Merida,” said Reed, “Guests are really going to fall in love with her and the bears.”
Knowing this tidbit about the movie Brave turning into a whole fantastical Disney experience makes me truly anxious to get to San Francisco April 3rd through 5th for a screening of BRAVE during a Disney/Pixar press event! I get to tour the Walt Disney Family Museum and view Disneynature’s Chimpanzee. Not only that but I’ll learn a lot about the fiery red-headed Merida, I’ll take a Kilts 101 class and learn the History, Culture & Adornment of the Tartan. I am excited about learning the art behind archery and I truly wanna know all about the bagpipe! I’ve never even seen a real one in person!
My exciting trip will be fun too because it includes some fantastic ladies that I’ve met on a previous trip who are blogger moms all their own with lot so different blogging sites.
And my trip would not be complete without touring the beloved Pixar Studio! I get to talk to Story Artists, Production Designers and the like to find out the mystic behind creating Merida and the other Brave characters.
It’s a trip that will educational, stimulating and engaging.