As Rapunzel’s tower takes to the heavens what begins to stand out is just how much both “it’s a small world” and Peter Pan’s Flight are in serious need for a refurbished facade (if nothing else). Although the poor theming of those two attractions are what is truly to blame you can’t help but notice it because of the next level of detail that the Tangled themed area is already starting to bring. It is going to be beautiful and we know already because it already is so. Even as construction crews feverishly pace to finish the project, the thatched roofs, stone walls, bridges and rock-work all come together for the thematic conclusion of Fantasyland. But of course, it is also a starting point for many who are entering New Fantasyland from Liberty Square and there concerns do arise.
From the vantage point of someone entering Fantasyland from Liberty Square or walking up to ride the Haunted Mansion, Rapunzel’s tower is a bit out-of-place at the moment. We are reserving our final judgement on the latter until Disney has completed the project but we hope this was seriously taken into consideration because the walk up to the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World is one of the most distinct and unique experiences at the Magic Kingdom. It may seem simple but the storyline begins as soon as you enter Liberty Square and one can feel it. At the moment that feeling is awkward and impeded upon but we shall have to wait and see.
On the other hand as we mentioned before, the area is going to be stunningly beautiful for what it is. You won’t miss Rapunzel’s Tower but it has been placed so that it comes into your view as you draw nearer. It is like turning a page on a book and it is great thematic storytelling. We will be back to show you the area when it is complete but for now enjoy the incredible close-up shots of the construction including some beautiful shots of Rapunzel’s tower with the Moon beside it!