We’ve know each other a while now, so I think we ought to be honest with one another. Don’t you agree? We’ve all known that Beauty and the Beast was coming to DMK. After an accidental button click sent an icon with Belle’s face to Google Play much too early, the cat was out of the bag. I didn’t report on that story though because I like things to be nice and official. Well, today we got a string of images on DMK’s instagram that I think makes this announcement pretty darn official. Take a look for yourself.
Not long after that point, we also got an update on the Facebook Header Image for Disney Magic Kingdoms, as rose petals fall from above, signalling that a timer has begun on a curse and a tale as old as time.
That’s right! We can now pretty much confirm that Beauty and the Beast will be the next set of characters to grace us with their presence. As always, I like to take a stab at what might be in store for us. We’ll start with the characters we might see, listing from most probable to least, and then talk about some Attractions as well as costumes that might be heading our way. So now, I invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents, your dinner…er…I mean…predictions for the next update! WOOO!
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Belle will be part of the lineup. After all, she is the star! Not to mention her face was on the icon that was accidentally released. She’ll probably be the first character we recruit as the whole story pretty much hinges on her saving her father, getting Stockholm syndrome, and falling in love with a hairy man with attitude problems.
The Beast also has to be a staple, though I could see him being the last character we recruit before fighting the big baddie at the end. One interesting thing to consider is that most of the characters that come to us are actually being recruited in a world where the story of their films have ended. This brings up the point that Beast will, as is typical for Disney, still be a big hairy monster. It begs the question as to how all of this will fit into the DMK storyline and at what point in the film these characters will be joining us.
Definitely the villain of this update, Gaston needs no introduction. No one spits like him. No one fights like him. No other character can claim to be roughly the size of a barge. What Gaston really makes me wonder is if the replacement of the air balloon this time around will be the Beast’s Castle and if the fight will happen there. Again, Gaston dies at the end of the film, so we’d have to be welcoming these characters sometime within the timeframe of Beauty and the Beast, pre-curse breaking.
If Maurice IS one of the characters, I think he’d be the second one we welcome. You know, that second character who is never someone we really want, but we welcome them anyway just to progress the storyline. Perhaps he’ll invent a way to recruit Donald easier. I think we’d all appreciate that.
I think this could EASILY be an event, BUT I tend to think it’s not since there are just SO MANY great characters to welcome here. If Lumiere is not in there, I would die of shock. In fact, I think Lumiere makes for a good gem character as he’s one of the characters that everyone would want, but doesn’t necessarily need to be there for the main story to move along.
Another character that could make the cut for gem character is Cogsworth, though I tend to think he won’t be simply because he’s sort of downer and no one wants to BUY a downer.
Honestly, who will sing “Tale as old as time, true as it can be,” if Mrs. Potts isn’t there?
While I think it’s highly possible that Chip WON’T be a Welcome character, I like the idea of he and Mrs. Potts coming as a duo. It would be a first for DMK, but I think it would be super fun to see.
As much as I love Lefou, I think he is a character that won’t make the cut. That’s unfortunate because I think the dialogue and “Plan Making” between he and Gaston practically writes itself.
Phillipe probably won’t make the cut. After all, we already have a horse and a reindeer, but he’s worth mentioning for the cuteness factor. Plus, if we get enough animals in the park, we can have a farming mini-game!
I mean…we won’t get this guy, but wow is he creepy. I personally hope we can welcome him AND kids have wishes to see him, but only the kids who dress in all black and listen to All-American Rejects. Also I hope he becomes essential for all future Donald costumes.
When we got that sneak peek at the icon, some buildings could clearly be seen behind Belle’s face. Here are the attractions I think we are most likely to see.
This is a NO-BRAINER. I think it will be the last building to grab and it will probably cost a fortune, but I will pay anything. ANYTHING I SAY!!
Simply for the fun factor of the look and for being one of the most recognizable buildings in the film, Maurice’s Workshop has a very high probability of being an attraction. Did I mention I’ll need some space to put all of this? I mean, the workshop might be fine, but I can guarantee Beast’s Castle fits NOWHERE in may park at present.
Because where will he hang all the trophy’s if he doesn’t have a tavern to do it? Also, if I learned anything from the Pirates update, Taverns are a GREAT place to “Hatch a Plan.”
Something interesting to come out of the icon launching too early was that we first got Belle in her gown and THEN got a second icon with Belle in her normal blue dress. This leads me to wonder if we might get a costume change for these characters.
Belle and Beast Royal Dress
I would guess we would start these characters off with normal costumes and then have to collect tokens once more to get them ready for their majestic dance.
Is This an Event?
That final question has got me really diving deep with all of this. When I think about all the potential of Beauty and the Beast and how many characters there are and things like costume changes, I almost think it won’t be an event. There’s simply too much here, and these are characters that I could see easily fitting into the main storyline and giving us that big chunk of content we’ve been hoping for since forever. My guess right now is that it won’t be an event, BUT I’ve been wrong before so we’ll just have to wait and see.
So who do you think we’re getting? And what attractions? Will there be other costumes? Is it an event? Let me know in the comments below! I am dying to hear your thoughts!!
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I agree with your choice of attractions. Of your first 7 characters, since there will probably be only 6 I would eliminate Maurice. My guess is that if more land is opened up, it will be to the left behind Small World and maybe even directly behind Small World if we’re lucky. But if no more land is opened up, what attractions would you recommend putting in storage? I have each area arranged by theme so I would have to give up all in any area. Hopefully, we won’t have to make a choice.
I tend to store a few more of my building because I don’t like a crowded park. That being said, I’ve stashed away the Energy Rings, The Magic Lamp Theatre, and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. I kinda audit my attractions after each event to gauge their novelty and usefulness. For example, the Kraken is on the stash list because all my PotC toons are max level and that attraction is gigantic. Magic Carpets doesn’t have any usefulness right now, and the Lamp Theatre will only come out when i choose to level Prince Charming and need his gloves.
I loved reading your thoughts about how DMK will do Beauty and the Beast. I pretty much agree with you (and honestly,I haven’t seen the movie dozens of times so I don’t have a ton of opinions – I am super hyped about the new movie being a fan of both Dan and Emma because of their previous projects!)
I really hope you are right about this being added to the storyline and hopefully it’ll also mean they’ll open up more land in Fantasyland for those of us who want a little more space to spread out and to accommodate the Beauty and the Beast goodies. I’m thinking that since this is the next big thing and the game has been a little quiet since Mulan ended, there is a good chance of our wishes being granted, but I guess only time will tell (or a developer Livestream, LOL!)
Until then, anxiously awaiting…
It will be a crime if the back left corner of Fantasyland isn’t unlocked with this update. I’m actually hoping for the rest of Tomorrowland to be unlocked as well.
As for the characters, I think the top candidates are Belle, Beast, Gaston, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts. I can’t see Maurice taking one of those characters spots, but you never know… That being said, it’s a potentially big roster. It would be very interesting to see how the three castle-object characters move (or hop) around. Maybe this update will continue the story! Eh, who am I kidding, it’s probably an event…
The costume idea is cool. If they EVER add Aladdin, we could see a prince Ali costume. But some of the tasks now can change the characters appearances (like Roz). So they could do something like that.
What do u mean change the characters apperances?
The Magic Kingdoms Twitter feed posted 3 hours ago indicating a “big reveal” coming in 14 days. It has an image of an open book with the number 14 inside it. The background is shades of blue/purple and there are rose petals falling all around. Sounds like an event but I really hope it is not. I need a reprieve from breakneck gaming and/or premium purchases…
There’s a spot behind and to the left of It’s a Small World that to me looks like Belle’s village, complete with a fountain and Maurice’s cart. Makes sense to open that space. I also think one of those buildings is Maurice’s workshop, so not sure it will be one you’d need to acquire.
It is, or atleast I too think it’s Belle’s and been planning how I’m gonna put Belle’s stuff there
Oooh, could we costume change between the Beast and him as the prince!?
Or have both characters
In response to the comment that the next update will be Beauty and the Beast, Disney Magic Kingdoms response was: “You’d think that’s the only thing that’s coming. ;)”. So now there’s speculation about more land, Chip & Dale, etc. among other guesses. We’ll have to see what clues they give between now and March 10th.
Kathy, I agree about the space behind small word. I’m sure I will love this update but I do desperately need more space. My OCD Is full blown with my arrangements. For me, the lack of space is one of my bigger complaints. A few cycles ago we did the event and it seems we would unlock the portion near the boat. I was disappointed when that abruptly stopped.
I really hope they unlock some land. I already have several attractions in storage, so the beauty and the beast update would require me to remove even more 😦
I would just like to add that there is a possibility that the real Beauty and the Beast attractions from the Disney Parks could end up in the game. The “Be Our Guest Restaurant” “Enchanted Tales with Belle” (this is the cottage) and “Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage” Also Tokyo Disneyland is making an all new Beauty and the Beast area and attraction.
Beauty and the beast sounds great. I do hope Belle gets to change dresses and the beast turns into the prince too.
Has anyone gotten past the green portal/barrier to the left of it’s a small world? If not, when will they open it up?
I For one would love to see both beast and Adam
BTW cogsworth was my fav growing up. I want him