Merida may not be your typical Disney princess, as it has been reported that Brave will not provide the character with a love interest. However, she will still join other princesses such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Belle, in character greeting appearances across Disney parks. Disney recently put out a casting call for Merida, seeking potential look-alikes who are between 5’4″ and 5’6″, and just today officially announced that Pixar’s first princess will be appearing at Disney World and Disneyland. After the jump, check out some cool concept art of how it will come together.
The Disney Parks Blog posted a few pieces of concept art demonstrating how the character greeting appearances will look. In Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Merida will be taking over the Fairytale Garden, the featured outdoor space which is currently occupied by Tangled‘s Rapunzel. The Garden’s new look will be inspired by Brave‘s Scottish locales. Accompanying her will be the three cubs from the film.
Over at Disneyland in California, Merida will be staking out a spot near the “It’s A Small World” ride:
Interestingly, this will be the first time that a Pixar character will have a speaking role in Disney Parks. Of course, characters from Pixar films such as Toy Story and The Incredibles can be found in Disney World and Disneyland, but they all wear costumes and are limited to body language.
The timeframe for when Merida’s character appearances will begin at both Parks is mid-May.
You can see Merida and the three cubs on the big screen in Brave starting June 22.