The inside is practically unrecognizable from its time as the post-show room at the exit of It's a Small World. Stone walls, ornate carved columns and cornicing, eight beautiful backlit stained glass windows and eight crystal artifacts representing each princess line the queue. The lighting is subtle yet certainly high-tech: the torches on the walls dance in a realistic flicker, the artifacts are lit by fiber optics and change color. Particularly stunning is the flower for Rapunzel, who rightly won the eighth spot over Mulan, which bursts into golden light from within just as in the film. A long wait it may have, but at least guests are now warm, inside and surrounded by top-quality Disney design work.
Magic Kingdom version
According to the Hall’s storyline, the hall is a gift from the King to Cinderella and acts as a place where she and other princesses can greet subjects.
Guests enter through a tournament tent structure and walk past elaborate cut stone walls and stained glass windows featuring scenes and characters from favorite Disney Princess films. The guests then enter into the Royal Gallery, where portraits of the Disney Princesses align the walls, as you wait to be greeted by a Princess. Cinderella and Rapunzel have been part of the attraction since it opened. From September 2013 through April 2014, Cinderella and Rapunzel each shared a reception room with a visiting Princess including Aurora, Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine or Mulan. From April 20, 2014 to June 16, 2016, guests could meet Anna and Elsa in one room while Cinderella and Rapunzel could be greeted in the other. Beginning June 17, 2016, Cinderella does meet-and-greets alongside Aurora while Rapunzel shares her room with Tiana. Starting November 24, 2016, Princess Elena will be doing meet-and-greets alongside Cinderella.