Yeah, and I thought the cottage, for the Enchanted Tales With Belle attraction, was nice looking as well. Though, I thought the attraction itself was a letdown! Even if the special effects are really good!
That was mostly the hype--
Every time Disney builds something, the so-called "Armchair Imagineer" fan community thinks "It's an E-ride! It's the next Space Mountain Everest!"
No, it isn't...One of my best times with the niece/nephew was seeing Belle do her audience-participation show at the Rose Garden next to the castle (partly because I considered myself an authority on Magic Kingdom geography, and didn't even know that Garden had anyone in it at the time)--And when that was moved out to make room for Rapunzel and Merida to get their turn at marketing, I heard the description for Belle's new attraction and knew right away what it was.
I considered myself as having the advantage that way--It's good for what it is, but what you "expect" is your problem.
So far, the new Fantasyland is a mixed bag for me, as I am still not happy that the Snow White ride was shut down.
I remember the very first trip as a kid--back when it didn't have the "Scary" warning--seeing "Oh, a Snow White ride, how cute!" and getting a speedy ghost-train ride where the Witch leaped out at you. Even with the warning and now less-scary "plot" ride, always thought it seemed like a mean trick--Now, at least, we're getting the "plot" ride built without the nasty stuff.
As for the Princess Hall, they got that from the Disney Moms, and what they found out is that there's so much hype on the "Meet the princesses!" breakfasts and the real character meets were so hidden away (meet Cinderella at Mickey's County Fair??), some moms LITERALLY didn't know you could meet human characters outside of the Breakfasts--Which were already so cutthroat among the fans to grab reservations, much of the reservation system had to be changed after one deranged group of uber-fans was caught scalping reservations online.
Hopefully, they've learned the value of saying "Here! The free characters are over HERE!" in their marketing, and that should take some of the crowds out of the castle restaurants....Geez, I miss the old Epcot Norway restaurant.