The left two uniforms represent Village Folks who live in Fantasyland, and they'll be seen
on hosts and hostesses. The more regal costume at right will be worn by character hosts.
Disney World officials previewed more cast-member costumes that will be worn in new areas of Fantasyland, which is in the midst of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.
New attractions mean new stories for Disney to tell, says Eric Jacobson, senior vice president for creative of Walt Disney Imagineering.
"As we look at these new stories and environments we want to make sure that the costumes themselves tell the story and complete the picture with our cast members," he says.
Costumes, modeled on mannequins at the theme park on Wednesday, had a "villager" feel to them, with earth tones, blousy sleeves, tunics and knee-length pants. Some had more regal looks — this is princess territory, remember — with elaborate fabrics and hats.
Disney costume designers and Imagineers researched the time periods from "Beauty and the Beast" and"The Little Mermaid,"two films that are featured in the Fantasyland expansion, Jacobson says.
The overall look must be balanced with the practicality of real-life work shifts.
"These cast members aren't always in one location so we wanted to do something that felt like the village folk who live in Fantasyland," Jacobson says. "That's their home. They're home in the time period, in the story we're telling and in the location they're at."
These two looks will be sported by folk who work in merchandise
jobs in the expansion.
This outfit will be seen on workers around Gaston's Tavern
, a part of the expansion based on "Beauty and the Beast."
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