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January 15, 2013

Disneyland's Fantasy Faire Project Making Progress as Spring Opening Quickly Approaches

Today, with the targeted 2013 opening of Disneyland's all new Fantasy Faire right around the corner, the Disney Parks Blog gave readers a quick glimpse into this interactive experience that will give guests of all ages the opportunity to meet with up to three of their favorite, classic Disney Princesses in an environment of regal proportions!
Fantasy Faire renderings (Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog)

Even though the future location of Fantasy Faire is currently barricaded with temporary construction walls, it's hard not to let the imagination run wild with ideas of how the finished product will look! While enjoying a delicious grilled cheese at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Cafe last month, I enjoyed great views of the project and was amazed at the amount of detail that has already gone into the buildings.  The Storybook Village is definitely taking shape as it prepares to welcome its first guests this Spring.

The Disney Parks Blog reported that the main attraction in Fantasy Faire will be Royal Hall, a very richly decorated area with lots of added touches to enhance the "regal" experience which will serve as the princess meet and greet area!

Royal Hall Meet and Greet renderings (Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog)

“After walking into our main character greeting entrance, you will first go through a garden-like setting before entering the building. Once inside the Royal Hall, it will be a beautiful gothic interior with nice wallpaper, wall cresting, wood finishes and chandeliers.” - Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director of Fantasy Faire for Walt Disney Imagineering

As Mom to a five year old princess, I have to say I'm really excited that this immersive meet and greet experience will be located front and center in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Castle.  I think it will really just add to the "WOW Factor" experienced when you first spy the castle when walking up Main Street.  I will admit that the sentimental side of me will definitely miss the nostalgic Carnation Plaza Gardens but on the bright side, this whimsical fairy tale village will look like something straight out of a storybook and will perfectly match the aesthetic of the castle area and will serve as a place for guests of all ages to create extra special Disney memories shortly after entering the park without having to venture back to the often overlooked former Princess Fantasy Faire location near the back of the park!

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