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March 6, 2013

A First Look Inside Disneyland's Fantasy Faire Before the Grand Opening

The Happiest Place on Earth just KEEPS getting Happier! Today, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a special Media Preview of Disneyland's brand new Fantasy Faire which opens to the public on March 12th.  If you haven't heard, Fantasy Faire is an enchanted storybook village situated in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Castle.  This enchanted new area will serve as the new meet and greet home for Disney's Princesses including Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Rapunzel, and Belle.

Guests of Fantasy Faire will not only have the chance to meet with the princesses in the charming and magical environmental of Royal Hall, but will also be able to enjoy two exciting and hilarious stage shows in Royal Theatre.  The tales of Rapunzel and Belle are retold throughout the day by the comical duo Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, a pair of vaudeville-style storytellers similar to those from Renaissance days.  Rapunzel and Belle join the talented cast during their prospective shows and will remain in the audience to meet with guests following the performances.

One of the first things you'll notice as you enter Fantasy Faire is the amount of great detail that has gone into the design.  Today I truly felt as if I'd walked into a fairy tale village like those from my childhood storybooks.  After walking a gorgeous, winding path leading up to the entrance of Royal Hall, you'll notice those magical little touches that the Imagineers added to help enhance this amazing and immersive experience.

Look closely and you might just catch a glimpse of Geppetto's cat Figaro as he snoozes on window ledge.  Watch for a while as he is awakened and comes to life which is a great surprise for unsuspecting guests.  Another beautiful enhancement is Clopin's Music Box, an interactive mechanical toy which represents the Feast of Fools from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  The beautiful artwork inside of the music box moves to and fro as you turn the crank.  Be sure to listen for the beautiful tune. Finally, serving as the centerpiece of the Fantasy Fair Courtyard is the Tangled Tower which is a beautiful and ornate stone sculpture inspired by Disney's Tangled.  You can even see Rapunzel, herself looking out over the village and at night her hair, which twists around the tower, comes to life with twinkling lights.

And a royal day at Fantasy Faire could not be complete without a sweet drink or Pastry Twist from Maurice's Treats.  Today we had a chance to sample the Boysen Apple Freeze and the Chocolate Twist, and let's just say there wasn't a bite or drop leftover!  There's a great view of Sleeping Beauty Castle from Maurice's Treats cart, so be sure to savor the view before your savor your goodies!

Lovely view from within the walls of Fantasy Faire.

And on the way out, don't forget to stop into Fairy Tale Treasures for the finest goods in all the land!  From Princess gowns to tiaras and autograph books, this is your one stop shop for all things "royal."  Today my little one entered as a typical 5 year old and left a PRINCESS!

Princess Fantasy Faire is a truly magical and immersive experience for Disneyland guests of all ages.  The village itself is intricate and beautiful, the shows are perfect for the little ones but will keep the young at heart entertained as well, the princess interaction is priceless, Maurice's snacks are super tasty, and there's something for every prince and princess at Fairy Tale Treasures!  Be sure to visit Disneyland and Fantasy Faire soon to experience the enchantment for yourself!  Fantasy Faire opens March 12th.

**Disclosure: I attended this behalf as part of my Disney parks Moms Panel position. All opinions are my own.


Gina Rau said...

Wow, there sure are a lot of changes to the area since we were just there last summer! I'm sure my daughter will love the new features and experiences, but we have such special memories of the princess story time down at the old Videopolis stage. I'm a little sad to see that change but mainly for sentimental reasons.

Thanks for the sneak peak! Not sure when we'll get down there again but hopefully while my daughter still finds these things special and magical.

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