The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure opened a new exhibit last week giving an in-depth preview of the new Fantasy Faire project at Disneyland. The new princess meet-and-greet village expands the borders of Fantasyland to the former Carnation Plaza Gardens area and gives a permanent home to princesses including Cinderella, Belle and Ariel. The new area is set to open this spring next to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Blue Sky Cellar gives an in-depth
preview of Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire

Disney California Adventure’s Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar reopened Saturday with a new exhibit previewing Disneyland’s under-construction Fantasy Faire project. The new exhibit features plenty of concept art, a complete scale model of the project and a new video preview with Imagineers.

The exhibit is divided up into different parts of the Imagineering creative process. Step 1: Research

Step 2: Blue Sky

Step 3: Concept

The new stage area, utilizing the old Carnation Plaza Gardens stage

New merch location

Step 4: Feasibility

The new Maurice’s Twisted Treats outdoor vending cart which will serve twisted bread sticks and Dole Whip drinks

Step 5: Implementation

A new medieval-style music box will feature Clopin from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

A new Figaro animatronic will keep watch over a bird in a cage in the new Fantasy Faire area

The center of the room features a full scale model of the new Fantasy Faire.

The area really looks like it’ll be a great-looking addition to the park.

Blue Sky Cellar Cast Members seem to have taken to enthusiastically telling guests that Walt Disney had always wanted to have a bigger Fantasyland (as apparently evidenced by early concept art), but was unable to due to money and technology. In a manner that borders on being aggressive, some cast members are telling guests that this project helps bring part of “Walt’s dream” to life. Yikes.

A glass case features a detail look at a newel post that will be part of the area

The screening room features a new video featuring Imagineers including Tony Baxter and Kim Irvine discussing Fantasy Faire.

Opening-day footage of Walt Disney dedicating Fantasyland

Tony discusses the detail and quality of the new Fantasy Faire

Kim Irvine tries her hardest to convince us that Walt and his original Imagineers including Herb Ryman and John Hench always wanted Fantasyland to extend in front of the Castle onto Main Street. Overall, the video is nice enough, but is it really necessary to invoke the name of Walt to justify a new project? It’s happening, it’s fine, just build it. There’s no need to try to convince us that this was Walt’s plan all along.

In the screening room, a “character facade sample wall” is on display.

A final display gives a quick look at the upcoming “Mickey and the Magical Map” production coming to the Fantasyland Theater.

OK, that wraps up our close-up look at the new Blue Sky Cellar exhibit. Thanks for reading — what do you think of Fantasy Faire?

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