Disney Imagineers give a sneak peek of the Fantasy Faire at the Blue Sky Cellar

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on January 21, 2013 at 5:48 am with 37 Comments

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Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  1. Great Update Andy

    I love the detail in the Blue Sky Celler, but the way they are pushing that this was Walt’s idea is a bit intrusive. Still, I can’t wait to see it in person.

    Thanks Again Andy

    Trumpet

    • Actually a fantasyland that extends before the castle was Walt’s idea. Research it.

      • I do remember reading that in a book. However, I think the way the Cast Members are trying to push the Fantasy Fair is a bit too much of what Walt would have wanted.

  2. Yes, only know, after FIFTY SEVEN years, are we finding out that Walt “wanted” Fantasyland outside the Castle walls and Walt “wanted” meet n greets as part of his dream??? RIGGGGGHT……. Like Walt “wanted” characters in Small World……

  3. The model is so detailed that you can imagine EXACTLY what this area will look like in just a few short months.

    I also heard cast members telling guests that “Walt always wanted to have a bit of Fantasyland in front of the castle.” While initial concept drawings of the park may have shown walls in front of the castle, that is clearly NOT the way Walt actually went. I still think the new Princess Fantasy Faire will look great in its new location. But to pretend that this is what Walt always wanted is just silly.

    • ^It’s very silly. Thanks Andy.
      I can’t wait for this to open!!!

  4. Thanks for TWO Disneyland updates today!

    My only disappointment (besides an ugly chimney with stones in white stucco AND topped by red bricks) was seeing that this small new addition to Fantasyland has a substantial area for selling merchandise. Paul Pressler’s dream of Disneyland as a mall lives on.

  5. I think there’s too much cynicism for this project.

    There were many shortcomings on opening day – Tomorrowland was basically a big void, for example. Walt wanted more than he could afford to accomplish and plans were well underway for expansions and enhancements even as the ribbon was being cut.

    Perhaps Walt did want a foreward transition into Fantasyland from Main Street? It could be. Walt admitted he was less himself – and more a character, akin to Mickey Mouse – after the television show propelled Uncle Walt further and deeper into the American lexicon.

    That Walt is still being used as a character speaks more to me that Walt still plays a role in his park and that, right or wrong in their interpretation, Imagineering uses “what would Walt want” as a sorting criteria for their ideas. Sure, the management exerts their will over everything and their influence sometimes causes some misery.

    I see WDI as the closest thing we have to a living, breathing Walt Disney influence in the Parks and the thing I fear more than anything else is the continued farming-out of their duties.

    Count me as excited to see this – as well as the new Fantasyland in Florida! Thank you for the intensive photos of the materials. I, for one, can truly see Walt’s hand in them.

    • well said

    • Well said, thank you!

      Otherwise great update.

    • Andy, Dusty Sage,
      Erick’s got it right. “What would Walt want?” is better understood by the imagineers than you are seeing. Invoking Walt in the marketing of Fantasy Faire, or any project, is appropriate, lest we forget. For all time WWWW (4W?) is the driving idea. And THAT brings tears for me.

      Respectfully submitted,

      • I agree that the new Princess Fantasy Faire looks to be fantastic. I have no problem with it what so ever. However, I think that using Walt’s name willy nilly to justify anything you are afraid the fans won’t like isn’t a wise move.

        If it were clearly something Walt would have wanted, I have no problem with using his name. But pulling a bit of blue sky concept art that was so far off the final model and using that to justify Fantasy Faire, is being disingenuous.

        There is no evidence that walt would have wanted Fantasyland to intrude into the central hub of the park any more than any of the other lands. Each land has a gateway of sorts and the lands appear behind that.

        Not that I’m not OK with this, because I actually am. I’m just saying that I don’t believe for a moment that this is what Walt intended and I think that some of the Disney folks are repeating something they’d like to be true and not something which actually is true.

        The earliest map of Disneyland which Walt used to help get financing of the park did in fact have castle walls in front of the castle. However, that, along with many other ideas, was changed as the plan was refined for actual production. In other words, as Walt begain to make his influence on the design, Fantasyland got pushed behind the castle.

        I’m not intending to be negative here. I think what they are building is great. But it wasn’t Walt’s idea.

  6. And now, from the people who brought you Tarzan’s Treehouse, the Nemo Subs, and who got rid of the Peoplemover and the Skyway…

  7. Thanks for the great peek at the new displays. Does anyone else feel that it would have been a good idea to put a Be Our Guest restaurant into this area?

    • It would have worked if there was room to build it; the exterior for the meet’n'greet screams for a Fantasyland dark ride, but I know it won’t be for one and I think many return visitors on vacation who expect a dark ride from the impression of the exterior will be very disappointed. But on the other hand, fans and annual pass holders will know otherwise and It might be very great for the little ones or first time visitors, especially girls.

      Timekeeper

      • There’s more than enough dark rides in both parks. You don’t know that anybody would be disappointed if there’s not a dark ride out in the Princess Area.

    • Sure and lets have story time with belle here too instead of Mr toad…NOT! Restaurants and meet/greets should never be built in lieu of attractions and that’s essentially what be our guest is. A restaurant that tries to be an attraction. Now if be our guest was built alongside a great B and B attraction (like blue bayou/POTC) now that would be spectacular and I’d say yes please!

  8. I think a restaurant instead of another meet and greet would have been a better idea. Other than Blue Bayou there isn’t really another really nice sit down restaurant inside Disneyland.

  9. Over all I am happy to see this. The kids that come to Disney these days love the meet and greets and, despite my innate dislike of over merchandization, they like to own items that make them feel they are connected to the various characters. This was always Walt’s initiative. From Mickey watches and ears to coonskin caps, Uncle Walt was a premiere capitalist. He always made sure that the product was a good value as well.

    This new section of Disneyland looks really nice. It is a good fit for the current times and more valuable to the park than the empty space that was there before. We all have our favorite things to spend money on at the parks. Let the new generations decide with their dollars what is “true” Disney magic.

    I will either enjoy this new project or go elsewhere in the park to enjoy what I have always enjoyed.

    Thanks for the comprehensive update! MiceChat is awesome.

  10. While I have no interest for what’s going inside these beautiful new buildings, I can appreciate the effort to create attractions for little kids that don’t involve bouncy-balls or kiddie coasters. Disneyland definitely has a “Dream Team” of creative staff right now, and so the more they design and build at this time the better. I blindly trust them to properly expand main street U.S.A and fix Tomorrowland.

    • Ya I can’t wait to see what they’re gonna do with tomorrow land and behind thunder ranch. Should be great stuff.

  11. Great photos! Thanks

  12. It’s a tough call from what Walt always and would have wanted to what today’s average Disneyland Guests expect. For the most part I have no issue with Fantasy Faire being built in front of the castle since it provides an offering in that area. I have no idea what it was used for before this apart from where people would go dancing on a Weekend. I don’t think in all my trips to Disneyland I have ever set foot in this part of the Park. I was hoping the Blue Sky Cellar would give us a look at the Figaro AA but no such luck :(

  13. Everything looks beautiful and I can’t wait for this to be completed. Thank you for the update and beautiful photos!

    Regarding the whole “Walt wanted this” thingy, who cares if the CMs and imagineers are talking about this? They’re simply telling us about Walt Disney and his plans back when he was alive. What’s the harm in that?

  14. What is going on in that Fantasyland Theater downplan? Entry and exit doors? New queue pathways? I’m guessing the entrance sign is staying in place near the restrooms, but what was drawn there would be great.

  15. Another note: I like how they are referring to the previous name of the area, the Carnation Garden Plaza, in the form of a crest medallion, plus the inclusion of Chopin from the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Figaro from Pinocchio. I think Rapunzel’s Tower looks nicely placed, I hope it’s stone-colored and does not have the color scheme from the movie. I think the naming of the themed odv cart, Maurice’s Twisted Treats, seems a bit off as he really wasn’t that twisted in the film, he’s an inventor, not a mad scientist. Plus, is the meet’n'greet only going to have just three Disney princesses, (Cinderella, Belle and Ariel) as the only Disney Princesses or will the meet’n'greet character be rotated? Because if’s only three princesses, does that mean Jasmine has her own meet’n'greet in Adventureland?

    Timekeeper

    • I don’t think they’ll have Ariel or jasmine there…don’t fit with the theme. I’m guessing they’ll have Cinderella, Aurora, belle, repunzel, and maybe Merida. The others fit better in other areas of the Parks.