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

About Andy Castro

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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  • JulieMouse

    My only concern was the loss of the stage and weekend swing dancing, which is a tradition I would like to see continue. The facility for dancing is still there, hopefully we will see some big bands playing late on Friday and Saturday nights! I think the area will look great and I am really looking forward to the Fantasyland Theater finally being put to good use again! Thanks for the detailed look at these changes!

    • JulieMouse

      Ohhhh, and I can’t wait to see exactly what Dole drinks will be offered here!!! :)

    • danielz6

      Its been widely publicized that the swing dancing will continue.

  • Disneykin Kid

    I saw the exhibit and talked to a cast member there. The inside Princess Meet & Greet will be Aurora, Cinderella and Ariel. There will be two alternating shows on the stage, Beauty and the Beast and Tangled with Rapunzel and Flynn, and the characters will be outside after each show. Snow White will go back to her wishing well, Tiana will be in New Orleans Square, and Merida will go into the former Gepetto’s Toy Shop where Rapunzel was. The cast member didn’t mention Jasmine, but I assume she will stay in Aladdin’s Oasis.

    I’m ok with the Fantasy Faire being outside the castle walls, after all, they’re running out of space, although they could have done it in the Small World mall, but hopefully they’re leaving that space for something big in the future. I’ll make the argument that it wasn’t Walt’s original idea to put something outside of Fantasyland, simply because when Disneyland first opened, each land was contained with only one entrance in and out. They connected the lands in the back portions only later.

    • Disneykin Kid

      Also Rapunzel’s Tower is represented only by a stone sculpture, that’s a disappointment, I was hoping to see the actual tower.

      • danielz6

        The actual tower would probably be too tall and disrupt the illusion of nearby frontierland and main street. There’s very little space here and its sandwiched between three lands so it can’t have any tall landmarks.
        I’m surprised that Ariel will be here…she doesn’t really fit the theme of European village. Wouldn’t she fit much better in Paradise pier where she already has a ride and restaurant themed to her?

  • Ravjay12

    Great update and pictures! I’m glad Disney decided to keep the original stage and work it around the new meet and greet. It looks great and is sure to be a hit with the kids. It’s also great that they’re utilizing the Fantasyland Theatre for what it was meant to be.

  • JCSkipr79

    We don’t need Rapunzels tower ruining the skyline and theming like it did at MK. Cause nothing makes the Mansion spookier than a cartoon Tyrollean German tower next to it…….

  • Tinkbelle

    The wooden structure with the red posts almost has an asian inspired look to it – might that be for Mulan?

    I think it is great that there will be a themed area better suited for meet and greets than the Small World plaza or the Fantasyland Theater. It is sad that some history is being lost and that everything seems so commercialized and geared towards selling more princess stuff but if the customers want it I guess it makes business sense to give it to them and this area will make more sense than what they’ve been using.

  • brian11811

    Regarding the scale model, how do they expect people to enjoy the fantasy fair, if they can’t even fit inside the building?

    (Zoolander reference)