Dapper Dans sing boy bands as Fantasy Faire begins previews at Disneyland

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

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Published on March 04, 2013 at 5:05 am with 18 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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    I am glad that the Dapper Dans’ show has not been meddled with too much. It is a classic, but the modern sings are making a younger audience stop and listen, which is good. This is Disney’s first hip project that has actually worked!

    Thanks Again Andy


  • bamato

    Great update!

    I find it interesting that the arcade games from the Starcade are not only upstairs, but apparently appear to be powered on as well….

    • Internitty

      It’s not good for the electronics of these machines to be powered down for long periods of time, they may be just trying to keep them working so they don’t have to do extensive maintenance if they decide to start using them again.

    • ayalexander

      you can see maintenance tags posted on each one, they are being refreshed while they sit up there.

  • eicarr

    A passholder preview seems overkill for the meet and greet… But the amazing work done there deserves a celebration .

    To me, the entire tomorrowland is a cheap/embarrassing temporary fix, not just the Starcade. That was not just a place where many generations would go to play fun retro games, but was a needed place to shift gears and take a break from the theme park routine for a while. Somebody in charge there just doesn’t like/get video games(and the missed Penney arcade).

    The DCA bridge looks WAY better than it originally did.

  • Lobot

    The bridge looks good, but really, all those iterations could have easily been ruled out by some Photoshop work… and a LOT cheaper!

    • Internitty

      So true and it would have only taken an hour or so to go through all the options.

  • hgkelley

    We are so lucky to have such talented performers in Anaheim. Their talents make the shows better than the material, no matter what.

  • ayalexander

    I think the Fantasy Fair Village looks nice, it retains its Fantasyland/village charm while maintaining the princess appearance. Finally, a true location to meet princesses at. The new area will serve its purpose as long as people want to meet princesses, which as Disney knows has been for at least the past 15years (more popularly). Even if the day comes (years from now) that princess meet and greets become unpopular, they can easily rework the village to be suitable as a simple extension of Fantasyland. Great work. Great update!

  • jcruise86

    Thank you, Andy!

    I only want my daughter exposed to princesses who can fight, like Mulan & Mirada.

  • Thank you Andy. BEAUTIFUL photos. You even make that Main Street Train Station scrim look good!

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Fantastic update as usual!

  • Pinrar

    No way does the bridge look the same!! It used to be one clean beige color with no contrast and no depth. The thing used to look like all the detail was painted on. Now it looks much more lived in and 3 dimensional.

    • Bfscott77

      Couldn’t agree more! The bridge looks great. The red was an under coat, part of the painting process. It was supposed to be there (people think that someone at Disney “changed there mind” on the color – and should have used photoshop to see what it would look like with a different color. Not true)
      I would love to see a side-by-side of the old color and the new. The difference will be noticeable! As I’ve said before, the fact that this kind of detail is going into DCA is AMAZING!! Beautifully done!!! It’s the kind of detail that goes into New Orleans Square! Bravo Disney!

      • RodeToad

        Nicely put! I agree.

        And great photos Andy !

  • MarkTwain

    An insider on one of the MiceChat threads said that the bridge was being painted with the red texture as an undercoat to prevent fading, so that if the beige ever starts to desaturate, the bridge will retain its vividness and texture. Makes sense to me.

  • QPerth

    Thanks for another terrific update Andy!
    DCA is really looking gorgeous.

    Disney has two great properties that involve game arcades, FLYNN’S and the newest arcade from Wreck It Ralph, and it still doesn’t use Starcade properly, it just boggles my mind!

    • Timekeeper

      What they need to build is an arcade outside the parks in the Downtown Disney District, probably not a two-story complex like Disney-Quest in WDW’s DTD, but a good sized arcade like Flynn’s or the arcade in Wreck It Ralph, placed where currently the Transportation Hub is located, (with the Transportation Hub moved to/near the former Timon Parking lot entrance, so that the hub is a new section of DTD, with an Arcade, some shops, a one or two restaurants and a Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop & Soda Fountain.)