Disney Princesses move into their new home at Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire

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

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Published on March 11, 2013 at 5:05 am with 31 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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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    My main concern of the Fantasy faire was the lack of space. At least there are more than one entrance to the area. At least the Princesses all now have a home in the park at different locations. Hoever, where will the new Princess go, in Frozen… I gues we will have to wait and see.

    All the refurbishemnts are looking great.

    Thanks Again Andy

    Trumpet

  • sixalex

    I’ll be at the park today, but I am so happy to see the beautiful pix first thing in the morning!

    Nice view of the Main Street shops interior hallway.

    Thanks Andy!

  • eicarr

    Getting tons of annoying strollers out of lands into the Faire is great!!! I’m glad to see people can now enjoy that once dead space.

    The store maps are great! I hope they add two for each side of buena vista street where the storefronts do such a poor job of showing me items they sell inside. I often skip the large stores because I don’t want to waste my valuable park time on a treasure hunt to try and find merchandise.

  • cwalter428

    Thanks for the update! I don’t plan on spending much time in Fantasy Faire, but I like how it looks. Very charming…as it were.

  • bamato

    Anybody else notice the speaker beneath Rapunzel?

    • ayalexander

      yup, amazing that its only noticeable from up close. -At first I thought you meant the Rapunzel on stage and I thought to myself -why would there be a speaker blatantly sitting beneath Rapunzel?

  • mickeyandme

    Great update as usual. I write this as I am getting ready for a day at the parks using my 2 night stay at the lovely Howard Johnson provided by Dateline Disneyland’s 5th anniversary giveaway. Thank you again Dateline Disneyland!!!

  • WheresMickey

    Great update!

  • jcruise86

    THANKS for an excellent update, Andy!

    We went yesterday afternoon and evening and had a terrific time, despite that it was crowded.

    • jcruise86

      P.S. We started our day at the Indiana Jones archeology exhibit at the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. We liked that and it seemed like a good intro into archeology for my seven year old. And that is my favorite Taco Bell inside the museum. If only Five Guys Burgers and Fries would take over the Aquarium of the Pacific.

  • Disneykin Kid

    Saw FF over the weekend, my impression is that it is very small. I looked at Google maps, and there is a small hill with trees to the side of the castle, why couldn’t they have taken that out to allow for more space? It would have almost doubled the size of FF, but I guess maybe they didn’t want to make it too big to compete with the castle.

    Still the meet and greet is very small and intimate, again maybe that’s a good thing, but I could have expected a Royal Hall to be bigger and grander. I also think they could have benefited from a larger retail shop and food venue. It seems like Princesses are a big cash generator, IMO they needed more space to take advantage of it. Also the entrance to Frontierland right in the middle of it all is a little jarring.

    The shows are a change from the usual Disney show, not necessarily in a good way. It’s true they have a lot of vaudeville comedy, but there is no singing. In fact, during the B&B show, the audience members have to sing the ‘B&B’ song while Belle and ‘the Beast’ dance. It made me long for the B&B stage show they had years ago in the Fantasyland theater.

    Lastly, the Figaro and bird are cute, but I think Lucifer from Cinderella would have been a better choice. Hey it’s about princesses, right? Jaq and Gus could have peeked out of a hole, and Lucifer could have hissed and shaken his paw at them.

    I agree overall it’s executed with detail, I just think they needed more space.

    • ayalexander

      That hill you’re talking about. They took out 3/4 of it to make way for Fantasy Faire. But they couldn’t take out all of it because it acts as an in-park berm with trees block back-stage views of the backside of Fantasyland. -And if they wanted to block the view with a tall castle wall… then where would the greenery be? It’d be brimstone nightmare! lol

  • Disneykin Kid

    Actually I liked the ‘royal’ princess show they had at the Fantasyland theater better. It just felt more royal with the princesses entering, dancing and Sir Elias and Lady Marian (not sure I remember their name correctly) singing. It seemed more fitting than this slapstick vaudeville show they have now with B&B and Tangled.

    • Disneykin Kid

      It’s almost like the princesses lowered themselves to participate in this slapstick vaudeville show. The Smythe and Jones characters are like fools, which I guess goes with the Festival of Fools feeling of the area, complete with Clopin music box.

  • Tinkbelle

    You did a great job showing the details of PFF. You also showed angles of the area that I had not seen before that give me a better idea of what it is like. Fantastic photos, Andy.

    How do you go about meeting Belle and Rapunzel now? I guess they got rid of Mulan completely. I’m glad they kept the entrance to Frontierland/Zocalo.

    The refurb calendar needs cleaning up, again. And the early bird discount for the Gumball rally has passed.

  • Michael Greening

    The Chocolate pastry at Maurice’s Treats is actually pretty good and surprisingly a good value for the money.

    Didn’t anyone else notice that there is no music at all in the queue for the Royal Hall. When I previewed it on Thursday, it was a 20 minute wait and in the covered part of the queue, it was completely silent. Everyone in line kept saying how boring it was and how they were getting tired. I noticed that there wasn’t any music and looked and looked for speakers but there weren’t any. I sure hope they fix that part. I did point it out to several of the Cast Members that were talking with guests.

  • mycroft16

    Well said about Fantasy Faire.

    It should be noted though that no one has said the dancing isn’t coming back. There has been no misleading here. They went to the pain and trouble of preserving the floor and insuring that nothing was bolted down in that area. They retained the stages ability to host musical ensembles. They clearly have the return of swing dancing/musical performances to this area in mind.

    Even your own choice of words, “for now, ” supports this notion. Given that this area is brand new and likely to draw large crowds for the next several months at least, it makes absolute sense to keep it open as is through the evening hours.

    As it settles in to a routine, more than likely towards the end of summer, maybe even sooner, look for them to try doing swing dancing here once again.

    Also, no history has been wiped out. All that history is still there. That floor, is the same floor that people have danced on for a long time. That stage, is the same stage that the greats have played on. All they did was put a different skin on it. ALL the history remains, even the location remains. They didn’t rip it out and put something new in its place. They preserved the location and just changed the colors and set dressing.

    Aside from that tiny point, well written and fair article.

    • ayalexander

      I agree with you 100%. Well said.

  • sandiegomousefan

    1) Anything that sucks up crowds is a good thing. Not sure this does THAT but it can’t hurt.
    2) VERY sad to see the end of big band jazz at DL. One of the greatest nights spent at the park was a HS jazz band player listening to Woody Herman and the Thundering Heard play that stage. If they were ‘smart” they have masterplanned what they want to do with Festival stage; FLand Stage and T.Land Terrace so as to suck up crowds .
    3) I am giving the music box a month before it is broken and the animatronics about 2. Sadly I am just not sure that was money well spent.

  • Disneykin Kid

    They should build a bandstand for swing dancing in Buena Vista Street. The time period is perfect.