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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  • I am glad they didnt put all the princess’s on a rotation and you can go to other areas of the park and meet Snow White, Tiana and brave. That is a great option!

    Great review !

  • chesirecat

    They might bring back swing dancing at some point, but I think that it is to be expected that during the initial rush of guests to this new area that it be open as much as possible.

    Also, the swing dancing can be done anywhere you have a floor, and building a duplicate CPG would be pretty cheap because its just a ramada, don’t see what would preclude them putting one in Downtown Disney or DCA.

    Don’t think Tom Staggs “lied”, as obviously they were thinking about roating swing dancing back into this location, but obviously plans change and a lot will depend on the popularity of the area, and of the new shows.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I like the new area, although I would have done a few things differently;

    1) I see no reason to kill the dancing. I think the stage shows in the day are fine, but I think would grow very tiresome for the evening. I also would have used music in the day show. Kids love music and it would have been a lot more fun.

    2) I would have had the magic mirror to interact with instead of the music box. A cast member would answer wishes and questions. It would be much more fun.

    3) Figaro does not look real to a kid, or anyone else who has seen a real cat. There is no magic in that. It looks like a plastic toy waking up. I think having a talking owl would have been much more fun and maybe more believable. Anyone think Sword in the Stone?

    4) The treats that Disney came up with are sad. They should come up with better choices that are tastier. Princesses deserve better food than that.

  • Westsider

    I’m enjoying the subtle and continuing evolution of thought from the park fans on Fantasy Faire. First it was an abomination that would destroy everything Walt wanted to do with Fantasyland by expanding the land’s footprint. Then it was simply a tacky expansion that ruined the 1905 Victorian theme of The Hub, even if the Matterhorn, sky buckets overhead, plastic houses from Monsanto, flaming tiki torches, gleaming Bell System logos on metal tailfins, and an Oregon Trail fort and Indian teepees had already muscled in on the Hub’s “theme” fifty years ago. And now it’s a nicely done and much needed facility that re-energizes a dead corner of the park and looks inviting from across the babbling brook, but the theater tent is just a tad too pink. This thing doesn’t even officially open until tomorrow, but for the fans something tells me by Easter it will be the new favorite gem in Disneyland’s crown of charming attractions. Well done WDI!

  • garyman

    Yes, Nice Update. A well themed area, Too bad about Swing Dancing though. We always loved to watch them when we come to visit.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Another fantastic installment!

  • mainejeff

    So can I assume that there will be no more Princess meet n’ greets for a while?…….

  • MysticalSkye

    I have to say that Merida moving into the Tangled location has NOT BEEN CONFIRMED. Things are supposed to stay as they are, with Rapunzel and Flynn doing meets at the location after their story.

  • FredSimmons

    The Fantasyland-style buildings at the new Fantasy Faire look wonderful. And the detailing is great.

    But that gaudy, purple & pink monstrosity next to them has to go. (Fortunately, that should only be a matter of new paint and signage.)

    Didn’t someone along the line realize how garish it looks? Especially when sitting next to the more subtle, realistic shades of the Faire village? The two styles simply don’t belong together. The sooner they acknowledge this and make the change, the better.

  • danielz6

    This looks like a nice addition to the park and is a welcome stroller eater imo. All I can say is thank God the shows have actual actors and not that enchanted tales with belle garbage where the audience has to be the show.

  • darkamor

    So, I can no longer enjoy Live Swing Music / Swing Dancing nightly inside Disneyland, because Team Disney Aneheim needed something more then the Princess Royal Walk in Fantasyland to create a stroller parking lot? (Was Pixie Hollow not enough for parental units who will be forced to schill out $ in shops to appease their toddlers?). Thanks for nothing TDA (thanks for taking a dump on Disneyland History in the name of profits) !!!!

    I cringe @ the loss of the original Rainbow Ridge Buildings, but @ least what will be rebuilt is more then what was done for Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island (there’s no excuse for leaving Disneyland History to rot beyond repair!). Dumbing down & mall-ification of Main Street … what’s next – Walmart @ Disneyland?

    Another interesting update that’s left me thinking is TDA aware of the fact they are irritating Disneyland Fans <3 of keeping things intact ? (if its not broken, then leave it alone!)

    C J