Though still a few months from opening, today Disneyland offered us a peek behind the construction walls at the new Fantasy Faire, a Fantasyland expansion just outside Sleeping Beauty Castle. Set to open March 12, the area is still very much a work in progress, but Imagineers were on hand to show off some of the many unique design touches added to this future home for elaborate Disney princess meet-and-greets.
When Fantasy Faire opens in mid-March, guests will have a chance to meet with Disney princesses including Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle, as well as take part in storytelling shows, all beginning in an elaborately-themed courtyard.
Creative Director Michel Den Dulk and Show Director Chris Utley led a tour of the area for select media this morning. We sent Paul Barrie from WindowToTheMagic.com to be our eyes behind the walls.
Video: Preview tour of Fantasy Faire with Imagineer Michel Den Dulk
UPDATE (2/4/13): We offer a closer look at Fantasy Faire in Show 409 including interviews with Imagineers and chefs:
Here’s a closer look at how the area looked today, still very much under construction:
This is the future home of a Rapunzel-themed maypole:
Extending the castle walls and Fantasyland borders, Fantasy Faire replaces the much-beloved Carnation Plaza Gardens, former home to regular swing dancing, dating all the way back to Walt Disney’s own days enjoying the park. The former dancing floor is being transformed into the Royal Theater:
Though the new area still contains a stage for performances, the decision on when swing will return has yet to be decided, dedicating all of Fantasy Faire’s time to princesses – for now. In the meantime, swing dancing can be enjoyed at Downtown Disney on select nights, even if that’s not really where fans want it to be.
Designers have paid tribute to the past within Fantasy Faire via a “CPG” crest, as shown off in the recently-updated Blue Sky Cellar preview center at Disney California Adventure:
Here’s its future location:
When finished, the area will resemble the scale model and artwork currently on display at the Blue Sky Cellar:
Moving through the courtyard, Guests will then enter the Royal Hall where regal decor will enrich the environment set for waiting for a few moments with a princess.
Along the way, a variety of magical moments from Disney films will entertain, including an animated version of Geppetto’s cat Figaro from “Pinocchio” perched on a window sill, an interactive Clopin’s Music box from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and Rapunzel’s hair twinkling down her tower out front.