The Disney Princesses are so popular that they now have their own area in Disneyland. Fantasy Faire is located in the area that was previously the Carnation Plaza Gardens. It is a fun storybook village for guests of all ages to meet and greet the princesses and see a live action play on the stage in the Royal Theatre. Currently there are two plays: one tells the story of Belle and the other tells the story of Rapunzel.
Step into Fantasy Faire village and you step into a storybook. The Royal Hall is a private area in which guests get one-on-one time with the princesses. The princesses currently greeting guests at the Royal Hall are Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel. It's here where guests (young and not-so-young) enjoy a brief visit individually with each of the princesses and can get their photos taken with them.
When you exit the Royal Hall you're back in the beautiful village. Out in the courtyard sits Rapunzel's tower and it's the place she regularly hangs out to visit with the guests. If you want to meet Snow White, she hangs out near her Wishing Well, of course!
Fantasy Faire is long overdue, especially considering the popularity of the Disney Princesses. Having a home for them in Disneyland is a natural progression for the park.
Michel Den Dulk, Fantasy Faire Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, said, "My goal as the creative director was for the new Fantasy Faire to meld into the existing Fantasyland naturally, so that in a couple of years when people visit the park for the first time, they won't notice that this is a much later addition to Fantasyland."
He added, "When guests walk in, I hope they will be amazed by the amount of detail we've put into Fantasy Faire - with Figaro (sleeping on a window ledge) and Clopin (Clopin's Music Box) and the Tangled Tower - and I hope this will be a great new location at Disneyland."
A lot of care went into the creation of Fantasy Faire. It's not only a place for the princesses to congregate, it's also a place infused with all the fantasy of all things Disney. "For the architecture, I took a lot of inspiration from the classic Disney movies like Pinocchio," explained Michel Den Dulk. "There are references in the architecture to the way the backgrounds of Pinocchio are drawn. I also took inspiration from Sleeping Beauty Castle. You'll see that there are a lot of gold finials and beautiful banners and turrets that are similar to the castle."
If you love the Disney Princesses, you now have a fun new area in Disneyland created just for you!
By the way, if you want to see Tiana, you'll have to go to New Orleans Square and you might catch Jasmine in Adventureland in Aladdin's Oasis.
The next time you're in Disneyland in Anaheim, California, don't miss Fantasy Faire. It's truly a magical place.