Fun Facts: Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

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The new Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park offers guests a variety of royal experiences: enchanted encounters with Disney Princesses, two fun-filled shows based on Princess stories,  a food cart offering “twisted” treats and a shop for Princess souvenirs, all in Fantasyland next to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

  • Like the design of Fantasyland itself, the architecture in Fantasy Faire transports guests to a charming European fairytale village, a place where characters and stories from Disney animated features come to life. Design highlights include timbered and stone walls, chimney vents, arched windows and tiled rooftops with steeply pitched gables.
  • Fantasy Faire extends the boundaries of Fantasyland to the southwest side of the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge in the center of Disneyland.
  • The most prominent tower in the Fantasy Faire village is Troubadour Tower. It features a staircase (not open to guests) with a carved wooden owl on the newel post.
  • On a window ledge next to Troubadour Tower, guests may spot Figaro, the mischievous cat from “Pinocchio,” dozing near a bird in a cage.  From time to time, Figaro stirs awake when the bird sings.
  • In the center of Fantasy Faire, a 16-foot-high stone sculpture pays tribute to Rapunzel’s tower in the Disney animated feature “Tangled.” Rapunzel can be seen peeking out a tower window. After dark, her hair, twisting around the tower sculpture, comes to life with twinkling lights.

The Royal Hall

  • The Royal Hall is where Disney Princesses gather each day to meet their guests. To the left of the Royal Hall entrance is Clopin’s Music Box. When guests turn the crank at the base of the box, they set in motion a scene in which Clopin, leader of the gypsies in the animated “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” joins other characters from the film in a music-box version of the song “Topsy Turvy.”
  • Guests entering the Royal Hall discover individual meeting spaces for three different Princesses.  In addition, Belle (from “Beauty and the Beast”), Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (from “Tangled”) greet guests following their shows in the Royal Theatre.

The Royal Theatre

  • Like the Royal Hall, the Royal Theatre offers guests a fun, more personal experience with the Disney Princesses. Audience members sit on benches or on the carpet at the foot of the stage as the magical tales of “Beauty and the Beast” or “Tangled” unfold, full of music, humor and audience participation.
  • Along with beloved tunes from their respective stories, the “Beauty and the Beast” and  “Tangled” presentations also feature Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones singing an original song – “Happ’ly Ever After at the End” – composed especially for the Royal Theatre shows.
  • Capacity for the Royal Theatre, including guests on benches, on carpets, and children seated on laps, is approximately 300 per show. Additional guests may view from the standing room around the perimeter of the Theatre.
  • Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones – Master Thespians of the Royal Theatre – represent a Renaissance version of classic vaudeville comedy teams.
  • The Royal Theatre is a multi-purpose venue, with seating that can be removed or reconfigured. The Theatre utilizes elements from the Carnation Plaza Gardens stage, which stood in this location from the earliest days of Disneyland and hosted school and community music groups and headliners such as Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Les Brown, Buddy Rich, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and The Osmonds.
  • In a tribute to the historic Carnation Plaza Gardens, a shield over the archway leading from Fantasy Faire to Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland displays the letters “CPG.”
  • Between the Royal Theatre and the Royal Hall, guests will discover Fairy Tale Treasures, offering Princess-themed gifts and souvenirs. Details in the woodwork  feature acorns and sculpted squirrels, with some squirrels holding up acorns as if they were jewels.
  • Maurice, Belle’s inventor father from “Beauty and the Beast,” sets up his food wagon, Maurice’s Treats, across from the Royal Theatre, selling his culinary “inventions”: marvelous bread twists in a choice of either chocolate, strawberry or cheddar cheese garlic. Maurice’s wagon also offers a signature beverage – a blend of 100 percent apple juice and wild berry flavor producing a “Boysen Apple Freeze.”

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