Disney Princesses have come together to welcome their admirers in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park. Guests may greet their favorite Princesses in the Royal Hall, or they may see Belle or Rapunzel taking part in fresh and whimsical versions of their own tales on the stage of the Royal Theatre.
Located on the south end of the Fantasy Faire courtyard, the Royal Theatre is an open-air structure in the style of a tent at a medieval fair. The décor is punctuated with crowns, which appear on the roof and around the tent’s center spire. The Theatre accommodates more than 300 guests per show. Additional guests may view from the standing room around the perimeter of the Theatre.
The Theatre’s inaugural program offers two different shows: the stories of Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Rapunzel (“Tangled”) as presented by the stage’s Master Thespians, Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones. This pair of Medieval-style vaudevillians sing, dance, clown and narrate the stories, playing many roles in support of visiting princesses, Belle and Rapunzel. Flynn Rider joins the fun in the “Tangled” presentation.
The shows also feature a live piano player who punctuates the action in the style of a silent movie accompanist. To keep the fun going at the conclusion of the story, Belle, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider remain in the Theatre to greet audience members.
The shows feature familiar songs from the Disney animated motion pictures, plus a razzle-dazzle original song for Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones entitled “Hap’ly Ever After at the End.” In addition to Mr. Smythe, Mr. Jones and the Princesses, the shows are supported by four Faire Maidens.
The design of Royal Theatre recalls the Carnation Plaza Gardens stage, which stood on this location for more than 50 years, serving as a venue for performances by school groups, big band greats and others. Among the headliners who appeared in Plaza Gardens were Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Les Brown, Buddy Rich, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and The Osmonds.
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