Disneyland is getting the royal treatment, with construction already underway on the resort’s new Fantasy Faire.
Set to open in 2013, the fairytale realm will be a magical place, nestled right near the Sleeping Beauty Castle’s picturesque moat.
Birds will sing. Squirrels will dance. You get the idea.
When it’s all said and done, the princess village – basically what it will be – is where guests will go to rub elbows with heroes and heroines from Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tangled.
What’s more, aspiring princesses and knights will be able to play a special role in a storytelling experience, and families will be able to take in stage shows, grab eats and do some shopping (think royal costumes and accessories).
And, while the pixie dust settles, plans for an all-new show at Fantasyland Theatre near “it’s a small world” are in the works too.
The idea behind the whole construction project is to make it a natural extension of Fantasyland, designed to flow seamlessly with Sleeping Beauty Castle as though it has always been there.
We all know this is an area where Imagineers excel. A lot. So creative focus is being placed squarely on the look and architecture.
“I took a lot of inspiration from the classic Disney movies like Pinocchio,'” said Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering on the Disney Parks Blog. “…I took inspiration from the castle. You’ll see that there’s a lot of gold finials and beautiful banners and turrets that are similar to Sleeping Beauty Castle… so it really looks like it’s all part of the existing Fantasyland.”
An official opening date hasn’t been announced yet, but is expected in the coming weeks.
Carnation Plaza Gardens at Disneyland is transforming into Fantasy Faire. 1 of 5
Here, Walt Disney Imagineers share a rendering of what the finished storybook village square might look like. 2 of 5
Gaston’s Maypole will be where families can take part in the Royal Ribbon Festival with Belle, Rapunzel and other royal court attendants for dancing and celebration. 3 of 5
Here, Walt Disney Imagineers share a rendering of what the finished storybook village square might look like. 4 of 5
Here, Walt Disney Imagineers share a rendering of what the finished storybook village square might look like. 5 of 5
Photo credit (all): Disney Parks and Walt Disney Imagineering
Photo edits: All me.