New show expected in Disneyland Fantasyland
The Princess Fantasy Faire, a meet-and-greet, is set move out of the Fantasyland Theater and re-open next year in a new location that is under construction.
The new faire will run where the Carnation Plaza Gardens used to be at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. near Sleeping Beauty Castle. Jon Storbeck, vice president of Disneyland, said that Disney officials plan to bring in a “brand new show” and that they were working on a “concept” for the theater.
Disney has yet to announce details of the replacement show.
But the princesses could move out soon: MousePlanet.com, a Disney fan and watchdog blog, reports that the Fantasyland Theater princess meet-and-greet could close as early as Aug. 12.
Disney declined to confirm that closing date.
“There’s no announcement at this time,” said Kevin Rafferty Jr., a Disneyland Resort spokesman, in a statement.
The princesses are expected to move near by the “it’s a small world” ride.
This week, the city issued a building permit for the construction of “Fantasy Princess meet and greet structures” for the mall near “it’s a small world.” The cost is $42,000.
The Princess Fantasy Faire opened in 2006 after a string of shows ran in the theater in the 1990s and early 2000s. Plays included “Show White – An Enchanting New Musical” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Before that, the venue hosted Videopolis night dance parties, as well as concerts during the day.
Disneyland capitalized on the popularity of the princess characters with the Fantasy Faire. Since then, Disneyland also has opened a separate “Tangled” meet-and-greet venue, which has drawn long lines, and a new area for Merida from “Brave.”
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