Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Meet Me At Disneyland, Pt. 2
This trip marked my first visit to the completed Fantasy Faire. As for my opinion on this area...
for what it is, it is very well done. The design and feel of the area is top notch, and most of all, it blows me away that an area that seems so large was able to fit into an area that I would have thought was very small in its previous incarnation (The Carnation Plaza Gardens).
The former bandstand area now serves as a theater during the day, and once again at night it is transformed into a place for swing dancing.
There are a few cute details to notice in this area, such as this animatronic Figaro & bird:
Clopin's Music Box:
And a nod to the former tenant here, The Carnation Plaza Gardens, "honored" with this medallion:
Even a bench for relaxing:
And some very friendly cast members, beckoning future Princesses to visit the current ones inside:
Let me preface my overall comments with this: I am not the target audience for this area. I am not really into the "meet and greet" concept, nor do I have any interest in purchasing the merchandise for sale here. I love "running into" characters by chance, and having an unexpected moment. Obviously, from these comments, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this area holds little for me. Even the little details left me with a, "what's next?" feeling. Still, I am sure there are plenty of young children who will enjoy it. To be fair, I did not experience the stage shows, either. At some point, I might go back and give them a try. In hindsight, I think the unused Skyway Station would have made a more magical place for children to meet these Disney Characters, as well as allowing this former portion of Main Street to continue to be Main Street. There you have my 2 cents. Onto the other Fantasyland attractions. Riding Peter Pan is a rarity for me, as the line is usually outrageous, but this trip I was able to enjoy it before it got too crazy.
Love the croc on the weathervane:
The line queue mural:
And a few shots from the attraction itself, beginning with the nursery:
How I wish I could control the speed of the ship so that I could enjoy the little details more:
Tink is spreading her pixie dust:
And then it was time to visit Alice:
She often gets the shaft on my visits, since she's located away from the other four dark rides in Fantasyland.
The wacky and far-out Tulgey Wood; probably the closest I'll come to an LSD trip!
Someone needs some anger management classes:
Only on my last visit did I notice this little feller in the background:
And the final explosive un-birthday scene:
I have no idea what these plants outside of Casey Jr. are, but their vibrant colors were gorgeous:
The circus elephants in the line queue:
Today's post leaves you at the train tracks, awaiting a trip aboard Casey Jr.; see you tomorrow!
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