Friday, February 15, 2013

Last Weekend at Disney California Adventure: Blue Sky Cellar

During our brief visit to California Adventure last weekend, we paid a visit to the Blue Sky Cellar and its latest exhibit on Disneyland's upcoming new attraction, Fantasy Faire. Fantasy Faire, an elaborate area designed for princess "meet and greets," will open in mid-March.

As I mentioned last month, I'm not wild about the choice of location for Fantasy Faire, which extends Fantasyland in front of the castle, onto what should be a part of Main Street.

I'm also not so happy that Fantasy Faire replaces the historic Carnation Plaza Gardens.  I have many fond memories of Carnation Plaza Gardens, including the Big Bands which used to play there, and I would have liked to see it not only preserved, but had the area revitalized with a new restaurant to place the hamburger and ice cream stand which disappeared years ago

That aside, it is what it is, as the saying goes, so let's take a look at what's planned! Here are two views of the Fantasy Faire model, from eye level and a higher vantage point. It's easy to make out the area which was originally the Carnation bandstand, at the left:

It seems a bit odd that the pavilion is clearly designed in the style of "old" Fantasyland, rather than matching New Fantasyland.

A sketch of one of the buildings in the complex:

As this design shows, a crest with "CPG" will honor the area's long history as Carnation Plaza Gardens. I like that idea very much.

More concept art:

The animated Figaro should be cute:

I'll be sharing photos of the finished Fantasy Faire once it opens!

Previous Blue Sky Cellar posts: February 20, 2009, July 20, 2009, August 11, 2009, July 16, 2010, February 4, 2011, May 18, 2012, and July 30, 2012.


Blogger redcon1 said...

I wonder if this will block off the pathway between the hub and Frontierland we usually take to clear out of the area after the fireworks?

11:02 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Good question! It looks like there may still be a covered walkway into the Rancho del Zocalo area. Be interesting to see the layout when it's done.

Best wishes,

11:09 AM  

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