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Fantasy Faire at Disneyland California
Disneyland's most popular princesses have a meet-and-greet location that's picture-perfect. First off, it's housed in a story book-worthy medieval village near the castle. How cute is that?
It's a must-see if you have young children who are into Disney stories and love their heroines. Some of Disney's most beloved princesses hold court in the Royal Hall, greeting their fans.
It's not only a great place for the kids to get a distraction-free moment with the characters but a perfect spot for taking that cute photograph you'll treasure for years. It's indoors with lots of light. And no one will dash in front of you (or create a weird photo bomb in the background) just as you snap the shutter.
In the same area is the Royal Theatre outdoor stage, where the Mr. Smythe and Jones put on shows based on classic Disney stories with a unique comic spin. Those shows last 20 minutes. There's also a food cart and a gift shop.
What You Need to Know About the Fantasy... Faire
LA Times theme park blogger Brady MacDonald says: "The village of cottage-like buildings look like they’ve been a part of Disneyland from the start, which is probably the highest compliment I can pay Walt Disney Imagineering."
Expect to spend a short (but not rushed) moment with each princess. If you think up a question for your child to ask the princesses, you'll get a more personalized experience and a little more time with them.
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- Rating: ★★★★★ (for anyone who loves the princesses)
- Location: At the end of Main Street U.S.A., near the Frontierland entrance
- Recommended for: Anyone who wants to do a character greeting with the most popular princesses
- Fun Factor: Medium to high
- Wait Factor: The lines can be very long. Disney suggests early taking advantage of early entry options or going first thing in the morning.
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How to Have More Fun at the Princess Fantasy Faire
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- Check the Entertainment Times you get at the park entrance or the board outside the Royal Hall to find out which princesses are present and what time things happen.
- Find out early what the Fantasy Faire hours are. It closes early most days, and you wouldn't want to put it off too long.
- Some days (but not all), the lines at the Fantasy Faire get very short during the parade. It's worth checking if your schedule allows some flexibility.
- Make the most of your greeting by thinking of something fun to do with the character or a good question to ask them. Guests who engage creatively often get a little more time with their characters.
- The Royal Hall is a picture-perfect spot, but just in case something goes wrong with your own shot, it's a good idea to pick up a Photo Pass from any Disneyland photographer and use it. There's no charge for that unless you want to buy the photos later and it's good insurance.
- For an extra special Princess experience, you can purchase a Castle... Package at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. After your little princess is transformed into her most regal, she will be personally escorted on a mini processional to meet her fellow royals in the Royal Hall.
- Not all the female Disney characters will be found at the Faire. Some have greeting spots at other places in the park. If you can't find your favorite, ask a cast member.
- The wait may be less than an hour, but that can feel like an eternity if it's spent with a little one who wants to see a princess NOW. Giving them something to do or talking about what they're going to say to their favorite character can help pass the time more quietly.
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More About the Fantasy Faire
Visitors can stay in their wheelchair or ECV in the queue and through the Fantasy Faire. Ask a cast member if you need any assistance. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
More Walk-Through Attractions at Disneyland
If you'd rather walk than ride, you'll find a lot of things to do in Disneyland. In fact, you can explore ten walk -through attractions and see parts of Disneyland that many other visitors miss. And that doesn't count all the other ways You Can Actually Meet the Disneyland Characters.