Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Go Princess Crazy

If you have a daughter, no doubt she is enchanted with the Disney Princesses. My three year old loves them, especially Cinderella. She frequently demands that we take her to the Princess Fantasy Faire. It's held at the Fantasyland Theater, where the Snow White musical was held a few years ago.

The Princess Fantasy Faire is laid out into several sections. There is a Meet and Greet section, Craft section, Dress-up and Makeup section, Storytelling, and the Coronation.

The Royal Coronation

The Royal Coronation runs several times a day and the show times are listed on the daily entertainment guide as well as at the entrance to the fair. This portion takes place on the stage and the floor below. The first part of the ceremony teaches young Princesses and Princes important royal things like how to bow and curtsy. Next, three Princesses will descend the red-carpeted staircase and be introduced to the crowd below. We saw Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Cinderella but I've heard Belle is sometimes in the mix too. Dance poles are brought in and each child is directed to grab onto ribbon, similar to a May Day pole. Each Princess will go to a different pole and then the dance begins. As the Princesses leave confetti and streamers are shot out into the arena for the grand finale.

Princess Crafts

The craft area is set up with tables and seats and has crowns to color and decorate. These tables are set up in full view of the stage so even if a child is working on a craft, he or she can see the Royal Coronation. This is found house-left.

Princess Shopping

This area is to the right of the arena. Here you can purchases dresses, tiaras, shoes and more for your little Princess. There are also makeup mirrors your Princess can be completely made up before going to meet the Princesses.

Meet and Greet

The most popular part is the Meet and Greet, which is set up so that you have one line to see three Princesses or Princes. There is a person at each station to take pictures and give you a Photo Pass card. The line forms behind the stations so while in line you will not see which characters are waiting to meet you. This area is usually held on the theater floor in-between coronations and storytelling.

Princess Storytelling

The storytelling takes place on the floor of the area. Times are listed on your daily entertainment guide. Each day they have each Princess tell her story twice. Carpet circles are laid out for children and parents to sit for the story. On our day, we heard a story told by Snow White. She also has a prince-type character assist her as narrator. This is the same experience that used to held in the Tinkerbell Toy Shoppe just before the Princesses exploded in popularity.

Our daughter loves to dance and thoroughly enjoyed the coronation. If you have younger children, they might be a bit overwhellmed by all the activity, but all will enjoy the storytelling.