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First, I love how Disney makes the extra effort to camouflage its construction tarps and show an image of the building underneath. The Main Street Train Station is one of Disneyland's icons, and as much as it needs some maintenance TLC from time to time, it's nice that no one's photo op is totally ruined in that process.
The big news at Disneyland this week is the opening of the new Fantasy Faire section, which replaced the Carnation Plaza Gardens with a princess-themed meet and greet.
The meet and greet is in the Royal Hall, which today (the day after the official opening of the new area) posted the longest wait in the park: 45 minutes.
The area's other new attraction stands on the replacement for the Carnation Gardens stage, which has transformed into the Royal Theatre.
You'll find two shows alternating on the stage three or four times a day, one based on "Beauty and the Beast" and the other on "Tangled."
The shows are relatively short, just a few minutes, charming and funny -- they can hold the attention of parents and older siblings just as well as that of their intended child audience. Do take a few moments to look up and around in the new area, too -- you'll find plenty of detail, such as Figaro from Pinocchio, who comes to life every few moments.
Disney also announced today that Disneyland's other debut for the year, the Mickey and the Magical Map show, will open on May 25 in the Fantasyland Theater. (There's just a construction wall to be seen there today.)
Speaking of construction, work continues on the refurbishment of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which will reopen this fall.
Now that's a big crane!
So with Thunder down, I went for a ride on the Matterhorn instead:
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