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Princesses no longer walk freely about Disneyland. So unless you want to turn your child into a princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (or in addition to that), there are 2 places to meet them: the Fantasy Faire in Disneyland, and Ariel's Grotto in California Adventure. Here's the scoop on both.
The Fantasy Faire opened on October 6, 2006. Here's what's going on:
In addition to these areas, there are places to eat and shop.
This is an ocean-themed restaurant in California Adventure (across from Disneyland) on Paradise Pier. Disneyland's website says, "Delight in learning proper princess etiquette from Ariel's royal friends, like Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella." Again with the etiquette! I love it!
I hear the princesses do a great job and really make each girl feel special. Ariel doesn't visit each table but the other princesses do.
The meal is not cheap but part of what you're paying for is the show the princesses put on when they visit your table. And it sure beats waiting in line.
You can take pictures yourself or have a formal photo taken with Ariel for a price.
You need to make reservations a day or so in advance: Call (714) 781-DINE, or (714) 781-3463.
Read the full Ariel's Grotto review with menu and prices.
If you want to meet a Disney Fairie, stop by Pixie Hollow. Newly opened near the Matterhorn, Pixie Hollow is home to Tinker Bell and her friends Silvermist, Iridessa, Fawn and Rosetta.
The idea is to make you feel like you've shrunk to fairy size. The fairies will let you make wishes and tell you little fairy secrets like what makes stars twinkle.
This is a salon where 3 to 12 years old are turned into princesses or knights. They can have their hair and makeup done and buy fancy clothes. The knight package is a modest $19.95 but the princess ones run $54-$200.
If you shell out for the big package, though, your princess will be "personally escorted on a mini processional—where the young lady is the star!—from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to the enchanting Fantasy Faire," where she then gets to skip the line to meet the princesses. You won't even have to worry about taking pictures because this package includes professional photos presented in a keepsake album.
You should make reservations-- call (714) 781-STYLE or (714) 781-7895. You can do it up to 60 days in advance.
Disneyland specifies that you must be 18 or older to make reservations. It cracks me up to realize they must have had to create this restriction because all these little girls were calling up and booking expensive princess treatments for themselves.
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