The Blue Sky Cellar, a permanent exhibit in Disney California Adventure park used to showcase Walt Disney Imagineering projects, has received an update. The Blue Sky Cellar was initially built to showcase projects for the California Adventure expansion and remodel and now in the post DCA 2.0 era is being used to present projects resort wide.
The new Fantasy Faire exhibit features artwork in various stages of development, including the brain storm – aka “Blue Sky” phase – all the way through the implementation phase. Also featured is a large show model of the Fantasy Faire, which is currently under construction at Disneyland and set to open in the summer of 2013.
The artwork is presented in four steps, research, Blue Sky, concept and feasibility. Each board has photographs, concept art and captions describing the process involved in the development of the Fantasy Faire.
The center of the room features more artwork, logo designs and a large show model of how the Fantasy Faire will appear when completed in the next few months.
One piece shows the concept of a Figaro and bird animatronic on a window sill.
Also a working crank music box, dubbed the “Festival of Fools”, will be accessible to guests.
It is not uncommon for WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering) to pay tribute to past attractions and elements of Disneyland in the development of new ones. The Fantasy Faire’s tower will feature a medallion which pays homage to Carnation Plaza Gardens (CPG), the beloved area which Fantasy Faire is currently being built over.
Fantasy Faire Show Model
A large show model (1/2″ = 1′ 0″ scale) sits in the center of the Blue Sky Cellar and draws the most attention from guests. The detail of the model is breathtaking.
A sample of the Character facade wall is on display, showcasing the extreme detail that is going into the Fantasy Faire.
Also in the Blue Sky Cellar is a wonderful video featuring interviews with the various Imagineers, including Tony Baxter, who are working on the Fantasy Faire and Fantasyland Theater projects. The video reveals two shows planed for the Fantasy Faire, Beauty and the Beast and one staring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
Mickey and the Magical Map
Disney recently released details for the next stage show for the Fantasyland Theater, Mickey and the Magical Map. The theater, which was used for princess meet and greets over the past several years, is receiving a complete renovation. The concept art in the Blue Sky Cellar reveals water features and bridges near the entrance to the theater.