A castle addition fit for any princess

Disneyland is adding a new wing onto Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

The expansion is the new home of Fantasy Faire which, until a few months ago, was held in the Fantasyland Theatre area. A new stage production, starring Mickey Mouse and the gang, is taking over the theater.

Fantasy Faire will not only be a home for Disney princesses, but it will also be a natural expansion of Fantasyland, Disneyland social media and print manager Erin Glover wrote in a blog.

Project head Michael Den Dulk, who is creative director for Walt Disney Imagineering, says he wants Disneyland’s first-time visitors to never suspect that the addition came later than the rest of Fantasyland.

Read more about Fantasy Faire and check artist renderings for the castle extension at Erin’s blog: disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/01/fantasy-faire-architecture-to-extend-fantasyland-at-disneyland-park/

Fantasy Faire is scheduled to open this spring, while “Mickey and The Magical Lamp” is expected to make its stage debut in the summer.

There is a lot going on at Disneyland in the meantime.

Disneyland kicks of its year of Limited Time Magic with a salute to The Golden Horseshoe Review every Thursday through Monday through Feb. 4. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

Disney’s theme parks kicked off a new series for 2013, called “Limited Time Magic,” with events and programs offered throughout the year — each only for a short time.

Disneyland started the series with a special tribute to the classic attraction, “Golden Horseshoe Review,” with a show that pays homage to the fun-filled, family-friendly musical variety shows of the past. Every Thursday through Monday through Feb. 4, Miss Lily and her Saloon Girls perform a variety of song and dance numbers.

Guests can reserve a seat at the show by requesting a reservation at the Golden Horseshoe entrance on the date of the selected performance.

I know for annual passholders, there are dinner shows that require advance reservations. I have a reservation for this Friday. Check out the Annual Passholders link on the Disneyland Resort home page at www.Disneyland.disney.go.com

“True Love” week, Feb. 11-17, offers a variety of events that celebrate the love of friends and family, while inviting couples to rekindle the flame.

Meet up for photos with two of Disney’s hottest couples, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, at Disneyland’s Town Square. Romantic dinners for two with prix fixe menus will be offered at select restaurants, including the Blue Bayou in Disneyland and Cathay Circle Restaurant in California Adventure.

Cupcakes with dark chocolate mousse frosting and raspberry mousse filling are being whipped by chefs and offered at pastry shops and other spots in both parks.

And what celebration at Disneyland is complete without its own specialty ears, pins and other memorabilia?

To stay up-to-date with the Limited Time Magic events, check out www.limitedtimemagic.com or on Twitter at #limitedtimemagic