Thursday, 20th July 2006

At the end of the rainbow

Piglet performs a brand new song by well-known resort composer Vasile Sirli, and the show is filled with new music and narration throughout.

Photos Magiques have a great gallery of photos from the show, and have just today uploaded the first full-length video, which is definitely worth a watch.

Monday, 17th July 2006

Always remember this as the day…

The real Parisian Jack Sparrow was unleashed on the park on Friday, and Photos Magiques have a couple of new photos of him right here. Take a look at MiceAge’s composite (scroll down the page) of all the Jack Sparrows in the world, and you’ll see Disneyland Resort Paris should definitely be acclaimed for their casting here.

I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.

Monday, 17th July 2006

I wish it may, I wish it might

Previously empty sections now feature spectacular new fireworks, and the opening and finale have been given more fireworks than before.

The most noticeable changes begin with Ariel’s wishes, previously featuring just image and laser projections on the castle, which now features large blue/purple fireworks and enhanced projections. During the Fantasia sequence (pictured), large new sparkling red bursts of fireworks have been added where previously there were none. Later in the villains section, the Evil Queen’s voice is also now accompanied by fireworks. There are also countless other smaller alterations and additions throughout the show.

Just goes to show what a little wishing can do! Thanks to Tron 2.0 on MouseInfo.com forum for the list of alterations. And for more magic from Wishes, check out Photos Magiques’ new gallery of photos from this year’s show.

Monday, 17th July 2006

Storming of the Bastille (part 2)

Top of the bill: Karl Holz was watching the show on the hub, next to the Wishes logo. (We were staning on the gate right in front of it). He was already in a bad mood when there were a lot of errors during the Fantillusion parade (appearently the 3 Fairies float crashed when it drove on stage, causing the stop animation and music to play while it was driving along the parade route). Quite a few floats had missing effects or weren’t working like they’re supposed too.

And then the fireworks started way too late, because (we were told by someone from Guest Flow) there was a group at the Blue Lagoon which refused to leave, so they had to wait until they had left before the fireworks could start.

And then ofcourse almost nothing happened during the fireworks. Most of the show was dead, with people actually boo-ing or plain leaving. Karl Holz told to some Disney Central Plaza forum members that there were problems with the computer that launches the fireworks.

Photos Magiques will be featuring a full gallery of photos from the fireworks very soon.

Saturday, 15th July 2006

Storming of the Bastille

The problems began with the 22.30 performance of Disney’s Fantillusion, the first since January, when the “Fauna’s Carousel” float began the parade without its lighting effects turned on. The blacked-out float continued along the parade route from “it’s a small world” to Pizzeria Bella Notte in darkness, before maintenance crews dashed towards it and corrected the problem. By this time, however, the problems had caused a backlog of floats and the rest of the parade saw these floats (and their dancers) frantically trying to keep up with the earlier floats.

Bigger problems were yet to come, however, as the epic Bastille Day Fireworks – the biggest display of the year at the park – faced technical problems with the ground-based pyrotechnics. Raptor1982 from Photos Magiques messaged us right away after the fireworks with news of the problems:

“The fireworks were a big disaster. None of the rockets behind the castle went up. Only the big shells behind the park went off.”

Despite these problems, causing some sections of the show to feel very (and sometimes totally) devoid of fireworks, guests were still treated to an incredible display of large firework shells – a rare event for the Parisian resort in recent years. Unfortunately for the team working on the fireworks, however, the crowd featured one special VIP who was no doubt watching their efforts very closely – Karl Holz, CEO of the resort’s operating company, Euro Disney Associés SCA. (See photo above). Kyoto from Disney Magic Interactive forum caught him on camera, wearing an oddly John Lassester-esque shirt…

Kyoto also has three videos of the fireworks online. You can download them right here.

Friday, 14th July 2006

The silly old bear finds a new home

The theatre itself has been decorated with branches and leaves covering the lighting equipment above the stage, plus woodland murals on the side walls, totally enveloping guests in the Hundred Acre Wood. The show now also includes a solo musical number from Winnie, a rainbow adventure and a Heffalump musical number.

Rumours of Pooh Bear’s move to the smaller, indoor theatre began spreading last year, with the possibility of a year-round show adapted for each season (Halloween, Christmas, etc.) strongly rumoured. The new show was confirmed by Katie Harris of Disneyland Resort Paris Entertainment in Annual Passport magazine “Envie de +” on 4th January 2006. Today, the new show begins its first season, but it is already scheduled to return for Disney’s Christmas Season from 11th November 2006 to 7th January 2007.

You can see a full run-through of the new show on a new guide page at dlrp.co.uk » The site also has a 9-minute video, giving a good impression of the style of the adapted show. Video »

Thursday, 13th July 2006

Long Summer days begin tomorrow!

In 2005, the Happiest Celebration On Earth allowed Disneyland Resort Paris to launch the new Wishes Nighttime Spectacular under the umbrella of a new, specific seasonal event. After the success of the Halloween, Christmas and Carnival seasons in dispersing crowds throughout the year, it seemed more effort was needed for the Summer season to remain profitable for the resort. And so, Summer Magic was born.

Here are this year’s most talked-about Summer Magic events, which we’ll no doubt be covering in much more detail over the next seven days:

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
The controversial nighttime spectacular returns for a second season, from 15th July. Labelled “controversial” because its over-reliance on projections and special effects caused many fans to raise criticisms about a shortage of fireworks. Whilst new special effects were mentioned in official Annual Passport magazine “Envie de +”, initial reports suggest the show has remained almost identical to the 2005 version.
Latest News & Discussion »

Disney Princess Parade
For just over two months, The Wonderful World of Disney Parade becomes known as Disney Princess Parade.
Latest News & Discussion »

Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Too
The popular Summer season show has now moved to the indoor Fantasy Festival Stage. Along with a totally reworked soundtrack and a new song by legendary resort musical director Vasile Sirli, the show is presented with new lighting effects and redesigned stage sets. With only 375 seats compared to the 800 at the outdoor Royal Castle Stage, however, can the new location cope with demand for the silly old bear?
Latest News & Discussion »

Captain Jack Sparrow Meet ‘n’ Greet
The unforgettable pirate captain from the movie series drops anchor in Adventureland for meet ‘n’ greets, next to Au Chalet de la Marionnette.
Latest News & Discussion »

Bastille Day Fireworks
Tomorrow night, one of Disneyland Park’s biggest fireworks displays once again illuminates the night sky on France’s major national holiday. With massive bursts of fireworks and traditional French music, this is Disney entertainment with a twist!

Summer Magic begins tomorrow, 14th July, and will run until 27th August 2006.

Thursday, 13th July 2006

Emporium uncovered

On the 28th March 2006, the tarp surrounding the upper section of the boutique’s exterior was covered in a specially-created full-length rendering of the normal exterior so that, from a distance, everything looked normal. This was especially important during the press events of Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast in early April 2006, and the design featured extra trees with balloons and birds to lighten the mood further. The slow deconstruction of the tarp and scaffolding began on the final days of June 2006, as PATMAGIC reports here.

This marks the end of another major refurbishment at Disneyland Park, which has been blessed with countless improvements and updates since new CEO Karl Holz (who was previously president and chief operating officer of Euro Disney S.A.S.) and his new management team moved in in May 2005.

Monday, 10th July 2006

A spectacular character candles collection

Each group or character will hold a candle that counts towards the 15 years being celebrated, and some brand new official visuals (for use as Travel Operator brochure covers) have just been released featuring these impressive character designs.

Aladdin: DayNight
Baloo: DayNight
Cheshire Cat: DayNight
Chip & Dale: Day (unavailable) – Night
Dumbo: DayNight
Dwarfs: DayNight
Hewey Dewy and Lewey: DayNight
Jiminy Cricket: DayNight
Lumiere: Day (unavailable) – Night
Pinocchio: DayNight

Disneyland Resort Paris promises “A celebratory atmosphere, with castle & park specially decorated for the 15th anniversary year”. More information has also now surfaced about the functionality of these decorations. Official documents describe how guests will be able to “Enjoy the beauty of a captivating one-of-a-kind anniversary ceremony every night at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle”.

Since the characters are holding candles, some kind of birthday blowing-out-the-candles ceremony seems very likely, along the same lines as The Enchanted Fairytale Ceremony’s castle and tree light-up at Christmas.

Monday, 10th July 2006

Floating on a cloud of dreams

This brand new parade will feature totally new floats with one of the biggest ever collections of characters – indeed, it has been rumoured for a long time now that the number of characters will actually outweigh the number of dancers! Rumours of bungee stilts and trampoline effects (similar to those seen in Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams in California) have also been bouncing around for quite some time.

Today, take a look at this exciting concept visual on the right – this is our first look at the new parade, and appears to be showing the opening float featuring the “Disney VIPs”. As Mickey and Minnie gently float by the smiling purple moon in a sun-shaped hot air balloon, Donald and Goofy float on the clouds, fishing for dreams in the world of adventure and fantasy below them. Pluto and Chip & Dale meet and greet the fans in front of the float.

The parade’s opening float seems to take the theme of “dreams” and wrap it up in more whimsy than we’ve ever seen before in a Disneyland Resort Paris parade. This looks set to be a stunning and truly original spectacle.

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