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Interview: Walt Disney Imagineering’s Tom Fitzgerald discusses the Tower of Terror update

A whole new dimension of chills has dropped into The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ this fall at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. Tom Fitzgerald, senior creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, shared with the Disneyland Paris Insidears Team a first-hand account of the three new storylines he and his team brought to this iconic attraction. How has the storytelling of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror been central to making this attraction a Disney Park special? From the start, storytelling has been central to the success of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The whole idea of the attraction was to place guests into the storyline of an episode of the series. In the library scene, guests would learn the backstory of what happened so many years ago, then be invited to board tho...

Are You Brave Enough? – Lyrics

The nights are getting darker, and playful spooks are coming out to play. That’s right, the Halloween season is here at Disneyland Paris! For 2019, Castle Stage plays host to the brand new spooktacular Are You Brave Enough? If you want to show those Disney Villains that you’re not afraid of them, or even tap into your own inner villain, then fear not – we’ve got the lyrics to the catchy new anthem for you right here! Are You Brave Enough? Composed by Scott Erickson   Do you dare, to go out at night? Are you scared, when there is no light? The scoundrels and the villains are enough to cause a fright! Something’s calling, that you can’t resist. The fear is something, that still persists. The dark is a curse, but it only gets worse when they step into the light! &...

Inside Disneyland Park’s Central Control Room

The Disneyland Paris Insidears team gave us a looks at a place and a team little known to visitors, but whose role is essential to our resort. They followed for a day the Cast Members of P.C.C.R. at their place of work, just above the « it’s a small world » attraction: The P.C.C.R. (Park Central Control Room) is a bit like the central control booth of Disneyland Park, where the teams control the parade audio, announcements and some of the Disneyland Park lights. Walt Disney Studios Park has a similar control room, managed by the same team, on the first floor of Disney Studio 1. The team consists of 10 operators, technicians and programmers, spread over the 2 parks, to operate the daily activities and program the various shows and soundtracks. They are supervised by a stage manager. S...

Review: The Lion King (2019)

Review by Patrick G. When Disney started making live action movies of much loved classics it was only a matter of time before The Lion King got the live action treatment. Having directed the 2016 live action remake of the Jungle Book, Jon Favreau ups the ante even further by taking the helm of a live action movie which features no human characters at all. The Lion King also comes with the extra difficulty of being one of the most popular Disney movies of all time with the 1994 original grossing over $900 million at the global box office. You would think that most directors would tremble at such a challenge but Favreau delivers a gorgeous movie with breathtaking cinematography. The live action setting grounds the story deeply in our world (more on that later) showcasing the stunning beauty ...

Review: Jungle Book Jive – “We found our way” to a world-class show

June 30th was the official debut of The Lion King and Jungle Festival. As the name indicates, two somewhat loosely related but ultimately distinct properties are at play for this new summer season: The Lion King (Africa) and The Jungle Book (Asia). The Jungle Book Jive is a brand new production on Central Plaza featuring Disney Friends, Dancers, Singers and Drummers inspired by The Jungle Book. Here’s our review – with some spoilers! Story In The Jungle Book Jive, Mickey and some of his Friends (Minnie, Donald, Daisy – sorry Pluto, no doggies allowed in the Jungle) set off on an adventure in the world of the Jungle Book (India/Asia). On board 4 new vehicles, they leave Town Square to look for Goofy, Chip, Dale and Clarice in the Central Plaza Jungle (guess they got their holida...

Rhythms of the Pride Lands: Interview with Christophe Leclercq, Show Director

As we approach the start of the « Lion King and Jungle Festival » Season, the Insidears team have sat down with  to discuss the season and the new show « Rhythms of the Pride Lands » that will be performed at the brand new Frontierland Theater starting June 30, 2019. Here is the interview! When did you start working on this project?  The decision to launch the production of a brand-new show around the Lion King dates back to November 2016. From there, everything was set up very quickly and I was appointed to stage this new production. How did you develop the concept of the show?  The first instructions I was given were to do something completely different from The Legend of the Lion King which played at Videopolis between 2004 and 2009, as well as the Festival of the Lion King, Disney&rsqu...

EXCLUSIVE: Enchanted Force, New Powers: First Plot Details Officially Revealed for Frozen 2 [SPOILERS]

This year’s Annecy Animation Festival was the occasion for Walt Disney Animation to present to a limited audience several precious minutes of the highly anticipated animation movie, Frozen 2. Here is what we learned about the general plot, we must warn you about some spoilers about the main aspects of the story. Frozen 2 Starts with a flashback retelling the story of Anna and Elsa’s childhood with their parents. A peaceful life disturbed by a painful experience: their father, at the time Prince Agnarr, had to face an enchanted force in the forest, a force with mysterious and inexplicable powers that  traumatized him forever.   The time is now. Three years have passed since the Frozen events, Arendelle has found harmony and Anna and Elsa seem to be having a lovely time. In ...

Review: Magical Pride

Saturday June 1, 2019 saw the first official Magical Pride party at Walt Disney Studios Park, celebrating diversity and inclusion. While many LGBT private events have taken place at Disney Parks around the world including Disneyland Paris, this is the first time that one of these events is organized by Disney itself and appears on the Resort’s official calendar. As such, it’s important to highlight and praise the determination of our Resort in taking that important step. On to the party ! Magical Pride Diversity March One of the major highlight of the night. Despite its rather simple setup (performers on foot, “Stars and Cars” cars, the infamous “Spring Train” and Jake’s Pirate Ship), the March shined for its enthusiastic and heart felt energy: more than 400 Cast Members, special Guests (B...

Interview with Disneyland Paris Lighting Designer Tim Lutkin

The Disneyland Paris Insidears team met up with award winning lighting designer Tim Lutkin. Here is their interview! Having worked on both Mickey and the Magician and Marvel Super Heroes United, Tim Lutkin is in charge of creating immersive lightshows to offer unique experiences to Disneyland Paris guests. As the Season of Marvel Super Heroes is in full swing, InsidEars has recently sat down with Tim to better understand this exciting job. How and why did you become a lighting designer? How did you get that passion? From a very young age my mother told me that whenever she took me to the theatre I used to stare at the lighting rig instead of the stage. From as young as I can remember I was obsessed with lighting and I loved going to the theatre. I designed the lighting for my school produc...

Phantom Manor : Thunder Mesa Daily Messenger

Thunder Mesa Daily Messenger Découvrez la une du Thunder Mesa Daily Messenger distribuée lors de la soirée de Phantom Manor. Pour télécharger ce numéro spécial, c’es ICI

Opinion: Phantom Manor 2019, 5 Pros and Cons

Well, here we are, folks. Phantom Manor is back open (in AP Previews this week) and many Guests have already had the chance to experience the “re-imagined” attraction, including our team. Phantom Manor is a beloved attraction with an opinionated fan base, and so it is normal that people will have a different take on the changes that were made. In order to give you an overview of what has been done and what Guests reactions have been, we’ve collected a number of opinions within our team and other Guests and here are the 10 most recurring points, presented to you pro/con style. (You can watch our full POV video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRFTUl6txoQ) Warning: contains spoilers! PROS Vincent Price’s narration What a treat! The restored voice over takes the story to a whole new leve...

Jungle Book Jive: the sleeper hit of the summer ?

As the “Lion King and Jungle Festival” marketing machine booted up back in September last year, and more recently with TV ads, billboards and other teasers, everyone’s focus has generally been on the new Lion King stage production coming to the Frontierland Theater (if it’s ready). But a key element of the season seems stay in the background, possibly due to the lack of details or promotion, and it might very well steal the entire spotlight: The Jungle Book Jive. Let’s look at the show you may very well be obsessed with all summer, based on what we know so far: It’s a Parade “Musical production” is the term used by Disney, but don’t get it twisted: it’s a full blown mini parade. With no less than 9 brand new floats (albeit not of a size of a daytime parade), the show will cover a lot of te...

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