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...

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...

After Hours Photo Tour: Backlot & Armageddon, the end of an era.

If 2019 will not be the year of Attractions opening, it certainly will be the year of Attractions closures. April 1 marked the first wave of closure leading to the transformation of the Backlot into « Marvel Land » (name tba) when « Armageddon: Les Effets Speciaux » closed. Rock n’ Roller Coaster will come next in September, taking with it the Backlot as a whole. Disneyland Paris invited us to come back after Park closure to take a look at all the details of the Armageddon show building and the Backlot area before the Marvel asteroid hits..

Review: Pirates & Princesses AP Night

To round out the Festival of Pirates & Princesses season (hopefully just until next year!) Disneyland Paris held it’s first Soirée Exclusive Pass Annuels of 2019: The Pirates & Princesses party! If you weren’t able to make it to this sparkly, swashbuckling occasion, then let me make you feel a bit better upfront by telling you that this was the best AP night yet! Sorry, not sorry. 😉 So, if you’ve chosen your side and you’re ready to dance, read on! Streetmosphere Upon entering Disneyland Park, guests were greeted by a motley crew of pirates and some princess attendants urging guests to choose their side. On the balcony of Main Street station, Silver Ocean and Violette Rose cheered at guests who joined their respective teams. While this was a nice touch, Silv...

Review: Marvel Season 2019

Just 6 months after the last round of “heroic encounters”, the Marvel Super Heroes are back at Walt Disney Studios Park, this time in the Spring. After rather mixed reviews of the first edition, we were eager to see how the offering has progressed, and if the entertainment teams were able to learn from the feedback. The quick answer is yes, for the most part, so let’s take a look at the various features of Marvel Season 2019. [This article contains a few minor spoilers.] Marvel: Super Heroes United While ambitious, “United” disappointed last season with a confusing story line and constant technical difficulties. This year, the show is back with the same overall storyline – which is still not ground-breaking but does the job at featuring all the Heroes in an introductory way. A few ad...

Photo Tour: Disneyland Paris After Hours – February 2019

The day of operations has ended, Guests have gone home… we’ve all wondered « what if » we could stay and walk around Disneyland Park after the doors have closed. On February 8, we were invited by Disneyland Paris to do just that. In honor of the Pirates and Princesses Festival Season, our tour focused on Adventuerland and Fantasyland.. and we even ran into a famous Pirate and a famous Princess along the way! Enjoy these photos of Disneyland Paris after hours for February 2019!