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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...

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...

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!

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