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Insidear – Interview with “Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights” Show Directors

On November 16, the fir lighting ceremony will begin in a « reenchanted » version. We met the two directors, Louisa Leroy and Alessandro Carmeci. Hello Louisa and Alessandro! Could you introduce yourself for those who don’t know you yet? Louisa: Hello to all dear InsidEars and all Disney fans! I have been at Disneyland Paris for 23 years now. I have had the chance to evolve within the Show Division for all these years and to still be there as a director and to be able to write magic every day to make young and old dream. I had the chance to start as a director with the show « Let’s Sing the Snow Queen » at Chaparral Theater, « Mickey and the Magician » and now « The Marvel Superhero Alliance » at Studio Theater and here I am on the Christmas tree lighting ceremony « Mickey and ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Review: New Disney Princesses Breakfast at Auberge de Cendrillon

With the popularity of character dining, Disney Princesses, and the Disney Princesses Character Lunch at Auberge de Cendrillon, it’s almost mind boggling that no one had thought of launching a Disney Princesses Breakfast in 26 years! Fairy Godmother wiggled her wand and voila – Disney Princesses Breakfast is now a thing at Auberge de Cendrillon, for now as a test during the Pirates and Princesses Festival (until April 1, 2019). We set our alarms and hurried down to Sleeping Beauty Castle on opening day, to find out if the Princesses really « woke up like this ». Booking, prices and access: Like a few other Character Dining experience, Disney Hotels and Partner Hotels Guests have a preferred booking window (when booking direct), in the sense that they can book this meal at the t...

“Surprise Mickey”: Recipe of a Disney Parks Hit Show

Production Courtyard shows have never been life changing. So when Disneyland Paris announced that, for Mickey’s 90th Birthday, Minnie was going to host yet another “surprise”, no one expected much. But on a sunny Friday morning of November, when Minnie suddenly realized that it was Mickey’s Birthday, he was not the only one to get a wonderful gift. Spoilers ahead – and if you’d like you can watch the show first below: So why did this show resonate with Guests? Let’s look at the ingredients: Story Story always come first. As much as you’d think Disneyland Paris show producers would know this by now, Guests come to the parks to be told a story, and sadly that is not always the case with shows.Surprise Mickey’s story is simple but effective, it makes sense (albeit the Disney Magic...

Review: Mickey 90 Mouse Party Soirée Pass Annuel

To celebrate Mickey’s 90th Anniversary, a special Annual Pass Party was held in Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris on Thursday, 6th December, 2018. But was it a good, good, good, good time… or a bit of a deflated Pooh balloon? Read on to found out! Streetmosphere Throughout the night an eclectic mix of 80s and 90s Mickey Mouse themed numbers (many from the old Disney EuroBeat albums) were played throughout the park, along with the likes of Disney Parks classics such as Mickey Mania (hello 1995) being busted out of the archives. The lighting of the blue and silver Christmas decorations glowed a warm, and much more welcoming red and gold instead. Various Main Street USA shopfronts had also setup temporary selfie backdrops for the occasion. Cast Members lined the streets of Main ...

Review: Disneyland Paris Halloween Party 2018

By @EyeOnDisney The age old question that has divided Disneyland Paris fans for quite some time now is “Christmas or Halloween?”. This reviewer will try to avoid angering either camp but one of the highlights on the Disneyland Paris events calendar each year is the Halloween party that takes place annually on October 31. This year saw several changes including increased prices for guests as well as tickets being available right up to the day of the event. General improvements  were made to the logisitics of the event starting at wristband distribution. Guests had the opportunity to pick up wristbands for the event from Main Street station, ticketing or hotel reception depending on the guests’ individual situation. Even better still, guests arriving just for the party were given their...

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