For most of its history Disneyland Paris wasn’t known for outstanding nighttime spectaculars, in part due to local regulations preventing the park from employing large, explosive pyrotechnics that make too much noise or go to high in the air (apart from exceptions granted for Bastille Day celebrations).
That was until the park’s twentieth anniversary saw the debut of a groundbreaking new nighttime spectacular that featured castle projections, lasers, colorful dancing fountains, and low-level pyrotechnics called Disney Dreams. The show was almost a hybrid of traditional pyrotechnics shows like Wishes, castle projection shows like The Magic, The Memories, and You, and World of Color. Dreams was an immediate hit with guests, was unique to Disneyland Paris, and lasted well beyond the park’s twentieth anniversary celebrations. Continue reading
Phantom Manor during its closure in Feb 2019
The Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris reopened this week after a 16 month refurbishment that saw many internal enhancements and two notable audio changes. The first was a welcome change to many – the return of the Vincent Price narration.
The second was not welcomed by fans of the Parisian park. In the ballroom scene, composer John Debney’s sweeping, original orchestrated adaptation of the Haunted Mansion soundtrack was removed and replaced with the organ music from the soundtrack to the Haunted Mansion attraction from the United States. Guests who had early access to the reopened attraction during an annual pass soft opening were not impressed and they weren’t quiet about it. Continue reading
Disney announced this week that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which takes place each fall in Orlando’s Magic Kingdom, will be getting a new nighttime spectacular to replace the 14 year old Hallo-Wishes.
Hallo-Wishes (video below), the Halloween version of the park’s now-retired Wishes show featured such musical themes as the Haunted Mansion’s “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid, and “Trust in Me” from The Jungle Book among many other songs associated with Disney’s cadre of villains. The aging show didn’t utilize the new technological infrastructure the park received when Happily Ever After replaced Wishes last year. The new show features expanded lighting, advanced projection technology, lasers, and of course pyrotechnics. Continue reading