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
Mary Poppins is counted by many Disney fans to be Walt Disney’s finest work. He was originally introduced to the Mary Poppins stories by his daughter Diane. Diane Disney was a fan of the series of books by author P.L. Travers who began publishing the books in the 1930s in London during the Great Depression. Walt was immediately enchanted by the books and saw their movie potential, trying several times over the course of the next 20 years to get the rights to make Mary Poppins into a movie.