Throwback Thursday: Winnie the Pooh and Friends Too Christmas edition

Winnie the Pooh and Friends Too was a character show for the little ones based on the adventures of the silly old bear.  It was first performed outdoors on Royal Castle Stage and after a hiatus of a few years, the show popped up in Fantasyland Festival Stage (which now houses Meet Mickey Mouse).

For the Christmas Season of 2006, the story of the show was updated with a seasonal make-over.

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Throwback Thursday: The Walt Disney Studios Park Christmas Tree

During the Christmas Season of 2007, a Christmas Tree appeared for the first time in Walt Disney Studios Park.

It didn’t look anything like the Disneyland Park Tree though and it wasn’t a big centrepiece either, quite literally as it was placed off balance in between Production Courtyard Stage and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Over the years the Tree did return on various locations, last year it was placed in front of Disney Studio 1 on Place des Frères Lumière. However it didn’t return this year.

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Throwback Thursday: XTRM Snow Festival in Disney Village

The XTRM Snow Festival was a special event in Disney Village on 27 November 2004. Professional snowboards could participate to qualify for a ticket to the Ride Pro Snowboarding Tour. The winner of the event would qualify directly to the famous Artic Challenge competition.

For all this, a large snowboard ramp was build on the grass perk between Disney Village and Disney’s Newport Bay Club.

Around the ramp there were some “après-ski” huts offering hot drinks, Corona beer,and Billabong sports wear.

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

XTRM Snow Festival

Throwback Thursday: Sleeping Beauty Castle vs Christmas Tree

In 2004 and 2005, Disneyland Paris entertainment decided to skip a world wide Disney Parks tradition of putting a Christmas Tree on Town Square by placing it right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The decision was made so that the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Castle Lighting could be integrated. However, putting the tree there was quite controversial on fan message boards around that time and eventually in 2006 it was put again on its rightful place.

Christmas Tree in 2005

Christmas Tree in 2005

Throwback Thursday: Who robbed the bank?

“Who robbed the bank?” was a streetmosphere-type show in Frontierland during Disney’s Halloween Festival in 2004. It featured stunt men as bank robbers jumping over the rooftops of Fuente del Oro Restaurante. The show used lots of slapstick humor and didn’t use spoken dialog, instead the main characters held up signs with words. There was lots of running back and forward, falling of the roof tops and ladders tipping over.

A stunt show featuring Zorro took place at the same location in 1993.

Who robbed the bank?

Who robbed the bank?

Who robbed the bank?

Who robbed the bank?

Who robbed the bank?

Who robbed the bank?

Throwback Thursday: The Phantom Wedding

The Phantom Wedding was a projection mapping show on Phantom Manor during Disney’s Halloween Party on 31 October 2004. The entire building was covered with white fabric to allow a good image.

The show told the story of Phantom Manor using still and video images, 3D animations and live dancers. It was very well received among fans, though it didn’t return for the Halloween Parties the years after.

The Phantom Wedding was developped by the same company that did the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opening and was also consulted during the creation of Disney Dreams.

Throwback Thursday: The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

In 2007 a brand new show was introduced for the Halloween Season: The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime, starring Minnie Mouse, Stitch, Maleficent and the Disney Villains.

This show was quite popular among the fans and kept returning every Halloween season until 2011 when the stage was removed in front of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant.

Over 20 photos can be found in the Photos Magiques gallery of the 2007 version of this show. Here’s a selection:

The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Throwback Thursday: The sky is falling

Back in 2005 when Disney’s first computer animated featured Chicken Little was about to get released in France, a big marketing campaign was set up in Walt Disney Studios Park.

First, a large billboard was constructed against the façade of Disney Studio with Chicken Little’s head popping up over a blue sky with the movie’s logo and was completed with a big piece of sky next to the billboard.

On Animation Courtyard a mini street set with buildings from the movie’s town Oakey Oaks was placed in front of the Animagique queue line and featured almost daily character appearances of Chicken Little and Abbey Mallard, who would also participate in the Disney Cinema Parade.

The photo location was removed in 2007 right before the area was renamed to Toon Studio.

The big billboard in front of Disney Studio 1 was replaced, to much dismay of many fans, by an even larger image of Disney-Pixar’s Cars.

Chicken Little billboard

Chicken Little billboard

Chicken Little billboard

Chicken Little billboard

Chicken Little billboard

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little billboard

Chicken Little billboard

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little photo location

Chicken Little in Disney Cinema Parade

Chicken Little in Disney Cinema Parade

Abbey Mallard in Disney Cinema Parade

Throwback Thursday: Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium was a Circle-Vision film in Discoveryland. It opened along with the rest of Disneyland Paris in 1992 and featured for the first time a 360° film combined with Audio-Animatronics.

According to the story, Timekeeper sends a hovering robot called 9-Eyes back through time and projects all the images she records on the 360° screens in Le Visionarium. 9-Eyes travels from the Jurassic age to the Renaissance and even to the future along with the visionary Jules Verne.

The attraction featured a memorable soundtrack composed by Bruce Broughton.

On 5 September 2004 it closed permanently to make way for Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium

Le Visionarium