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

Throwback Thursday: Wishes logo

Before Disney Dreams! and The Enchanted Fireworks there was Wishes, a fireworks display that used for the first time ever in Disneyland Paris still projections and lasers on Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant.

Unlike for Disney Dreams where its projectors were placed on top of the Main Street, U.S.A. buildings, where both the projectors and lasers hidden in a large Wishes logo in the middle of Central Plaza.

Because the projectors where so low to the ground, guests were not allowed to stand in front of the Wishes logo and had to sit down.

Wishes ran during the summer seasons of 2005 until 2007.

Wishes logo on Central Plaza

Wishes logo on Central Plaza

Wishes logo on Central Plaza

Wishes logo on Central Plaza

Wishes logo on Central Plaza

Wishes logo on Central Plaza

Wishes logo on Central Plaza

See photos of the Wishes fireworks.

Throwback Thursday: Cast Member drawing

On May the 4th (be with you) 2005 I was wondering through Discoveryland when I suddenly stumbled upon a maintenance Cast Member apparently making a drawing. I asked what he was doing, so he showed me his sketch of Orbitron – Machines Volantes and Space Mountain: Mission 2.

It turned out he loved making sketches of attractions in the park during his break.

Cast Member sketch

Cast Member sketching

New: Photo of the day on Instagram

Some changes have been made to our Instagram. Just until recently we used Instagram only to post live photos from the Parks, but this caused our photo stream to remain silent in between trips. Therefor a “photo of the day” as well as “Throwback Thursday” will fill in that gap!

Be sure to check us out on Instagram! You don’t even need to use your smartphone, just visit: http://instagram.com/photosmagiques!

Photos Magiques on Instagram

Throwback Thursday: Finding Nemo photo location

The Finding Nemo photo location was located on what’s now Hollywood Boulevard. It followed up on the Bugs Land photo location around 2004 and featured an underwater backdrop with a large Bruce the shark suspended on it. Guests had to take place in front of a rocky coral featuring Marlin and Dory, which “disappeared” from time to time.

The photo location eventually went away when Hollywood Boulevard construction was being prepared.

Finding Nemo photo location

Finding Nemo photo location

Finding Nemo photo location

Finding Nemo photo location

Finding Nemo photo location photo location

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Finding Nemo photo location