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Phantom Manor Grand Reopening Night

Phantom Manor had its public reopening on Friday 3rd May but Disneyland Paris hosted a special after hours event for Infinity Pass Holders and Press on Tuesday 30th April to be among the first to rediscover Phantom Manor along with some special entertainment for the evening. Infinity Pass holder were invited to book tickets for the event via the Infinity Pass portal which sold out in less than 5 minutes and members of the InsideEars program and were invited and could bring a guest with them.

Arriving

For the event, guests were escorted through the park into and Frontierland where they were given a copy of the Thunder Mesa Daily Messenger Newspaper and then took their places for the opening ceremony on the deck of the Molly Brown. The ceremony was hosted by the Mayor of Frontierland and his Wife, who were embodied by the current Disneyland Paris Ambassadors, who welcomed us to the night and invited us to discover the secrets of Phantom Manor. The Manor had a special lighting package installed for the night illumination the manor and its queue in vibrant greens, oranges and purples along with projection mapping on the manor.

Phantom Manor

Then the Manor was open for guest to visit.
The Phantom Manor has received some major changes to the attraction both welcome and unwelcome depending on who you ask. The Story of the attraction has completely changed with the introduction of new characters and some being removed entirely. A full run down and review of the changes will be coming soon but for now the main take aways are that the Lighting has been drastically improved throughout. The pre show and portraits are all new with the return of some of the original Vincent Price narration. The soundtrack has been altered and not in a good way however as of writing this Disney have decided to restore some of the original soundtrack back into the attraction in some scenes that were changed. Let’s hope they continue and put the soundtrack back throughout the attraction.

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Pirate or Princess? Choose Your Side!

A Little Context

The Festival of Pirates and Princesses made its debut in 2018 in the Spring season at Disneyland Paris, many fans were very skeptical before its launch as it was replacing the fan favourite Swing Into Spring Season coupled with confirmation that the season would be reusing old floats from Magic on Parade a lot of fans really weren’t sure what to make of it all.

Then we were introduced to Betty Rose and Jimmy Ocean in a series of videos released by Disneyland Paris on YouTube in which we were taught two different dances. Betty and Jimmy were brand new characters and we instantly fell in love them. Betty as an expert on all things princess heads up Team Princess with Mickey and the Disney Princesses and Jimmy, a swash buckling pirate heads up Team Pirate with Minnie, Hook, Mr Smee, Peter, Wendy and Jake The Neverland Pirate.

Then the day came the music started and the parade floats rolled down Main Street and Fantasyland stopping at the Castle Stage and half way down Main Street for the first show stop.

The Return

Fans had heard that Pirates and Princesses was actually just meant to be only a one off season to fill in the gap they had in spring and wasn’t meant to return but the satisfaction was so high and there was so much love for Betty and Jimmy that the higher ups were scrambling to work out how to bring the season back. This sounds like it should be simple just put it back on same time same place but there’s was just a slight problem, the calendar for 2019 was already set. So the decision was made to run in Pirates and Princesses from January to March in Disneyland Park while Legends of The Force runs in Walt Disney Studios. This was not the ideal time to run the season due to the risk of the weather but it really was the only time it could be fit in.

But before Betty and Jimmy came back for round two of Pirates and Princesses they make a special guest appearance in the Surprise Mickey show at Walt Disney Studios Park as part of the Mickey90 celebrations taking at the resort helping Minnie prepare Mickey’s birthday surprise. Disneyland Paris have stated that Betty and Jimmy are here to stay and will be returning again even after Pirates and Princesses.

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