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.
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.
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.
Atmosphere and Entertainment
Throughout the night a band performed on the deck of the Molly Brown playing renditions of Grim Grinning Ghosts, Cotten Eye Joe and other songs and characters were roaming around Frontierland including The Mayor of Frontierland (Artemus L Hector) and his Wife, The Sherif, The Undertaker/Cabinet Maker (J. Nutterviller), The Caretaker of the Manor along with The Phantom himself and Melanie Ravenswood roaming around the grounds of Phantom Manor. As the clock struck midnight a Projection Mapping and lighting show was performed onto Phantom Manor.
Big Thunder Mountain was open for the duration of the night and was a fantastic way to ride without having to queue and as always it”s the ‘Wildest Ride In The Wilderness’ and always so great in the dark. Rustler Roundup Shootin’ Gallery was free to play all night.
For members of InsideEars, Press and their guests the Silver Spur Steakhouse was open where refreshments and snacks were provided as well as having a fantastic photo opportunity set up.
The Phantom Manor reopening night was a truly awesome experience provided for free by Disneyland Paris and what a way to celebrate the classic attraction opening its doors once again. It’s been such a long time coming and was great that it came back in this very unique way. Disneyland Paris went above any beyond what anyone could of expected for the night and hopefully they will continue doing this for future attractions closing/reopening.
Come back soon for a write up of the changes made to Phantom Manor.