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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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Phantom Manor Set To Reopen 3rd May 2019

Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris is finally set to reopen its doors on Friday 3rd May 2019. The announcement was made at an InsideEars event by Tom Fitzgerald, Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering who has been overseeing the renovation project.

Phantom Manor closed way back on 8th January 2018 for a major renovation as part of Project Sparkle, a project to refurbish and renew several of the major attractions around Disneyland Paris. Initially expected to be closed for approximately 9 months the reopening date has been pushed back several times as it was communicated that additional work was needed to be done that had been previously thought.

During the Disney Fandaze event in July 2018 guests were informed by Tom Fitzgerald during a conference that a major reimagining of the attraction was underway and that some of the story elements would be altered and that the identity of the phantom would be revealed. Walt Disney Imagineering were also working on bringing back the original spiel that was recorded by the late Vincent Price back into the attraction, this was removed in the early 90’s as it was difficult to for French guests to understand.

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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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