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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.


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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