Soft openings for Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! will begin this weekend and gradually build to give double the performances expected. The capacity of the new venue has also been confirmed.,
Heading to Disneyland Resort Paris with Playhouse Disney fans over the next three weeks? You could be in luck. Member (and Cast Member) guimik at Disney Central Plaza forum has posted the full “soft opening” show schedule, as published internally at the resort.
It goes as follows:
Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd March 2009
French: 11:30, 13:00
Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th March 2009
French: 11:15, 12:45
English: 12:00, 14:30
Spanish: 13:30, 15:15
Thursday 26th March 2009
French: 11:30, 13:00, 15:30
English: 12:15, 13:45, 17:00
Spanish: 14:45, 16:15
Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th March;
Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd April 2009
French: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30
Friday, 3rd April 2009
French: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:15, 16:45
English: 11:15, 14:30, 17:30
Spanish: 12:45, 16:00
So, Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! certainly won’t be the five-performances-a-day attraction expected. If the final soft opening date, 3rd April, just a day before the official opening, is the most likely to show the final schedule, this means we’ll be seeing 10 shows per day on peak dates. Five of those French, three English and two Spanish.
The same source, guimik, also confirms another very interesting detail — the capacity of the new theatre/show room is 480 guests. Next door, the benches of the Stitch Live! theatre welcome 200 guests per performance.
So, even given that guests at Playhouse Disney will sit on the floor close to the puppets’ stage and mostly be quite small-bodied, this new show room in the former Disney Channel CyberSpace post-show area will be quite a bit bigger.
Note: “Soft Opening”, by the way, is a Disney term given to advance previews of a new attraction, when it opens to the public ahead of the advertised date in order to train the Cast Members, test satisfaction and simply make sure everything is ready for the big day. It should be noted that these dates and showtimes can therefore be subject to change or cancellation without notice.