Tony Baxter Imagineering Masterclass leads confirmed April 12th events programme

Friday, 23rd March 2012 at 23:45 by
Anthony
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Tony Baxter, 1992 (C) Disney

Planning to celebrate the exact date of Disneyland Paris’ 20th Anniversary, on 12th April 2012? You’re not the only one. We’ve now had it confirmed that Tony Baxter will be present at the park, in person, on the heralded date. Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering and the original lead creative force behind Disneyland Paris, the legendary Imagineer will answer questions and talk about the history of the park during a special “Imagineering Masterclass” at Videopolis Theatre from 10.45am to 11.45am. Places are open to all but strictly limited to the size of the venue.

Given his legendary status amongst Disneyland Paris fans, having led the overall design of the park and its five key show producers — Eddie Sotto (Main Street, U.S.A.), Jeff Burke (Frontierland), Chris Tietz (Adventureland), Tom Morris (Fantasyland) and Tim Delaney (Discoveryland), it looks set to be an unmissable hour. After the presentation, which will include a Q&A for fans to put their own questions to Tony, video screens inside Videopolis will continue to play archive footage from the resort’s history throughout the day.

Also scheduled for the grand date is a special morning event held by Philippe Gas. The company CEO himself will welcome guests to the park with a personal ceremony on Town Square at 9.30am, to be followed by a much-rumoured — and now officially announced — Cast Member “flashmob”.

The exact details of this moment of music and dance remain a secret, but Cast Members have voluntarily signed up to give their time for the occasion. Park gates will open at 9.00am to allow guests into Town Square, in advance of the ceremony, with the park itself officially opening at 10am. Extra Magic Hours on this date will be held instead at Walt Disney Studios Park — but you’re not going to trade a one-off date in history for a shorter queue at Crush’s Coaster, are you?

Character fans should look out for special one-off happenings and surprises all around the park throughout the day, including appearances from some of the more rarely seen Disney characters. All of these events and times will be listed in a special edition of the park Programme.

For collectors, besides special editions of the free Park Guide leaflets which will only be available on April 12th, there will even be dated merchandise. On sale in strictly limited quantities, a “golden key” pin and both a male and female T-shirt design, pictured above, all with the 12th April 2012 date.

Those who took a gamble and booked trips to coincide with the date, having no guarantee that it would even be commemorated, have certainly been duly rewarded. And for those who hesitated, this surprising programme of events may well be more than enough to encourage a last-minute trip. But given the very late nature of this announcement, it could now be difficult — and perhaps expensive — for those who can’t easily jump on the next RER train to experience the date for themselves at just three weeks’ notice, especially as it falls within the busy Easter holiday period.

Do you plan to be there to mark the date, and experience these events for yourself?

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Comments

  • We’re going to the park on that day for my 18th birthday. I’m really looking forward to the presentation in Videopolis!

    We were lucky with the hotel prices, because the 40% off deal for the New Port Bay ended the day after we booked!

  • Why is it being called a Masterclass? Why not a presentation?

    • Probably just to make it sound a little more exciting and interactive – there might be a Q&A opportunity at some point.

    • Can confirm: the “Masterclass” will begin with Tony Baxter answering a few specific questions about the history of the park, before going on to do a Q&A with the audience.

  • I’m hoping to be there. Can’t wait!!!

  • Where exactly has this been announced? Has there been a press release? I get the impression that most park-goers don’t know about this.

    • I got the few scant details here confirmed in an email, but I believe there was a full 20th Anniversary presentation on Thursday, to which only French fan site owners were invited.

    • Can also add: All the events on the day will be published in a special one-off Programme leaflet, so every visitor will be given the times and info.

  • I’m really jealous of all who can be there. Have fun at this wonderful presentation.

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