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First character details for Magical Moments Festival events leak out

Friday, 21st January 2011 at 14:56

Our third “theme year” in a row doesn’t actually have any definable theme like the current New Generation, but Disney Magical Moments Festival beginning 6th April will bring to the parks a new trend of character “happenings”, as they’re awkwardly translated. According to Character Central Blog, even Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade won’t be free from a little Magical Moments “plussing”, with six new costumes including a swarm of bees behind the Winnie the Pooh unit and a new interactive show stop which will invite children to step up and don small costumes to dance with the characters (or for Toy Story, run around with stick horses resembling Bullseye) — a similar idea to that which greeted the launch of The Wonderful World of Disney Parade in 1998.

Replacing the rather good Disney Showtime Spectacular on Central Plaza Stage will be another creation of the random Disney show name generator, Mickey’s Magical Celebration, this year said to feature a more classic range of characters such as Merlin, the Fairy Godmother, the Three Good Fairies and Mickey in two different costumes (surely including that Sorcerer outfit, rarely seen in Paris), with just one performance daily each evening. Interestingly the Genie will apparently appear as a real “face” character, something only seen before at the Disney California Adventure stage musical. More conventional will be the fourth (yes, really) reworking of the park’s Casey Jr. parade train, to this year be known as Disney Dance Express and exclusively feature the VIP team of Mickey, Minnie and friends. Rather than stopping for meet ‘n’ greets, however, the train is this year said to be stopping for a live show in the middle of Main Street akin to Magic Kingdom’s “Move It! Shake It!! Celebrate It!!! Street Party” — with fewer exclamation marks but still a live human host, dancers and possibly imported music.

On the subject of those “happenings”, Character Central has no word on the Peter Pan event but does report that a Jungle Book event will feature the park’s long-running African Tam Tams group alongside King Louie and Baloo. This is apparently in addition to new static figurines of these characters, similar to those of WALL-E and EVE which arrived in Discoveryland late last year. A new, live meet ‘n’ greet for Aladdin is also said to arrive near the back of Adventureland Bazaar, while Rapunzel and Flynn from Disney’s Tangled could be given a more permanent home near The Old Mill.

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  • Visiting just after the opening event in April! So excited! Do you think even though there is no attraction maintenance listed for April, there will be major work on the park itself, such as the château refurb, or parade route resurfacing? Xx

  • This new season is going to be well exciting!
    Trust me though that the PeterPan ‘happening’ will be taking place, near the Chalet de la marrionette entrance of Adventureland. With face characters for the entire cast just like the old Peter Pan show. There won’t be a swarm of bees but expect there to be like 2 bees accompagny the Winnie the Pooh characters.
    The tam tam happening will also include Rafiki.
    And the Tangled photolocation will be more like the locations we’ve seen at WDS before (incredibles, chicken little etc..)
    Kinda cardboard ish instead of permanent..

    @Grant The Parade route should be finished by the end of March, but expect the Castle to be in rehab by then.

  • I have photos and video of my two sons joining in dances with the Characters in the daytime parade when it originally stopped enroute. The Characters or CM’s would choose children from the kerbside, rather than it being a ‘free for all’, which would be rather chaotic.
    Grant, as far as I am aware, work begins on the Castle from March, until September.
    The snow has caused a lot of cracks in the pavents and walkways in resort, which will have to be repaired. Some are quite bad, which could cause someone to trip.
    We noticed how bad it was walking from the Studios two weeks ago.

  • You do sometimes have to wonder how those Disneyland Paris execs manage to cunjure up such enthusiasm for such reworked and often lacklustre ideas. C minus.

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