Saturday, April 5, 2008

WDS Tower of terror grand opening photos and videos exclusive report ! Updated 4/6 with the official DLP video !



Yesterday, April 5th, it was the Grand opening event of the Tower of terror at the Walt Disney Studios, and, although the day didn't began that well, due to a terrible windy and rainy weather, the evening was fantastic, with probably the best show i've seen so far for an opening of a new major Disney attraction. Thanks to 45 photos and 23 videos you will see everything of this grand opening event, just like if you were there! And i just updated the article with the official DLP video of the grand opening!

At 3 pm, it was the Stitch live inauguration. It was a small show, with a dedication speech and Stitch getting out of a big box. The best was yet to come. You will see the video of this ceremony on the official DLP video below, with some filming of the attraction.




At the exit of the TOT some young european stars did a photo call with Mickey...



At Cinemagique, guests could discover a small placemaking with a new colour and a movie poster gallery.




But the sky was always cloudy and rainy which could begin to be a problem for the show later in the evening...And suddenly the miracle happened! All clouds disappeared, the sun came back, and the opening event was saved!

8.15 pm: At the exit of the studio 1 the red carpet awaits for the guests.



And inside it's the final touch to the buffet for the future cocktail.




At the entrance of the Hollywood Boulevard a great mise-en-scène with old cars and extras all dressed with 1930's costumes is a delight for the press photographers.








Everybody gets ready before the guests stars arrives...




Here is a first video of that moment.



At the entrance of the park the gates of an unrecognisable studio 1 are going to open for the special guests, and they will go through a ghostly Studio 1 as blue eerie light, fog and dazzling projection effects are all around, including comedians playing some "ghosts"





Here are three different videos of that moment.









The projection effects were done on curtains at different entrances of the Studio 1 restaurant, here are six short movies of this amazing projection effect.













And now here is a long travelling of what these special guests have discover at their exit of the Studio 1...





The photo call with european tv stars/models/comedians began, with some famous french actors or singers, and of course, some hot babes...




Let's not forget Minnie Mouse...



And Goofy, more "goofy" than ever...





Let's not forget Sebastien Chabal, world's famous french rugbyman.





To give you a better feeling of this photo call atmosphere, here are six different videos.















After what, everybody went to dinner - very good meals, as usual, and came back at 10.30 pm for the fantastic show on the TOT.



Before we arrive to the show, let's have a look to the lighting all around the area.
Hollywood Boulevard have a unusual blue lighting, and the Tower of terror is purple, but as we will see, not for long...




The Twilight Zone fiber optic effect worked, too...



But one of the genious idea was this TOT elevator which seems to have crashed on the street in front of the Hotel! I think they should keep it there forever, it will make a great photo location!





As you may have notice in the background, the colour of the TOT has changed, and the colour will change again before the beginning of the show to THIS



At that point, the TOT looked like a big gift box with a yellow ribbon all around it, and it is now that the fantastic inauguration show will begin! I don't spoil you the beginning - so, something happens, and then we are back in time at the end of the 30's, and the streets suddenly comes alive with old cars and dozens of comedians and extras all dressed, of course, in 1930's costumes. You will find below two versions of the filming of the show: first, my filming, where you'll see the complete show, with no cut, and right after the official video from DLP, which is an edited version of the show, but where you'll see some details of it. I strongly suggest you to see both of them , and mine first to enjoy the show in its continuity. Here is the first part of the show of my filming.



Then, all of them go back in the Hollywood Tower Hotel for a big party - always supposedly in 1938 - and guess what will happen? Here is the part two of the show.



On the part three, the whole hotel falls in the Twilight Zone!





And now, here comes the other genious idea of the evening: all of these people that we saw going inside the hotel for this fateful party are coming back as ghosts to take us inside the hotel!



Now, here is the DLP official filming of the show, with at the end, some images from the elevator, and the Stitch opening ceremony.



Let's come back to the evening. What was great is that the "ghosts" joined everybody in the queue, and were even coming with you through the lobby, the library and the boiler room - but not inside the elevator! I suppose that they had enough Twilight Zone experience 70 years ago!
Here are some of them below, and a short video. The acting was very good, too, as they looked at us, wondering what we were doing here...in their hotel!








All the guests invited at this grand opening went of course inside the TOT - and checked out alive! But, believe it or not, the evening was not over yet, as now everybody joined a big party inside the Studio 1, with champagne, petit fours and pretty girls, too. Here are some photos and a video - a long travelling through the party.







So, this grand opening evening was, as you've seen, absolutely fantastic and we must give a big tribute to everybody in Disneyland who created it, really!

Hope you've enjoyed this grand opening report, probably the longest - and i hope the best - i've ever done on Disney and more. See you soon!

Photos and videos: copyright Alain Littaye - Disney and more 2008

Photos DLRP: copyright Disney

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

tha you for your work, thank you for bring us te magic of that night.

i'm waitingfor part 2.

Alain Littaye said...

That's it! the part two is on line!

Allen Huffman said...

Wow. Just wow.

Thank you so much for compiling all of this for us.

Amazing opening.

Anonymous said...

Lot of Thanks !!

Anonymous said...

Great report, thanks

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!
thank you for taking the videos!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Fantastic show. Thanks for the report!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Fantastic show. Thanks for the report!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Fantastic show. Thanks for the report!

Anonymous said...

a great, great show, why they don't use it like a night show for the studios, for this summer?

it would be fantastic

Milo said...

Wow, simply wow!
Great report, as if we were there!
Hope you had a wonderful time at the party!

Alain Littaye said...

It will be a great idea to use it as a summer show, no doubt, but all this as a cost - and not only the projection effects and fireworks, but also the cars, the actors, extras, etc....and not to mention that the park close before night, nearly every day except in winter.

Anonymous said...

The show could work without the actors, cars, extras etc. you mention, Alain. And with all the new additions, why not keep the park open later during busy summer months?

Alain Littaye said...

I agree with you, the park should stay open, but, you see, during summer the park close at 8pm , i think, and the night in summer don't fall before 10.30 or 11 pm!!!

Anonymous said...

but they are going to test a new close time for the studios, is that true?

maybe they can open later and close later, or they can do it only certain dates, or during weekends.

i think that it can work without actors, but what about less actors, less cars, and mickey and the gang in their hollywood costumes going to the party too.

what can we do to tell the resort that fans whant to see something like that

Princess Fee said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for that! really felt like I was there - thank you for the report and all the amazing pictures/videos!

Honor Hunter said...

Great coverage, Alain...

Hopefully the attendance will continue to be high so that DLRP will have some nice surprises come the turn of the new decade.

The Disney Traveler said...

Phenomenal coverage. Thank you for sharing!

By the way, I'm adding Disney and More to my Blogroll at The Disney Traveler. I love your site!

Richard said...

Do you know if the Disney Entertainment Team is going to release the events score on CD??? How can i get the music from the nights event?

Alain Littaye said...

Richard, frankly, i don't know, i have no idea if they will release it on cd. Probably not, for rights reason.

Angels Cry Opium Tears said...

Could someone tell me if they remember the opening pre show being longer and having a back story for the starlet, the little girl and the bell hop in the library. (not the movie) When I rode it with my parents in 1995/96 I swear it had a longer video and I took picures with the Starlet and the bellhp look a likes right in thier 1930's costumes outside the gift shop. I might be remembering it wrong but if someone knows what I am talking about that would be great.
Thanks, Kim
If you know please contact me at kimbre01@hotmail.com