Friday, January 8, 2010

Disneyland Paris 2010 Season : a sneak peek at the New Generation Festival

Disneyland Paris press office released yesterday the program of the 2010 Season called "New Generation" and we're going to have a look at it in details. But first, i want to let you know that it is currently snowing in Paris and, for those of you planning to come to the park this week-end, that more snow is expected on Saturday. It's damn' cold in Paris right now and the very stong north wind announced by the weather report should make the temperatures inside the parks reaaally cold all along the week-end.

However, the park in a wintry blanket of snow and ice is also beautiful and magical and if you want to see how it looks like you can see pictures in the previous article i did last year HERE

Let's come back to the 2010 season now. Here is DLP official press release. I let you read it first and then i will give you more details about all this.

A sneak peek at the Disney New Generation Festival
Starting 2nd April 2010

Joining Mickey Mouse and his best pals, the newest Disney Characters fill every corner of Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park with live entertainment as part of the yearlong “Disney new generation festival” that launches 2nd April 2010 at Disneyland Paris.

Inspired by centuries of festivals in Europe, fans of all ages will be treated to shows with the newest stars from Walt Disney Pictures’ animated films, including The Princess and the Frog (in theaters beginning 2010), Lilo & Stitch and Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Ratatouille and Monsters, Inc..

The highlight of each day in Disneyland Park is a grand welcome to Princess Tiana, the newest star to join the Disney Princess family from Walt Disney Pictures’ latest animated movie, The Princess and the Frog. Each day, Princess Tiana and her Prince Naveen will meet ‘n’ greet guests and pose for photographs at Town Square Gazebo, with lively music by the Dixieland Band inspired by the music from the film.

The enchanting couple also can be seen in the Disneyland Park daily afternoon “Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade” on the “Dreams of Romance” finale float that features all the princesses and princes. The interactive procession is a spectacular mix of storybook floats with more Disney Characters than ever before, lively performances by jugglers and acrobats. And each float has its own special effects: a scent that extends the story, from burning embers for the villains to tropical fruits for The Lion King, and a soundtrack to match the films featured, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

The dreamy finale float features all the princesses and princes in a magical garden, and now Princess Tiana and her Prince Naveen join Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Jasmine and Belle with their princes as they exit the float for a dance and to greet guests along the parade route. The float also includes a new romance medley from The Princess and the Frog.

At day’s end in Disneyland Park, look for a grand moment where Mickey and his best friends give a tribute to their famous new friends in the “Disney showtime spectacular” on the 360-degree Central Plaza Stage, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The splashy, 15-minute show is the first that features all the new generation characters together along with longtime favorite Disney Characters, led by maestro Mickey. The super tribute to the stars brings guests into the new world of friendship.
Several times daily in Disneyland Park, the Disney new generation stars hops aboard the “Disney all stars express” train on Main Street, U.S.A., with longtime favorites such as Minnie Mouse, stopping at several locations nears Sleeping Beauty Castle to meet and greet guests.

More Live Shows at Walt Disney Studios Park

Ratatouille Characters Remy and Emile are featured in an all-new roadster in the daily “Disney’s Stars ‘n’ Cars” at Walt Disney Studios Park, designed as a comical tribute to Remy’s love of cooking. They join “director” Mickey and other favorite characters in this elaborate party on wheels down Place des Stars that takes guests through the stories of the movies and great Hollywood adventures with cars themed to the personalities of each character. The Ratatouille car makes a big statement with oversized cooking utensils, pots, pans, Champagne bottle, smoke and other special effects. As the cavalcade ends for a meet-and-greet experience with guests, guests start hearing pops and whistles from Remy’s roadster with an impromptu French can-can celebration of the newest stars to join the line-up.

Everyone get permission to be as loud as they want, and screams of delight are filling the air several times daily at “Monsters Inc. Scream Academy” at Walt Disney Studios Park. “Top scarer” Sulley from Monsters, Inc. looks for new recruits with his friend named Patty. Guests of all ages get in the action as they test the monster boogie, monster roar and monster scare – with as many laughs as screams. All are invited to participate in this family-friendly, high energy character interaction. Try your hand at being a Monster!

Toy Story Playland – Opening Summer 2010

At the new Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park, Buzz Lightyear invites guests into Andy’s “back yard” to be shrunk to the scale of toys on an enormous playground, with plenty of interactive fun and photo opportunities.

Toy Story Playland includes three all-new attractions:
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, simulating a dive from the sky with Andy’s Green Army Men;
the family-friendly Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin, a whimsical coaster attraction;
RC Racer, featuring an exhilarating 25-meter half pipe on a U-shaped race circuit.
(end of the press release)

As you may have already guess the real - and only - new attraction this year is in fact Toy Story Playland opening late June or July. I was wondering what was this “Monsters Inc. Scream Academy”...a new show? a new attraction? Well, no, it will be simply a "happening" with Monsters Inc characters located at the Monsters Inc photo location decor near Animagique at the WDS. And if you wonder which characters are considered to be part of the "new generation" just have a look at the top picture where they're all here - except Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

The “Disney all stars express” will be the same little train we saw last year and the for the 15th Anniversary and Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen will appear in the day Parade but - and that's the bad news - don't expect a Tiana's Showboat Jubilee on one of DLP's riverboats like the one at Disneyland or at the Magic Kingdom. Considering that DLP have not one but TWO riverboats - the Mark Twain and the Molly Brown - it's not the riverboats that were missing... but to be perfectly honest, i can agree that DL and MK have a much bigger viewing area for their riverboat show than in Paris. And of course, as usual, there was the question of the budget for the show...

However, with the three new little attractions and the theming of Toy Story Playland 2010 will not be a year without new attraction which at least is a good news for all DLP fans! Next week i will have an update about DLP's future where we will have a look at what should come in the parks in the future years. Don't miss it!

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Pictures: copyright Disney


Brian said...

I agree with you, couldn't call it a year with a huge party. However we get 3 new attractions, making WDS again a little bigger, and big plus is that these rides have got a big lot of theming around it (something we did'nt see that much in WDS). Of course not the biggest rides, but i think we'll be getting something bigger around the 10th birthday...
Looking forward to your article next week!

Anonymous said...


Thanks for this. I honestly wish they just didn't bother instead this year. Oh well