While I was visiting Disneyland Paris last week I had a very interesting conversation with a CM about the future of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends dinner show.
The rumour has is that as part of the expansion and refurbishment of the Disney Village the 20 year old dinner show will come to an end and the building will be closed, refurbished and converted into an ice rink and arena. Which would then become a permanent home for Disney on Ice.
With all Disneyland Paris rumours I never believe them until things actually start to happen but this one does appear to make some sense. The BBWWS arena would make an excellent arena for ice shows and Disney on Ice tour Europe every year.
Logistically giving Disney on Ice a permanent home at Disneyland Pairs would be a good idea. It would give Feld Entertainment a permanent European base for rehearsals and costume and set storage and would be the ideal location for them to launch their European tours. Disney on Ice runs over eight productions and touring companies at any given time.
BBWWS is now over 20 years old, and is one of the longest running dinner shows in Europe but they are having problems filling all the seats twice a night, which does make you wonder if the show actually makes a profit.
If this conversion does happen the seating capacity of the arena would be increased as the tables would no longer be required. An ice arena would be able to host many different shows over a season and it would be a lot easier for them to change the production of the ice shows to give guest something new to see on each visit. Disney on Ice launch a new touring show every year and more recently they have toured Europe twice a year with different shows.