The new Disneyland Pairs show ‘The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure’ debuted on 10 February 2016 and has received mixed reviews from some Disneyland Paris fans, so during our visit last week Duffy and I took the opportunity to see the show for ourselves.
The Chaparral Theater has been transformed from its Frozen Sing Along winter backdrop into a spring time enchanted forest and this new twenty-minute show, features characters, and songs from Pocahontas, The Jungle Book, Tarzan, Tangled, and Brave.
The Forest of Enchantment show has fourteen British Cast Members involved in the production including Britain’s Got Talent contestants Rosie Hale and Jordan Todd.
Rosie Hale rose to fame last year as part of the four-piece Disney girl group Misstasia, who impressed Britain’s Got Talent judges Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon with their first audition when they sang ‘Part of your World’ from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Although the group did not make it to the grand final of the ITV competition, which was won by Jules O’Dwyer and her dog Matisse, Rosie kept on singing and she has since gone on to land the role of The Storyteller in the ‘The Forest of Enchantment’.
Rosie who studied musical theater at Stratford College told the Stratford Observer that she had to see off more than 200 rivals in Paris and London to get the part. She said: “Every number’s got really special moments, and we do something in every one, so it’s so much fun.”
Fellow Britain’s Got Talent contestant Jordan Todd, who got close to the finals with opera group Kingdom Tenors, told Metro: ‘That’s what makes it special, the fact that every number has something in it that’s a Disney classic, that has a special moment and then because it is so fast paced it’s like, oh then the next, then the next, so there’s always something”.
The set design and scenery is wonderful and was created by Disneyland Paris Set Designer Yves Ollier who was inspired by pop-up books, and he turned to illustrator Mathew Reinhart who is known for his Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Star Wars pop-up books for assistance.
The costumes are also to the amazing quality you expect from Disneyland Paris and it took a team of 40 dressmakers from the Costuming Workshop two months to create more than the 50 costumes used in the show.
The music for the show was developed by Diseyland Paris Music Director, Vasile Sirli, in collaboration with Gordon and Lisa Goodwin who previously composed The Incredibles’ ending credits theme.
‘The most famous songs from the films are part of the show,’ said the show’s director Christophe Leclercq in an interviewwith the press recently ‘But we also wanted this performance to feature original compositions, written in the spirit of Broadway musicals.”.
The show features the songs ‘Colors of the Wind’ from Pocahontas, ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ from The Jungle Book, the Phil Collins hit ‘Son of Man’ from Tarzan, the Rapunzel and Flynn Rider duet ‘I see the light’ from Tangled and ‘Touch the Sky’ from Brave.
Well what did Duffy and I think of The Forest of Enchantment show – well we throughly enjoyed it and highly recommend you take it in during your next trip. I would say it is much better than the Frozen Summer Fun ‘Sing Along’ show it temporarily replaces.
The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure is performed in English five times a day in The Chaparral Theater in Frontierland until 8 May 2016.
Photo Credits: Disneyland Paris and Torsten Schneider of dein-dlrp.de