Star Wars expansion at Walt Disney Studios Park thrown into doubt.

Fellow Disney fan site Disneyphile are reporting that the proposed “Star Wars” land expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Parks has been put on hold by the Walt Disney Company.

The proposed Star Wars themed land announced in 2018 during the Walt Disney Company takeover of Euro Disney SCA was likely to have been a clone of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

But the “Star Wars” expansion appears to have now been abandoned if an interview with the resort’s President Natacha Rafalski given to French television is to be believed.

When asked by the interviewer “The third thematic area mentioned in 2018 concerned the Star Wars universe, but it is no longer mentioned today. Is it still planned?”, Rafalski answered “We are still working on the third theme. We will make announcements about this when we are ready.”

Work on the expansion has only just broken ground, with Arendelle: World of Frozen being the focus at present, although we haven’t seen anything go vertical yet. The site of the “Star Wars” area has remained only a staging area.

Season of the Force to debut at Walt Disney Studios

Duffy and I could not contain our excitement following the leaking of images and information about the new ‘Season of the Force’ being held at the Walt Disney Studios Park next year by a UK travel agency last week.

After days of waiting and lots of fan speculation –   Disneyland Pairs has finally released some official information about the ‘Season of the Force’ on its PR News website today.

The new Season of the Force event will be held at the Walt Disney Studios Park between 14 January to 26 March 2017 and according to a Tweet by French fan site ED92 Guests will be able to see Chewbacca, Vador, C3PO, R2D2, Kylo Ren, Cap Phasma, Darth Maul, Jedis, and Stormtroopers on stage during the  Season of the Force nigh time show which will include projections onto the parks iconic Tower of Terror ride.

Reliable sources have confirmed that the new night time show will be held at park closing allowing  Guests plenty of time to be able watch Disney Dreams! at the Disneyland Park as well.

Is this the start of the turn around of the often forgotten Walt Disney Studios Park?
I do hope so.

The Season of the Force is obviously an attempt by Disneyland Paris to cash in on the popular Star Wars franchise after the success of the Star Wars Night party held last December at the resort,  and increase the much needed visitor numbers the resorts desperately needs during the quiet January and March winter months.

Are they cashing in on the back of the release of the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scheduled for December 2016?  – Of course they are!  And I hope it continues.   Walt Disney Studios Park desperately needs a ‘season’ to call its own and I hope the Season of the Force is it, and it becomes successful for the resort.

The official press release which gives some information about this new season is below and more information is expected to be released on 1st September 2016.

Soon, in a future not so far away, Disneyland Paris will awaken the Force with an all-new and exclusive celebration of the Star Wars saga featuring live characters and stunning entertainment.

For a limited time only, in early 2017, Disneyland Paris will be gripped by the Season of the Force:

The Walt Disney Studios Park will present a giant night-time spectacular, which will transport guests into the heart of the Star Wars saga. This show, only available at Disneyland Paris, will combine live entertainment, breathtaking special effects and an epic sound and light show projected on the Park’s most iconic architecture.

Throughout the day, guests will also come face to face with heroes from the Star Wars universe. Encounter a patrol of Stormtroopers, face some of the most powerful members of the Dark Side or join the rebellion with the friendly Chewbacca.

This experience is guaranteed to dazzle everyone, from the youngest Padawan to the wisest Jedi. From 14 January to 26 March 2017, come to the Walt Disney Studios Park and let the force be with you with Star Wars, Season of the Force.

More information coming soon…..

The Mickey and the Magician show premieres at Disneyland Paris


Disneyland Paris premiered its newest show ‘Mickey and the Magician’ at the Walt Disney Studios Park this weekend.  Housed in the 1,100-seat  Animagique Theater in the Toon Studio section of the park, the show is the  replacement for the very popular and much loved Animagique which ran for fourteen years.


The duel language Franco-English show which runs for approximately thirty minutes features Mickey Mouse as an apprentice magician  who causes some magical mayhem one evening after he is set the task of tidying up the magicians attic workshop before sunrise.


With the help of a magical hat Mickey is transported into the worlds of the classic Disney films Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen.  With appearances from such characters as  LumièreBeast, Genie and Olaf & Elsa along the way.


The show features the songs Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song) from Cinderella, Be Our Guest and Tale As Old Time from  Beauty and the Beast, Circle Of Life from The Lion King, Friend Like Me from Aladdin and Let It Go from Frozen, which  were all specially re-orchestrated at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios by Joel McNeely, who also created the music for Disneyland Paris’ nighttime spectacular Disney Dreams!


For the Disney character fans, appearing on stage with Mickey Mouse in the show are the Fairy Godmother and Cinderella, Lumière, Belle and The Beast. Rafiki,   Genie, Olaf and Elsa and the magical broom from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.


The Mickey and the Magician show has been created and  produced by  Associate Show Directors Katy Harris and Louisa Kriouche.  Kriouche started at Disneyland Paris in 1996 and worked in the Characters & Parades team until 1999.


After spending a year at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort, Louisa returned to France and joined the Ciné Folies acting troupe for the opening of the Walt Disney Studios Park, from there she went one to become a master of ceremonies at many of the park’s stages. In 2008 Kriouche became  an Artistic Director at Disneyland Paris and since October last year she joined Katy Harris as Associate Director of Mickey and the Magician.


Louisa Kriouche said “The idea for  Mickey and the Magician came from  Katy Harris who had wanted to combine the world of magic and illusion in a show at Disneyland Paris for a long time. For this show, the resort have  called upon specialist talent from outside of Disney, choreographer Tatiana Seguin and the famous illusionist Paul Kieve”.


To illustrate this return to where the magic all began, the creators of Mickey and the Magician draw inspiration from the great illusionist Georges Méliès and the famous magician Robert-Houdin.


Disneyland Paris has called on the acclaimed magician Paul Kieve to create the illusions in the show. “It’s hard to think of the word ‘Disney’ without also thinking of the word ‘Magic’. I became fascinated with magic when I was 10 years old and was always inventing ideas in my head. One of the great things about working on ‘Mickey and the Magician’ is that I can bring some of these ideas into reality!” said Paul Kieve.


Mickey and the Magician is an amazing magical show, and one families of all ages will thoroughly enjoy.

The Franco-English Mickey and the Magician show is being presented  in the Animagique Theater in the Walt Disney Studios Park daily at 10:30 / 11:35 / 12:40 / 15:10 / 16:15.

Photo Credit: Disneyland Paris

Further information released about the Mickey and the Magician show.


Disneyland Paris has released further information today about the new ‘Mickey and the Magician’  show that will make its debut on 2 July 2016 and will run until 8 January 2017. The show will be presented in the Animagique Theater, in Toon Studio, in the Walt Disney Studios Park, and there will be several Franco-English shows per day.

New: “Mickey and the Magician”
at Walt Disney Studios® Park:
An incredible show with amazing illusions

Entertainment just keeps on creating new surprises at Disneyland Paris®. This summer, the public will be able to enjoy “Mickey and the Magician” for the first time. This show, specially created for Walt Disney Studios® Park, will star the mouse who started it all.

Mickey is poised to become the hero of a brand new story. Far from his recent roles of master of ceremonies, this new show will take him back to where Disney magic all began. He is embarking on a unique experience where magic fuels dreams. Mickey will learn valuable lessons from iconic Disney Magicians leading him to his dream of becoming a Magician. But these lessons are full of surprises, because, although enthusiastic by nature, Mickey is terribly clumsy.

A new adventure for Mickey
Go back in time to Paris at the turn of the 19th century… and enter a great Magician’s atelier, where the assistant is no other than a certain Mickey Mouse! Night has fallen. Tinker Bell has spread a little stardust. When he is given the task of cleaning up the atelier before sunrise, the young apprentice gets distracted! Nothing turns out as expected. Mickey finds himself accidentally transported to the most magical Disney film worlds. He becomes the hero in this incredible show where illusion is key and the audience find themselves plunged into a world of magic and delight.

A magical story
To illustrate this return to where the magic all began, the creators of “Mickey and the Magician” draw inspiration from the great illusionist Georges Méliès and the famous magician Robert-Houdin. This is not a traditional magic show. The illusions will form the basis of this brand new story. Disneyland Paris has called on the acclaimed magician Paul Kieve to create these illusions.   “It’s hard to think of the word ‘Disney’ without also thinking of the word ‘Magic’. I became fascinated with magic when I was 10 years old and was always inventing ideas in my head. One of the great things about working on ‘Mickey and the Magician’ is that I can bring some of these ideas into reality!” said Paul Kieve.

“When I was 10 years old I was taken to Disneyland in California. Magic of course became my life, so to have the opportunity to bring wonderful magic into a permanent live show in Disneyland Paris, surrounded by these classic Disney characters is a dream come true for me. I’m excited that thousands and thousands of kids of all ages will be introduced not only to live magic, but to high quality live theatre by watching Mickey and the Magician. I hope it will be an experience they will never forget.”


Stars from Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen all lend a hand
Every object has a story and the Magician’s secret attic is cluttered with amazing artefacts, curious props, and mysterious objects: a hat, a candlestick, a zoetrope, a lamp and a crystal ball among other things. Distracted from his task, Mickey stirs the magic within each object. He then embarks upon an extraordinary journey strewn with breath-taking illusions magical moments, and crosses paths with iconic Disney magicians.

 The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella unveils her famous spell, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. Rafiki, the mandrill and great mystic from The Lion King will remind him of the meaning of “The Circle of Life”. The Genie from Aladdin performs an eccentric number for him to the tune of the famous song “Friend Like Me”. Lumière, the French candlestick from Beauty and the Beast has a surprise in store for him with his new enchanted version of “Be Our Guest”. Finally, Elsa, from Frozen, will show him how to…”Let It Go”!

He will learn from each in turn as they share amazing magical moments with him, to help him discover the true meaning of the word “magic”.

The magic of the music
The unforgettable songs that helped to make each of these major films such a success have been specially re-orchestrated. “Mickey and the Magician” promises the audience great music featuring completely unexpected sounds. For example, “Be Our Guest”, the star song from Beauty and the Beast, will feature the sounds of the circus; while “Friend Like Me”, sung by the Genie from Aladdin, takes on a Broadway style, integrating tricks and tap dancing. The show also features a brand new song.

“Mickey and the Magician” sees Mickey take on a different role and gives the audience another opportunity to see the stars of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin and even Frozen come to life on stage. A funny, musical, mischievous and moving show… full of illusions! Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!