From Pocahontas to The Forest of Enchantment : 20 years of shows on the Chaparral Theatre stage

Our venue started modestly as the Chaparral Stage and hosted country music groups in particular. As of 1996 the main stage of Frontierland became a real theatre and welcomed four major productions. In just a few days, on 10 February precisely, it will welcome the Enchanted Forest: a Disney musical adventure. This has prompted us to rewind a few a few years back and show you images that prove the place live shows play in the guest experience in the Disney Parks.

1. Pocahontas – The Show

Pocahontas – The Show was the first major show when it inaugurated the new theatre at Frontierland on 12 May 1996. The show was inspired from the 33rd Great Disney Classic and the story between Pocahontas and John Smith, presented as the shooting of a movie in which the stand ins were chosen among the public. This show designed like a movie set invited guests to experience adventure and romance, live! It is important to note that in 1996, Chaparral Theatre was not yet a covered venue and therefore the shows were totally dependent on Nature’s whims.

Pocahontas – The Show, enchanted guests at Disneyland Paris until 29 August 1999.

2. Mickey’s Winter Wonderland

As of Christmas 1997, the Chaparral Theater started to host a seasonal show on ice. It would perform every Christmas season until 08 January 2012. By then the stage was covered thus allowing guests to have an improved experience and the Entertainment teams better operating conditions. In a snowy and ice shimmering setting, the Disney characters enjoyed the joys of winter. Being very talented ice skaters they would glide and dance on the lake tot eh rhythm of a show that had something in common with the musical comedies of the 50s. Stage director Emmanuel Lenormand gave the main role to Anglo-saxon classic tunes such as “Let it snow”, “it’s cold outside” or “Walking in a winter wonderland”.

3. Tarzan : the Encounter

On 1 April 2000 Reed Jones and Kat de Blois –then stage director, today artistic director – launched the show Tarzan: the Encounter. It perfectly illustrates the notion of Live Show with multi-talented and multi-disciplinary artists, including dancers, acrobats, stunt men and singers who perform in a poetic and energetic show, enhanced by special effects. The music was recorded in Los Angeles together with the co-composer of the movie’s music, Mark Mancina. Music Director Vasile Sirli insisted on working with the original movie’s team, from the orchestra director to the music copyists.  Phil Collins, who recorded the 6 official languages presented at the time to meet the needs of the show, declared he got his inspiration from Tarzan: the Encounter to write the Broadway musical comedy taken from the movie! The show was one of the most impressive and successful shows at Disneyland Paris when the curtain came down at the end of the 2012 summer season.

4. Frozen Sing along

The new seasonal show at Disneyland Paris for the summer of 2015 was Frozen Sing along. Inspired from the great Disney animation Studios success, it is the return of live shows on stage, and a new type of production in which interaction is very important. Spectators, children and adults alike, sing in unison the songs interpreted live by the performers on stage, following the words of the great hits of “Frozen” which appear on giant screens perfectly integrated into the snow covered scenery. Queen Elsa arrives in person in a remarkable snow storm before the great finale. Over one million spectators enjoyed the show during its first season, and the show was given up to 12 times a day, a record for a Disneyland Paris production! Given its spectacular success, the show Frozen Sing along came back to the Chaparral Theatre during the Christmas 2015 season and will be presented again to the public as of the month of June.

5. The Forest of Enchantment: a Disney Musical Adventure

As of 10 February 2016, Disneyland Paris will unveil a totally different show on the stage of Chaparral Theatre, in which Disney heroes and heroines will celebrate Nature in an unusual manner. This truly traditional musical show will allow guests to meet the Disney characters in the heart of an enchanted forest, full of surprises. The spirits of the forest will invite them on an extraordinary voyage to the sound of catchy and energizing rhythms that prelude the imminent arrival of spring.

The show is an original Disneyland Paris creation. Christophe Leclercq, the show’s stage director, designed a particular atmosphere in which guests would plunge into the heart of an enchanted forest. Not surprising they should have chosen the stage at Chaparral Theater, right in the heart of Frontierland, “we wanted to offer a story that had a strong link with the forest. Chaparral Theater very quickly appeared as the ideal venue”. To put this brand new musical adventure on stage, Christophe Leclercq called in great talents from Broadway, Los Angeles and Paris.  The Forest of Enchantment: a Disney Musical Adventure brings together all the Disneyland Paris know-how and the talent of international artists, thus offering a unique show in its genre.

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  1. Hi, there! I’m from Brazil, and I’ll be at DisneylandParis on my 40th birthday with my family (a husband and 3 daughters). May I have my “magical birthday ever”? This include a character? How I order it? We’re ordering a 1day/2parks ticket, and we have a doubt about the time of Paris Express. It leaves Disnenyland at 8pm, is that time AFTER the fireworks and night parade? We’re very excited with this family travel,and we’ll be waiting ansiously for your reply

  2. Wonderful article, please more like this!

    I’ve never seen that castle elevation artwork before, could you post it in a higher resolution? Would love to thoroughly investigate the details of it.

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  5. What’s the point of attracting adults and “reconnecting them with childhooh emotions and memories” if once they’re there you’ll treat them like they’re not welcome?
    Maybe the problem is not our perception is wrong. Maybe the problem is you really don’t want us to go.

  6. There’s a Santa Fe style hotel? Oh my! Will have to go back and stay there! Only hotel I had time to see on my first visit was the Disneyland Hotel on my way into the park to see Captain Eo after it re-opened in June 2010. I was on a one-day visit via the Eurostar from London (on holiday there from Australia) so very limited time – too limited. But I loved it.

  7. I’ve been 4 times to Disneyland Paris in the last 3 years and each time the service has been absolutely dredful and not even apologetic – would love to see how this changes.

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  12. Also my question:-) Is there a way to buy something although i’m not working at Disneyland Paris?

  13. So, so sad to see this icon show close! I first saw it in California in 1987 and was blown away by what was then incredible 3D technology, as well as Michael’s performance. When I visited Disneyland Paris for the first (and thus far, only) time on 24 June 2010 I was on a EuroStar day trip to the park from London which I was visiting for Michael Jackson 1st anniversary events with his UK fans. When I heard that Disneyland Paris and other Disney Parks were re-opening the film as a tribute to Michael, I HAD to make the journey across the channel to see it again. Needless to say, I made the most of the opportunity for repeat screenings on that day. And though I’ve since seen it repeatedly in Anaheim and Tokyo (shortly before it closed there last year) I’ll never, ever forget seeing it on the big screen for the first time since the 80s at Disneyland Paris. I’m not sure I want to go back now. 🙁

  14. It’s a shame this classic has to go, really!
    I’m glad I got the chance to experience it once again with the tribute performance.

    It was not quite the same since many of the original effects and the look and feel of the cinema were missing, still the old 3D glasses/technique and and analogue! print/and projector was used, which was and is kind of lazy from Disney. Also, the print was very worn out the last time I’ve seen it and should have been replaced long ago.

    But, still better than no Captain EO.

    Since Captain EO will never return to the Disney parks, please release a worthy blu-ray of this classic masterpiece (in 3D and 2D). I’m sure plenty of Disney-, Michael Jackson-, Anjelica Huston, Franics Ford Coppola- and George Lucas-Fans would buy it in an instant!

    I sure would!

  15. Why oh why is this closing?

    Have seen it several times at Disneyland Paris in the last couple of years and and each showing was packed out! Judging by everyone’s reaction on the way out, the audience clearly loved both the film and its effects.

    Bad decision, Disney 🙁

  16. The reason it has closed is that jardly anyone watches. Figures have dwindled and have been for years. It has been declining in the mast few years. Everyone moans and groans but it costs Disney to keep it running and if the audiences ain’t coming, who can afford to keep it.

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  19. We used these just after Christmas. Such a vast improvement since our last visit in summer 2014. Well done! I still had to wait from about 9am to get a good spot in the queue, but then we only waited about 10 minutes in the actual pavilion, as opposed to 70 minutes last time!

  20. We had a wonderfull new years evening at euro disney 2015 – 2016!!!!
    It was fantastic!!
    Thank you!

  21. Will the foliage be refurbished? Many leaves and small branches are missing and spoil the attraction so hopefully these will be refurbished.

  22. Hello We are a family of 4 with my husband and 2 children.I am 32 weeks pregnant.With the easy access card will I have access to attractions with my family.

  23. would changing the perception around DP to attract adults or a particular age groups not be at the expense of other age groups eg kids, teenagers.

  24. What a shame that they cast aside the park’s heritage, people’s memories and their love of DLP by destroying the named stones and replacing them with bland slabs.
    There were a few broken and loose ones, but surely they could have been kept and relayed to a better standard than they had previously.
    It has really dampened our DLP experience. What next? Removal of the castle?

  25. it’sasmallworld is more beautifulthan before.

    I will ride to it’s a smallworld during go to disneyland paris.

  26. i come to disney land for 20 years every year 2or3 times
    i am a real disney fan i collect it also but my complain is this year
    when y order to stay in the hotel why did they not mention
    that there is so many attraction close in the park you mention about the hotel but let also know about what happen in the park
    i hope you understand why i writhe this
    i hope that you will reply
    thanks yolande

  27. I want cast menbers . business chaienge back stage new shw works
    my challenge .
    U.S.A I want art work project menbers.

  28. Hello, I am staying at the Hotel on 9/23/16. That day is my daughter’s birthday. Do you have the opportunity to purchase a cake?

  29. Can anyone help with getting in touch with photopass for Disneyland Paris. Tried sending email through contact us but email keeps coming back undeliverable. All photos are not coming up and need them to find my photos.

  30. Not Impressed! Big Thunder mountain is one of my favorite Disney Rides! Shut! Simlarly, the Star Wars events are apparently unavailable.No mention of these attractions being shut when my booking was made in June. My grandson, for whom we arranged this trip, has extatically reached the height limit, and a star wars addict/devotee will now be denied these pleasures. Will there be a refund/discount offered?

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