Disneyland Paris will celebrate Star Wars Day on May the 4th

Star Wars fans have designated May the 4th as the official date to celebrate the saga as this date brings to mind the film’s iconic phrase “May the Force be with you”. This is an annual celebration of costumed Star Wars fans taking place across the globe. This year, Disneyland Paris will be the main venue for all the celebrations happening in Europe.


THE day to come dressed up in Star Wars™ fashion with family and friends

In order to celebrate #MayThe4thBeWithYou, Disneyland Park is allowing fans to come dressed up* as their favorite Star Wars characters on 4 May 2019. Jedi Masters, young Padawans, Sith, smugglers, everyone is invited to wear their best outfit in tribute to the Star Wars™ saga. So get your lightsaber out and be ready!

* For security reasons, wearing a headdress or mask that completely covers the face is prohibited for guests 12 years and older. See the terms and conditions on disneylandparis.com


A special celebration at Discoveryland

Star Wars music will be heard throughout Discoveryland and inside Videopolis, guests will be able to put their knowledge to the test on the screen of Videopolis with a special Star Wars trivia game from 2 p.m.


Meet the greatest Star Wars heroes

R2-D2 will be making an exceptional appearance at Discoveryland on this special day. He will be hovering around Videopolis and Star Tours to greet fans. Chewbacca, the most famous Wookiee, will also be making an appearance to give guests an epic experience. The Stormtroopers will be patrolling through Discoveryland and the most courageous fans can even venture to the Dark Side of the Force to come face to face with Darth Vader at Star Port.


Exclusive photo opportunities

Fans will be able to get an exclusive photo with a brand new immersive experience in Hoth Cave in front of Discoveryland Theater. In the photo, they will look as if they are hanging upside down, like Luke Skywalker in the scene when he finds himself face to face with a Wampa.


Eat a BB-8 special menu

Café Hyperion in Discoveryland will be offering the perfect menu for Star Wars fans with its BB-8 Burger. The Force will be strong with the snacks sold in Discoveryland and some of the most delicious treats from Legends of the Force season will return including the Tie Fighters shortbread.


Stock up on souvenirs from a galaxy far, far away

To mark this special day, guests can receive Star Wars-themed badges which will be handed out at the entrance of Disneyland Park. The Star Traders shop is the place to go for a 100% Star Wars shopping experience with a whole galaxy of clothing and accessories surrounded by décor that feels as if you’ve stepped into a Star Destroyer.


Experience thrilling sensations

Throughout this special day, fans will of course be able to experience the park attractions dedicated to the Skywalker saga:


–          Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Feel the Force of this blast through the Star Wars galaxy. Rebels of all ages can board a Starspeeder 1000 and take off on a thrilling 3D voyage to stunning star systems and war-torn worlds, from Jakku and Hoth to Tatooine and even the dreaded Death Star. Loaded with state-of-the-art technology and over 60 mission combinations, this is an experience sure to thrill the most devout Jedi in the galaxy.


–          Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain

For the 25thAnniversary of Disneyland Paris, Star Wars took over the park’s mythical space attraction, offering a unique experience: Space Mountain which became Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. As part of this new adventure, guests at Disneyland Park are able to take flight in a brand-new setting to meet up with the famous Rebel Alliance and experience an epic, sensation-packed expedition – a totally immersive experience into the world of Star Wars and to the sound of the original soundtrack composed by John Williams.


Enjoy an epic nighttime spectacular

As the sun goes down, head to Sleeping Beauty Castle to enjoy a spectacular show of Disney Illuminations. This original show, inaugurated for the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris, includes sound and light shows, video projections, water fountains and fireworks that will take your breath away. The audience will be guided through a multitude of adventures – in a galaxy far, far away – featuring the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters, Stormtroopers and many more. The Force is with you at Disney Illuminations, with a sequence of live action shots to celebrate May the 4th.

Come and celebrate Star Wars Day on May the 4th at Disneyland Paris, where the Star Wars saga comes to life. For more information, go to disneylandparis.com


About Disneyland® Paris

Euro Disney Associés S.A.S, operating company of Disneyland Paris has 16,000 employees, 500 professions, 20 spoken languages and 121 nationalities. Disneyland Paris is the number one single-site employer in France and the largest private employer in the department of Seine-et-Marne. The Resort includes Disneyland® park, Walt Disney Studios® park, six Disney Hotels and two Disney Nature Resorts with a total capacity of more than 5,800 rooms, two convention centers, the entertainment center Disney Village® and a 27-hole golf course. In addition, the company manages the real estate development operating segment of a 2,230-hectare site, approximately 50% of which is yet to be developed.



Disneyland Paris offers an immersive, limited-edition Marvel dining experience

With Marvel Season of Super Heroes in full swing in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, guests can recharge after their adventures alongside Marvel Super Heroes with a variety of Marvel Super Heroes-themed dining options, including the Captain Marvel Coffee, the Epic Vegan Chili and not to mention the Baby Groot Chocolate Mousse. There’s something for all tastes!

A wide range of Marvel savoury snacks

Guests can enjoy a Marvel Super Heroes-themed lunch with the Captain Marvel Menu available at En Coulisses restaurant in Walt Disney Studios Park, the menu also includes the crunchy tortilla-loaded Ultimate Burger with a side of fries, and a crispy melt-in-your-mouth passion fruit Super Pavlova.

Between missions at Walt Disney Studios Park, guests can re-energise by sampling a variety of savoury bites at all times such as vegan Super Heroes Falafels or an Avengers Croq’ croque-monsieur.

Marvel Super Heroes-themed dishes, such as The Incredible Gaspacho, are also available at buffet restaurants in Disney Hotels and both Disney Parks.

Marvel sweet treats

There are plenty of sweet snacks also available, such as Groot Shortbread, the Awesome Mix Tape Cake (a vanilla sponge cake with a milk chocolate coating) which resembles Star-Lord’s iconic cassette or the Spider-Man hazelnut chocolate filled Spider-Sense Donut, to be completely immersed in the Marvel universe.

Marvel ice creams and cold drinks

To cool down after an adventure-packed day, guests can quench their thirst with one of the drinks designed especially for Marvel Season of Super Heroes, such as the mango and pineapple-infused Green Smash Cocktail. And to recover from their adventures, guests can enjoy the coconut charcoal Panther Ice Cream inspired by Black Panther.

Marvel souvenirs

Guests who would like a Marvel Season of Super Heroes at Disneyland Paris souvenir can choose from the range of Marvel souvenir dining products. They can show their allegiance by slipping the Thanos Gantlet Sipper covered with Infinity Stones over their arm or Baby Groot Sippers.



About Disneyland® Paris

Euro Disney Associés S.A.S, operating company of Disneyland Paris has 16,000 employees, 500 professions, 20 spoken languages and 121 nationalities. Disneyland Paris is the number one single-site employer in France and the largest private employer in the department of Seine-et-Marne. The Resort includes Disneyland® park, Walt Disney Studios® park, six Disney Hotels and two Disney Nature Resorts with a total capacity of more than 5,800 rooms, two convention centers, the entertainment center Disney Village® and a 27-hole golf course. In addition, the company manages the real estate development operating segment of a 2,230-hectare site, approximately 50% of which is yet to be developed.



Disneyland Paris to broadcast exclusive “making of” feature from behind-the-scenes at the The Lion King & Jungle Festival

This summer, Disneyland Paris will bring to life two Disney masterpieces The Lion King and The Jungle Book. Be prepared for The Lion King and Jungle Festival, from 30 June to 22 September 2019. To celebrate the event, Disneyland Paris is capturing a special documentary that goes behind-the-scenes, starting with the initial development and creation of the season concept, all the way to the opening day.  The special documentary will include how the shows are created, the recording of music, artists’ rehearsals, set and costume design, development of merchandise and food and beverage, plus a whole lot more.  Broadcasts begin on May 25 through official Disneyland Paris media platforms. Disneyland Paris offers a first peek from today with a trailer full of images never seen before:


An official production from the Disneyland Paris team, the programme is a first, giving viewers the opportunity to take a peek behind-the-scenes of the Disney magic. It will be broadcast at a number of key points – throughout production – on official Disneyland Paris media platforms.

The first broadcast is on 25 May, with a live programme on YouTube, Facebook and disneylandparis.co.uk

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A season devoted to Disney masterpieces The Lion King and The Jungle Book

This summer, starting from 30 June 2019, the The Lion King & Jungle Festival will get Disneyland Paris guests dancing to the rhythms of the African savannah and the Indian jungle with:

 “ The Lion King : Rhythms of the Pride Lands

The new show celebrates the legend of Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Mufasa, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa in a totally new way. Emotions will run high, with spectacular new staging for “Circle of life”, “I want to be king”, “Can you feel the love tonight?”, the cult hit “Hakuna Matata” and many more. Singers, dancers, acrobats and percussionists bring new life to Pride Land with brand new dance routines and costumes.

“The Jungle Book Jive”

This new show will travel all across Disneyland Paris, inviting guests to swing along at Central Plaza with iconic Characters including Baloo and King Louie, plus lots of performers brought in especially from India, a parade of outsize animals and lots more surprises.

The immersive experience doesn’t stop there, as Disneyland Paris also has other surprises in store, taking guests to the very heart of The Lion King and The Jungle Book. The “making-of” also invited viewers to see how all of these new features are created, including the development of a new dining experience and special shopping experience.

The Lion King & Jungle Festival will be at Disneyland Paris from 30 June to 22 September 2019. Further information available please visit: https://news.disneylandparis.com/en/


About Disneyland® Paris

Euro Disney Associés S.A.S, operating company of Disneyland Paris has 16,000 employees, 500 professions, 20 spoken languages and 121 nationalities. Disneyland Paris is the number one single-site employer in France and the largest private employer in the department of Seine-et-Marne. The Resort includes Disneyland® park, Walt Disney Studios® park, six Disney Hotels and two Disney Nature Resorts with a total capacity of more than 5,800 rooms, two convention centers, the entertainment center Disney Village® and a 27-hole golf course. In addition, the company manages the real estate development operating segment of a 2,230-hectare site, approximately 50% of which is yet to be developed


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Once upon a time at Disneyland Paris – Front Lot

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Laurent Cayuela, Show writer at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Paris, shares the stories that make Disneyland Paris unique. In this episode, find out how Place des Frères Lumière at the Walt Disney Studios Park pays tribute to the early days of Walt Disney’s career.

 The architecture of Place des Frères Lumière was inspired by the Disney Studios which, from 1926 to 1939, were located on Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood – a picture of the studios can be found at the Walt Disney Studios Store. Influenced by Spanish Revival architecture (particularly fashionable in Southern California throughout the Golden Age time period), all of the elements making up Front Lot purposely conjure up a Spanish hacienda: from the tiles at the bottom of the walls, to the friezes featuring squares which remind of the beams and curves on the facades and rooftops.

Lighting is everything

At this time, studio roofs were protected by tarps which filtered the light as movies were then made in black and white. When shooting outside, these very same tarps were folded to benefit from the natural sunlight without having to leave the set. When the park first opened back in 2002, warm colors were picked out for the Front Lot facades, to contrast with the oftentimes gray sky of Marne-La-Vallee. To be noted: the entrance of the Walt Disney Studios Park also pays homage to the French brothers credited with the invention of the cinematograph: Louis and Auguste Lumiere, hence the name of the plaza.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][TS-VCSC-Youtube content_youtube=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyJlsvcW_aU”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Exclusive interview: Tim Lutkin, Light Designer at Disneyland Paris


Having worked on both Mickey and the Magician and Marvel Super Heroes United, Tim Lutkin is in charge of creating immersive lightshows to offer unique experiences to Disneyland Paris guests. As the Season of Marvel Super Heroes is in full swing, we have recently sat down with Tim to better understand this exciting job.

How and why did you become a lighting designer? How did you get that passion?

From a very young age my mother told me that whenever she took me to the theatre I used to stare at the lighting rig instead of the stage. From as young as I can remember I was obsessed with lighting and I loved going to the theatre. I designed the lighting for my school productions and worked at our local theatre during my time at high school. Early in my career I worked as an associate designer for lighting designer Hugh Vanstone. I am extremely grateful for that time with Hugh.

How would you explain your job and your role in a show?

Essentially my job is to make sure the audience can see everything they are supposed to see and to help direct their attention to the right place. Our blank canvas as lighting designers is a pitch black room and we start to build a picture from there. My role is to support the work of the scenic designers and show directors. To build on their vision. If I get it right I can change, not just the way you see the show but how you feel when you are in the theatre space. From the moment you walk into the auditorium to the moment you leave.

What are your greatest achievements in your job, according to you? and why do you consider them so?

I am very lucky to have been awarded with Europe’s highest honor for theatre lighting design. The Society Of London Theatre’s Laurence Olivier Award. However, my real greatest achievements have been collaborating with some of the most talented theatre professionals working today. Working with companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and Walt Disney Imagineering have been highlights of my career so far. I have designed ten shows in London’s West End and I am very grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

How did you come to work with Disneyland Paris?

When I was fourteen years old I wanted to be an Imagineer. By the time I was deciding which University course to take I had decided that it was best to stay in the UK and study in London. I have always wanted to design shows for Disneyland and pretty much told everyone I met. Twelve years on my friend and collaborator Paul Kieve was going on a trip to meet some of the team at Imagineering. He asked if I would like to come along too. During our visit in Glendale we were presented with the project outline of Mickey and the Magician. Shortly after we were asked if we would like to be involved. Of course my answer was yes.

How was it like, working first on Mickey and the Magician?

 Mickey and the Magician really was a dream come true for me. It was exciting to be involved in a new project for Disney right at it’s very beginnings. I loved being a part of the team working with Disney’s greatest assets to create the show. Cinderella, Aladdin, Lion King, Frozen and of course the leading man himself, Mickey Mouse.

From the lighting point of view, could you explain the concept of Marvel Super Heroes United?

I wanted the lighting on Marvel Super Heroes to have a strong style. I wanted the Super Heroes to look and feel like mega stars. For this I drew on some of the techniques used in concert and arena lighting. We used bold colors and layers of arial beams to draw your attention to the right places. I used lots of sharp edged pools of light to place the Super Heroes in throughout their solos and battle moments. This, I believe gave the show a real ‘Marvel’ look. It mimics some of the artwork that can be seen in the original Marvel comics.

What was the challenge of such a show?

The challenge on the show was how do we keep the audiences attention directed to the right place for the whole show in a large space with lots of fast paced action? For this we used a tracking system to follow the Super Heroes around the space. It allowed us to select any light in the lighting rig and snap it straight onto them.

Can you tell us about your choices in matter of colors, and the role of color in the show?

Colour and tone in theatre lighting really makes the difference between ‘watching’ the show and ‘feeling’ the show. As I mentioned before we chose to use bold colors throughout. We used deep cyans, bold reds and strong blues / indigos to keep the story moving forward and to give each segment a strong look of its own. We end with the classic red and white look of the Marvel logo with all the Super Heroes each stood in a cold white clean pool of light and the stage set washed in deep red.

Is there any connection between your treatment of color in the show, and the one in the movies. In other words, did you take any inspiration from the movies?

Lighting in movies tends to be much more subtle then the lighting required for theatre spaces. Although we took some inspiration from the movies most of our work revolved around how we make the Super Heroes work in a theatre space and how to exaggerate the work in the films.

How did you treat each one of the heroes, colorwise?

Each of the heroes is surrounded with video. Most of the color choices were based on what we could draw from that content. However, a few of the heroes have some very specific colors that relate to them. Hulk’s green, Spider Man’s red and blue, and Black Panthers slick black costume is supported with cold clean beams of light.

There’s a lot of visual effects and projections in the show. How did you manage to integrate all these elements in your work, and have them function well together?

We worked very closely with the video team and animators to push the video into a more saturated world to help support the style of lighting we wanted to achieve. We also had the privilege of working closely with effect department to add smoke, haze and low fog throughout the show.

How did you approach the stunts?

We wanted to make each fight strong and and clear. We used the Zak Track system to focus tightly in on each Hero. We were careful to make sure that all of them had enough light to safely do all the moves too.

How did you approach the fights? Your treatment seem pretty much cinematographic, focusing on one aspect of the whole scene.

I approached the fights very much like ‘close up shots’ in cinematography. Using light to zoom in on the action and to make the rest of the space and scenic elements dark.

From the lighting and technical point of view, what are the characteristics of studio theater? how fun was it to work in such a state of the art theater?

It was exciting using Zak Track and the new lighting system in Studio Theater. It was an exciting and fulfilling experience and opened up many opportunities to us which meant we started to design the show in a way that would not be possible with a more basic lighting rig.

Can you tell us about your collaboration with the Disneyland Paris team? How fun was it? How collaborative was your work? How did you work with the Show Director?

I very much enjoy working with the Paris team. Stephen Fritschy and his lighting team at the theatre were superb. I loved working with show directors Moira Smith and Louisa Kriouche. They worked with the Super Heroes brilliantly and provided a very clear direction for the production to move in.

Is there any other aspect of the production that you’d like to evoke?

I would like to thank Metin Cig for his brilliant collaboration and help building smoke and haze effects for the show. Without his devotion to the show and to the parks I couldn’t have created the kind of lighting effects the show needed. I would also like to thank Celine Tamaillon for being a brilliant leader and delivering a superb show for the Disney parks.

From your point of view, is that kind of show very different from a musical in the West End?

Although our show lives inside a theme park it draws on all the same emotional devices we use in the West End and on Broadway. In many ways it delivers more punch and magic than West End shows can. There are many budget and space restrictions inside the old Victorian buildings West End shows are staged in.

For Marvel Super Heroes United, there was a first version of the show last year. How specific was it to intervene into a pre-existing production, regarding doing everything from scratch?

It is sometimes a daunting and slightly frightening task to come into a production late in the process. But with this show I felt confident I could bring it a new life and my passion for the Disney parks and previous experience at Disneyland Paris gave me the confidence to take on the role.

It seems that you have some more projects on your plate with Disneyland Paris. Can you tell us a little about them?

Art of Disney Animation is being transformed into “Animation Celebration” and it is going to be a beautiful immersive experience for the guests. You’ll know more about it very soon!

I feel very privileged to be working at Disneyland Paris and have loved working with the teams here. As I said before, it’s a dream come true.

Thank you Tim!

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