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Take a behind-the-scenes look at the new experiences that dropped into The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, direct from Tom Fitzgerald, Senior Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A whole new dimension of chills has dropped into The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ this fall at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. Tom Fitzgerald, senior creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, shared with us a first-hand account of the three new storylines he and his team brought to this iconic attraction.

How has the storytelling of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror been central to making this attraction a Disney Park special?

From the start, storytelling has been central to the success of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The whole idea of the attraction was to place guests into the storyline of an episode of the series. In the library scene, guests would learn the backstory of what happened so many years ago, then be invited to board those same service elevators to cross over into the Twilight Zone themselves. Now, Imagineers have expanded the storyline, with a new story thread and ride sequences that offer more chills and thrills for this classic attraction. And this ‘special edition’ of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is unique to Disneyland Paris.

Why reimagine the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror experience now?

The behind-the-scenes story of this new edition actually began years ago at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, when Imagineers created new ride profiles for the existing attraction. For Disneyland Paris, the Imagineering team took it one step further, by not only adding new, more thrilling ride profiles, but adding new story sequences that extend the original story.

 What enhancements to the storyline can guests expect in this new experience?

The television sequence in the Library scene of the attraction features a cast of characters that includes a rather precocious young girl. In this new version of the show, the girl becomes a starring character on the ride, warning us not to cross over into the Twilight Zone. When we fail to heed her warning, thrills follow! The Imagineering team also added new illusions, media sequences, and audio soundtracks to create not one, but three difference show and ride sequences for the attraction.

 What was the biggest challenge you faced in creating new storylines?

It’s always a challenge to go back into a classic attraction and make changes. But advances in technology and storytelling made it hard to resist revisiting, and building on the original storyline and show.

 What are you most excited for guests to experience?

We’re excited that fans and first-time visitors to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will now have three times the fun in answering the question, “Are You Brave Enough!” Early reactions from guests have been incredible! Already, lines from the new storyline are becoming iconic with fans – which is great fun.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel showcased during New York Comic Con

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13723″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The highly-anticipated Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel was presented last week at New York Comic Con, in the city that inspires the new hotel, which will be a must-see when it opens next summer at Disneyland Paris.  Inspired by a New York art gallery, the hotel pays tribute to the city that is home to many iconic Marvel Super Heroes and many of the artists who helped create them.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13736″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will be the very first hotel dedicated entirely to the celebration of Marvel art, inviting guests to discover the iconic stories and characters of this epic universe with one of the largest publicly viewable collections of Marvel artwork in the world.  As part of the development of the hotel, Disneyland Paris has collaborated with more than 50 different artists from Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios, to bring together more than 300 pieces of artwork showcasing the wealth of the Marvel Universe – comic book covers, posters, illustrations from films, storyboards, original sketches and more – including never-before-seen and exclusive pieces.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13737″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13726″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New York Comic Con panel attendees discovered an exclusive piece of Spider-Man artwork, which is just one of the many pieces that will be displayed throughout the new hotel at Disneyland Paris.  This special piece was created by renowned UK-based illustrator Liam Brazier and will decorate the Spider-Man Suite of the hotel.  Liam Brazier has been lending his distinctive style to projects for nearly two decades, but his favorite work continues to be tributes to the pop-culture heroes of his childhood. Having previously created work for Doctor Strange, and the X-Men, Liam leapt at the opportunity to draw more comic book icons, this time for Disneyland Paris, his unofficial second home!

 

In addition to the unique artwork, the hotel will also be the very first Disney Hotel to host Marvel Super Heroes. Guests can have heroic encounters with iconic Marvel Super Heroes in a special location called Super Hero Station. In addition to encountering their favorite heroes every morning, guests can become part of the Marvel action with unique photo locations such as, joining The Collector’s Collection from the Guardians of the Galaxy, wielding Thor’s hammer and more.

 

Unique restaurants and bars celebrating the Art of Marvel will give guests even more to experience on their plate: Manhattan Restaurant will be an elegant and refined table service restaurant – featuring a magnificent chandelier inspired by Odin’s Asgardian Palace. Downtown Restaurant will be a culinary journey through a cosmopolitan New York where typical American dishes will meet flavors from Chinatown & Little Italy. Skyline Bar will be an elegant, typical New York Martini bar, offering breath-taking views of the skyline of New York that will hold some heroic surprises. Lounge Bar will be a trendy Manhattan loft-style bar serving fresh and organic products.

 

Guests can also take advantage of many other amenities during their stay at the Hotel, including The Metro Pool, an indoor and outdoor pool complex, with a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath, the Metro Health Club, a fitness centre equipped with machines and sports accessories, as well as various outdoor sports activities.

In the Marvel Design Studio, children will learn how to draw their favourite Marvel Super Heroes in a setting inspired by the workshops where the comics are created.

 Guests will be able to book Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel starting November 5, 2019.

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Thirteen things you might not know about The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Halloween, 1939. A mysterious event forces the closing of the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel. What was once the favorite hotel of the Hollywoodian elite is now only the shadow of itself. Since its reopening in 2008 for those brave enough to dare to walk inside, the infamous building has yet to tell all its secrets. To help you prepare for the new experiences waiting for you in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, we have compiled a list of thirteen secrets, straight from the Twilight Zone.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]You can rediscover The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, the iconic Walt Disney Studios® Park attraction,  in a brand new version full of breathtaking twists: a new story, filled with unique sound and visual effects, and drop sequences even more thrilling than before.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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The refurbishment of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ marked the first time a Disneyland Paris attraction stayed open during a transformation as important as this one. Each elevator shaft was closed, each one after the other, in order to implement brand new effects. During this time, the two other shafts were still taking guests to the Twilight Zone.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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Thanks to a unique mechanism, two elevators can share the same shaft. When guests are boarding one elevator, the other is taking its occupants to the Twilight Zone.

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The service elevators of the Hollywood Tower Hotel are not really dropped but are actually pulled to the ground. This original system makes the lifts go down faster than gravity and make our guests feel as if they were flying.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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The attraction is using three of the biggest motors ever used for such a conveyance. They are three times as big as motors used for high-speed elevators.

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More than 5,000 props fill the attraction. Imagineers went to many flea markets and thrift shops through California and Europe to find period-appropriate objects. Many of them are references to The Twilight Zone such as broken spectacles, a trumpet or a miniature spaceman; details that a fan of the show will not fail to notice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13718″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13719″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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To keep the attraction as immersive as possible, its name is only visible at a single location. On the bronze plaque marked “The Hollywood Tower Hotel” sometimes appears “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™” by magic.

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The design of the Hollywood Tower Hotel is inspired by the Pueblo Deco style, very popular in the 1920s, when the hotel was built. The style is at the meeting point of Art Deco, with its pronounced geographic shapes, and southwestern Native American art.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror can be found in many Disney Parks around the world, however it never looks the same. The attraction opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in Walt Disney World, Florida, in 1994 and its architecture is based on the Spanish Colonial Revival style. At Tokyo Disney Sea, the hotel is constructed following the Moorish Revival architecture style.

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Chalk markings can be found on the boiler room walls. If you listen carefully, you might hear the call of a little girl, lost in another dimension.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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Contrary to its appearance, the Hollywood Tower Hotel garden is far from abandoned. Plants have been carefully handpicked and grown by Walt Disney Imagineers to look like nature was reclaiming its place, following the abandoning of the hotel in 1939.

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The infamous lightning bolt struck the Hollywood Tower Hotel the evening of the October 31st, 1939, between 8:05pm and 8:06pm. This is shown throughout the queue. A journal, the edition of that dreadful day, has been left in the lobby by guests fleeing the hotel and every single clock has stopped between 8:05 and 8:06.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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The names on the hotel registry on the date of Halloween 1939 are those of the Imagineers who worked on the creation of the attraction at Disneyland Paris.

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During the grand opening of the attraction on April 5, 2008, the Hollywood Tower Hotel served as a backdrop for projections during a light and sound show. It was the first time that projection mapping was used in such a large scale at Disneyland Paris. The same technology is used in the Disneyland Park each night during Disney Illuminations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Latest Vegan Offers for Disneyland Paris, Just in Time for Halloween

The Food and Beverage team at Disneyland Paris is reinventing itself with higher quality options that are more innovative and exclusive. It’s also adapting its meals and drinks to new diets with choices including food-to-go, organic options and vegan options as good as they look.

Throughout the different seasons, guests can discover immersive experiences incorporating various dining options, many of which will satisfy the most demanding of tastes.   And the latest installment is during Disney’s Halloween Festival at Disneyland Park, running from 28 September to 3 November 2019. Vegan specialities are among some of the spooky treats during this year’s Halloween Festival, including pumpkin hummus and Halloween vegetable stews served buffet style, along with vegan Halloween Mickey waffles served at Victoria’s Home-Style Restaurant and savoury snacks like vegan potion (made with pumpkins and beetroots) or beetroot and strawberry croquettes.

Beyond Halloween, Disneyland Paris Chefs have prepared vegan holiday seasonal menus to delight guests’ taste buds with vegetable pie, smoked tofu with black truffle chip, morel quinoa, roasted pumpkin with grilled hazelnut, casserole dish with conchiglie and yesteryear vegetables… From starters to desserts, guests will enjoy gourmet vegan dishes with high-quality ingredients served with a touch of Disney magic.

Vegan options are also available at selected table service restaurants with meals matching the theme of each venue. For instance, guests may taste a vegetable and tofu navarin at Bistrot Chez Rémy. Other restaurants like Captain Jack’s-Restaurant de Pirates, the Yacht Club or the California Grill also have vegan offers available.

At Disneyland Paris, every guest can find a food and beverage option to enjoy. From counter service to table service restaurants, along with buffet restaurants and kiosks, each and every guest may find a menu to delight their taste buds and that fits their dietary needs, including vegan options. From food-to-go to sit-down dinners with a Disney Character, the culinary experience at Disneyland Paris is a true voyage of flavours full of emotions.

The Food and Beverage experience is a key moment for guests at Disneyland Paris. The destination includes 55 restaurants, 10 bars and about 50 kiosks to delight the guests’ taste buds.

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“Here We Go Again!” Exciting Updates to Star Tours — The Adventures Continue

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Since the launch of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, we’ve had a great time partnering with Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic to update the attraction with new and exciting destinations. Passengers who board the Starspeeder 1000 never know where in the galaxy their pilot C-3PO and navigator R2-D2 will take them. We’ve added flights to Jakku, Crait and even Batuu!  Along the way, we’ve encountered many of our favorite characters from the Skywalker saga.

We know that many of you are as excited as we are about the December 20th film launch of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Today we are equally excited to announce that on the same December date, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be adding new destinations inspired by the latest episode of the Star Wars saga… at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort.

In the trailers for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” you caught glimpses of the ocean moon Kef Bir. All we can say at this point is that Starspeeders will be heading there soon![/vc_column_text][TS-VCSC-Youtube content_youtube=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qn_spdM5Zg” el_file=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ll be sharing more details in the future, but for now we just wanted to say how super-excited we are that Star Tours – The Adventures Continue is continuing to live up to its name. As C-3PO would say, “Here we go again!”[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13789″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Disneyland Paris partners with The Village by CA Brie Picardie to foster accelerated innovation with promising local start-ups

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Since spring 2019, Disneyland Paris has partnered with The Village by CA Brie Picardie, a new business accelerator dedicated to start-ups in the heart of Val d’Europe.

Disneyland Paris is continually pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation, maintaining a culture in which curiosity, agility, initiative and collaboration flourish and thrive. Our vision extends beyond the resort itself to surrounding communities thanks to a new partnership with The Village by CA Brie Picardie, fostering accelerated innovation with promising local start-ups. This follows the launch of The Castle Hub platform in 2018, which serves as a connection point between Disneyland Paris and local start-ups with cutting-edge ideas and solutions to improve employee and customer experiences.

A global approach

Our partnership with The Village by CA Brie Picardie is just the latest step in the ongoing evolution of Disneyland Paris as we seek to empower guests with enhanced technological and digital environments, sustainably transform working methods and business models, and reduce our environmental footprint using new innovative solutions.

Thus in 2018, Disneyland Paris launched an official open platform called The Castle Hub to foster collaboration amongst European start-ups. Today, we are working with seven start-ups and have nine more under study on various topics including guest experience enhancements and interactive entertainment applications. The resort’s innovation even extends to environmental initiatives, for which Disneyland Paris and The Walt Disney Company have an ambitious program – including water use savings and waste recycling – which is already seeing positive results.

In celebration of the launch, the first group of start-ups participated in an elevator-style pitch competition inside Tower of Terror in May 2018, which led to our first great collaboration: Aglaé, which proposes a new type of scenography with flowers thanks to a serum of plant bioluminescence. This is only the beginning as Disneyland Paris demonstrates a perpetual commitment to innovation across the resort while encouraging the development of young companies.

A programme perfectly suited to the destination’s challenges

The Village by CA Brie Picardie is primarily a meeting point that connects start-ups with large- and medium-sized businesses which are members of the Crédit Agricole Group’s accelerator network. Disneyland Paris is an ambassador of this business accelerator, alongside other major partners who are ready to commit to and invest in these future talents.

This collaboration is an opportunity for Disneyland Paris to work with innovative young companies focused on three themes directly related to our destination and Val d’Europe: construction of a sustainable city, tourism economy, and the food and beverage industry. The short-term objective of this partnership is to participate in the development of sustainable solutions with local players, and the long-term goal is to contribute to the attractiveness and economic development of the area.

Through the national network of The Village by CA, our destination can find new solutions across France and expand the open innovation ecosystem between these young companies and Disneyland Paris directly in line with our values of curiosity and collaboration. Thus, start-ups can develop in the best possible conditions, spurring accelerated growth while taking inspiration from and experimenting with new ways of working in the attractive economic urban environment of Val d’Europe.

Eight start-ups make up the first round of The Village by CA Brie Picardie. The second call for applications launched in mid-September.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Disneyland Paris brings Halloween Magic to the children of Robert Debré Hospital

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When kids aren’t able to come to Disneyland® Paris to discover the Disney Magic, it’s the Disney Magic that comes to them. On Wednesday, October 23rd, Mickey and Minnie were joined by Chip & Dale and our Disney VoluntEARS to visit the children of Robert Debré Hospital in Paris, to celebrate Halloween with them. During this wonderful day, the kids carved pumpkins in the company of Disney Characters and did some face painting with the Disney VoluntEARS.

Disneyland Paris has been working with Robert Debré Hospital and AP-HP for 28 years to bring Disney Magic to hospitalized children. The Resort works in concert with hundreds of hospitals throughout France since 1991 to give thousands of kids an enchanted break, far from everyday problems.

These events are brought to life thanks to the support of our Disney VoluntEARS, Cast Members who give some of their time to participate in charitable actions. In 2018, more than 9,300 hours of volunteering were given thanks to the support of almost 1,000 Cast Members.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13804″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13803″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]