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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.

Stay tuned for more news on the hotel in the coming weeks![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]