Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast’s “Crackles neons”:A unique technology brought to Ile-de-France just for the ride

The Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast attraction reopened its doors on June 17 after more than a year of rehabilitation, which focused in particular on the lighting and painting of the attraction’s sets and characters, as well as its exterior lighting. A very large-scale project…

At the end of the refurbishment, Walt Disney Imagineering wanted to fill guests with wonder thanks to an incredible outdoor lighting show. To do this, they turned to longtime supplier BTB GES which took on the project.

« This is not a normal electrical project” explains Luis Lourenco, Director of the BTB GES agency based in Lognes, Seine et Marne. “It involves replacing all the existing neon lights by LEDs and installing “crackles” on the five columns of the attraction’s façade.

Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design & Show Quality worked closely with BTB GES to integrate these neon lights – called “Crackles Tubes” – to the refurbishment project. This technique is unique to the world, created and patented by Wayne Strattman, an American specialist in lighted glass plasma technology. The teams went to the United States to present the project and establish a relationship of trust with Mr. Strattman, so that he would pass on his expertise and let the team relocate the tube manufacturing in France to a glass blower in the Paris region. It was essential to be extremely precise, especially in the dimensions and thickness of the tubes and the pressure of the gas to guarantee the best possible effect. 

Clive Moreton, Manager Systems Show and Ride at Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design & Show Quality explains that it is a unique technique in France and even in the world, which requires a specific technicity that is not within everyone’s grasp.

But what’s a « Crackle Tube”?

The “Crackle Tube” effect produces a bright, fast-moving lightning inside a glass tube that is packed with small pieces of fill material, either cut glass tubing or glass beads.

The gas discharge dances through the spaces between this fill material, concentrating the light into thin, bright streamers that take the form of lightning. The path of lightning changes direction at random and is touch interactive. (source:   

Find out more in the video and see you soon at Disneyland Paris now to (re)discover this must-see attraction! 

Find out more in the video, and see you soon at Disneyland Paris to (re)discover this must-see attraction!


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Visite Arpejeh

A professional inspiration for young generation with members of Walt Disney Imagineering Paris

Furthering the resort’s ongoing commitment to inspire young people with disabilities and support their professional development, Disneyland Paris partnered with the Arpejeh association to host a visit to discover Disneyland Paris’ heritage. The participants had a chance to meet two members of the Walt Disney Imagineering Paris team – artistic director Tracy Eck and show design and production director Bjorn Heerwagen – to learn from their unique professions and skills.

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs and brings to life all of Disney’s theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships around the world. Working across a range of disciplines from creative and design to science and engineering, Imagineers combine an innovative blend of storytelling, art, science and technology to create immersive experiences, memorable destinations and innovative entertainment for families around the world.

The group of 20 young people from the National Institute of Young Deaf Persons and an EREA high school (adapted teaching) then had the chance to discover the creative process of Disneyland Park’s iconic Fantasyland, as well as its inspiration from European architectural heritage.

Private tour Fantasyland

Heritage Days: discover Europe as you’ve never seen it before, without leaving Disneyland Paris!

During European Heritage Days on September 18 -19, Disneyland Paris is celebrating the exceptional richness of its heritage by offering you the chance to discover the place where the most iconic stories and legends of European culture come to life: Fantasyland.

From the stories of Charles Perrault to the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll and Collodi, Fantasyland pays tribute to great classics revisited on film by Walt Disney Studios. With its ideal location in the heart of Europe, the resort was perfectly placed to inspire Disney Imagineers and honor the stories that Walt Disney so enjoyed while growing up.

Designed as a medieval kingdom, Fantasyland offers guests an immersion in the heart of many European countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and even the Netherlands. When building the park, one of the main challenges for Imagineers was to find the right balance between faithfully adapting the architectural styles of these different countries and immersing guests in an enchanting and imaginary world. To do this, they were inspired by some of the techniques of Walt Disney Studios animators: soft lines with curves that create a sense of movement or imaginary proportions based on the principle of “squash and stretch.” Guests are invited to keep their eyes wide open to catch the many architectural details typical of European destinations represented in Fantasyland.

Discover it as you’ve never seen it before with a video tour highlighting the history, cultural and architectural heritage, and craftsmanship of Europe’s leading tourist destination.


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In Honor of Back-to-School, Take a Look Back at this Marvel Artist Masterclass for Gobelins Students

As part of its commitment to inspiring young people in the pursuit of their future projects, Disneyland Paris organized a unique Masterclass with Marvel artist Olivier Coipel forstudents studying at the Gobelins, l’Ecole de l’Image (school of images, digital design, animation, print…).

For several years now, Olivier Coipel has been one of the main Marvel Comics artists. Passionate about comics since childhood and a former student of the Gobelins school, he explained how he “forced his luck” at a Comic-Con in San Diego to join the very closed universe of comic book artists and thus fulfil his dream.

Olivier Coipel shared his main achievements with the students, and explained how he redesigned and reinvented of one of the most iconic superheroes of the Marvel universe, Thor. Olivier is one of 110 artists who have created works of art on display in Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. This was an opportunity for him to explain his artistic process in creating the Thor piece displayed on the second floor of the hotel. 

From his first creations for Marvel Comics to his experience as a Gobelins alumnus, Olivier Coipel took the opportunity to give the students several handy tips and answer their questions, particularly on what his years of study at Gobelins brought him. He notably told them to be aware of the importance of not locking themselves into a universe, and to take advantage of their years studying at Gobelins where they can inspire and develop each other.