Did you know that at Disneyland Paris, this attraction actually sits on an island in the middle of the Rivers of the Far West in the park’s Frontierland? And the attraction also features a cool storyline that ties it to the nearby Phantom Manor, the park’s version of the Haunted Mansion. According to the legend, Henry Ravenswood, proprietor of Thunder Mesa Mining Company, made a fortune in gold mining on Big Thunder Mountain – only the mountain held a curse that Ravenswood ignored. He used part of his wealth to build a Manor nearby and later met his demise in an earthquake. The Manor would later be a site for another tragedy, when the groom of Ravenswood’s daughter, Melanie, met his death on their wedding day.
I don’t know about you, but I think Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sure looks spooky at night!
If you happened to bump into me after visiting Disneyland Paris last year, chances are I’d be raving about Space Mountain: Mission 2. The attraction’s beautiful Victorian-Industrial designs and giant supercharged Canon Columbiad always grab my attention, especially at night.
For tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo, we’re heading over to Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris, where it seems that Mickey and Minnie are adding a bit of holiday cheer to the park’s beautiful castle landscape. Can you imagine what a photo op these two larger-than-life snow characters are for guests at the park?
Be sure to check back on Monday, when we’ll take a deeper look at Disneyland Paris holiday decor.
Burton, actress Helena Bonham-Carter and their children, Billy Ray (9) and Indiana Rose (5), posed with Jack and Sally, characters from “The Nightmare before Christmas” (released in 1993), in front of the famous Phantom Manor attraction.
During the visit, Burton was also greeted by Mickey Mouse. Disney’s Halloween Festival at Disneyland Paris will celebrate Halloween with these characters and more through November 4.
The day began with Philippe Gas, CEO, welcoming visitors and thanking them for playing a part in the park’s success. The speech was followed by a massive flash mob performed by 2,000 Disneyland Paris cast members, the finale of which featured the French Air Force Aerobatic Team flying in to trace a number “20” in the sky above the park’s castle.
See for yourself:
Other special treats planned for the day include a speech by Walt Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, who worked on building the park, plus additional entertainment and meet-and-greet experiences with Disney characters.
Today, Disneyland Resort Paris celebrates its 20th Anniversary, and it’s commemorating the occasion with a new parade, special décor, and shows, including the nighttime spectacular “Disney Dreams!” seen below.
Ear Force One flew over in celebration of the one-year countdown to the park’s opening. If you look towards the back of the photo, you can see Sleeping Beauty Castle just beginning to take form.
Disneyland Paris is turning 20 in a few months and you better believe they’ve got a special celebration in the works, including a new show with never-before-seen special effects. The team behind the new Disney Dreams Show told us that they’ve gathered the greatest technology from around the world to “wow” you and tell a story in a new way.
Take a look at the plans. Water streams and the Disneyland Paris castle will become a canvas for the story during the new after-dark Disney Dreams Show. It’s being created by Imagineer Steven Davison and it’ll include lasers and other special effects and technical tools that have never been combined before at Disney Parks.
Mickey and Minnie and some of your favorite Disney characters will also have redesigned costumes when they appear in the new Disney Magic on Parade! The parade will begin with a tribute to Disney Magic and include new music, floats and choreography. Here’s a look at what to expect when the celebrations begin on April 1, 2012.