Spring has sprung at the Disneyland Resort Paris and park managers have mounted quite an impressive ode to the season with their Swing into Spring entertainment. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog brings us wonderful photos and video. ~~Rick
“Swing into Spring” season started last Saturday at the Disneyland Paris Resort and Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster was there! The weather cooperated to allow us to bring you these glorious photos and videos.
First we’ll have a look at the Welcome to Spring show playing in Town Square every day except Thursday and Friday. Guests will find flowers everywhere as well as Mary Poppins penguins. Special spring shows include songs from Mary Poppins. It’s a theme that fits well with spring, but there might be another reason to use songs from the ever popular movie. As you may have read in a previous update, this Swing into Spring season was prepared one year in advance and at that time the Mary Poppins musical was supposed to open at Paris Theatre Mogador. Unfortunately, the show never found an audience and quickly closed. Obviously, a year ago DLP management thought that the musical would still be playing and may have been the reason that they chose a Mary Poppins theme this season. Or maybe the cancellation of the musical gave them a kind of “green light” to create their own Mary Poppins inspired show here at DLP.
As you can see from the video above, Welcome to Spring is a small 10 minute show. It helps to bring some life to Main Street U.S.A and it harkens back to the magic of the street shows that were there in the early years of the park.
On Central Plaza, the topiaries are present and the flowerbeds are properly installed with plenty of beautiful colors.
The train is parked there because of the several performances of the Disney’s Spring Promenade show during which the train is used as a stage for the musicians who play live during the performances.
On Central Plaza, Disney’s Spring Promenade show (playing daily except Monday and Tuesday) is experienced differently by visitors depending where they stand. Central Plaza allows dancers to spin all about, and the choreography is quite dynamic. Four groups of dancers and chimney sweeps perform the same moves at different locations of the Plaza. All the characters are visible by all guests as they dance to the same loop. The fast choreography and colorful costumes, a tribute to the Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary, results in a sparkling fresh show full of joy.
In the first video here you’ll see the Disney’s Spring Promenade show as seen from Central Plaza – Main Street side.
On the second video below you’ll see the Disney’s Spring Promenade show as seen from the Castle side.
More pictures with the show as seen from the Castle Stage where the musicians play and the site of Mary Poppins’ and Bert’s arrival.
Here now is the show as seen from the side of the Castle Stage which is a totally different configuration. This part of the park doesn’t allow a loop and the dancers can’t turn as they can on Central Plaza. Also, the Castle stage allows an orchestra as opposed to the band on the train in Central Plaza and also four more dancers as well as Clarabelle.
On this side, the orchestra sound is much better than on Central Plaza.
Pictures: copyright Max Fan
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