Disneyland Paris Entertainment – CM108


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Tanya and Heather are back from their first trip to Disneyland Paris! They are here to give us the lowdown on the entertainment including all the new shows and the new parade for the 25th Anniversary.

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Steph (Capturingmagic_ on Twitter and Instagram) and ModernPhotoSolutions on Instagram and Facebook
Heather (I Love Characters. heatherw25 on Twitter and Instagram. ilovecharacters on FB)
Tanya (everymagicmoment.com. TanyaH666 on Twitter and Instagram)

(Transcripts below)

Steph:
Hey everyone. Welcome to Capturing Magic. I am Steph Clay and I’m here today with Heather Winfield who can be found at heatherW.com/character and then she is also heatherW25, right Heather?

Heather:
Yep. I’m on social media, everywhere.

Steph:
Yes. Okay. Thank you for being here today, Heather.

Heather:
Thank you.

Steph:
Then we have Tanya Hickman today and Tanya can be found at everymagicmoment.com and tanyah666 on social media. Hi Tanya.

Tanya:
Hi.

Steph:
Okay. This is really exciting because you girls just got back from a super major adventure.

Tanya:
Yes.

Heather:
Yes.

Steph:
Yay. We get to hear all about it. I’m excited to hear. You went to Paris for the 25th anniversary. Disneyland Paris.

Tanya:
Yes.

Steph:
We’re going to talk about … There’ll be a few different shows and we’ll hit different topics in each show and then that way if people are thinking of planning a trip to Disneyland Paris or dreaming about it, like me. Someday. Maybe it will happen. Then it’ll be helpful for people to be able to just hit the episodes that they’re most interested in and the topics that they’re most interested in. Okay.

Tanya:
Perfect.

Steph:
Today, right now, this episode, we’re talking about entertainment.

Tanya:
Okay.

Steph:
And Disneyland Paris so it’s all up to you girls. You got to take the reins and run with it ’cause I wasn’t there.

Tanya:
Yes. Yes. Yes. I’ll start with saying that if you’re going to visit Disneyland Paris, this years’ probably the year to do it because they have completely overhauled the entire park for this anniversary so literally, it’s probably never going to look better than it does right night.

Heather:
Yeah. There’s been plenty of people who we know who’ve been before and then they went now and they’re just like, “Wow. The park looks amazing.” Everything’s just really been spruced up and fixed.

Tanya:
Yeah. For the first time in 25 years. If you’re going to go, now is the time to go. With that being said, there’s three new entertainment offerings for the anniversary, Heather. Right?

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Parade and two shows.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Okay. A new parade. Disney Stars on Parade is the name of the parade and it’s new for the anniversary and I liked it. Saw it numerous times.

Heather:
Yeah. It’s good. I think I like [inaudible 00:02:41] fantasy and sensational better but, it’s still good. It’s definitely something to see and the first float is a steampunk type thing and so they’re in like, really cute outfits and I really like that. They have the princesses are on their horses. I think, those are my two favorite parts of the parade. Different than you would see at other parks so I really liked that.

Tanya:
I really like the Peter Pan float too.

Heather:
Oh yeah.

Tanya:
He’s like on a swinging ship. It’s really cool. I’ve posted videos on my Instagram account. I’ve been posting photos. I’m only on like day three of photos and we were there for 10 days.

Heather:
Wow. Yeah.

Steph:
Yeah. I’ve been having a lot of fun watching your Instagram accounts and I did notice that the parade looked a lot like the parade in Disney World.

Heather:
It has the …

Tanya:
It has the same dragon, right?

Heather:
Well, it’s pretty much the same. It’s like a slightly different color and I think slightly different size but it’s the same. When we saw it, most of the time, it didn’t breathe fire other than, I think, one or two days. Of course, neither day when I was prepared for it, sort of had a picture. I think that that know … Breathing fire regularly now from what I’ve seen from regular people going lately and it’s always like the same thing. No matter how many times you see Festival Fantasy, every time that happens, everyone goes, “Ooh.”

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
It’s the same thing there. It’s always amazing to see that. It’s nice that other people go, can see that. Everything else around it is different. I mean, there’s still Phillip with it but, the ravens and the thing that’s holding the tail like now, it’s one of the Goons instead of one of the ravens. All that stuff around it is kind of different.

Tanya:
The stuff around it’s very cool. I really like the whole Phillip in the flames part at the beginning. It’s neat. The song was written specifically for this parade and this anniversary.

Heather:
All the music that they …

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
At the anniversary, is really good and it’s one that gets stuck in your head but not in an annoying way. It’s like, you like it.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
Well good.

Tanya:
There’s … Well, three main songs that they wrote, the parade song and two anniversary songs that they pumped through that park all day long. By the end of it, it’s like, in your head.

Heather:
It’s never getting out of my head.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Ever.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Never.

Tanya:
Yeah. It’s always going to be there now.

Steph:
Funny.

Tanya:
Yeah. The parade is good. As far as spots to watch it from, I don’t think there’s really like a … Well, we mainly watched it from Main Street and the same thing with Disneyland, this is an issue at Disneyland too because the time of day that the parade is, it’s hard to get good photos because they’re half shadow, half light.

Steph:
Right.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
I personally think that you shouldn’t watch it from Main Street. You should watch it from somewhere else, if you plan on wanting to get good photos of it.

Heather:
The thing is though, what I learned one time is that; if you’re trying to cross over when the parade is going on or before the parade’s going on, you can’t. It’s not like here where you have spots where you can-

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Cross over.

Tanya:
They don’t have spots.

Heather:
So if you’re on one side, you are stuck on that side until the parade ends so be weary of that. It’s not really that long of a route. It starts over by where Small World is and it just kind of goes there and …

Tanya:
I feel like the length of their park just isn’t … Is it just not as long?

Heather:
Yeah. But it’s not-

Tanya:
Is it-

Heather:
It’s not really possible … A lot of the areas is not really a … They’re very narrow I guess.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
It doesn’t seem like you can get a parade in there so the area that they can have the parade is kind of small from where Small World is, which is kind of in the back but not that far back and it goes by the castle and I guess it goes around the hub or does it? I don’t remember-

Tanya:
Yeah. That’s kind of weird because I’m used to Disneyland where it just goes, you know, that one short way around the hub. This one goes the long way around the hub.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Which is kind of interesting.

Heather:
And then it comes down Main Street and goes around like … There’s the same area where it’s kind of like the town square area thing and it goes around and then it goes out. I’ve seen a lot of pictures from when you were looking down Main Street so like, opposite the castle and those look really cool at that angle.

Steph:
I think that would be perfect.

Tanya:
It’s just that either side of Main Street is going to give you weird light. On the very last day, I saw it from down … Almost to It’s a Small World. Kind of right after where the parade starts and that was a really good spot. You’re really close to the parade, which this is a … These floats are big. They’re big and they’re high so if you … you kind of have to be far back to get the whole thing in the shot but that was a good spot to watch it from ’cause the lighting was good and you can get part of the castle in your photos too.

Steph:
Okay. Good tip.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
Really good tips.

Tanya:
Yeah. Don’t watch it from Main Street. Just don’t watch it from Main Street unless it’s like a cloudy day. If it’s a cloudy day, you’re fine.

Heather:
Yeah. I have so many pictures of the pose-

Tanya:
Actually, I was all excited … Yeah. I was so excited one day because it was totally cloudy all day and I was like, yeah. Let’s go watch the parade. Watched it from our spot and then the sun came out and I was like, no! It’s all good. It’s a good parade. It’s fun. It’s not super long either. I learned my love for the Main Street electrical parade has kind of …

Heather:
What I said was going to happen.

Tanya:
I love it still, don’t get me wrong but damn, that is just a slow moving, long parade.

Steph:
It is.

Heather:
Yeah. This is not a slow moving parade.

Tanya:
No.

Heather:
And also, since like I said, there’s no stops for it to get people to walk-

Tanya:
Oh yeah.

Heather:
Through. It just keeps going. That also makes it a little shorter.

Steph:
Yeah. Okay. That’s great. Anything else about the parade?

Heather:
It ends in Frozen.

Steph:
Not everything can be perfect.

Heather:
Just pointing it out. They have Kristoff walking around. All the dancers. I like this for all the parades now that they’ve been starting over these last couple years. The dancers, they’re so good and their costumes are always amazing and it’s the same thing here. It’s just-

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Sensational Festival Fantasy, I love their costumes. They’re completely different. They themed well. I really love that.

Tanya:
Yeah. They all definitely have good costumes. Okay. Then, there’s two castle shows and Disneyland Paris did this so perfectly right where their castle is off to the side of the castle.

Heather:
Their stage.

Tanya:
Not right in front of the castle.

Heather:
Their stage.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
Oh.

Tanya:
Their stage is off to the side of the castle.

Heather:
Yeah. It is perfect.

Tanya:
It’s perfect. You don’t get an obstructed view of the castle if you don’t want to see the show-

Steph:
Yay.

Tanya:
Or if you don’t want a stage in the photos. It’s off to the side and makes use of the gorgeous side of the castle.

Steph:
Yeah.

Tanya:
It can still use the water fountains for the shows. It’s perfect. It’s built-

Heather:
It’s not like … You’re not in other people’s way. It’s not like, “Oh, I wanna see the castle. I wanna walk around the castle,” and you’re constantly hearing the castle show-

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Or having all the crowd off to the side. It’s not. It’s off to the side and so you can walk around if you needed to. It’s just so perfect. It doesn’t obstruct.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
That castle. I feel like we could have a whole show just on the castle.

Tanya:
Yeah. I can yeah. I can post six months worth of castle photos.

Steph:
It is beautiful. It’s so beautiful.

Heather:
It’s so beautiful.

Tanya:
It is. I grew up at Disneyland. That is my favorite castle but this one exceeds that by far. I love it more than Disneyland’s castle now.

Heather:
I mean, Disneyland’s my how but yeah, this castle is just completely dwarfs every castle. It is so beautiful. I think we’ll probably talk about it in some other show maybe ’cause it’s … I don’t know should we talk about it? All the stuff around the castle.

Tanya:
Can we do a castle show? So good.

Steph:
You know what? We absolutely could because I know that there’s a lot going on with that castle.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
I think it’s a good idea just to do a castle show. For real like, for real. You can give us photo tips and everything else too.

Tanya:
Yeah. Oh my God, I love it so much.

Heather:
I haven’t been posting many castle pictures because every time I want to post a castle picture and then Tanya posted like 10 in a row. I’m like, okay. I need to wait another day.

Tanya:
You posted one the other day that everybody loved and I’m like, “I have that same photo. Crap.” I was like, now I have to wait.

Steph:
That’s funny.

Tanya:
Okay. Back to the castle shows. I’ll talk about the first one and then Heather can talk about the second one because she loves the second one. I like them both but I liked this one. There’s two shows and the first one is Mickey Presents Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris.

Steph:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Happy 25th Anniversary Disneyland Paris.

Heather:
Yeah. It’s a long name.

Tanya:
It’s a long title.

Heather:
I just call it the non princess castle show.

Tanya:
Yeah. Yeah. It’s super cute. It’s reminiscent of what they did for the 25th anniversary where they do little things for each land. Which is kind of like a theme that they’re doing for this anniversary. They’re paying homage to the park by showcasing each land that they have, which is awesome.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
’cause I think that they should always do that.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
So yeah. Main characters come out and then I guess they … I’m trying to think what exactly they did. They introduced each land.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Oh my God. The dancers, it’s like the same four, five dancers and those poor guys were non stop for 25 minutes, having to switch between … They didn’t bring out different dancers for each land, they brought the same guys out with a different hat on.

Steph:
Oh.

Heather:
It’s cute how they kept changing their hats that wear. It’s kind of like novelty hats that they wear. It’s not like it was a whole costume but it really fit in well. It was really fun.

Tanya:
Like green army man hats and stuff.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Yeah. No. That show was really cute and all new music written for it about each land. Was it the same music that was in-

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
The anniversary, right? It was.

Heather:
Yeah. Because that Frontier land one especially.

Tanya:
Oh yeah.

Heather:
Honestly getting stuck in my head.

Tanya:
It’s so funny.

Heather:
I can’t see Frontier Land without thinking of it like that anymore.

Tanya:
Oh my gosh. Yeah. The songs. One of their signature songs also, the happy anniversary Disneyland Paris is in that show.

Heather:
Disneyland Paris.

Tanya:
Disneyland paris. Yeah. That song, the Disneyland Paris song, happy anniversary song, they also play for the family of, the day before the parade when they come in a car, down Main Street. They pick a family of the day.

Steph:
Oh, fun.

Tanya:
Play that song and a little thing that they do down Main Street before the parade.

Steph:
How fun.

Tanya:
But yeah, I’m trying to think of anything else specific for that castle show.

Heather:
There’s like a ton of characters in there.

Tanya:
Yeah. A ton.

Heather:
So that was good. They were like in regular outfits. Mickey was in his anniversary outfit but I think the rest of them were just regular outfits but they were all … Since they were themed to the land, so there was Woody for Frontier Land and that kind of thing.

Tanya:
I also like their VIP characters, their main characters are, how many of them Heather?

Heather:
What do you mean? Oh yeah. Yeah.

Tanya:
It’s not just Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy. It’s Max and Clarice and Chip and Dale … it’s like a whole … That are always …

Heather:
Yeah. They use Max a lot like that.

Tanya:
That are the main. They use Max a lot there.

Steph:
I love him.

Heather:
He’s always in the show. Yeah.

Tanya:
Yeah. He’s considered one of the main group that’s always out, that’s always with that group.

Steph:
Oh wow.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Him and Clarice, they’re like two of the main characters.

Heather:
Was Clarice and that show? I’m trying to remember.

Tanya:
I think she was. I could be wrong. I could be wrong.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
About the show but she was like, everywhere else.

Heather:
Yeah. That show, we only saw once.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Yeah. It was really cute. They had the Chip and Dale, they had Western stuff on and … Cute.

Tanya:
Yeah. That show was cute and upbeat and like, “Yay! Disneyland Paris!”

Heather:
At the end, because I know you posted the video of that …

Tanya:
They’re so cute.

Heather:
They’re like, I know everyone wants to get a picture so and they would all pose together and they would all move around the stage.

Tanya:
Yeah. They’d move around the stage.

Steph:
So cute.

Tanya:
In a pose. They’d run to one side of the stage and be like, “Snap a picture,” and you’d hear camera sounds. They’d pose and then they’d run to the other stage. A group of like 20 of them.

Steph:
That is so cute.

Tanya:
It was cute. It was really cute and at the same time, we’re at the middle and we’re like, “What? No. What?” How do we get to an end. So if you’re going to see that show, stand on one of the ends. Or at least towards the end of the show, run towards one of the ends. It’s kind of … The castle stage is kind of amphitheater-ish. It’s not super inclined. You sit down unless you stand towards the back. You sit on the ground. There are some stone benches in the back but not nearly enough to hold a significant amount of people. Most people will sit.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
It’s a good size little area.

Heather:
Yeah. It looked like there was … you could see … It’s not like, again, when you’re at Disney World, you have the stage so it’s all the way up there and then everybody stands and then every one goes and sticks a kid on their shoulders and whatever so if you’re not in the front, you’re not seeing anything, pretty much there.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Here, it was like a lot of people sat and in the back, they were standing. There was also, behind it, it was like a raised space.

Tanya:
Underneath that was where the sounds people and stuff were.

Heather:
Yeah. I don’t know. Sometimes they had it open. Sometimes it was for special groups but other times I saw, just anybody was standing around there too. If it’s open, that’s a good place to stand and see if you want an overview of it instead of close up. That was good.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
The other thing too, with the shows, I know going into the whole park thing it was like, things in French, is it in English?

Tanya:
Oh yeah.

Heather:
The shows and everything, it seemed to be this great combination of both languages so you always knew what was going on even if you couldn’t understand what they were saying, you could get the gist because there was enough English in it.

Tanya:
It wasn’t like they would say something in French and then repeat it in English. They would say something in French and then continue the story incorporating what they said in French, in English.

Steph:
Oh.

Tanya:
There were times, another show we’ll talk about after this where everybody spoke in English but one character would speak in French the whole time. It’s the weirdest combination but it works.

Heather:
Yeah.

Steph:
I saw some of your clips on stories and I thought it was really interesting too.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
I also thought it work really well. I thought, that is a really smart and interesting way to do it so that the English speakers know what’s going on.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Not enough that I’m sure, to annoy anyone-

Steph:
Right.

Heather:
Who is a French speaker. I was trying to think about it as okay, if this was my home park, would it work for someone who’s not English speaking and I think it worked out. It was perfect ’cause we always could figure it out and neither way I felt was intrusive.

Steph:
Right.

Heather:
To ruin it for anybody.

Tanya:
We very rarely, in the whole time we were there, came across somebody that didn’t speak English.

Heather:
I had like one.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
One time. That was when you weren’t there. Yeah.

Tanya:
One time.

Heather:
When I was trying to be like, I can’t go up steps and she kept saying, “Steps. Steps.” I’m like, I had to make an X with my hands and be like, no. I can’t.

Tanya:
Yeah. Very, very rarely did anybody not speak English. Also, they’d start to speak to us in French and we’d either be like, “Hi,” instead of … And they’d be like oh, you need … Oh nevermind. You speak English. Then they would just start speaking to us in English.

Steph:
That’s good. That’s really good.

Tanya:
Yeah. It was really easy to do everything. Go ahead Heather, the next show.

Heather:
Okay. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’m kind of like obsessed with this show. It’s called the Starlight Princess Waltz and it’s like if I could have built a show, this is what they would have taken out of my brain. It’s like all the princesses and they come out there. The gist of the show is a guy … He’s the one, I think, speaks French the whole time.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Doesn’t know who all the princesses are so they go out and describe each one and have a masquerade thing at first. They have fans and he starts giving it to the wrong people. They have a fan with Pascal on it but he’ll give it to Jasmine and then he’ll have one with the Lamp or … the icons for the different princesses and they have their own ones. They dance and then they fix it. Their princes all come out and then they dance. I just love it. They twirl around in their dresses. They all have these gorgeous dresses. Most of them have a little bit of a different variation of their dress for the show.

It’s beautiful and I just love it. I just couldn’t have done it any better.

Tanya:
Did anybody understand any of it? The gist is, she loves the show. No, actually, the first time I saw it I was like, “Okay. That’s cute.” Then we saw the other show and I was like, “Oh. I like this one more.” Then we saw the princess show two more times and yeah, after the second and third time I was like, “All right. I can get into this.” The two hosts of that show, the guy and the girl. The girl knows all the stories. The guy says he knows them but doesn’t actually know them. She sings so good. I literally watched that video of her singing like all day long. I can watch her because I don’t know, just the way she sang was really, really good.

Again, like how they did with the songs about the different lands, they did short little lands … like one verse songs about each princess and it was really cute to see how they did that because she would sing a description of the princess to see if he could guess it.

Steph:
How cute.

Tanya:
Guess who the princess is. Yeah. No. It was really cute.

Heather:
Yeah. I really like that. They came out. The princes came out towards the end and they all danced. When you have the stage, like I said, everybody was sitting but they leave this space and that’s because the characters actually come down. They all came down and a couple of them stood there and posed or danced but all of them came down there to walk around so you could see them.

Tanya:
Yeah. They were right in front of us and stuff.

Heather:
Yeah. I took like, what’d I take? Like 1,000 pictures or something? That’s why I just keep them. I need to go a day where I don’t post a princess picture.

Tanya:
That stage is just such an amazing photo opportunity ’cause it has the perfect background.

Heather:
When I was the thing … Aurora is kind of the … wasn’t the host but-

Tanya:
The star one.

Heather:
Yeah. She comes out first and they [inaudible 00:22:18] when they’re trying to figure out, I guess, her friend’s coming and at the end, she and Phillip are doing more, specifically but yeah. It’s …

Tanya:
I love that they are very big on showcasing her because it’s her castle, in more than one show.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
They did it in the anniversary and stuff. In the anniversary show too. They showcase her because it’s her castle. It’s her park and I like that they do that.

Steph:
Yeah. What cameras did you guys take?

Tanya:
We both had our Sony NEX’s. Heather had an extra zoom lens. I did use my QX100 one or two or three of the nights that we were in the park.

Heather:
Yeah. I only had my zoom lens for the anniversary day. I didn’t even … When we saw the princess show the one time, I was able to get second row so I was glad. I didn’t even have my lens for all that so all that was just regular. The anniversary day, I think, was the only day I had my lens ’cause it was so heavy.

Steph:
Yeah.

Tanya:
It was hard to know because we had never been there before. We didn’t know what the weather was going to be like. We didn’t know what our days were really going to be like to know what to bring with us to the park. That was a bit of a trial and error.

Heather:
The thing too, with the … Like what we said about the parade and everything, they’re right on top of it so it’s not like you really even need more of the zoom lens for that kind of thing and stuff.

Tanya:
Yeah. You don’t.

Heather:
The other new thing was the night time show.

Tanya:
Oh yeah.

Heather:
Totally forgot about that.

Tanya:
Totally forgot about that. The new night time show.

Heather:
It’s called Illuminations and it’s nothing like the Illuminations that got … I was really confused at first I was like, “I must be calling it the wrong name but I kept looking …”

Tanya:
Is it just Illum … or does it have like something, Illuminations blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Heather:
I’m pretty sure it does. I took a picture of a sign at one point, and see if I can find it.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
It’s basically-

Tanya:
It might just be Illuminations a night time spectacular or something like that.

Heather:
Yeah. It was basically, it’s a castle night time show. It’s a projection show and some fireworks. It’s not like a really, lot of fireworks.

Tanya:
It’s not a fireworks show.

Heather:
No.

Tanya:
It’s like a low castle fireworks show.

Heather:
Yeah. They have also, fountains by the show. By the castle. Those go off too. It was more of the projections but the projections are really clear like more so than I’ve seen here. I know they’re going to have the new one at Disney World so maybe it’s the same type of thing and it’ll be like that now but it was just so crystal clear.

Tanya:
Actually surprised at how clear they were because that castle is very ornate with lots of intricate little part. Lots of fine detailing so I’m actually surprised they were able to get projections to project so clearly on such an odd shaped castle.

Steph:
Right. Right. ’cause it has a lot of detail, that castle.

Tanya:
Yeah. It’s just a lot going on there.

Steph:
Yeah.

Tanya:
It doesn’t have what Disney World or Disneyland has where it has just kind of flat sides.

Steph:
Right.

Tanya:
It doesn’t really have that.

Heather:
Yeah. It was still really good.

Tanya:
There’s a lot of curving.

Heather:
Yeah. I looked it up. Still just says, Disney Illuminations so that’s all it’s called.

Tanya:
Oh. Disney Illuminations. There you go.

Heather:
Same words and I just keep throwing them out there.

Tanya:
Yeah. I liked the show. I did like the show. There were some parts where I was just kind of like, “Nah.” I could do everything without that. Especially because their previous show, I had heard so many amazing things about.

Heather:
Yeah. It was called Dreams.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
It was really good.

Tanya:
People loved to come to that show. Loved, loved, loved that show and I’ve heard so many amazing things about it and most of those people, I don’t know because of their love for the previous show, don’t have the same feelings towards this show. Not that they dislike it, they said it just doesn’t have the heart that the previous show had I guess.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
It was still good though. It was still good. It was lots to see.

Heather:
Yeah. I felt the same way with the parade. It was good, I would see it but I don’t think it’s something you have to see a million times.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Go and see it. It had more, I think, of the modern stuff than all the classic kind of thing.

Tanya:
Yes. It had Star Wars.

Heather:
It had the live action Beauty and the Beast.

Tanya:
It had the new Beauty and the Beast.

Heather:
Yeah. Which was kind of like, ah.

Tanya:
That’s interesting.

Heather:
Not just one, but two Frozen songs. That was at the … Yeah.

Tanya:
Actually, as a whole, it had some interesting choices.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
It definitely had some interesting choices.

Heather:
The thing it has was, not like the first time in forever but like the sad one, they’re holding each other and crying. I’m like, “That’s a weird thing to be like now.”

Tanya:
Yeah. It had some weird choices. I mean, what ev’s.

Heather:
Yeah. Again, it was the same like some of it in English, some of it in French. It’s like oh, I get to hear Let it Go in France, French.

Tanya:
Yeah. I liked hearing a lot of the stuff in French and stuff. It was kind of interesting.

Heather:
What else? They had Little Mermaid.

Tanya:
Yes.

Heather:
‘Cause they always have Little Mermaid.

Tanya:
They had Lion King.

Heather:
The Lion King.

Tanya:
Two Lion King songs because they did, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, also.

Heather:
Oh yeah. At the end, they just had a whole bunch of stuff but it was kind of hard to see what exactly they were showing. I know they did have Sleeping Beauty at some point in that. Yeah.

Tanya:
Lots of lasers.

Steph:
Yeah. They looked really cool. That’s always fun.

Tanya:
I think the Star Wars part was actually kind of cool.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Any excuse to use a bunch of lasers.

Heather:
Any Star Wars is …

Tanya:
Yeah. Laser Star Wars.

Steph:
It would be really weird to see Star Wars on a castle because that’s so foreign to us as Disneyland, Disney World.

Tanya:
Yeah. It was actually really funny. They had some really weird transitions into the different things and so on my video of … It had some weird transition of balloons going up the castle and I was like, “Oh, maybe it’s gonna be Up.” And then it bust into Star Wars and then in my video I’m like, “That was a weird transition.” The other people are like, “What the heck?” Yeah. From one thing to another, it was just kind of random. There was some really cute things. I liked the Lion King intro, was kind of cute.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
I don’t know. It was good.

Heather:
It’s always fun-

Tanya:
It’s something new.

Heather:
I just keep saying, oh yeah. That looks really good.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
That looked really good on the castle. I just don’t remember as much about what they were specifically showing, which I don’t know if that’s a good sign. Here’s this balloon things.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Yeah. The balloons and then the next thing, it’s like Star Wars.

Tanya:
It busts into Star Wars and you’re like, whoa.

Heather:
The Millennium Falcon’s on there and I’m like, oh. Okay.

Tanya:
I was expecting something totally different. Yeah. No. It was good though. I liked it.

Heather:
Yeah. I think that one was a hard one to-

Tanya:
Did we only see it the one time?

Heather:
We only saw it the one time. Yeah. There was almost-

Tanya:
We tried to see it a second time but it was on the day of the anniversary and that place was just so jam packed that we couldn’t even get there in time. We tried for a second time but …

Heather:
I think it’s a hard thing because there’s not really that much space in front. It’s like a hub. I don’t know. It didn’t seem like as much space to find out where to stand. I think for that one, it’s the same type of thing for … It’s more of the projection so I think it’s better to be closer up so you can see that versus the fireworks ’cause there’s not much.

Tanya:
Yeah. If you’re too far down Main Street, you’re not really going to see anything. You have to be hub or closer, kind of, to be able to see.

Steph:
Okay. That’s good to know.

Tanya:
The stuff. Their hub is very large though. It’s three times the size of Disneyland’s, for sure. They have zero trees in their hub and they have no partner statues so that it’s all open. It still has the circle rotunda thing.

Heather:
yeah.

Tanya:
It’s all open.

Heather:
Yeah but that seems bigger too because then they had, fifth anniversary, they had statues. They have Tink and Mickey and Minnie and Donald and Daisy so they have a bunch of stuff so you can’t stand there or anything. Yeah, I guess it’s bigger.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
I don’t know. I definitely think you have to be in that hub-ish area.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Once you start going back towards Main Street, I don’t know what you would really see other than some of the bursts off the castle and the lasers. I mean lasers enough, I guess are fine to see anywhere.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
I really like too, after the show was over, they projected 25 onto the castle and they leave that up for a little bit and that’s really pretty.

Tanya:
Yeah. Definitely snap photos of that because that looked really cool.

Heather:
Also, even though this is nothing to do with really entertainment, if you want to be in the park when it’s empty, and you know if you’re here, Disney World or Disney. More so Disney World but Disneyland too, it’s hard because you have to wait for everybody to leave. There, they clear out like the second …

Tanya:
Yeah. That park closes at 10:00. By 10:15, it is empty.

Heather:
Yeah. You can get some empty … They weren’t like, “Get out.”

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
I mean, they were at the store. I mean, they barricaded the door.

Tanya:
They get you out of there.

Steph:
What?

Tanya:
They don’t want you shopping after …

Heather:
Yeah. It was like … I don’t even think it was 15 minutes, whatever it was. I saw they were closing the other doors but they had one door open so I went in there because I was trying to find this pen and as soon as I got in there, she closed the door and she put something against the door.

Steph:
Oh my goodness.

Heather:
Yeah. They do not leave the things open like an hour or whatever, like they do here. Everything else like the ice cream and whatever places on Main Street, they were all closed.

Tanya:
Yeah. They closed.

Heather:
If you’re out there, they don’t say get out or anything so you can take your time taking pictures but …

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Take time to get back. The other thing too is a lot of the park closes early because of the fireworks so all of Fantasy Land was closed really early, right? It was like 8:00 or something?

Tanya:
Yeah. They block off all of Fantasy Land. You can’t go back there at all.

Steph:
Really?

Tanya:
I guess the fireworks … The park closes at 10:00 and the fireworks are at 10:00 right?

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Right. Right. Yeah.

Heather:
Yeah.

Steph:
That’s what they do at Disney World too, a lot.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
Yeah but no, you were back there. You could ride things.

Steph:
Right.

Heather:
At Disney World. You just can’t go in that little area. It was completely closed.

Steph:
Oh.

Heather:
Small World and all these-

Tanya:
Yeah. If you wanted to go around that way to go back around to their Adventure Land, you couldn’t go that way.

Heather:
No. It was completely closed.

Tanya:
There was no walking through, whatsoever.

Heather:
The rides closed like two hours before hand.

Tanya:
Yeah. Once it gets dark there-

Heather:
Nothing to do with it … I guess it has to do with [crosstalk 00:33:27]

Tanya:
You can’t do anything in Fantasy Land, after it gets dark.

Steph:
Do they have other shows that run all the time or just right now, the 25th anniversary shows?

Tanya:
At …

Heather:
The parades.

Tanya:
Yeah. At Disneyland, I think it’s just those ones. I was looking though the Disneyland app the other day and came across a show that I never heard of and didn’t see when we were there and I have no idea if it’s even still there but it’s in the app. It’s in Adventure Land and it’s a Jungle-y type show with Tarzan and some other people. I have no idea. Ya’ll might want to look into that ’cause it might actually be there.

Steph:
Funny.

Tanya:
I have no idea. I was like, “What is this show?” It’s in the app so I think it’s still there.

Heather:
They usually have other shows but I think that’s what they have now ’cause they had had … If we were there like last year at this time, they had a Mary Poppins show they always have during the spring time. I’m kind of sad I didn’t see that because that’s for a theme video but I think this is all they have otherwise. There, at Disneyland Park.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
And then talk about the other park or?

Tanya:
Yeah. At the other park. The other park.

Heather:
And it’s really, another park.

Tanya:
Yeah. It’s a half day-er for sure. At their Disney Studios?

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Walt Disney Studios.

Heather:
Walt Disney Studios park. Yeah.

Tanya:
They have a couple different things. They have their Star Wars stuff. You talk about that one because I don’t know what it is.

Heather:
Yeah. It’s basically the same stuff they have at Hollywood Studios. Forget what it’s called but it’s a thing they have where they show clips and then they have the characters come on stage and people joke and they call it a costume party or parade or whatever because they just come out and they pose. Like a fashion show type of thing. They actually have … They have a lot less characters. They don’t have Darth Maul and they don’t have Boba Fett. It’s the same thing otherwise. It’s the Stormtroopers and Kylo and Darth Vader.

Tanya:
I actually just saw. Did you see they started the night time thing in …

Heather:
Yeah. I saw it there.

Tanya:
Darth Maul is in it now.

Heather:
But that was only the two night thing.

Tanya:
Oh. It was only a two night … oh.

Heather:
A special. Yeah. It was like a hard ticket party thing that they had.

Tanya:
Oh. Okay. It looked really cool.

Heather:
The same thing with the … What do they call it? The precessional thing where the Stormtroopers walk and Phasma walks and front so they do that too. It’s fun if you see it. It’s not something I would say to stand around and wait. The funny thing is, we watched the show and I said to Tanya, “Well the good thing is, we don’t have to stand out in the boiling sun.” Which is normally what it’s like in Hollywood Studios, and then that particular day-

Tanya:
It was so hot that day.

Heather:
The sun was right on us. I was standing behind someone. He was tall. I was trying to crouch down so I wouldn’t be getting in the sun.

Tanya:
I was like, “I’m out. I know what the Stormtroopers look like. I’m good.” I kind of need to go stand in the shade. It was really only hot for that two hours.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
For a two hour period.

Heather:
I think it even started raining after that. It was like a Casper thing.

Tanya:
Water was all over the place.

Heather:
Yeah. They had had, like the thing you were saying with that night thing. They had a projection thing that they had had but it ended just before we got there.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
They were doing the Star Wars projection thing on Tower of Terror, which looked really cool. They stopped it like two days before we got there. The other thing they have-

Tanya:
Yeah. Mickey and the Magician.

Heather:
It’s really cute. I really like that.

Tanya:
Really cute. Really cute show. It’s about Mickey-

Heather:
Theater.

Tanya:
What? Yeah. It’s an indoor theater with stadium seating so that’s always a plus. Mickey wants to be a magician. It’s almost like he’s an apprentice, I guess. He’s a magician apprentice and the actual magician tells him he has to clean up the shop. In order to become a magician, he has to clean up the shop by a certain time. It’s him cleaning up the shop and he meets different characters and it’s magic trick kind of stuff. Then you find out he had the magic in him all along. All the feels.

Steph:
It sounds a little bit like Mickey and the Magical Map.

Tanya:
It kind of had that same type of thing going on. He only speaks in French.

Steph:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Everybody else speaks in English but only Mickey Speaks in French.

Steph:
Oh.

Tanya:
It’s cute.

Heather:
It’s really cute. It had the Genie and so he does like the genie would do.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
It’s funny and there’s a lot of dancing in that. They had the Beauty and the Beast. They did a thing. They have the fairy Godmother.

Tanya:
Cinderella.

Heather:
At first, I thought I got the gist of the magic thing but then, then it wasn’t always making sense that it was a magic so I don’t know.

Tanya:
Most Disney shows, it throws bits in there where you’re like, that doesn’t really fit but whatever.

Heather:
Yeah. It was like the fairy godmother and like, okay. That makes sense.

Tanya:
They threw some Frozen in there.

Heather:
Oh God yeah. They had the Lion King, which again, I had no idea what that had to do with magic but it was really cool.

Tanya:
It was cool because it was staged. It was a Broadway version of Lion King.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
That was kind of cool.

Heather:
How they come out into the audience.

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
The animal things and then the … Yeah. That one was really cool. Again, I don’t know what it had to do with magic but it’s fine. It was good. I was like, at that point, I think I know what is going on and I was like, no. I don’t know what’s going on.

Steph:
Oh. That’s funny.

Heather:
Really cute and I really liked it. Of course, at the end it’s Frozen because it does.

Tanya:
It does. It does.

Steph:
That’s so funny. Lion King and Frozen, all in one.

Tanya:
Yeah. They make it magical by doing the Let it Go changing dress scene. Yeah. That show was really cute. We saw it twice. We liked it.

Heather:
Yeah. Yeah. It was really … They were signing live because we could tell.

Tanya:
Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

Heather:
One time we heard Elsa, she sang it well. The other time-

Tanya:
She did not so well.

Heather:
That’s how I’m like, okay. This is live.

Tanya:
Yeah. They were definitely not the same.

Heather:
Yeah. They were all really good. Again, with all the dancers.

Tanya:
I think at that park too, they also have a Stitch live show that we didn’t see.

Heather:
Yes.

Tanya:
Which I … But other than that, there’s no parade. I don’t think there’s any other shows. They don’t do fireworks there.

Steph:
Okay.

Tanya:
It’s a half day park.

Heather:
Yeah. I don’t even know if it’s a half day park.

Tanya:
What time does it close? I think it closes pretty early.

Heather:
Yeah. There’s not much there. Especially, a lot of that stuff is also at the parks here.

Tanya:
It’s where they have their Rockin’ Rollercoaster. They have their Tower of Terror. They have Crush’s coaster, which is kind of a cool little rollercoaster. Oh, the Ratatouille stuff is there.

Steph:
Yes.

Tanya:
That’s a really cute area and I was completely saddened by that Ratatouille ride.

Steph:
Why?

Tanya:
I was so excited for the Ratatouille ride. You have no idea. It was on the top of my list.

Steph:
Yeah. Yeah.

Tanya:
I want to do the Ratatouille ride. It’s a 3D motion ride.

Steph:
Oh.

Tanya:
I take that back. It’s a 3D ride. The cars move and stuff. It’s trackless. Cool, new technology trackless stuff that they do but it’s all 3D and screens and video screens. That stuff makes Tanya super barfy.

Steph:
Me too. I had no idea it made you barfy. It makes me barfy too. It’s so bad.

Tanya:
I can’t. It’s a Universal Studios ride. It’s a Universal Studios ride and I can’t do Universal Studio rides.

Steph:
That sounds … It sounds to me like Universal.

Tanya:
It was so sad.

Heather:
I had no idea it was 3D either. I’m trying to go in-

Tanya:
They added glass and I was like, no!

Heather:
I went into it. I didn’t really want to know too much about the park. I like not being spoiled for things and it’s so hard to do that here. Even trying not to be spoiled on the Avatar thing, I’m going in a week and I’m still getting bombarded by it. I didn’t want to know stuff so I didn’t really read too much and then I was like, what? It’s a 3D ride. I heard so much about it.

Tanya:
We literally went … We went into it not know. we knew maybe 25% of stuff about these parks. We knew nothing. We just went.

Heather:
Which is good because I like that awe.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
You know.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Heather:
New things, which was nice but yeah, that I didn’t know. Okay. Apparently I’m the only person that’s ever gotten … I got soaked on that ride. Everyone else’s like, “What? I’ve never heard that.” My friend was just there and he said, yeah. The person next to him got wet too so if you’re riding Ratatouille, do not sit in the front center because that’s where you get … I don’t know if it’s just now, like they need to fix it or whatever but any water ride, it was like they all stuck it onto one person. I got soaked and I screamed. Tanya laughed. I thought she was laughing ’cause she knows I don’t like getting wet on rides, but yeah.

Tanya:
I thought it was just ’cause it jerked at the same time and I had my eyes closed. I couldn’t even watch it. I was just sitting there with my eyes closed ’cause I couldn’t watch the ride.

Heather:
Where it’s a quark is opening or something. Yeah. It just posts up … Maybe it just has to do with something over the whole that something’s wrong with it but yeah. I’m wet. Look at me. They’re like, I didn’t even know there’s water on that ride.

Tanya:
I did record the whole ride so I could watch it later and not be sad about it.

Steph:
Right.

Tanya:
But yeah.

Heather:
It was probably the thing I was disappointed with because I heard some much about it.

Tanya:
Yeah. The whole-

Heather:
The trackless thing, that was cool but the ride itself, I was like, “Oh. Okay.”

Tanya:
Yeah. I was a little saddened by it but the whole Ratatouille area is really cool. The whole little France. The restaurant and stuff. We didn’t get to eat at the restaurant but I took pictures of the inside of the restaurant and it’s really cute. From what I hear, it’s pretty tasty too. Yeah. Think that’s pretty much-

Steph:
Is that all of the entertainment?

Tanya:
As far as shows and stuff, yes.

Steph:
Shows and parades.

Tanya:
Shows and parades.

Steph:
Okay. Yeah. That’s exciting. Lots of stuff.

Tanya:
Yeah. It’s all really good.

Steph:
It’s hard to envision it all when you haven’t been there. Shows like this, I know when I’ve listened to other podcasts and then I go and experience something I’m like, “Oh yeah! This is what they were talking about. This is what they were saying.”

Heather:
Yeah.

Steph:
It’s always super helpful, I think.

Tanya:
Yeah. Especially if you’re like us and you want to get good photos. We don’t want to just see the show.

Steph:
Yeah.

Tanya:
We want to be able to take pictures of the show also. It’s kind of nice to know where to sit or stand to do that.

Steph:
Yeah. I totally agree. Totally agree. Okay. Thank you so much for all of this. I appreciate it. Let’s remind our listeners where they can find us all. Go ahead Tanya.

Tanya:
You can find me at everymagicmoment.com and tanyah666 on all social media.

Steph:
And Heather.

Tanya:
My character site is heatherw.com/character and on Facebook it’s, I love Characters and then every where else on social media I’m heatherw25.

Steph:
Okay. I’m Steph Clay. You can find me at capturingmagic.me of course, which is where this show is hosted if you don’t ever get over to the site, you might want to check some things out there. We have a lot of tips, helps, and resources. Also, you can find me at modernphotosolutions.com where I have a free class all about Google photos and some other classes as well. I just launched a new class all about QR codes and using QR codes to add video and other multi media things to your photo books, chat books, project life pages. All of that kind of stuff. Check that out at modernphotosolutions.com/qrcodes. Thank you girls, again.

Heather:
Thanks.

Steph:
Yeah. We’ll see you next time on Capturing Magic.

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