NEW SHOW: The Forest of Enchantment: A musical adventure at Disneyland Paris

January 3, 2016

From February 10, 2016 Disneyland Paris will unveil a new show where Disney heroes and heroines celebrate nature in a new way. This show in the purest tradition of musical theater will be an opportunity for visitors to meet Disney characters at the heart of an enchanted forest, full of surprises. The spirits of the forest invite guests to an extraordinary journey on uplifting and energizing rhythms, announcing the imminent arrival of spring.

World exclusive, Disneyland Paris offers its visitors to discover The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney musical adventure. Created in the spirit of Broadway musicals, this brand new musical will play from February 10 to May 8, 2016 at Chaparral Theater in Frontierland located in Disneyland Park.

An original creation of Disneyland Paris

The Forest of Enchantment is a musical adventure presented exclusively at Disneyland Paris. The history of this brand new musical show is rooted in an enchanted forest where joyful nature spirits celebrate the most beautiful Disney stories.

In this show Disney Heroes will make a tribute to nature and the world of the forest. Pocahontas and John Smith, Baloo and King Louie, Tarzan, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider without forgetting Merida appear on stage to sing mythical songs of their films.

This enchanted forest is populated by amazing joyful beings who guide the audience through the different stories. Singers, dancers and acrobats animate this new show. The sets are also part of the show: they evolve over stories carried by the spirits of the forest, prompting viewers to discover new worlds, as if they were turning the pages of a pop-up book.

Christophe Leclercq, Director Performing Scene, wanted to design a special atmosphere where visitors will be immersed in the heart of an enchanted forest. Choosing Chaparral Theater in the heart of Frontierland, is not insignificant, "we wanted to offer a story with a strong connection with nature and the forest. So Chaparral Theater has quickly established itself as the perfect place."

Music plays a predominant place in the Forest of Enchantment: A Disney musical adventure. "The most famous songs of the films are part of the show. But we also wanted to show that it vibrates to the rhythm of a composition of original song, written in the spirit of Broadway musicals", says Christophe Leclercq. Interpreted live, the show's songs lead the audience into a joyous and enchanting universe.

A creative team bringing together talent from New York, Los Angeles and Paris

To mount this new musical adventure, Christophe Leclercq surrounded himself with talent from Broadway, Los Angeles and Paris. When he imagined the scenery with Yves Ollier, scenographer, he was inspired by pop-up books where each page turned reveals new surprises.

So he naturally turned to Matthew Reinhart. Based in New York, this writer and illustrator has made pop-up books his specialty. He was involved in set design, enabling an open book, where nature has reasserted, to come to life on stage.

The musical universe was developed by Vasile ┼×irli, Director of Music for Disneyland Paris, in collaboration with Gordon and Lisa Goodwin. This couple of famous American composers of Los Angeles and winner of a Grammy Award, wrote the original song of the show, true to their "Jazz Swing" style. They also re-orchestrated the most famous songs from Disney cartoons that will be interpreted in the show.

Spirits of the Forest of Enchantment: A musical adventure Disney represent allegories of nature and move around the storyteller and Disney characters. Their movements must be close to animals or plants that inhabit the forest. The choreography and acrobatics were entrusted to Carolina Roelands (choreography), Florence Delahaye (aerial choreography) and Yohann Benhamou (acrobatics). These three artists participated in musicals Off-Broadway, in Paris or the Cirque du Soleil.

The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney musical adventure therefore met all the expertise from Disneyland Paris and international artists, offering a unique show of its kind.

From February 10 to May 8, 2016, The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney musical adventure will be offered five times a day, 7 days out of 7 in Chaparral Theater in the heart of Frontierland in Disneyland Park.

Information and promotional artwork by Disneyland Paris.