Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure – Fun Facts

Published on February 4, 2016

The scenery design

  • Matthew Reinhart, an American writer and illustrator of children’s pop-up books based in New York, has been involved in designing the pop-up style scenery. Having previously published pop-up books about Cinderella, The Jungle Book and even Star Wars, Matthew is no stranger to the worlds of our characters! In November 2015, he published Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World. This book tells the stories of 11 Disney Princesses, including Rapunzel, Merida and Pocahontas. Incidentally, you will be able to see these three Princesses on the Chaparral Theater’s stage.

The costumes

  • A team of 40 talented dressmakers from the Costuming Workshop of Disneyland Paris took 2 months to create more than 50 costumes inspired by Nature. That’s about 480 working hours.
  • 44 preparatory drawing boards were needed to create these costumes.
  • 11 types of headdresses have been created by the decorating workshop. Each headdress had to be created in 4 or 5 different sizes. Our dressmakers therefore had to create about 50 headdresses.
  • The dressmakers used 800 metres of fabric to create the costumes. That’s about the size of the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa, which is located in Dubai (828m).

A tribute to nature

  • 63 four-meter-high pine trees will be added to the current set of the Chaparral Theater.
  • For The Jungle Book scene, large fans made of bananas leaves have been used.

The music

  • The soundtrack of The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure has been recorded at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and The Beach Boys have all left their marks in these famous studios.
  • Gordon Goodwin, composer, American studio pianist, saxophonist, arranger and conductor who orchestrated and arranged the show’s soundtrack and composed its Overture and Finale, was already pretending to conduct orchestras as a child while watching The Mickey Mouse Club… This childish game was prophetic because Goodwin later composed The Incredibles’ ending credits theme. Today, our Guests can hear this song during summertime at the Walt Disney Studios when Mrs. and Mr. Incredible are walking around.

Goodwin himself has received many individual awards including a recent Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his work on the Pixar film The Incredibles.

  • The orchestra that recorded the soundtrack of show is formed by about 40 musicians who all come from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.
  • Amongst the great musicians of the Big Phat Band, Eric Marienthal, the saxophonist whose smooth harmonies will accompany our Disney heroes and heroines’ adventures, has worked with a great number of important artists, including Elton John who wrote the most famous songs of The Lion King! Our performers will also be dancing to the wild rhythms of Gregg Bissonette’s drums. Gregg has worked with numerous artists including Maynard Ferguson, Van Halen, Santana and Ringo Starr, the famous drummer of the Beatles.
  • The sound engineer who worked on the show, Tommy Vicari, is no stranger to the world of Disney. He actually worked on the soundtracks of Finding Nemo, WALL-E and Saving Mr. Banks.

Casting

  • Overall, 296 people auditioned in Paris and in London to cast the multi-disciplinary players, made up of acrobats and singers who will perform live.
  • The cast will rehearse for a month-long period to be ready for the opening of the show on February 10th.
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