The Disney That Almost Was: The Beauty and the Beast Animatronic Attraction
The idea for the #BeautyandtheBeast #animatronic
attraction dates back to shortly after the film’s 1991 release. The attraction was originally planned for #Disneyland #Paris
The outside of the attraction would have had two contrasting sides. The entrance would have looked like the Beast’s #castle
while under the curse: Dark and foreboding, surrounded by crooked black trees with sharp, tangled branches. The exit would have been cheerful, ornate and fairytale-esque, representing the castle after the curse was lifted.
took their inspiration – and the attraction’s basic layout – from Disneyland’s #EnchantedTikiRoom
. Guests would enter a room themed as the the Beast’s castle. Once inside, they would sit on benches set up along three sides of the room. Spanning the fourth side of the room – and stretching into the center – would be a grand staircase, a large set of French doors, an unlit fireplace and a long dining table.
The pre-show would be done via an animated stained glass window at the top of the staircase. The window would tell the story of the curse, reminding guests that the only way to lift the curse would be if the Beast could love someone and be loved in return.
After the pre-show, a #castmember
– along with animatronic versions of #Lumiere
, and #MrsPotts
– would recreate an encapsulated version of Belle’s first night in the castle.
This recreation would have culminated in the show’s most spectacular scene – the #BeOurGuest #musical
number. As the #music
played and a dazzling light show lit up the room, guests would be surrounded by animatronic action in much the same manner as the Enchanted Tiki Room. Only, instead of tikis, parrots and flowers magically coming to life around you, it would be twirling plates, singing candlesticks and dancing cutlery. Mrs. Potts would have whirled her way around the floor on a trolley, while a spinning chandelier descended from the ceiling and a giant cake rose from the floor. (Cont. in comments...)