Walking down Main Street, U.S.A., offers the perfect view of the beautiful Sleeping Beauty Castle, standing proudly at the central hub of Disneyland Paris. This castle is home to Aurora, the princess from the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. However, she is not the only one to call this her home. Follow along a winding path around the Castle that leads to the dungeons. Tread carefully through the rockwork of the dark tunnels, for inside there is another sleeping creature. Chained up and defeated, Maleficent—in dragon form—waits for the day she can escape.
La Tanière du Dragon is unique to Disneyland Paris, and, just like the Castle, is a wonderfully immersive experience into the fairy tale atmosphere. It’s not a ride or fancy show, but rather a treat for those who like to explore. At the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992, the Maleficent dragon was the largest audio-animatronic ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering. Imagineers designed her lifelike and believable by taking inspiration from medieval folklore. This is the kind of attraction that makes Disney magical. It is quite an experience to those who dare to enter the dragon’s lair.
Sleeping Beauty’s musical score is based heavily on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty. In fact, the whole climax of the movie with Prince Philip fighting Maleficent utilizes music from the ballet. You may have heard Tchaikovsky’s music before! He also composed famous ballets like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Today is going to be a little more laid back. Take some time and enjoy Tchaikovsky’s work whether finding some clips of his ballet’s or just listening to his scores. They are quite amazing and a treat musically. Here are a few below to get started!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Music, Fine Arts
SKILL LEVEL: High School
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