Luca-Themed room opens at Bella Notte Disneyland ParisPublished: April 14, 2023 / Last Updated: May 7, 2023 / By: Arvid Bux
Over at Fantasyland, the Luca-themed room at Bella Notte opened to the public. This new dining room, replacing Fantasia Gelati, is an extension of the Pizzeria Bella Notte, which serves as a tribute to Italy with nods to two classic Disney stories: “Lady and the Tramp” and “Fantasia.” Imagineers took the opportunity to extend the storytelling by evoking the seaside atmosphere and warmth of the Italian Riviera, allowing Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” to make a splash at the same time!
To ensure authenticity, Imagineers worked closely with Pixar artists on how to expand Luca’s world throughout the whole project. Together, they developed an exclusive artwork original mural featuring the fan-favorite sea monster on the shores of Portorosso as the true centerpiece for this new story.
The Walt Disney Imagineering Paris teams have drawn inspiration from workshops where fishermen repair their boats with a twist, as the inside area has been repurposed to welcome villagers, making it the perfect place to enjoy Italian specialties! Attention to detail is everywhere, with more than 60 props and accessories specifically created for this new space, all centered around the local fishing culture and cuisine. This includes all of Chef Massimo’s favorite pasta-making ingredients and cooking utensils! Guests will also spot the diving helmet used by Luca to win the Portorosso Cup race!
The nautical theme does not stop at the interior; it is also displayed on the exterior façade. Be on the lookout, as several nods to “It’s a small world,” located just across the corner and reopening May 5, have been carefully crafted by Imagineers! Another fitting tribute to Mary Blair’s work is the floor mosaic in the original Pizzeria Bella Notte outside courtyard, which includes pieces of a long-gone mural that she designed for Tomorrowland at Disneyland.