Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida - Disney's MGM Studios- Backlot Theater
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - A Musical Adventure - Running time: 32
It opened on June 21st, 1996 and ran continually five times a day until
September 28th, 2002-
making it one of Disney's longest running park shows ever.
Based on the animated film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this innovative
musical combined both puppet animation and live performers. Guests entered
into the catacombs of 15th century Paris in a colorful, musical featuring the
lovable Quasimodo and enchanting gypsy dancer Esmeralda.
The story began on stage with a cast of medieval puppets and 21 live performers
led by storyteller Clopin, king of the gypsies and his sidekick puppet of himself.
The three-foot-tall puppets transform into humans, then back to puppets as the
The gypsies deftly set each scene in full view of the audience with movable stone
walls, ancient wooden scaffolding and magical capes of star-studded fabric. A
runway extended 40 feet from the stage into the audience so that guests felt as if
they were part of the show, allowing the puppets and characters to truly surround
In 1996 we were extremely honored and excited to
work with Michael Curry from Michael Curry
Designs. The new live stage show of Hunchback
was designed from the movie and staged in the
We received artist drawings and copies of colored
from the movie to carve and create the head, hands
of many of the colorful puppets used in the
The Paris villagers were also costumed by us, and
we created the body designs for Jolly the goat as
well. It was a long hard project, and we are thrilled
to be a part of one of Disney's
most beloved and long running shows.
For more information on Michael Curry Designs,
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