What have all these six languages in common? Most DLP fans and collectors will be able to tell you: these are languages in which the official park maps are available. However, in the meantime the wording of this answer requires extra special care – because it is not “these are the languages” but only “these are languages”. Why? Because the resort has just added a seventh language to the mix!
Reacting to the increasing number of high-rolling Russian speaking guests (many of which are staying at the top-of-the-line Disneyland Hotel and are spending top amounts) the resort is now offering the map for both parks in Russian as well. However, while the Russian guests are some of the resort’s big spenders their number is still comparatively low. Therefore, the resort is only producing a limited print run of Russian maps. To avoid running low on these due to collectors / fans picking too many Russian maps up as well as guests by mistake choosing the wrong language they Russian maps can not be found at the regular displays under the Main Street Station / inside the doors of Studio 1. Instead Russian maps are solely available for pick up at the City Hall respectively Guest Service on the Frontlot.
This summer you might enjoy your summer break from university … but you need not miss that university experience as Disney Pixar brings the Monsters University to life in 3D on the big screen. Certainly the Disney parks around the globe are joining into the fun of this prequel to the Disney Pixar hit “Monsters, Inc.” as well.
While some of the parks such as DCA in Anaheim have set up elaborate “university” sets as photo ops unfortunately all Disneyland Paris so far has revealed are extra posters on the facades of the Studio 1 building at the Walt Disney Studios.
One poster has been placed on the side of the building, right next to the original “Monsters, Inc.” poster, right above the Monsters photo op and the scream monitors. Interestingly both posters feature a very similar design with a white background and Sulley leaning on Mike – as can be seen in the two photos above.
In the meantime a second much larger poster has been put up stretching all across the main facade of Studio 1 facing toward the Hollywood Boulevard.
The new Parisian area of the Walt Disney Studios is taking shape faster and faster. The concrete walls have gone up and are now hiding the main show building from the sight of guests approaching the construction zone through the Barrel of Monkeys inside Toy Story Playland. In fact, the scaffolding has already gone up in front of the walls and work has started on the themeing details.
In addition work is now underway to transform parts of the costumeing building and add a themed facade to it.
It has been a big success for the last three years but it looks as if the scary Halloween event in the Walt Disney Studios is no more. The Terrorific Nights don’t fit in the family friendly environment that Disney is and the event will not be on the program for this Halloween event.
Although understandable, it still will be a big loss as the event was beloved by the Disney visitors. Even forums and websites from other locations, like in the US, envied us Europeans a little because of this event. They wanted an event like the Paris one, an event that was targeted to the more mature audience, in one of their parks.
So, with a little sadness, it looks like we will have to say goodbye to the zombies at the Walt Disney Studios. While this comes from a good source, we still hope we got this one wrong. (No official word on Halloween yet)
At the Pueblo Trading Post shop, at the far end of Frontierland, where the pin traders gather, you will find some of Disney’s nicest collectibles in the form of pins and vinylmations. A perfect place to show some other Disney items too. On the wall of the shop cast members have placed a collection of printouts from a special Walt Disney World event. Starting on Friday 13 September 2013 Disney will have a special hard ticket event where collectors will be able to find a bunch of cool Disney stuff related to the number thirteen and the Disney villains.
The event is the “13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event” and takes place at Epcot. There will be limited villain pins, limited Vinylmations of villains, Statues of some of the most well know villains like Cruella de Ville. Mystery pin boxes, hats, phone covers and a lot more. One very special item will be a framed uncut Disney dollar sheet of the 2013 collection. For those that collect these, remember that the Dalmatians bill was pulled from the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts because of an error on the bill. Dalmatians was spelled Dalmations. These bills are very rare and are sold on ebay around the $40 mark for just one bill. It is very interesting that Disney is now selling these bills as a sheet, even with the error. Unless this is a new print run. We will have to wait and see.
Even with Disneyland Paris promoting, or informing the fans about it, you can’t order tickets for the event in Paris. This needs to be done via the web. Non of the merchandise offered during this event will make it to Paris. The only thing Paris guests will get are a view of the merchandise on the printouts. A very nice gesture of the Cast members… making us all jealous.
With the summer season just around the corner Disney wants to make sure their parks are top notch. So it will be no surprise when you see some fences here and there for work that needs to be done. Unfortunately, sometimes these fences are big and favorite rides might therefor not be open.
In Fantasyland Dumbo is closed and fenced of. The crew is busy working on several parts of the attraction. Both mechanical parts as well as decorative parts where being checked and taken care of by the crew. Some crew members where checking out the side of one of the ride vehicles, just where the lifting arm is attached.
Also looked after in Fantasyland is the eatery Au Chalet de la Marionnette. The small rehab is very well hidden and is almost not visible in the Fantasyland area. You will see more of the scaffolding when walking past it on the Adventureland side of the building, just behind the small stage of the Following the Leader with Peter Pan show.
Frontierland also lost a big ride because of a rehab. Big Thunder Mountain is closed for a big check up. Disney is pushing for an opening in June so the big summer crowds will be able to enjoy this beloved attraction. For now the crew can be spotted on the track and ride system as well as the queue areas and even other parts of the location. With all the work done on this attraction one can expect to see a very nice polished Big Thunder Mountain once it’s open again.
Also closed for an overhaul is the Indian Village play area. The play area is completely fenced off and unaccessible for the moment.
Less of an impact will be the rehab at Cool Post in Adventureland. This small eatery is completely fenced in.
In Discoveryland part of the Hypérion wall was fenced of pushing the outside seating area a little more out.
Remember those beautiful illustrations created for the Disney parks in the past? Most of them feature guests dressed in their best Sunday’s clothes – men in suits and with fedoras and ladies in elegant dresses. What a difference to the impressions that guests are treated to on any regular day in the Disney parks … so why not bring the original illustrations to life? That’s what the fans behind the DAPPER DAYS thought.
In spring 2011 they organized the first of their popular DAPPER DAY events at the original Disneyland Park, inviting fans to dress in dapper style and mingle in the parks during the regular operating hours. In the meantime the events are held twice annually in Anaheim as well as at Walt Disney World.
Now it is (once again) also time for us European fans of the Disney parks to show that we can dress in style – on September 14, 2013 this year’s DAPPER DAY fall soiree will be held at Disneyland Paris. As with the US events this is not a private party for which parts of the park will be closed off but instead the opportunity to meet with other guests and add some extra style to the park experience. As they say on their official website: “all sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic, are encouraged“.
Further details of the event will be released on the official DAPPER DAY website later this summer – but why not start planning how to dress right away? The website certainly features a large number of photos from past events to inspire…
The Disney Princesses holding court at their new palatial home next to the exit of it’s a small world have been a smash hit with the guests since the heralds opened the door to allow the first guests into the new royal indoor setting. Unfortunately being popular also translates in long lines. During the past year Disneyland Paris therefore tried various methods to help keep the waiting time short for guests. Right now it seems that management has made its decision and has brought back the “reservation” system full time.
With immediate effect guests will only be admitted to the royal meet’n'greets with the princesses at the Disney Princess Pavilion with prior reservation. The reservations are handed out at the Old Mill in Fantasyland, where a waiting line is established for this purpose (in the area originally used for the line for the small ferris wheel that had been mounted to the back of the Old Mill). Reservations are made available several times daily at specific times as designated on the signage at the Old Mill resp. the Disney Princess Pavilion. However, we strongly recommend to show up early prior to the designated times and line up to receive the reservations. Only one member per party is allowed into the line but must present theme park passports for all members of his party for whom he wants to make a reservations.
The reservations are then checked by the royal heralds at the entrance to the pavilion. It should be noted that the reservations do not grant immediate or express access to the meet’n'greet. Guests should still expect a line to meet with their favorite Disney Princess. Also, per visit to the Disney Princess Pavilion guests can only meet one Disney Princess. A similar “reservation” system was in place for “The Legend of The Lion King” show at the Videopolis during parts of its run to deal with the huge lines the show used to draw.
It is important to note that the new “reservation only” system does ONLY apply to the meet’n'greets at the Disney Princess Pavilion in Fantasyland. All other meet’n'greets including those with Disney Princesses remain on a “first come first meet” basis.
Disneyland Paris has released an amazing video about the making of their beautiful Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular. See the team behind this great show and listen to their involvement in the creation of this magical Disney fairytale. Enjoy!