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New Breakfast Options starting March 30th

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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Starting on March 30th the new flexible varied breakfast will be offered. These will however no longer be included in the package stays of the Disney Hotels. With this new breakfast Disney wants to offer more choice to their guests in terms of contents and style of breakfasts, but also to solve the problem of the wait times in the hotels during the breakfasts .

Guests who do not have pre-booked breakfast will have the opportunity to book it on-site at each of the Disney Hotels (subject to availability) and at some of the Disney Village and Disneyland Resort dining outlets.

Please note that breakfasts are included in Disney Hotels Suites and Executive Floor Packages (Golden Forest Lounge or Compass Club, for example).

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Several options are available to visitors: (more…)

The Art of Disney on Demand

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

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DisneyArt2Nothing is more fun than to take home that one special Disney item that you can cherish long after you’ve returned from the Magic.

And now Disneyland Paris has added another option to make this happen. As from this day onwards Disney guests and fans can take home a piece of the magic in form of a nice and beautiful print.

DisneyArt3At the Disney Gallery in the Disney Village a new little corner has been created for the Art of Disney on Demand. As the name already says you will be able to pick out a piece of art you like and add it to your collection. To do this you have to go to one of the two computer screens where the fun of picking the piece you like the most begins. There are, at this time, 200 different art pieces to choose from. They are placed in categories to make it easier to brows and pick, but once you see all the beautiful pieces even that might not help to make the final choice easy.

DisneyArt4You can chose from Disney Artist Darren Wilson, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse weeklies, 100 Mickey’s, Story Sketches, Princesses, Short Film posters, Classic Disney Movies, Walt Disney and Disney artist Randy Noble. These are the same categories you can find at the US parks where this system is already being used with success. There is however one more list to pick from. This one is specific for the Paris Park and it is a list that excites many fans. It’s the Disneyland Paris Attraction Posters. One of these posters was hanging on the wall as a canvas print and it looked amazing. It was the Phantom Manor poster.

DisneyArt5The prints you will be able to order can be picked on the computers. You can pick from multiple sizes. Like this more guests can enjoy the artwork, even if you don’t have a big place to hang one of the oversized options. Once you made that choice you can either have it printed on paper, like a poster, or on canvas. Once that is done you can add a frame to it. The frame is optional and really not needed on the canvas option as they look amazing the way they are. Once you made your choices you are ready to check out. Put in your personal information like home address and contact information and you are ready. Pay at the cash register and let the waiting game begin. Prints will take approximately 3 weeks before they will be delivered at your home, ready to hang on your wall.

DisneyArt6With 200 artworks to choose from, it will not be an easy task, but the system has endless options to add even more pieces in the future. We even might get to see some rare pictures or art form that can be printed on demand that would otherwise never see the light of day. The options are endless! The smallest posters start at 29,95 Euro without a frame. The biggest canvas without a frame goes up to 160 Euro a piece. Add a frame nd postage cost and you do need some deeper pockets, but when you see the examples hanging on the wall you will know they are worth it.

Pictures courtesy of FilipVan Tyghem

World of Disney & the future of the Disney Village

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

While our photos here still show the World of Disney Store behind construction walls the new anchor store of the Disney Village today opened its doors (the official grand opening will take place on July 12). According to our sources at the same time as its doors officially open other doors will close – to be specific: the doors of the main area of the Disney Store in the Disney Village.

During a two week period the store is supposed to be re-invented as a kids  store. Instead of the general selection of Disney products and resort merchandise the former Disney Store will then limit itself on kids related products. To enhance the experience the store will be divided into several sections / themed areas: Star Wars, Cars, Candy, Bedtime, Duffy, Boys, and finally Girls.

The smaller extension room of the Disney Store next to the currency exchange office already switched over to Christmas merchandise in the past days. It is supposed to remain open during the transformation of the Disney Store into a kids’s store. No word yet whether it will remain a Christmas shop year round or whether it will be altering between the various seasons / seasonal merchandise as it has in the past years.

The transformation of the former Disney Stores would leave only one store in the Disney Village that stuck to its original concept and themeing since opening day in 1992: Hollywood Pictures. However, as our sources inform us, the remaining days of Hollywood Pictures seem limited as well. It’s replacement isn’t ready to be officially revealed – yet, we have been told that currently the resort is in negotiations with LEGO to transform the space into a LEGO Store. Both at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland Anaheim LEGO operates popular stores in the Downtown Disney areas already, adorned with giant Disney characters recreated out of LEGO that are popular photo spots. However, it should be noted that the negotiations seem to be rather difficult and no dates have been set yet for such addition to the Disney Village.

Hurricanes back in action…

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

When the resort’s sole night club “Hurricanes” closed in 2010 (only to reopen as event space on rare occasion since then) rumors were rampant among fans what management plans to do with the huge indoor space and the outdoor terrace located above the Rainforest Cafe. Two years later rumors have died down as management seemed to have no clue how to use the real estate and in fact repainted the Hurricanes decoration outside the building and the entrance structure during regular rehabs.

But now finally the space will be re-dedicated to a new use as a trusted source informed us – unfortunately not for the resort’s guests. Instead the former Hurricane’s will house an additional cafeteria / sandwich counter shortly for cast members working in the Disney Village. The need for this additional cast member dining location arises in connection with the upcoming opening of the new World of Disney Store at the entrance to the Disney Village. With the opening of the new shop on July 12 (resp. its exclusive soft opening for Annual Passholders and Shareholders’ Club Members on July 6th) an additional 200 cast members will be added to the cast members already working in the Disney Village.

However, even that use as cafeteria will not last forever. Instead current plans of the Disney Village management call for the construction of a new cast member cafeteria in the backstage area of the Disney Village. Once that one is open the temporary cafeteria in the Hurricanes is supposed to be closed down to allow for the space to be transformed into a restaurant for the resort’s guests. Current plans call for an opening of this new restaurant sometime in 2014 – but as usual these plans might change … also there is no word yet on what type of restaurant or concerning the restaurant’s themeing.

World of Disney Store – turning, turning, turning

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

The World of Disney Store at the entrance of the Disney Village is inching closer and closer to its officially announced July 12, 2012 opening. Over the recent weeks more and more details have been added to the exterior of the facade and the light effects have been turned on. This past week guests could for the first time spot a new and unexpected feature of the shop: the giant top half of the globe above the entrance rotunda is not only featuring the maps of the northern hemisphere (complete with stars indicating the locations of the Disney resorts). It also … turns – as can be seen in the long-time exposure above.

On top of the globe a golden statue of Tinkerbell has been placed several weeks ago already which long-time fans of the resort might remember from her previous location at the top of the Sleep Beauty Castle where she was part of the 15th Anniversary decorations. Also last week the “World of Disney” signage was installed above the main entrance facing toward the Disney Hotel / the Fantasia Gardens. Just as the whole exterior of the new store the signage is sporting an art deco style in a nod to the grand department stores of Paris.

The night time shot also allows for a first glimpse into the entrance rotunda as lights are up to allow the work crews to continue the preparations for the opening. This makes visible the walls and roof featuring stars forming constellations in the shape of Disney characters. A decorative feature that similar in style had been used in the original “Constellations” boutique at the entrance of Discoveryland before it was rethemed for the arrival of Buzz Liughtyear Laser Blast (even so the constellations in this original opening day shop were the actual signs just depicted by Disney characters).

Also in the night time shot of the facade above note the Mickey Mouse statue placed on top of the stairs leading up from the resort’s hub to the new store. A fitting Minnie Mouse statue is placed to the right of the entrance (just outside this photo, but visible in the wider shot of the daytime facade to the left. Again long-time fans might remember these – but this time not from Disneyland Paris but from the original World of Disney store on the 5th Avenue at New York City. There these two statues greeted guests till the shop closed on December 31, 2009 to move into a new Times Square location and received a new design in this process.

P.S.: we are looking for Pluto! Any help is welcome!! When still in place above the entrance of the World of Disney store on 5th Avenue a statue of Pluto was placed between Mickey and Minnie on the marquee above the store’s entrance. So far, only Mickey and Minnie have been spotted at the new store location at Disneyland Paris. Any clues??

World of Disney Store – Progress Report

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

It is time for another update on the progress of the large construction side at the front of the Disney Village, right next to the Gaumont multiplex cinema – the future World of Disney Store that is to open during the resort’s 20th anniversary season. In the meantime the large scale reliefs above the shop windows on both side of the store building have been revealed as the scaffolding has come down.

One of the panels facing toward the main street of the Disney Village features the Eiffel Tower with a second relief to the right showing Peter Pan soaring in the sky. On the side facing toward the Walt Disney Studios Park panels include one showing Buzz Light Year, another one with Mickey riding in a cabriolet as well as Ariel sitting on a rock in the open sea with a classic steamliner (one of the Disney Cruise Liners ?) in the back.

While the glass of the shop windows have been installed the doors of the main entrance (which can be expected to be glass doors as well) are not yet in place. Speaking of glass elements to be installed. The photos from the past weekend show the steel framework of the grand cupola above the rotunda of the store’s main entrance in place. In the meantime (during the past two days) the first glass panels have been installed onto that steel framework.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Ready to celebrate the arrival at 2012? Anywhere close to Disneyland Paris? Then … why not drop by? Both parks feature extended entertainment programs included with admission (even the popular Lucky Dance Party will be back at the Walt Disney Studios) capped by midnight fireworks!

Don’t want to go the parks? There is an alternative as well: the Disney Hotels (in addition to the New Year’s Eve dining options) have scheduled live entertainment in their bars, the Disney Village has entertainment as well … and then there is even a full scale fireworks extravaganza (without need for any ticket!) on Lake Disney complete with light show and projections on the Panoramagique balloon – Disney’s New Year choreographed to pop hits transforming the area around the lake into a giant open air disco. There have even been bars set up in front of each hotel. Just note that the event the lake is scheduled to start at 11:30 pm according to the official flyers.

Duffy Arrived!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

He has landed in Paris, Duffy the Bear. Duffy is traveling the world and has made his way into the Disneyland Paris parks shops. Disney is targeting young children, with this new “Disney” bear, making it hard to resist for parents to open their wallets or purses. He is a real sweet and ready to be taken home for cuddles and love. But you can’t just get the bear alone! He will need some things to wear.

The bear has several different outfits he can wear. All these outfits can be bought separately in the shop. There are already a nice assortment of different clothing assemblies to choose from, but guest can expect this range to grow over time. The range of clothing has several Disney related movie theme’s like Buzz and Cars, but also Pirates among others. There are also special sets that can be picket up. For example, during Christmas season the bear can be bought in a Christmas outfit.

The bear is getting a lot of attention in Disneyland Paris. He is represented all over the resort. You can find him in most stores in both parks, the Disney Village and the hotels. There seems to be one shop that has some extra love for the bear and it looks like it that this shop will be the central Duffy place. The small, but wonderful, Storybook Store at Main Street U.S.A is the place to be for new Duffy fans. You’ll see some extra decoration dedicated to the bear. It already starts outside the shop where guest can see a collection of big suitcases with stickers showing of all the places he has visited before he came to Paris.

To make sure visitor will follow the bears footprints, or should we say paw prints, stickers of his paws have been placed on the floor in front of the shop. Once guest have entered the shop they are greeted by an over sized Duffy. He is sitting behind the post office desk inside the shop. This desk used to be Tigger’s place, but it seems that Tigger is now (unfortunately) gone for good to make place for the new bear.

The bear comes with a nice back story to give it a reason of existence in the Disney world. With Mickey Mouse traveling around the world so much (he needs to be at many places to make many children happy), Minnie made him a special bear to take along. Minnie made the bear when Mickey set out sail on a long sea voyage. She made the bear so Mickey would never be lonely. Mickey loved the bear and named it Duffy. Once back home Mickey and Duffy shared their magical memories with Minnie.

If children want to know about these memories they can buy a Duffy book. The book will tell you about Duffy’s adventures. An ideal addition for Duffy fans to read before it’s “night, night” time.

Duffy was originally created and sold at the Once Upon a Toy Story at Walt Disney World but it was in Tokyo where he became popular. The bear started of as “the Disney Bear” but was named Duffy once he reached DisneySea Tokyo where he was promoted to such an extend that everybody had to had one in Tokyo. Duffy was re-introduced at Epcot at Walt Disney World in October 2010. Then he went to Hong Kong Disneyland, Popped up at Disney’s California Adventure and was finally introduced at Disneyland Paris in November 2011.

To make sure guest will get to know the new Disney character he will get greet and meet area’s and might be integrated in parades and special festivities like Christmas.

Christmas at the Disney Village

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Certainly the Disney Village will add its share to the holiday magic during the Christmas Season 2011 at Disneyland Paris as well once again. The Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show will welcome Santa Claus in its program later in December and both on the stage in the street as well as on the stage of Billy Bob’s a special christmas programming can be expected – just as well as seasonal street entertainment and decorations.


After the Halloween stage set had been taken down on Wednesday, the christmas set / background was being installed on the stage in the street of the Disney Village on Thursday morning. In addition over night three wooden huts appeared in front of the terrace of Billy Bob’s and the bar area of King Ludwig’s. Based on the signs at their front guests can expect sweets and other treats to be on sale here during the Christmas season.

Based on the look of these huts (all in white with red trimming) it seems probable that they were part of the “Christmas Market” that could be found on the Production Courtyard of the Walt Disney Studios in the recent years – of which by Thursday afternoon no sign had re-appeared in the Studios.

Best Halloween Decoration 2011

Friday, November 4th, 2011

During the Halloween season 2011 many guests of Disneyland Paris were rather surprised by the scope of Halloween decorations in the Disneyland Park – or rather the lack of these decorations. Where in the past the whole main Street, U.S.A. was taken over by the pumpkin men and Frontierland was transformed into Halloweenland the decorations were far and in between this year. In addition to the Halloween set on the Castle Stage, some pumpkins on Town Square and Central Plaza only the entrances to some selected shops as well as the selected displays in these shops featured (limited) decorations. The immediate result: a significant number of complaints were filed about the lack of decorations with the cast members at City Hall.

Unfortunately the majority of guests missed the most impressive Halloween decorations of the seasons, as only the guests of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show got treated to those. When entering the pre-show area the decorations started rather subtle with some spider’ webs, while around the next corner a complete cemetery had been set up. Guests had to wlak through the spooky atmosphere, right across the cemetery with tombs (including one of a certain „Van Helsing“) while like large spiders sat in the corners and bats hang in the trees. Once guests had found their way through this spooky set complete with mystic fogs and strange lighting guests found a photo set with a witch’s cauldron and a stone throne.

To further improve the Halloween atmosphere selected cast members in the pre-show area as well as some of the indians and rodeo clowns in the show featured creepy make up. In the show itself the Headless Horseman featured as a special guests in one scene.

 

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