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Star Tours Last Flight

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Star-Tours001Star Tours at Disneyland Paris will be closing for a big refurbishment very soon. The refurbishment will take about a year making it an almost certainty that Star Tours 2 will finally make it into the Paris park (Although no official word, so still just a rumour).

To celebrate the event Disneyland Paris is inviting their Shareholders and Cast Members on Wednesday March 16 to be part of a special event. Pre-ordering tickets is mandatory as places are very limited.

The following is planned for the event (From the EuroDisney shareholders-club invitation):

Invitation on Wednesday March 16, 2016, from 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., at the Disneyland Park® to enjoy the final trip to the moon of the legendary Star Tours® attraction, which will close its gates during one year, for a complete renovation.

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25th Anniversary Parade

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

The French website C’est joli chez vous has published an interview with Jody Daily in French and English about her work on the Happiness Parade for Tokyo Disneyland worth reading not just because of the background information about that parade but also because towards the end she confirms once again that she is working at a new parade for the Disneyland Paris resort. Actually she confirms that she is work on an all new parade for the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris!

Further details she reveals is the confirmation that once again Steven Davison will be the creative director of that parade. There is already a team working on the new parade in Paris with which she holds weekly video conference calls (in addition to her on-site visit in November) and two visits of the team to her Anaheim studio. She also reveals that the final designs and models are currently in the process of being finished up and construction should start in the next couple of months, with work having already commenced on one of the more complicated pieces. But anyone hoping for details concerning the parades themes and designs will have to wait. While she goes a bit into her general design philosophy for parades there are now specific details revealed of the 25th anniversary parade – yet.

REINVENT THE MAGIC

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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During a recent big presentation to Cast Members, Disneyland Paris officially revealed their big plans for a big overhaul in both of their parks. Ten of their biggest attraction will be part of the big works. With this Disneyland Paris is going to get ready for their big 25th anniversary. Those visiting the park in the coming 3 years should inform themselves on what is being done when they go. It would be a shame if you get into the park and your favorite attraction is closed. The good news however is that once the works are done our beloved park will look amazing.

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REINVENT THE MAGIC

Ten attractions and shows over three years – this is the ambitious program of reimagining and new features launched in view of our 25th anniversary, to create new magic for Disneyland Paris. (more…)

Disneyland Paris is Looking for Jedi’s

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Will the force be strong with Disneyland Paris? Will Disneyland Paris get its own version of the Star Wars Academy? Yes they are. The official twitter account of Disneyland Paris has confirmed the rumours that have been floating the web the last couple of days.

It’s official on July 11th The Jedi Academy opens at Disneyland Paris! May the Force be with you! (Twitter DisneyParis EN)

Great news on this special “May the 4th be with you” day.

The Videopolis stage in Discoveyland will be the place to be. New Jedi trainees will be welcomed on the stage that has been mostly unused since the closure of the Lion King Show in 2009.

Will this just be the beginning of more Star Wars inside Discoveryland? The Captain EO attraction is closed and there is that great new Star Tours experience in some of the other Disney parks. Could Star Wars land be a step closer…

Old Temple Going Down

Friday, February 14th, 2014

IndianaNEW1 The big guns are out!

The Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril is closed down for a big overhaul. They are bringing down the temple so they can build a new one. To be able to take it down big cranes and tools are needed.

So while Disney likes to put all the work behind the green fences, they can’t hide the big machines. Once you enter Adventureland you’ll see the big crane sticking out above the temple.

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IndianaNEW2The works have started at the beginning of January. With the big overhaul like this, that will get us a new temple and loop, we are looking at another couple of months before the work will be ready and we can all start enjoying this adventure again.

 

It’s All in the Spooky Details

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

PhantomM1One of the most stunning, although a little spooky, sights in Disneyland is the beautiful Phantom Manor. A house full of little details; inside the house as well as outside of the house. During the last refurbishment the “ghosts” have added another little gem. Before entering the premises you are greeted by a Cast Member who has himself a little shelter, just in case of some rainy weather. You can find it on the left hand side, next to the gates.

During the rehab a new little wink has been added on the side of this small building. A stone face of a lady surrounded with six snakes. Who is this lady? Is it Medusa, Leota or another person, ready to add an extra new scary story to the Phantom Manor? It is all in the details, the spooky details!

Indiana Jones in Stone

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Indiana-Jones019Indiana Jones et Temple du Péril was never intended to be an attraction to stay on forever. It was going to be a space filler for the park that should have seen a replacement by now. With that in mind it wasn’t a necessity to use the best materials to build the temple surrounding the coaster. But times have changed and the roller coaster is here to stay. But the temple has seen better days and before it would really turn into ruins, Disney has decided to close the attraction somewhere in 2014 for 6 months so they can take the whole temple down and rebuild it from scratch using stones and other more durable materials.

While this rehab is on more changes will come. This time to the attraction itself. The loop will be taken out and will be replaced with a new improved loop. There are no plans to make it run backwards again, but you’ll have to be quick anyway if you want to ride through the original temple. With that being said, once the new temple is up, regular guest might not even noticed that anything has changed as the plan is the rebuild the new temple using the blueprints of the existing one.

Once Indiana is happy with the new temple, Big Thunder Mountain might be next to get another big rehab.

Jack and Sally Are Staying For Christmas

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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Both Jack and Sally love Disneyland way too much to leave it after the Halloween event is over. They want to stay in the park… and they will.

Now don’t let the Halloween artwork confuse you! When they are back for Christmas they will dress for the occasion. The costumes are ready and all they need to do is change. Disney just isn’t ready to show the new costumes yet, but we had the luck to see the drawings of them and they look spectacular.

The background will stay the same as they Halloween one but that isn’t a bad thing as this display, that will remain in Frontierland, also looks spectacular. Especially the fountain looks like fun. So if you couldn’t make it out to the park during Halloween time you will have an extra chance to get to see the Nightmare Before Christmas stars during their “other” favourite holiday; Christmas.

Picture courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

Tarzan returns… Someday

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

TarzanSince Dreams in the main show attraction all other show silently disappeared. It didn’t take long for them to be missed by guests and fans, and it seems Disney has seen this to and is ready to bring some of this entertainment back.

One of the shows we will see return is the fantastic Tarzan show. When the show will return to the Chaparral Theatre in Frontierland is unknown at this moment but let’s hope that the Disney guests don’t have to wait too long before they can see Tarzan and his friends swing through the trees again.

Halloween, Halloween…

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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Halloween2It’s only a little less than a week before Halloween season officially starts at Disneyland Paris. The ghosts and ghouls are already hard at work with decorating the park. The things already visible at the moment are the lights on Mainstreet. The glass bowls have been replaced in the spooky pumpkin orange and others in a “witch” purple. Some of the purple once even have witch hats on. All along the facades from the Mainstreet pumpkins are popping up. All of them with smiles on them, convincing the guests these are happy times.

Halloween3Minnie surely agrees on this. Maybe that is why she got this amazing new meet and greet display at the end of main street. Here she has her own place to get ready for the festivities while she takes the time to meet her fans for a picture or two. The display is beautiful and even has some extra faceless figures where children can pop there head through for another fun Halloween picture.  All of Minnie’s decorations are adapted to the festivities, but the Mickey Head mirror is especially nice.

More early decorations can already be found at the beginning of Frontierland. Sophisticated pumpkins are awaiting the guests for a special picture. Up to this moment those figure can be found at the little display just at the beginning of the land and near the Lucky Nugget Saloon. More decorations will be added before the start of the season.

Missing in Frontierland is the Jack and Sally display. This one will be added, most likely during this week ready to meet guests for a photo op. Jack will not only set up his amazing background but will also bring his fountain into the mix.

Halloween4Other photo ops that will be in the park are more of a ghostly kind. Nice ghosts so it seems as they leave some room on the bench so one can join them or on another occasion leave their ghostly kids face home so children can again pop their face into the spot for the pictures. More decorations will go up during the week, like Goofy’s candy machine. Duffy’s Halloween spot among others.

Other decorations are already spotted in Adventureland at the exit of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and even at some of the stores in the Disney Village.

Halloween5Another big event is the parade. La Célébration Halloween de Mickey Parade will float around the park. It will include Clarabelle, who is miss Halloween this year, Pluto Tout Fou poor Halloween with pumpkin men, En Route poor la Récolte with Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Jeux Halloween with Winnie the Pooh and friends and the big final with Mickey, Minnie Chip & Dale and Clarice. It will be nice to see some new floats but unfortunately they come with a price as some of these floats are being set on the former Fantillusion floats. Fantillusion is no more!

Of course Halloween would not be complete without the villains. And they will be out there behind the castle waiting for you.

Halloween officially starts on October 5th and will run up to October 31st

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

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