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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

French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and German

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

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.

Disneyland Paris Promoting WDW Event

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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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.

WDWevent1The 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.

Behind the Green Fences

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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JuneR8-DumboWith 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.

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JuneR11-ChaletAlso 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.

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JuneR6-IndianAlso 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.

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Let’s get DAPPER

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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…

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