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Halloween Preparations?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Frontierland Halloween Pumpkin TreeWith the summer season finished for more than a week the next big “thing” for the resort is the upcoming Halloween season for which soon enough the first decorations should pop up on Main Street, U.S.A., as well as in Frontierland, Fantasyland and maybe even Adventureland (which would be a first for Disneyland Paris).

Frontierland Halloween Pumpkin TreeAlready traditionally the small duck pond on the Cottonwood Creek Ranch is where the magical pumpkin tree grows for the season on which the Pumpkin Men are rippening. So when the not so small wholes in the ground next to the pond were spotted early last week, covered just temporarily naturally the first assumption was: maybe this is the first visible preparation for the upcoming Halloween season in the Disneyland Park!

The Natural Seesaw

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

AnimationSteinContinuing our look at recent developments on and around Adventure Isle from earlier today there is one more sight to mention: Le Rocher Qui Basaile – the famous “tilting” rock on Adventureland. Located on the shores of Adventure Isle close to the barrel bridge this large rock used to tilt up and down similar to a seesaw when guests sat down on it. Even the Family Swiss Robinson indicated this natural wonder on their detail rich map of the island on display abit further up on the walkways.

Le Rocher Qui BasaileWell, the rock is still there but underwent a small rehab this summer – as a result of this the tilting / seesaw effect has been blocked. All that remains now is a large, stable rock. Certainly the map wasn’t updated … All that can be said is that it is always regrettable if a great little detail from the early years of the park is destroyed by the current team and local Imagineering fails to move in and stop them.

Adventure Isle Sights

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Adventure Isle BridgeA visit to Adventure Isle these days presents fans with some interesting things to notice… It starts with the big wooden bridge leading from the main shores, between the Chalet de la Marionette and the Adventureland Bazaar, onto the island. Lately the wooden floor of the bridge had become more and more rough as time was taking its toll on the structure. However, instead of replacing the wooden planks one by one the resort decided to add a second layer on top of the original planks which provides guests a smooth, flat surface to walk on.

Adventure Isle BridgeUnfortunately the resulting look of this is rather disappointing and stands out in the otherwise wonderfuly themed environment. At this point one can only hope that the decision was only temporary and the bridge will receive new planks soon enough.

The final sight worth noticing is the lagoon itself, surrounding Adventure Isle. Starting a week ago the water level was suddenly reduced and the upper part of the lagoon, visible only from the elevated viewing points on the two islands, was completely drained. Normaly water would flow from this upper part of the lagoon over a wide (but rather low) waterfall into the main lagoon. So far now construction or refurbishment is visible so it needs to be awaited why the upper level of the lagoon was drained. In addition the various waterfalls on Adventure Isle had been turned off as well, presumbly to help reduce the water level in the main lagoon.

One Out, One In

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Goofys Summer CampGoofy’s Summer Camp closed its doors with a final performance at 5:15 pm one week ago today – one more time the dedicated cast danced like a whirlewind across the wide stage of the Chaparral Theater, certainly adding some small extra comedy moments for the final performance (at one point even distracting the driver of the small golf cart bringing Goofy onstage enough, so that he drove into the rockwork of the set – without any real damage). Just one day later the construction crews moved into the theater and started moving the sand off the stage to prepare it for “Mickey’s Winter Wonderland” show, which will transport guests into a snow covered mountain setting as of November. However, the day after “Goofy’s Summer Camp” closed another show returned to the Disneyland Park. (more…)

Construction Update

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Under ConstructionWith the official end of the summer season past Sunday the work crews have returned to the Disneyland Park in full force – after a 1 1/2 month break, considering that some projects started in late spring actually finished only during high season. So which projects are currently in progress?

On Main Street, U.S.A., not a single major project is underway – but painters are busy touching up the facades in various changing locations every day. Construction Work Last Chance CafeHowever, once guests turn into Frontierland they will encounter the first major project: The Last Chance Cafe – the only project that is already underway since early August. In the meantime the construction walls not only block access to the counter service restaurant and its terrace but have extended to also block of the planters that separate that terrace from the patio of the Lucky Nugget Saloon next doors. So far the signage of The Last Chance Cafe seems to have been taken off the building’s facade – but the real news are the wooden structures on the former terrace! (more…)

New Audio Animatronics on Bigh Thunder Mountain?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Big Thunder Mountain Heron 01That’s the question some guests may have asked themselves when getting a closer look at the small island located right in front of Big Thunder Mountain seen from Riverboat Landing as they could clearly spot an egret during the past days eyeing the waters of the Rivers of the Far West and the fish in it.

Big Thunder Mountain Heron 02However, the answer to that question is: no. This is a real live egret! Over the years the lush, natural landscaping and the various wide open water ways in the Disneyland Park have become a beautiful habitat for a diverse wildlife. After the resort stopped dyeing the waterways artifically blue early on the waterways soon were discovered by local wildlife as well as wildlife traveling longer distances and stopping by the resort only for a short break – not much different from guests.

Defibrillators all over the theme parks

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Toilet of Terror - DefibrilatorAs reported August 19 Disneyland Paris had installed a “public” defibrillator (meaning a defibrillator placed in areas accessible to guests which can be used by guests or cast members in case of an cardic arrest without any formal training) next to the restrooms in the Adventureland Bazaars. As reader comments let us knew, one more defibrillator had been placed “next to the telephones near the big backstage door between the Adventureland Bazaar and the Adventureland entrance of Chalet de la Marionette” (thanks Brandis for this info), while another was spotted by Christian in the Main Street Arcades. Two additional devices were already spotted last weekend: the first one was found next to the toilettes in the Videopolis (in Discoveryland), the second one next to the toilettes at the Tower of Terror. The latter one is also seen in our photo and is the first one found in the Walt Disney Studios Park.  (more…)

Feed the Birds

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Do not feed the Birds… sings the old beggars woman on the steps of St. Paul in the Disney classic “Mary Poppins”. The classic song by the Sherman Brothers is often said to have been one of Walt Disney’s personal favorites. The story often told by the two brothers is that Walt used to call them up to his office on many Friday afternoons so that they would play the song for him. However, that is a different story – and a different time.

Nowadays it is prohibited in many places to feed the birds – feeding birds attracts more and more birds to areas where they are regularly fed, introduces the danger of the birds loosing their natural habits and also brings along the risk of new diseases to be transmitted from the birds to humans, not to mention the problems that the feces of the birds pose. In light of this Disneyland Paris is also trying to discourage its guests from feeding birds on property and has lately added new signs asking guests to stop feeding birds – such as the sign seen depicted here which was photographed in Discoveryland.

Pin Trading Day 2009 (updated)

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Pin Trading Day 2009The Pin Trading Day 2009 is at full swing with a big Howdy-Hey around the Pueblo Trading Post. Pin Traders are presenting their collections and are trading on dozens of tables set up in the area offering space to die-hard traders of the first day as well fans who just joined the fun. The exclusive event pins are on sale inside the Pueblo Trading post with a line at constant length from the entrance to the keelboats up to the Pocahontas playground, then turning to the right and into the trading post. (more…)

More time to shop

Friday, August 28th, 2009

More Time to shopSigns at the entrance to the Disneyland Park currently inform guests that for their convenience all shops on the Main Street, U.S.A. as well as the shop Constellations in Discoveryland and the shops of Thunder Mesa in Frontierland remain open an hour longer than hhe official operating hours of the park – till 11:00 pm.

While usually not announced such extended operating hours are normal for the shops on Main Street as guests pass the on their way to the exit. However, the extension for Constellations and the shops of Thunder Mesa comes as a surprise.

Currently these extended hours for the shops are scheduled till Sunday, August 30th, the final day of the summer season. However, the fact that date independent signs have been added to the backside of the signage used to inform guests about filming in the park could be seen as an indicator that the resort is considering to bring these hours back on other dates on which the park closes at 10:00 pm.

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