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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.

Mickey’s Magical Party – CD TWO (updated!)

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Mickey's Magical Party CD2In April the resort released the theme song of this year’s event “Mickey’s Magical Party” on a CD single titled “Mickey’s Magical Party Time” (for more details check out our according news report) … now the resort has added a second release titled “Mickey’s Magical Party” (catalog number EDDA039-2)!

The new release is already differentiated from the original release by the missing “Time” in the title but also by the type of packaging and a new cover. While the prior CD single came in the (usual) strong paper slip-in sleeve, the new release comes in a strong paper case, which can be opened, includes a booklet and holds the CD in a plastic holder (similar to the 15th anniversary CD release) – an alternative to the typical jewel case for CDs. Als the cover motive certainly is new compared to the original release as can be seen on the right. However, the photo does not give a realistic impression of the background, which in fact is not black but actualy silver reflecting background – note the Mickey Mouse shaped decorations on the posts in front of the buildings – these are from early concepts how to redecorate the posts that got replaced (before installation) with the “simple” banners for the event that can be seen on Main Street, U.S.A. now.

Anyway, back to the CD – what can be found on the new CD? Plenty as the CD comes with 14 tracks running approximately 54 minutes, most of which were previously unavailable … (more…)

Another Summer Sale

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Promotion 2009-08

Did you miss the big summer sale all over the resort in July? No need to worry – if you are about to visit the resort no later than August 30 (which would be next Sunday) you are in luck as a second big summer sale is going on (since August 3). The usual red “Promotion” signs can be found on select displays in shops throughout the Disneyland Park (and in smaller numbers also in the remainder of the resort). (more…)

The Final Week of Summer

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Central Plaza InformationWith the first children returnin to school and the days getting considerable shorter the end of summer is looming on the horizon. While Labor Day is still nearly two weeks off, the summer season at Disneyland Paris will come to an end coming Sunday. So this week is the last opportunity to enjoy the special summer entertainment schedule inlcuding the new show “Goofy’s Summer Camp”, the Disney Fantillusion nighttime spectacular and certainly the Enchanted Fireworks – not to mention the numerous street entertainment offerings and the prolonged opening hours.

However, the hours of the Disneyland Park have already been cut slightly back. Instead of closing officially at 11.00 pm (as in the prior weeks of the summer season), the park officially closes at 10.00 pm this week. However, guests are not going to loose out on much time in the parks – not only because many rides closed earlier throughout the summer anyway but because the resort came up with a new twist on operating hours! (more…)

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