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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…)

Summer ending – construction work ending?

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Bridge from Skull Rock to PiratesThe summer season is coming to a close - Sunday is the official final day – and it seems with it the last visible construction / refurbishment projects in the Disneyland Park. At the latest counting three sites were still covered behind construction fences: parts of the ground around the Orbitron in Discoveryland, the bridge leading from Pirates of the Caribbean to Skull Rock in Adventureland and the Last Chance Cafe in Adventureland. Well, this past weekend only one of these locations was left under construction … (more…)

Defibrillators in the Disneyland Park

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Adventureland Bazaar Telefon - DefibrillatorFollowing the lead of major airports around the globe the Disneyland Park seems to have started to place defibrillators in locations accessible to guests for emergency use. One such defibrillator was placed next to the public phones in the Adventureland Bazaar at the entrance of Adventureland. However, at this point the official park maps do not yet include any information about the location of the defibrillator. Also there is not signage pointing guests to the defibrillator on-side.

While the addition of the defibrillators certainly is an important step to improve emergency care for the worst case signage and inclusion in the guide maps are an  absolute necessary to allow guests easy and fast access. Guests should be aware, that while these defibrillators (just as the ones found e.g. in airports) are designed to be used by un-trained personnel it is of absolute importance to immediately inform a cast member in the vincinity in case of an emergency who can call in the trained emergency staff of the resort.

High Tech in the Bazaar

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Adventureland Bazaar Toilet - Dryson AirbladeThe restrooms inside the Adventureland Bazaar structure at the entrance of the Adventureland from Central Plaza have been selected by the resort to test a new technical gadget to replace the “old style” paper towels and air dryers. Dyson Airblades have been installed in the restrooms, both for men and women.

According to the official website of the Dyson Airblades (from the inventors of the Dyson vacuum cleaners) are supposed to use up to 80% less energy than the usual “old style” air dryers. Therefore, the new addition should help the resort cut down on costs, assuming that they stand the test of the nearly continuous use in the public restrooms inside the park without too many technical problems and the initial acquisition costs are acceptable. Unfortunately there is also a downside: according to recent reports the Dyson Airblades are much louder than the originally used “old style” air dryers and can even be heared outside the restrooms thus impacting the guest experience not only positively.

New Ferris Wheel added

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Discovery Arcade - Ferris Wheel… not in real size but in one of the display cabinets in the Discovery Arcade. The Discovery Arcade, running parallel to the Main Street behind the shops on the right side (if walking toward the castle) is celebrating the inventions of humankind and with its large posters advertises cities of the future providing a soft change from the victorian Main Street, U.S.A. theme to the future that never was of the original Discoveryland concept. (more…)

La Ola for Mickey and Friends

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

It's Party Time with Mickey and Friends - La Ola“It’s Party Time… with Mickey and Friends” presented several times daily on the huge new stage constructed on Central Plaza is supposed to be the centerpiece of this year’s big party celebrated in the Disneyland Paris. Unfortunately the show is lagging in crowd response and rarely if every manages to attract crowds filling the vast space of Central Plaza – rain or shine the audience usually never is up to what could be expected. Therefore in particular the guest interaction parts usualy get very timid reactions if at all and it is not rare to see guests leave only a few minutes into the show or not even stop when passing by during a performance.

The entertainment team is trying to react to the guests voting with their feet – however, not with the needed complete overhaul of the show but with minimal changes … to no effect. The guest interaction with its overly complicated choreographies that at best result in head scratching by guests are still in. Instead minor details are changed. Example? Originally Goofy raced around the center of the stage trying to get the audience to get a ”la ola” (a wave as known from soccer stadiums and concerts) racing around the stage as well. Now this has been replaced with Goofy trying to get the “la ola” no longer circling the stage but going from the center to the outside, i.e. from the first row of guests to the last – and the results are still as disappointing as originally.

Fast Food Adventures & Frontiers

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Café de la BrousseEarlier this year the Café de la Brousse, a counter service location in African style huts offering only partialy covered outdoor seating along the shores of the lagoon in Adventureland, underwent an extensive rehab including a paint job and a new thatched roof – only to remain closed when the visible work was done. However, the past week saw the location finally open again!

Surprisingly the menu was kept pretty much unchanged even so the Café de la Brousse is now being presented by Dole (according to its own statement the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables), i.e. mostly Hot Dogs, pre-packaged ice cream, soft drinks and some desserts. (more…)

Christmas Entertainment shaping up

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Mickey's Winter WonderlandWhile guests are still enjoying the special entertainment of the summer season (including Disney’s Fantillusion and the Enchanted Fireworks) and the sales department is starting its first push for the upcoming Halloween season the casting calls of the entertainment department grant a first glimpse of the special entertainment that will be part of the upcoming Christmas season 2009. At least one popular tradition will return but there might also be some surprises in store… (more…)

Party to get extended

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

It's Party Time - Party to get extendedThe resort extended its 15th anniversary celebrations for a second year so guests should have been prepared that this year’s “Magical Party” promotion might receive an extension as well … and at least one element of the promotion has now been confirmed to receive an extension: the event’s center piece, the show “It’s Party Time… with Mickey and Friends” on the huge stage constructed specifically for this show in Central Plaza.

It's Party Time - Party to get extended 02While the show was originally confirmed only to be performed till the end of the winter season 2009/10 the resort’s official casting website now posted new audition dates for September 15 and 16 (10.00 am till 2:30 pm on each day, call back on September 18) in Paris for dancers in the show “It’s Party Time… with Mickey and Friends” … with a contract from the end of October 2009 till the end of August 2o10!! Based on this casting note the show should be on till the end of the summer season 2010 – and maybe even longer. For those interested: the wage is EUR 102.54 per day (gross) for rehearsal and show dates – more details on the official casting call.

It's Party Time - Party to get extended 03The extension of the show’s run comes as a surprise to many fans of the resort considering that even on busy days the crowds assembling around the stage for the performances do by far not fill the Central Plaza, guests often bypass the show or leave during the performance and the desperate attempts of the great, hard working cast to convince guests to dance along regularly fail (not the least due to the lack of atmosphere on the wide open Central Plaza in which the guests stand far apart most of the time and the complicated dance along choreography).

Welcome back…

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The Hyperion pigeons are back… to the three in-famous pigeons stored in their own transport box on the exterior of the Hyperion airship above the entrance to the Café Hyperion in Discoveryland. The pigeons have returned and are more beautiful than ever with clean white feathers, moving slightly and calling out. While their calls had continued echoing from the airship the actual pigeons had disappeared (as reported earlier) in the recent weeks.

The pigeons are one of many small details that have been sprouced up and refreshed in the recent months in an on-going initiative in the Disneyland Park to improve the show and keep effects working throughout the year.

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