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Annual Passes Price Boost

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

AP-DLP-ParisIt was rumored, but now became reality, the Annual Passes price boost. Four new tiers are offered with the new passes, each bearing their own new name too.

The highest of the tiers is the Infinity pass. This Annual pass will enable you to go to the park whenever you want. It will grant you entrance to both gates on 365 days a year. This pass is the replacement for the former Dream pass. The Dream pass was available for €223,– but the new pass will set you back almost 80% more at €399,–. The new increase will give you some extra benefits like the PhotoPass, preferred parking and a dedicated entrance, among some other reportedly privileges like reserved viewing spots for parades.

Magic Plus, the second tier, will also benefit from a dedicated entrance. This AP will set you back €249,– or €26,– more then the old Dream park ticket. This ticket will grand you entrance on 350 days a years and might be the best option for those renewing their passes at a similar price as they are used to. A PhotoPass could be added for an extra €49,–. Discounts for the restaurants, shops and hotel rooms are a little lower then with the higher tier pass.

Next will be the Magic Flex. Access for 300 days a year and no access to extra magic hours, no free parking, no discount in the stores and other amenities that will be missing from this “cheaper” option.

The lowest tier is the Discovery pass. With €139,– it is the cheapest option, but it will be a adventure in itself to try to plan a visit around the 150 days the ticket will be valid.

While the price increase makes sense from a business standpoint, as AP’s used to be cheaper then a standard 4 to 5 day pass, it still hurts to see such a big jump in price.

Planning to visit Disneyland in the near future multiple times? Then consider ordering the old AP’s before the new ones are going on sale. Until March 28th you can still get the old Dream Pass for the €223,–. Even if you plan your next visit a little later in the year, this could save you some € in the long run.

A New Dragon for the 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

dragon1Disney Stars on Parade is part of the big 25th Anniversary and promises to dazzle the visitors with its new floats, new music, new costumes and the many characters that will ride on them.

The parade will premiere to the general public as from March 26, 2017.

Disney has release three gorgeous pictures. One of the dragon and two artistic renderings of Nemo and the Frozen float. The dragon looks futuristic, as it came straight from the mind of Jules Verne.

The parade will tell a story in 8 chapters, each of the chapters represented by a beautiful floats.

Chapter 1: “Discover a World of Magic”
Mickey’s and his friends, dressed as explorers of the future will open the parade.

Chapter 2: “Discover a World of Friendship”
The heroes of Toy Story celebrate true friendship and take us to infinity and beyond!

Chapter 3: “Discover an Adventure World”
Who better than Simba and Nala or Baloo and Mowgli to embody the spirit of adventure? A high rock dominates the exuberant flora of the jungle while percussion and bright colors free the wild instincts of an exotic world where, fortunately, “it takes little to be happy.”

Chapter 4: “Discover a World of Imagination”
From one rock to another, Captain Hook sits on the skull-shaped one. Peter Pan is not far off, at the helm of a ship hanging under a huge moon, very dreamlike.

nemo1Chapter 5: “Discover a New World”
You will find the huge tortoise Crush that will swim over a majestic decoration covered with coral.

Chapter 6: “Discover an Enchanted World”
The story of Disney Stars on Parade would not be complete without an epic battle of Prince Philip and the three fairies against an evil dragon.

Chapter 7: “Discover a World of Romance”
Fortunately, in fairy tales, Good … and Love always end in triumph. Contrasting marvelously with the impressive chariot that preceded it, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle and their respective charming princes make their entry on three graceful carriages. A romantic moment that will melt the heart of little girls … of all ages.

Chapter 8: “Discover a World of Wonders”
The Disney storybook is going to close in style with the two heroes of Frozen on the balcony of an ice castle.

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All Pictures copyright Disney

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.

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…

Just a thought…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Usually we only publish hard fact and news as well as the occasional rumor in this section of DLP.info – therefore I would like to point you to our “other” blog today, the Mousekingdom Blog. Yes, that blog may not be as active as we (and hopefully you) would want it to be but just yesterday we posted about the upcoming sequel to the Disney Channel hit “Disney Teen Beach Movie” – and also included some thoughts on the potential of this franchise for the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris … let us know what you think about it!

P.S.: there is also another new post about Robert Iger’s statements concerning additional investment in the Shanghai Disney Resort … while fans of Disneyland Paris continue to hope for more money from TWDC for “their home resort”.

 

Get ready for Spiderman

Monday, April 14th, 2014

As reported by DEADLINE Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, stars of the upcoming Marvel / Sony feature “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” recently visited Disneyland Paris as part of their international promotion tour for the movie. Deadline goes on showing off a French advertising poster for the latest offering of the resort, the meet’n’greet with Spiderman – you can find it online at http://www-deadline-com.vimg.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Spiderman-Castle-Background_A3_FR__140414074112.jpg.

Interestingly the poster shows off Spiderman next to Sleeping Beauty Castle – despite the meet’n’greet being located in the Walt Disney Studios park, taking over the former terrace of the Blockbuster Café most recently used as “overflow” Annual Passport office during busy times. According to the latest rumors, Spiderman will start greeting guests in his new “lair” on April 19. Rumors stated that the meet’n’greet is only scheduled till mid-July, however, the French poster used by Deadlinenow identifies July 14 as more specific end-date.

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.

The Monsters are back…

Friday, June 14th, 2013

MonsterInc2This summer you might enjoy your summer break from university … but you need not miss that university experience as Disney Pixar brings the Monsters University to life in 3D on the big screen. Certainly the Disney parks around the globe are joining into the fun of this prequel to the Disney Pixar hit “Monsters, Inc.” as well.

MonsterInc1While some of the parks such as DCA in Anaheim have set up elaborate “university” sets as photo ops unfortunately all Disneyland Paris so far has revealed are extra posters on the facades of the Studio 1 building at the Walt Disney Studios.

One poster has been placed on the side of the building, right next to the original “Monsters, Inc.” poster, right above the Monsters photo op and the scream monitors. Interestingly both posters feature a very similar design with a white background and Sulley leaning on Mike – as can be seen in the two photos above.

In the meantime a second much larger poster has been put up stretching all across the main facade of Studio 1 facing toward the Hollywood Boulevard.

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…

Royal Court asking for Reservations

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The Disney Princesses holding court at their new palatial home next to the exit of it’s a small world have been a smash hit with the guests since the heralds opened the door to allow the first guests into the new royal indoor setting. Unfortunately being popular also translates in long lines. During the past year Disneyland Paris therefore tried various methods to help keep the waiting time short for guests. Right now it seems that management has made its decision and has brought back the “reservation” system full time.

With immediate effect guests will only be admitted to the royal meet’n’greets with the princesses at the Disney Princess Pavilion with prior reservation. The reservations are handed out at the Old Mill in Fantasyland, where a waiting line is established for this purpose (in the area originally used for the line for the small ferris wheel that had been mounted to the back of the Old Mill). Reservations are made available several times daily at specific times as designated on the signage at the Old Mill resp. the Disney Princess Pavilion. However, we strongly recommend to show up early prior to the designated times and line up to receive the reservations. Only one member per party is allowed into the line but must present theme park passports for all members of his party for whom he wants to make a reservations.

The reservations are then checked by the royal heralds at the entrance to the pavilion. It should be noted that the reservations do not grant immediate or express access to the meet’n’greet. Guests should still expect a line to meet with their favorite Disney Princess. Also, per visit to the Disney Princess Pavilion guests can only meet one Disney Princess. A similar “reservation” system was in place for “The Legend of The Lion King” show at the Videopolis during parts of its run to deal with the huge lines the show used to draw.

It is important to note that the new “reservation only” system does ONLY apply to the meet’n’greets at the Disney Princess Pavilion in Fantasyland. All other meet’n’greets including those with Disney Princesses remain on a “first come first meet” basis.

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