For more than 2 years a giant billboard advertised the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to everyone heading toward the parks from the resort’s main daytime guest parking lot. Located right above the fence blocking off the future Disney Village expansion lot in front of the Disney Village parking structure the large billboard is perfectly located to be noted by all guests no matter whether they plan to head into the Disneyland Park or the Walt Disney Studios. In time for the opening of the Toy Story Playland the billboard finally was replaced and is now proudly touting the newest addition to the studios: Toy Story Playland. But that is not the only sign which got updates for Toy Story Playland… (more…)
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The extreme popularity of the Toy Story Playland (penned up by the late opening on August 17 despite being prominently featured in ads since early spring) is having its impact in particular on wait times as reported here reportedly since the official opening of the area. However, despite wait times exceedings 100 minutes at times for RC Racer the queue area of this attraction has proven to be more than large enough with the line mostly being limited to the covered section and the last meters of the out door section leading to it. On the other hand the queue for Slinky Dog ZigZag Spin is frequently extended with ropes in front of its entrance. Close to the ride’s exit just opposite of the entrance to RC Racer another line has been roped off for handicapped guests who are allowed to bypass the regular line (but nevertheless have to wait in a line). (more…)
Came Monday the summer season officially had ended at Disneyland Paris – meaning shorter opening hours, no more Disney’s Fantillusion Parade and Enchanted Fireworks to end the day and also less street entertainment. That pretty much sums up the “pre-announced” impact that guests will also consider when scheduling their visit. However, once on site guests on Monday could also notice other “off-season” indicators.
Over night the rehabs returned to the resort. Suddenly signs indicating fresh paint that hadn’t be seen for two months popped up like magic. The first such sign most guests of the Disney Hotels may have noticed was at lamp post on the promenade between Disney’s Hotel New York and the Disney Village. But further touch-up painting took also place inside the Disneyland Park. (more…)
A bit more than two weeks have gone by for the Toy Story Playland in regular operation and we can already report the next addition to it – unfortunately its fences. Next to the station building of RC Racer a set up had been installed in a special extension of the walkways featuring a smaller version of the RC Racer on a bit of red toy track. The unique twist there being, that the RC Racer was open on its left side (facing toward the rear of the land) so that guests could step seemingly into the car to get their photo taken as if onboard of it. By the end of last week temporary steel barriers with white plastic coverings had been errected around this RC Racer photo op blocking access to it while still allowing to take pictures over the barrier at least of the scene (even so not with anyone inside). (more…)
Café des Cascadeurs – the sole table service restaurant of the Walt Disney Studios Park, offering a family friendly menu (burgers, hot dogs etc.) in a real historic American diner making it (as is proudly proclaimed) the “oldest restaurant of all Disney parks” – regularly has lines of eager diners waiting for a seat to become available. During the warmer months of the year additional seating on a terrace (which was added after the location proved popular with guests) adds to the capacity but the rest of the year the wait at the restaurant (which does not accept any reservations) can be rather long during the lunch hours. Considering this Imagineering paid a special visit to the restaurant the past Monday to discuss on-site the concepts for an expansion… (more…)
Only on the second to last weekend of June the front facade of Studio 1 facing the Front Lot was finally revealed from behind a giant scaffolding (see our news report). When the scaffolding came down the two giant displays (one on each side of the huge gates leading into the soundstage) became visible for the first time in years as well. While the ads on the two displays have not been replaced since the park opened in 2002 (and thus the parks latest highlights such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Crush’s Coaster or now Toy Story Playland are ignored) at least the delicate, error-prone displays were working perfectly again, i.e. the various vertical elements turned regularly so that different attractions of the Walt Disney Studios Park are advertised. However, by mid August, so only 1 1/2 months later the display to the right of the gates already has been turned off again as several off its elements are stuck.
UPDATE: a check today revealed that the display has been repaired. Both displays are working once again advertising the main attractions as defined in 2002 – no word wether or when they might be updated
The Blockbuster cafe at the Walt Disney Studios has added new and big menu boards outside of the building. The boards are carrying a metal covered frame, orange lettering and a black background trying to fit in with the restaurants themeing. The choices on the menu are shown in colorful ways.
The healthy salads are on the top and have a green background. Just below it, in flashy orange, you can find the burgers and sandwiches. Underneath of the sandwich choices you’ll get the sweets and ices creams.
An icy blue is used as the background while the last color red is used on the lower part of the boards to show the choices of beverages you can get, including a tea time souvenir mug.
When the Studio Tram Tour reopened at the end of May after a length closure required for the construction of Toy Story Playland it came as a negative surprise that the Hollywood Hills posters forming the backdrop for the whole Hollywood Boulevard atop the Studio Tram Tour station had not been replaced despite them not only having faded over the years but also peeling of the underlying wall structure.
Several weeks later, however, the posters were replaced. Nevertheless, the same problem of faded peeling off posters / stickers also applied to the final facade elements of the Hollywood Boulevard where it wasn’t repaired. Now during the busy summer season but in time for the opening of Toy Story Playland (which attracts the attention of guests and the media to the Walt Disney Studios) the resort finally moved in and replaced the (more…)
As reported the all new Toy Story Playland has proven extremly popular with guests since it opened in the past week – unfortunately resulting in longer waiting lines for its three attractions. Taking into account this and the success of the exclusive previews of the area prior to its official opening for holders of the Annual Passport Dream the resort has decided to grant all holders of Annual Passports of the resort the unique opportunity to enjoy the Toy Story Playland once again exclusively!
Well, to be correct not just once – but DAILY from August 25 till September 17, 2010! Every day in this period Toy Story Playland opens for holders of Annual Passports from 8:30 till 9:30 am so that AP holders can enjoy the area uncrowded and hop on all three rides (which are scheduled to be operating unless an unexpected technical problem might occur) without the now regular long lines. (more…)