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Sightlines II & New Lights

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Following up on the permanent “correction” of the sightline across the roof of the Disney Art of Animation toward the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop today we have a temporary sightline correction to report that is related to the Toy Story Playland as well. This time it is related to the construction site for the (so far only rumored) future Ratatouille dark ride to be added to the Walt Disney Studios Park, next to the costumeing building. When exiting the Toy Story Playland through the giant blue Barrel of Monkeys guests walk straight toward the blue construction fence that blocks access to this construction site. (more…)

Sightlines I

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Right before the opening of Toy Story Playland Imagineering confirmed upon request that they were looking into what to do with the unthemed walkway along the new land’s outskirt, leading from the upper end of the Hollywood Boulevard (in front of the Tram Tour), between the Disney Art of Animation building on the right and the new land on the left to the latter’s main entrance. While the walkway had been widened to handle the increased amount of guests expected in the area due to the new attractions it still remained unthemed… (more…)

Never leave one behind alone…

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Never leave one behind alone – a golden rule among most armies in this world, and one may remember the Toy Story scene when on of the Toy Soldiers asked the other members of his unit to leave him behind for the sake of the good task they had to fulfill – but of course that never happened.
But in contrast to this rule the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop was the first of the ToyStory Playland attractions with a dedicated single rider line – for one soldier alone.

Second time is the charm?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Since we were talking about the (among fans so called) “Parisian Street” yesterday lets linger in this area a bit longer. And the reason for that is not only to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere – still take a look at the nice fall colors from just a week ago. There is also some work going on in this area. (more…)

Costumeing – now at Studio 4

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The central costumeing building for the whole resort, where costumes not only for shows, parades as well as for regular cast members are prepared and stored had been integrated into the Backlot Tram Tour since the opening of the Walt Disney Studios Park in 2002. Still, since guests could not see it from inside the park (except on the Tram Tour) it was never considered to be “on stage”. This changed with the opening of the Toy Story Playland this summer… (more…)

Disney’s Enchanted Christmas at the Studios

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

You can already see the Christmas decorations at the front of Studio 1 with some lights, decorations at the shop and the transformed photo opportunity car to a real Christmas car, but the big lot of decorations can be found back inside the studio 1 building.

Inside Studio 1 you will find – as every year – tons of decorations on the walls and on top of buildings, including some “golden” trees on top of the restaurant reservations building, green Christmas trees on top of the Schwab’s Pharmacy building, Christmas lights against the many facades and Christmas tinsels enhancing the studios to the fullest. (more…)

More Guests – More Turnstiles?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

With the opening of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror the Walt Disney Studios Park received a first major boost followed by a second boost provided by Crush’s Coaster. However, the opening of the Toy Story Playland late this summer and the heavy advertising fireworks that accompanied seems to have finally put the second park of Disneyland Paris on the map for many guests. While attendance had been growing already over the past years since the opening of Toy Story Playland suddenly long lines are forming every morning in front of the turnstiles. Time to take action for the resort… (more…)

Christmas Merchandise 2010

Monday, November 8th, 2010

With the official start of the Christmas season yesterday the Christmas merchandise can now be found in shops all over the resort and not just the dedicated Christmas Shops that have been set up in selected boutiques (as seen here at the Walt Disney Studios Store).

For the Christmas Season 2010 some of the most popular items from years past have been brought back. However, there is certainly also a wide selection of all new merchandise available… (more…)

When Two Holidays Collide

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Just two more nights before the Christmas season officially starts at Disneyland Paris. Following closely on the heels of the Halloween season that ended Monday evening the resort is racing at high speed to get the one set of decorations down while the others go up. In fact the resort actually took a head-start to redecorating and decided to go for the “when two holidays collide look” already to the extremly busy final week of the Halloween season.

Already by last weekend at least parts of the Christmas decorations had been installed at all Disney hotels but Disney’s Sequoia Lodge. In fact, Disney’s Hotel New York and the Disneyland Hotel had already their impressive christmas trees in the hotel lobbys set up – while still retaining Halloween decorations in other areas. Disney’s Sequoia Lodge for example features special Halloween decorations in black and orange complete with pumpkins jack-o-lanterns not only in its bar but also its two restaurants. (more…)

It’s getting hairy

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The countdown for the big screen premiere of Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Tangled” based on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel is in the red hot phase with under a month left. Both Disney resorts in the US have already gotten into the game by opening character meet’n’greets with Rapunzel and the movie’s hero Flynn Ryder and adding first merchandise offerings. In Europe so far only the Disney Stores (such as on the Champs Elysees in Paris) have added merchandise – but not yet the Disneyland Paris (which is still rolling out the new Christmas collection). However, Disneyland Paris is now getting into the game as well.

In time for the busy Halloween season a huge poster advertising the upcoming movie with the tagline “Adventure Is In The Hair” and showing off both heroine and hero of the upcoming feature had been added above the main doors of Studio 1 facing toward the Hollywood Boulevard in the Walt Disney Studios Park. And soon enough both stars will enter the Disneyland Park next door for real… (more…)

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