Archive for the ‘Walt Disney Studios’ Category

Tron vs. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Who would win the battle? The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with his magic or Tron and the technology? We will never know, unless they’ll make a crossover of the two Disney movies. Of course this will never happen so the only time we will see them side by side is when you walk inside the Walt Disney Studios. (more…)

Toy Story Playland at Night Video

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

On September 5th the members of the Shareholders’ Club and their guests had the exclusive opportunity to enjoy Toy Story Playland after park closure – meaning after night fall. Attendees of the event were among the first guests that were able to experience the lighting design of Imagineering for the new area of the Walt Disney Studios Park. If you missed the opportunity you can now get at least a first impression of the atmosphere with our 4 minute HD-video shot during the event:

Don’t forget to check out our extensive photo coverage of the Shareholders’ Club event as well featuring numerous exclusive night time photos of Toy Story Playland and its attractions!

The dreaded line…

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

For most female guests in any public space a line for an attraction is very often only half as bad as that really dreaded line … the line at the toilettes. Even on busy days the Disneyland Park rarely features these lines thanks to numerous rest room facilities that were placed across all lands. The Walt Disney Studios had a bit of a problem with this when it opened but solved it early on by adding the facilities next to the exit / shop of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror even prior the start of the construction for the tower.

However, when the Toy Story Playland was announced without any additional rest room facilities fans were (mildly said) surprised since the whole Toon Studio already had no dedicated rest room facilities. Now that the new area is in regular operation and has turned out to attract large crowds it becomes obvious that addition rest room facilities would not only have been a good idea but are direly needed. (more…)

RC Racer – the “bag question”

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The ride vehicle of RC Racer featured small boxes in front of the guests to store small bags, purses, cameras etc. for the duration of the ride. There was even a “test” box early in the queue area for guests to make sure that their bags would fit into this on-board storage. However, during the AP previews those on-board boxed had been closed and could not be used. This past weekend the boxes suddenly had disappeared, i.e. had been dismounted from the ride vehicle. The immediate impact is additional leg-room for guests on board. Already in the past weeks the cast member in the station on the exit-site was taking backpacks and similar items off the guests and storing them in an enclosed rack next to the station’s exit gate.

BTW: at Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop several boxes and barrels have been stacked up next to each parachute. These function as enclosed storage areas for the bags of riders on the according parachute since the parachutes themselves do not have any storage for backpacks etc. However, guests are allowed to take cameras onto their ride to take aerial photos of the area.

Shareholders’ Club Night Event

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Friday evening the Shareholders’ Club members were invited to enjoy the all new Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park after park closure. Considering the late nightfall and early park closing of the Walt Disney Studios the event was the first opportunity to enjoy the new addition to the park with its lighting design in full display.

During a visit to Toy Story Playland earlier in the day numerous additional, temporary lights were found to be standing in the new area, however, those turned out to be not necessary at night and were not used. Most propably they had been placed in TSPL already in anticipation for the major press event scheduled for Saturday night. But then for Friday’s Shareholders’ Club event the regular lighting needed no extra add-ons. This also had the big advantage that guests could enjoy the light design as it was intended by Imagineering… (more…)

This way to Toy Story Playland

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

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…)

Makeshift Signs & Rope Mazes at Toy Story Playland

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

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…)

Rehabs & more return

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

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…)

New at Toy Story Playland: FENCES!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

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 Expansion

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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…)

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