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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…)

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.

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