New Look for the Disney Hotels: The Present

October 1st, 2013 by Andy


Yesterday we talked about the projects from the past, today we look at what we can expect to see done at the moment or very near future. As said yesterday, Santa Fee is almost done so at the moment this could also be seen as the hotel that fits into this day’s topic, the present. DNPB2But it won’t be long before it is done and we will get to see another hotel covered in scaffoldings very, very soon. Planned for fall is the Disney’s Newport Bay Club. Everything will get done and by the time they are finished this hotel will look and feel as a whole new place. The work will be divided into three separate projects. First we will see the closure of the East wing, after that the centre will be looked after and it all ends in the West wing and the pool area.

DNPB3The whole outside part of the building will be taken down. All panels you see now will be removed and replaced. Everything will be double layered to give the hotel the best possible insulation. Like this costs can be saved when regulating the hotels heating depending on the weather conditions in this sometimes cold part of Europe. While this might not be that visual to guests, other changes will. Colour scheme will be close to the one we know from the hotel, but there will be some more blue added into the facade’s look, taking away a little of that grey feeling it has now.

DNPB4The rooms look amazing. A couple of mock up room have been installed and they give a clear view of what to expect. The colour are still related to the maritime atmosphere, but have again been notched up a little. White and blue are still there but some warmer colours are thrown into the mix. Especially inside the executive room where more browns are added to the mix. For example the beds in the regular room will remain white while the upscale rooms will have the brown frames. On top of the walls, borders with Disney themes will be added. You’ll see Captain Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto in some artwork being their silly selves.

The hotel will also get another and new breakfast place to take care of the big traffic that needs to go through during the busy morning and just like Sequoia Lodge a special upscale club will be added for those that want some extra quality and quiet time.

DNPB5The project is a massive undertaking and will take a while to finish and might put some strain on the bookings as we are talking about a closure of 524 rooms in the first phase, just over 150 rooms in the second phase and 419 rooms in the last phase. These are big numbers that need to be placed in other locations during the refurbishment. So if this hotel is high on your list and you will visit the resort during fall you better book now. (But be aware that works are going on).

Make sure to visit us again tomorrow to look at the rest of the hotels in part three, the Future.

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

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A Crush for One

October 1st, 2013 by Andy

Crushs-Coaster-02Crush’s Coaster is one of the most popular attractions of the Walt Disney Studios in Disneyland Paris. Lines are always very long. During high season lines can become well over 90 minutes and even hit the dreaded 2 hour waiting time. Up to today there have been no signs for a FastPass system or a line for the single rider. While a FastPass system would not work on this type of coaster, as it would push the regular waiting line well behind the 2 hour queue line, there is some good news for the single riders. In the near future, when the next rehab is planned, the attraction will not only get a new and better regular queue line, but it will also get a special single riders line. With the new queue line no car will be leaving the station anymore unless it is full. From then onwards a party of three will automatically get a fourth rider in their vehicle. Disney is anticipating some extra hourly capacity as vehicles will, from then onwards, always be full.

There is no date know when the rehab will start.

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New Look for the Disney Hotels: the past

September 30th, 2013 by Andy


DSLSuite1When visiting Disneyland Paris, it is always more magical when you can stay on property. The Disney hotels are part of the magic and to make sure guest will have the best possible experience Disney will always try to make sure that their hotel are the top of the range. While it can happen that some things get a little dated, Disney will put a plan in motion to make sure the hotels will be looked after on a regular basis. This can be from small maintenance up to big rehabs. The hotel rehab is a big undertaking, one that needs planning far into the future. And that is exactly what Disney did. They put a plan in motion that is forged all the way up to 2020.

GoldenForestClubCheckIn1Three of the seven Disney hotels are done or nearly done. The Disney Sequoia Lodge has been given a big overhaul with the exterior looking phenomenal. But what is even more beautiful is the interior and the rooms where the Bambi theme is prominently displayed for the new look. One special project that has been added are the executive rooms. Not only do the look stunning, guests staying at this room have their own check in counter and their own private Lounge. The Golden Forest Club has been created for those guests that want that little bit special. GoldenForestLounge1Although it does come with a much higher price, if you value some extra quality and like some extra serenity but love the outdoor feeling the Sequoia Lodge is all about than this is the place for you. The club offers a private room for breakfast, including the visit of the Disney characters. The nice thing about this is that you will not need a allocated hour reserved for your breakfast and that you can show up whenever you are ready. DSLSuite2In the evening there is also a nice lounge opened for the Golden Forest Club guests where a selection of free drinks are served. For those that really like to go big, try and book a suite. These suites are amazing, specious an beautiful. They have a kingside bed and pull out sofa’s, two televisions, seating area and all the room you need to make your stay extra special.

SantaFe2Santa Fee is another place that is almost ready. The buildings have been given an updated look. Although still using earthly colours, they are now added in tiers making the hotel look a lot more inviting as it did before. The theme of the hotels has been a little adapted too. Although Cars seem to have taken over, it is more adapted to the Route 66 feeling. But if you look around the top of the building you will see some familiar faces. Or should we say headlights? The rooms look amazing with vivid colours, more Cars theme and traffic cones used for the lighting fittings. SantaFe3There are some great family rooms where there is one big bed and two pull out sofa’s. These can sleep up to 6 people and are mainly two rooms put together as one. The rooms have 2 entrances with the same room number, two bathrooms and a nice seating area. The Santa Fee is very close to completing their refurbishment project.

SantaFe4Another place that already has seen been changes is the Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch. To give an idea of what has been done back in 2010’s refurbishment here some info. The bungalows have been replaced with new once with a more modern look and big windows that can slide open onto the porch. The new cabins all have air-conditioning and two showers instead of the bath. On the now elevated terrace is your own private barbecue. But all of this sounds like old news. More interesting are the future plans for the other hotels. Well make sure to come back tomorrow for part two, the present, before we go to the third part, the future, of the hotel news.

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

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Jack and Sally Are Staying For Christmas

September 30th, 2013 by Andy


Both Jack and Sally love Disneyland way too much to leave it after the Halloween event is over. They want to stay in the park… and they will.

Now don’t let the Halloween artwork confuse you! When they are back for Christmas they will dress for the occasion. The costumes are ready and all they need to do is change. Disney just isn’t ready to show the new costumes yet, but we had the luck to see the drawings of them and they look spectacular.

The background will stay the same as they Halloween one but that isn’t a bad thing as this display, that will remain in Frontierland, also looks spectacular. Especially the fountain looks like fun. So if you couldn’t make it out to the park during Halloween time you will have an extra chance to get to see the Nightmare Before Christmas stars during their “other” favourite holiday; Christmas.

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Tarzan returns… Someday

September 29th, 2013 by Andy

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.

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Halloween, Halloween…

September 29th, 2013 by Andy


Halloween2It’s only a little less than a week before Halloween season officially starts at Disneyland Paris. The ghosts and ghouls are already hard at work with decorating the park. The things already visible at the moment are the lights on Mainstreet. The glass bowls have been replaced in the spooky pumpkin orange and others in a “witch” purple. Some of the purple once even have witch hats on. All along the facades from the Mainstreet pumpkins are popping up. All of them with smiles on them, convincing the guests these are happy times.

Halloween3Minnie surely agrees on this. Maybe that is why she got this amazing new meet and greet display at the end of main street. Here she has her own place to get ready for the festivities while she takes the time to meet her fans for a picture or two. The display is beautiful and even has some extra faceless figures where children can pop there head through for another fun Halloween picture.  All of Minnie’s decorations are adapted to the festivities, but the Mickey Head mirror is especially nice.

More early decorations can already be found at the beginning of Frontierland. Sophisticated pumpkins are awaiting the guests for a special picture. Up to this moment those figure can be found at the little display just at the beginning of the land and near the Lucky Nugget Saloon. More decorations will be added before the start of the season.

Missing in Frontierland is the Jack and Sally display. This one will be added, most likely during this week ready to meet guests for a photo op. Jack will not only set up his amazing background but will also bring his fountain into the mix.

Halloween4Other photo ops that will be in the park are more of a ghostly kind. Nice ghosts so it seems as they leave some room on the bench so one can join them or on another occasion leave their ghostly kids face home so children can again pop their face into the spot for the pictures. More decorations will go up during the week, like Goofy’s candy machine. Duffy’s Halloween spot among others.

Other decorations are already spotted in Adventureland at the exit of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and even at some of the stores in the Disney Village.

Halloween5Another big event is the parade. La Célébration Halloween de Mickey Parade will float around the park. It will include Clarabelle, who is miss Halloween this year, Pluto Tout Fou poor Halloween with pumpkin men, En Route poor la Récolte with Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Jeux Halloween with Winnie the Pooh and friends and the big final with Mickey, Minnie Chip & Dale and Clarice. It will be nice to see some new floats but unfortunately they come with a price as some of these floats are being set on the former Fantillusion floats. Fantillusion is no more!

Of course Halloween would not be complete without the villains. And they will be out there behind the castle waiting for you.

Halloween officially starts on October 5th and will run up to October 31st

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

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Iron Man vs. High School Musical

September 28th, 2013 by Andy


Since Disney acquired Marvel we have been waiting what would happen in the parks. Some of us are hopping for big things and thrill but sometimes it has to start small. The first marvel character that goes into battle with a well know Disney franchise is Iron Man.

He took it up with the cast from High School Musical at the Blockbuster Cafe in the Walt Disney Studios. We are sure that it is to nobody’s surprise that he won that battle and is replacing the showcases inside the cafe with his own high tech stuff.

Iron Man has made his entry inside the Disney parks at the Disney Blockbuster Café.

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

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The Art of Disney on Demand

September 28th, 2013 by Andy


DisneyArt2Nothing is more fun than to take home that one special Disney item that you can cherish long after you’ve returned from the Magic.

And now Disneyland Paris has added another option to make this happen. As from this day onwards Disney guests and fans can take home a piece of the magic in form of a nice and beautiful print.

DisneyArt3At the Disney Gallery in the Disney Village a new little corner has been created for the Art of Disney on Demand. As the name already says you will be able to pick out a piece of art you like and add it to your collection. To do this you have to go to one of the two computer screens where the fun of picking the piece you like the most begins. There are, at this time, 200 different art pieces to choose from. They are placed in categories to make it easier to brows and pick, but once you see all the beautiful pieces even that might not help to make the final choice easy.

DisneyArt4You can chose from Disney Artist Darren Wilson, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse weeklies, 100 Mickey’s, Story Sketches, Princesses, Short Film posters, Classic Disney Movies, Walt Disney and Disney artist Randy Noble. These are the same categories you can find at the US parks where this system is already being used with success. There is however one more list to pick from. This one is specific for the Paris Park and it is a list that excites many fans. It’s the Disneyland Paris Attraction Posters. One of these posters was hanging on the wall as a canvas print and it looked amazing. It was the Phantom Manor poster.

DisneyArt5The prints you will be able to order can be picked on the computers. You can pick from multiple sizes. Like this more guests can enjoy the artwork, even if you don’t have a big place to hang one of the oversized options. Once you made that choice you can either have it printed on paper, like a poster, or on canvas. Once that is done you can add a frame to it. The frame is optional and really not needed on the canvas option as they look amazing the way they are. Once you made your choices you are ready to check out. Put in your personal information like home address and contact information and you are ready. Pay at the cash register and let the waiting game begin. Prints will take approximately 3 weeks before they will be delivered at your home, ready to hang on your wall.

DisneyArt6With 200 artworks to choose from, it will not be an easy task, but the system has endless options to add even more pieces in the future. We even might get to see some rare pictures or art form that can be printed on demand that would otherwise never see the light of day. The options are endless! The smallest posters start at 29,95 Euro without a frame. The biggest canvas without a frame goes up to 160 Euro a piece. Add a frame nd postage cost and you do need some deeper pockets, but when you see the examples hanging on the wall you will know they are worth it.

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French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and German

June 15th, 2013 by Dirk

What have all these six languages in common? Most DLP fans and collectors will be able to tell you: these are languages in which the official park maps are available. However, in the meantime the wording of this answer requires extra special care – because it is not “these are the languages” but only “these are languages”. Why? Because the resort has just added a seventh language to the mix!

Reacting to the increasing number of high-rolling Russian speaking guests (many of which are staying at the top-of-the-line Disneyland Hotel and are spending top amounts) the resort is now offering the map for both parks in Russian as well. However, while the Russian guests are some of the resort’s big spenders their number is still comparatively low. Therefore, the resort is only producing a limited print run of Russian maps. To avoid running low on these due to collectors / fans picking too many Russian maps up as well as guests by mistake choosing the wrong language they Russian maps can not be found at the regular displays under the Main Street Station / inside the doors of Studio 1. Instead Russian maps are solely available for pick up at the City Hall respectively Guest Service on the Frontlot.

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The Monsters are back…

June 14th, 2013 by Dirk

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.

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