August 15th, 2009 by Dirk
“It’s Party Time… with Mickey and Friends” presented several times daily on the huge new stage constructed on Central Plaza is supposed to be the centerpiece of this year’s big party celebrated in the Disneyland Paris. Unfortunately the show is lagging in crowd response and rarely if every manages to attract crowds filling the vast space of Central Plaza – rain or shine the audience usually never is up to what could be expected. Therefore in particular the guest interaction parts usualy get very timid reactions if at all and it is not rare to see guests leave only a few minutes into the show or not even stop when passing by during a performance.
The entertainment team is trying to react to the guests voting with their feet – however, not with the needed complete overhaul of the show but with minimal changes … to no effect. The guest interaction with its overly complicated choreographies that at best result in head scratching by guests are still in. Instead minor details are changed. Example? Originally Goofy raced around the center of the stage trying to get the audience to get a ”la ola” (a wave as known from soccer stadiums and concerts) racing around the stage as well. Now this has been replaced with Goofy trying to get the “la ola” no longer circling the stage but going from the center to the outside, i.e. from the first row of guests to the last – and the results are still as disappointing as originally.
August 14th, 2009 by Dirk
Earlier this year the Café de la Brousse, a counter service location in African style huts offering only partialy covered outdoor seating along the shores of the lagoon in Adventureland, underwent an extensive rehab including a paint job and a new thatched roof – only to remain closed when the visible work was done. However, the past week saw the location finally open again!
Surprisingly the menu was kept pretty much unchanged even so the Café de la Brousse is now being presented by Dole (according to its own statement the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables), i.e. mostly Hot Dogs, pre-packaged ice cream, soft drinks and some desserts. …[more] »
August 13th, 2009 by Dirk
While guests are still enjoying the special entertainment of the summer season (including Disney’s Fantillusion and the Enchanted Fireworks) and the sales department is starting its first push for the upcoming Halloween season the casting calls of the entertainment department grant a first glimpse of the special entertainment that will be part of the upcoming Christmas season 2009. At least one popular tradition will return but there might also be some surprises in store… …[more] »
August 12th, 2009 by Dirk
With the new merchandise location in front of the corner of the Disney Channel building now open for more than a week visible progress of the overall construction / rehab project of the Disney Channel has slowed down. While the new red color accents are visible at the highest point where the scaffolding is not blocking the view, the majority of the pain work is now going on behind the scaffolding and thus out of sight of guests. However, work continues and should be finished at longest in a couple of weeks.
It is worth noting that the new merchandise kiosk (which already displays the new color scheme with red accents that is also added to the Disney Channel building) similar to the merchandise kiosk that was added in front of Animagique so far does not have its own name. The merchandise on sale is a mix of various product lines, certainly including Stitch stuff as well as High School Musical items to carter to fans of the franchise who can enjoy the “High School Musical Party!” performances just a few meters away several times daily. Interestingly the kisok also is stocking some early christmas merchandise, noteably some small plush.
August 11th, 2009 by Dirk
The resort extended its 15th anniversary celebrations for a second year so guests should have been prepared that this year’s “Magical Party” promotion might receive an extension as well … and at least one element of the promotion has now been confirmed to receive an extension: the event’s center piece, the show “It’s Party Time… with Mickey and Friends” on the huge stage constructed specifically for this show in Central Plaza.
While the show was originally confirmed only to be performed till the end of the winter season 2009/10 the resort’s official casting website now posted new audition dates for September 15 and 16 (10.00 am till 2:30 pm on each day, call back on September 18) in Paris for dancers in the show “It’s Party Time… with Mickey and Friends” … with a contract from the end of October 2009 till the end of August 2o10!! Based on this casting note the show should be on till the end of the summer season 2010 – and maybe even longer. For those interested: the wage is EUR 102.54 per day (gross) for rehearsal and show dates – more details on the official casting call.
The extension of the show’s run comes as a surprise to many fans of the resort considering that even on busy days the crowds assembling around the stage for the performances do by far not fill the Central Plaza, guests often bypass the show or leave during the performance and the desperate attempts of the great, hard working cast to convince guests to dance along regularly fail (not the least due to the lack of atmosphere on the wide open Central Plaza in which the guests stand far apart most of the time and the complicated dance along choreography).
August 10th, 2009 by Stefan
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August 10th, 2009 by Dirk
… at the Disney Blockbuster Café in the Walt Disney Studios Park. Guests expected the restaurant to open its second themed area (after the High School Musical area has been open for several weeks already) as various official guides started referring to both themes as of last week. However, as of Saturday the Pirates of the Carribean themed seating area was still blocked off and work clearly not finished. But before we get to that just a short note, that the High School Musical themed main area has received some additional decoration elements as well, including another banner right above the main access to the counter area congratulating the Wildcats on their back-to-back championships.
The latest pictures show off the new backdrop added to the rear of the raised seating area, in front of the large windows looking out toward the Armaggedon attraction (as mentioned in our most recent report about the project progress). Note that there are three lamps attached to it, one on each side and one at the center top. Also the glass in the wooden frame-like structure is assembled out of rectangualr pieces in two different colors. In the meantime additional decoration elements have been added as well …[more] »
August 9th, 2009 by Dirk
… to the three in-famous pigeons stored in their own transport box on the exterior of the Hyperion airship above the entrance to the Café Hyperion in Discoveryland. The pigeons have returned and are more beautiful than ever with clean white feathers, moving slightly and calling out. While their calls had continued echoing from the airship the actual pigeons had disappeared (as reported earlier) in the recent weeks.
The pigeons are one of many small details that have been sprouced up and refreshed in the recent months in an on-going initiative in the Disneyland Park to improve the show and keep effects working throughout the year.
August 5th, 2009 by Dirk
The former Backlot Express Restaurant in the Walt Disney Studios continues its transformation into the “Disney Blockbuster Café”, in particular the creation of the area with decorations based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie trilogy – however, different from the area based on the “High School Musical” franchise, the Pirates of the Caribbean area is closed off during the ongoing transformation and at least rudimentary measures are taken to prevent close-up views of the inside – however, word about the progress is getting out nevertheless… …[more] »
August 4th, 2009 by Dirk
No, sir – not this summer. In the recent weeks fans have heatedly debatted the decision of the management to limit operating hours of certain attractions inside the Disneyland Park, i.e. opening them late and closing them early. While the opinions of fans seem to go apart, whether this is acceptable in the current economic climate or not, general consensus seems to be that the way the operating hours are communicated (with signs at the entrance of the according attractions but not on any leaflet or centralized information board) is extremly problematic. However, cost cutting measures are also affecting the guests of the hotels – at least those that are staying in the Disney Hotels which are fighting decreased occupancy rates despite numerous deep discounts in the past months. …[more] »