June 15th, 2009 by Dirk
The Walt Disney Studios still remain the premier construction site at the Disneyland Resort Paris, if general rehab work is excluded. So time for a short round-up of the status-quo…
The work on the Studio Store is finished. The shop windows have been replaced with wider versions and new, wider entrances to the first and last section of the building been installed as well as the planters in front of these two entrances made considerable smaller to invite guests to take a short diversion into the shop, whose interior has also been carefully re-arranged for a better shopping experience, especially moving the cashiers closer to the exits. As a side-effect the large black limousine used as a photo backdrop for Character Meet’n#Greets was also moved further to the back of the Frontlot in front of the Studio 1, so not to block the entrance to the first part of the Studio Store.
The front facade of Studio 1 facing the Frontlot is still covered by scaffolding covered by a printed canvas of the facade. However, there is no …[more] »
June 15th, 2009 by Dirk
As reported earlier the transformation of the former Buffalo Trading Company into the first ever Starbucks coffee shop in a Disney Resort is moving ahead – unconfirmed rumors from various sources claim it might open as early as June 20. However, so far the official website of Starbucks in France has not added a listing for the shop – yet.
In any case, the transformation of the interior and exterior of the future coffee shop in the …[more] »
June 12th, 2009 by Dirk
The latest hotel to open in the Disneyland Resort Paris was the Radisson SAS hotel located on the Disney golf course, offering an upscale experience in a tranquil setting, separated from the bussle of the rest of the resort but still within a convenient distance from both theme parks – thanks to it’s own shuttle bus. With the departure of Holiday Inn (which became the Magic Circus Hotel in Val de France) the Radisson SAS became the sole hotel in DLRP outside Val d’Europe that is part of an established well known international hotel chain with a uniform brand (as the hotels managed by Vienna International in DLRP trade under unique names each). However, Now the Radisson SAS hotel underwent a change of name.
As the cooperation of Radisson with the SAS airline ceased the whole hotel chain dropped the …[more] »
June 7th, 2009 by Dirk
The facades for the Starbucks moving into the Disney Village is nearly finished. Seen here is the progress from a week ago. In the meantime the scaffolding has come down and has revealed a clear view of ”bread basket look” of the corner element as well as the reminder of the facade, that blends rather well into the the flight formed by its two neighbours, The Steakhouse and Billy Bob’s Country & Western Saloon. Next steps should be the installation of the doors / windows (on ground level) of whatever is going to be attached to the steal beams protruding from the facade as well as the installation of the signage. Please note that the upper level seating is not(!) part of Starbucks but of La Grange, the all you can eat buffet in Billy Bob’s. …[more] »
May 23rd, 2009 by Dirk
Once the final performance of “Tarzan, the show” in Frontierland’s Chaparral Theater on the final day of the summer season 2008 had closed rumors sprang up that with that performance the show had actually been closed for good. The fact that the extra good-bye performance of the cast was way more elaborate than in the past – including even streamers being shot out – was one of the indicators cited by fans. With the spring season these rumors become more substantial but till today the resort has not officially stated that Tarzan will not return – even so all statements on the various fan boards online – including those by cast members – do indicate that Tarzan closed after 7 years. So the logic question was: …[more] »
May 22nd, 2009 by Dirk
The Walt Disney Studios park has not only seen the addition of major attractions in it’s first 7 years but also numerous smaller changes to improve the guest experience most of which were implemented without any big announcement. Right now it seems that another of these improvement projects is getting underway at the Backlot Express restaurant located opposite of the Rock’n'Roller Coaster.
The restaurant already offering various warm and cold foods to grab on counters already underwent small changes in its first year of operation, when the originally only covered terrasse was fully enclosed to expand the indoor seating. However, the latest changes are more centrail aiming at the themeing concept itself… …[more] »
May 16th, 2009 by Dirk
The Buffalo Trading Company in the Disney Village was closed earlier this year, all signs were removed and a construction fence in the the 2009 “Magical Party” design featuring the fab five and Mickey-shaped balloons was blocking a closer look at what was happening to the store location. Rumor had it that it would be transformed into the first Starbucks location in any Disney resort worldwide … which Disneyland Paris now confirmed!
The resort is apparently already handing out the new guide maps for the Disney Village which indicate that “Starbucks Coffee” will be “opening soon” in the location of the former Buffalo Trading Company. No official word on the opening date, however. Also so far no word on what the interior (that was themed as a western town with detail-rich facades in the past) or exterior will look like – however, we might know about the exterior soon enough, as visible work is under progress here. Supposed to be still visible parts of the flat building facade at least partially already received a paint-shop in the typical green of Starbucks. Also a structure was added to hold e.g. a sign higher than the building’s original facade in the front corner of the building (facing toward Billy Bob’s and thus toward the direction guests walk through the Village in the evening on the way from the parks to the Disney Hotels). In addition the photos from Wednesday, May 13, show that some wooden segments looking a bit like the braiding of a basket are added to the facade. Also one can spot steel beams extending from the facade which could be used for signage or additional extending facade elements such as a small roof.
May 6th, 2009 by Andy
Back in 2006 a small Swiss company, Center-Tainment AG, placed a hoax offer for a hostile Disneyland Resort Paris takeover. Now, about two and a half years later, the responsible director of the Swiss company, Mr U. Werner, has been fined 1 million Euro ($1,33 million) by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). Mr. Werner can still appeal the ruling. (via The Wall Street Journal)
April 22nd, 2009 by Andy
According to some rumors on the web Disneyland Resort Paris is no more!…
Old Euro Disney Logo
The resort could face another name change, this time however, it could be a previous incarnation of an old name for the resort. If rumors are correct Disneyland Resort Paris will go back to Disneyland Paris. Some sources even say it already has gone back to the Disneyland Paris name!
There is no indication when the name would or has been change to Disneyland Paris. That is if the rumor is indeed correct. At this time, and with summer season coming up, all advertisement related to the park is still using the Disneyland Resort Paris logo. Also any new merchandise is still using the same name. One example of this is the new CD, Mickey’s Magical Party Time, that went on sale in the resort. You can see a picture of the CD, with the “old” DLRP logo on it, following the link to one of our previous news entries here on DLP.Info.