New Color Scheme?

July 27th, 2009 by Dirk

Just a little heads up from the ongoing rehab of the Disney Channel Studio building in the Walt Disney Studios Park. As reported the whole building, housing “Stitch Live!”, the new “Playhouse Disney” stage show as well the actual offices of the Disney Channel France, is covered in scaffolding on the sides facing the theme park. First glimpses of the work going on on the top levels indicate that not only is the facade going to be repainted but with a different color scheme! Originally the yellowish color was combined with green and blue accents but the latter seem to be (at least partially) replaced with a red color. Also the small kiosk under construction in front of the building is already showcasing this new, warmer color scheme.

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Small Improvements

July 27th, 2009 by Dirk

Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass Waiting QueueOne of the most congested areas in all of Disneyland Paris on most days is the walkway right in front of the entrance to Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland. With the addition of the FastPass machines next to it this congestion in the past years became even worse, as guests debatting whether to enter the regular stand-by line for the attraction were joined by the crowds forming around the entrance to the FastPass machines to obtain their FastPass tickets to bypass the long lines for the ride on run-away-mine-train. But a small change realized at the beginning of this year’s summer season has allevated the situation considerably. With a rope the entrance to the FastPass distributing machines has been re-routed, resulting in the queue for the machines not to extent toward the attractions regular entrance but into the opposite direction. …[more] »

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Is it Christmas already?

July 26th, 2009 by Dirk

Xmas Articles 2009 (1)That is the question some guests may ask themselves when browsing through the Disney Gallery in the Disney Village, where right next to the items of the current sale the first displays of new merchandise for the Christmas Season 2009 have been added. However, then most guests will only visit the resort and its shops only once in a couple of years so offering the popular christmas merchandise year round has always been a concept – even so usually the christmas merchandise used to be limited to the year round christmas shop inside Sleeping Beauty Castle until shortly before the actual Christmas Season begins in early November. …[more] »

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Yellow no more & more new merchandise

July 25th, 2009 by Dirk

Rain Ponchos 2009For decades Disney parks around the world were swarmed by guests in bright yellow ponchos on rainy days looking from the air as if swarms of giant bees were bussing around the park in the rain. But in the recent years the US-resorts replaced the bright yellow plastic ponchos with clear (see through) plastic ponchos. And now the Disneyland Resort Paris is following this trend.

While for 2007 and 2008 the resort ordered yellow ponchos with large 15th anniversary logos (that are still on sale in some shops in the resort) now the first deliveries of new clear (see through) plastic ponchos have arrived and are on sale e.g. in some shops on the Main Street, U.S.A., on rainy days. The new ponchos also feature a new logo featuring only the name “Disneyland Paris” with the “A” in the two words being formed by a drawing of the Eiffel Tower. …[more] »

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Deetailor’s Mission 09|06: Housekeeper

July 25th, 2009 by Stefan

Deetailor's Mission 09|06: Housekeeper

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Disney Blockbuster Café

July 24th, 2009 by Dirk

As covered in the past weeks the Backlot Express Restaurant in the Walt Disney Studios is undergoing a major re-themeing / re-decorating indoors. Part of the re-launch of the dining location located in the park’s Backlot area (right next to Restaurant des Stars) is also a name change. In the past weeks the original name was taken off the facade (even so still presented on the new menues featuring pricing partially adjusted to the VAT reduction in France) and first the word “BLOCKBUSTER” appeared in big, capital letters to be followd shortly afterwards with a much smaller “DISNEY” located slight to the top left of the first letter of “Blockbuster”. Now the new name has been officially confirmed by the resort as “Disney Blockbuster Café” … …[more] »

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Contactless Payment tested

July 24th, 2009 by Dirk

When the French financial institute Crédit Mutuel announced that it had become one of the Official Partners of the Disneyland Resort Paris earlier this year it also stated that it would eventually (amongst others) “propose innovative payment alternatives to the resort visitors“. At the time no further information was available but now the resort and Crédit Mutuel have revealed the (maybe only first?) “innovative payment” system to be offered to (selected) guests in the resort: a contactless payment system! …[more] »

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UP has blown into the Studios & Disneyland

July 23rd, 2009 by Dirk

Up - Studio 1Disney Pixar’s UP is ready to return to France (after its official premier at this spring’s film festival in Cannes) July 29 when it opens nation-wide in cinemas. By then it is the first European country that opens the movie as in most other countries the movie will only arrive in cinemas in late September, in some even only at the end of October (when France will already be looking forward to the DVD release currently scheduled for November 29, 2009). However, as always the Disneyland Resort Paris is ahead of everyone else and things take flight (literally) already! …[more] »

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Walt Disney at Phantom Manor

July 23rd, 2009 by Dirk

1902 Walt DisneyAs has been covered already on the Mousekingdom Blog The Walt Disney Family Museum will open coming October in San Francisco, California, giving guests a unique look at the man who started it all – Walt Disney. Housed in three historic building specifically redesigned and upgraded to state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of the Presidio (part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of the National Park Service) the museum will display more than1,600 drawings, works of art and other items telling the story of Walt’s life, from his childhood days in Marceline, Missouri all the way to the top of the world of Hollywood, certainly also covering his contributions that helped revolutionize animation and forever changed the film industry and family entertainment.

Where the museum plans to set itself apart from many exhibitions and works in other media covering Walt Disney is by telling “the story of the man behind the myth in Disney’ own voice and in exhibits that reveal his expansive vision, from early drawings of some of his most popular characters to plans for Disneyland and EPCOT” … and certainly by way of the unique items on display. To increase anticipation of the museum’s opening a weekly press release featuring a unique look into different galleries and exhibits of the museum has been launched. If you are interested check out the Mousekingdom Blog for the first installment (and certainly the following installments). That first sneak peek covers the very first gallery to be encountered in the museum which covers the very early year of Walt’s life from 1901 to 1923.

As interesting as the man and the myth Walt Disney is and as relevant as he certainly is to Disneyland Resort Paris one could wonder why this post here in the DLP.info News & Rumors  Blog – just because the resort is paying tribute to Walt Disney itself in “Walt’s – An American Restaurant” and to some degrees inside Lilly’s the boutique next door named for his wife?

No, the reason is actually the photo illustrating this article that was provided by the museum as part of the first sneak peek into the gallery of Walt’s early years. But where is the connection of that photo to the Disneyland Resort Paris? Need a hint? Take a look at the title of the post again – really …[more] »

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The Mystery of the Invisible Pigeons

July 22nd, 2009 by Dirk

Hyperion PigeonsThe crew preparing the Hyperion airship in the hangar in Discoveryland for its next big expedition to the top of the world packed already various expedition gear that guests can see anchored to the outside of the cabin – including boxes with life (audioanimatronic) pigeons, that can ben seen moving their heads in the boxes and can be heared from below the airship as well (as seen in the stock photo).

However, guests venturing in the area right now might be surprised to hear the pigeons calling out (as usually) but not being able to see any pigeons, as these have disappeared… have they flown out? Did a mysterious power make them invisible? Nobody knows – but for the time being they are gone. However, this is not the first time this is happening – similar strange occurances were also reported in 2001.

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