July 17th, 2009 by Dirk
Despite the busy summer season in full swing the Walt Disney Studios Park is seing several more or less obvious and more or less construction projects going on … time for a wrap up …
The facade of Studio 1 facing toward the Frontlot and seen already by guests approaching the park is still fully covered by scaffolding and a scrim with a printed on replica of the facade. However, geusts shouldn’t expect this to change since – as already reported – there is no actual work going on there right now, but the scaffolding has been retained to allow for easy installation of an oversized advertising poster should Walt Disney Pictures be willing to pay for such step once again. In the meantime the last work on the Walt Disney Studios Store has been finished and the stretch limousine that is used as backdrop for a Meet’n'Greet with various Disney characters has been moved back from in front of Studio 1 to its original place in front of the Studio Store in the past week. However, thereby access to one of the newly added doors have been partially been obstructed again. The real surprising construction work can be found further inside the park … and photos can be found right after this break …[more] »
July 15th, 2009 by Dirk
The world wide smash hit franchise “High School Musical” is already present at the Walt Disney Studios for the past three years with the various shows performed during the summer half-year. However, now a year round option for fans is prepared: as reported earlier the former Backlot Express Restaurant has been emptied of all movie props on display so far and is transferred into a restaurant featuring a “High School Musical” themed area and a “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed area – and the transformation is progressing with large steps. …[more] »
July 7th, 2009 by Dirk
For this news we invite you to journey back in time … to Discoveryland pre-2005. Where today Buzz Lightyear is recruiting guests to help im fight against Zurg’s latest attempt in taking control of the toy universe, back then Timekeeper (an incredible robotic animatronic) was presenting guests his latest and greatest invention: a time machine, which allowed him to take guests on a journey to the past and the future to meet dinosaurs, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and many more in places as close as Paris or Vienna but also as far away as space and the depths of the sea in a 360 degree surround cinema projection.
Fans of the resort often stated that the instrumental score for the time travel attraction was one of the most stunning score pieces written especially for the Disneyland Paris (where the attraction premiered before also being added to Tokyo Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World). Unfortunately said score by Bruce Broughton was never officially released till today. However, Bruce Broughton now has released one cue from the score titled “Let’s Go Back To The Future” running 2:51 on his website, where it is currently the featured clip. So visit his website, enjoy the excerpt from the score and travel back in time to the Discoveryland pre-2005…
July 6th, 2009 by Dirk
The first weekend of the summer season has been managed at the Disneyland Resort Paris (or Disneyland Paris as it now states on the updated website) … and there have been at least two surprises already. The first one: “Good Morning Main Street, U.S.A.” – the happening to start the day has been revived and is now scheduled for daily performances at 10.15 am on Central Plaza!
This calvacade was part of the original entertainment in the opening year of 1992 but had been discontinued, even so it saw short lived revivals, such as earlier this year with the Disney Character Express received its make-over to become “Minnie’s Party Train”. In 1992 the calvacade consisted of the Main Street Vehicles, on board of which various Disney character drove along the Main Street, while even more characters and dancers in turn of the century costumes danced down the Main Street. In addition cast members of the shops came out on the side walk waving signs announcing “Good Morning” in various languages. For the 2009 version of “Good Morning Main Street, U.S.A.” the Disneyland Park reuses the original catchy soundtrack, also the Disney characters on the Main Street Vehicles and walking along are still there. However, the dancers in period costumes haven’t made it back and neither have the cast members waving their signs on the side walk. Still guests reacted very positively to the new addition, in particular since the calvacade stops on Central Plaza (where “Dancin’ A Catch Rhythm” is then played) to allow for a meet’n'greet with the characters before returning down Main Street.
The second surprise? …[more] »
July 4th, 2009 by Dirk
Sometimes it takes a bit longer till certain information is actually noticed – case in point an interview with Philippe Gas, CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S., that the French station TF1 published on October 21, 2008. While he touts the figures of the first quarter of the fiscal year 2009 (3% increase in expenditure in the resort) he also admits, that the resort already (back in October 2008) felt the negative impact of the economic climate on the Spanish market, where advance bookings were weaker than in the past. While not mentioning the impact of the exchange rate on the UK market, which traditionally was one of the key markets in particular for packages including hotel stays, Philippe Gas mentions that they are targeting now markets, which are less impacted by the crisis such as the middle east (e.g. Dubai) but also emerging markets such as Poland and Russia.
However, where the interview gets really interesting is when Philippe Gas is asked about future expansions and new attractions. …[more] »
July 3rd, 2009 by Dirk
Guests at the Disneyland Resort Paris this year can not escape the message … there is a party to celebrate … Mickey’s Magical Party. Posters featuring Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Pluto and special decorations are everywhere – on construction fences, special billboards, posters, hangers, in the Disney Hotels, the Disney Village, Fantasia Gardens and certainly in both theme parks. In particular the Main Street in the Disneyland Park has been decked out.
There are special decorations on the entrances to the Emporium, some more sutle some rather intrusive, and certainly the special poles along the Main Street. As for the …[more] »
July 2nd, 2009 by Dirk
An eye for details – that’s one of the basic requirements to create and plus the experience of guests at the Disney theme parks. Some of the details may only serving a decorative or atmospheric purpose while others are there to make the experience more believable. However, every so often small details are actually necessary to enhance the experience of guests and solve a real problem. Case in point a small detail added recently to the entrance door of the Salon Mickey, in which members of the Shareholders’ Club are treated to a small breakfast and VIP entrance into the Disneyland Park.
Since the Salon Mickey opened for Shareholders’ Club members they had to knock on the door or its windows to notify the cast member inside so that he could open the door (no secret knocking signal required, but presentation of the membership card). Not a very elegant way and also the cast member could easily miss the signal when it was busy or a member knocked to carefully. Now this spring a small detail was added to (hopefuly) solve this issue: an elegant door knocker fitting the victorian style of the building was added to the door. Another small detail to improve guest experience!