Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

Ready for the Parachutes

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The Toy Story Army Man are waiting anxiously to get to work and make their first Parachute jump. Looking at the work that is being done on their Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop attraction it wont be long anymore. The big metal arms that will hold the parachutes are put into place and are sticking out on the newly vertical erect tower. On the pictures you can see the Disney crew being lifted up to work on them and to make sure all is in place and ready for the next phase.

The tower is already turning into a real eye catcher and will be even more once it starts “dropping” screaming guests.

But not everybody might like the new eye catcher as, unfortunately, the Parachute drop will also be very visible from Frontierland. This is a real disadvantage for the atmosphere  of Frontierland. This is an unfortunate problem with the Disneyland Park and the Studios being build so close together. While it makes it easy to park hop, guest will encounter the sometimes unfitting panoramic views.

This has been mentioned many times when the Tower of Terror was put in place, but with this new “tower” added could become another heated topic on many Disney Boards. What do you think about about the tower so far? Is the camouflage ride appealing to you or will the view from Frontierland be to disturbing to like the ride?

… and are you ready for your first drop?

Revenue Drop

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

 Euro Disney S.C.A has release the figures of the first quarter that ends December 31. As was to be expected during the economic environment we are in today, revenue has decreased drastically with a total of 11%.

Resort operation segment revenue has decreased by 10% to a total of 164,7 million Euro. In the previous year this was 323 million Euro, a decrease of almost 23 million Euro. Theme Park revenue was down 12%. While in the prior year it brought a total of 186,1 million Euro, this years quarters revenue was only 164,7 million Euro. The main reason for this was an decrease of 11% in attendance. Especially the United Kingdom and the France visitors guests stayed away. Average spending per guest remained the same.

Hotels and Disney Village revenue also lost 10% and dropped from 124,6 million Euro to 112,3 million Euro compared to the previous year. This due to 9,9% less occupancy in the Disney hotels. Average spending per room did see a small increase of 3%, but isn’t enough to help the massive drop in this quarter.

Euro Disney S.C.A Fiscal Year 2010 First Quarter announcement.

New Show being prepared for Disneyland Paris! (updated)

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Just one respectively two days ago we summed up the rumors regarding the entertainment offerings at the Disneyland Park and at the Walt Disney Studios Park coming to the conclusion that the range might be rather limited despite the “New Generation Festival” starting in April – in particular since one announced happening in the studios, “Monsters Inc. Scream Academy”, is rumored to have been cancelled prior to its premier (despite its cast having already been assigned) and the fact that it is still not confirmed whether the rumored show “Disney Showtime Spectacular” (replacing “It’s Party Time … with Mickey and Friends” on the Central Plaza Stage) in the Disneyland Park will be performed multiple times throughout the day or just once in the evening. However, now we learned that TODAY an open casting is conducted by Disneyland Paris for an all new show in a dance studio in Pantin! (more…)

Entertainment Rumors Summed Up (updated)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Over the years the various entertainment offerings in both theme parks at Disneyland Paris have been closely scrutinized by fans, a considerable group of whom in the recent years became more and more vocal. Subject of the criticism were in particular the limited amount of entertainment offered outside high season, the sometime as stale or not popular enough perceived offerings and what can only be seen as waste of money by the entertainment team in the form of ordering the construction of a major stage on Central Plaza, when other stages sit mostly unused.

With the “New Generation Festival” starting in April 2010 for both theme parks and the heavy emphasize that the resort itself put on the entertainment offerings the rumor mills started turning fast again and then jumping into overdrive when suddenly reports about the pre-opening cancellation of a small happening planned for the Walt Disney Studios Park surfaced during the past weekend. Unfortunately that is not the only bad report / rumor coming out of the resort for the entertainment offerings … time for a “rumor sum up”! (more…)

A Dream Gift from a Kind Heart

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A trip to Disneyland Paris can bring happiness to many children and parents. For some this joy isn’t always that easy to get. Not every family has it easy or the extra money to visit the happiest place in France. But for one family in the UK a dream could become reality when a kind-hearted man want to send over one family to enjoy a holiday of a lifetime.

Stephen Grayson is offering to pay a full trip for one family to go and play at Disneyland Paris. Stephen has no children of his own but tries to help those in need by donating for children’s charities. This time he wanted to go a step further and wants to help a family with one or two disabled children to go and have a holiday in Disneyland Paris. The trip would be for next year August so families can contact Stephen if they would like to take up on this generous offer. This is a wonderful gesture and shows that there is still a lot of good in this world.

To take up on the offer you can do the following. Write to The Star at 23a Hardshaw Street, St Helens, Merseyside. WA10 1RT or email news@sthelensstar.co.uk. (original story St Helens Star)

Construction Work in Winter

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

With the heavy snow fall and extremly cold temperatures of the last weeks the winter is showing itself from its strongest side. Certainly this is having an effect on Disneyland Paris as well – and one exceeding the magical twist that the snow cover brought to the theme parks and the whole resort. In fact the cold weather and snow is impacting the construction and rehab work planned or already under execution outdoors, where work had to be halted or at least slowed down. However, the resort is not sitting there and just waiting for the coldest part of winter to pass by. (more…)

New Constellations in the Toy Universe

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

When Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast opened its gates to recruite guests in Discoveryland to join Buzz Lightyear and his Space Rangers in the battle against Zurg for the battery power and thus the future of the Toy Universe the shop Constellations received a small makeover. Due to its location next to the exit of the new attraction it was supposed to be turned into the Toy Story / Buzz Lightyear shop. However, while the former themeing of the shop related to the star constellations in the sky was taken out and the large centerpiece featuring Mickey Mouse in a flying machine inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci was replaced with a statue of Buzz new themeing elements were rather limited. Also the merchandise selection remained rather wide with basically only the added outdoor vending area between the exit of the ride and the shops side entrance being mostly dedicated to Toy Story related merchandise. However, early this year the themeing of the shop received a major upgrade… (more…)

Got Candy?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Yes – that will be the resounding answer of cast members at Star Traders in Discoveryland, Disneyland Park, as well as at the Walt Disney Studios Store on the Frontlot of the Walt Disney Studios Park.

While a couple of candy items had been added to the selection of the majority of shops and boutiques in both theme parks during the last years, this time we are talking about candy big time! (more…)

Let’s get ready for the New Generation

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

2010 Disneyland Paris is celebrating the “New Generation Festival” – as is hard to miss, with the festival’s theme being layered over the spring / summer brochures already all over Europe and the according posters already placed over the moving wlakways between the theme parks and their main parking lot.

Now DLRP Fan Blog and DLRP Today have found the first official trailer in English (and in case of the DLRP Fan Blog also in Dutch) for the festival that will premier in April 2010 as also embedded below. (more…)

Snow & Ice protection

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

With this winters’ extreme cold and heavy snow fall the open air entertainment at the Disneyland Park certainly had to be temporarily restricted at times, with e.g. the performance stops of the Disney Fantillusion parade being cut out or some performances of shows being cancelled even on short notice, especially during the even colder late hours of the day – e.g. the final performance on the show “It’s Party Time… with Mickey and Friends”. Speaking of the show “It’s Party Time…” the special, soft material used as the stage floor of the newly constructed stage for this show seems to need special attention during the winter season.

While the Royal Castle Stage (built in time for the park’s grand opening in 1992) can be left unattended even during the coldest days with heavy (more…)

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