Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

Tarzan returns… Someday

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

TarzanSince Dreams in the main show attraction all other show silently disappeared. It didn’t take long for them to be missed by guests and fans, and it seems Disney has seen this to and is ready to bring some of this entertainment back.

One of the shows we will see return is the fantastic Tarzan show. When the show will return to the Chaparral Theatre in Frontierland is unknown at this moment but let’s hope that the Disney guests don’t have to wait too long before they can see Tarzan and his friends swing through the trees again.

Halloween, Halloween…

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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Halloween2It’s only a little less than a week before Halloween season officially starts at Disneyland Paris. The ghosts and ghouls are already hard at work with decorating the park. The things already visible at the moment are the lights on Mainstreet. The glass bowls have been replaced in the spooky pumpkin orange and others in a “witch” purple. Some of the purple once even have witch hats on. All along the facades from the Mainstreet pumpkins are popping up. All of them with smiles on them, convincing the guests these are happy times.

Halloween3Minnie surely agrees on this. Maybe that is why she got this amazing new meet and greet display at the end of main street. Here she has her own place to get ready for the festivities while she takes the time to meet her fans for a picture or two. The display is beautiful and even has some extra faceless figures where children can pop there head through for another fun Halloween picture.  All of Minnie’s decorations are adapted to the festivities, but the Mickey Head mirror is especially nice.

More early decorations can already be found at the beginning of Frontierland. Sophisticated pumpkins are awaiting the guests for a special picture. Up to this moment those figure can be found at the little display just at the beginning of the land and near the Lucky Nugget Saloon. More decorations will be added before the start of the season.

Missing in Frontierland is the Jack and Sally display. This one will be added, most likely during this week ready to meet guests for a photo op. Jack will not only set up his amazing background but will also bring his fountain into the mix.

Halloween4Other photo ops that will be in the park are more of a ghostly kind. Nice ghosts so it seems as they leave some room on the bench so one can join them or on another occasion leave their ghostly kids face home so children can again pop their face into the spot for the pictures. More decorations will go up during the week, like Goofy’s candy machine. Duffy’s Halloween spot among others.

Other decorations are already spotted in Adventureland at the exit of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and even at some of the stores in the Disney Village.

Halloween5Another big event is the parade. La Célébration Halloween de Mickey Parade will float around the park. It will include Clarabelle, who is miss Halloween this year, Pluto Tout Fou poor Halloween with pumpkin men, En Route poor la Récolte with Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Jeux Halloween with Winnie the Pooh and friends and the big final with Mickey, Minnie Chip & Dale and Clarice. It will be nice to see some new floats but unfortunately they come with a price as some of these floats are being set on the former Fantillusion floats. Fantillusion is no more!

Of course Halloween would not be complete without the villains. And they will be out there behind the castle waiting for you.

Halloween officially starts on October 5th and will run up to October 31st

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

The Art of Disney on Demand

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

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DisneyArt2Nothing is more fun than to take home that one special Disney item that you can cherish long after you’ve returned from the Magic.

And now Disneyland Paris has added another option to make this happen. As from this day onwards Disney guests and fans can take home a piece of the magic in form of a nice and beautiful print.

DisneyArt3At the Disney Gallery in the Disney Village a new little corner has been created for the Art of Disney on Demand. As the name already says you will be able to pick out a piece of art you like and add it to your collection. To do this you have to go to one of the two computer screens where the fun of picking the piece you like the most begins. There are, at this time, 200 different art pieces to choose from. They are placed in categories to make it easier to brows and pick, but once you see all the beautiful pieces even that might not help to make the final choice easy.

DisneyArt4You can chose from Disney Artist Darren Wilson, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse weeklies, 100 Mickey’s, Story Sketches, Princesses, Short Film posters, Classic Disney Movies, Walt Disney and Disney artist Randy Noble. These are the same categories you can find at the US parks where this system is already being used with success. There is however one more list to pick from. This one is specific for the Paris Park and it is a list that excites many fans. It’s the Disneyland Paris Attraction Posters. One of these posters was hanging on the wall as a canvas print and it looked amazing. It was the Phantom Manor poster.

DisneyArt5The prints you will be able to order can be picked on the computers. You can pick from multiple sizes. Like this more guests can enjoy the artwork, even if you don’t have a big place to hang one of the oversized options. Once you made that choice you can either have it printed on paper, like a poster, or on canvas. Once that is done you can add a frame to it. The frame is optional and really not needed on the canvas option as they look amazing the way they are. Once you made your choices you are ready to check out. Put in your personal information like home address and contact information and you are ready. Pay at the cash register and let the waiting game begin. Prints will take approximately 3 weeks before they will be delivered at your home, ready to hang on your wall.

DisneyArt6With 200 artworks to choose from, it will not be an easy task, but the system has endless options to add even more pieces in the future. We even might get to see some rare pictures or art form that can be printed on demand that would otherwise never see the light of day. The options are endless! The smallest posters start at 29,95 Euro without a frame. The biggest canvas without a frame goes up to 160 Euro a piece. Add a frame nd postage cost and you do need some deeper pockets, but when you see the examples hanging on the wall you will know they are worth it.

Pictures courtesy of FilipVan Tyghem

French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and German

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

What have all these six languages in common? Most DLP fans and collectors will be able to tell you: these are languages in which the official park maps are available. However, in the meantime the wording of this answer requires extra special care – because it is not “these are the languages” but only “these are languages”. Why? Because the resort has just added a seventh language to the mix!

Reacting to the increasing number of high-rolling Russian speaking guests (many of which are staying at the top-of-the-line Disneyland Hotel and are spending top amounts) the resort is now offering the map for both parks in Russian as well. However, while the Russian guests are some of the resort’s big spenders their number is still comparatively low. Therefore, the resort is only producing a limited print run of Russian maps. To avoid running low on these due to collectors / fans picking too many Russian maps up as well as guests by mistake choosing the wrong language they Russian maps can not be found at the regular displays under the Main Street Station / inside the doors of Studio 1. Instead Russian maps are solely available for pick up at the City Hall respectively Guest Service on the Frontlot.

No more Scary Halloween?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Terrorific Night 3 copyrights DisneyIt has been a big success for the last three years but it looks as if the scary Halloween event in the Walt Disney Studios is no more. The Terrorific Nights don’t fit in the family friendly environment that Disney is and the event will not be on the program for this Halloween event.

Although understandable, it still will be a big loss as the event was beloved by the Disney visitors. Even forums and websites from other locations, like in the US, envied us Europeans a little because of this event. They wanted an event like the Paris one, an event that was targeted to the more mature audience, in one of their parks.

So, with a little sadness, it looks like we will have to say goodbye to the zombies at the Walt Disney Studios. While this comes from a good source, we still hope we got this one wrong. (No official word on Halloween yet)

picture copyrights Disney (2011 event)

Disneyland Paris Promoting WDW Event

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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At the Pueblo Trading Post shop, at the far end of Frontierland, where the pin traders gather, you will find some of Disney’s nicest collectibles in the form of pins and vinylmations. A perfect place to show some other Disney items too. On the wall of the shop cast members have placed a collection of printouts from a special Walt Disney World event. Starting on Friday 13 September 2013 Disney will have a special hard ticket event where collectors will be able to find a bunch of cool Disney stuff related to the number thirteen and the Disney villains.

WDWevent1The event is the “13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event” and takes place at Epcot. There will be limited villain pins, limited Vinylmations of villains, Statues of some of the most well know villains like Cruella de Ville. Mystery pin boxes, hats, phone covers and a lot more. One very special item will be a framed uncut Disney dollar sheet of the 2013 collection. For those that collect these, remember that the Dalmatians bill was pulled from the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts because of an error on the bill. Dalmatians was spelled Dalmations. These bills are very rare and are sold on ebay around the $40 mark for just one bill. It is very interesting that Disney is now selling these bills as a sheet, even with the error. Unless this is a new print run. We will have to wait and see.

Even with Disneyland Paris promoting, or informing the fans about it, you can’t order tickets for the event in Paris. This needs to be done via the web. Non of the merchandise offered during this event will make it to Paris. The only thing Paris guests will get are a view of the merchandise on the printouts. A very nice gesture of the Cast members… making us all jealous.

Behind the Green Fences

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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JuneR8-DumboWith the summer season just around the corner Disney wants to make sure their parks are top notch. So it will be no surprise when you see some fences here and there for work that needs to be done. Unfortunately, sometimes these fences are big and favorite rides might therefor not be open.

In Fantasyland Dumbo is closed and fenced of. The crew is busy working on several parts of the attraction. Both mechanical parts as well as decorative parts where being checked and taken care of by the crew. Some crew members where checking out the side of one of the ride vehicles, just where the lifting arm is attached.

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JuneR11-ChaletAlso looked after in Fantasyland is the eatery Au Chalet de la Marionnette. The small rehab is very well hidden and is almost not visible in the Fantasyland area. You will see more of the scaffolding when walking past it on the Adventureland side of the building, just behind the small stage of the Following the Leader with Peter Pan show.

 

Frontierland also lost a big ride because of a rehab. Big Thunder Mountain is closed for a big check up. Disney is pushing for an opening in June so the big summer crowds will be able to enjoy this beloved attraction. For now the crew can be spotted on the track and ride system as well as the queue areas and even other parts of the location. With all the work done on this attraction one can expect to see a very nice polished Big Thunder Mountain once it’s open again.

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JuneR6-IndianAlso closed for an overhaul is the Indian Village play area. The play area is completely fenced off and unaccessible for the moment.

Less of an impact will be the rehab at Cool Post in Adventureland. This small eatery is completely fenced in.

In Discoveryland part of the Hypérion wall was fenced of pushing the outside seating area a little more out.

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Let’s get DAPPER

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Remember those beautiful illustrations created for the Disney parks in the past? Most of them feature guests dressed in their best Sunday’s clothes – men in suits and with fedoras and ladies in elegant dresses. What a difference to the impressions that guests are treated to on any regular day in the Disney parks … so why not bring the original illustrations to life? That’s what the fans behind the DAPPER DAYS thought.

In spring 2011 they organized the first of their popular DAPPER DAY events at the original Disneyland Park, inviting fans to dress in dapper style and mingle in the parks during the regular operating hours. In the meantime the events are held twice annually in Anaheim as well as at Walt Disney World.

Now it is (once again) also time for us European fans of the Disney parks to show that we can dress in style – on September 14, 2013 this year’s DAPPER DAY fall soiree will be held at Disneyland Paris. As with the US events this is not a private party for which parts of the park will be closed off but instead the opportunity to meet with other guests and add some extra style to the park experience. As they say on their official website: “all sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic, are encouraged“.

Further details of the event will be released on the official DAPPER DAY website later this summer – but why not start planning how to dress right away? The website certainly features a large number of photos from past events to inspire…

The Making of Dreams

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Disneyland Paris has released an amazing video about the making of their beautiful Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular. See the team behind this great show and listen to their involvement in the creation of this magical Disney fairytale. Enjoy!

A little Rehab “Here and There”

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

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It is almost impossible to keep track on all the rehabs that happen during a year. One would need to visit the park almost weekly to keep up. However, at this time Disney is working on the following areas.

RehabMarch2In Adventureland the Pirates of the Caribbean is closed for a rehab. Not only the attraction itself is closed and boarded off, but also the Blue Lagoon restaurant has closed its doors. One can’t see anything on what is going on inside the attraction or the restaurant but you can see on one of the picture that they are also working on the Blue Lagoon exterior section. Scaffolding is set up at the entrance of the restaurant, in front of the Blue Lagoon sign. Looks like they’ll give the sign a little clean up before welcoming back their guests. The Pirates is expected to re-open on March 15th.

RehabMarch3In Fantasyland we can see the next rehab going on. This time of a far smaller proportion then the one mentioned above. Just behind Dumbo, next to Peter Pan and in front of Mickey’s new meet and greet attraction a small area is fenced off. Guest can walk around it in a circle, just like the pattern that can be found on the floor next to the green fences, but the work on the little planting area is hidden behind them.

RehabMarch4The next little rehab can again be found in adventureland. One of the little shop, La Girafe Curieuse, has some work done on the exterior walls. Might be a small thing, but it shows that Disney cares about the look of all of their shop, restaurants and buildings.

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