Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

Remy’s Previews and Soft Openings

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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It is almost time for Remy to make Disneyland his new playground. The opening of the Ratatouille attraction is getting closer and everybody is waiting with anticipation (we at DLP.info are).

But before the official opening there will be some special preview dates. Cast Members will be able to ride the attraction on the 23th of June while regular park guest might get the chance to test the new attraction as from Saturday 28 of June.

Start planning your trip to see Remy in Action. Beware though that these are soft opening dates and there is no guarantee that you will be able to ride it on those days.

Paris is Almost Ready

Friday, February 14th, 2014

RatatouilleFeb2014-1Paris is almost completely built. Or should we say a little part of Paris within the Walt Disney Studios. Also known as the new facade to the new Ratatouille attraction. With the progress done so far you can already see how it will turn out. It looks good already but will look fantastic once done. Only until summer before we will see the finished product. Enjoy the pictures, where you can see a team hard at work so it will all be ready in time.

RatatouilleFeb2014-2One thing we do notice is the Costuming building sticking out above the facade. Let’s see if they get this hidden once the area is completed.

The opening dates are still unknown. Even during the Shareholders meeting no dates were given. And if a guest tried to convince Philippe Gas to spill the beans, he would not budge and only say that we need to be patience until summer time.

Old Temple Going Down

Friday, February 14th, 2014

IndianaNEW1 The big guns are out!

The Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril is closed down for a big overhaul. They are bringing down the temple so they can build a new one. To be able to take it down big cranes and tools are needed.

So while Disney likes to put all the work behind the green fences, they can’t hide the big machines. Once you enter Adventureland you’ll see the big crane sticking out above the temple.

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IndianaNEW2The works have started at the beginning of January. With the big overhaul like this, that will get us a new temple and loop, we are looking at another couple of months before the work will be ready and we can all start enjoying this adventure again.

 

Short Fun Recap of the Shareholders Meeting

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Going to a Shareholders meeting, even if it is the Euro Disney S.C.A. general meeting, you can expect to hear the boring financial numbers. However the Disney fans still hope to get some news or something magical for the future. Even if it was just the opening date for the new Ratatouille attraction. But it was not mend to be and most of the 2 hours was related to the business side of the company. But it wasn’t all gloom and doom as we did get some fun stuff added in the mix.

The start things off, and after we got the legal stuff out of the way, Philippe Gas talked about the fiscal year 2013. As expected, Disneyland’s numbers are still in the red, but even then they can make it sound good with 22 million reduction in net loss, and blaming the crisis for a 7% loss in visitors. Of course this is all true and the majority of the shareholders attending seem to be in piece with it. The company is showing they are working hard to improve these numbers, even in these harsh times. Investing in the future is the key word. Already spend 510 million dollar in the last three years on quality improvement they are looking at the long term solution for the company. According to Philippe Gas there is some improvement in the crisis with possible growth in UK visitors, German visitors and the Middle East. Another group they are targeting is Russia. There seems to be a big market, ready to come over to Paris. Another positive note, even with lower attendance, was the overall spending of the guests; 4% more per guest in the park and 2% more per guest in the hotel.

But enough about the numbers. We want the fun part and it was Tom Fizgerald who took care of it by talking briefly about Ratatouille, the new attraction for the Walt Disney Studios. It was a short presentation but it showed us some new artwork, parts of the attraction in the workshop, Computers and the ride vehicle. Most of these can be found back on our facebook page. Go and have a look for a series of pictures. The presentation ended with a short show. A bunch of dancing chefs, Remy and of course Mickey and Minnie passed by too. Unfortunately the show was over before you know it. Too short! But we were here for other reasons.
After all this it was time for the voting of the resolutions. Boring stuff, but it has to be done. For those interested we advice to visit the EuroDisney S.C.A. website to see what the shareholders had to vote for. Mostly related to accepting the fiscal balance, shares related items and accepting the people to stay on the supervisory board.

Once that was out of the way the real fun started. The Q&A. Well, real fun! Not really. As usual many of the same people as the previous year came to the front and didn’t really bring anything to the table. They had personal issues, and while they have the right to address them, this is not the right platform. Luckily there were people who did bring up valid points and questions. Some wanted to know why the share is so low as he thought it was under valuated, when can we expect dividend, future of the company and more. But Philippe Gass did get annoyed with a couple of the people. One of them going as far as to say that nothing is done here and they are puppets of the Disney company in the US. Philippe defended the company strongly advising the man to stop and look for conspiracy where there are none. Shareholders were on Mr. Gass side and when that man return to his place words with other shareholders were exchanged who thought it would be a better idea for him to leave.

This year was a lot shorter than the usual years. The one negative thing was the venue. Cinemagique is not really the right place. Let’s hope next year back in one of the hotels with a nice breakfast and nicer gifts. Although free park tickets were given to all attending, and that is always great.

Shareholder Meeting live on Twitter and Facebook

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

logo-ShareholdersThis week, on Wednesday 12th Februari, the general shareholder meeting for EuroDisney S.C.A. will be held at Disneyland Paris. While we will get to see some figures and explanation around it we will also get some information on future plans, titbits or other small news.  While we don’t expect anything mayor it will still be fun to see some information of Ratatouille pass by and other Disney fun. Any surprises  we will get to hear or see during the event? We will tweet live about via our twitter page and will also update our facebook page and keep you up to date. See you at the meet!

The world of Ratatouille

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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It has been a long wait but it is finally time; the opening of the highly anticipated new attraction at the Studios. Ratatouille is set to open in the summer of 2014. Get ready for this new experience where guests will travel inside the world of the most famous French cook, Remy. Expect more news once we come closer to the opening date of this new experience in Paris.

Below the official Press release from Disneyland Resort Paris

The world of Ratatouille comes to Disneyland Paris in 2014

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Happy New Year

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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To all our Disney friends from around the world, we wish you all the best for 2014. May all your Disney wishes come true! We wish everybody a happy new year and hope to share a lot of Disney magic in the coming year. See you in the parks or somewhere on the World Wide Web where we can all enjoy the magic of Disney together.

Happy New Year!

It’s All in the Spooky Details

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

PhantomM1One of the most stunning, although a little spooky, sights in Disneyland is the beautiful Phantom Manor. A house full of little details; inside the house as well as outside of the house. During the last refurbishment the “ghosts” have added another little gem. Before entering the premises you are greeted by a Cast Member who has himself a little shelter, just in case of some rainy weather. You can find it on the left hand side, next to the gates.

During the rehab a new little wink has been added on the side of this small building. A stone face of a lady surrounded with six snakes. Who is this lady? Is it Medusa, Leota or another person, ready to add an extra new scary story to the Phantom Manor? It is all in the details, the spooky details!

New Look for the Disney Hotels: The Future

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Now that we’ve seen what Disney has done so far in part one, and are working on now in part two, it is time to look at the other hotels in the resort that have not been part of the big refurbishment plan.

Disneys-Hotel-New-York-15Disney’s Hotel New York will undergo some big changed to. While no inside yet on what to expect some of secrets are already revealed. The Hotel has an iconic view, but it looks like the facade will get a big overhaul. Not yet clear how, but the hotel might be looking a lot different in the future. Another big change that might come is some more rooms to the hotel. Although this would only be tackled in phase 4, the hotel might get some extra capacity added. It is not clear yet where and how, but an expansion seems most likely. Research and concept work has started on the project, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet for the hotel’s refurbishment.

The first three phases will take care of the facade, the rooms and the other places of the hotel. Again executive rooms will be added and one can expect to see another private club for those guests staying here. More news will surely come our way in the future and we will of course make sure to follow it up and talk about it here.

Once this project is done the Disneyland hotel will be next, but nothing has been said about this project yet.

All hotels will also have Wi-Fi by then. This has been enrolled in both the Disneyland and New York hotels, but all other places will get these too. What better way to keep in contact with the home front while relaxing in one of Disney’s hotels.

Indiana Jones in Stone

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Indiana-Jones019Indiana Jones et Temple du Péril was never intended to be an attraction to stay on forever. It was going to be a space filler for the park that should have seen a replacement by now. With that in mind it wasn’t a necessity to use the best materials to build the temple surrounding the coaster. But times have changed and the roller coaster is here to stay. But the temple has seen better days and before it would really turn into ruins, Disney has decided to close the attraction somewhere in 2014 for 6 months so they can take the whole temple down and rebuild it from scratch using stones and other more durable materials.

While this rehab is on more changes will come. This time to the attraction itself. The loop will be taken out and will be replaced with a new improved loop. There are no plans to make it run backwards again, but you’ll have to be quick anyway if you want to ride through the original temple. With that being said, once the new temple is up, regular guest might not even noticed that anything has changed as the plan is the rebuild the new temple using the blueprints of the existing one.

Once Indiana is happy with the new temple, Big Thunder Mountain might be next to get another big rehab.

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