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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.

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.

World of Disney & the future of the Disney Village

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

While our photos here still show the World of Disney Store behind construction walls the new anchor store of the Disney Village today opened its doors (the official grand opening will take place on July 12). According to our sources at the same time as its doors officially open other doors will close – to be specific: the doors of the main area of the Disney Store in the Disney Village.

During a two week period the store is supposed to be re-invented as a kids  store. Instead of the general selection of Disney products and resort merchandise the former Disney Store will then limit itself on kids related products. To enhance the experience the store will be divided into several sections / themed areas: Star Wars, Cars, Candy, Bedtime, Duffy, Boys, and finally Girls.

The smaller extension room of the Disney Store next to the currency exchange office already switched over to Christmas merchandise in the past days. It is supposed to remain open during the transformation of the Disney Store into a kids’s store. No word yet whether it will remain a Christmas shop year round or whether it will be altering between the various seasons / seasonal merchandise as it has in the past years.

The transformation of the former Disney Stores would leave only one store in the Disney Village that stuck to its original concept and themeing since opening day in 1992: Hollywood Pictures. However, as our sources inform us, the remaining days of Hollywood Pictures seem limited as well. It’s replacement isn’t ready to be officially revealed – yet, we have been told that currently the resort is in negotiations with LEGO to transform the space into a LEGO Store. Both at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland Anaheim LEGO operates popular stores in the Downtown Disney areas already, adorned with giant Disney characters recreated out of LEGO that are popular photo spots. However, it should be noted that the negotiations seem to be rather difficult and no dates have been set yet for such addition to the Disney Village.

World of Disney Store – turning, turning, turning

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

The World of Disney Store at the entrance of the Disney Village is inching closer and closer to its officially announced July 12, 2012 opening. Over the recent weeks more and more details have been added to the exterior of the facade and the light effects have been turned on. This past week guests could for the first time spot a new and unexpected feature of the shop: the giant top half of the globe above the entrance rotunda is not only featuring the maps of the northern hemisphere (complete with stars indicating the locations of the Disney resorts). It also … turns – as can be seen in the long-time exposure above.

On top of the globe a golden statue of Tinkerbell has been placed several weeks ago already which long-time fans of the resort might remember from her previous location at the top of the Sleep Beauty Castle where she was part of the 15th Anniversary decorations. Also last week the “World of Disney” signage was installed above the main entrance facing toward the Disney Hotel / the Fantasia Gardens. Just as the whole exterior of the new store the signage is sporting an art deco style in a nod to the grand department stores of Paris.

The night time shot also allows for a first glimpse into the entrance rotunda as lights are up to allow the work crews to continue the preparations for the opening. This makes visible the walls and roof featuring stars forming constellations in the shape of Disney characters. A decorative feature that similar in style had been used in the original “Constellations” boutique at the entrance of Discoveryland before it was rethemed for the arrival of Buzz Liughtyear Laser Blast (even so the constellations in this original opening day shop were the actual signs just depicted by Disney characters).

Also in the night time shot of the facade above note the Mickey Mouse statue placed on top of the stairs leading up from the resort’s hub to the new store. A fitting Minnie Mouse statue is placed to the right of the entrance (just outside this photo, but visible in the wider shot of the daytime facade to the left. Again long-time fans might remember these – but this time not from Disneyland Paris but from the original World of Disney store on the 5th Avenue at New York City. There these two statues greeted guests till the shop closed on December 31, 2009 to move into a new Times Square location and received a new design in this process.

P.S.: we are looking for Pluto! Any help is welcome!! When still in place above the entrance of the World of Disney store on 5th Avenue a statue of Pluto was placed between Mickey and Minnie on the marquee above the store’s entrance. So far, only Mickey and Minnie have been spotted at the new store location at Disneyland Paris. Any clues??

Best Halloween Decoration 2011

Friday, November 4th, 2011

During the Halloween season 2011 many guests of Disneyland Paris were rather surprised by the scope of Halloween decorations in the Disneyland Park – or rather the lack of these decorations. Where in the past the whole main Street, U.S.A. was taken over by the pumpkin men and Frontierland was transformed into Halloweenland the decorations were far and in between this year. In addition to the Halloween set on the Castle Stage, some pumpkins on Town Square and Central Plaza only the entrances to some selected shops as well as the selected displays in these shops featured (limited) decorations. The immediate result: a significant number of complaints were filed about the lack of decorations with the cast members at City Hall.

Unfortunately the majority of guests missed the most impressive Halloween decorations of the seasons, as only the guests of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show got treated to those. When entering the pre-show area the decorations started rather subtle with some spider’ webs, while around the next corner a complete cemetery had been set up. Guests had to wlak through the spooky atmosphere, right across the cemetery with tombs (including one of a certain „Van Helsing“) while like large spiders sat in the corners and bats hang in the trees. Once guests had found their way through this spooky set complete with mystic fogs and strange lighting guests found a photo set with a witch’s cauldron and a stone throne.

To further improve the Halloween atmosphere selected cast members in the pre-show area as well as some of the indians and rodeo clowns in the show featured creepy make up. In the show itself the Headless Horseman featured as a special guests in one scene.

 

Batman in the Rainforest

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Currently the attention is mostly centered around the exterior of the Rainforest Cafe. Afterall in course of the construction of its new neighbor – the Earl of Sandwich restaurant – the upper, un-themed half of the building’s wall facing toward the Earl of Sandwich got a new blue paint job (click here for our latest construction progress report) and the two giant mushrooms of the Rainforest Cafe that would now have ended up in front of the Earl of Sandwich were taken out (and no, they didn’t add any discounted mushroom items to the menu at the Rainforest Cafe).

However, a look into the Rainforest Cafe might be interesting as well, in particular into it’s shop. While not the most recent development it is still notable that the space dedicated to the shop has been significantly reduced since opening day. Those parts that are no longer part of the shop have been re-purposed as additional seating. To this purpose an additional rock wall has been set up to function as a barrier and the cashier counter has been moved forward. The thereby created additional seating area can be seen in the photo on the right.

However, there is more to see in the Rainforest Cafe – and this time it is a rather surprising news … the addition of t-shorts featuring comic and cartoon characters / designs neither inspired by Disney nor by Marvel properties! As can be seen in the photo on one of the recent visits there were Batman and Superman t-shirts (both DC Comics characters) available as well as a t-shirt appealing to the younger European guests featuring Willy from “Maya the Bee” (the German book, comic book and animated tv series “Biene Maya”). While one might argue for a connection between Maya the Bee and the ecological message that the Rainforest Cafe often propagates there really is no connection to the Batman and the Superman characters.

Disney & Co front door closed

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

As rumored late last year the boutique “Disney & Co.” on the Main Street, U.S.A. is currently undergoing a rehab. To allow continuing operation of the shop the rehab seems to have been separated into two sections. Currently the front half of the shop is closed off for its rehab. Therefore, the main entrance from the Main Street is closed. (more…)

World of Disney Store rising

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

 Construction for the World of Disney Store at the Disney Village continues to move ahead and is clearly visible from just a couple of weeks ago. In the meantime the pre-fabricated concrete walls are reaching up to the second floor and the openings for doors and windows can already be spotted on the ground floor as well. The way it looks one smaller entrance should be placed right next to the Gaumont multiplex. However, the main entrance should face more directly to the wide paths between the parks to attract more guests when leaving the parks in the evening. (more…)

Discount Shopping

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

With the Shareholders’ Club and the Annual Passports (in particular the Annual Passport Dream) Disneyland Paris has two large public programs which offer their “members” a wide array of discounts in the resort. In particular many fans are a “member” of both programs, i.e. hold shares of EuroDisney S.C.A., signed up for the Shareholders’ Club and are also proud owners of an Annual Passport Dream. As a result it can be frequently seen how these are offering both the AP Dream and the Shareholders’ Club card to the cashier in the resort’s shops asking the cast members which one gives the better discount. This “problem” should become obsolete soon since new information signs were set up next to many cashiers across the resort at the end of the last year. These signs are providing an overview of available discount options (as seen on the right) – and as that sign shows the AP Dream offers the better discount (20%) on merchandise if compared to the Shareholders’ Club card (15%).

World of Disney – one up

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The vertical construction of the future World of Disney Store at the Disney Village is making fast progress. At the end of February only the very first concrete walls for a part of the backwall were visible. But as of yesterday the exterior walls had exceeded the ground level and went up to the first floor on the backside (toward the Gaumont cinema complex), as well as on the sides facing toward the Walt Disney Studios and the side toward the main “road” of the Disney Village.

Solely the side facing toward the Fantasia Gardens / the Disneyland Hotel remains open. However, so far the vertical construction is limited to the exterior walls. The future interior of the shop is still wide open, missing any walls or other structures to support the upper floors.

The fences surrounding the site are still lacking any reference (or advertising) that the construction is for the upcoming World of Disney Story. Instead posters for the game arcade found next to the IMAX at the current “backside” of the Disney Village next to the Disney Village parking structure is advertised.

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