Posts Tagged ‘Studios’

In Front of Animagique

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

JuneAnimagique At the Studios it is a little less hectic when it comes to refurbishment compared to the work that is being done at the Disneyland Park. The only visible fence is located just in front of Animagique.

At the entrance, in front of the building,  a little square is fenced in. The entrance can be entered from either side of the green fence as the Animagique show is running as scheduled.

Ratatouille-Construction 2012-12

Friday, December 28th, 2012

It looks gray, cold and totally uninteresting, but once the construction is ready it will turn into something magical; The rumored “Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity!” attraction at the Walt Disney Studios in Paris.

The new ride and restaurant building is starting to show its form, even if it is only a concrete facade at the moment. The cranes have been visible for a while but now that the new walls are starting to go up, more of it becomes visible for the guests by-passing the fence next to the construction site. It looks like it wont be long before the roof will be put up and work on the inside of the building can start.

Opening of the Remy’s new “Kitchen” is expected somewhere in 2014.

New Year’s Eve Program (Updated)

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Disneyland Paris is inviting all there guests to celebrate the end of the old and the beginning of the new year. To do this they have a full day of fun planned.

On the last day of the year the gates of the Disneyland park will open at 9:30AM (Updated from 10AM. Incorrect on the program) and will not close anymore for that year as the park will close the next day at 1AM. Guest can go into the new year while they celebrate inside the park. The program for the day and evening is filled with lots of cool stuff, including the extra Christmas fun.

There will be the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Mary Christmas with Belle, Jack and Sally’s Cemetry, The Jingle Bell Boys; Dreams and a lot more. However the most important celebration for the evening is beginning of the new year with the fireworks. At midnight guest will get to see one of Disney’s magical New Year Fireworks and Show. No news on what to expect for the celebration, but the “show” in the title might be an indication there might be more then just the fireworks.

The Walt Disney Studios is also open until 1AM and also has a special New Year Eve program. This includes a Video Dance Party and a Lucky Dance Party. Again, the most important celebration part of the day will include a firework display. The Studios fireworks will light up in the air on some pop re-mix Disney tunes.

To see the special New Year Program click the pictures.

Picture and program courtesy of Disney.

Remy is Getting Ready to Cook

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Ratatouille at the Walt Disney Studios in Disneyland Paris is a fact. Disney has not announced the attractions yet but the news is out their because of a visible building permit that has been put in place last week on Euro Disney property. This permit has to be up, according French law, before building starts. So Disney can’t hide it anymore, even if they didn’t put any press release out yet, but with the permit up and building to start, expect something official soon. (Picture via: Disney Central Plaza). This news doesn’t come as a surprise, especially after the news of the new loan Euro Disney S.C.A. got secured to build the attraction.

So far we can expect a trackless vehicle system where vehicle will move almost freely inside the attraction. This technology is already used in Tokyo Disneyland’s Pooh’s Honey Hunt, so it’s no secret to Disney on how to use this technology in the best possible way. Other superb park rides already using a similar system can be found in the fantastic Spider-Man attraction in Island of Adventures (Orlando). The possibilities of this system are endless and one can only imagine what the Imagineers will come up with for Ratatouille’s attraction in the Walt Disney Studios.

So far we’ve seen some amazing early artwork for the outside of the attraction building and the area around it. We will be in a mini Paris (just outside Paris) to enjoy the cooking arts of the rat Remy. While there is not much known from what is going to happen behind the facade, one can expect to see a lot of scenes from the movie. Especially scenes in and around the kitchen might become a big part of the Dark Ride experience. Together with 3D projections, including a big rumoured dome projection will make this the ride to look out for.

The permit also gives some extra information. The building permit is for a building of 17.8 meters high. This could mean that there will be either big sets or even movement on several levels. The new area that is being prepared for building will be 5719 square meters big. One more important note on the permit; it’s not accessible for the general public, but we hope to get some pictures from the works once the start. From behind the fence of course, away from the building site, until we can enter it and enjoy this new exclusive Disneyland Paris attraction. (We encourage everybody to take pictures of the works, but do not break any rules and only take pictures from a locations that is freely accessible by the public)

Money for Ratatouille?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Euro Disney S.C.A. has announced in an official press release and in a letter to their shareholders that it has obtained an additional credit that they can use to further expand Disneyland Paris. The new money could be used to build the rumoured Ratatouille attraction in the Walt Disney Studios. While nothing is set in stone and nothing has been confirmed by Disney as of yet, this seems the most likely road they will follow. The credit comes from the Walt Disney Company, something that was expected after lending from banks became more and more a difficulty, even if you carry the Disney brand name. Without new investments a company cannot grow. This counts for Euro Disney and their parks in France as well. New, incredible, attractions are needed to have guests return to the resort and to make money and profits so a company can evolve.

Plans for the Ratatouille dark ride attraction have leaked a quite a while ago and had fans of Disneyland Paris on the edge of their seats ever since. Together with a nice new area and a restaurant with the same theme, this new ride would give the Studios even more Disney style, something that was missing during it opening according to many Disney fans. The new attraction would be placed next to the new Toy Story Playland where some early preparations for the rumoured attraction where already set in place, including the pathway with the Remy decorated benches and the covered Gusteau head on the archway.

A full Press release can be seen below.

Euro Disney S.C.A. (the “Company”), parent company of Euro Disney Associés S.C.A., operator of Disneyland® Paris (together the “Group”), announces that, on January 6, 2012, it has obtained an additional standby revolving credit facility (the “Additional Facility”) of € 150 million from The Walt Disney Company. This Additional Facility expires on September 30, 2018 and was advanced in connection with the approval from its lenders to increase the Group’s investments by up to € 250 million. These investments correspond to the annual recurring investment budget for fiscal year 2012 and a multi-year expansion of the Walt Disney Studios® Park, which includes a new attraction. The Additional Facility is separate from the € 100 million existing standby revolving credit facility (the “Existing Facility”), which expires on September 30, 2014 and is still undrawn. The other terms and conditions of the Additional Facility are substantially the same as the Existing Facility.

Although no assurances can be given, the Group believes it has sufficient funds to finance these and other necessary investments and repay its borrowings consistent with the scheduled maturities, based on its existing cash position, liquidity from the Existing Facility and the benefit of certain conditional deferrals permitted under the Group’s existing debt agreements.”

Will Sales Tax Hurt Disney Ticket Prices?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Going to Disneyland Paris isn’t cheap with a 2 days/2 parks ticket already surpassing the 100 Euro mark but prices could skyrocket even higher once the sales tax in the industry will change from 5,5% to a 19,6% high. This sales taxes increase was announced by President Nicolas Sarkozy last week as part of measures to reduce the country’s deficit and to help retaining the country’s AAA credit rating. While Disneyland Paris seems busier than ever before with record attendance numbers, this increase could hurt the resort as an increase of this measure will not go unnoticed. 

 His announcement comes at a crucial time for operator Euro Disney, as it is hoping to attract bumper crowds next year for the 20th anniversary of its Paris theme park. (source This is Money UK)

Zombies Invading the Studios

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Zombies are hot at the moment! So what better combo could their be then Disney and zombies? What? Might you think, but just have a look at the first poster of the next Terrorific Night event in the Walt Disney Studios. This will be the third time horror will find a place in the Disneyland Resort. Judging the amazing looking poster Disney fans who like a little horror will be in for a treat. Halloween will be just a little more scarier at Disneyland as it usually is. While the neighboring Disneyland Park has it’s own Halloween event, the Studios will turn up the fear notch a little more. Don’t expect a full horror event, but it will be intense and not a place for younger children. In the past events scare actors have been creating a little extra atmosFEAR and it’s to be expected Terrorific Night 3 will become their playland again. Let’s hope the zombies really run loose in the park, because if they do it will be a lot of fun.

This event will be a hard ticket event. Tickets will be on sale soon. Discount for Annual passport holders will be available. The event will take place on two nights in October 2011, that’s one night more then the previous year. The first night will be October 29 and if the zombies need more food they’ll find it on the second night, October 30. Enjoy your Halloween at the Walt Disney Studios, and remember, it’s just make believe… aaaarrrggghhhh……

Picture curtsy of Disneyland Paris

Soldes

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

It might be high season and the most expensive time to book any holiday, but it’s also sales season and will your holiday might cost you a little more you can catch some great deals in the Disney shops. All over the resort Disney items are sold with a nice discount. You will find deals in the Disneyland Park, the Walt Disney Studios and in the Disney Village. From T-Shirts to toys, from Figurines to key chains, there is something for everyone.

It might be the last lots, discontinued items or left overs from previous seasons, but the sales are a fun extra where you can find something a little cheaper to take home as a nice memory from the Disneyland trip.

2010 Visitors Report from TEA

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and economics at AEGON have released their annual report on major theme park attendance. The reports shows how many visitors have been to the parks, the change in numbers of visitors and it does this on a worldwide basis. This reports therefore includes both the Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios park in Marne-la-Valle.

It looks like bad news for the Paris parks but when looking at the report itself the numbers are not correct.

For the numbers themselves; Disneyland park had 10.5 Million visitors in 2010. That’s a loss of 2,6% in comparison with the previous year according to the report. However when we look at the report of 2009 the changes are no way near the 2,6 % but are down a whooping 17,6%. While this isn’t the best of news for Disneyland Paris, the park is still a top holiday destination and can proudly say that they are in the top 10 of world wide parks visitors total. Disneyland Park can be found in 6th place, behind 5 other Disney destinations.

According to the report The Walt Disney Studios is also down from the previous year. With 4.5 million visitors it also lost 2,6% and can be found on the 19th place on this world rank list.

However this is a another mistake on the report as the previous year the Walt Disney Studios wasn’t in the top 25 and had a lot less visitors as in 2010. In 2009 the park had 2.65 million visitors. Looking at the numbers today that is not a loss of 2,6% but an increase of 69,5%

One need to understand how ticketing counting works at Disneyland Paris. When a guest visits the park he is counted at the gate he enters first. So if you visit Disneyland Park, your ticket will be counted their, once you hop over to the Studios you are no longer a new visitor and the will not be added to the total count. While Disneyland Paris lost 17,6%, and this might look bad, the fact is that more people start their day at the Studios since all the new and cool attractions that have been added their.

It is strange that a company that keeps themselves busy with counting and looking at these numbers can make such a mistake in their report. If they would had looked at the 2009 numbers a little better they would have noticed that the Walt Disney Studios is the biggest increase result of 2010. On the other hand, with the 17,6% the Disneyland Park would be the biggest loss on the report.

Overal, putting the numbers together,  the 2.6% loss is therefore correct, but all other parks are calculated as stand alone parks giving an incorrect view of the report for the Paris parks.

Visit our Mousekingdom blog for more on the report, including some amazing numbers for US and Asian Parks

Sand!

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Disneyland Resort Paris and the Belgian town Blankenberge are working together to bring the Disneyland Paris theme park to the seaside. How? By building a replica of the park and both the Disney and Pixar characters on the beach by using sand during the “sand sculpture festival”.

For more information on the event, the theme and what to expect, follow our sister blog Mousekingdom. We will be there to see the result and will bring full coverage of the festival on the mousekingdom blog too.

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