Posts Tagged ‘Toy Story’

A New Dragon for the 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

dragon1Disney Stars on Parade is part of the big 25th Anniversary and promises to dazzle the visitors with its new floats, new music, new costumes and the many characters that will ride on them.

The parade will premiere to the general public as from March 26, 2017.

Disney has release three gorgeous pictures. One of the dragon and two artistic renderings of Nemo and the Frozen float. The dragon looks futuristic, as it came straight from the mind of Jules Verne.

The parade will tell a story in 8 chapters, each of the chapters represented by a beautiful floats.

Chapter 1: “Discover a World of Magic”
Mickey’s and his friends, dressed as explorers of the future will open the parade.

Chapter 2: “Discover a World of Friendship”
The heroes of Toy Story celebrate true friendship and take us to infinity and beyond!

Chapter 3: “Discover an Adventure World”
Who better than Simba and Nala or Baloo and Mowgli to embody the spirit of adventure? A high rock dominates the exuberant flora of the jungle while percussion and bright colors free the wild instincts of an exotic world where, fortunately, “it takes little to be happy.”

Chapter 4: “Discover a World of Imagination”
From one rock to another, Captain Hook sits on the skull-shaped one. Peter Pan is not far off, at the helm of a ship hanging under a huge moon, very dreamlike.

nemo1Chapter 5: “Discover a New World”
You will find the huge tortoise Crush that will swim over a majestic decoration covered with coral.

Chapter 6: “Discover an Enchanted World”
The story of Disney Stars on Parade would not be complete without an epic battle of Prince Philip and the three fairies against an evil dragon.

Chapter 7: “Discover a World of Romance”
Fortunately, in fairy tales, Good … and Love always end in triumph. Contrasting marvelously with the impressive chariot that preceded it, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle and their respective charming princes make their entry on three graceful carriages. A romantic moment that will melt the heart of little girls … of all ages.

Chapter 8: “Discover a World of Wonders”
The Disney storybook is going to close in style with the two heroes of Frozen on the balcony of an ice castle.

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All Pictures copyright Disney

D23 Brings No News For Paris

Monday, August 17th, 2015

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D23, the biggest Disney convention held in the Anaheim convention center has come to an end. One of the many highlights is the Parks and Resorts presentation. Here fans get invited to hear about the newest updates Disney will add to their parks worldwide. As Paris fans we could only hope to get some news about our beloved park’s future. Unfortunately the presentation ended without anything for Paris. They only talked briefly about the 25th anniversary it will celebrate.

They did show the public one piece of Ratatouille Artwork. You could hear the A’s and O’s in the public, as for some this still is pretty new and many US fans either don’t follow much of the Paris park, never plan or never will get to visit the park. They also showed a picture of the new Jedi Training Academy experience. But that was it.

There is still some time before the park turns 25 years young and we can still hope to get something special for the celebration. But for now that was it.

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Santa Claus Village

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

It is already a tradition that Woody’s Roundup Village on the Cottonwood Creek Ranch is transformed into a real winter wonderland aka “Santa Claus Village” for the holiday season. By Thursday the area had already been covered in snow and the snowmen had been placed on the hill at the far end of the area adding some holiday spirit visible also from aboard the Disneyland Railroad.


In the past years guests could find Santa Claus’ post office at the village as well as the workshop of his elves and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in the second building. At the same time the two static photo sets featuring Bullseye (Woody’s horse) respectively Stinky Pete in his box (both from the Disney Pixar Toy Story movies) remained unchanged.
However, as a new surprise for this holiday season both former unchanged photo sets are undergoing a wintery transformation as well adding some extra holiday cheer for guests, in particular also adding the opportunity to take a souvenir photo in a unique setting without waiting in the line for the meet’n’greet with Santa Claus.

What will the two new photo sets look like? As of Thursday both sets were still worked upon and hidden from view by black clothes (as can be seen for the former Stinky Pete set in the photo on the right). In other words: guests will have to wait until the official start of the holiday season to learn more.

As can be seen in the photos as well the closure Woody’s Roundup Village in the recent months allowed not only for some early preparations of the interior of the buildings for the holiday season. In addition the paint crews moved in and repainted some of the buildings in a brighter red share to cheer up the area a bit more as well.

Sightlines II & New Lights

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Following up on the permanent “correction” of the sightline across the roof of the Disney Art of Animation toward the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop today we have a temporary sightline correction to report that is related to the Toy Story Playland as well. This time it is related to the construction site for the (so far only rumored) future Ratatouille dark ride to be added to the Walt Disney Studios Park, next to the costumeing building. When exiting the Toy Story Playland through the giant blue Barrel of Monkeys guests walk straight toward the blue construction fence that blocks access to this construction site. (more…)

Toy Story Playland at Night Video

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

On September 5th the members of the Shareholders’ Club and their guests had the exclusive opportunity to enjoy Toy Story Playland after park closure – meaning after night fall. Attendees of the event were among the first guests that were able to experience the lighting design of Imagineering for the new area of the Walt Disney Studios Park. If you missed the opportunity you can now get at least a first impression of the atmosphere with our 4 minute HD-video shot during the event:

Don’t forget to check out our extensive photo coverage of the Shareholders’ Club event as well featuring numerous exclusive night time photos of Toy Story Playland and its attractions!

The dreaded line…

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

For most female guests in any public space a line for an attraction is very often only half as bad as that really dreaded line … the line at the toilettes. Even on busy days the Disneyland Park rarely features these lines thanks to numerous rest room facilities that were placed across all lands. The Walt Disney Studios had a bit of a problem with this when it opened but solved it early on by adding the facilities next to the exit / shop of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror even prior the start of the construction for the tower.

However, when the Toy Story Playland was announced without any additional rest room facilities fans were (mildly said) surprised since the whole Toon Studio already had no dedicated rest room facilities. Now that the new area is in regular operation and has turned out to attract large crowds it becomes obvious that addition rest room facilities would not only have been a good idea but are direly needed. (more…)

RC Racer – the “bag question”

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The ride vehicle of RC Racer featured small boxes in front of the guests to store small bags, purses, cameras etc. for the duration of the ride. There was even a “test” box early in the queue area for guests to make sure that their bags would fit into this on-board storage. However, during the AP previews those on-board boxed had been closed and could not be used. This past weekend the boxes suddenly had disappeared, i.e. had been dismounted from the ride vehicle. The immediate impact is additional leg-room for guests on board. Already in the past weeks the cast member in the station on the exit-site was taking backpacks and similar items off the guests and storing them in an enclosed rack next to the station’s exit gate.

BTW: at Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop several boxes and barrels have been stacked up next to each parachute. These function as enclosed storage areas for the bags of riders on the according parachute since the parachutes themselves do not have any storage for backpacks etc. However, guests are allowed to take cameras onto their ride to take aerial photos of the area.

Shareholders’ Club Night Event

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Friday evening the Shareholders’ Club members were invited to enjoy the all new Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park after park closure. Considering the late nightfall and early park closing of the Walt Disney Studios the event was the first opportunity to enjoy the new addition to the park with its lighting design in full display.

During a visit to Toy Story Playland earlier in the day numerous additional, temporary lights were found to be standing in the new area, however, those turned out to be not necessary at night and were not used. Most propably they had been placed in TSPL already in anticipation for the major press event scheduled for Saturday night. But then for Friday’s Shareholders’ Club event the regular lighting needed no extra add-ons. This also had the big advantage that guests could enjoy the light design as it was intended by Imagineering… (more…)

This way to Toy Story Playland

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

For more than 2 years a giant billboard advertised the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to everyone heading toward the parks from the resort’s main daytime guest parking lot. Located right above the fence blocking off the future Disney Village expansion lot in front of the Disney Village parking structure the large billboard is perfectly located to be noted by all guests no matter whether they plan to head into the Disneyland Park or the Walt Disney Studios. In time for the opening of the Toy Story Playland the billboard finally was replaced and is now proudly touting the newest addition to the studios: Toy Story Playland. But that is not the only sign which got updates for Toy Story Playland… (more…)

Makeshift Signs & Rope Mazes at Toy Story Playland

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The extreme popularity of the Toy Story Playland (penned up by the late opening on August 17 despite being prominently featured in ads since early spring) is having its impact in particular on wait times as reported here reportedly since the official opening of the area. However, despite wait times exceedings 100 minutes at times for RC Racer the queue area of this attraction has proven to be more than large enough with the line mostly being limited to the covered section and the last meters of the out door section leading to it. On the other hand the queue for Slinky Dog ZigZag Spin is frequently extended with ropes in front of its entrance. Close to the ride’s exit just opposite of the entrance to RC Racer another line has been roped off for handicapped guests who are allowed to bypass the regular line (but nevertheless have to wait in a line). (more…)

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