Posts Tagged ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’

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.

Layering the Ratatouille

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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The constructions crews at the Walt Disney Studios Paris continue to add layer by layer to the upcoming new dark ride based on the Disney Pixar hit “Ratatouille” – and that is just based on the progress concerning the facades of the building(s).

With the current streak of sub-zero temperatures and repeated days during which the resort is covered by snow progress on the facades is limited – however, the level already constructed so far gives a good impression of the facades that will ring the new plaza in front of the attraction.

 

The Rat Is Busy

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Buzz Lightyear is all the strong willed space ranger – he won’t be distracted by the work going on to its left, instead he keeps his eyes focused straight ahead and greets the guests walking from Toon Plaza toward ToyStory Playland as if nothing would be happening.

However, guests will surely notice the changes as the Parisian street to the right of Buzz Lightyear has been closed off. Already two cranes are turning busily over the construction site behind the resort’s costuming workshop where the park’s next big addition is about to go vertical: the Ratatouille dark ride.

The actual roadway part of the Parisian street is separated by a blue construction fence from the sidewalk with the benches, detailed lighting fixtures and trees. A look over the blue gates erected as part of the construction fence shows that the cobble stone surface of the roadway has been covered with wood planks to prevent any damage from heavy equipment that might drive over it during the construction phase of the dark ride and surrounding area.

Happy Birthday … from Remy

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Happy Birthday Disneyland Paris – 20 years of magic and wonder … certainly today’s anniversary saw many unique celebrations at Disneyland Paris which regular guests enjoyed just as much as the thousands of fans that had made sure to be at “their park” for the anniversary day. However, for many the greatest birthday surprise was a sight that could be seen from nearly all across the Walt Disney Studios (and unfortunately even from inside Disneyland’s Frontierland): a construction crane!

After the area had been cleared and leveled during the past weeks now a construction crane has been set up next to the resort’s costuming building at the site of the next big expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Park – the long rumored Ratatouille dark ride that will expand the Toon Studio section of the park next to the Toy Story Playland. While the construction had been confirmed by construction notices at the back of the park the crane is a visible confirmation for fans that finally the Studios will receive their first true dark ride.

News from the Toy Soldiers

Monday, May 30th, 2011

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On April 27, 2011, we reported that the large parachute from the photo set in front of the Toy Soldiers’ Parachute Drop in the Toy Story Playland (at the Walt Disney Studios) had been removed. It now turns out this was only the first step in a complete overhaul of the location which has now been finished.

As can be seen in the photo above by InsideDLParis the backdrop has been completely redone. Instead of the backdrop having a fully “hand painted” look now a new CGI look has been put in place at least for parts of the backdrop (in particular the largest toy soldier to the left of the parachute for the guests). The new design with the border around the backdrop  is set to recreate the design of a toy packaging from which Andy could have cut out the backdrop. The large three dimensional parachute certainly is back as well – and also received some plussing: some extra lighting stripes were added under it to illuminate guests posing under the parachute.

20110529-230859.jpgThe upgrade of the photo set are not the only changes to the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop area. In addition the floor under the actual ride has been redone. The park had to learn during the past winter season that the chosen paint resulted in the floor turning extremly slippery when wet. Therefore black plastic mats had to be placed over it as a temporary solution during the winter season to allow for continued operation. According to InsideDLParis the floor was now redone (as seen in the photo on the left) and is supposed to be no longer as dangerously slippery when wet as in the past, so that the black mats could be taken out for good.

Photos by InsideDLParis

More Magic from the past

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

As InsideDLParis lets us know the new “musical character experience” titled “Meet the Disney Stars” premiered today in the Backlot area of the Walt Disney Studios. While not formally announced as part of the Disney Magical Moments Festival it does fit into this year’s theme and helps bolster the entertainment offerings in the Studios which did not receive any other new show for the festival (different from the Disneyland Park next door). In fact the studios are even to loose a show as according to current reports the Stars’n’Cars is to be transformed into a “regular” Disney parade experience while the show on the Production Courtyard Stage (which was part of the streetacular so far) will be cut as the area could not provide enough good viewing spots for the ever growing number of guests that have arrived with the expansion of the park in the past years.

But back to the new addition on Backlot – “Meet the Disney Stars”. This interactive musical character experience features a number of selected characters, including Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Stitch, as well as the stars of Toy Story, Ratatouille and The Incredibles according to a first report from the premiere by Characters Photos Blog on facebook. They are driven out onto the backlot by car several times daily to meet with guests, sign autographs and pose for photos. As InsideDLParis reports currently the experience is scheduled for 10.45, 12.15, 13.15, 15.30, and 16.45.

As can be seen in the photos posted by Characters Photos Blog on facebook the car used to bring the characters in is the same one that has been used in the past as pre-parade car for Donald during the original Wonderful World of Disney Parade in the Disneyland Park as well as as the first float of the Cinema Parade in the Studios holding the most recent characters featured in the park. For its new use the car got once again redecorated complete with a new logo for the experience – but fans will recognize it for sure…

Gibson Guitars has arrived

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

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Gibson Guitars is already one (of the dwindling numbers) of the official sponsors of Disneyland Paris – since 2010. But only now (that is even several weeks after April 12 – which usually is the big day of change for the sponsor list) it has also officially arrived as name sponsor for one of the resort’s attractions.

Gibson Guitars fittingly selected the Rock’n’Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith in the Walt Disney Studios. An according logo with the French only tag line “présenté par” was added to the facade recently and can be seen in the above photo.

Photo by InsideDLParis

Chef Rémy

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Magical Moments Festival officially is taking place all over Disneyland Paris, including certainly both theme parks. However, the offerings under the festival in the Walt Disney Studios Park are rather limited. One of the very few offerings in the Studios and in fact the only consistently available one is the new photo location that went up in front of the Restaurants des Stars.

Located outside the restaurant along the park’s main road, right under the sign announcing Chef Rémy as the restaurants special guest (he appears regularly in real size on a cheese platter and entertains guests) the photo location can be seen in the photo of the right. guests can step behind the cheese and stick their heads out through the holes of the cheese.

The Studios are too popular

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

With the expansion of the Walt Disney Studios in particular with the Tower of Terror, Crush’s Coaster and then Toy Story Playland in the summer of 2010 the “small” park has long grown into a full day experience for first time guests. With the popular attractions also the number of guests has significantly increased. This in turn resulted in rather long lines at the gates each morning.

Solution: adding more entrance gates to the Walt Disney Studios. Over the course of the past winter two more turnstiles were added to the right of the original entrance gates, where originally a planter (with a fence certainly) separated the entrance structure from the ticketing & guest services building. As can be seen in the photos the two new turnstiles are placed under a glass covered pergola. However, two turnstiles is good … but not good enough.

Therefore the construction crew earlier this year moved across the plaza to the other side of the current entrance structure and is adding more entrance gates / turnstiles there as well. Construction fences now for several weeks already block off the planter and fence that connected the original entrance structure on this side with the home of the Studio Store.

As a keen eye will be able to see in the photo of this construction on the right already the tops of at least two columns can be seen stretching just a bit over the top of the construction fence. So it seems safe to expect that on this side of the original entrance structure a similar or even identical pergola structure with two turnstiles will be added as already in use on the other end of the plaza. This would also keep the overall entrance structure symetric as it was before.

More Rehabs – NOW

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The Sleeping Beauty Castle might be most prominent refurbishment going on right now. But as already reported, there are numerous additional rehabs currently in Fantasyland and certainly the rehab of Walt’s on the Main Street. But that is not the end of the list – and certainly the rehabs are not limited to the Disneyland Park, as the scaffolding at the lake facade of Disney’s Sequoia Lodge shows. Another refurbishment is currently starting just a few meters further up on the shores of Lake Disney. As seen in the photo by InsideDLParis work has started on the light house in front of Disney’s Newport Bay Club – finally, as it has been awaited by fans for a rather long time as the state of it had been detoriating for quite a while now.

There is also a sort of a rehab going on in the Walt Disney Studios Park. As can be seen in the second photo from Friday, April 29, crews have started cleaning the tent structure roofs of Studio 2 and 3 housing Cinemagique and Animagique. While these roof structures are not as obvious as something like the light house on the shores of Lake Disney or Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Disneyland Park they are still visible from inside the Walt Disney Studios Park for all guests and need just the same attention as other buildings.

The final new refurbishment for this report is found inside the Disneyland Park once again, to be more specific inside Adventureland. Here scaffolding has gone up over the last days around Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost.

All photos courtesy of InsideDLParis

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