Friday, 28 November 2008
I also thought I would take a break from my regular posting to just say a couple of the things I'm thankful for. Of course, I am thankful to my family and friends for everything they have done for me.
Relating this to Disney, however, I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to work for the Walt Disney Company at Walt Disney World. I'm thankful not only because it helped me make a lot of life-long friends, but it reintroduced my love for all things Disney. It also made me thankful for the efforts of all the cast members and those who have worked to make the Disney magic so strong. Basically, it just made me more aware of the (Walt Disney) World around me, and made me appreciate so much more - in the parks and in my life, really.
Finally, I'm thankful to all the friends I have made through my love of Disney. Those I have met, and those I have yet to meet, I thank you all for being a part of my life. I feel like I should be singing the Golden Girls theme tune right now. And thank you to you, the person reading my blog. You and I have been through a lot, haven't we? Let's hope there are many more to come - the World of Disney is a big place, and there's still a lot we haven't seen!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Well, as snow has been falling throughout the United Kingdom, I thought this would be appropriate.
It seems Disneyland Paris don't like Snowmen, or women, dancing too outrageously either!
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Situated in the Videopolis Theatre in Discoveryland (next to the large Hyperion Ship), this show preimiered in June 1994. It replaced the "Mickey's Showtime" musical show. It tells the story of the Walt Disney Pictures 'The Lion King', with Simba, Timon and Pumba helping you learn about la Legende de la Roi Lion. The show uses some fantastic special effects, and has a truly energetic cast, retelling the story using dance, action and music from, and inspired by, the film. The costumes were mainly designed by Sue Lecash, who had studied African dress specifically for this, and created 118 animal headdresses for this show alone!
When this show first opened, it was necessary to get reservation tickets to make sure you could get into the show. This required a lot of queuing, first to get the tickets and then to get into the show itself! Of course, the show has been running for several years now, and tickets are no longer required. The Legend is performed in English and French, and your times guide will let you know which show is which - although, the musical numbers remain in English for both.
Cafe Hyperion is a counter service restaurant attached to the Videopolis Theatre. So, although you need to arrive about 25-15 minutes prior to performance for a seat in the theater, you can purchase your food at any time and coincide it with a show, sitting in the dining area of the theatre.
Friday, 21 November 2008
The show premiered in March 2002, and to cope with the many languages of the European counterpart is mainly presented in English and French. One presenter speaks English, while the other speaks French, and through talking to each other, you can get the gist of what is happening without having to know both languages. Because of this, the show runs slightly longer (40 minutes in Paris, opposed to 35 minutes in Florida). Of course, the sets themselves are similar as the Floridian stuntshow is still set in a European courtyard.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Today's piece of memorabilia that I have for you all is one I recently acquired on eBay - and is a piece of EuroDisney memorabilia. As you may, or may not, know, Disneyland Paris was originally called EuroDisney. With a re-branding to help attract more tourists, the Resort was renamed Disneyland Paris - the holding company still remains as EuroDisney, however.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
But a recent post on Ryan's blog (the Main Street Gazette), focusing on Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom and in Disneyland, inspired me to look further afield. I like to focus on Disneyland Paris on this blog, as there are far too few websites looking at this beautiful resort. But for the next few days, I'd like to have a look over at the park that started it all - Disneyland.
While I get out of my funk - and the depressing knowledge that I don't have a Disney trip for a while - let me share with you some happy memories of the original (although, 2006 version of) Fantasyland. My most recent trip to California was during the 50th Celebration, and to honour this, there were many 'golden' references throughout the park, specifically Fantasyland.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Celebrating the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot, in which Guy Fawkes and several others tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament, it is a night where the skies of the United Kingdom are filled with fireworks. There are many organised displays up and down the country, and many places have bonfires, which traditionally would have a 'Guy' is thrown upon it. Don't worry folks, it would just be a dummy.
Monday, 3 November 2008
Like it's sister attractions throughout Disney parks in the rest of the world, Mad Hatter has his tea cups placed in Fantasyland. Of course, due to the inclement weather Paris experiences throughout the year, this attraction has a beautiful glass roof, shaped like a petal, which helps blend it in to the surrounding gardens. It consists of 18 tea cups, with two to four persons per cup!
As with every Disney Theme Park attraction, ride or building, it's the little details that I love. Like this - the giant milk jug and sugar holder. Just to help you feel like you really are at a tea party.