Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Let's have a look at how they were disguised last year:
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
We will fly to/from Paris CDG airport. Our plan is to spend our first two nights near the Parc, then relocate to a hotel in Paris for the remainder of our stay.
Monday, 26 October 2009
When visiting the World the past couple of trips - including this one - we have done the pre-purchase Disney PhotoPass CD. This way you can get a CD of PhotoPass shots (all yours, ALL copyright too!) for $99.95 instead of the usual price. And another great benefit is if you purchase it in advance, International Shipping is free!
This way all our memories are easily kept and reviewed any time I want to see them...and it also means that I have photos of all our group, and not with me missing out (as I am usually the photo taker!).
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
From time to time, here at DF'82, we will get to know these Disney Fans a little bit better. I don't know about you, but I love to hear why people love the Disney parks!
Our first interviewee this week is the lovely Ryan from the Main Street Gazette. I have no doubt that you'll have visited his blog, as it is one of the most informative (and regular!) of all the blogs out there. Welcome to DF'82, Ryan!
How did you become a Disney fan?
I was born in central Florida and my first trip to Walt Disney World was when I was two months old, with that kind of a start, is it any wonder that I ended up having this passion for Disney? My father was the driving force behind my love for the theme parks, while my mom was the enthusiast for Disney animated features. So, in the end, Disney has always been a family affair, and I am my parents’ child.
What is your favourite Disney Theme Park? (This can be in any of the Resorts worldwide)
Having only ventured into the parks found in the United States my knowledge of parks worldwide is limited, although there are plenty of fantastic parks that I will find my way to in the coming years. Of the parks I have visited, I must stick with the first Florida park. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, for sheer intrigue and voluminous storytelling, is making up ground, but the Magic Kingdom has so many memories, so many stories, and so many wonderful attractions, that it is still the first place I think of when I think of a Disney park.
Which is your favourite attraction - past or present - and why?
Hands down, I love Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom more than any other attraction. It may not have the best queue or the easiest storyline to grasp from the attraction alone, but for visuals, both of and from the ride, and thrills there are no words more exciting than, “Hang on to them hats and glasses!”
Is there one show or parade, which you feels best embodies the spirit of Disney?
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth may be my favorite spectacular at Walt Disney World, but I cannot help but wipe a tear from my eye whenever I watch Wishes! It is the quintessential Disney experience. With fireworks, the characters who tug on your heartstrings, and just a bit of the fear a proper villain can bring, it is truly a magical experience.
What is your Disney "guilty pleasure"? (for example, here at DF'82 we love floors!)
I must admit, I have taken my share of photographs of floors, walkways, benches, and lampposts, but my favorite guilty pleasure is the restrooms. From the signs on the doors to the lighting fixtures, tile patterns, and other furnishings, the restrooms of Walt Disney World are a never ending supply of entertainment.
How do you bring your love of Disney into your daily life?
Aside from the Main Street Gazette, I tend to read books on Disney history and design, listen to Disney podcasts and theme park audio, especially ambient loops when I am writing, and try to wear a shirt with some type of Disney design once in a while.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The sign reads (in English):
Length: 70 Meters
Width: 8 Meters
Weight: 1,500 Tons
Power Source: Electricity
Depth Limit: 6.950 Fathoms
Speed: 50 Knots
Home Port: Vulcania
What a great tie-in to the Disney Classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
But one of the benefits to staying in a Disney Hotel or a Disney Neighbour Hotel in the Disneyland Paris area is the access an hour before the general public to the Disneyland Parc. It is worthy to note, however, that Adventureland and Frontierland is not open until the usual park times. If you are staying at a Disney Hotel, make sure to check the signage in your hotel as it will let you know what mornings are the Early Mornings in Parc Disneyland. When we were there during the summer, it was almost every morning!
Friday, 16 October 2009
Like most Disney Theme Parks, Disneyland Parc has an arcade area, allowing families and childrens to have an air conditioned break and try their hand at some 'modern day' gaming. But what I like is how the theming hasn't broken just to introduce us to the new arcade area.
Did you notice? The two gaming arcades are appropriately called "Arcade Alpha" and "Arcade Beta". Both 'Alpha' and 'Beta' are common in the scientific community for a number of different reasons (I'm a Princess, not a scientist, so I won't go into them all here!), having originated in the Greek alphabet. But this just highlights another way that the Imagineers keep us in the moment and keep the theming intact.
And it's yet another Disney Detail that often goes overlooked by the average Guest.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Here you can have hours of fun hitting all the different targets and practicing your best John Wayne. Or would it be Davy Crockett? Instead of using bullets, the guns use lasers to hit the targets - and when you hit a target correctly, some strange and interesting things happen...
The Shootin' Gallery is coin-operated and has 74 different targets. For €2 you have a shot 10 times. Although I don't usually encourage people to have a go at things which cost extra once you're in the Park, this is a great addition and is fun for kids of all ages. Just take a look at the King!
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Disney new generation festival
A new generation of Disney stars and stories are landing for one year only at Disneyland® Paris from April 2010.
Join the festival-fun at the all-new generation shows and parades – where new Princess Tiana jazzes up the Once Upon a Dream Parade, and gourmet chef Remy* drives you wild with excitement in Disney’s Stars ‘n’ Cars. Or choo-choo-choose which star to meet first on the Disney all stars express and at Monsters Inc. Scream Academy* –shriek n’ greet like no other!
And, starting from Summer, shrink to the size of a toy in Toy Story Playland* for the BIGGEST new family attractions: Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, Slinky Dog(1) Zig Zag Spin and RC Racer(2).
Finally, gather in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle for a true Disney showstopper finale – an all-singing, all-dancing, all-together perfect end to the perfect day.
The Disney new generation festival might only last a year but your all-new memories will last a lifetime.
*Inspired by Disney•Pixar films Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story(1) Slinky®Dog is a registered trademark of Poof-Slinky, Inc. All rights reserved.(2) Hot Wheels® is a registered trademark of Mattel, Inc. Hot Wheels® Trademark and Track Used With Permission © 2009 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
This all sounds really exciting! And let's have a look at some of the new parades and shows that we will have:
Welcome Princess Tiana to the Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade
Princess Tiana from Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Princess and the Frog” brings a little jazz, snazz and pizzazz in the Once Upon a Dream Parade. She is joining the Disney Princesses in their Dreams of Romance. Hop along with your little ones to twist and twirl to the romantic music from each of their worlds and give a warm welcome to this new Princess.
Ratatouille(1) starring in Disney’s Stars ‘n’ Cars
Drive your little ones wild with excitement as Disney’s Stars ‘n’ Cars presents the all-new Ratatouille roadster. It’s a party on wheels that goes into a spin when Remy pulls up alongside you! Get a taste of his cooking capers and the other crazy cars and characters. It’s the perfect recipe for a fun-filled motorcade.
Disney all star express
Get on track with the festivities on the Disney all stars express. This is your ticket to choo-choo-se which of your favourite Disney new generation Characters you want to meet n’ greet first. Will it be Buzz(3) ? A rendez-vous with Remy(3) ? Shootin’ the breeze with Woody(3) ? All aboard! It’s Minnie and her all stars express!
Disney showtime spectacular
It’s Showtime! It’s time to shine. It’s time to gather in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle on Central Plaza stage for an explosion of music from maestro Mickey. Together with an all-new A-list of guest stars it promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing all-new showstopper finale!
Monsters Inc.(2) Scream Academy
All screams are welcome at Disneyland® Paris. Thrill-filled shrieks, surprised yelps and screams of delight! At Monsters Inc. Scream Academy we welcome screams to break the decibel meter! Join in the tonsil-tingling fun as you shriek n’ greet Sulley and scream as loud as monster-possible – it’s ear-popping fun for all the family.
(1)Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Ratatouille
(2)Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
(3)Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s movies Toy Story, Ratatouille
Thanks to DLRPToday.com for this information - if you want to keep updated on the latest Disneyland Paris news, this is the place to go!
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Toby Tortoise, Detective Agency
Slow & Steady Wins The Case
But who is Toby Tortoise? Toby is a character who appears in several Disney Cartoon Shorts. He is in the infamous The Tortoise and The Hare, Toby The Tortoise Returns and Mickey's Christmas Carol. His debut performance in the Tortoise and the Hare was on January 5th 1935, with the short being directed by Wilfred Jackson and including talents such as Ward Kimbell and Larry Clemmons. It actually won an Academy Award in 1935 for "Short Subject - Cartoons".
Saturday, 10 October 2009
It appears we have entered Indiana's camp area - but it doesn't look like he's around. He has left some artifacts and his truck here though, so he can't be too far.
Oh, it also looks like it might be laundry day for Jones too! I hope he, um, realises that he might have some company!
Snakes...oh...that can't be good. But it's just cement, right? Right?!
Phew, this looks like the train station - maybe if we board this we'll be taken right to Indy and we'll be all safe and sound. Or will we?
Friday, 9 October 2009
Who came out 'on top'? Well, you have to listen to the show to find out! Download it from iTunes or from their website - www.allaboutthemouse.com!
I may not be a fountain of knowledge, but I do have the means and the experience to help you plan the BEST Disneyland Paris trip you can! And so, if you have any questions about the Parks or the Paris area in general, please get in touch with me and I will try to help.
Because of this, I will post some of my tips and tricks on visiting the Disneyland Resort in Paris, what I found helpful and what I think can help first time visitors. So, if you have any queries or questions email me here.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Roy O. Disney has a very important place in Disney history, co-founding the Walt Disney Company with his older brother Walt. After Walt's death, Roy became the Chairman of the company and was at the forefront of the construction of the Magic Kingdom and the Walt Disney World Resort.
And have you noticed the date on this building? This reflects Roy's birthdate. Once again, it's this attention to detail that makes us Disney Geeks very happy!
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
If you are a follower of Disney theme parks, you will know that Disney's California Adventure (or DCA, as it is known) is undergoing some major renovations and updates. Once the Imagineers have finished spreading their Pixie Dust, the magic is going to be unbelievable!
But part of the Adventure has already been updated - some of Paradise Pier to be exact. And if you head towards that area of the park you will know right away one of the changes - the Sun Wheel has now became Mickey's Fun Wheel.
The centre of the Wheel no longer has the Sun (a symbol of Paradise Pier) but has the Classic Mickey-Head, as seen on original Walt Disney Mickey Mouse cartoons.
If you are unfamiliar with the Fun Wheel, it is a great family attraction based on Ferris Wheels from fun parks and touring fairgrounds. It has two sets of cars - ones that are designed to swing around a separate track within the wheel, and the other set are 'stationary' which gives a more sedate ride on the wheel. The ones that move on the wheel can actually get surprisingly fast and brings a fantastic thrill-ride element to a notoriously 'boring' ride. This Princess, however, prefers to stay a little bit more fixed on this attraction...
This wheel is actually one of only three similar spinning wheels in the world today - the other wheels are in New York (at Coney Island) and in Japan. The Fun Wheel has a 500-foot circumference, with 24 gondolas each accommodating up to 6 people. A great hidden Disney detail is when you look at the wheel across the lagoon, it looks like Guests board the attraction underwater! Another great detail by Imagineers. As I said, the Fun Wheel is part of the regeneration programme of Paradise Pier. Along with this update, there has been extra attractions and games added to the Paradise Pier area! There are some great new games-stalls, which have fun, family friendly side-show attractions, like you would find in a traditional fairground area. We will have a look at this area in a future DF'82 post.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Well, don't worry! Your run-of-the-mill U.S. style phone booth is right there, in Walt Disney Studios!
What I love about this is the amount of detail (I know, we say it a lot here at DF'82!) that has gone into the area surrounding the phone booth. The wall behind has been fabricated in such a way that it really looks like it could be a seedy side-street in New York City or Downtown L.A. Once again, immersing the Guest in the Experience and the Show of the Disney Parks.
Of course, Superman may need to watch for the legs of guests sitting near the booth - we don't want our Superhero tripping up!
Monday, 5 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
The theming of the Disneyland Hotel is very much in line with Main Street U.S.A., mainly because the building is part of the entrance to the park and can be seen from Main Street U.S.A. The Imagineers and Park Executives knew how important it was that the 'outside world' does not intrude upon the Guest Experience, and so the hotel was built in such a way that it blends in with the surroundings of the Parc.
When we enter the Walt Disney Studios, however, there are no hotels nearby, and the entrance is placed far back from the Village district and the Disneyland Parc. So, in order to prepare us for our Studios experience, the ground actually presents us with the 'build up' to our entry.
As you can see, the bricks on the ground in front of the Studio gates reflect the metalwork on the gates themselves. Allowing us to bring the lights, ready for the camera and the action!