Saturday, 31 July 2010

Taking Time Around the Planet

After yesterday's delicious visit to Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet, we stay at this Discoveryland restaurant to take a bit of a tour round some of the sights! Let's see how many things we can recognise from the first two movies.And look at the great play area for children! Who wouldn't love to slide down Slinky the Slide?

Friday, 30 July 2010

A Quick Bite... At Pizza Planet

Getting back to business here at DF'82, today it's time to have a quick bite to eat at Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet, over in Discoveryland in Paris. A great place to visit for all Toy Story fans! And with the recent release of Toy Story 3 here in the UK, there has never been a better time to visit.
The restaurant is slightly hidden behind Space Mountain, but next to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience attraction. Although it is a fun restaurant to visit, the food is nothing extraordinary - basic pizzas, for adults and children, as well as chicken sandwiches, vegetarian sandwiches and the interestingly named pizza burger!

Although the restaurant has some great theming throughout, and there are some great references to the film, Pizza Planet is not quite the same as the one we see Buzz, Andy and the Aliens visit in the Pixar films. There is plenty of seating, however, and a fantastic play area for the kids. And, of course, plenty of video games!
The Planet is usually open between 11am and 6pm, but is closed at least Wednesday and Thursday during the low season. And sometimes - just sometimes - there can be a couple of Toy Story characters popping by.

Come back tomorrow and Sunday, when we will take a picture tour of this fun eatery!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

There's More From The Hall

Due to the popularity of our last look at Toad Hall, over in Fantasyland in Paris, I thought we should take some more time to have a look at the decor of the hall. There truly is more to see here than is possible on a usual day trip to the parks. So if you do get a chance to visit Parc Disneyland, remember to take some time out to smell the flowers...or look around Toad Hall as the case may be!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Knights and Dragons

We have looked at Le Carrousel de Lancelot before here at DF'82, and it truly is a beautiful attraction in Fantasyland. And as I have previously mentioned, this is the first Disney Carousel to have any chariots along with the horses. And just look at the intricate detailing on this chariot.
In future posts we will have a good look at some of these gorgeous horses, but in the meantime this horse deserves a mention.
As you can see, this horse is fully armoured and ready for battle - perhaps against a dragon, similar to the stories of Lancelot and other Knights of the Realm.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

A Quick Bite...With Remy

Let's take a quick break from eating at Parc Disneyland, and head over to the sister park, Walt Disney Studios, to have a bite to eat at the fantastic Restaurant des Stars! This restaurant is situated in Production Courtyard, and is one of the theme park's best opportunities for dining. So perhaps a slightly longer bite (than a quick) may be in order.
The restaurant is cafe-style dining , with art deco theming and a set-price buffet meal. At present, the meal is themed around the popular French film Ratatouille! This is the only place in the Studios where you can meet the talented Remy - and maybe he will cook you a dish or two.
Food available includes a meat carvery, as well as fish, pasta, roast chicken, vegetable lasagna and many salads. As you can see, an adult buffet costs 21,60euros and a child is 9,90euros. Very good value for a buffet style restaurant. The restaurant has no closed days, and is usually open from 11am to 4.30pm. Also good to note is that the restaurant has a wine list and children's options - although DF'82 do not recommend mixing both!
Reservations are recommended, as it can get very busy here and you could have a long wait. Although remember that at Disneyland Paris, a reservation only guarantees you a table at some point after your reservation time. Bon Appetit!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Calling All Space Rangers

With the upcoming release of Toy Story 3 here in the UK, I thought it would be appropriate to have a little wander over to Discoveryland, home of Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. It seems quiet enough that we don't have to get a Fastpass - but let's have a look at the fun machines they have to give us the Fastpass during the busier times.
See, even the Green Aliens are excited!

Apologies if posts are infrequent over the next few weeks here at DF'82 - it's the summer holidays and the Royal Family are quite busy!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Enjoying A Moment...In Prime

We haven't enjoyed a moment here on DF'82 in a while - so today, let's enjoy a moment in the 50's Prime Time Cafe over at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

WDW March - Prime Time Bar

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Theming All Around

Continuing from yesterday's brief post, let's have another look at some of the great detailing that is found at Parc Disneyland, Paris. And where else would this detailing occur but at the toilets!

Of course, some more great signage for the toilets in Frontierland. Shooting fantastic!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Rest Thy Tired..Guns?

I don't know about you, but when I visit Disneyland Paris, sometimes I just need a place to rest my legs, make a call or two, and just have a break from general shooting purposes.

Thank goodness there are clear signs to an area where I can do this, right inside Frontierland in the Parc! See - Disney really do think of everything!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Picking the Best Guide

If there is one thing that unites Disney Park fans, it is their love for all the Disney Parks around the world. And the fans of Tokyo Disneyland truly love their home park! Take, for example, these two Disney guide books. They are just some of the many books that are available for Tokyo Disney Resort fans to collect and read.

The Tokyo Disneyland Best Guide book is number 6, whereas the Tokyo DisneySea book is for 2010-2011 season. In these books, they will introduce you to the rides, attractions and sites of the Parks, with some fantastic pictures (which are great for us non-Japanese readers). They also detail some of the new merchandise available, and the new food items that have been introduced to the parks!
As I mentioned, these are just some of the numerous books available related to Tokyo Disney, with many of these small guides being updated every few months. Thank goodness I don't live there, as I think my bookshelves would be weighed down with them all!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Tick Tock Tick

When you visit Parc Disneyland in Paris, remember to have a good look all around, especially when you are visiting some of the shops. For example, in Fantasyland the store next to Les Voyages de Pinocchio, La Bottega di Gepetto, has some special little treasures that only the most observant of guests will get to experience.

Do you recognise these from anywhere?

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Time For A Rest

It may feel like we enjoy our food here at DF82 considering how much time we spend in the restaurants at Disneyland Paris. But the truth of the matter is, there is just so much detail that we cannot spend too much time away from the restaurants.

But when we need to take some time and rest, perhaps in the restaurants, where on earth can we rest our weary little feet? Well, if we are very little, perhaps a baby or a toddler, you might just get the best seat in the house!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dining Like a Lion King

Let's head back to Restaurant Hakuna Matatta, located in Adventureland at Disneyland Paris. We have had a quick bite to eat and we have also salivated over the menu - but now let's take a look at the decorations within this fantastic eatery!

Like most of Disneyland Paris, this is a true hidden treasure. Although the restaurant is not open all year round, when it is open, make sure you take a trip inside and have a look at the walls. You will see fun paintings, featuring the Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa!And depending on your desired tastes, you can choose to dine in Place Pumbaa, or Terrasse Timon. The choice is yours!

Monday, 5 July 2010

When The Bell Sounds

Frontierland, in Parc Disneyland, Paris, is a successful mining town, which is still operating today. The mine trains on Big Thunder Mountain take you through some of these mines, albeit with a sense of mystery and intrigue as they are 'runaway' of sorts.

However, when spending time in Thunder Mesa itself, it is important to take heed of any safety instructions or notices that are posted. Such as this one, for those who may be working in or around the mines themselves.

Code of Mine Signals
Signal Bells
1 Bell Hoist, 1 Bell Stop (if in motion)
2 Bells lower men, 3 Bells hoist men
4 Bells blasting signal,; engineer must answer by raising cage or bucket a few feet and letting it back slowly.
Then 1 Bell hoist men away from blast.
5 Bells steam on, 6 Bells steam off.
7 Bells air on, 8 Bells air off. 3-2-2 down drills, 3-2-3 send down pick.
9 Bells danger signal (case of fire or other danger), then ring number of station where danger exists. No person shall ring any signal bell except the station tender, except in case of danger, or when the main shaft is being sunk. Engineers must slow up when passing stations when men are on the cage.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Lighting Up Mr Toad

We have already looked at Toad Hall in Disneyland Paris in quite some detail here at DF'82 - but would you believe there is still more to look at? Which goes to show just how much work and effort was put into creating the first European Disney Theme Park.

When you visit Toad Hall, and have finished looking at the furnishings and the portraits, make sure to take a close look at the lights. Themed in the traditional English style of Toad Hall, these lights stand out as much as they blend in.

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July to all my American readers - or those who celebrate this holiday. Have a fantastic weekend and stay safe!

Saturday, 3 July 2010

And There's More!

What have we forgot in our tour of the Spring Carnival 2010 festivities in Tokyo DisneySea? Perhaps we should see what Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang are wearing to celebrate and join in the fun?!

Friday, 2 July 2010

More Carnival Fun

Today let's continue our picture tour of the Primavera show and parade at the Spring Carnival, Tokyo DisneySea, by enjoying the dancers and performers. And part of the fun is to wave your spring handkerchiefs in the air, enjoying the festivities!

The performers, dancers and characters fill the entire pathway around the Mediterranean Harbour. Breathtaking!