Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Here comes the 25th

A 25th is a Silver Anniversary so it only makes sense it’s entitled ‘It’s Time to Sparkle’ because everything will be shiny and new, again. 


Disneyland Paris will celebrate its 25th Anniversary starting from 26th March 2017. Which is a little ahead of the actual 25th Birthday of the park, but the earlier they can kick things off – the better it is for summer bookings. The last weekend of a month is usually the busiest, this will be no different. 

There are a good number of attractions that will come back online for the 25th, and during it, like a refurbed Big Thunder Mountain that will add little sparkles of magic (yeah, intended) to the already existent rides making them new again for a generation who have already visited. There is a reason both mountains are in the above picture – they’re both being updated.

Beginning March 26th 2017, Guests at Disneyland Park will experience Star Tours: The Adventures Continue*. The new attraction will take Guests on an all-new, action-packed intergalactic voyage, all in 3D… Epic. Based on the Star Wars™ films, Star Tours will take Guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga.


You may not have noticed, but Star Wars is kind of a big deal. With the 25th comes the much desired upgrade of the Star Tours ride, where it becomes 3D, enhances movement, and experiences new scenes. It’ll be the latest version and will leap the rest of the world initially. Paris isn’t taking second fiddle.

Guests will also be able to join the Rebel Alliance by becoming the drivers of Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (Disneyland Park). The Force will be strong with this attraction, which hurtles through the Star Wars galaxy, following the twists and turns of TIE fighters and an intimidating Star Destroyer.  

Out with the old steamy punky feel that was lost on so many wayward travellers. It’s time to ramp it up a gear and take on Hyperspace, with a familiar cast.

I’m at this point fairly certain we may see the old Pizza Planet changed, even into a Star Wars coffee shop, it’s a gift of a location, and will now be in the busiest section of the park. Make no mistake, these attractions will be big and will feature fairly significant queues! You’ll note from the pic, that isn’t the old ride train.


Also arriving in spectacular style in 2017, Disneyland Park’s new Parade Disney Stars on Parade, where favourite Disney Stars, together with stunning new floats, create magic and happiness for all. – Or as it will be known, the parade with the Dragon 😉 it really is something.


Guests will also be able to discover a new show Mickey presents “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris” at Disneyland Park where Mickey Mouse will start the celebration by assembling as many of his famous Friends as possible for a huge anniversary party. This festive show will take place daily for all guests to enjoy. In addition, fans of the Disney Princesses will be able to witness some of their most beloved Princesses as they host their own sparkling show The Starlit Princess Waltz at Royal Castle Stage. – It’ll be really good to see the Royal Stage in use, I suspect Mrs Powell had a hand in this, no-one else seemed to like using it. 

Finally, as night falls, there will be another spectacular new event: Disney Illuminations. This new show, with dazzling lights, projections and breath-taking special effects, will be conducted by Mickey Mouse onto Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland Park). It will transport Guests to a location where the stories of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Frozen and the motion pictures of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean will come to life before guest’s astonished eyes.  

It’ll be a 360 show, using some neat tricks now that they fully understand the Dreams tech. I reckon the fire effects are gone, or moved, the poor castle doesn’t like getting singed every night. Think about it:

Fantasyland – Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars – Discoveryland, Adventureland – Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen – Frozen Ranch Land (up the back), Little Mermaid – Lakes under the castle and finally the master magician and Main Street USA conductor – Mickey Mouse. 

The 25th is packing a punch of energy and fighting to show its top dog. I still suspect the little train will make an appearance too, possibly in the studios 😉

Monday, 17 October 2016

25th Anniversary – Its Time to Sparkle

The silver anniversary of Disneyland Paris has been announced:

 

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Disneyland Paris will celebrate its 25th Anniversary starting from 26th March 2017.

New Guest experiences to include sensational new attractions, a grand celebration with the beloved Disney Characters, a brand new Parade and a breathtaking new night time spectacular. Extra surprises and features to be announced. Join the celebration with a multitude of new shows from morning through to night where Guests are sure to be amazed! A brilliant anniversary celebration beyond your imagination awaits you during the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris.

Beginning March 26th 2017, Guests at Disneyland Park will experience Star Tours: The Adventures Continue*. The new attraction will take Guests on an all-new, action-packed intergalactic voyage, all in 3D… Epic. Based on the Star Wars™ films, Star Tours will take Guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga.

Every destination will offer unique surprises with journeys through the worlds of Jakku, Hoth, Tatooine, the Death Star and more! Guests will be able to enjoy the attraction multiple times without knowing where the Force may take them. And all of the storyline’s twists and turns will be random, affording Guests the chance to ride the attraction multiple times.

Guests will also be able to join the Rebel Alliance by becoming the drivers of Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain1 (Disneyland Park). The Force will be strong with this attraction, which hurtles through the Star Wars galaxy, following the twists and turns of TIE fighters and an intimidating Star Destroyer.

Also arriving in spectacular style in 2017, Disneyland Park’s new Parade Disney Stars on Parade, where favourite Disney Stars, together with stunning new floats, create magic and happiness for all. Guests will also be able to discover a new show Mickey presents “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris” at Disneyland Park where Mickey Mouse will start the celebration by assembling as many of his famous Friends as possible for a huge anniversary party. This festive show will take place daily for all guests to enjoy. In addition, fans of the Disney Princesses will be able to witness some of their most beloved Princesses as they host their own sparkling show The Starlit Princess Waltz at Royal Castle Stage (Disneyland Park).

Finally, as night falls, there will be another spectacular new event: Disney Illuminations. This new show, with dazzling lights, projections and breath-taking special effects, will be conducted by Mickey Mouse onto Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland Park). It will transport Guests to a location where the stories of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Frozen and the motion pictures of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean will come to life before guest’s astonished eyes.

What do Mickey Mouse and his Friends hope to achieve during these Anniversary celebrations? To dazzle all guests with amazement! This will no doubt be an opportunity not to be missed! Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary – It’s Time to Sparkle.

Celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland® Paris will start on 26th March 2017. More information to follow at news.disneylandparis.com

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Oh you tease

The Disneyland Paris corporate twitter sent out this tweet:

We’ve got a great announcement to make next Monday… Keep following to hear from our Présidente Catherine Powell. 😉

Obviously Catherine Powell doesn’t just have a great grasp of France and Paris like we reported before. She seems to know exactly how to send the fan sites into a spin. A lady of many talents.

With a relative dry spell before Halloween gets into full swing and the bloggers make the yearly halloween pilgrimage for the late night hard ticket party. Before Christmas fever takes over. We are taunted, however it’s what we enjoy so lets play along!

Dedicated to DLP already took a stab: http://dedicatedtodlp.com/2016/10/11/big-disney-land-paris-announcement-coming-25th-anniversary-something-else-or-both/

As did DLP Today: http://www.dlptoday.com/2016/10/10/disneyland-paris-teases-first-25th-anniversary-celebrations-announcement/

ED92 will be ferreting away for sure looking for info: http://www.ed92.org

@CafeFantasia tweets: https://twitter.com/CafeFantasia/status/785530447883296768

We brain dumped on it:

Unveiled on the corporate account, not the Disneyland Paris social media account. It points to structural rather than specific attractions.

RunDisney was a success and likely to continue.

The Disney Village is seeing greater uptake however on the slightly non-inclusive locations. Hurricanes night club (currently a cast member cafe/rest area) remains a large unused property.

Villages Nature continues slightly off site. Perhaps some event is taking place?

A new budget hotel was all but confirmed on a financial results statement, and they were looking to increase the number of premium rooms, with the Disneyland Hotel being at capacity often, especially the higher end rooms.

Halloween is locked in and unlikely to see significant change.

Christmas is in deep preparation and will have additional floats which was revealed in the annual pass magazine and by ED92

The 25th has not been unveiled to any real degree.

Star Wars and Marvel remain huge properties that remain untapped. Its possible a Tower of Terror makeover will be announced.

January is going to be extremely quiet. As is February.

My wild hope is something to do with a night parade but its unlikely. There is some of the second set of Main Street Electrical Parade floats in Tokyo. The one full remaining set of MSEP is leaving WDW for Anaheim. Paint the Night has been sheltered. There are three Fantillusion floats in storage in Paris.

However it could just be a new biscuit and the new captain of the ship shows how to flex her social media muscle. Monday will tell. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Five things we love about Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is opening in the Disney Village within Disneyland Paris in 2017. While we have no construction shots to share just now, we thought we’d share five reasons you’ll love having them as an addition. Number 1 has to be possibly the best burgers you’ll find – but what else?

You’re getting free salted peanuts when you enter the store

They have Coca Cola Freestyle – that means you’re getting over 300 different flavours to choose from!


They list exactly where they got your food from.


Cajun Fries – seriously good and you will get far too many!


Lastly but not least is that everything is cooked live in front of you. There are no shortcuts and the result is a delicious and succulent burger cooked to perfection. 


Oh and as a last tip, you can ask for any of the sauces on the menu as a side. I recommend the hot sauce! 

Cya real soon Five Guys – you’ll be a welcome addition to the Village. 

Disneyland Paris explorers new hard ticket Valentines and Christmas events

Every now and again in Disneyland Paris you’ll happen across a man or woman in a big jacket holding a huge tablet much like an iPad. On it will be a series of questions, Halloween was no different.

Hidden within the follow up email I got asked three interesting questions:

  1. Do you intend to return to Disneyland Paris in the next two years (YES! – Which then added the next few questions to the same set)
  2. What seasons would you be interested in visiting (List of seasons)
  3. Thinking of events like the Halloween party, would you attend an event on: Valentine’s Day and/or Christmas.

Now, 2016 has its calendar out, so it definitely isn’t happening then, so are Disneyland Paris exploring hard ticket events for both Valentines night and a Christmas party?

Halloween has sold out every time they’ve run the event and remains popular thought Disney Parks round the world, is there more to come?

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Extra Magic Hours

The score basically goes, you get an extra two hours in a chosen park each day for being a Disneyland Paris official hotel guest, usually the main Disneyland Parc.

You get to experience parts of the park without the normal day trippers or offsite guests trooping in and making the queues longer.

However the whole experience is limited to just a certain few attractions, it isn’t every ride.

It incurs a cost to opening for a select few and stops the park from generating more revenue from day trip guests and offsite guests. Sure, the startup costs of the rides are factored in and essentially on the quicker starting rides, time before the first guest is reduced.

We’ve seen the now growing rumour that Walt Disney World in Florida will remove Extra Magic Hours. Personally I don’t believe it, Walt Disney World is the largest hotel block as well as the largest theme park area that the Disney company own – I’d imagine it happening in a smaller test before trying it on the real cash cow of the company. It would also mark the only Disney resort not to give this perk to its guests and currently its used to a great degree to direct daily crowd flow and planning.

I ask, only in interest – how would NOT having extra magic hours affect your trip planning and decisions on whether to stay on or offsite?

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Thursday, 4 June 2015