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Tower of Terror – Ten years of thrills

Today Disneyland Paris released a 30 minute documentary on the past of the Hollywood Tower Hotel – The Tower of Terror.

Check it out https://youtu.be/KxkofLkKKFQ

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Just in: Dedicated to DLP Podcast Episode 12

Coming through the speakers today was Dedicated to DLP’s Episode 12, featuring Steve and Mark in another full on show. Today’s show comes in at just fifteen minutes under the two hour mark, but has a very in depth discussion on the recent shareholders meeting in London. (@DisCharCentral also have a brilliant first hand text account for those wanting a skim read with no discussion – make sure to click this link and read it)

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The episode kicks of with a discussion on the reciprocal demise of shows in Disneyland Paris due to non-attendance/no shows on, before moving swiftly on to Mark (@FuseMP) and the second rising of the British Empire to take back Character queuing at Disneyland Paris.

Rumours on Fantillusion or Spectromagic (which on both sides of the pond people are demanding!) Personally I’d LOVE the Main Street Electric Parade back! See our post yesterday on our hopes for a water electric parade too (but thats just a dream). Dreams also staying later than September 30th, but that’s not a real surprise. See some Dreams random factoids! Also quick discussion for potential add on tags for Dreams during Halloween and Christmas.

Mark calls out the accountants and then targets Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a small world for scrap – a battle not to be missed! Some word on a third park, but YES Steve they do need to build one contractually! Hopefully not like the WDS opening. An Armageddon countdown? It’s not the worst. We tried to add its end date to the trip countdown timer, it didn’t work :/

Steve brings up the interesting topic of how to communicate no smoking inside the parks. Luckily it’s just his lack of foresight than doesn’t see the best solution that would solve it in a totally non-magic-ruining way. I mean just see the wet floor cones already:

no smoking entrance

 

Marvel comes up and my only thought on it would be a full Avengers Initiative land for WDS, albeit one of the biggest lands they’d ever create on the scale of Fantasyland. The possibilities are absolutely endless and the rides can be done in a much better way then Universal’s butchered attempt of sticking cardboard characters out the front of the rides across in Florida. No licensing issues to speak of in Paris!

Mark makes an startling discovery with his detective skills and keen ear. You’ll need to listen in to find out what!

In conclusion while nothing is new, its definitely a brilliant break down and analysis of the information provided at the shareholders meeting. This site started just on the back of the shareholders meeting in London, but rest assured we will do all we can when the tour of shareholder meetings once again graces the UK with its presence!

Check out the usual brilliant podcast from the guys:

http://dedicatedtodlp.com/2013/04/23/dedicated-to-dlp-podcast-episode-12-disneyland-paris-london-shareholders-meeting/

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Could Lake Disney host a night event?

It’s no secret that Disneyland Paris has noise/neighbour complaints that hinder the resort from performing high altitude fireworks and prohibit it from making too much noise on a nightly basis.

It’s also no secret that Disneyland Paris has real night time entertainment issues, especially when compared to its American cousins. It also has the third issue of not being the most profitable of the Disney Resorts.

So how can Disney enhance its night offerings beside the spectacular Disney Dreams! and Buffalo Bills Wild West Dinner Show but without HUGE operating cost to the resort? [The dinner show is great but it really is a once a trip experience and Disney Dreams is sometimes over very early!]

I speculate they could utilise the fantastic man-made Lake Disney that they’ve had from day 1. How?

Disney already loves water, it loves making lakes, and it loves using lakes. Every Bonfire Night – Disneyland Paris hosts a “Mickeys Magical Bonfire” on Lake Disney for spectators to see from wherever they happen to be along the lake, and in some cases an extra perk from having a Lake View room (trade up potential!).

Video of this from DisneyMagique.nl
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnKZ2mPV6Ls]

And its perfectly big for spectators! See this video walk-round from DLRP Magic!
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlkbUSGBuI0]

To take it further, the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World has the perk for early leaving park guests of the Magic Kingdom and resort guests round the lagoon in the form of the cool Electrical Water Pageant, as shown by @DisCharCentral’s photo here:

And to really show the potential for a Lake show, look at Tokyo Disney’s Fantasmic! (obviously a bit of a bigger budget than we’re talking):
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD4dp5_Sby0]
Video from: http://www.themeparkreview.com/

Which obviously shows what a hat shaped LED screen can do with some bubbles that project from within:

tdfImage credit http://reisha.wordpress.com

So I took a quick shot from Bing Maps (Google’s Map shows Lake Disney frozen) and looked at the logistics and frankly they have a boat dock already, they have a blank lake, they have the skill since they haul the fireworks platforms out occasionally. Lake Disney’s lights can be dimmed, and has speakers round the lake.

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Potential night parade route in red.

There’s a ton of viewing space, theres a lot of water, it could even possibly go up the Rio Grande River and tie in with ALL the Disney Hotels. Nice perk for a room upgrade too – for all the hotels (even the value resorts!).

It could be built using many different components. I’d love to see the floating globes, and since Fantillusion isn’t playing maybe a small form of the Electric Water Pageant as part of the show. Quite happy without fireworks and loud noise. It could run late at night filling in some of the gap in entertainment, especially in the winter months where the parks close as early as 6/7pm.

Relatively low costs too as towing this round the Lake and projecting is rather cheap compared to Fireworks and crowd control. Illuminations at epcot has very little crowd control since the natural barrier of the lake prohibits too much silliness. Tie it in also with Light’Ears and from both trade up to Lake View Rooms and the ears could bring in some extra cash.

Just my dream for the Lake, but thought I’d share, your thoughts?