Category Archives: Paris
At the Euro Disney‘s annual shareholder meeting Ratatouille was the main topic of conversation. I have a feeling excitement was obvious when Chairman Philippe Gas announced future plans for the park which included a new attraction based on the Oscar winning Pixar/Disney movie “Ratatouille“.
The exciting, new attraction will open at the Walt Disney Studios Park in 2014. In usual Disney fashion very few details have been released. The new attraction is sure to highlight Disney at his best! We will look for a combination with wonderful storytelling and state-of-the-art technology with Ratatouille’s favorite rat Remy.
“Our new family-focused Ratatouille attraction, which is scheduled to open in 2014, symbolises all of the creativity, innovation and emotion that guests associate with a Disneyland Paris experience,” said Gas. “By developing this new Ratatouille attraction, we continue to ensure our guests can experience their favorite Disney stories in memorable ways that only Disney can provide. The theme, which is very français, is a tribute to our capital and the unforgettable characters that make Ratatouille the ideal choice for an attraction that fits perfectly at Disneyland Paris.”
Other announcements included the extension of the Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary celebrations thru September 2013, of their popular nighttime spectacular called “Disney Dreams!”. The extension will bring you new scenes from “Brave” and “The Lion King” as well as bringing the “Glow with the Show” interactive Mickey ear hats from the “World of Color“ Show in Disneyland California to Paris. In Paris they will be called “Disney Light’Ears“.
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- Disneyland Paris Train Accident Injures Four (chipandco.com)
Four guests were treated for minor injuries after a wagon broke off from a steam engine ride at Disneyland Paris on Thursday.
The four guests included a pregnant woman and 13-year old girl. They were taken to hospital after the accident on the five-wagon Disneyland Railroad, a police source said. The accident occurred after a bolt snapped between the first and second wagons of the train, sending the engine and one wagon ahead of the others as they approached the terminal The three rear wagons then struck the first section when it stopped at the end of the line.
About 40 guests were in the train at the time of the accident. A spokesman for the Euro Disney Company, which operates the park, said the train ride was closed on Thursday and that the incident was minor. The spokesman also said those injured were out of the hospital and had returned home or continued their stay at Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris had just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, in which it saw a record 16 million visitors.
- Disneyland Paris: Souvenir Chocolat! (disneyfoodblog.com)
A girl who underwent a heart transplant was treated to a “magical” weekend at Disneyland Paris with her parents.
Three year old Ellie Beale was handed a surprise ticket to Disneyland Paris’s 20th anniversary celebrations and the launch of its winter festivities courtesy of Disney and were given VIP treatment for the whole weekend.
This was the family’s first time to Disney. “None of us had been before and it was quite an eye-opening experience. It was absolutely fantastic for Ellie. She had a wonderful time.” said her mom Mrs Beale.
Ellie was a guest of Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she has been a patient since she was 20 months old. Disney has supported the London hospital since 2008. Ellie was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged. Her illness is thought to have been caused by a virus that attacked her heart and made it so weak it was unable to pump enough blood round her body.
The family was joined by three other patients and their families and stayed in different hotels each night. They were also given a tour guide as well as VIP access to many of the attractions.
Her Dad Mr Beale said: “Right from the check-in through to the moment we got back they went absolutely overboard to look after us. Nothing was ever too much for them. Ellie is really into things like Disney princesses and Tinkerbell is probably her favorite thing. She loved the whole magic of it.”
- In-Park Social Media Program Expands to Disneyland Park with Launch of Disneyland Today (chipandco.com)
- Arrests Made Over Prostitution Ring Near Disneyland (chipandco.com)
Disney currently is a 40% shareholder of the Euro Disney park which is run by the French company Euro Disney SCA. Disney said in an official statement: “Walt Disney is encouraged by the resort’s continued financial resilience and remain deeply committed to the future growth and long-term success of this invaluable asset to the Walt Disney Company”.
Euro Disney has posted net losses in the past two years despite record ticket sales. News of the potential buyout has caused the Euro Disney stock to jump up this past week.
- Exclusive: Walt Disney Co considers buyout of struggling Disneyland Paris (business.time.com)
- Disney considers buyout of Disneyland Paris (wdwinfo.com)
The world of Walt Disney entertainment is so unique it requires its own language. Some words originated directly from Walt and his Imagineers. Others, it seems, have grown into their own Disneyness and have acquired new meanings along the way.
Attraction = a theme park ride or show
Audio animatronics = realistic robotics that bring 3-D effect to an Attraction
Automagic = play on automatic; the Disney way of making things magically happen
Backstage = a park area not accessible to guests
Cast Member = a Disney theme park or resort employee
Casting center = theme park or resort employment office
Costume = the uniform worn by a Cast Member
Crew Member = Disney Cruise Line employee
Disney point = to point with index and middle finger together; in some cultures it is rude to point with only one finger
Earffel Tower = water tower at DHS; example of wienie
Epcot = from EPCOT, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
E-Ticket = the newest, best, most popular attraction; stems from former system of ride coupons ranking rides A-E (A were least popular, E most popular)
Fantasmic = lights, lasers, fireworks, and waterworks show at DHS
FastPass = ticket generated to assign Guest a time to return to a busy Attraction without waiting in long line
Guest = visitor to Disney theme park or resort
Hallowishes = special Magic Kingdom fireworks during MNSSHP Halloween celebrations
IllumiNations = fireworks at Epcot
Imagineer = employee of Walt Disney Imagineering (formerly Walter Elias Disney, WED Enterprises); combination of imagine+engineer; scientists and artists who design the Attractions
Innovention = innovation+invention
Mousekeeping = resort housekeeping/maid service
Mouseketeer = play on musketeer; cast members of the TV show The Mickey Mouse Club
On stage = any area where a Cast Member might be seen by Guests
Philharmagic = philharmonic+magic 3-D film at MK
PhotoPass = barcoded card/web access to photos taken by Cast Member photographers
Plussing = constantly striving to improve a project even when it is considered complete
Pooh-sized = big, like Pooh Bear
Protein spill = term used by Cast Members to indicate someone has vomited
Show = everything that encompasses an Attraction or park feature; all the effects & mood setters that combine to make it feel like you’re walking into that world
Utilidors = utility+corridors The underground tunnels at Magic Kingdom that provide access for maintenance, Cast Members, readying, etc.
VoluntEARS = The Disney VoluntEARS program provides opportunities for Cast Members to contribute their time and expertise to charitable causes.
Wienie = a visual Attraction or landmark that can be seen by Guests from far away; it is used to guide visitors through park, i.e. Cinderella Castle
Wishes = Magic Kingdom fireworks