Star Wars expansion at Walt Disney Studios Park thrown into doubt.

Fellow Disney fan site Disneyphile are reporting that the proposed “Star Wars” land expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Parks has been put on hold by the Walt Disney Company.

The proposed Star Wars themed land announced in 2018 during the Walt Disney Company takeover of Euro Disney SCA was likely to have been a clone of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

But the “Star Wars” expansion appears to have now been abandoned if an interview with the resort’s President Natacha Rafalski given to French television is to be believed.

When asked by the interviewer “The third thematic area mentioned in 2018 concerned the Star Wars universe, but it is no longer mentioned today. Is it still planned?”, Rafalski answered “We are still working on the third theme. We will make announcements about this when we are ready.”

Work on the expansion has only just broken ground, with Arendelle: World of Frozen being the focus at present, although we haven’t seen anything go vertical yet. The site of the “Star Wars” area has remained only a staging area.

The Origins of the Frontierland Steam Traction Engine at Disneyland Paris.

Frontierland Steam Engine

Here is little bit of history about the Steam Traction Engine located in Frontierland in Disneyland Paris for everyone interested in Disneyland Paris Imagineering.

While on a VIP tour of Disneyland Paris a few years ago our tour guide told us a wonderful story about the lovely little Stream Traction Engine sitting in the shadow of Big Thunder Mountain in the western themed Frontierland powering an earth sieving machine.

Walt Disney Imaginers are always on the lookout for interesting items for Disney theme parks and back in the 1990s the hunt was on to find historical Americana for its forthcoming Euro Disneyland.

Visiting farm sales and auctions sales around the Mid West an Imagineer stumbled a upon this amazing steam traction engine in a barn. The farmer said it belonged to his grandfather and so the following week the Disney Imaginers returned for a meeting with the elderly retired farmer who owned it.

The Disney team from California explained that they wanted to buy the little steam engine in the back of his barn for their new Disneyland park in Paris, France and asked if he was willing to sell it to them.

The farmer told the guys from Disney all about the engine, and that when he was a young farmer he was saving up to buy a diamond engagement ring for his sweetheart, but his farms traction engine had broken down beyond repair, and he was forced to used the money he had saved up for an engagement ring on the engine now in the barn.

The old man then told them that it was nearly his and his wife’s 60th wedding anniversary, and he would like to finally give his dear wife the diamond engagement ring he always wanted to.

So the men from Disney agreed to find the farmer that engagement ring.

Two months later at a party to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary the elderly farmer presented his wife with an antique diamond engagement ring.

Marvel Avengers Campus Personnel Assemble!

With the Marvel Avengers Campus opening later this month at Disneyland Paris, Campus Personnel assembled for an photoshoot with Disney Imagineers, and other Cast Members who have played key roles in transforming the former Walt Disney Studios Back Lot into the Marvel Avengers Campus.

The Marvel Avengers Campus opens from 20th July 2022 at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris and is the first part of a multi-year transformation and expansion programme at Walt Disney Studios Park.

Celebration Quest Treasure Hunt to launch at Disneyland Paris.

Building on a relationship that dates back more than 30 years, Orange and Disneyland® Paris are once again teaming up to offer guests a unique, digital and interactive experience:

Celebration Quest, a sparkling treasure hunt that will take guests to the four corners of both Disney No Parks and plunge them into the heart of some of its best kept secrets.

Disneyland® Paris and Orange invite you to take part in a brand-new interactive adventure inside the Disney® Parks during the 30th Anniversary celebrations. Download the free “Celebration Quest” app and immerse yourself in an exclusive treasure hunt that unlocks the magic of 30 years in the making. Magical stays and 5G smartphones to win

The concept:

Download the app from the App Store and Google Play Store throughout the resorts 30th Anniversary and play only inside of the Disney Parks.

Digital treasure hunt with 30 puzzles, spread across the 2 Disney Parks: 25 in Disneyland® Park (5 in each Land) and 5 in Walt Disney Studios® Park.

Each puzzle solved (by scanning a decor element with the phone’s camera and/or answering a question) will unlock a digital badge and a fun fact about the location you’re in.
When a puzzle is too complex or a location is inaccessible, it is possible to use the “Magic Book”, a joker allowing you to obtain a badge without solving the puzzle.

Five of these badges are “rare” and constitute the “Treasure Hunt”, the other 25 constitute the “Collection”.

After solving a certain group of puzzles, an exclusive photo filter is unlocked, allowing guests to take a photo with their favourite characters in their 30th Anniversary costume. There are severn photo filters to unlock in total: one per land of the Disneyland Park, one for the Walt Disney Studios Park® and one for the “Treasure Hunt”.

After completing the “Treasure Hunt” and/or the “Collection”, access is given to a draw to win stays at Disneyland Paris, Park tickets or 5G smartphones.

46,000 solar panels installed over Disneyland Paris guest parking lot.

After 18 months’ work, the first section of the Disneyland Paris Guest Parking solar canopy plant is now operational.

Over 46,000 solar panels have been installed, providing shade for over 7,000 parking spaces. They already generate 10 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power a town of over 4,800 people

Once it’s completed in 2023, the Disneyland Paris solar plant will be one of the biggest in Europe, and will help reduce the Val d’Europe region’s annual CO2 emissions by 890 tons.

Geoff Morrell leaves Disney after just three months.

Geoff Morrell

Geoff Morrell, the chief corporate affairs officer for The Walt Disney Company, is leaving after just three months on the job “to pursue other opportunities,” Morrell and Disney CEO Bob Chapek told staff on Friday.

“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell told employees in an email.

The former BP executive and Bush-era Pentagon spokesman joined Disney earlier this year in the new role, which included oversight of Disney’s communications, government relations and public policy efforts.

All three of those areas were tested in recent months as the company navigated fallout from its response to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. After initially arguing that Disney should remain as apolitical as possible, Chapek and the company dealt with backlash from employees who felt that it did not have their backs.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney says Florida liable for $2 billion bond debt.

The Walt Disney Company has hit back at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his decision to strip the Reedy Creek Improvement District of special privileges, saying that there is a clause in its original contract that stipulates that the state of Florida is responsible for its $2 billion bond debt.

Democrats have slammed DeSantis’ decision as petty retaliation for Disney’s opposition to his so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, warning that homeowners could face tax bills if they have to absorb costs from the company, though details are far from clear.

The devil is in the details and we don’t yet today have the details,’ said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, whose county is partially home to Walt Disney World.

He added it would be ‘catastrophic for our budget’ if the county had to assume the costs for public safety at the theme park resort.

The winding down of Reedy Creek Improvement District – the name of the private body that oversees the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando – would leave the state liable for the $2 billion in bond debts currently held by the TWDC.

The dissolving of Reedy Creek could result in households in Orange County and Osceola County will become financially liable for between $2,200 and $2,800 per year for the annual administration costs of Walt Disney World and Disney’s $2 billion bond debt.

Disney Premier Access Ultimate to launch at Disneyland Paris.

Following the introduction of Disney Premier Access last year, Disneyland Paris will launch Disney Premier Access Ultimate this summer, an optional digital service that provides guests with one-time expedited access to 12 of their most popular attractions across both parks, starting at 90€ / £75 per person.

Disney Premier Access Ultimate will allow guests to enjoy the ability to skip the regular attraction queue line, in addition to Disney Premier Access One which remains available for individual attractions.

Disney Premier Access Ultimate serves yet another option for guests who wish to further customise their resort experience and can be booked on the same day, or in advance through the Disneyland Paris website, mobile application, and some travel agencies.

The following attractions are included with Disney Premier Access Ultimate:
Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Peter Pan’s Flight
Big Thunder Mountain
Phantom Manor
Crush’s Coaster
Ratatouille: The Adventure
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Cars ROAD TRIP.

Purchasing Disney Premier Access gives guests expedited access to the chosen attraction(s) but does not guarantee immediate access.

Disney Dream to cruise European waters in 2023.

Disney Dream

In 2023 for its first-ever summer season in Europe, the Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Dream will call on a wide variety of destinations among the most treasured in the world.

With sailings anywhere from four to eleven nights, the Disney Dream will sail from Barcelona and Rome to picturesque ports of call throughout the Mediterranean, including a first-ever seven-night sailing to the Greek Isles with stops in the ever-popular ports of Santorini and Mykonos.

The late summer / autumn 2023 departures of the Disney Dream from Southampton will feature cruises to a wealth of destinations including Spain, France, the British Isles, Norway and Iceland.

New ports of call include the postcard-worthy La Rochelle, France and two new ports in Norway – Skjolden, home to a wealth of natural attractions, and Sandnes, a small city just outside the metropolis of Stavanger known for its outdoor activities.