Festival of Fantasy parade float bursts into flames at Walt Disney World.

Maleficent’s dragon spectacularly caught fire during yesturdays 3pm “Festival of Fantasy” parade at Walt Disney World.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the area promptly cleared, a Disney World spokeswoman said. There were no injuries to employees or visitors, she said.

In a video shot by a park guest the dragon representing the Sleeping Beauty character Maleficent appears to be in the l Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom, with its head bobbing and flames growing.

Reedy Creek fire department responded to the incident, but the fire was already out.

It is unknown if a similar dragon float that is featured in “Disney Stars on Parade” at Disneyland Paris will be operational today.

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Disneyland Paris launches online restaurant reservations

During the last few weeks Disneyland Paris has been trialling online booking reservations for its table service restaurants.

Below are the direct links to the Disneyland Paris website to enable you to make your dining reservations at the resort a little bit easier.   In some instances you may have to copy and paste the URL  directly into your browser to get them to work.

We understand that this service is a trial and may be withdrawn at any time.

Agrabah Cafe
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/agrabah-cafe/

Auberge de Cendrillon
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/auberge-de-cendrillon/

Bistrot Chez Remy
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/bistrot-chez-remy/

Cafe Mickey
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/cafe-mickey/

California Grill
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/california-grill/

Cape Cod
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/cape-cod/

Captain Jacks
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/captain-jacks-restaurant-pirates/

Chuck Wagon Cafe
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/chuck-wagon-cafe/

Hunters Grill
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/hunters-grill/

Inventions
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/inventions/

La Cantina
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/la-cantina/

La Grange
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/la-grange-at-billy-bobs-country-western-saloon/

Parkside Diner
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/parkside-diner/

Plaza Gardens
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/plaza-gardens-restaurant/

Restaurant des Stars
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/restaurant-des-stars/

Silver Spur Steakhouse
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/silver-spur-steakhouse/

Steakhouse
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/steakhouse/

Walts
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/walts-american-restaurant/

Yacht Club
https://bookrestaurants.disneylandparis.com/yacht-club-restaurant/

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Disney Loves Jazz, Soiree of Jazz at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris has announced a “Disney Loves Jazz, Soiree of Jazz” at the Walt Disney Studios Park on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 8pm to 1am.

Guests will be able to experience a fun night full of jazz styles & rhythms performed by multiple artists throughout the park, and attend for the first time at Disneyland Paris, Jazz Loves Disney in concert starring internationally renowned artists*!

Disney Loves Jazz, Soiree of Jazz at Disneyland Paris, is also the opportunity to share unique moments with the jazziest Disney Characters and ride the most popular attractions at night!

Tickets will go on sale from May 17, 2018.

*Names will be announced at a later stage

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Think Strawberries appointed to market Disneyland Paris in Indian

Travel representation company Think Strawberries has been appointed as the Sales, Media, Marketing and PR Representative in India for Disneyland Paris. In addition to this, Visit Orlando have signed on with Think Strawberries for Representation in both India and UAE.

“2018 has been a terrific start for us. We are thrilled with the successful acquisition of marquee accounts, which demonstrates that Think Strawberries is future ready and recognized by some of the finest, global brands. We have built Think Strawberries as a distinctive enterprise, offering a differentiated line of services – backed up with our commitment to be thought leaders in technology, innovation, best in class talent from top corporate and consulting companies in India and abroad,” Amit Kishore, Co-founder, Think Strawberries, said.

Speaking on the company’s diverse and expanding product portfolio, Munnmunn Marwah – COO, Think Strawberries said: “We have worked very hard over the past few years to position Think Strawberries as a leader that is defining the frontiers of Travel Representation. Added to our investments in technology, we bring deep knowledge and equity to the marketplace. Our model mirrors state-of-art structures, processes, service standards and best practices.”

Source: Travel Trends Today

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Toy Story themed plane takes to the skies.

China Eastern Airlines has launched a Disney Pixar Toy Story themed aircraft.

The aircraft is a join venture between the Shanghai Disney Resort the airline, and it made its maiden flight from Shanghai to Beijing on 28 April 2018.

This was the first flight made by a themed aircraft in the Chinese mainland that is painted on the outside and decorated inside.

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Affected by the SNCF strike? Duffy asks Eurostar some important questions.

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As you may be aware the French rail network is being disrupted by strike action which is scheduled for two days out of five right through to 28 June, as Guillaume Pépy, the boss of SNCF takes on the French rail unions with the backing of President Macron.

As a consequence of the SNCF strike action Duffy’s favourite route to Disneyland Paris the direct Disneyland Paris Eurostar service between London St. Pancras International and Marne-la-Vallée will be effected.

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Eurostar trains will be running on strike days however they will now depart at 10:14 from London St. Pancras International, 10:34 from Ebbsfleet International, 10:58 from Ashford International and will arrive into Paris Gare du Nord station at 14:03 instead of Marne-la-Vallée, there will also be a scheduled stop in Lille Europe.

This will mean Eurostar passengers will have to make their own way from central Paris to Disneyland. The quickest way is to take the RER from Gare du Nord to Marne-la-Vallée.

Passengers will need to take the RER D or B lines from Gare du Nord to Chatelet Les Halles and change for the RER A to Marne-la-Vallée / Disneyland Paris.

The RER trains operate regularly (approx. every 15 minutes) and the travel time should be between 39 and 45 minutes. Further information on this RER journey can be found here.

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There are expected to be Eurostar personnel on-board the train who will be able to provide passengers with further information and assistance.

If you booked your Eurostar train as part of a package through a Travel agent or Tour operator, Eurostar are advising that you contact them directly for terms and conditions relating to any changes you may wish to make.

If you did not book your Eurostar train as part of a package and wish to exchange your ticket to another date or claim a refund instead, you can do so by contacting your original point of sale to arrange this.

If you are returning on a SNCF strike day the Eurostar is still running, however it will now depart from Paris Gare du Nord at 18.34 instead of Marne la Vallee and will arrive at London St. Pancras International at 20:02. Passengers are being asked to make sure they arrive at Paris Gare du Nord station at least 60 minutes before expected departure.

Again passengers will need to make their own way to Paris Gare du Nord and there will be Eurostar representatives present at Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris station who will be present to answer any questions and to show passengers how to get to Gare du Nord.

The best option again is to take the RER A from Marne-la-Vallée to Chatelet Les Halles and then take RER B on the opposite side of the platform to Gare-du-Nord for one stop. Then follow the Main Lines signs to the Eurostar.

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Duffy is scheduled to be travelling to Disneyland Paris on a SNCF strike day with Eurostar he is, as you can imagine quite concerned about the disruption to his journey. So earlier this week he asked Rebecca from the Eurostar Press Office some questions he had about his Eurostar journey.

Will Eurostar commit to reimbursing RER fares between Paris Gare du Nord and Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris?

Yes, we are covering the cost of the RER fares for passengers on diverted trains. We are also ensuring we have additional staff issuing these tickets and advising passengers on how to make the connection.

If passengers have paid significantly more money to travel directly to Disneyland Paris and their train is diverted to Paris will their fares be adjusted to the cost of going via Lille (for example) which is always a much cheaper route?

The price of our tickets is always based on availability and demand for any given service. We’re focused on getting our passengers to Disney as soon as we can so that they can start their holiday, which is why we have provided additional resource and RER tickets to reduce the impact of the strikes as much as possible.

Will passengers automatically be eligible for compensation for the delay in arriving at Marne la Vallée?

Our normal compensation rules will apply, so if their journey were to be delayed by 60 minutes or more then they will be entitled to compensation and will automatically receive an email with details on this

Will passengers with special needs be expected to travel via the RER route to Disneyland Paris or will Eurostar be supplying an alternative form of transport to Marne la Vallée for them?

Eurostar will provide an alternative options for these passengers on a case by case basis.

Can passengers booked on the direct Disneyland Paris service travelling on strike days request a refund?

If a passenger is booked on a cancelled train then they will be eligible for a free exchange or refund in full.


How to get from Paris Gare du Nord to Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris.

Below you will find some very useful video guides created by our friend Thomas Ralph that will help prepare you for the trip on the RER between Paris and Disneyland which were made for the Daniel Potter’s Disneyland Paris Advice Facebook group.

The first shows you the route from Paris Gare du Nord to Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris.

The second video shows you the reverse journey from Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare du Nord.

Duffy also recommends the excellent guide written by his friend Geoff Dodds for DLP Town Square to help you travel between Paris Gare du Nord to Marne la Vallee / Disneyland Paris.

Getting from Gare du Nord to Disneyland Paris.
https://www.dlptownsquare.com/guides/getting-disneyland-paris-paris-gare-du-nord/


Here are some useful links that will give you further information about the disruption.

Eurostar Service Information
https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/disruption/service-information

Oui SNCF
https://en.oui.sncf/en/train/strike

RARP
https://www.ratp.fr/en

The Local
https://www.thelocal.fr/


We would like to thank Rebecca at Eurostar for taking the time to speak to us this week.

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A new musical production of The Lion King to premiere at Disneyland Paris in 2019.

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Disneyland Paris adds The Lion King show to its 2019 entertainment line-up

The Lion King is ready to roar in a brand new musical stage show
at Disneyland Paris in 2019.

Favoured characters such as Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa, along with the iconic songs and the classic story from the film, will come to life onstage for a brand new musical production based on The Lion King in a newly renovated Chaparral Theater in Disneyland Park.

The Lion King show is just one of many entertainment options available to guests visiting Disneyland Paris – from live stage shows to the beloved daily parade and seasonal events.

Currently guests are choosing their side in the interactive and musical Festival of Pirates and Princesses season, while audiences in Walt Disney Studios Park are being amazed during the third season of the award-winning Mickey and the Magician show.

This summer, Marvel Super Heroes will arrive at the Walt Disney Studios Park for the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season including an epic show at Studio Theater, with Thor, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and even the Incredible Hulk.

With this new offering and as Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland Paris is strengthening its reputation as Europe’s premier location for innovative and thrilling entertainment for all ages.

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