Disney fans descend upon Birmingham

Birmingham is presently hosting the UK’s second Disney fan convention MouseMeets 2011 this May Bank Holiday weeked.  The two day event organised by the team behind the DisneyBrit Podcast is being held in the cities Copthorne Hotel and has seen fans from all around the UK attend.

The event has seen guest speakers giving talks on the Disneyland Paris ride the Phantom Mannor and Irish author Catherine Ryan Howard talked about her book Mousetrapped.

The event continues tomorrow with a screening of the movie UP and artist Kelly Brice shows fans how to draw their favourite Disney characters.

Five people injured in Disneyland Paris ride accident.

Five people were injured, one seriously, after an accident on the Big Thunder Mountaintan roller coaster at Disneyland Paris yesterday.
An element of decorative rockwork is reported to have come loose, striking guests riding the Frontierland mine train roller coaster. Five injuries are now confirmed, including one guest “seriously” injured — a 38-year old man who was apparently struck on the head by the resin element and has been taken to Beaujon hospital in Clichy-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine) with a head injury.
Initial reports had suggested this was merely a precautionary measure and a spokesperson later appeared to downplay the seriousness of the injury in a statement given to the AFP, clearly stating it was not life-threatening.
According to Le Parisien, his family will be accommodated and looked after by Disneyland Paris for the duration of his stay in hospital. The four other guests, with only minor injuries, were treated on the spot and returned to the park.
It is understood that the incident happened when a wood and fibreglass section of the structure inside one of the tunnels fell on one of the railway wagons.   The tunnel section is described as “imitating an underground earthquake”, with rocks falling toward the cars.
The attraction remains closed until further notice pending a full investigation.
Source: Le Parisien, AP, DLRP Today, DisneyBrit

Disneyland Paris cancels Mickey’s Princesses & Pirates Parties

Disneyland Paris announced yesterday that all four Mickey’s Princesses & Pirates Party events, scheduled  to take place in June, have been cancelled.  Guests who have purchased tickets for the parties will be contacted directly by Disneyland Paris.

Originally scheduled for the 1st, 10th, 17th and 24th June, the after-hours parties promised exclusive events and character encounters, with attractions open in Adventureland and Fantasyland.
Marilyne the Community Manager at Disneyland Paris said the events had been cancelled due to the refurbishment work that is taking place  in Fantasyland suffering delays and will not be finished in time for the parties to take place.

Earl of Sandwich to open 1st June 2011

The newest restaurant at the Disney Village  in Disneyland Paris, the Earl of Sandwich is due to open on 1st June 2011. A website for the restaurant has been launched, and they have started a recruitment campaign.

This will be the chains second restaurant located on Disney property.  The first opened in 2004 in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.

Exclusive London Disney Store Trading Pin

Spotted at the Covent Garden Disney Store last week is an exclusive edition London Trading Pin.  It has Mickey’s head mounted against a Union Flag background, with the word ‘London’ in bold lettering underneath with a gold background.

The pin costs £7 and is marked ‘Limited Edition 500’ on the gold backstamp, with the Disney Store logo, ‘Disney Store exclusive’ and the ‘Official Pin Trading 2011’ stamps.
It is sold on a red backer card which is marked with the names of various other major European cities and the Mickey symbol.  This pin is for sale in the Covent Garden Store in London and will be available in the new Oxford Street Store when it opens at the end of May 2011.

April Trading Pins from Disneyland Paris

This months Trading Pin releases from Disneyland Paris have a very spring like theme to them.  With Stitch again taking central stage in this years Easter pin.  Included in April’s releases are a Magical Moments pin and a nice Thumper pin in which he is holding a flower in his mouth.
The next Disneyland Paris Pin Trading event will take place on Friday 29th April at 6pm at the Sequoia Lodge hotel.

Once Upon a Dream musical evenings in Cambridge

The ADC Theatre in Cambridge is presenting four Disney musical evenings with it’s Once Upon A Dream production running between Wednesday 4th May – Saturday 7th May.  Wth its forty-piece orchestra, twenty-strong chorus, and star solo singers, offers you a unique chance to return to your childhood for an hour and enjoy a relaxing feeling of nostalgic cosiness.
For you, the most talented musicians in Cambridge perform fabulous all-new arrangements of songs from such classic films as The Lion King, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Hercules, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and many more…
You are guaranteed to find your Prince Charming, win the heart of the perfect princess, shed a tear for lost youth, or just leave the theatre with a brief taste of happily-ever-after. Whatever part of your dreams is realised, Once Upon A Dream promises to be a night to remember.

Tickets for Wednesday cost £5/£4, and for Thursday to Saturday cost £6/£5

Winnie the Pooh returns to the Hundred Acre Wood this weekend

Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years which open in the UK on Friday 15 April 2011.
With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo-and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Well a tail is either there or it isn’t there,” said Pooh. “And yours isn’t. there.”
Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny. Inspired by five stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style.