Olaf’s Frozen Escape!  to open at Walt Disney Studios. [April Fools Day 2016]

UPDATE:  Happy April Fools day everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed our April Fools Day prank this year…..

We can’t take full credit for this prank story concept as it originally appeared on the Touring Plans blog in year. 


According to a leaked Euro Disney S.C.A.  press release, Olaf’s Frozen Escape! will be coming to Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris in 2018.

The attraction will find Guests in a brand new interstellar attraction featuring the lovable snowman from Frozen, Olaf.

The new attraction will see the popular Frozen character mistakenly captured by the galactic authorities who send him to a containment facility, where all kinds of mayhem breaks out.

According to the concept art, the Olaf pre-show includes other characters from Frozen.

Once Guests are seated in the round theater, they will receive a warm hug helping to encourage them to remain seated. The lights will dim and Olaf will appear right in front of guest’s eyes!

Then, because he doesn’t have his personal snow cloud with him, Olaf starts melting, causing him to short-circuit the laser beams, therefore allowing him to be able to interact with Guests.

This fantastic experience will feature cutting-edge audio, the feel of icy cold water droplets, and wait… do you smell carrots?

Guests will also feel as though Olaf is sitting right there on top of their shoulders! Once order is restored to the facility, Olaf will be sent to Arendelle where he can spread the Frozen love wherever he can!

This attraction will be a welcome addition to the resort and Olaf is so lovable and is the perfect character to take over for much loved Stitch Live!

Olaf’s Frozen Escape! is scheduled  to open sometime in 2018.

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Disneyland Paris Wanderlust Trolley Bag

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Duffy and I received a few comments about the Wanderlust bag we used on our trip to Disneyland Paris last week so here is some more information about it.

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The bag we used was a Disneyland Paris Wanderlust trolley bag and it is decorated with Mickey artwork and Disneyland Paris inspired travel badges.

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The bag is a wheeled trolley case but it can also be worn as a rucksack with adjustable straps at the back.   The main compartment has a zip closure which you can attach a padlock to make it secure.

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It has a carry handle, a handy front pocket with zipped closure for keeping your travel documents close at hand and two convenient mesh side pockets for keeping bottles of water within easy reach.

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The bag also has an extendable handle and two wheels which makes it very easy to navigating around the airport or Eurostar station.  The back pocket conveniently contains two adjustable backpack straps so the bag can be worn as a rucksack.

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The dimensions of the bag are: 57cm high  x 35cm width  x 35cm depth .

The Wanderlust bag is available from a number of boutiques in Disneyland Paris including the Temple Traders Boutique in Adventureland and the boutique at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Hotel priced at 79.99€.

Britain’s Got Talent in Disney’s The Forest of Enchantment

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The new Disneyland Pairs show ‘The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure’ debuted on 10 February 2016 and  has received mixed reviews from some Disneyland Paris fans,  so during our visit last week Duffy and I took the opportunity to see the show for ourselves.

The Chaparral Theater has been transformed from its Frozen Sing Along winter backdrop into a spring time enchanted forest and this new twenty-minute show, features characters, and songs from Pocahontas,  The Jungle Book, Tarzan, Tangled,  and Brave.

The Forest of Enchantment show has fourteen British Cast Members involved in the production including Britain’s Got Talent contestants Rosie Hale and Jordan Todd.

Rosie Hale rose to fame last year as part of the four-piece  Disney girl group Misstasia, who impressed Britain’s Got Talent judges Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon with their first audition when they sang ‘Part of your World’ from  Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

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Although the group did not make it to the grand final of the ITV competition, which was won by Jules O’Dwyer and her dog Matisse, Rosie kept on singing and she has since gone on to land the role of The Storyteller in the  ‘The Forest of Enchantment’.

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Rosie who studied musical theater at Stratford College told the Stratford Observer that she had to see off more than 200 rivals in Paris and London to get the part.  She said: “Every number’s got really special moments, and we do something in every one, so it’s so much fun.”

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Fellow Britain’s Got Talent contestant Jordan Todd, who got close to the finals with opera group Kingdom Tenors, told Metro: ‘That’s what makes it special, the fact that every number has something in it that’s a Disney classic, that has a special moment and then because it is so fast paced it’s like, oh then the next, then the next, so there’s always something”.

The set design and scenery is wonderful and was created by Disneyland Paris Set Designer Yves Ollier who was inspired by pop-up books, and he turned to illustrator Mathew Reinhart who is known for his Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Star Wars  pop-up books for assistance.

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The costumes are also to the amazing quality you expect from Disneyland Paris and it took a team of 40 dressmakers from the Costuming Workshop two months to create more than the 50 costumes used in the show.

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The music for the show was developed by Diseyland Paris Music Director, Vasile Sirli, in collaboration with Gordon and Lisa Goodwin who previously composed The Incredibles’ ending credits theme.

‘The most famous songs from the films are part of the show,’ said the show’s director Christophe Leclercq in an interviewwith the press recently ‘But we also wanted this performance to feature original compositions, written in the spirit of Broadway musicals.”.

The show features the songs ‘Colors of the Wind’ from Pocahontas, ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ from The Jungle Book, the Phil Collins  hit ‘Son of Man’  from Tarzan, the Rapunzel and Flynn Rider duet  ‘I see the light’ from Tangled and ‘Touch the Sky’ from Brave.

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Well what did Duffy and I think of The Forest of Enchantment show  –  well we throughly enjoyed it and highly recommend you take it in during your next trip.  I would say it is much better than the Frozen Summer Fun ‘Sing Along’ show it temporarily replaces.

The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure is performed in English five times a day in The Chaparral Theater in Frontierland until 8 May 2016.

Photo Credits: Disneyland Paris and  Torsten Schneider of dein-dlrp.de

Statement Released By The Shareholders Club Clarifying The Posistion For Existing Members.


Following yesterday’s announcement by the Shareholders Club increasing the number of shares required for new applicants are required to hold to join the Club.   A statement has been  released today  to clarify the position for existing members.


 

The Shareholders club confirms that these new applicable general conditions from March 10th, 2016 concern only the new members (never be members of the Club before this date) who have to hold 1000 shares minimum.

The former members of the Club (until March 9th, 2016) are not impacted by these new conditions if they make the renewal of their card at the latest in 60 days following its expiration date.

The new cards validity will be of 5 years for all the Club members.

The current cards (valid until 2017 or 2018) remain valid up to the expiration date and will not be reproduced with the 5-year term.

This new 5-year term will be applicable only during the renewal and according to your date of membership (so with 5 or 100 or 1000 shares)

Attention: the former members of the Club (before March 10th, 2016) will see applying the new criteria of 1000 shares if they do not make by their renewal in 60 days after the expiration date.

The renewal, according the current general conditions, is not automatic and remains a personal move from the member.

To sum up for a renewal:

  •  If you are a member before October 1st, 2005 : hold a minimum of 5 shares
  •  If you are a member between October 1st, 2005 and March 9th, 2016 : hold a minimum of 100 shares
  •  If you are a member since March 10th, 2016 : hold a minimum of 1000 shares

 

Please contact us for any further information

Euro Disney S.C.A. Shareholders Club

New Membership Criteria Of The Euro Disney Shareholders Club Announced

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Euro Disney S.C.A. have today announced the new membership criteria for the Disneyland Paris Shareholders Club – Disney Le Club Actionnaires.

Applications for new memberships  will be accepted  from  Thursday, March 10, 2016, and new applicants and members wishing to renew will now need to hold a minimum of 1,000 Euro Disney S.C.A. shares. 

At today’s share price (€1.26) it will cost €1,260  /  £972.00 to become a new member of the Shareholders Club.

New applicants will be able to apply for membership to the Shareholders Club via the corporate Disneyland Pairs website here.

Existing members of the Club are not impacted by these new conditions if they renew their  membership within  60 days following their cards expiration date.    Following renewal, Shareholders cards will now be valid for 5 years for all Club members.

Current membership cards will remain valid up to the expiration date and will not be reproduced with the 5-year term.

However, members of the Club who joined between October 1st, 2005 and before March 10th, 2016 will have to meet  the new criteria of 1000 shares if they do not make by their renewal within 60 days after the expiration date of their membership card.

Members of the Shareholders Club who joined prior to  October 1st, 2005 a minimum holding  of five (5) Euro Disney S.C.A. shares is required to be a member.

The Shareholders Club has today published the below guide for existing members of the Club on their website following the new membership criteria announcement.

Membership criteria:

Starting from March 10th, 2016: the Shareholders Club is only accessible to individual Euro Disney S.C.A. shareholders holding a minimum of one thousand (1,000) Euro Disney S.C.A. shares (ISIN code: FR0010540740) in a bearer or in a registered form. The membership is free and valid for five (5) year and until the last day of the month expiration indicated on the card.

As a reminder, until March 9th, 2016: the Shareholders Club was accessible to individual Euro Disney S.C.A. shareholders holding a minimum of one hundred (100) Euro Disney S.C.A. shares (ISIN code: FR0010540740) in a bearer or in a registered form. The membership is free and valid now for five (5) years and until the last day of the month expiration indicated on the card.

Shareholders who fulfill the following conditions are exempt from these criteria:

Being members of the Shareholders Club an earlier date than October 1st, 2005 and justify at the time of their renewal request to the Shareholders Club, a holding of a minimum of five (5) Euro Disney S.C.A. shares.

Reminder:

Since October 1st, 2015, the temporary certificates are no longer delivered or accepted. Only the membership cards that include a magnetic strip (cards issued since October, 2012) are valid in the cash registers of shops, restaurants of Disneyland® Paris, at the gate to Salon Mickey and for purchase of parks tickets, annual passports (not available by internet).

Please consider making your renewal at most 60 days before the date of expiration.

Attention:

Members of the Shareholders Club who joined the Club prior to March 9th, 2016 must also renew their card at the earliest 60 days before the expiration of their card and at the latest 60 days after the expiration (versus an unlimited period before). After this delay, the new membership criteria (holding of a minimum of 1,000 shares) will apply.

 

Reminder on the modifications of the Shareholders Club general conditions:

Euro Disney S.C.A. reserves the right to modify without prior notice the general conditions and/or the eligibility conditions and/or the characteristics of the Shareholders Club, including the different types and levels of offers and discounts proposed to the members of the Shareholders Club.

Euro Disney S.C.A. also reserves the right to terminate Shareholders Club activities for any reason and at any moment, in which case it commits to honor all reservations made up to and including the dates benefitting from a Shareholders Club discount.

 

 

 

 

 

St. David’s Welsh Festival 2016 Programme

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This weekend (5 March 2016)  Disneyland Paris pulls out all the stops to create an incredible celebration of all things Welsh with the return of the St David’s Welsh Festival, and here is the programme for 2016.

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Saturday 5 March 2016

Meet and Greet with Mickey and Minnie in their traditional Welsh costumes
Frontierland – Cottonwood Creek Ranch
10:30 – 12:15

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Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal choir
A Welsh choir will perform a repertoire of traditional and popular songs including a Disney Medley with a special participation from the Urdd National Eisteddfod.
Fantasyland – Royal Castle Stage
10:15 / 11:05 / 13:00 / 13:50

Disney Performing Arts OnStage
Welsh armature performers will be taking to the stage to entertain as part of the Disney Performing Arts OnStage programme
Fantasyland – Royal Castle Stage
10:05 /  10:50

Free Face Painting
Frontierland – Cottonwood Creek Ranch
10:30 – 18:30

Welsh Pre-parade
A special Welsh pre-parade of Disney Magic on Parade!
Parade route
16:30

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St David’s Fireworks
The day ends with a stunning finale when Sleeping Beauty Castle comes alive with the colours of St David’s Day.
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21:55

Disney Village

Friday 4 March – Sunday 6 March
Welsh Street Market
From 16:00

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Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon
Friday 4 March & Saturday 5 March
The Roving Crows –  an award winning original Celtic folk fusion band
22:00

 

 

 

 

DLP Hot Seat in the Hot Seat.

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Last month saw a new style Disneyland Paris podcast hit the internet, the DLP Hot Seat hosted by 19 year-old  Disney  fan Mitchell.  If you have not listened  to his podcast yet I can thoroughly recommend the show.

It’s an unusual format for a Disneyland Paris podcast, instead of telling us all the news and rumours from Paris he has instead decided to  explore the fandom of Disneyland Paris by interviewing the resorts fans.

So I thought I would turn the tables on Mitchell and place him in the hot seat for a change and interview him about his new podcast.

Please introduce your yourself?

I’m Mitchell, in my 19 years on this planet I’ve done a lot of different things, but Disney has always seemed to come back into my heart no matter what, I’m a big fan of television and the showbiz industry and have done a lot of work within that over the last six years.

Who long have you been a fan of Disneyland Paris?

I’d say I’ve loved Disneyland Paris since my first trip in 2004, however I only really became involved in the forums and Twitter in February 2013.

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When did you first visit Disneyland Paris?

I first went in 2004 with my mum, returning in 2006 with my whole family.   I then had a long gap, where we were booking trips but not being able to do them.

I finally broke that habit last year and did two coach day trips and a five day holiday. This year I’m planning six days in March, and five days in October and a few day trips here and there to quench my Disney thirst!

Are you an Annual Pass holder?

I am, I bought my Dream pass in October and am incredibly happy with it! Although I do forget to use my discounts a lot of the time!

How did you come up with the idea of the DLP Hot Seat?

I had been thinking for a while of doing something in the fandom, a lot of people have their things (podcasts, blogs, YouTube channels, online shops), where as I felt that I didn’t almost, so I’d been thinking through a few ideas.

In early December this idea came to me and I slowly worked it all out, just as I was set to start it, I remembered that Steve Riley from the Dedicated to DLP podcast  had done ’20 questions with a DLP Fan’ on his website, but thankfully I got Steve’s blessing and then started again and here we are!

Originally it was going to be a blog post, but I wanted to play with a few platforms, but a podcast seemed to work best.

Do you have a favourite episode so far?

I really enjoyed recording with Isaac from Hyperion Gazette, I think we bounce off each other really well, we recorded for almost 2 hours when we only had about eight questions.

I loved recording with Alyssa and Gaetane, they were a bit of a stab in the dark, I knew Gaetane from a character website and had chatted to Alyssa once or twice.  When so many people signed up for series one, I had to pair some up so I asked both girls if they’d mind being paired up, I didn’t realise how much of a winner I was onto until we recorded, what an amazing first episode!

Darren Vose was fun, I loved recording with Stephanie Wyatt, Andrew and Geoff were such a laugh, there’s a few bits from that interview yet to be published, Martin Walker is an amazing guy as are all the future episodes all ready to be published!

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When is the next series going to begin?

I’m going to start work in the summer time, I’m unsure when it’ll go out, probably around summer time actually.

Why did you choose to broadcast episodes in rapid succession, then a break and not a weekly or monthly show?

We’re on a 14 episode series, I chose to do a weekly show for a few months as these were originally going to be half hour, some have overflown so it’s become a bit longer, as a person I lose interest very quickly, so if it became a weekly thing, I’d struggle a month or two down the line, but knowing I have a series makes me a lot more motivation, although I haven’t lost that yet, I’ve really enjoyed recording them!

But yeah a weekly series with a few months break is a plan of action, who knows if this will run out of steam soon, but at the minute that’s the plan, I already have some amazing guests lined up for series two and we still have some amazing guests lined up for this series!

Anything else you would like to tell the readers of Salon Mickey?

I can give you an exclusive!

The last episode of series one in April is gonna be quite big, we’ve got Steve from Dedicated To DLP, Mark from IMDO and Dedicated To DLP, Andrew from Magical DLP, Isaac from Hyperion Gazette and myself in a big podcast mash up!

It’s probably going to be manic and impossible to record, but everyone’s up for it and I think as of last night we have a date of recording, as well as this we have episodes recorded with Sam4God, Rebecca Phillips and Luke (NI DLP Geek), I’ll be recording with Eleanor Hawthorne next Wednesday, we will be having a bonus bloopers episode at some point as well as three other episodes that I haven’t revealed yet, but all fantastic people!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their kind support, it’s been so humbling to have people that I’ve followed for years and people that have helped fuel my obsession of Disneyland Paris like Laura Knighton, Steve and Mark, you and so many more people listening and sending in questions to work that I’ve produced.

Well thank you and congratulations on a fantastic podcast.  It’s been fun to listening to the episodes. 

I’m so honoured that people have decided to welcome me into the community with this podcast, it really does mean a lot, I hope you all enjoy the future episodes!

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You can find the  DLP Hot Seat on Twitter  and listen to the podcast via:

Stitcher
http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/mitchell/dlp-hot-seat?refid=stpr

iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-disneyland-paris-hot-seat/id1077024110?mt=2

Buzzsprout
http://www.buzzsprout.com/54780

Duffy has his boarding pass for the last Starspeeder 3000 to Endor

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I’m excited to announce that Duffy and I have boarding passes for the last Star Tours voyage of the Starspeeder 3000 to the forest moon of Endor before their retirement.

The iconic Star Tours attraction in Discoveryland will close for twelve months on 16  March 2016 when the rides Starspeeder 3000s will be replaced under the Disneyland Paris Experience Enhancement Programme with the all new and upgraded Starspeeder 1000s which will be taking Guests on exciting new voyages to alien worlds like Naboo and Coruscant.

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Duffy and I will be attending the Star Tours closing ceremony evening at Disneyland Paris on 16 March and you will be able to follow us live from the event on our  Twitter and Facebook pages.

The upgraded Star Tours attraction is scheduled to reopen in March 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final trip to Endor

  

Disneyland Paris Shareholders have been invited by Club Actionnaires d’Euro Disney S.C.A. to the final voyage of the legendary Star Tours attraction before it  closes  for a year for a facelift.

On this occasion, Shareholders can experience  a final trip on the Endor Express at an exclusive event and take part in the ultimate travel to the moon of Endor in company of Rex, captain of the Starspeeder 3000 ! 

Shareholders will be able to find out more about this legendary attraction during a presentation at Videopolis, meet some Star Wars characters, and enjoy the latest opportunities to buy Star Tours merchandise and partake in the rides closing ceremony.

  

Registration is open to all members of the Shareholders Club who hold a membership card that is valid today and until at least March 16, 2016. 

Each valid Shareholders Club card (issued to one or to multiple holders)  entitled you to one invitation to the event.  Online registration is mandatory and must be completed no later than Friday, March 11, 2016. 

   
 

To register Shareholders can  log into “Your Personal Space” which you can access from the Shareholders Club Internet page or by clicking on the following link: 

http://corporate.disneylandparis.com/shareholders/shareholders-club/index.xhtml