Aladdin not the Car Wreck I was Expecting it to be.

Aladdin or Will “The Fresh Prince” Smith does panto is not the car wreck I was expecting it to be.

Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) it includes the majority of the iconic Howard Ashman and Alan Menken musical numbers from Disney’s animated 1992 classic, plus a few new ones thrown in for good measure.

Smith’s performance as the Genie is entertaining, but you just can’t help comparing him to Robin Williams all the way through the film.

“Arabian Nights,” has had its lyrics updated once again for cultural sensibilities by song writing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and there are some spectacular musical numbers.

In the titular role is relative newcomer Mena Massoud and British actress Naomi Scott stars as Jasmine who is best known for her performance as Kimberly the Pink Ranger in 2017’s Power Rangers.

Unfortunately I left the cinema thinking I had watched a rough cut of Ritchie’s Aladdin, and thought the movie needed more time in the editing suite to tighten it up a bit as some scenes and songs went on for far too long.

Overall Aladdin is slightly better than Disney’s last animation re-make Dumbo, but it’s no Cinderella. Which unfortunately for Disney set the live action / animation re-make bar extremely high.

Aladdin is released in cinemas tomorrow (24 May 2019) just in time for half term.


German tourist Apprehended for flying a Drone over Disneyland Paris

French newspaper Le Parisian is reporting that a park guest was arrested Wednesday evening after they were allegedly caught flying a drone inside Parc Disneyland.

A 35 year old German tourist, was apprehended by security during park hours at approximately 9:45 PM near City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Paris and placed into custody at the Chessy police station.

There, he explained to the authorities that he had spent the day at the park and that he was trying to take souvenir photos and videos before returning to Germany on Thursday.

The police erased his images and returned the camera. He was given a warning and released without charges on Thursday morning.

The area above Disneyland Paris is restricted airspace. A 53 year old photographer in 2014 was prosecuted for flying a drone over the parks and backstage areas, facing a possible six month imprisonment before the case dropped.

Disney donates $5 million towards the Notre-Dame rebuilding project.

Following Monday’s tragic fire at France’s Notre-Dame de Paris medieval Catholic cathedral the Walt Disney Company has today announced a $5 million donation to the rebuilding project.

Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said “Notre-Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history.

The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece”.

Renault F1 Team to hold Demonstration Runs at Disneyland Paris

The Renault F1 Team has confirmed a second edition of the hugely popular pre-French Grand Prix roadshow programme. The roadshow will be the curtain-raiser to the French Grand Prix, which will be held at Le Castellet on 23 June.

The team will bring the excitement and passion of F1 to 15 cities across France, starting with two exceptional demonstration runs of the E20 Formula 1 car at Disneyland Paris on the 6 & 7 April 2019.

E20 driving duties will be split across Renault F1 Team’s race driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hülkenberg, Sergey Sirotkin and Jack Aitken, while the Renault Sport Academy drivers will also take turns behind the wheel.

Adding to the excitement, Renault’s breath-taking GT racer, the Renault R.S.01, will join the E20 on the roads, while the public will have the opportunity to watch live pit stops, try out driving simulators and Batak pro challenges and meet the Renault drivers.

Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing said “We are pleased to join forces with the French Grand Prix to bring the excitement of Formula 1 to the French public for a second consecutive year. The success of the roadshow last year was unprecedented, with thousands of people attending each demo run. This year with a larger programme even more people can discover and experience the sport for themselves.”

Escalator Fault Causes Panic at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris was put into a state of security lock-down last night (Saturday 23 March 2019) when an escalator at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station malfunctioned causing a loud bang.

Panicking passangers and Disneyland Paris guests fleed the area amid fears the ‘blast’ noise from the breakdown was a terror attack.

The incident happened at approximately 9:00 PM when an electrical transformer in an escalator at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station malfunctioned causing a very loud bang.

The resulting loud noise caused a panic amoungst passangers and guests in the adjacent Disney Village leisure complex in Disneyland Paris which resulted in several reported injuries.

There were fears of explosions and even gunshots, but a spokesman for the RER station at Marne la Vallee said: ‘It seems that a malfunctioning escalator has caused the problems’.
‘It began working erratically, and causing loud noises. It may be that some people have been hurt in this accident.’

Police and soldiers were seen rushing to the area around the station and visitors in the Disney Village were briefly confined in the restaurants, bars and shops.

A spokesman for Disneyland Paris said: ‘There has been no explosions, no shootings, no injuries. It a false alarm’.

‘Please don’t read any rumours or stories that over exaggerate – the lock-down and police attendance were standard procedure following any sort of incident.’

Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station handles 16,000 passangers a day and is very frequently forced to close due to security alerts because of unattended baggage.