Alice in Wonderland Trailer

Here is a trailer for Disney’s upcoming 2010 fantasy film Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton.

Mia Wasikowska will play the role of Alice, alongside Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway as The White Queen.

The film is due for release in March 2010 in Disney Digital 3-D and in 2-D.

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Half Board Meal Plans price update

Due to a reducation of French VAT as applied to catering which became effective on the 1st July 2009, prices at the restuarants at Disneyland Paris have been reduced. This also efffects the Half Board Meal Plans and these have also been reduced.

This is what is included with the Meal Plans:
1 Starter, 1 Main Course, 1 Dessert, 1 Drink (soda 33cl or water 50cl)
OR 1 Unlimited Buffet, 1 Drink (soda 33cl or water 50cl)

Here are the new Half Board prices from 1st July 2009 until 8th November 2009

Adult Standard £15.00
Child Standard £7.50

Adult Plus £19.60
Child Plus £9.00

Adult Premium £34.70
Child Premium £12.80

And these will be new Half Board prices from 8th November 2009 untill 1st April 2010.

Adult Standard £17.30
Child Standard £8.20

Adult Plus £23.00
Child Plus £9.90

Adult Premium £39.50
Child Premium £15.70

Disneyland Paris Halloween Festival

Here is the official press release for this years Disneyland Paris Halloween Festival…….

Disney’s Halloween Festival… something BIG is brewing in October!

– From 3 October to 1 November 2009 –

From 3 October 2009 through to 1 November 2009, Mickey’s Magical Party adds even more fun to a marvelous month of mischief and mayhem. It’s the perfect month to make family and friends scream with delight. Join Mickey as he welcomes the Disney Villains, Pumpkin Men and Pumpkin Ladies and the star of the season, Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas to celebrate Mickey’s Magical Party for a frighteningly fun Halloween surprises!

Welcome to the Disney Halloweenmosphere

A full month of thrills, spills and chills galore at Disneyland Park, as Halloween invades Frontierland and Main Street, U.S.A.® with decorations, eerie events and hair-raising shows, face painting and oodles of tricks and treats. Family and friends, young and old, everyone is sure to have a ghostly good time with…

… the stars of Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington and his friend Sally, the stars of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, are back to captivate Disney’s Halloween Festival with their bewitching world.

… mischievous Pumpkin tricksters

When Disneyland Paris goes orange, you know the Pumpkin Men and Pumpkin Ladies can’t be far away. They are just itching to splash the road and shop fronts of Main Street, U.S.A. with their bright orange paint. Masters of the most devious decoration, mischievous jokes and pranks, Pumpkin Citizens take Frontierland by storm as they transform it into Halloweenland for a howling good time! No one can escape the antics of those uncontrollable Pumpkins we just can’t help but love!

… Disney Villains and Characters

Children of all ages are going to love staring down the infamous Disney Villains and becoming accomplices to their demonic deeds. Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar and the wicked witch from Snow White take vile pleasure in posing with young guests and giving them a wonderful souvenir of the year’s biggest monster mash. Mickey and Friends have also spread the word to give guests a memorable welcome decked out in their finest Halloween costumes.

… Mickey’s Magical Party takes on the colors of Halloween

More enchanting than ever in her delightful witch costume, Minnie leads the dance in Town Square. Disney Characters take advantage of this scare-a-licious month to don their mischievous pumpkin masks as they ride Minnie’s Party Train in all its Halloween splendor.

Meanwhile, the Disney Villains have spent all day preparing to invade the stage during the final show It’s Party Time… with Mickey & Friends. Captain Hook, Gaston, Jafar, Frollo, Cruella De Vil, Maleficent the witch from Sleeping Beauty and other fiendish folk are going to perform a devilish rendition of the “Mickey Dance” on the new Central Plaza Stage. It feels so good to be bad, and they’ll do whatever it takes to ensure we never forget!

… Disney Once Upon a Dream Parade to a Halloween tune

The Disney Once Upon a Dream Parade will kick-off with a special Halloween theme, as the Pumpkin Men and Ladies join in the abominably bewitching parade, along with Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and the Disney Villains, of course!

The spectrrrrraaaaaaaacular month of Halloween is also your last chance to get down to an intergalactic beat with DJ Stitch and the “It’s Dance Time… in Discoveryland” show. Hurry, his space mission ends on 8 November 2009.

And for that fiendish final touch, Disney’s Halloween Festival continues with parties you won’t want to miss to enjoy Halloween to the max!

Disney’s Halloween Party: 31 October is Ghoul’s Night Out!

Guaranteed to be a scream! Get ready for the most magical night of the year at Disneyland Paris! The now-famous Disney’s Halloween Party* will take place on 31 October 2009 in Disneyland Park. A one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy with family and friends from 8:30 p.m. to a.m.

By the light of the moon, Disneyland Park will reopen its doors to a most terrifying atmosphere featuring a wide variety of events, surprises and boo-groovy music until the late-night hours:

– Spooktacular street entertainment and stage shows throughout the evening
– The Disney’s Fantillusion Parade led by the vicious Disney Villains, where the world of darkness meets the enchanted world in a fantastic twilight spectacular.

– A special Halloween Sound and Light show with the fangtangulous backdrop of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

And oodles of other dreadfully delectable surprises!
*Paid event: €32 (£25) for adults and children, free for children under 3.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Want to celebrate Halloween in pure Disney style that’s fun without being scary? Then Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party is the place to be!** Four dream opportunities for family fun with Mickey and Friends in their most boo-tiful Halloween costumes on 9, 16, 23 and 27 October 2009 from 8 to 11 p.m. with tricks and treats galore!

Places are limited to this one-of-a-kind event for children of all ages who just can’t wait to get dressed up. Disney Characters and Villains will be there to create an exclusive and interactive experience of exciting and truly unforgettable moments.

In addition to exclusive events and shows, guests will enjoy access to a number of attractions in Disneyland Park open especially for the grand occasion: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio’s Fantastic Journey, Lancelot’s Carousel, Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups, “It’s a small world”, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Fantasyland and Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland. And the fearsome Phantom Manor and the legendary Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland.

**Paid event: €25 (£20) for adults and children, free for children under 3.

All the fun and fantastical ingredients are there to make Disney’s Halloween Festival the most monstrously magical month of the year at Disneyland Paris, from 3 October to 1 November 2009.

Hong Kong Disneyland expansion financing approved

A Hong Kong legislative committee today approved the financial terms for a major expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland, representing another milestone in plans to add three new areas to the park by 2014.

Disney will invest about $448 million in the construction and swap its outstanding loans totaling about $353 million into additional equity in a joint venture company, Hong Kong International Theme Parks. The Hong Kong government will retain the majority ownership in the venture, however.
The deal would expand the park by increasing the number of theme areas to seven from four over the next five years, tackling criticism that the world’s smallest Disneyland did not offer enough attractions. Two themed areas — Grizzly Trail and Mystic Point — will be exclusive to Hong Kong, and a third, Toy Story Land, will be the only attraction of its kind in Asia for the first five years after its opening.
“This substantial investment represents our continued commitment to and confidence in Hong Kong Disneyland and solidifies our partnership with the Hong Kong government, helping assure the resort’s long-term success,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

The announcement comes at a time when Hong Kong Disneyland could soon face a major competitor in Shanghai, which is still in negotiations with Burbank-based Disney to open a much larger $3.59-billion theme park as early as 2014.

Disney Princess Wishes visit Dalton Park on Saturday 11th July

Little girls throughout the North East will be dressing up as their favourite Disney Princesses and heading to Dalton Park Shopping Centre on Saturday 11th July to come face to face with some real Disney Princesses.

Stars from Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes, coming to the Metro Radio Arena in October, will be at Dalton Park as part of a fantastic family fun day in aid of Metro Radio’s charity Cash for Kids.
The Disney Princesses have promised to bring along a special friend and VIP guest from the show, in the only live appearance of stars from Princess Wishes in the North East.

Metro Radio’s breakfast presenter Anna Foster will host the official Meet & Greet from 11.00 am – 4 pm, when families will be able to take pictures of their little princesses and princes meeting stars from the show.
Dalton Park’s fun family day will be non-stop action with children’s rides and games, bouncy castle, balloons, face-painting, fancy dress competitions, wand-making, sword-making, tombola, plus a super draw to win VIP entry for one family to Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes including the opportunity for two children to appear in the show!

Dalton Park and Metro Radio are giving you the chance to win some fabulous Disney prizes. They have got 4 family exclusive meet and greets with a Disney princess plus a very special Disney guest at the Dalton Park Family Fun Day in aid of Metro Radio’s charity, Cash for kids on Saturday 11th July. To enter the competition click here to go to the Metro Radio website or pop into At Your Service to fill out a entry form. Good Luck!

Please note the Disney Princesses will not be performing on ice at Dalton Park.

Disney On Ice Princess Wishes UK Tour Dates:

Manchester Evening News Arena
Wednesday 30th September – Sunday 4th October 2009
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 6th October – Sunday 11th October 2009
Birmingham National Indoor Arena
Wednesday 14th October – Sunday 25th October 2009
O2 Arena London
Wednesday 28th October – Sunday 8th November 2009

Thanks to Patsy on the DIS for the heads up on this event.

ESPN to launch on 3rd August 2009

US sports broadcaster ESPN owned by The Walt Disney Company has today confirmed that it is to launch a new British channel in early August to show the 46 live Premier League matches it won last month following the collapse of Setanta.
The new channel, which will simply be called ESPN, will launch on 3 August ahead of the start of the new Premier League season on 15 August.
For residential customers, ESPN will be available on a premium subscription basis, for £9 a month to Sky Sports subscribers and for £12 a month to other Sky customers.
ESPN’s new UK channel will replace ESPN America on the Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable TV electronic programme guides.
The new channel will appear on the Sky electronic programme guide at number 417 with a high definition service at number 443. This will be ESPN’s first European HD channel.
A spokesman for ESPN said the broadcaster was also looking at acquiring other rights for the new UK channel.
“We are interested in rights when they become available and when they make business sense. If we were to acquire additional live rights for the UK market, it is likely they would be broadcast on this [ESPN] channel,” he added.
It is understood ESPN is looking at acquiring other UK sports rights previously held by Setanta, including live Scottish Premier League matches.
ESPN Classic, which shows great sporting moments, will remain on the EPG at number 442.
A range of US and international sports coverage broadcast on ESPN America will continue to feature on the new channel. It is thought that ESPN America could return at a later date as a separate UK channel in another EPG slot.
BSkyB, which owns the rights to show the remaining 92 live Premier League matches next season, will sell the new ESPN channel to both its residential and commercial customers alongside its own Sky Sports services.
The Sky Sports in-house production team will produce ESPN’s Premier League matches, while Sky’s advertising sales house will sell the advertising inventory. ESPN will produce its own graphics, analysis and additional programming.
ESPN won the right to show 46 live Premier League matches for the 2009/10 season, and 23 matches a season for the following three years, following a hastily arranged auction after previous owner Setanta went into administration last month.
“We hope football and sports fans will enjoy ESPN’s compelling mix of Barclays Premier League football, international sports and the best of the US sports in both SD [standard definition] and HD,” said Lynne Frank, ESPN’s managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“We look forward to working with Sky to deliver great sports content to their subscribers and will continue our discussions with all other pay-TV providers so that we can bring ESPN to as many sports fans in the UK as possible.”
Mike Darcey, Sky’s chief operating officer, added: “Our agreement with ESPN to retail its portfolio of sports channels ensures that we have certainty of distribution of all live Premier League matches to Sky homes, and further adds to the high-quality sports content our customers can enjoy, both in standard- and high-definition.”
ESPN International now includes more than 45 television networks outside of the US in 200 countries and territories.