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International Parks Round-Up — November/December 2017

by on December 5, 2017

While not as exciting as October, the month of November brought us a few new announcements regarding the International Disney Parks, with more excitement happening for the holidays in December. Let’s break the news down park by park.

DLP International Christmas

Disneyland Paris sparkles this holiday season! (Photo courtesy of Disney)

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The holiday season is in full force at Disneyland Paris, with special holiday entertainment throughout both parks. Disney’s Christmas Parade at Disneyland Park features familiar characters, dancing sugar canes and gingerbread men, and so much more! Ending with the always-magical snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., this parade will put you in the Yuletide spirit.

You can also find a brand-new show, “A Merry Stitchmas” on the Royal Castle Stage, led by that ever-mischievous alien Stitch. In addition, meet and greets are taking place throughout the park with Marie, Scrooge McDuck, Thumper, Miss Bunny, and Santa Claus.

Furthermore, at Walt Disney Studios Park you’ll find two new holiday shows. The stage show “Sing Me a Merry Christmas” gives you a chance to sing along with Mickey and friends to your favorite Christmas songs. At night, gaze in awe at “Goofy’s Incredible Christmas,” a nighttime extravaganza featuring all-new mapping technology and special effects displayed on The Hollywood Tower Hotel. If you’ve ever needed a reason for international travel, Christmas at Disneyland Paris seems like a good one!

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International Parks Round-Up – October 2017

by on October 31, 2017

There are a lot of things happening right now at the international Disney Parks! This month has given us a whole slew of exciting announcements, so let’s break them down park by park.

DLP Super Heroes

The Marvel Summer of Super Heroes is coming Summer 2018 to Disneyland Paris! (Photo courtesy of Disney.)

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First, Disneyland Paris announced that Summer 2018 will be the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes. At Walt Disney Studios Park you’ll be able to meet Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, and Black Widow. Furthermore, new shows are being developed just for this event. The content of these shows is still unknown.

Additionally, construction will be starting in October 2018 that will transform Disney’s Hotel New York. The hotel will become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. Guests will be transported to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes here. It is reopening in 2020.

Disneyland Paris celebrated their 25th anniversary on April 12 this year, and the festivities are continuing through Summer 2018. (I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about everything they’ve done thus far.) The Marvel Summer of Super Heroes is being touted as THE big event of 2018. It will also be the last event of the 25th anniversary celebration.

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Ask It: If You Could Visit an International Disney Park

by on September 6, 2017

It seems like many people I know have traveled or are planning travel to one of Disney’s international theme parks. It certainly is a bucket list item for me to go at some point, too. So for this week, we’re asking you:

If you could visit one international Disney theme park location, which would you choose?

  • Tokyo (60%, 283 Votes)
  • Paris (18%, 85 Votes)
  • Shanghai (17%, 82 Votes)
  • Hong Kong (4%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 469

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Voting is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week.

Disney Bucket List – What’s on Ours?

by on March 1, 2017

Disney Bucket List

Most theme park fans have a bucket list. Whether it’s hitting every international Disney park or finally experiencing that very expensive meal you’ve always wanted, there’s usually something that brings a wistful look to our eyes. With that in mind, we asked our fabulous blog team: “What’s on your Disney bucket list?”

Claire:
1. Star Wars Day at Sea. I have yet to do a Disney Cruise, and if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right: Lucasfilm panelists, movies shown on a loop, characters galore, amazing cosplay, and delicious food. Coincidentally, all of it happens to be on a majestic cruise ship which in and of itself has amazing perks!

2. Tokyo Disneyland/Disney SEA
3. A week in the Grand Californian Resort
4. Adventures by Disney to Africa
5. Eat at Sanaa and finally have that bread about which I’ve heard so much.

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Disneyland Hotel in Paris – Thoughts

by on February 1, 2017

 

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Disneyland Hotel Lobby

A Grand Lobby at Disneyland Hotel

I had the good fortunate to visit Disneyland Paris in January 2016 and to stay at the Disneyland Hotel. In two other blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2), I share photos from that experience. Other bloggers on the site have examined Disneyland Paris’s theme parks in the past, so I am focusing on my hotel stay.

Having low standards and being cheap, I’ve rolled the dice with Hotwire for cheap hotel rooms on US 192 near Walt Disney World and even napped overnight on a pool lounge chair at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort to avoid paying for a hotel room after arriving on a late flight. I don’t need much in the way of lodging, but when heading to a foreign land I classed things up by spending 5 nights with my family at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.

Money

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Observations From Visiting 3 Different Disney Resorts in 16 Days

by on November 4, 2016

Sleeping Beauty Castle ParisMy wife and I recently decided to visit Paris for a week, and as you may be aware, there is a Disney resort there — so being the complete Disney dorks that we are, paying a visit to Disneyland Paris was a must-do. Of course, our daughter was staying in the Orlando area with her grandparents and we had to come back through there to get her, so we decided to pay the Mouse a quick visit at Walt Disney World while we got over our jetlag. Shortly after arriving back home, I had to head out to Southern California for work, and it presented me with an opportunity — even if only briefly — to visit my third Disney resort in just over 2 weeks. I had to take it.

So, apart from the whirlwind of travel, what is it like to experience every Disney resort in the Western Hemisphere back-to-back-to-back? The three resorts share similar layouts and several attractions, but my biggest takeaway is how much it highlighted the differences between these outwardly similar parks. So, without further ado, let me share some of the biggest stuff I noticed, and pass out a few superlatives…

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Exploring Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris: Part 2

by on May 17, 2016

This is Part 2 of a photo-centric post related to a stay at Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Paris in late January 2016. This post focuses on my hotel room. See Part 1 for photos of the hotel and its breakfast buffet.

To set the stage appropriately, note that I stayed in the cheapest class of hotel room (Chambre classique) during the cheapest season (Basse saison) at Disneyland Hotel. I checked in very early (around 9:30 AM) on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that Room 1420 was ready for my family.

 

View

My Floor 4 (fifth floor in US nomenclature) was above the second floor bridge that connects the registration building (where my room was) to the central building of the hotel (where the restaurants, stores, etc. are). Although Room 1420 by no means had a premium view, I could glimpse into Disneyland Park and saw Tower of Terror looming in the distance. It also was a great location in that it was the closest room on my floor to the elevator, minimizing travel time during my stay.

 

Looking Directly Out the Window

Looking Straight Out the Window

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Exploring Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris: Part 1

by on May 16, 2016

At the end of January 2016, I had the good fortune to travel to Europe and spend five nights at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris. This “5-star” hotel is located at the entrance to Disneyland Park, and its marvelous location commands a price premium, making a stay here a very special treat for my family. We have covered the attractions of Disneyland Paris in the past, but here I share photographs of parts of a unique Disney resort hotel.

I am presenting photos in two blog posts: Part 1 (this post) has photos from public areas of the hotel. Part 2 will focus on my hotel room–look for that tomorrow.

 

Exterior

A view of Disneyland Park’s entrance is the same as a view of Disneyland Hotel, much of which is literally built on top of the ticket vending windows for the park.

An Official Disney Photo: What it is supposed to look like approaching Disneyland Park (and Disneyland Hotel).

An official Disney photo (the copyright is Disney’s) of what it is supposed to look like approaching Disneyland Park and Disneyland Hotel.

 

A (construction-obscured) view of Disneyland Hotel, located above the ticket windows to Disneyland Park.

The construction-obscured view I captured of the exterior of Disneyland Park and Disneyland Hotel.

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Disneyland vs. Disneyland Paris Attractions Head-to-Head with Video

by on November 6, 2015

It’s been a little over a month since I left Europe behind, but I’ve still got a wealth of international Disney fun left that want to share. I’ve already raved about the walk-through attractions at Disneyland Paris, but today we’re taking a hard look at some of the park’s rides and shows. Every hardcore Disney fan has probably already heard about the Paris park’s unique takes on Disneyland originals like Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). However, you may not know about some other Anaheim originals that have also migrated across the Atlantic, and mutated along the way. Just in case you can’t afford to fly off to France to see them for yourself, here’s a video head-to-head comparing four Disneyland Paris attractions against their Disneyland equivalents.

 

Disneyland Storybook Land Canal Boats vs. Disneyland Paris Le Payes des Contes de Fees

One of the oldest operating attractions at Disneyland, Fantasyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats benefit greatly from exquisite horticultural design and live narration.

Disneyland Paris has the superficially similar Le Payes des Contes de Fees, but it replaces the human guide with recorded music, and the agricultural detail isn’t nearly as meticulous.

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Trivia Tuesday: Haunted Mansion + Video

by on October 20, 2015

Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Welcome to a spooky edition of Trivia Tuesday!

Click on the video below to hear some ghoooooostly details about the Haunted Mansion attraction.

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Happy Halloween!