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Opinion: Phantom Manor 2019, 5 Pros and Cons

Well, here we are, folks. Phantom Manor is back open (in AP Previews this week) and many Guests have already had the chance to experience the “re-imagined” attraction, including our team. Phantom Manor is a beloved attraction with an opinionated fan base, and so it is normal that people will have a different take on the changes that were made. In order to give you an overview of what has been done and what Guests reactions have been, we’ve collected a number of opinions within our team and other Guests and here are the 10 most recurring points, presented to you pro/con style. (You can watch our full POV video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRFTUl6txoQ) Warning: contains spoilers! PROS Vincent Price’s narration What a treat! The restored voice over takes the story to a whole new leve...

Jungle Book Jive: the sleeper hit of the summer ?

As the “Lion King and Jungle Festival” marketing machine booted up back in September last year, and more recently with TV ads, billboards and other teasers, everyone’s focus has generally been on the new Lion King stage production coming to the Frontierland Theater (if it’s ready). But a key element of the season seems stay in the background, possibly due to the lack of details or promotion, and it might very well steal the entire spotlight: The Jungle Book Jive. Let’s look at the show you may very well be obsessed with all summer, based on what we know so far: It’s a Parade “Musical production” is the term used by Disney, but don’t get it twisted: it’s a full blown mini parade. With no less than 9 brand new floats (albeit not of a size of a daytime parade), the show will cover a lot of te...

Review: Pirates & Princesses AP Night

To round out the Festival of Pirates & Princesses season (hopefully just until next year!) Disneyland Paris held it’s first Soirée Exclusive Pass Annuels of 2019: The Pirates & Princesses party! If you weren’t able to make it to this sparkly, swashbuckling occasion, then let me make you feel a bit better upfront by telling you that this was the best AP night yet! Sorry, not sorry. 😉 So, if you’ve chosen your side and you’re ready to dance, read on! Streetmosphere Upon entering Disneyland Park, guests were greeted by a motley crew of pirates and some princess attendants urging guests to choose their side. On the balcony of Main Street station, Silver Ocean and Violette Rose cheered at guests who joined their respective teams. While this was a nice touch, Silv...

Review: Marvel Season 2019

Just 6 months after the last round of “heroic encounters”, the Marvel Super Heroes are back at Walt Disney Studios Park, this time in the Spring. After rather mixed reviews of the first edition, we were eager to see how the offering has progressed, and if the entertainment teams were able to learn from the feedback. The quick answer is yes, for the most part, so let’s take a look at the various features of Marvel Season 2019. [This article contains a few minor spoilers.] Marvel: Super Heroes United While ambitious, “United” disappointed last season with a confusing story line and constant technical difficulties. This year, the show is back with the same overall storyline – which is still not ground-breaking but does the job at featuring all the Heroes in an introductory way. A few ad...

Review: New Disney Princesses Breakfast at Auberge de Cendrillon

With the popularity of character dining, Disney Princesses, and the Disney Princesses Character Lunch at Auberge de Cendrillon, it’s almost mind boggling that no one had thought of launching a Disney Princesses Breakfast in 26 years! Fairy Godmother wiggled her wand and voila – Disney Princesses Breakfast is now a thing at Auberge de Cendrillon, for now as a test during the Pirates and Princesses Festival (until April 1, 2019). We set our alarms and hurried down to Sleeping Beauty Castle on opening day, to find out if the Princesses really « woke up like this ». Booking, prices and access: Like a few other Character Dining experience, Disney Hotels and Partner Hotels Guests have a preferred booking window (when booking direct), in the sense that they can book this meal at the t...

“Surprise Mickey”: Recipe of a Disney Parks Hit Show

Production Courtyard shows have never been life changing. So when Disneyland Paris announced that, for Mickey’s 90th Birthday, Minnie was going to host yet another “surprise”, no one expected much. But on a sunny Friday morning of November, when Minnie suddenly realized that it was Mickey’s Birthday, he was not the only one to get a wonderful gift. Spoilers ahead – and if you’d like you can watch the show first below: So why did this show resonate with Guests? Let’s look at the ingredients: Story Story always come first. As much as you’d think Disneyland Paris show producers would know this by now, Guests come to the parks to be told a story, and sadly that is not always the case with shows.Surprise Mickey’s story is simple but effective, it makes sense (albeit the Disney Magic...

Review: Mickey 90 Mouse Party Soirée Pass Annuel

To celebrate Mickey’s 90th Anniversary, a special Annual Pass Party was held in Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris on Thursday, 6th December, 2018. But was it a good, good, good, good time… or a bit of a deflated Pooh balloon? Read on to found out! Streetmosphere Throughout the night an eclectic mix of 80s and 90s Mickey Mouse themed numbers (many from the old Disney EuroBeat albums) were played throughout the park, along with the likes of Disney Parks classics such as Mickey Mania (hello 1995) being busted out of the archives. The lighting of the blue and silver Christmas decorations glowed a warm, and much more welcoming red and gold instead. Various Main Street USA shopfronts had also setup temporary selfie backdrops for the occasion. Cast Members lined the streets of Main ...

Review: Disneyland Paris Halloween Party 2018

By @EyeOnDisney The age old question that has divided Disneyland Paris fans for quite some time now is “Christmas or Halloween?”. This reviewer will try to avoid angering either camp but one of the highlights on the Disneyland Paris events calendar each year is the Halloween party that takes place annually on October 31. This year saw several changes including increased prices for guests as well as tickets being available right up to the day of the event. General improvements  were made to the logisitics of the event starting at wristband distribution. Guests had the opportunity to pick up wristbands for the event from Main Street station, ticketing or hotel reception depending on the guests’ individual situation. Even better still, guests arriving just for the party were given their...

The Cupcake Sisters of Disneyland Paris

By Jack and Sadie Are you ready for the World’s Biggest Mouse Party? Well even if you’re not I can tell you about 5 girls who are! The Cupcake Sisters of Disneyland Paris are a very recent addition to Disneyland Park for « #Mickey90 », with each Sister representing one of the 5 lands and having their very own supersized cupcake! The Cupcake Sisters Caramel (Discoveryland), Velvet (Adventureland), Angel (Main Street USA), Candy (Fantasyland), Peach (Frontierland) Throughout the day at Disneyland Park, The Cupcake Sisters will be meeting guests alongside their cupcake within their specific land. The Sisters are presented as specially selected bakers, who have been chosen by Minnie Mouse, to create a colourful, vibrant and beautiful cupcake for Mickey’s 90th birthday! Each Cupcake Sister has ...

Review: Disney Loves Jazz

Review by Patrick G. The Disney Loves Jazz soirée follows in the footsteps in a growing list of hard-ticketed events that have been held in Disneyland Paris in the past few months. The main element that made this soirée stand out more than most is that it was very clearly targeting a different type of audience, one that may not be a traditional park goer or a repeat visitor to Disneyland Paris. Once again the Walt Disney Studios Park played host to a special evening of entertainment and characters. Disney friends like Tiana, Naveen, Louis, Dr. Facilier, Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant, Oswald, Mickey, Minnie, the Aristocats and Edgar (a world premiere no less!) came out to play in a jazzy atmosphere which was largely a calm and relaxing affair. The soirée began at 8pm and despite the park clos...

Review: Halloween Festival 2018

Despite all the fun things the 25th Anniversary brought us, its fair to say that it “killed” Halloween last year. But don’t fear – this year Halloween is back with a vengeance for an incredible Festival mixing the right amount of fun, spooky, beautiful and surprising. Halloween 2018 at Disneyland Paris is spooktacukar and here’s why – we just had the most fun-exhausting launch day, and are ready to recap – spoilers ahead 1. Disneyland Parks puts on its orange coat  This year, Disneyland Park is pulling all the stops to show the colors of  the season. New garlands over Main Street – Disneyland Paris exclusive – pumpkins, ghosts, garlands, and the return of the Dia de los Muertos thème in Frontierland, take a look at the transformation! Take a look: 2. Disney Fr...

Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend 2018 Review

Now that my legs have finally recovered, let’s take a look back at the 3rd annual Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend which took place this past weekend (21st-23rd September). The event marked some firsts, and some changes, over previous years – but did it all work out? Read on to find out! As a bit of background, I took part in the 36km Challenge this year and also ran the Biddi-Boddi-Boo Challenge last year, I didn’t take part in the Inaugural event so most of my comparisons will be drawn between the 2017 and 2018 events. Bib Collection & the Health & Wellness Expo It’s almost tradition now that some sort of problem prevents the Health & Wellness Expo from opening on time, this year was no exception to that rule. However, once the Expo was open the process of bib collection wa...

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