Happy New year! The Christmas season at Disneyland Paris is now over and we have a ton of news to bring you from ride refurbishments to new policies to the latest season rumours.
Indiana Jones Refurbishment
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril today started its refurbishment, after closing on January 6th. Disneyland Paris' official twitter feed has posted that the refurbishment will last until 28th May 2014. @InsideDLParis on Twitter today posted this image showing that a crane is already on-site:
The details of the refurbishment have also be officially revealed:
- The scope of the work is to replace ride related components including the whole loop as well as the temple structure.
- We are focused on using very durable and quality components, as well as upgrading the ride control systems for more reliability.
Other details for unofficial sources also say:
- During the refurbishment of Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril, the control tower will be modernized and the queue line will be reworked (DisneylandBerry, Twitter).
Sports fans will be pleased to hear of the refurbishment of the Sports Bar in Disney Village is now complete. The project took several months including the resurfacing of the floor, and os of today there is a brand new TV screen which is 40% bigger than before.
LEGO Store Disney Village
The new LEGO store that was due to open in September 2013 at Disney Village has suffered yet another set-back. After a roof collapse which delayed works, the new shop was expected to open at the end of 2013 or on the first few days of 2014. After a press invitation was sent out for the grand inauguration week to be 15th-19th January, this too has been cancelled. When will the store finally open? It is now expected to open at the end of January.
New Queuing System for Characters
After years of European-style non-queues for characters, it appears Disneyland Paris has listened to feedback to improve guest experiences. Today, Disneyland Park began the trial of a single-file queue system for all character meet and greets instead of the scrums it used to be. This is just a trial at the moment but we expect that feedback will be good and the system will be fully implemented. Oh, and a side note - more un-published and random character meet and greets are back, these are not on the park schedule and usually take place between 11am and 2pm.
Rumour - Festival des Fleurs / Flower Festival:
The latest rumour swirling is that Disneyland Paris is to see the return of Flower Festival mini-season. This event has not occurred for almost 20 years in the park and is a way of getting people to come to the park year-round and not only during the school holidays. This event is currently all but confirmed so we think there is a very high probability of it happening.
According to "Disneyland Paris - Direct" (a new Facebook account with no track record) the event will take place from 3rd April to 4th July 2014 inclusive. It will take place only in Disneyland Park (no love for the Studios yet again, just like Christmas), and Fantasia Gardens. Town Square, Main Street and Central Plaza will be home to most of the flowers. New meet and greets will happen throughout the park. Live music will be played in the Videopolis theatre and a magic piano will roam the streets of the park. A small cavalcade (without floats) may happen several times a day along Main Street, and there may be a show though this is far from being confirmed. Fantasyland will also play a big part in the festival with topiaries and there may even be flower petals distributed and launched into the air in this land.
As we say, although we are fairly certain the event will take place generally, all the details announced at the moment come from a Facebook account with previous history so take it all with a pinch of salt.
Disney Dreams of Christmas Feedback is in:
The nighttime show Disney Dreams of Christmas, which replaced the standard Disney Dreams, has now played its last night at Disneyland Paris. According to InsideDLParis, the satisfaction ratings for the show were lower than for regular dreams and the show will be heavily modified or cut for next season.
Crush's Coaster - New queue line:
Last year during the What's New, What's Next presentation we were told that single rider lines would start to become much more prevalent throughout the resort. The first new one, for Crush's Coaster, now has an implementation date. The ride will be closed form 17th March for several weeks for an extension of the current queue line, as well as the implementation of the new single rider line. DisneylandBerry (Twitter) says that the next ride to get the same single-rider treatment will be Rock n Rollercoaster.
Town Square Photography closing:
Town Square Photography, the shop dedicated to photo memorabilia is currently undergoing a massive transformation, it will lose its name, its theming and be called "Flora's Boutique" if rumours are to be believed, the shop will sell Parisian souvenirs and will be of as high a detail as TSP was. Disney Photopass products can be picked up at Ribbons and Bows from now 18th January 2014.
Refurbishment of Main Street:
Yet another detail which was announced last September, Main Street is expected to undergo a massive refurbishment in order to make the buildings more durable to the weather. Main Street Station will be the first to undergo the treatment. We can see how badly its needed from the photo below - look at all the crackling paintwork.
Ratatouille - The Ride:
Progress on Ratatouille the ride and its surrounding area is coming along well and it appears the attraction sign and fountain are currently being installed. On January 1st, Disneyland Paris also this press release:
Next summer, Disneyland Paris will unveil a major new attraction and mini-land inspired by the Oscar-winning Disney Pixar film Ratatouille. The film, directed by Brad Bird, tells the tale of Rémy, a young rat who has amazing talents in the kitchen and dreams of one day becoming a great chef. This leads to a fun but perilous journey that eventually lands him as the head chef of one of the most famous restaurants in Paris. Now Rémy has arrived at Walt Disney Studios Park to share his culinary delights and crazy adventures with the entire family.
On the attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy*, guests will shrink down to the size of a rat and join Rémy and his friends as they scurry through the kitchen, dining room, and walls of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant, all the while trying to avoid the nemesis from the film, Chef Skinner. This first of its kind Disney attraction will immerse guests into an animated world like The attraction is located in a new corner of Toon Studio that’s been transformed into a Ratatouille-inspired version of the City of Light. In addition to the attraction, this mini-land also features a shop,
Chez Marianne Souvenirs de Paris**, and a rat-scale themed table service restaurant, Bistrot Chez Rémy*. The restaurant, which is the only one of its kind across Disney Parks worldwide, is directly adjacent to the attraction and serves the “little chef’s” famous dish, ratatouille.
After Crush’s Coaster, Cars Race Rally and Toy Story Playland, Ratatouille will be the fourth attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park inspired by a Disney●Pixar film. Disneyland Paris will once again combine its narration skills with state-of-the-art technology to offer the best possible experience.
Next summer, join us for Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, only at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris.
*Opening scheduled during Summer 2014
**Opening scheduled during Autumn 2014
The new information we can glean from this press release is a couple of name
To follow the full progress of the Ratatouille construction site so far look no further than here.
That's it for this news round-up. We'll keep you update with more exciting news.