Friday, 16th September 2016

Calendar updates fall into place for Autumn 2016 at Disneyland Paris

Mickey Mouse clock at Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Paris

Planning an autumn getaway to Disneyland Paris sometime in the next three months? DLP Guide now has the planning info you need!

Park Opening Hours are now available up to mid-December, the latest dates published on the official Disneyland Paris calendar. Yet, instead of clicking through their endless day-by-day listings, here you can see each whole month at a glance to plan the perfect date to visit!

Note some unusual opening hours on the calendar: on 20th October, Walt Disney Studios Park opens from 9am to 8pm. Later, from 1st to 11th November, the second park then unusually plays host to Extra Magic Hours, while the extra closed hours at Disneyland Park are put towards preparing it for Christmas.

Closures & Refurbishments meanwhile continue thick and fast, with an unbelievable number of minor touch-ups across both parks beyond the headline “Experience Enhancement Project” closures.

Almost every single Toon Studio attraction enjoys its own week of T.L.C. between now and Christmas, likewise for several Fantasyland dark ride favourites.

Since the currently announced closures only go as far as 15th December 2016, we can’t yet know if Big Thunder Mountain will really make its rumoured 17th December re-opening date. Up to this point, Disneyland Paris has consistently given itself the leeway of saying “January 2017” online, to mitigate any potential delays. We should know either way in a couple of days.

Friday, 27th November 2015

12 Timely Gift Ideas for a Disneyland Paris Fan this Christmas

12 Timely Gift Ideas for a Disneyland Paris Fan this Christmas

Looking to surprise a Disneyland Paris fan amongst your friends and family with a present that’ll actually be on their wish list this Christmas?

Here’s a quick pick of 12 handy gift ideas from the world of Disney that would surely be welcome under any fan’s tree…

Disneyland Paris Attractions Posters, Set of 12

1. Disneyland Paris Attractions Posters, Set of 12

Without doubt our top present pick for a fan this year, the fabulous Disneyland Paris attraction posters set includes no less than 12 large, high quality artworks in one set, for a remarkably reasonable price compared to the alternative Disney Art on Demand option (though note that Disney Store charges £29.99, against a cheaper €29.99 at the resort).

If a fan had been shown this set only a few years ago they’d have thought they were hallucinating, Disneyland Paris unlike other resorts having never published its attraction posters as art souvenirs. Thankfully, a slow but welcome turn-around in merchandising has seen it happen. Even more welcome, the set doesn’t shy away from the resort’s fascinating past: the “Euro Disneyland” Railroad poster is included, as is the retired Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune.

The 40 x 30cm size is perfect for framing, the only problem: do you have enough wall space to showcase them all?

Note: if the set is “sold out” online, check back soon as they appear to be replenishing stock regularly.

Available from: Disney Store UK

The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic (From the Magic Kingdom)

2. The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic (From the Magic Kingdom)

This year’s updated version of Jason Surrell’s excellent Haunted Mansion exposé drops all reference to the poorly received 2003 Eddie Murphy movie and adds a bunch of new content including covering Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor.

If the original edition isn’t already on your bookshelf, this is a must-own (along with Surrell’s equally good Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney Mountains volumes).

Available from:

Space Mountain Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Medallion

3. Space Mountain Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Medallion

Produced earlier this year to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the attraction that holds a special place in every Disneyland Paris fans’ heart, this limited edition medallion is also available online at Disney Store UK while stocks last — the rather more expensive framed print sold out earlier this week.

Enclosed in a gift box with the now sorely missed “De la Terre à la Lune” logo, the medallion will transport many a fan back to the excitement of 1995.

Available from: Disney Store UK

They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age

4. They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age

From author Didier Ghez, of “fan bible” Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality, and with a foreword by Pete Docter, this weighty new hardback tome garnering rave reviews focuses solely on the 1930s Disney animated features, including many newly-discovered and unseen pieces of artwork to make for a very fresh look at some of Disney’s oldest works.

More exciting, it seems set to be part of an entire series looking in detail at six decades of the Disney animation art form.

Available from:

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas Mug

5. Mickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas Mug

This colourful Christmas mug has a super-cute retro Mickey and Minnie design. Perfect for a fan to fill with hot chocolate, close their eyes and pretend they’re huddling for warmth on Main Street, U.S.A. while waiting for a late Christmas performance of Disney Dreams!. No really, we will.

Available from: Disney Store UK

Tomorrowland - Michael Giacchino

6. Tomorrowland – Michael Giacchino

As an unfortunate testament to how poorly Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure has been treated by Disney since critics hastily called “flop”, the stirring original soundtrack by fan favourite Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) isn’t widely available to buy on CD outside the U.S. — and in the UK, not even as a digital download.

For the best price on the CD, you’ll need to head to, but it’s worth it — Giacchino’s trademark sound and jumpy brass notes provide an optimistic, adventurous score which feels at one with the background music loops of the theme park lands (including Discoveryland) themselves.

For extra points, throw in the Before Tomorrowland prequel novel or — a quirkily romantic idea for your “chosen one” — hide a Tomorrowland pin badge itself inside a gift and they’ll feel like they’re on their way to Plus Ultra.

Available from:

BB-8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Decoration

7. BB-8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Decoration

If you don’t quite want a real Sphero BB-8 Droid rolling around your home, this festive bauble is about the cleverest and most fun Christmas tree ornament you can find, to celebrate what will no doubt be a very Star Wars-filled holiday season.

Available from: Disney Store UK

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Disneyland

8. Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Disneyland

The Legacy Collection is a stunning new series of Walt Disney Records releases celebrating the music of twelve classic Disney animated features. Even if you already own the original soundtracks, these beautifully-packaged discs with wonderful new liner notes booklets are well worth purchasing for a vast amount of new and previously unreleased audio, presenting a far more complete edition of each soundtrack alongside fascinating bonus material.

The “Disneyland” volume only adds a few new tracks to previous releases from the California resort, but it’s as good a place as any to start your collection and can be considered a definitive collection of music from the parks for any fan, with many Disneyland Paris cross-overs.

A complete box set of all twelve is available from Disney Music Emporium, but you might find it cheaper to hunt eBay or Amazon Marketplace for individual discs.

Available from: eBay,, Disney Music Emporium

Pete's Dragon

9. Pete’s Dragon

With a remake due in 2016, now’s the perfect time for a fan to re-familiarise themselves with the original and one of Disney’s best-loved live action films, notably inspiring parts of the treasured Main Street Electrical Parade.

Available from:

Aladdin, the New Broadway Musical

10. Aladdin, the New Broadway Musical

Don’t worry, European fans: you no longer need to travel to New York to see Disney’s newest musical. Aladdin will be opening at the Prince Edward Theatre, London from June 2016 and tickets are available to book now. It’s certain to be more entertaining than a ride on Flying Carpets Over Agrabah.

Available from: Aladdin The Musical

Euro Disneyland Board Game

11. Almost anything under “Euro Disney” on eBay

A treasure trove for fans of Disneyland Paris memorabilia from its earlier years, eBay could well provide you with any kind of unusual and rare retro gift. From “Euro Disney” mugs to keyrings, postcards, licence plates, pins, posters, books, stamps and even clothing. Just check it’s not already in our collection — we’re notorious for treating ourselves (or not knowing when to stop placing bids).

Available from: eBay

Disneyland Paris entrance

12. Another Trip to Disneyland Paris

If all else fails, take them back to Disneyland Paris! Tickets to the parks, an Annual Passport, a hotel stay, train tickets or even some Euros towards spending — make it different, memorable and meaningful. As long as it involves Marne-la-Vallée, you can’t go wrong.

Available from: Disneyland Paris,,, Voyages-sncf, P&O Ferries, Attraction Tickets Direct, AttractionTix

Thursday, 26th November 2015

Plaza Gardens & 11 More Buffet Restaurant Menu Updates

Plaza Gardens & 11 More Buffet Restaurant Menu Updates

Every single Buffet Service menu on our Restaurant Menus guide is now fully up-to-date with the latest November 2015 prices and options. This includes the newly refreshed Plaza Gardens Restaurant offering, which now serves a new selection of hot meats amongst other improvements.

Check the new menu for your favourite now:

Several more menu updates will follow shortly, including a full update of the revised Table Service menus for winter 2015.

*Note that the final buffet restaurant, Buzz Lightyear’s Pizza Planet Restaurant, is currently closed.

Thursday, 19th November 2015

Your Guide to Christmas at Disneyland Paris + 4 Brand New Videos!

Your Guide to Christmas at Disneyland Paris + 4 Brand New Videos!

Since 7th November it’s “already Christmas at Disneyland Paris”! This year’s Disney’s Enchanted Christmas season runs until 7th January 2016, with its own parade, illumination ceremonies and nighttime castle spectacular, plus the return of a certain hit stage show from this summer.

Though shocking events in the outside world may have paused the daily routine of the parks for four days — our thoughts remaining with the victims and their families for much longer — perhaps this is the perfect antidote for those of us thankfully unaffected. “When it seems the magic’s slipped away, we find it all again on Christmas day,” you hear in Disney Dreams of Christmas!. This Christmas seems like something to be more thankful for than ever before.

To help you plan your trip, DLP Guide has put together a complete guide to the season, including a brief review of each highlight and some extra tips:

Meanwhile, as the parks re-opened yesterday, the DLP Guide Twitter feed shared four brand new videos filmed last week to coincide with each event as it was happening in the park. You can watch them now here, and on our YouTube playlist:

Plus don’t forget, returning daily this Christmas:

Wishing you a safe and merry Christmas!

Monday, 9th November 2015

9 Things to Learn from the New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

With every new Disneyland Paris brochure, every avid fan must scour the pages cover-to-cover for additions, changes and updates to keep their Disney resort knowledge fully up-to-date. From new room types to new seasonal events, price increases to (the occasional) price decreases.

But, to save you time and make sure you don’t miss a thing, here are 9 important things we can learn from the new 2016/2017 Annual Brochure (UK edition):

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

1. Sheriff Woody ‘Texas’ rooms come to Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne from next summer

From summer 2016, you’ll be able to enjoy newly-refurbished rooms at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, titled ‘Texas’ rooms, themed around Toy Story’s Sheriff Woody. The standard will now be a stow-away bed rather than bunk beds, with alternative rooms housing two double beds available from autumn 2016.

2. Seasonal Events are all sorted up to 2017

With bookings now open to 30th September 2017 and this brochure covering to 28th March 2017, dates for the next Spring, Summer, Halloween and Christmas seasons are already sorted (find them in full here).

In fact, the next seasonal dates we see after these (depending on whether Spring returns in 2017) could likely be the 25th Anniversary! (Bets already placed on Saturday, 1st April 2017, surely?)

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

3. Hot drinks could soon be in your Disney Hotel room as standard

What’s likely to be a very popular upgrade can be noted on the pages of three Disney Hotels: at Disney’s Newport Bay Club and Disney’s Hotel New York, a “tea and coffee kit” (from sometime in 2016); and at Disneyland Hotel, “tea and espresso facilities” (from end of 2015). Of course, you’re currently able to request a kettle upon checking in, but putting the facilities in rooms as standard is a logical and welcome upgrade to remove this hassle.

We can presume Disneyland Paris might have kept hot drinks out of its hotels to promote guests visiting the hotel bar or spending more time (and money!) outside their rooms, but in real terms this likely provided very little financial boost and more likely just looked “stingy” (as a tea-loving Brit would say).

Since they’re spending so much time and money upgrading the rooms, it would have done a disservice to all that investment to continue with that ungenerous and unpopular decision. The Nespresso machines at Disneyland Hotel are a particularly smart upgrade to ensure that hotel keeps up with what its audience expects.

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

4. Disney Dreams! is safe for another year

As if we expected any different, but Disney Dreams! is now confirmed as happening daily until end of September 2016 (except during Christmas when you’ll see the entirely different Disney Dreams! of Christmas instead). After this date, as usual, the resort is keeping options open, but it’s unlikely we’ll be saying anything different again next year.

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

5. Christmas Rooms and Compass Club are coming to Disney’s Newport Bay Club

The freshly-refurbished Disney’s Newport Bay Club will join Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hotel New York from next year (Christmas 2016) in offering a Christmas Room upgrade option, including decorations, a tree and small gifts to keep.

With its recent improvements, Disneyland Paris seems keen for the hotel to be seen as closer to these two premium properties than the more mid-range Sequoia Lodge. This can be evidenced with its application to upgrade it to a 4-key rating, noted on the hotel page with an extra white key. From early 2016, it will also get its own premium-tier “club” to match: the Compass Club will offer a range of extra benefits and privileges including a private lounge.

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

6. Villages Nature is making its first sales step

Despite now being under impressively heavy construction next to Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, the Villages Nature accommodation project retains something of a mysterious air. Being developed jointly with the Pierre & Vacances Centre Parcs Group, the project is teased to the general Disneyland Paris-booking public for the first time on two pages at the back of the brochure. It already looks like a refreshing and well-branded accommodation option — let’s hope it’s not too long now before it’s available as a real booking choice.

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

7. The new B&B Hotel will be the cheapest of the lot

Located next to the four other Selected Hotels in the Val de France district, the new B&B Hotel due to open late this year, part of a growing French chain, will now be the cheapest accommodation to book via Disneyland Paris, coming in just below the nearby Kyriad Hotel. Looking at the hotel facilities chart, the only difference between these two- and three-star hotels (besides room and hotel décor) appears to be the provision of a hairdryer.

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

8. Big Thunder Mountain is missing for the year

While there is no clear mention whatsoever of the wide-ranging Experience Enhancement Plan refurbishments currently taking place and due to continue for the next year, Disneyland Paris is being careful to minimise some disappointment by ensuring certain attractions are also nowhere to be seen. Big Thunder Mountain, scheduled to be closed until January 2017, is the most obvious missing attraction, but there’s also no mention on the park pages of Star Tours, Animagique, Peter Pan’s Flight or Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic.

New 2016/2017 Disneyland Paris Brochure

9. There are now six (6!) hotel pricing seasons

Not long ago Disneyland Paris used only three or four price bands or “pricing seasons”, but after a fifth was added last year they’ve now gone one further and added a sixth. Named Super Value, Value, Moderate, Regular, High and Peak, they define what price you’ll pay for your package based on the arrival date (see them now on our updated Calendar).

Adding more bands might be a good thing, allowing for less of a sudden jump between prices from one day to the next, though the immediate impression is that the “new” ‘Peak’ pricing season has been applied surprisingly copiously throughout the calendar. Not just Christmas holidays but late spring and October half-terms, the first half of August and Saturdays throughout much of spring and autumn are now classified as ‘Peak’. The upside is that for most hotels the new ‘Peak’ price from 24th March 2016 is less than the current price; only the upgraded Disney’s Newport Bay Club will see sharp increases.

Monday, 9th November 2015

Complete November Calendar update: Hours, dates, closures & seasons to 2016

Disneyland Paris - Discoveryland - Space Mountain, Autopia

Our entire Disneyland Paris Calendar is now fully up-to-date and filled with more future dates, hours and details than ever before to help plan your next trip.

Here’s what’s new this November…

  • Monthly Park Hours
    Park opening hours now available to end of January 2016 (with a whole month visible at a glance unlike the painful official website); booking price seasons added to March 2016 (useful so you don’t have to keep delving into the brochure or price grids).
  • Attraction Closures
    Fully updated confirmed dates to the current latest available in February 2016; new, simplified listing for closures “Further Ahead” as part of the Experience Enhancement Plan — simply by attraction rather than by quarter.
  • Hotels, Pools and Health Suites Closures
    New pool refurbishment dates for the 2016 and winter 2017 seasons — note the major revamp due at Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch from January to March 2017.
  • Season Dates
    With hotel bookings now possible for further ahead than ever before, Disneyland Paris has already confirmed the precise dates of all its 2016 seasons: Swing into Spring, Frozen Summer Fun, Disney’s Halloween Festival and Disney’s Enchanted Christmas. Don’t forget next year’s runDisney Disneyland Paris Half Marathon too!
  • Annual Passport Blockouts
    Know your Classic/Francilien and Fantasy restriction days, now right through to April 2017.

Once you’ve decided when to visit the magic, our unique Deals guide will help you sift through the latest special offers to get there in-budget.

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