Friday, 9th November 2012

Christmas 2012 Comes Early! December Park Hours, January Closures

Christmas Winter Season at Disneyland Paris

‘Tis the season… to plan your winter break to Disneyland Paris! That task is made easier now Disney have confirmed important details for the months ahead, which you can find in our comprehensive Calendar section. Read More…

Thursday, 4th October 2012

Winter Dates! November Park Hours, First December Closures

Autumn/Winter in Discoveryland

It’s a double Calendar update today for your winter Disneyland Paris trip planning… Read More…

Thursday, 4th October 2012

New HD Video: Phantom Manor Complete Ridethrough

Phantom Manor

Where hinges creak in door-less chambers… Read More…

Saturday, 22nd September 2012

Captain EO to Re-Open in October AND November 2012!

Captain EO

We’ve now unfortunately again become accustomed to River Rogue Keelboats being listed as a perpetual “Closed” on refurbishment schedules, but the spell on another long closure has finally been lifted. Read More…

Saturday, 22nd September 2012

Closures & Refurbishments to November 2012 Now Available!

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Our Disneyland Paris Calendar now has the very latest list of Closures & Refurbishments right up to November 2012! Read More…

Tuesday, 18th September 2012

Debt Mountain: The Walt Disney Company agrees €1.3 billion Euro Disney refinancing

Time to shoot for the moon again?

It’s not the rumoured share buyout, but it’s big: Euro Disney S.C.A., operating group of Disneyland Paris, tonight announced that a huge €1.3 billion of its epic debt pile will be refinanced by The Walt Disney Company itself, taking over from the banks which have stunted the resort’s growth. Given a longer lending term, less restrictive financial commitments and reduced interest payments, Disneyland Paris will be free to invest more in long-term growth and enjoy greater operational flexibility. Read More…

Friday, 31st August 2012

New HD Video: Take a Ride Through Le Pays des Contes de Fées!

Le Pays des Contes de Fées

Our latest Disneyland Paris HD video might be the perfect thing to give you a few minutes of relaxation in your regular day. Read More…

Thursday, 2nd August 2012

Disney Store modestly renews focus to Christmas and characters – for how long?

Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]

Ah, the Disney Store. Not the one in your nearby shopping mall, but the generically titled store that used to be the largest in Disney Village. Now effectively replaced and superseded in both size, style and location by World of Disney, you might well think this rather tired location will be at a loss to find a raison d’être. But, reopening after a short closure on 14th July, it now sees a renewed focus to character groups and a new dedicated Christmas section — the first outside the parks.

Little else has been renewed, however. All the old 1990s props and decoration — including the large spaceship mobile hanging in the centre of the store — remain intact. The ugly dayglo-coloured flat signage outside is still in place, still carrying the generic “Disney Store” name.

Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]
Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]

Some effort has been made to tie the interior together better, with a smart new mural or “fresque” installed above the displays around the edge of the store, signifying areas for franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Cars or even individual characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This is slightly different at least to the displays at World of Disney, which largely group items by categories such as homewares and favour resort merchandise over franchise ranges.

Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]
Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]
Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]

Meanwhile the small lower area of Disney Store, historically the original La Poste postal office, is now a dedicated Christmas space. Since the 15th Anniversary it has featured the current season’s merchandise, most recently changing to 20th Anniversary displays for a few months before this recent change. The modest decoration of lights, tinsel, trimmings and props isn’t bad at all, but only stuck-on snow in the window announces this as a Christmas shop from outside.

Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]
Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]Disney Store in Disney Village [(C) Maarten]

Presumably all of these changes are merely a stop-gap measure before it’s decided what to do with this space in the longer term. Perhaps split it into several smaller, well-branded boutiques? Or a large (and much-needed) new restaurant? Or why not demolish this whole oppressive, monolithic block and start again, using some of the empty backstage space to create more space out front? We can dream.

In the short term, the restricted opening hours, nondescript name (still curiously overlapping with the actual Disney Store brand) and dated interior almost give the feel of a cut-price outlet store. The store now only opens from 4pm onwards each day, an obvious sign that it’s living on borrowed time.

With rumours of a LEGO store to replace the similarly-inflicted Hollywood Pictures shop further along, let’s hope Disney Village’s true retail revolution is still to come.

PHOTOS Maarten for DLRP Today.com

Thursday, 2nd August 2012

What’s on the shelves: a browse around the merchandise of World of Disney

World of Disney at Disneyland Paris [(C) Maarten]

It can be a beautiful piece of Disney architecture and filled with fun facts and details, but a shop is ultimately only as good as the merchandise its sells. How does World of Disney compare? DLRP Today.com reader Maarten has kindly captured a lengthy photo tour of the new store, showing us what’s on the shelves of this new flagship location for Disneyland Paris merchandise.

Though the store largely presents a kind of “best of” collection of merchandise available at an array of stores across the resort, organised largely by product type through hats, mugs, towels, and so on, it does also introduce a few of its own exclusive ranges. These displays, signified by special “World of Disney – Produits Exclusifs” placards, include items from the colourful Disney by Britto range, designed by pop artist Romero Britto.

One of the main benefits of World of Disney, besides perhaps not having to visit several stores to buy the merchandise that’s taken your eye, is that the aisles between the actual shelves are much wider and more spacious than in any other store at the resort.

World of Disney at Disneyland Paris [(C) Maarten]World of Disney at Disneyland Paris [(C) Maarten]

Continues with 46 more photos… Read More…

Tuesday, 31st July 2012

How To Follow Our Magical Disneyland Paris Instagram Photos

Instagram is one of the big hits of the “app” world lately, a fun and friendly way to share quick snapshots with added vintage filter effects. Not one to be left out of the latest trends (after YouTube, FlickrFacebook, Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr), you can now follow DLRP Magic! from your app, sharing a magical new photo from Disneyland Paris every day. Read More…

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