Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Joyeuses Fêtes!

Felices Fiestas!

Trevlig Helg!

Boas Festas!

Sarbatori Fericite!

Jie Ri Yu Kuai!

Bones Festes!

Tanoshii kurisumasu wo!

Buone Feste!

Forhe Feiertage!

Prettige feestdagen!

Hau’oli Lanui!

Beannachtaí na Féile!

Vesele Praznike!

Sretni praznici!

We Are Back

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

It has been a while since you’ve seen an update here but as you can see we are back in action.

So what happened? Why where we gone?

Well, we had to fight some technical difficulties on the blog that had forced it into a complete black-out.

It took a while to find the error, but as you can see the Mousekingdom blog is back on-line. Unfortunately we did loose some date, but that will not stop us from adding new stuff.

So if you like Walt Disney, Disney Parks, Disney movies and anything else related to the world of Disney (and more), brace yourself as we are ready for GO!…

Hello Mousekingdom Blog Visitors

Monday, September 19th, 2011

It has been a while since we spread some Disney magic but it time for a return. After a couple of hectic weeks I am ready again to fill these pages.

So please make sure to visit us again and spread the word.

Also check out our twitter page, Facebook page and our sister website DLP.info.

And now, let’s get on with the show….

Happy New Year…

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

… and that all your Disney wishes may become reality.

We, the Mousekingdom team wishes everybody all the best for the new year with lot’s of Disney magic. Thank you for all your visits and support. We hope to see all of you back many times in 2011 to read and share the most magical Disney stories from around the world.

Happy New Year!

The Mousekingdom team

Put Your Hard Hat On and Visit Hong Kong Disneyland

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

No idea what they are talking about, but pictures say more than words and so is the case with this awesome Hong Kong video tour of the large construction area for the three new mini lands. There is also a good view of the models used to show of how the lands will look like once finish. One of these lands we already know and seen in Disneyland Paris. It will have some differences, but the rides are similar, it’s Toy Story Land of course. The other lands being shared in the video are Mystic Point and Grizzly Trail.

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Captain EO approaching

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The musical space adventure starring Michael Jackson in the 3D movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola featuring two original songs by Michael Jackson and a score by James Horner has been attracting guests at the original Disneyland in Anaheim, USA, in droves since it returned as “Captain EO Tribute” earlier this year to replace (temporarily) the aging “Honey, I Shrunkt the Audience” movie (short: HISTA). Also reports on various websites indicate that the merchandise (even so limited in scope) is flying off the shelves.

Therefore, fans who had wondered about a possible return of the movie to the other Disney parks it originally played in were wondering, whether or when the resorts in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris would follow the lead of Anaheim. The answers are now coming in. Disneyland Paris will close its Imagination Institute showing HISTA according to a leaked internal memo on May 3rd to start the transformation and then open “Captain EO” either in mid-June or July (for details check out our coverage on DLP.info).

On Monday, local time, the Oriental Land Company as operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort also confirmed with a press release that it will close HISTA as of May 10th for the return of” Captain EO”. Note that the press release does only speak of “Captain EO” – the “Tribute” tag-on used by Disneyland Anaheim isn’t mentioned here (btw neither is the leaked internal memo from Disneyland Paris). While Disneyland only stated that the run of the movie would be limited, Tokyo Disney Resort announces exact dates. Apparently the show will only be featured from July 1st, 2010 till June 30th 2010. As the resort expects high guest demand and the 17 minute movie is shown in a theater with just 369 seats they will even offer FastPass service for it! For comparison: the Magic Eye Theater at Disneyland Anaheim (in which the movie plays) has seats for 575 guests, the theaters at Disneyland Paris and EPCOT each about 600 seats.

This only leaves Walt Disney World as the final remaining Disney resort in which “Captain EO” was originally featured… (more…)

Jay Rasulo Looking Back

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Jay Rasulo has been the big man for Disney’s park and resort business for the last seven years and can look back on a successful run. He has been leading the park devision into boosting sales with the new Magic you Way tickets and the Magical Express, expanding the Cruise Line with two more ships and can end his span in a high note with the Shanghai park deal. Not everything when as smooth as he might have hoped for, Hong Kong Disneyland for instance could not get the guests in Disney wanted, but overall Rasulo can look back and pass the torch to his successor with pride.

Rasulo said his approach was “based on making our existing destinations the strong ambassadors of the parks-and-resorts brand that they could be, whether through investment, pricing strategy, marketing strategy.” (Orlando Sentinel, the Daily Disney)

Trouble for Disneyland Shanghai?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

mickey1.jpgThe project has been approved  and the plans for the first phase are ready. This first phase will have a feisty price tag of $3.6 billion. You might think this could buy you a lot, but it will not get you a “big” first gate. The first gate will only be 116 hectares big, this is 10 hectares smaller than the Hong Kong Park. This will make the Shanghai park the smallest of all Disney parks yet. Remember the trouble the Hong Kong park went true in the beginning; to small, not enough rides, only a half day park…

Hong Kong has proven that a small Disney park doesn’t work and will only give the company trouble. People will leave the small park wanting more, but will not return because they where disappointed the first time. Unfortunately I think history will repeat itself if Disney doesn’t change their plans by learning from the Hong Kong parks. The park needs to be big and full of Disney attractions to get the people into it. Have a look at Tokyo and its DisneySea. Quality brings in people and brings in the needed cash to make it a success. I am worried that making yet another “small” park, Disney will yet again loose on their investment. (I just hope I’m wrong)

Ghosts Take Over Space Mountain

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

HongKongSpaceMountainGhostsDisney and Halloween, it’s the perfect combination and always a lot of fun. One of these fun changes during a Halloween season was the “Ghost Galaxy” Space Mountain overlay in Hong Kong Disneyland back in 2007. This time the ghosts will come to the original Disneyland park to take over Space Mountain.

The Halloween celebration with the ghosts take over will take place from September 25th through November 1st.

Picture copyrights Disney (Hong Kong Ghost Galaxy)

Disneyland Shanghai vs. Disneyland Hong Kong

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Mystic Point 01Disneyland Hong Kong will get three new minilands (see previous blog entry by Dirk), but one can only wonder if it isn’t just a small treat in comparison what will happen in Shanghai. Once the Shanghai project takes form it will be 10 times bigger then the Hong Kong park. Shanghai will turn into a resort and that could have a big impact on the Hong Kong park. While I think it is a little early to make 2015 predictions, but according to this article the Hong Kong park is expected to gain a growth of 60% by that date. I wonder where this 60% would come from as many mainland visitors might make the choice to go the Shanghai park that is planned to open in 2014 instead.

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Hong-Kong Disneyland to receive 3 Mini-Lands! (2nd update)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Grizzly Trail 01Not even a week ago it was revealed that Hong Kong Disneyland would receive a major expansion. Today (June 30) Mrs. Rita Lau, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong, announced the details negotiated in the past six to seven months between the government of Hong Kong and The Walt Disney Company.

According to her statement, the park will receive three mini-lands in phases over five years. The working names of the new mini-lands are “Grizzly Trail”, “Mystic Point” and “Toy Story Land” (working titles). (more…)

Hong Kong Disneyland Expansion

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

HKD-mapIt has been a rocky roller coaster ride for the 5th Disneyland park located in Hong Kong. Since opening May 22, 2005 it has brought joy to many Disney fans, but also had to fight against criticism, bad results and an uncertain future. From overcrowded days in a park that was to small, up to an empty park on other days, missing the 5.6 million visitors first year target by 400.000. Visitor numbers fell with 20% in the second year and only gained 8% in year three.

New attractions and experiences like  High School Musical: LIVE!, the Muppet Mobile Lab, Turtle Talk with Crush and the classical attraction “it’s a small world” have been added during the first four year but Hong Kong Disneyland is now ready for another big expansion to make sure guest will return again and again.

The Hong Kong government and Disney have reach a deal to expand the Disneyland park. The full deal is said to be worth HK$7 Billion ($903.3 million) of which HK$4 billion will be used to expand the Disneyland park. It is expected that the agreement will be officially announced on June 30?

The expansion is needed to make sure the Hong Kong park will be able to compete against the Shanghai park that could draw a lot of the mainland guests.

“At this stage, we have to support the expansion otherwise it will be very difficult to compete with Shanghai in five to six years time,” said legislator Fred Li of the Democratic Party, who said his party backed the expansion as long as Disney boosted its financial transparency in future on attendance figures. (Reuters)

Dad’s at Disneyland

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

dl-mandmIt’s not the first time I tell people Disney isn’t just for kids, and I guess it will not be the last time either. Not only do I convince people of this fact some don’t understand, but once I get some adult to tag along with me in a Disney park they really see what I and those other adult Disney fans are talking about. Adults can have fun too! I have been in Disneyland Paris on my own on many occasions and have been the Walt Disney World a couple of time with a friend too. We are not the only once who think it is possible, just like two Disney adventures sharing their magic on the web.

And why can’t a couple of dads in their 40s have a blast at the so-called Happiest Place on Earth? (Kentucky.com)

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Attraction Attendance Report

Friday, April 17th, 2009

wdw-nice-castle2008 has not been the best year for the theme park around the world. Parks have seen their attendance and guest spending drop. The 2008 Attraction Attendance Report from TEA ERA shows a clear picture on 2008 and it’s, mainly losses of guests for some of the big names in the business.

In the 2008 top 20 of highest attendance in Theme Parks of North America you have the Magic Kingdom on top again. It closed the year with 17,063,000 visitors. They should be happy about that, even if that number is no improvement from last year, during these dark times of recession that isn’t the worst result. On the second place we find Disneyland with 14,721,000 visitors, a drop of 1% from the previous year. Epcot, just like the Magic Kingdom, also didn’t loose or gained any more visitors then the previous year, with a count of 10,935,000 visitors. Epcot got third place.

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MOUSEKINGDOM BLOG: 3 years in the making

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

wdwfireworks-3yHas it really been three years? A quick look at the archives, and yes, it has been!. Our first entry dates from 21st February 2006, so the Mousekingdom blog is celebrating its third year on the web and is ready for year 4.

Thank you to all our reader, fellow Disney fans and visitors of the blog. Without you we would not be here. Also a big thank you to the Cast Members, the imagineers and everybody at Disney for making the dreams we love so much reality. Thank you to all the other bloggers and Disney sites, especially those that occasionally linked us. And also a big thank you to the rest of the team and everybody who  contributed to the blog. (You have a story you want to share, we welcome guest writers).

3 years… it’s only the beginning of the ride. We hope you enjoyed it so far and that you’ll be there for the many more years we plan to be here on the blog.