Disneyland Paris Replica in… Sand

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Summer brings you sun at sea, and what’s more fun then playing with sand. Yearly multiple sand sculpture festivals can be discovered at many beaches, including the Belgium beach at Blankenberge. But why talk about this on this blog? Well, this year the beach will be the stage for a very special sand sculpture event. This year the festival will be based on the Magical Moments Festival of Disneyland Paris.

This year the international Sand Sculpture Festival in Blankenberge is proud to announce a world first: its own unique interpretation of Disneyland® Paris!  A fascinating adventure, a surprise-packed voyage of discovery in the fantastic world of … sand! (Zandsculptuur)

The sculptures will be made on a 3000 square meter area and will show you Disney scenes from the park with Disney and Pixar characters. No plans are shown on what to expect but according to their them page it looks like Mainsteet U.S.A. Will be made and could well be the first thing you’ll see at the event. The are speaking of Fantasyland, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Big Thunder Mountain and more. Imagine to see that runaway train as a replica build with sand… Sounds pretty awesome and even if you can’t ride this version will be a fantastic Disney experience to enjoy and remember for a long time.

The sculpture festival starts on June 10th and will be run all the way up to September 12th. So if you like both Disney and the beach make sure to visit this beautiful fun event at the Belgian coast. Yes, believe it or not, with a bit of luck it can be warm and sunny too for those that want to swim in the sea after visiting the sculpture event. See you there as I will be visiting it for sure…

Picture copyrights Disney

Ratatouille Dark Ride in Paris

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Visit our sister site DLP.Info to see the plans for the new Ratatouille dark ride attraction in the Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris. Looks like it will be a big attraction. All they need now is the green light for the funding.

Big Thunder Mountain Accident in Disneyland Paris (3rd UPDATE online NOW)

Monday, April 25th, 2011

There has been an accident on Big Thunder Mountain in Disneyland Paris. 

Around 3 pm on Easter Monday, April 25, 2011 five guests were injured riding the Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster in Frontierland of Disneyland Paris.

You can follow the latest news and updates regarding the accident on our sister site DLP.Info

In the meantime DLP.info has updated it’s coverage of the accident three times. Therefore, we encourage you to head over to our sister site for the latest developments in the matter.

DLP.info has released a follow-up report on the Big Thunder Mountain accident in the meantime which brings together all previously known information and the latest corrections in particular regarding how the accident happened.

New information has surfaced questioning the course of events once again – however, at this time it is difficult to assess how authentic some of the information actually is. For more read the latest post by our sister site DLP.info covering the accident.

Disney Imagineers / Marvel Imagineers

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Will the first Marvel attraction find its way into a Disney park? With Disney owning Marvel this question wasn’t about “if”, but “when”. Now it looks like the Disney Imagineers are working on an idea to bring a first Marvel attraction into the parks. This rumored possibility comes from the mouse itself in the form of an interview in the next issue of D23, the Disney magazine.

In an interview with Kevin Feige, president of the Marvel Studios, some ideas are put forward regarding bringing Marvel to the Disney parks.

“It’s the biggest dream of all. We get to tap into this spectacular team that is better than anyone else on the planet at bringing fantasy to life, not only on the big screen but in the real world,” said Feige.  (via Movies.IGN)


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.


Don’t Queue to Meet the Characters!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Going to Disneyland Paris and want to meet the characters?

It’s horror for many parents, the hour queue to meet their children’s favorite Disney character when they visit the park. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are better ways to meet up with the characters and without the queues. No, you don’t have to pay for an expensive meal either to see the characters at the dining tables, there are even better ways to greet and meet your favorites. While most people run to the parks and try to queue to meet Mickey and be with him for about a minute their is a better way to meet the Mouse! I always say a Disney visit isn’t only about the parks, there is a lot more to be seen. Yes, also at Disneyland Paris where you don’t have the extended resort area as you have in Walt Disney World. Most guest think everything happens at the parks only. But when it comes to meeting characters there might be better places to go to. (more…)

Third Gate for Disneyland Paris Remains Dream

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

EuroDisney S.C.A. And the French State will be signing a new deal today to expand the contractual relationship until 2030. This gives Disney a longer period of time to reach their deadlines set to get a third gate on the map. While this deadline was set to 2017, Disney has now gained an extra 13 years to build the park and that’s if the “market conditions” allow it. This will now give Disney another 20 years of time before they need to open the third gate we Disney fans are dreaming of. For now it will remain just that, a dream. For the full coverage on the official news, the contractual structure and the other plans related to todays signing check our DLP.Info news site.

Paris or Disneyland Paris

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

That’s been the question on my mind when I was in Paris this weekend. We had a trip planned to Paris without a visit to Disneyland. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower was big priority, also a visit on top of the Arce du Triomphe was on the list. A visit to  Montmartre, a walk next to the river Seine and a stroll down Champs-Élysées was also on the program. I could even visit a couple of comic book stores at the Latin Quarter. But I couldn’t help myself, Disneyland Paris was so close and it was on my mind. Toy Story Playland just opened and I would not go and visit it? How could I do this… Well, it looks like I couldn’t. Come Sunday I was on the RER and hopped over to visit my beloved park.


Toy Story Playland Coverage

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Make sure to visit our Disneyland Resort Paris project DLP.Info to see what is going on behind the blue fences of the new Toy Story Playland in the Walt Disney Studios in Paris. You’re invited to see the finished work of the area and the new rides. All the info and a lot of great pictures of the area and the attractions. (Thanks to Dirk and the great work on the reports).

Sleep at Alice’s Room

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

There is the book, there is the movie, and now there is the room! De Alice Suite straight from the fairy tale. The room is not Disney related, however when visiting Disneyland Resort Paris you could still hop over to the capitol city itself for an extra night in the suite. The suite will set you back a hefty 440 Euro per night and might not be to everybody’s liking. Especially the double toilet does sound a little weird. The rest of the room does look wonderful and fabulous though.

“Suite Alice” design by LES AILES DU DESIGN
This is the world of Alice in Wonderland, subtly recreated, with many a nod to Carroll’s fairy tale. Funny clocks, tiles that turn bright and make films appear like magic, strange objects, large stuffed animal, a bathroom with shower and tub, and a curiously kinky toilet for 2 with a chess game in between the seats! The Suite Alice is also equipped with a top quality king-size bed, a TV screen diffusing four different mood fragrances, air conditioning, a large desk, mini-bar, electronic safe and bathrobes. (Seven Hotel Paris)

While it isn’t a direct link to Disney I thought it was fun to share and show that’s not only the good people at Disney that come up with some wonderful (and strange) ideas that work.

You can find the room in the Seven Hotel in the heart of Paris. Other rooms include a 007 Suite and the Marie Antoinette Suite

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)

From Phantom Manor to the Museum

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

wdfmuseum_0000Do you follow the Walt Disney Family Museum updates? If so you would have seen the Walt Disney picture from 1902 where he, as a toddler, sits on a big chair gazing into the camera. A historic picture of Walt’s childhood, but also a picture that got an extra story attached to it. The same picture has been used by the imagineers in Disneyland Paris. As a tribute to Walt, the picture has been added to the Phantom Manor ride. You can find the photo on the table in the inside queue area. Once you exit the elevators and walk along the hallway, turn the corner and you’ll find the picture on your right hand side.

It’s one of those little Disney secrets us fans love so much. So remember the story when you visit Phantom Manor, or make sure to share the story with others when you visit the museum and come across the picture there.

Visit our Disneyland Paris news site for the original entry of the story and lots of other Disneyland Paris news.

Photo copyright by Disney Enterprises Inc. / courtesy Walt Disney Family Foundation

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.


Shangai Disneyland’s heavyweight WDI head

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

So it seems the beans have been spilled, the cat is out of the bag, the dice has been rolled and the heads have been cut; Bob Weiss will be the Walt Disney Imagineering head for Shangai Disneyland – it was a head to head battle between him and Scott Trowbridge (the guy which gave us IOA’s Spiderman ride who had joined WDI in 2007) and Bob won.

Who is Bob Weiss?
Well he is a WDI old timer; he headed, together with the Kirk brothers (the guys who gave us the amazing “Tokyo DisneySEA” much of the initial design for the original “Disney MGM Studios Theme Park2 in 1989.

Then he had a period of “bizare luck”
The guy was first called upon to design (again together with the Kirk’s) the never built “Disney MGM Studios Europe Themepark” which would have been the original second gate for EuroDisneyland.