Disneyland Paris Prepares for Busy Summer Season

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Published on May 24, 2014 at 3:00 am with 21 Comments

Workers at Disneyland Paris’ Magic Kingdom are rushing to finish various refurbishment projects prior to the busy summer season. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog brings us a new update with photos. ~~Rick

Disneyland Paris Prepares for Busy Summer Season
by Alain Littaye
Disney and more blog

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Here’s another Disneyland Paris update and this time we’ll have a look at what’s going on inside DLP Magic Kingdom. Thanks, as always, to Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster.

The Main Street Transportation Co. building as well as Town Square Photography are in refurbishment as we know, but now the Boardwalk Candy Palace facade is also in refurb, and it’s a good thing as it needed it.

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While we’re here, let’s take a look at the beautiful theming inside Boardwalk Candy Palace.

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Let’s move to Fantasyland and Sleeping Beauty castle!

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At Dumbo the Flying Elephant, one of the sixteen Dumbos was not working…

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Nearby, the rest rooms near Le Chalet de la Marionnette are closed for refurbishment. The annual refurb of the Pinnochio dark ride nearby will end soon.

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In Frontierland, nets have been installed in a portion of the Big Thunder Mountain queue.

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New trees have been planted in the Phantom Manor courtyard, outside, and they will look great when they mature!

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At the entrance of Discoveryland, one of the two basins is still not working…

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The water level in Nautilus lagoon is lower than usual due to the refurb on a part of the Nautilus hull.

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At Adventureland it’s now test time for the trains of the rebuilt Indiana Jones attraction. Tests are done with empty trains, of course.

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Here’s another refurb at the exit of the park. Paving stones on the ground are being replaced. They’ll probably do the right part once the left one is finished.

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Pictures: copyright Max Fan – DLPWelcome

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  • CaptainAction

    The most beautiful Disney park I’ve been able to visit. Discoveryland, the castle, the dragon, best Main Street, Fantasyland, this Space Mountain, the Nautilus walk through, my favorite Pirates version.
    This Fantasyland has so much in common with Disneyland’s Fantasyland.
    WDW Fantasyland suffers so greatly relative to Paris and California. At WDW you had to run to Dumbo at opening or wait an hour to get your kids on. Instead of building Casey Jr., Storybook Canal Boats, Pinocchio, Alice, Alice Curious Labyrinth, Mr. Toad, etc. to disperse the crowd…nah, too much work…just put another Dumbo next to the old Dumbo. Now THAT’S Imagineering! LAZY!

    • Cory Gross

      Right… When they add the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Little Mermaid, and Enchanted Tales with Belle, you complain about it. In fact, you complain about them being C-ticket attractions that can’t compete with Universal, but here you are SUGGESTING they build MORE C-ticket attractions. Like, are you seriously suggesting that having the Casey Jr. “kiddie coaster” would be better than having the Seven Dwarfs “kiddie coaster”? Huh?!

      Doubling Dumbo and adding an interactive queue is addressing the exact problem you brought up, being its own popularity. I’m not sure that just packing more rides in is a meaningful, direct, measurable solution to that problem. I’m not even sure what exactly is WRONG with doubling Dumbo that requires you to complain about it. However, given that you were just suggesting that they add the exact sort of thing you complain about so bitterly and repetitively the rest of the time, I’m not sure what argument you’re trying to make anymore. It just sounds like you want to complain for the sake of it.

      • CaptainAction

        Cory,
        My points are very simple but you chose not to see them.

        The issue isn’t the Dwarf Mound Coaster, it’s cute. The issue is 3 YEARS to build it.

        20,000 Leagues was TRADED for Dwarf Mountain.

        Snow White’s Scary Adventures was TRADED for Mermaid which is roundly criticized as probably the least favorite dark ride even though they had 2010 technology. Problem was an Iger sized budget. Everyone enjoys the que more than the ride.

        Disneyland and Disneyland Paris don’t have huge ques at their Dumbo’s because there are SO many Fantasyland attractions to chose from.
        There just isn’t MUCH to do at WDW Fantasyland.

        So, two NEW Fantasyland attractions WITH the LOSS of two Fantasyland attractions.

        Cory, QUICK, CALL Iger and let him know that Walt bought 43,000 square miles of land.

        So, WDW is back to even in number of rides with 1992 except for the EXCITING NEW DUMBO next to the old Dumbo.

        I like all the simple Disneyland and Disneyland Paris Fantasyland attractions and appreciate them for what they are.

        WDW execs just need to give a little meat with all their potatoes. How about an E Ticket since 1992 SPLASH MOUNTAIN.
        THAT’S 22 YEARS CORY. 22 YEARS.

        I think you know all these points but chose to pretend not to understand them.

      • LoveStallion

        I disagree that Dumbo in CA lacks a line. After Peter Pan, it’s probably the most-queued ride in Fantasyland, perhaps jockeying for that position with Alice.

      • Cory Gross

        Dumbo in DLR always has a line. So did Dumbo in DLP. And I always go to Disney parks in the off-season. DLP Fantasyland has 11 attractions not counting the meet-and-greets with Mickey and the Princesses (since y’all seem to hate those so much). DLR Fantasyland has 10 attractions. MK Fantasyland has… drumroll please… 12 attractions!

        But that’s all besides the point. The point is that you’ve been spending all this time complaining about the Seven Dwarfs “kiddie coaster” and just seriously suggested that Casey Jr. Circus Train would be a suitable addition to MK. Oh yeah, and the Alice walkthrough garden. And a bunch of classic, C-ticket dark rides which are certainly wonderful but not those vaunted “Potter Swatters” you guys claim to want. Given the option of suggesting anything in the world, you couldn’t even aim for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt or Mysterious Island. You suggested the exact sorts of things you complain about WDW actually doing.

        Don’t worry, I think I understand you perfectly now.

      • CaptainAction

        Cory, I’m not counting themed bathrooms as an attraction, sorry.

        WDW does not have: Alice, The Ride
        Alice, The Walk Through (DLP)
        Mr Toad
        Pinocchio
        Snow White
        Matterhorn
        Casey Jr Train
        Storybook Land Boats
        Castle Walk Through
        You would trade all that for a second Dumbo?
        Disneyland IS LANDLOCKED but still has Winnie the Pooh and a submarine ride and CA has the Lame Mermaid. WDW destroyed 20,000 Leagues, Snow White, and Mr Toad while they pretend to be landlocked.
        Disneyland also has Toontown just behind Fantasyland which has Roger Rabbit.
        Disneyland is not the most visited theme park in the world, WDW is but WDW has the lamest Fantasyland of all with 2 Dumbos.
        You didn’t comment on 3 years to build a C Ticket, that’s the problem.
        You didn’t comment on 22 years since an E Ticket opened at WDW.
        You didn’t comment on WDW removing rides like Walt left them w no land.

      • Cory Gross

        Go figure, you totally ignored the numerical count that WDW Fantasyland actually has more attractions that DLP’s or DLR’s, and proceeded to complain about what it doesn’t have… Things it is “missing” that you would complain bitterly about them actually building. I still can’t believe that you suggested Casey Jr. Circus Train after complaining so much about Seven Dwarfs. Nothing can ever be good enough for people who don’t even know what they want.

    • DisWedWay

      You forgot the most popular land and attraction in Paris Disneyland.

    • Ravjay12

      I agree with Cap it is the best Magic Kingdom park they’ve done so far. They may not have as many rides, but it is far superior to Disneyland and Magic Kingdom as far as layout and design. Seems like they took the problems of all the other parks and corrected them in Paris. Maintenance issues aside of course. Alice’s Labyrinth kills Alice at Disneyland.
      I don’t agree with Cap on the choices they made for Fantasyland in WDW. They desperately needed the dueling Dumbos because it is somehow the most popular ride in Fantasyland and the wait times are ridiculous. I really hate waiting for that ride, but my kids love it so I wait.

      • CaptainAction

        Ravjay, you wouldn’t wait so long for Dumbo if WDW didn’t destroy:
        20,000 Leagues
        Snow White
        Mr Toad
        And if WDW would stop acting landlocked, they could add these and you wouldn’t be standing in line so long for Dumbo:
        Alice, the ride
        Alice, the walk through
        Matterhorn
        Pinocchio
        Castle Walk through
        Casey Jr Train
        Storybook Boats
        Roger Rabbit and a superior ToonTown behind it.
        The most visited Fantasyland in the world doesn’t have these rides to spread out guests, it has 2 Dumbos.
        Tearing out rides and building 2 Dumbos is a lot cheaper.
        Adding restaurants and stores instead of rides brings in more cash.
        It’s all about our wallets the last 10 years at WDW.

    • Marko50

      Hey, Cap! Reread your own post! The points that Cory “chose not to see” are just not there. They happen to be some that you chose NOT to cut and paste this time.

      And this post is about Disneyland Paris. There is no. reason. whatsoever. to change it into an anti-WDW rant. Again.

    • DisWedWay

      You forgot PDL’s most famous land and attraction. All aboard you Huckleberries and Corn Nubbins for the wildest ride in the West!

      • Ravjay12

        Cap,
        They don’t really need those rides. They have them everywhere else and it wouldn’t be an improvement if they did. I’m angry that they keep “enhancing” old stuff and try to pass it off as “new” when its the same old thing.

  • Cory Gross

    I ALMOST teared up when I first saw the mural in the Candy Palace. Disneyland Paris is incredibly beautiful overall – it is my second favourite Disney park after Disneyland USA and before Tokyo Disneysea – and it’s Main Street USA is absolutely gorgeous. It is one of the best, richest realizations of the Gay Nineties aesthetics in a Disney park. I love it! Thanks for the photo.

  • danielz6

    Technically they haven’t added any capacity, since they closed 20000 leagues where mermaid is now, closed toad and Snow white as well. So actually I agree with captain that doubling dumbo is a lazy attempt at adding capacity. Magic Kingdom is the most popular park in the world, it should have more attractions than disneyland, not less.

    • Malificent2000

      If Im not mistaken, Toad was closed and replaced with Pooh, so they should cancel each other out. 20,000 Leagues was a great ride but very low capacity, so it was replaced by Little Mermaid, another high capacity omnimover style ride. Snow White was closed , and replaced with the Dwarf mound, which doesn’t really have a high capacity from my understanding, so technically, and not knowing what the exact numbers are, it should be a wash when it comes to capacity if not more now.

      While I do get where the Capt is coming from, the delivery of their opinions are harsh and they rarely have anything positive to say. If you do not like what Disney is doing, fine, then move on and stop with the negativity. Be constructive, and offer advice and support. The Micechat threads have become just as bad as the political parties in this country, people bitching and complaining about all the crap Disney does wrong. You are not being forced to go to Disney, so stop your bitching and let the people who enjoy visiting the Disney parks and reading these great informational post to not have to constantly deal with negative comments. (ok, cue the backlash at me for having a opinion now)

      • LoveStallion

        That version of Toad had two independent tracks, though, so in that sense, Pooh only replaced maybe 70% of a ride in terms of capacity.

      • Marko50

        Mal, I aim a hearty “amen” at you.

  • MonteJ

    I love all you Disney fans. You’re as opinionated and passionate as I am!

  • eicarr

    Disneyland Paris is a great confirmation of the magic lacking at the southerner WDW. The artistry and rich atmosphere at DL Paris would make Walt proud.

  • DisWedWay

    Alain in your Big Thunder photo of the engine I noticed it looked stripped down as the headlight was missing as well as the engines drive wheels. Is that the condition of all the engines?? Bad Show and dangerous to drive at night with no headlight or wheels on engines. The clock under the entrance sign is poor show and distracting and should be placed to the left or right of sign, as it blocks a view that had been designed at opening in 1992. Is that wire nailed up over the upstairs load building bay window to keep bears out at night??? Seems a better fix is needed for guests that is part of the load buildings design like vertical jail bars. Whose minding the store there? “Big Jack O’Ferges”