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Disneyland Paris Update - Ian Parkinson

UPDATE 12/14/00 - 100 Millionth Guest / Main Street Window Displays / Ice Rink Opens / Changes to Hotel Names / Increased Hotel Capacity / Action Man Stunt Show / Night Time Parade

 

100 Millionth Guest

During December Disneyland Paris are expecting their 100 millionth guest to enter the park. I'm sure whoever gets selected will be made to feel very special.

Looks like I will have to visit the park even more often!

Holiday window on Main Street
Holiday window on Main Street

Main Street Window Displays

Since the very first Christmas at Disneyland Paris in 1992 the windows on Main Street, USA have been decorated to tell a story. The windows feature artwork, lights, character models and seasonal merchandise, and make an impressive sight. This year's theme is "the world of fairies and magicians"; here are some images throughout this update for you to enjoy.

Holiday window on Main Street
Holiday window on Main Street

Ice Rink Opens

As usual in the winter season at Disneyland Paris the Ice Rink outside Disney's Hotel New is now open. Guests can rent Ice Skates and experience the thrill of skating in the Big Apple.

Holiday window on Main Street
Holiday window on Main Street

Changes to the Hotel Names

In a move to make the most from the Disney name and to differentiate them from other local establishment, the hotels at Disneyland Paris resort have gone through a subtle but significant name change.

All the hotels except the Disneyland Hotel now have "Disney's" as a prefix to the name. This now gives us -

Disney's Hotel New York

Disney's Newport Bay Club

Disney's Sequoia Lodge

Disney's Hotel Cheyenne

Disney's Hotel Santa Fe

Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch

Holiday window on Main Street
Holiday window on Main Street

Increased Hotel Capacity

The 7 Disneyland Paris resort hotels are getting to be fully booked during the high season and most weekends the rest of the time. Business guests during the week are also pushing the need for more hotel capacity. When Disney Studios Paris opens there will be even more demand for rooms. Recently an article in the French newspaper Le Parisien said that 2 new hotels would be opening, one in 2002 and one in 2003. There are no reports of how the hotels will be themed or where they will be located, but expect an increase of approximately 1500 rooms.

Holiday window on Main Street
Holiday window on Main Street

Action Man Stunt Show?

Rumors abound that the Stunt Show at the still under construction Disney Studios Paris will be based on the popular Hasbro toy 'Action man' (very like the US G.I. Joe). The park has not officially stated the theme of the show but part rumors have also included a James Bond link-up.

The 'Action Man' theme does seem probable following an official press release from Disneyland Paris in the UK stating that a "show featuring Hasbro's international adventure character Action Man will debut at Disneyland Paris Resort". This may be the attraction for stunt attraction for DSP; it could also be a show in Disneyland or a replacement for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. We will just have to wait and see.

Holiday window on Main Street
Holiday window on Main Street

New Night Parade?

With all the changes to night parades at Disney parks around the world, it was time for some rumors about the parade here at Disneyland Paris.

The word is that the popular Fantillusion Night Parade at Tokyo Disneyland is due to end in May 2001, making it available for use at another Disney Park.

The options are - It goes to Disneyland California where they don't have a night parade at the moment.

Walt Disney World gets it to replace Spectromagic (where would that go?)

Disneyland Paris gets it, as one of the main attractions for it's 10th Anniversary

I know which I would prefer, but it all depends who has the cash to buy it from the Osaka Land Company, remember Disney doesn't own the Tokyo park.


Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com

 

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