Monday, 31 May 2010

The Disney Village hosts Fiesta Latina

A Rio Carnival atmosphere will descend upon Disneyland Paris this weekend when The Disney Village plays host to Fiesta Latina.  Parades will liven up the street of the  Disney Village with brightly costumed dancers and percussionists amidst a Brazilian-coloured party atmosphere.

Between the 4-6 June 2010 guests will be able to enjoy a weekend of  Samba music, dancing, and entertainment.  There will be a Brazilian parade featuring Batucada and Bahian street-dancers, together with performances of Samba, Kizomba and Capoeira dancing.

During the festival guests will also be entertained by performances of Salsa, Bachata dancing, and they will be able to take part in Cuban Tango lessons and concerts at Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

June Trading Pins

Here is the round up of Trading Pins  scheduled to be realsed by the Disney Store in June.  The Sword Series of Limited Edition pins continues with Mulan and Hercules.   This months Online Edition pin features Chip 'n' Dale with Pluto. 

Core Pins to be released this month include Goofy, Tinker Bell  and 'Agent P' the semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal of action!  AKA Perry the Platypus from Phineas & Ferb.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Captain EO Sneak Preview

Yesturday Disneyland Paris hosted a sneak preview of Captain EO, the 3D film starring Michael Jackson which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola with George Lucas as executive producer.   

Captain EO was originally shown at Disney theme parks in the 1980s and 1990s. The attraction returned to Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theater at Disneyland in Anaheim on 23 February 2010 for an indefinite engagement. Captain EO is also returning to Tokyo Disneyland on 1st July and Walt Disney World on 2nd July.

Captain EO has replaced Honey, I Shrunk The Audience! at  the Imagination Theatre in Discoveryland and will officially open on the 12 June.

Photo Source: Disney Central Plaza

Will the Sleeping Beauty Castle be refurbished this Christmas?

(Will this be the sight to greet visitors this Halloween & Christmas season?)

This week rumours of a possible  refurbishment of  Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant appeared on the internet.  The rumours which surfaced on the MagicForum  discussed the possibility of a full refurbishment  of the Disneyland Paris castle during this years busy Halloween and Christmas seasons.

If true this will be only the second time that the Sleeping Beauty Castle has been fully refurbished.  The first was in 1998 after the removal of the 5th Anniversary Festival of Fools castle makeover decorations.

There was also a rumour this week that Disney's Sequoia Lodge Hotel will have a complete refurbishment from top to bottom with everything being ripped out and replaced.   More interestingly, a plan exists that will turn the Sequoia Lodge into Europe's first fully ecological hotel.

Disneyland Paris is seeing a lot of activity this year in advance of the resorts 20th Anniversary in 2012 with  Toy Story Playland in Walt Disney Studios scheduled to open on the 17th August.  Meanwhile over in the Disney Village preparation for the arrival of the Earl of Sandwich resturant and the World of Disney store are both well underway. 

Photograph (c) Leonard & Kelleye Vinci

Monday, 24 May 2010

Weinsteins confirm $625m bid for Miramax Films.

The Weinstein brothers were on Saturday forced to confirm publicly that they were still in talks to buy Miramax following reports that the deal had fallen apart.

For months, Bob and Harvey Weinstein have been in negotiations to buy the film production company from Walt Disney for $625m (£432m). They had lined up financing for the long-planned deal from a group of high-profile investors, including Ron Burkle, the supermarket mogul, and hedge fund Fortress Investment Group.

However, over the weekend the Los Angeles Times said the deal was off because of complications over how Miramax would be integrated into the Weinsteins' existing company. The US newspaper also claimed Mr Burkle, who had planned to put in $300m of his own money and was expecting to raise the balance, was unable to come up with enough money to satisfy Disney.

Yesterday Harvey Weinstein and Ron Burkle said in a joint statement: "The Weinstein Brothers, The Weinstein Company and Ron Burkle are all working towards a deal to purchase and operate Miramax. The parties continue to work diligently towards an agreement."

Disney has been looking to sell its Miramax unit as it views the production house, with its edgy mix of films, as a poor fit for Disney's family-friendly business focus.

Before Disney entered into talks with Mr Burkle and the Weinsteins, it is believed to have received a $650m offer from embattled film executive David Bergstein.

Disney is also thought to have received a $550m offer from the respective firms of financiers Alec and Tom Gores.

Source: The Telegraph

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Disneyland Paris is being considered as the new home for the French Open.

Disneyland Paris is being considered as one of the new possible homes of the French Open.  Marne-La-Vallee is just one of the locations for the new home French tennis Gilbert Ysern, general director of the French tennis federation, told a news conference on Saturday.  The relocating of the clay-court Grand Slam from Roland Garros is being considered because it needs more space to remain competitive with the three other major tournaments.

A second potential destination covers 148 acres in Versailles, where the French army is vacating a military base next month. The third site under study, Ysern said, is smaller, 74 acres, in an area northeast of Paris called Gonesse.

The French Open has been at Roland Garros since 1928 and the federation has a contract there till 2015. The French federation assembly is expected to make its decision in February.

"I think by the time I finish my career, the tournament will still be at Roland Garros," Federer said. "I don't know if the French Open will one day move to Disney."

Henin accepted that space is an issue at Roland Garros, but said its tradition is one of the French Open's main assets.

"I hope they find a solution to keep the tournament here," she said. "The tradition is here. This is my favorite tournament. Maybe (a move outside Paris) will happen. You need to be realistic. Compared to other Grand Slam tournaments, which are always getting bigger, it has become difficult in terms of space. Everyone knows that."

Among the Grand Slam tournaments, only the French Open and Wimbledon have never been moved. While Wimbledon has been updated, facilities at Roland Garros have become outdated. The lack of space for 450,000 annual spectators, players, journalists and sponsors is a problem, while the absence of covered courts leaves the tournament vulnerable to the weather.

"We have to create the Roland Garros of 2040," French federation vice president Bernard Giudicelli said. "We will do everything to make sure that Roland Garros 2016 will be played in a bigger and modernized stadium."

The French Open's facilities are spread over 21 acres, while Melbourne Park — the site of the Australian Open — and Wimbledon each have 49 acres. Flushing Meadows, site of the U.S. Open, has 34.5 acres.

"Some players told us they cannot imagine leaving Paris," Ysern said. "But if we stay, we have to modernize the facilities to aim for excellency. We need more space and a retractable roof over the center court."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said there is only one Roland Garros.

"I would prefer to stay here and make the tournament bigger here because this site is wonderful," Tsonga said.

If the tournament stays in Paris, three adjoining areas will be added to Roland Garros at a cost of about $251 million. Building a new stadium outside Paris would cost an estimated $754 million.

Versailles castle is 12 miles from downtown Paris. Disneyland Paris in Marne-La-Vallee is 30 miles from the French capital.

Should the tournament be relocated, preliminary designs envision a 74-acre site with 55 tennis courts — two with a retractable roof — that would be able to receive up to 60,000 people a day.

Source: The Associated Press

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Disney Store Launches Magical New Store Design

Disney Store Launches Magical New Store Design in Major Markets Across the U.S. and Europe in Summer 2010 Worldwide Unveiling of New Design in Montebello, CA and European Premiere in Madrid, Spain.

Disney Store is poised to redefine children's retail, launching a magical new store design in major markets across the United States and Europe this summer. The innovative Disney Store design will be unveiled for the first time in June at The Shops at Montebello in Montebello, CA just outside of Los Angeles, followed by the European premiere in early July in Madrid, Spain at La Vaguada. A unique destination developed from a child's perspective, the new store design integrates the latest technology to create an enhanced shopping experience inspired by Disney's most popular characters and stories.

"We have infused Disney magic into all elements of this one-of-a-kind retail experience, and have selected prime retail centers to launch the Disney Store of the future," said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide. "Special features like the iconic Disney Princess castle with magic mirror and the Disney Store Theater are just two of the amazing elements in the new store that will enrich every child and family's experience at the Disney Store."

More than 20 new and remodeled Disney Store locations are slated to open this year in premier retail centers throughout North America and Europe. North American locations have been confirmed for Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York; Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, California; International Plaza in Tampa, Florida; Stockton St. in San Francisco, CA; and Fashion Valley in San Diego, CA. European locations cover four markets with openings in Spain, Portugal, Italy and the UK. These include NorteShopping in Oporto, Portugal; Orio Center in Bergamo, Italy; and UK locations including Centre MK in Milton Keynes, Bon Accord Centre in Aberdeen and Donegal Place in Belfast.

Each new store has special significance and will be celebrated as an important milestone in Disney Store's growth and evolution.

Roosevelt Field will be the first east coast newly-designed store to open in the United States.

In August, Disney Store will join a group of exclusive retailers for the re-opening of the new Santa Monica Place shopping center near the legendary Santa Monica Pier in southern California. Santa Monica Place is a modern shopping and dining destination that combines contemporary styles with sustainable architecture, and Disney Store will offer a comprehensive assortment of unique Disney products to the elite clientele.

Disney Store at International Plaza in Tampa, Florida will be nearest to Walt Disney World Resort, allowing families to visit both this summer.

Fashion Valley brings together San Diego's finest collection of stores set in a beautiful outdoor shopping center, and the newly-designed Disney Store will launch there this summer.

 Disney Store will join retailers in the historic Union Square of San Francisco, one of the largest shopping areas in the United States. Union Square became San Francisco's shopping epi-center in the early 1900s and today, upscale stores and hotels surround Union Square, and shopping extends blocks from the central plaza.

In Europe, Oporto will be the first Disney Store to open in the north of Portugal and only the second to open in the country, following the successful launch of the brand to the market in 2007.

With each new store opening in 2010, Disney Store will designate a day for 10 percent of the sales to be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the U.S., Spain, Italy and Portugal and to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity in the UK

Disneyland Paris earnings hit by downturn

Euro Disney earnings hit by downturn

Earnings at theme park operator Euro Disney have dropped sharply after the economic downturn hit visitor numbers.   In the six months to 31 March 2010, the group's net earnings fell by 32% to 95.2m euros ($121m; £82m) from sales that were down by 7%.

Visitors to Europe's biggest theme park, especially from the UK and the Netherlands, have dropped by 8% on last year.   Holiday habits have changed with fewer people visiting for short breaks.

Last year revenues had not been fully impacted by the economic decline, partly because of the way guests book their vacations in advance of visits.  Corporate-related tourist activities have also declined.

On the positive side, Euro Disney managed to squeeze an average extra 1% spending out of guests, partly offsetting the declining numbers.

Euro Disney chief executive Philippe Gas said: "The continued challenging economic context is reflected in our first half revenues and net results.

"For the same period last year, revenues had not been fully impacted by the economic decline, partly because of the way guests book their vacations in advance of visits."

The full results are available from the Euro Disney SCA website here in PDF format.

Source: BBC

Saturday, 8 May 2010

New Magical Experiences on the Disney Dream

The Disney Cruise Line offers a glimpse into the top secret labs of Walt Disney Imagineering for a sneak peek of the magic being created for guests on the Disney Dream cruise ship which enters service in January 2011.

The Disney Dream will be the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Boasting 14 towering decks, a ship length of 1,115 feet and a maximum width of 125 feet, the 128,000-ton vessel will includ 1,250 staterooms and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 4,000 passengers along with the over 1,458 Crew Members who tend to the needs of every cruise guest each and every day.

Building on the classic style of the previous two ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream is a valiant vessel distinguished for its classic early 20th-century design which harkens back to the golden age of cruising state of the art technology.

As can be expected from Disney, the cruise liner was specially designed with families in mind, combining sleek style and convenient facilities with splashes of magic and cruise-industry firsts—like the splashtacular AquaDuck, the very first water coaster at sea.

Disney Cruise Line began construction on the Disney Dream in March 2009 with a steel-cutting ceremony at the world-renowned Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Constructed as a thematic extension of the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream was designed to reflect the glamour of the golden age of cruising during the 1930's. Scheduled for completion in early 2011, the new ocean liner will feature the same attention to detail Disney is known for, while introducing new and immersive, one-of-a-kind venues and experiences for everyone in the family—be they young or simply young-at-heart.

StarStruck premiers on The Disney Channel

StarStruck the Disney Channel Original Movie premieres on the Disney Channel UK on Friday 14 May at 6.25pm.  The movie features Christopher Wilde (Sterling Knight) & Stubby (Brandon Mychal Smith), with guest appearances from Mitchell Musso, Anna Margaret & Jasmine Sagginario.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The Lion King joins London's Elephant Parade

LONDON - 3rd May 2010 – The Walt Disney Company today unveiled an original work of art painted by leading contemporary artist Sacha Jafri. Inspired by Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING, this one-of-a-kind hand-painted model elephant will join 250 other uniquely designed life-size baby elephants as part of London’s biggest-ever public art event, The Elephant Parade an innovative fundraising and public awareness campaign by the Elephant Family charity, designed to highlight the plight of the endangered Asian elephant.

The brightly painted elephants, created by an array of established and emerging talent from the art and design world, will grace a host of London landmarks from 3rd May 2010. Locations include Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the South Bank, as well as Covent Garden piazza where Sacha Jafri’s THE LION KING-inspired elephant will be on display, just minutes away from the hit musical’s home at the Lyceum Theatre.

Sacha Jafri is considered one of the most exciting British painters on the contemporary art scene and he leads a revival of painting through his genre- ‘Magical Realism’. In creating THE LION KING elephant, which took over 200 hours to paint, Sacha said “I am inspired by the magical world of storytelling and adventure that is Disney; and in creating this work I wanted to pay homage to the bright and beautiful world of THE LION KING. As the stage show does, this piece aims to surprise the senses, to uplift the soul and seduce the spirit, to ignite and energise, to remind us of our dream world and to encourage us to adventure on beyond our world, to make the over-familiar magical again. I want the viewer to move around the elephant, to find different elements each time they look, to dip in and out of the magic and to realise their own story of child-hood, escapism, confrontation, responsibility and love.”

Sacha Jafri is hailed by art critics and collectors alike as one of the leading contemporary artists in the world today. His large-scale brightly coloured, highly emotive and lyrical oil on canvas works are uplifting, evocative and poignant narratives inspired from magical realist writers and filmmakers such as Marquez, Kafka, Mistry, Gibran, Coelho, Mendez, Kubrick, Burton, amongst others. He is the youngest artist in the history of art to be offered a 10-year Retrospective, reaching critical acclaim and visiting the top museums of the world including the Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Thomas Schumacher, President, Disney Theatrical Productions said: “I am delighted that THE LION KING is a part of London’s Elephant Parade – and especially thrilled to have renowned artist Sacha Jafri interpret the show with his inspired and energetic painting and its rich kaleidoscope of colour and storytelling. We are all immensely proud of Sacha’s achievement and hope the general public will enjoy his exciting work when they see THE LION KING elephant on display in Covent Garden.”

The Elephant Parade will culminate on 30th June with 25 of the most notable elephants to be auctioned by Henry Wyndham of Sotheby’s at a glittering event at Royal Chelsea Hospital, which aims to raise over £1 million to benefit more than 15 UK conservation charities working in Asia. Sacha Jafri’s THE LION KING elephant is amongst this select group. Julie Taymor’s internationally acclaimed stage adaptation of THE LION KING is based on Disney’s beloved animated feature film and follows the adventures of the lion cub Simba, as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of King. In addition to directing the production, Taymor also designed the show’s costumes and co-designed the masks and puppets.

Disney’s production of THE LION KING has now been seen by over 8 million people in London and 50 million people worldwide. In addition to productions in London and New York, the show can currently be seen in Paris, Tokyo, Hamburg, Las Vegas, and on tour in North America. A new production is due to open in Singapore later this year.

THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

To see video of Sacha Jafri at work on the elephant and other THE LION KING related content visit

The dark side of Disneyland Paris

The Independent newspaper has today published an article about the working conditions of Cast Members at Disneyland Paris.

To its European visitors, Disney sells fairytales. But the recent suicides of two park workers have exposed more sinister stories of a staff driven to breaking point

By John Lichfield

Thursday, 6 May 2010

In a Magical Kingdom not so far away, somewhere between a place where you wish upon a star and dreams come true, Disney heroes and heroines live, once upon a time, in fairytales that are, happily, never ending. This is the candy-coloured introductory promise of the official website of Disneyland Paris, the most visited tourist site in Europe. Over 15.4m people flocked to the park last year, a new record. For most of them, the candy-coloured promise was fulfilled (so long as they didn't mind queuing for 50 minutes to be hurled around inside Space Mountain).

For many of the 14,500 people who work at the site, 20 miles east of the French capital, there is another, less magical side to the Magic Kingdom. "What we sell is something wonderful. We sell smiles. We sell the happiness of children. We all love our jobs, or what our jobs represent," said Hervé Saumade, 37, a maintenance man and union activist at the park. "But in the last few years, there has been a new management approach, which has, in many cases, made our working lives intolerable."

Since the beginning of the year, two Disneyland Paris employees have committed suicide. One of them, Franck, a cook at Disneyland for 10 years, killed himself on the day that he was supposed to return to the park after a long period of sickness. According to his father-in-law, he scratched a message on the wall of his home which read: "Je ne veux pas retourner chez Mickey" (I don't want to work for Mickey any more).

Disney – and the majority of unions on the site – say that there is no clear evidence that Franck's suicide was linked to his work. His father-in-law, Pierre-Louis Neut, says that Franck, a gastronomic chef in one of the more upmarket Disney restaurants, was depressed by staff cuts and a policy switch away from "freshly made food" to frozen produce.

The other employee, also a cook, killed himself in February after what one trade union, Force Ouvrière, insists was "humiliating" treatment at work. A Disney staff and management health committee investigation has found no evidence of work harassment. The moderate unions on the site – those most representative of the whole workforce – accuse Force Ouvrière of "exploiting" the two deaths in an attempt to win more support in delegate elections at the park later this year.

Even the moderate unions, however, insist that something has gone desperately wrong behind the scenes in the Magic Kingdom. Over the last five or six years, they say, a younger, mostly French, top management has taken over at Eurodisney, as the parent company is called.

The number of jobs in restaurants and hotels on the site has been sharply reduced, unions say. The number of visitors – attracted by cut-price deals – has increased. The hiring of seasonal workers has been slashed. A whole tier of middle management has been removed or "reduced to secretary status", unions say, leaving lower-level employees feeling undervalued and ignored.

Longer hours and six-day weeks are frequently demanded of everyone from pastry chefs to the "cast members", who earn just above the French minimum wage to play Goofy or Donald Duck in the daily Disneyland parades. The number of industrial accidents on the site has risen to 1,500 a year – one for every 10 employees – a higher rate than in the legendarily accident-prone building trade.

The moderate CFTC trade union federation, which has the widest support among French Disneyland employees, recently sent the President of Eurodisney, Philippe Gas, an excoriating open letter urging him to "wake up".

"For years now ... union representatives have been fighting daily to denounce the shameful and degrading practices used by [Disneyland] managers and anyone who has a little bit of power in this business," the letter said. "Prozac factories will never go bankrupt given the incalculable number of your employees who use their products."

Noel Barbier, CFTC delegate and Disneyland employee since the park opened in 1992, says that the joyous, family atmosphere of the park used to extend beyond the mouse-ear-clad visitors. The staff also thought themselves to be part of a family. No more.

"A large part of the problem is that the present Disneyland management has no strategy – and apparently no desire – to get the best out of its workforce," Mr Barbier said. "Most people here still love Disneyland and what it stands for. They want to enjoy their work.

"But there is no system of career development. If you were a junior cast member in the parade at 20, you might still be a junior cast member at 35," he complained. "Playing Goofy or Mickey in the parade might look easy but those big heads that they wear take a terrible toll on people's necks and backs. You have to dance while wearing them. As you get older, it gets to be very tough indeed ... And there is little prospect of a career move to something else."

Eurodisney, as the park was originally called, first appeared, like a garish moonbase, in the flat fields just to the east of the Paris conurbation in 1992. It was attacked by some in France as a spiritual monstrosity, a "cultural Chernobyl".

The park, although still making losses in most years (2008 was an exception), has been a great popular success. It is now as much a part of the French cultural landscape as the Eiffel Tower. Or perhaps not quite. In the village of Chessy on the banks of the river Marne, there is a pleasant church and village square with a bar-restaurant. You might be in deepest rural France, except for the mournful hooting of the Disneyland Wild West steam train as it runs along the park's perimeter fence 200 metres away.

Three Disneyland employees came to the bar in Chessy to chat to The Independent about life "Chez Mickey". Hervé Impinna, 43, used to maintain the floats used in the daily parades. He is now on lighter duties after falling from the top of Cinderella's coach and damaging his neck and back. "The whole attitude of management has changed," he said. "When I look at the illuminated night parades, I see scores of gaps where bulbs have failed and not been replaced. Visitors may not notice the difference but I know what the spectacle is supposed to look like and it's depressing."

Tama Gandega, 43, is an assistant manager in one of the large Disney hotels. He said: "All the pleasure of service is gone. Some days we have to do 3,500 breakfasts with half the staff we had a few years ago. No wonder everyone is ready to drop."

Sandrine, 39, is part of the team which makes up the Disney princesses in the parades. "Sometimes they are so exhausted with working six-day weeks they can hardly move, never mind smile," she said. "But they are obliged to smile, because that is the magic of Disney."

The company – like the more moderate unions – has criticised Force Ouvrière for "exploiting" the suicides. It has cast doubt on the "don't-want-to go-back-chez-Mickey" suicide note, which was found 10 days after police first investigated the death. The company has agreed, however, to look again at its working practices. The official management-employee delegate committee at Disneyland, Paris agreed yesterday to hold a "social audit" of working conditions and worker satisfaction. In the meantime, access by employees to psychological help will be improved.

Jeff Archambault, the Eurodisney vice-president for communications, said yesterday: "Because of the kind of business we run, the happiness of our employees is very important to us. Everyone at Disneyland, Paris is a cast member, from the most junior waiter to a senior management executive.

"Many of these complaints are a matter of perception. Not everyone who works for Disney feels ignored or undervalued. Seventy per cent of our team managers have been promoted internally. Despite the financial crisis, we have made a big effort to maintain – and even slightly increase – our full-time staff. There have been wages increases of 3 per cent or more in 2009 and 2010."

On the high rate of work accidents at Disneyland, Mr Archambault said that the company was aware of the problem and trying to improve its record but many of the incidents were relatively "minor".

"We do not accept that either of these tragic events [the suicides] can be directly linked to Disneyland, Paris," Mr Archambault said. "But we do recognise that, with the financial crisis, all of us are under increased stress. At home. At work. We are ready to do even more, to go the extra mile, in looking at ways that we can improve relations with our employees."

Six out of the seven Disney unions have agreed to co-operate with the "social audit" of conditions at the park. Only the militant, but little supported, Force Ouvrière has refused.

The moderate unions – though neither "wishing on a star" nor expecting all their "dreams to come true" – hope that the audit will add a happier next chapter to the Disneyland fairytale.
Source:  The Independent

Disneyland Paris 50% off sale!

Disneyland Paris are having a  50% off Flash Sale  for the next five days.  The Terms & Conditions of the offer are that the 50% discount can be used on packages of two nights / three days  or  three nights / four day stays only.

The discount is based on selected hotels and arrival dates.

Arrival Dates for two nights / three days package include: May 11,14,15,20,24,28th.June 12,20,21,27,28th. July 9-31th 2010.

Arrival Dates for three nights / four day package include: May 15,16,17,18. June 20,27th. July 9-31th 2010.

Bookings must be made by the 10th May.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Mickey greets guests by name at Meet and Greet.

Mickey has stared to speek and greet guests by name at Disneyland, Anaheim.  The YouTube videos below shows Mickey Mouse greeting a couple of fans at a Meet & Greet in Toontown at Disneyland, California.   It appears that the technology first used in the character heads of the Dream Along with Mickey Castle show at The Magic Kingdom, at Walt DisneyWorld Resort, Florida has found its way into Meet & Greet's in Disneyland with some further enhancements.

Source Stich Kingdom

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

MouseMeets 2010 Photos

MouseMeets 2010 took place in Manchester over the May Bank Holiday weekend and here are some photos of the event.

Monday, 3 May 2010

50 Days of Disney Music

From today Monday 3rd May, Walt Disney Records are giving away a free track download every day for the next  fifty days!   Today's track is Phineas and Ferb "Squirrels in My Pants.

Songs in the giveaway will include classics from: Disney animated movies (Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast and Toy Story) and hit Disney Channel series and movies (Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Wizards Of Waverly Place)!

How do you get your free downloads? Simple - just follow Disney Music on Facebook.

The full tracklisting is top secret so remember to check Facebook each day, to make sure you don't miss out!

Pin Trading comes to Mid Wales

The Mid Wales Disney Pin Trading Meet 2010, the first to be held in Wales will take place on Saturday 31st July 2010 between 1.30pm – 5.30pm at The Corn Exchange, Welshpool Town Hall, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7PG.

Come along with your collection, just to trade or just to say hello!

For more information about the event contact Emma Bernard or visit the Mid Wales Disney Pin Trading Meet 2010 on Facebook.

Fnac New Generation Disney Party

You don’t want to miss this! This year, the New Generation heroes are landing in Disneyland Paris, and you’re invited to join them on Saturday 26th June 2010, in the Walt Disney Studio Park, for an incredible party that will take you….to infinity and beyond!

• 7 attractions, open late at night!
• Magical encounters with Disney characters!
• Ratatouille joins an exceptional parade in the Disney’s Stars’ n’ Cars’ rush
• An evening with a unique atmosphere, to the rhythm of the new Disney Channel music scene.
• Plus many more amazing surprises!

The private FNAC evening with Disney New Generation (in partnership with NRJ)  will be held on Saturday 26th June 2010, from 8:30pm to 1am in the Walt Disney Studios Park.   Entry will be until 11pm.   The Disney Parks will be free for visitors parking from 6pm upon presentation of your invitation.

Attractions that willl be open include Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Armageddon: Stunt Show Spectacular, Crush’s Coaster(2), Cars Race Rally, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror , Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic, Flying Carpets Over Agrabah.

Tickets are avilable from the FNAC tickets website.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Disney fans descend upon Manchester.

Manchester is presently hosting the UK's first Disney fan convention MouseMeets 2010 this May Bank Holiday weeked.  The event organised by the team behind the DisneyBrit Podcast is being held in the cities Crowne Plaza Hotel and has seen fans from all around the UK attend.

The event has seen guest speakers giving talks on Buying a home in Orlando, and a review of  Disney's Port Orleans resort.  

Fans have also being taking  part in trivia quizes, Pin Trading, and a charity auction.  This afternoon there was a screening of the classic Walt Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the cities Printworks Odeon.

This evening the convention will end on a magical musical note with a Disney Karaoke event.