The popular Ratatouille dark ride from Disneyland Paris is coming to Epcot’s France pavilion as part of the Walt Disney World park’s major makeover. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
Paris, France – Disney•Pixar’s 2007 movie Ratatouille is about a rat with exceptional culinary skills who finds himself the head chef at Paris’ most famous restaurant through an unlikely partnership with the dishwasher. Starting this summer at Disneyland Paris, guests will able to be share in Remy’s adventures through what is being described as a “major new attraction and mini-land” inspired by the Oscar-winning movie. [Read more…]
By Kevin Yee
We take a whirlwind tour around Magic Kingdom and Epcot this week, glancing at all the stuff that’s new: bakeries in two places, the Epcot Character Spot, the ice cream shop in France, the moved Curl store in Downtown Disney, the Lava Lounge and spitting volcano at Rainforest Cafe, and even a few updates in SeaWorld. [Read more…]
A new ice cream shop has opened in the former bakery space at the France pavilion at Epcot. [Read more…]
The newest restaurant in World Showcase at Epcot, Monsieur Paul, is now open. The restaurant, located in Epcot’s France Pavilion, replaces Le Bistro de Paris and will provide guests with a refined, yet casual French dining experience presented by Chef Jerome Bocuse. Jerome is also the owner and operator of two other properties at Epcot: Les Chefs de France and the soon to open bakery (January 2013), Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles. [Read more…]
Bistro de Paris, the upstairs restaurant in the France Pavilion at Epcot, is getting a whole new look plus a new name by early December and by mid-December, a new bakery will also be open. [Read more…]
It may sound a bit confusing but Parfums Givenchy has opened their first U.S. store in France – the France Pavilion at Epcot. The small shop features the full range of Givenchy make-up, skincare and fragrances. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
There is perhaps no place more magical during the holidays than a Disney park. That is true stateside and internationally. Let’s take a peak a two international holiday celebrations Disney style.
Paris, France – “A Fairytale Christmas Celebration” at Disneyland Paris commenced on Nov. 8 and will continue into the New Year wrapping up on Jan. 6, 2010. As in its American counterparts, Main Street USA is decked out in holiday style complete with artificial snow to complete the mood. Town Square is adorned with a 79-foot Christmas tree that has a nightly lighting ceremony led by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Santa Goofy will also make appearances this year in Town Square.
The real Santa gets in on the act in Paris too. Guests can meet the big guy in his village in the heart of Disneyland. Children can drop off letters to Santa’s post office. They will get a return letter a few weeks after their visit. Santa takes his place as the guest of honor in the Once Upon a Dream Parade.
Disney has perfected the art of the crystal castle and Disneyland Paris’ Sleeping Beauty Castle is no exception. More than 400,000 twinkling lights give the appearance of sparkling ice. It’s a Small World changes into It’s a Small World Celebration where the traditional Small World scenes are altered to depict Christmas around the world. The Christmas soundtrack is a beautiful arrangement that integrates the familiar Small World music with Christmas tunes.
Be Beauty and the Beast’s guest at Belle’s Christmas Village in Fantasyland. Guests can meet the pair as they stroll through this authentic medieval village. On select evenings, special character dinners take place. A Christmas buffet along with your favorite Disney characters is truly a feast with friends.
Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong Disneyland’s holiday celebration is named “A Sparkling Christmas – A Winter Wonderland”. The festivities started Nov. 18 and will continue until Jan. 3, 2010. It’s a Small World receives a holiday overlay in Hong Kong too. This version is named It’s a Small World Christmas. The scenes receive a similar makeover as Paris which incidentally is the similar to Anaheim, California. Small World Christmas includes a visit to Santa at the North Pole and 38 Disney characters each celebrating Christmas in its own way.
Main Street gets the snowy treatment in Asia too and a 60-foot tree sits in Town Square. The “Let it Snow” parade features all your Disney favorites dressed in grand holiday costumes. The fireworks show, dubbed “A Sparkling Christmas”, is enhanced by a “Hologram Viewer”. The viewer allows guests to see special patterns in the holiday lighting including Sleeping Beauty Castle and the fireworks.
The fun doesn’t stop at a Christmas celebration; at the two Disney Resort hotels, there are non-stop New Year’s Eve celebrations complete with live bands and DJs. The fun is not being limited to those who can afford it. Two-thousand tickets will be donated to charity via the Disney Children’s Fund Christmas Charity Program. Additionally, every ticket to the event sold at the Harbour City ticket booth will be matched by a corresponding ticket donated to charity between Nov. 18 and Dec. 6.
In other Hong Kong news, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place this past Sunday Dec. 13. Disney Parks Chairman, Jay Rasulo officiated the ceremony. Construction will begin immediately. The expansion will include an additional three lands: Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.
• Andy Guinigundo is the author of the Out of The Loop column in “Orlando Attractions Magazine”. Out of the Loop keeps you up-to-date with attraction news outside of Central Florida. Andy lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and three daughters. He grew up frequenting theme parks around Ohio and making trips to Orlando with his family. While for most of the year, he’s out of the Orlando loop, he tries to visit Florida at least once a year.