PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Paris 6/5/18 (Refurbishments, New Pandora Store, Reservations for Character Encounters, Etc.)

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We were in Disneyland Paris on a warm, sunny Saturday. Obviously, we were not the only visitors on that day, especially with the FanDaze Inaugural Party that would take place that evening. A busy park means opening of the stalls with merchandise and food on Central Plaza, which was nice to see.

The Festival of Pirates and Princesses ended recently and with it also the spring decorations in Disneyland Park. The lampposts were also stripped of their pirate or princess theming, and the Aristocats topiary (that you saw in our last photo report) disappeared on Sunday June 3.

On Central Plaza, there are still small stages surrounded by flowers that were used for the festival. If it is decided to keep those for future seasons, I would recommend a gardener to plant some new flowers around them.

Refurbishments Disneyland Park

Phantom Manor is still in refurbishment. When travelling on the Thunder Mesa riverboat, you can see some updates on the pavement in front of the manor.

When on the riverboat, you have also a view on the recently refurbished playground Pocahontas Indian Village.

We also took a small walk in and around this new playground.

In Fantasyland, workers are continuing with Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups. Last Saturday, they were working on the roof of the attraction.

If you look closely on this photo, you can see that (part of) the cups have returned to the attraction.

Refurbishments Walt Disney Studios Park

With the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes less than a week away, the Studio Theater is in last phase of changes for its new stunt show. This weekend, the theater was still behind (themed) walls.

Different boards are installed and now hid away. We could read the title of the new show (Super Heroes United) and a silhouette of Captain America. There is also a LED-screen on the front.

As you might have seen on social media, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is losing pieces of its back. Disneyland Paris is still struggling with the company that build the Tower ten years ago, but now placed scaffolding for safety.

The refurbishment on Crush’s Coaster is done, and the front has been repainted. They did a great job with the colors of the water, if you ask me.

Refurbishments Disney Village

During the InsidEARS event, it was announced that a plan to redo Disney Village is almost finished, but it looks like some early changes are already being made. On two places there appeared fences. One is close to the World of Disney store.

The other is in front of the night club Hurricanes, that closed its doors in 2010.


Recently, we updated you about a new Disneyland Paris football shirt coming to the parks and hotels for the FIFA World Cup. This shirt is now available for €19,99 in different sizes for children.

In Walt Disney Studios Park, a Pandora store opened next to the Les Légendes d’Hollywood store. This is part of a strategic alliance recently made. Pandora is now also the official sponsor of Disney Illuminations at Disneyland Park.

Back in Disneyland Park, you can again buy merchandise. The straws, from the 20th birthday (2012), in restaurant Hakuna Matata.

Also, the recent Paris line (including a Remy TsumTsum for €5,99 at Chez Marianne on La Place de Rémy) is looking great in the different shops around the resort.

Reservations for Character Encounters

As follows from the program that came out last Saturday, guests need to reserve a spot in line for three different character encounters (Mickey or friends, Buzz or friends and The Incredibles) in Walt Disney Studios Park starting on June 7. This works with the Lineberty app.

In the program they also mention some checkouts at Restaurant En Coulisse with the same app. It is a little vague, but could this be the beginning of mobile ordering at Disneyland Paris?


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Henk is a former Overseas Park Writer at WDWNT. He said goodbye to the website in August 2018, after new career opportunities. If you have any questions regarding his articles, you can still contact Henk at [email protected]