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Refurb roundup: Ears gone, banners gone, trees gone?!

Saturday, 20th March 2010 at 23:22

Disneyland Paris refurbishmentsIt's another packed refurbishment roundup from Disneyland Paris, as the park finally gets back to normality -- (almost) no Castle decorations, no Emporium decorations, no Main Street banners... hey, they've even taken the trees!,

Was it all just a bad dream?

The big news of course is that Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, our beautiful castle, has finally lost its Mickey’s Magical Party overlay. Once again we can enjoy its golden spires and centrepiece window with not a single set of Mickey ears on its magnificent medieval façade.

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It’s not a complete return to glory, however — look closer and the iconic building is close to worn-out. Its stone features covered in spots of dirt, roof tiles uneven and out of place and two large holes now visible either side of the main window, where the Magical Party centrepiece was fixed in place.

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Above that, the roof has some light patches, like its paintwork has been scuffed or scratched by something.

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The balcony to the left still has too few plants draped over it, and let’s not even check elsewhere. Stand on the rear balcony of La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant next time you visit and take a look upwards — this castle needs attention soon. We’ve been saying “before the 15th…”, “before MMP…”, “before the New Generation Festival…” every year now. So… before the 20th Anniversary?

There is also one omission from this decorations cull — Tinkerbell, and her spiralling trail which circles the tallest tower. Originally part of the 15th Anniversary overlay, she held on for Mickey’s Magical Party, continuing to provide confetti blasts from her wand for certain events. Now the lone remnant of these celebrations, she towers over the huge structure like a dainty fairy really ought not to, the confetti pipe looking like some poorly-integrated plumbing for Sleeping Beauty’s new ensuite bathroom.

With the Mickey ears now consigned to history for more than a week, the chances of the same installation crew coming back to pick up this one decoration is beginning to seem unlikely. We’ve heard that even departments within Disneyland Paris don’t know what’s going on with her. Can’t someone step in and scrap the fairy once and for all?

Any Tink supporters should perhaps remember that she’s already present and correct — and much more pleasantly sized — atop the Disneyland Hotel:

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But for now, back to the positives — and another big one is Main Street also returning (almost) to normal. The refurbishments of the Disney Clothiers, Ltd. and Town Square Photography façades continue, but now there’s something — or several things — missing from the view…

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No giant lampposts! Without those towering white columns and their enormous, identical banners, Main Street has been opened up. The buildings aren’t hidden away but clear to see and yes, correctly sized. Welcome back to the turn of the 20th Century!

It’d be interesting, in fact, to see if footfall in the various shops might increase with the removal of the banners, which were overpowering enough to just funnel guests straight down the street as quickly as possible, without looking left or right, all building façades hidden until you were stood right up in front of them. Now, that visual interest in every millimetre of the street is visible again, ready to pull guests to one side… and get them to open their wallets.

Another disappearing act has been pulled by the illuminated Mickey’s Magical Party decoration which sat above the side doorway of The Emporium. Before that, we had Lumière bursting out of the building for the 15th Anniversary… so how long until Buzz Lightyear or Slinky Dog shows up for the New Generation?

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Here again, the removal unfortunately shows up some less-than-perfect paintwork behind.

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And the removals continue, back into Town Square! Let’s compare this photo, from last Summer:

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With this view from earlier this week:

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Besides the elevation, weather and other seasonal changes, can you spot the difference? Yes, the trees on Town Square have magically shrunk! Previously reaching well above the rooftops of The Emporium and Town Square Photography (even from that elevated viewpoint on the railroad station), they now suddenly stand only just as high.

This is about as “Disneyland” an idea as you can get — when the trees get too big for the forced perspective of the buildings around them, replace them! The old maturing trees were removed last week (replanted elsewhere in the resort), leaving Town Square with an odd few days of just temporary grass coverings, to be gradually replaced with these younger, smaller trees.

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If you’ve followed Disneyland Paris news for many years, you might remember the same happening to all the trees along Main Street itself in the first half of the last decade, when they were again replaced with smaller trees more in line with their quaint (and we have to remember, at the turn of the 20th Century — recently built) surroundings.

At the same time, the first flowers of Spring have arrived!

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Elsewhere, Pirates of the Caribbean has been closed for the past two weeks for a scheduled refurbishment:

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As always, this also required a closure of the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, but we’re happy to report both attraction and restaurant reopened earlier today.

Finally, ignoring that Castle bridge scaffolding (which should also have come to a close earlier today – check back for updates), we end on a beautiful sight indeed…

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Here’s hoping we see the castle back in the “refurb roundup” before too long.

Photos by Dlrpteam for DLRP Today.com

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  • I’m impressed, its becoming like EuroDisney again, yet with everything updated and more to see and do! No wonder its my favourite theme park ;) Excellent reporting from the DLRP team guys, i’m fairly jealous.

  • Just noticed that Pirates of the Caribbean has a new flag up front, was ripped august 09

  • This does look like a new POC sail! Can’t quite see the old tear bottom right, as hidden by the fencing. Also the ‘ hole’ on the left is hidden by the trees, but it looks very white, and the creases look different!

    Bit of a shame for people visiting for the first time, with all the fencing and scaffolding around, but worth it in the end. I do love the trees in Town Square, but they can’t be allowed to get too big really, so they have done the right thing.

    Thanks for the updates.

  • The Pirates sail was actually replaced sometime in late August 2009, although it did take around six months of it being in that horrible state beforehand.

  • Glad about the trees ! Never understood why they don’t have this policy in Disneyland (anaheim) where the castle is even smaller…

  • ^They do have this policy in Anaheim. They replaced those beautiful (cherry?) trees around the hub somewhere before the 50th.

    I’m so glad all that awful junk is gone!

  • Aside from the dodgy paintwork, everything looks great! Onwards and upwards…

  • Im not being mean but the castle is supposed to have light patches on the roof, it fits with the zig-zag pattern in the tiles and it gives the castle character.But anyway the castle is beautiful and i would hate to see disneyland paris or the castle to ever change, because i think it is the most magical place on earth :) i love Disneyland paris :) :)

  • The light patches are on the roof above the central window (slightly to the left), where there are no tiles. It should be a clean blue/gold gradient.

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