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Refurb roundup: Castle Bridge, Organ Music & Tea Cups

Saturday, 10th April 2010 at 16:59

Disneyland Paris refurbishmentsThe busy holiday weeks of Easter may be in full swing, but that hasn't stopped the refurbishments. Besides Disney Studio 1, the sparkling new Castle Bridge has been uncovered, the Tea Cups are taking a much-needed break and organ music is in the air...,

Fret over getting that perfect picture in front of Le Château no more — the bridge has reopened after a major two month rebuilding project, looking cleaned to fairytale perfection:

Disneyland Paris refurbishments

Disneyland Paris refurbishments

Disneyland Paris refurbishments

Disneyland Paris refurbishments

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So clean, so crisp, in fact, that the castle behind looks even grubbier than it did before.

The project apparently included the complete rewiring of all the lights along the bridge, and as the scaffolding disappeared a couple of weeks ago now, the main window of the castle even had a nice surprise for us.

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As if just being able to see it again after three years wasn’t good enough, the light behind its stained-glass design appears to have been tweaked to give a brighter, more even illumination, bringing out the beautiful colours right throughout the day. A big improvement on the patchy single spotlight before.

Back in Main Street U.S.A., Town Square Photography now has its decorative refurbishment overlay in place:

Disneyland Paris refurbishments

We’re already a month into this work, and there’s still a long time to go. The refurbishment of Town Square Photography is set to be completed on 2nd July, whilst the smaller Disney Clothiers, Ltd. restoration just along the street, which had almost a month head start, will be done by 18th June 2010.

Over in Fantasyland, this could be bad timing to catch those visitors whose interest has been reawakened by Tim Burton’s 3-D adaptation, but Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups is currently closed from 6th to 23rd April for a much-needed full refurbishment.

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Work should include repainting or resurfacing the turntable, which has been lacking its original bright colours for years, as well as cleaning the roof, repainting and replacing the lights and lanterns, along with other maintenance. The work was originally announced by Disneyland Paris to end on 2nd April, so this appears to have been pushed back.

Not strictly a refurbishment, since this is potentially something we’ll never seen returned — the Rainforest Cafe signage on the side of the building, next to where the brand new Earl of Sandwich counter service restaurant is due to be built, has disappeared:

Disneyland Paris refurbishments

After the concept art was published last year, temporary construction walls surrounded this railing a couple of months ago for a few days — only to suddenly disappear again. When construction does finally begin, there will need to be some serious infilling of this area of the lagoon, along with deconstruction of some of the rockwork seen above.

And finally… A real delight that has returned, after a lengthy absence, the Main Street Station organ:

Disneyland Paris refurbishments

Not only does it look all freshly-polished, the organ (via recorded sound effects) once again greets each arriving Disneyland Railroad train as it steams through the station, bringing back a missing piece of the Main Street’s original turn-of-the-century atmosphere.

Photos by Photos Magiques (more), Dlrpteam as credited.

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  • Isn’t it great to see all the great work been done to keep the place vibrant and magical.

  • The bridge looks amazing, but really needs to clean the castle now!

  • Also on the bridge the concrete seats are disappeared in the half-round sections.

  • Disneyland`s looking great!

  • Does anyone know when Casey Jr will re-open?

  • @Ethan: Not until July!

  • Thanks for the photos! Great that is is open again, but agree that is does not seem to match the castle now!
    So pleased about the organ being back.

  • Looks great again!

  • Photos Magiques  12th April 2010, 14:25

    The organ was extensively refurbished. Most of the wood had rotten away, which has now been replaced by a synthetic material.

  • Happy 18th anniversary Disneyland Paris – 12th April 1992 – 12th April 2010, with hopefully many more wonderful years to come!

  • Im travelling after school holidays in mid September – will Casey Jnr remain open does anyone know?

    The scheduling of parades stays quiet fro September – any ideas?

  • Looking good. Glad to see they’re getting on with so many tweaks and refurbs.

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle looks amazing with the new bridge and with the decorations gone! I want it to be always like this: original art concept of 1959 Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and not with those pathetic decorations, that only makes the Castle made from plastic!

    Very well done work Disneyland! Now the Castle deserves an intensive restoration; I’d like to see the pale golden-blue roofs of the main stained-glass oval windows (tower and entrance) repainted as the original art concept of Euro Disney: only marine blue and with golden lines, I don’t like that weird fussion of gold and cian at all.

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