Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Place de Rémy Opens at Disneyland Paris~ The Review

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He's baaaack!  Me amis and "foreign correspondent" Patrick, @Pippin1964 is back with the long awaited opening of Place de Rémy in Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris!!!  . Bienvenue !

By @pippin1964

After 6 long years of speculation, alterations, and sneak peeks from the top of the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop in neighboring Toy Story Playland, the time has come.  Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, (the attraction), and Bistrot Chez Rémy, (the restaurant) are open to the public (or fellow rats)!  Place de Rémy is an entire district, complete with a Parisian square and a boutique, (Chez Marianne Souvenirs de Paris), which will open October 20th of this year.  
Disney Imagineers created a chic Parisian quarter with a Haussmann frontage building and a fountain modeled after Paris's "Place des Vosges"; Remy holds a bottle of champagne, which creates the water fountain effect.

With the opening of this blockbuster, Crush's Coaster has officially been dethroned as most popular attraction in Walt Disney studios.  Members of the genus Rattus should expect long wait times! 

On June 28th, I had the privilege to ride Ratatouille: The Adventure as a VIP, which included dedicated entrance to the park, and access to the attraction before the official July 10th opening date.  The inclement weather did not deter us, nor did the delayed start that was attributed to technical difficulties.

While in the queue, you can see advertising from Chef Skinner, (which you may remember as the villian from the movie), and also a plaque honoring legendary Chef Paul Bocuse; the namesake of Epcot's Monsieur Paul restaurant!

After the first corridor, you are led to Paris rooftops, where you can spot an advertisement for the restaurant Gusteau's.  In the second corridor you receive your 3-D glasses, and arrive at the boarding area.  From here on, your perspective is not one of a human, but a rat-sized Guest.  Your rat-car, or trackless GPS guided vehicle, awaits and whisks you away in groups of 3 to scenes from Ratatouille; the Parisian skyline, Gusteau's kitchen, fridge and dining room.  Be prepared to be chased by Chef Skinner!
Lo and behold, the attraction ends where Bistrot Chez Rémy begins.  The storytelling doesn't miss a beat, as the new table service restaurant is also themed and sized perfectly for you and your furry, hopefully ravenous friends.

From paper to fruition...

Merci beaucoup!  I think I can speak for DIStherapy readers and say we hope you stay teenie tiny long enough to bring us a review of the ratatouille at Bistrot Chez Rémy!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Scenes From Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend

It's Annual Passholder and DVC early registration time for Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  (Registration for all begins Tuesday, July 15th at Noon EST.)  Has your tiara tarnished?  Are you debating breaking in your glass slippers for the very first time?  Is it your time at the ball?  How about some regal enticement...

Pick up your bib and other goodies at  Disney's Fit for a Princess Expo
The course!
Thrilled to run with presenting charity Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!
Unfortunately, the charity placed all of its runners in the last corral!  (I thought it was great fun.)  They have promised not to let this happen again this year.  :D
At that crack of dawn.
Royal anticipation!
Storming the castle.  (Well, back of the pack sauntering perhaps.)
Every princess deserves her moment of glory.  (And due to multiple photographers in this prime location, the wait is never very long!)
It's early.  And sometimes foggy.
The most glorious sound at Mile 13- strains of the Gospel Choir lead you home...
Can you hear the angels now?  Noon today EST.  Be there; your DVC and AP Member Pages await.

For more Disney's Princess Half Marathon run #DisneySide pixie dust, check HERE.

Focused on the Magic

Friday, July 4, 2014

Frozen in July Giveaway

Frozen is cool.  Very cool.  Who doesn't want a piece of Anna, Elsa and their Nordic gang??  Walt Disney World Resort will roll out its Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning today, July 5th.  But what if your little princess will not be visiting the park this season?  How will you discover Frozen in July??

Frozen in July Giveaway
Welcome to the Frozen in July giveaway event hosted by Daily Mothering!
If your children love Frozen, you don't want to miss this giveaway!

Win a Disney Sparkle Anna and Elsa doll and two matching girls dresses made by Pink Princess, a total prize value of $90! The dolls are still very hard to find in stock anywhere (we already have them on hand for the winner) and the girls dresses are beautifully made and available in sizes S-XL which fit from 2T-10. Enter to win it all using the Rafflecopter form below! Remember, the more entries you submit, the better chance you have of winning. This giveaway runs July 5th - 20th, 2014, and is open to both USA and Canada. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Disney. By entering this giveaway, you agree to these terms

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pixar in Concert~ Paris Style

My friend and "foreign correspondent" Patrick, @Pippin1964 is back with news and happenings from Paris. Bienvenue !

By @pippin1964

Pixar soundtrack fans delighted in a unique performance in Paris's Palais des Congrès on June 22nd, 2014.  83 musicians of the Sinfornia Pop Orchestra (conducted by Constantin Routis), performed Pixar en Concert for 3,500 lucky guests.  Included in the audience were 500 sick or disadvantaged children who were sponsored by the production.

During the 2 hour show, we had the pleasure to listen to masterpieces written by composers Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino and Patrick Doyle.

The audience was charmed by the lovely symphonies, played in the best acoustical theater in Paris.  As the concert began, Walt Disney-themed music led up to the wonderful world of Pixar, and its first feature film, Toy Story.  The French audience was particularly enthusiastic when hearing the music of Ratatouille!

Here is a line-up from the production:

Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3

Cars and Cars 2


A Bug's Life


Monsters, Inc.



Finding Nemo

"Les Indestructibles"

The finale?  A thunderous standing ovation, with regret that the concert came to a close so quickly...

Would you like to know more?

The FB Page (In French) :
TheSinfonia Pop Orchestra (In French) :

Thank you @Pippin1964!  Please return soon for an inside look at the premier of Ratatouille: The Adventure and Bistro Chez Remy!!!