Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Disneyland Paris Update: Part Two : Indiana Jones Temple, Farewell to Main Street Photography, and more

Here we go for the part two of the Disneyland Paris update, always thanks to the pictures of Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. This time we'll have a look at what's happening in the Disneyland Park and more specifically in Adventureland where works already began to rebuild the whole temple of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril!

Also, make sure to read the article till the end as i have a great news for those of you who would like to meet someone who created Disneyland Paris 20 years ago, a great Imagineer!

But first, let's move through Main Street U.S.A with a stop at the Town Square Photography shop which soon won't be the same anymore as the shop will have its theme totally changed and will be known as Flora's Boutique. Guests already can't access the shop anymore, the last products inside have been removed and the future shop will sell products linked with the different DLP "seasons"  ( Spring, Summer, Halloween, Christmas ).

Previously, Kodak was the partner of Town Square Photography and, as you know, Kodak ended last year its partnership in all Disney theme parks. Considering that guests now shoot pictures with their digital camera or cell phones and don't use photo films anymore the park probably thought they could have a better use of the shop to increase their merchandise sales. It's a pity, though, as the shop had a fantastic theming and storyline, not to mention, dozens of old cameras and a great 1900 photographer office set by Imagineer Eddie Sotto.

We'll pay a last tribute to this great shop with the original WDI renderings and the great sign of the shop.

Let's continue our walk through the park under the grey winter sky...

A quick look at the cup of coffee to check that the smoke is always coming out of it... again, as it was for a long time in maintenance last year.

As you can see, whatever the angle you shoot the pictures the light is really terrible in that season...

And it's not any better on Central Plaza... Fantasyland... Discoveryland

...or in Adventureland.

However, something big is happening in Adventureland as the works to rebuild entirely in real stone most of the huge temple of Indiana Jones and Temple du Peril began and will last until May 28. It's probably the first time in Disney parks history that a whole decor will be rebuilt. The coaster track itself will remain in place but the part with the loop will be changed. 


Let's move now to Disney Village where small improvements happened to the Sports Bar with a bigger TV screen replacing the old one, something that will appreciate guests who have a drink outside of the bar to watch sports events.

Just nearby the new LEGO shop had its opening delayed but it didn't stopped Max to check that products are already in place, and the opening should finally happen mid-February.

Now, here is an important info for all of you folks living in South Cal as the great Imagineer Tim Delaney, who was DLP Discoveryland show producer will be part of the next Mice Chat event happening February 8 at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney, Anaheim!

Tim will have fantastic stories for those who will attend this Mice Chat event with an audio-visual presentation and Tim will also sign copies of my Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book which will be available for purchase at the end of Tim 90 minutes presentation. This will be the very first time that a DLP Imagineer Show Producer will sign the book so if you live in South Cal don't miss that event!
Limited seats are available so make sure to do your registration today at the link HERE
where you can also pre-order a copy of the DLP book to make sure you'll have a copy waiting for you at the event.  

And for those of you not living in California i remind you that the promo on my Disneyland Paris book is valid all during January so you still can order the book and enjoy a free shipping wherever you live on the planet! The book price, whether it's the ENGLISH or FRENCH edition is 75 euros including free shipping worldwide which save $20, so order your own copy now at the best price on the market to don't miss the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book which will tell you all about the creation of Disneyland Paris with 320 pages including 500 pictures of the park and 250 WDI renderings!

You can order the book and send directly your Paypal payment of the 75 euros either by the Paypal button below or directly from your Paypal account at the email address: 
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Glenn said...

Too bad about the Town Square Photography shop... I always loved buying a disposable camera during my visits. I hope they won't completely destroy the wonderful theming.

Anonymous said...

I think Kodak is still partnering with HKDL. They opened a photo kiosk called something like Merlin's Magic Portraits in Fantasyland in 2012 / 2013.

Alain Littaye said...

It's probably because their partnership deal is not over yet. Generally it's a 10 years deal, and then the partner decide to renew it or not. As HKDL is not 10 years old yet, The deal with Kodak will probably end next year with HKDL 10th Ann.