Disney Art on Demand is just like we dreamed it.

Disney art on demand terminal

Back in September, as the 20th Anniversary celebrations were coming to an end, Disneyland Paris hosted an event in which some of our friends were invited to named ‘What’s New, What’s Next’ aimed at showing the community just some of what is planned after the year and a half long celebration. During that weekend, the resort unveiled Disney Art on Demand. This is a service which allows guests to order prints of pieces of Disney art directly to their front door from a wide selection of pieces of work.

As you walk into the Disney Gallery store in Disney Village, you are confronted with the above wall showcasing the types of art that can be purchased from the touch screen computer. The computer itself is very easy to use and can be used in either French or English.
Upon starting, you are presented with the ‘highlights’ of categories with options to view more. Categories included photos of Walt Disney, paintings of Disney characters, film stills and film posters, as well as the highly anticipated Attraction poster series. It’s very easy to switch from category to category and from page to page within the category.

Art works include the above pictures Mickey drawing, as well as other drawings and paintings already available in the resort; the film stills were largely standard affairs, the selection was good, and is recommended if you want a collection of those in your house. The vintage film posters are perfect for fans of the Disney films, the Mary Poppins poster is especially good.

 Once you have selected your chosen piece of art, you then proceed to select your printing options. Whether it be on paper or canvas, then the size, followed by the option to select a frame (this is not obligatory and is the most costly part of the experience). The cheapest printing option ends up at €17.99 (with a €6 delivery charge).
Once you input your address details, you walk over to the cashier and alert them to the fact you have made an Art on Demand order, they will then retrieve your order and put it through the system and begin the printing process. Orders are given a guideline of a 2-3 week delivery window, although ours turned up at our front door in less than a week. An automated e-mail is sent out to you upon dispatch with a Royal Mail tracking number (orders are printed and dispatched in the United Kingdom using the UK Postal Service: Royal Mail).

The packaging upon arrival was plenty for the item, the print arrives in a thick cardboard tube marked ‘Fragile’ by tape. Once the tube has been opened, the unframed print that we ordered was wrapped in tissue paper.

The print itself was of an exceptional quality with a large white border. The colours are vibrant meaning this will make a fantastic print to hang on the wall in any home.

 

In conclusion, Disney Art on Demand at Disneyland Paris allows guests to choose from a wide range of high quality art pieces and get them delivered direct to your front door, the ease of the system makes the ordering process incredibly straightforward. The quality of the print is of a very high standard, meaning that for a reasonable price Disney fans can have beautiful pieces of art adorning their walls. We look forward to seeing how this service grows.

Coup de Cœur: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

Red sign for Arena entrance at the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show
From the moment you see the building, to the moment you leave; one thing is clear about Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, that is its Wild West Rodeo nature. It’s easy to see the attraction of this, the second most viewed show in Disneyland Paris; the show features animals, stunts and food meaning that there is something for all the family.

As we enter the building, which is shared by the Gaumont Cinema; we can smell the smell of horses and buffalo. The sights and the sounds of the wild west begin to fill the air, we are greeted with a smile and our ticket is scanned. We are then placed into our ‘team’ for the night indicated by the chapeau that we are given, then into the western style saloon bar. It’s here we can order our wines for the evening (should we be inclined for a more sophisticated evening); meet Sheriff Mickey and be entertained by a country-style band, with a special guest… Goofy! It’s also here that we begin to meet and mingle with our new team mates, and rivals.

 

The music ends, the wait is over. It’s time to go to our seats and prepare for a night of action, and fun in what is Disneyland Paris’s 2nd most popular show. We have a good amount of leg room and table space, perfect for the night ahead. In front of us lies part of our starter for this evening dinner show. A slice of corn bread. As the lights dim, and the action begins, the second part of our starter is delivered to the table, chili con carne. The familiar western music begins to play, and all of a sudden the real stars of the show appear. The horses, which we have so often seen in training on the artisans du reve DVD and the France 3 documentary Disneyland et ses secrets appear.

The beginning of the show is a triumphant and joyous occasion, we begin to meet the stars of the show: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull and the Rough Riders; of course every show needs a Maître de céremonie, and this is the case here as well. The show begins to run through a wild west story involving various types of animal, stunts and effects. We meet the Disney characters who are all dressed in their western finery.
By now we are eating our western platter with the potatoes. This dish allows us to sample many different campfire foods on one plate, whilst sitting and enjoying campfire antics with the Disney characters. A real high point of the show was Mickey singing You are my Sunshine to Minnie, it was a sweet and tender moment in the show; and perhaps the only emotional moment of the evening.

 

However, if you went into the Wild West Show, having been assigned your team, to be able to just sit and enjoy the show, you’d be mistaken. The second act of the evening is a fun and games session featuring the newest recruits, you. Over the course of 45 minutes or so, spectators feel the highs and lows together. You may find that family sitting next to you become your best friend as you laugh and joke with one another. Of course, what is a game without prizes, a few gold coins have been found; can your team win the day and walk away with a gold coin?

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show is a fantastic evening of entertainment, especially in the colder winter months which often see Disneyland Park close early. The mix of show, games and food will make sure no member of the family gets bored – and the hat gift always goes down well with guests!

Hollywood pictures to close THIS Sunday.

Disney Village at night.
Disney VillageThe news came from Disney Central Plaza’s twitter feed this afternoon, it is the final weekend of trading in the Hollywood Pictures store in Disney Village, once closed the works will begin to transform it into the new Lego Store opening this autumn. Hollywood pictures was part of the original festival Disney when it opened in 1992 which celebrated America through stores themed to various parts (as can still be seen in Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon and Chicago Steakhouse.

What are your opinions on this store?
I personally will miss it, I really liked the theming, but also a Disney store that seemed to specialize in Male clothing which is something really lacking in the high street Disney stores which tend to focus on children (and when not children, ladies clothing!). I’ve bought some fantastic t-shirts from there such as a Mickey mouse playing basketball t-shirt. I will be sad to see it go, but I’m also excited to see the opening of the Lego store which seems to have become a staple of the Disney parks in the United States.

Goodbye Disney Village sign

Disney Village sign lit up on a summers night
Disney Village signHow often have you seen this sign and thought “I’m back!”. Well, as of today you might need to wait for another site to have that happy thought, as overnight it was removed. This may come as no shock to those who follow @insidedlparis on twitter as a few days ago, the lettering of ‘Village’ were removed.

The arch was first erected in order to welcome guests to Disney Village and became the icon of the village, just one search for ‘Disney Village’ gives you all the images of this arch you could possibly imagine. However last year the methods of entering Disney Village and the two Disney parks changed and now you needed to pass by the tents near the Walt Disney Studios parks (and on busy days you can also pass through the old Disneyland Park arches), the Disney Village arch actually found itself to be the exit of the entire resort.

Disneyland Paris themselves have even used this arch for their own publicity for the village in resort recently, see the below advertisement for the upcoming ‘British Festival’ taking place next weekend

I really like the Disney Village sign, it is one of the icons of the resort, I really hope it returns in some form soon! It just wouldn’t feel the same without it.