It All Started With A Mouse

Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
Trip End Oct 04, 2009

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Flag of France  , Picardie,
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today marked our 8th Disney park which was Walt Disney Studios. What an awesome title for a park. It is similar in nature to Disney's Hollywood Studios (former MGM Studios). However, it is significantly smaller with far less attractions. It just opened in 2002 and still looks the part as everything is clean and pretty new. Even though it is small, it is themed very well.

First off, the entrance is done on a grand scale with Earful Tower in the background:

There is a huge building right inside which looks like a studio but houses very well themed restaurants and shops.

This is the back side of the building:

I am sure nobody will recognize our shirts so we will tell you they are both from our favorite Pixar movie WALL-E! Harmony has the Axiom Crew shirt (space cruise ship) and Mike has the B&L shirt (Buy and Large corporation).

Once through this building, they have our favorite statue, The Partners Statue which is actually located in Disney Bros Plaza:

The sign was modeled after the one that marks the streets at the real Disney Studios in California which marks Mickey Ave and Dopey Drive. It also has a plaque that discusses the amazing relationship between Walt and Roy. This park definitely recognizes that Walt and Roy created all of this.

Our first ride was Crush's Coaster. We were not expecting much and did not know much about the ride. The entire ride is inside a building so you don't know what you are getting into. Once inside, it is themed after a harbor in Australia with ads for whale watching, boat cleaning, and the cool animatronic seagulls that say "mine, mine, mine". It is here where you board your turtle shell vehicle two by two, back to back:

Wow, this ride is amazing! It was so much fun! Harmony and I were shocked how great it was. Those of you who have been on Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom, think that ride inside but taller, faster, smoother, and with much steeper drops and banked turns. The ride was so smooth and so fast. There are great elements from the Finding Nemo movie like Bruce the Shark, the scary Angler fish, etc. The ride is over pretty quick but it is well worth the wait. This ride is known to have 1-2 hour waits because it doesn't move people quickly but our first and second waits were both around 30 minutes which wasn't bad (except for the oh so familiar French underarm bouquets surrounding us).

We took two quick videos of the intro movie just for Brenda to freak her out when she hears Crush speaking French:

This park has a surprisingly excellent show called Animagique. We had no idea what this was. It turned out to have live actors in a Mickey and Donald costume opening up the story. Strangely enough, Mickey spoke in French and Donald spoke in English. Let us tell you one thing, hearing Mickey speak French is one of the creepiest things we have ever experienced. We will give Brenda credit in this area when she said she did not want to experience French Mickey (which is pronounced Mik-kay here). Creepy! Then the show broke out into one of those black light shows with the actors in all black against a black background holding puppets, etc that are colorfully decorated with black light paint and cloth. They played out famous songs from all the great Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Little Mermaid, etc. It was done very well. It was a little strange hearing those songs sung in French but cool nonetheless.

They also had a show called Cinemagique (yeah, magique is used a lot here). This was a film with theater effects like water, wind, etc. The film was great and starred Martin Short who worked his way from silent movies through very famous movies from genres like westerns, love stories, gangster movies, etc. It was very funny. Martin spoke in English which helped.

They had a history of animation walk through exhibit which is like the one in Hollywood Studios. They had the actual original multi plane camera there which was developed for the short cartoon "The Old Mill" and was later used for Snow White:

Their newest ride is their own version of Tower of Terror (Mike's favorite ride on the planet) which opened in 2008. It looks great as do the other ones. Unfortunately, their exterior queue is completely lack of theming just like CA's version. We later learned this is basically a copy of that version. Orlando destroys it with their creepy outdoor queue threw the unkempt grounds of the hotel. The inside queue, library, and boiler room are the same as CA. CA and Paris' boiler rooms are better themed than Orlando's. The ride is just like CA in that the elevator does not move forward through the 4th dimension scene like in Orlando which is what makes Orlando's ride much better. It does have the multi drop experience and all the thrills though. Harmony and I did the zero G tests with soda bottles on our second trip which was really cool:

The Lights Motor Action Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando was taken from the original show in Paris. This show is the same in Paris except it is in French. Who cares about the talking though, it is all about the cars, motorcycles, and explosions. Cool show:

Now it was about time to have our first crepe on our European Vacation. It did not disappoint!

They had a back lot tour with a Catastrophe Canyon as well but it wasn't very good at all. One scene was cool where they brought us onto an outdoor set from the movie Reign of Fire where an underground dragon spewed fire out of a pit. Pretty cool.

Here is a shot we took of Harmony on the way out:

Mike saying goodbye to the studios:

Harmony thinking about her mom:

and one last photo showing why Harmony and I do not need kids:

We hope you enjoyed traveling with us to Walt Disney Studios.

Tomorrow's blog should be short as we will be revisiting Disneyland Paris.

-Mike and Harmony

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Radisson Blu Golf Resort
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ms.wanderlust on

Could Not Take It A Moment Longer! Joined!
Hello U two Birds! Even thou' did not want to register on yet another site, just could not take it a moment longer___joined! Found it just waaaay too frustrating not being able to comment on this
A-mazing Journey- so I 'am in like flynn' ;)
After this post I am going to go backwards and post on each entry___that's me, a bit s d r a w k c a b ;)

First, want to give a mil. thanx Mike & Harmonia, for taking precious travel time to give so generously in keeping this Journal! It is truly a Joy*! For All of Us that want to get away and cannot, this is the next best mode for sure.
Entries so fun to read and photographs the best!
If U ever did desire another career, think travel writer could be it for U!

K now entry comments=
great details of studio-
Yum that crepe looks good! :O {open for a bite}-
Is the area flat? Hard to tell in photo's, but do not see any mountains?-
U both looked grrrreat! Happy and having fun!-

Of course I took the full tour {virtual} of Your Hotel before U arrv'd. Looks real nice.

K, that's about it for this entry- going
s d r a w k c a b now....see U Yesterday ;)

Love* U Both B*yond!
Mom XO

ms.wanderlust on

Hope* U recv'd e?= Uncle Tony out of hospital and ok!

I think of U guys non-stop! Right now U are just gettin' up and out- it's Midnite here and 6am there- hey I'm a poet ;)

Going to Yesterday ;)

ms.wanderlust on

Opp's- Forgot____
Love* the video clips- the 'cheezy' was kewwl ;)

abbapoodles on

I am curious to know , are the employees mostly French? What is the primary language in the park? Do the characters have a french flair to their costuming? Enjoy!!!

Love you,

mikeandharmony on

Re: Could Not Take It A Moment Longer! Joined!
Thank you so much for registering. We spend hours each night putting together these posts and we love to read the comments!

Yes, the area is very flat. Even though we are in the French countryside, this area is more farm land than anything. Beautiful, but flat. We will put a picture of the view from our hotel room in the next post to show you how flat it is.

The hotel is very nice. We didn't take any pictures since people can do exactly what you did. It is more than a palace compared to London. The room is absolutely huge! Two beds, two comfortable chairs, a desk, refrigerator, huge bathroom with two sinks. This would be the Presidential Suite at a London hotel. Unfortunately, we are very spoiled now and have to go to a very small Paris hotel.

Mike and Harmony

mikeandharmony on

Re: Disney

I would say at least 90% of the employees are French. Almost all of them will begin the discussion with you in French and switch to their best English if they see you don't understand. They are very good at that. Even though we are in France, this park is a destination for all of Europe. Given that each European country speaks a different language, you have to imagine that all Disney employees must speak English as a common ground. There are tourists from everywhere in these parks. Outside of French, there are tons of British people here who of course speak English. The rides, shows, etc are more or less English friendly. Many of them will say one sentence in French and repeat it in English. Some offer headsets to choose between at least 5 languages. It was weird having to put one on to hear the attraction in English but very cool.

Assuming you mean the Disney characters like Mickey, Donald, etc? If so, absolutely not. They all wear the exact same costumes. It is important for them to keep their exact look as they are seen in their movies, cartoons, etc. This is even true for the 'face' characters like the princesses so they go to great lengths to find American looking actresses as you will see with Aurora in today's blog post.

It is very very cool to be in a familiar Disney park with so many unique differences. It is very hard to explain.


mikeandharmony on

Re: Opp's- Forgot____
Many more video clips to come in today's post!

mikeandharmony on

Re: P.S.
Yes, Harmony actually replied to your email before we logged in to this blog. We are so happy to hear that Tony is ok!

Glad to hear we are on your mind!

Mike and Harmony!

ms.wanderlust on

Prayers*+ As U Depart For Paris {City}
Dear Harmonia & Mike,

Just completed Prayers* for Your safe and Joy*ful visit in the City. Thinking of U as U get ready to depart 'Disney Bubble' and enter the 'real' World ;)
So glad U both not fearful, but AWARE....just Wish* U had mace and the storm whistle w/U {sorry just the Mom in Me talk'n}, which has come in handy more than once on Greyhound travel cross country- anyhow, please just take good care, and stay out of dark parks {Mike, if U must tinkle in a cup ;) }, and rest assured Our Good Lord* is with U. Enough.

O U Two! THE Eiffel, 1987 memories seem like a life time ago. Aunt Debi and I signed Our names in the second level bathroom grout, which sure is long gone. I will be thinking and celebrating w/U, the next 4 Days with the music of 'Dinnner In Paris' {xpec Jacques Brel!} and eating some french inspired meals and wine of course ;)

K, gonna go later tonite and finish commenting on coupl'a entries- passed out last after first 4 ;)

This has been B*yond fun! A real Joy* right in the middle of tuff x's for Us....thank U both!

I Love* U B*yond_____________.Mom XOXOXOX

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