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Showing posts from May, 2016

Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin

All of the Disney theme parks have retired attractions.  Whilst it may be sad to S say goodbye, it is a natural process for the development of the parks and new attractions means a very good reason to return to the parks again and again for the new experiences they can deliver.

One former attraction of Disneyland Paris was themed around the Silly Symphony short, The Old Mill.  What makes this attraction interesting is that it still exists - sort of.

Originally, between Le Pays des Contes de Fees and It's a Small World, there was a ride called Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin.  This was a small ferris wheel attached to the rear of a windmill - The Old Mill.  Guests would board one of eight of large bucket-like vehicles hanging from the central axle.  Riding in one of these gave guests a view of the circus train and canal boats.  As the buckets revolved so did the windmill's sail on the opposite side of the structure.

Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin closed in 2002 and now houses a qui…

The Old Mill

Featured as a display in Le Pays des Contes de Fees; a former scene in the Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland California before being replaced by a representation of Arendelle; and as the theme for a food outlet outside the ride, the Old Mill is a Disney story few are likely to be familiar with.  Heralding from the days of Disney's Silly Symphony short cartoons, The Old Mill was released in 1937 and is a simple tale of various animals surviving a storm in their adopted home of an old mill.

The characters are clear ancestors of the creatures seen in full-length features such as Snow White and Bambi whilst the use of music and no dialogue echoes the approach of Fantasia (with music from the operetta, The Gypsy Baron, featuring).  There is also a clear link with Bambi in that the 'plot' of the film is really just 'a day in the life' of a selection of countryside-dwelling animals.  The short goes from dawn to evening and then into a storm which brings the old mill…

Le Pays des Contes de Fées

On our recent visit to Disneyland Paris, one of my favourite rides was Le Pays des Contes de Fees - The Land of Fairy Tales.  It wasn't a ride I remembered from my previous visit to Disneyland Paris and it appealed to my love of fairy tales and the gentler rides of Disney theme parks.  It was also a ride my mum could join us on with the children which made for a lovely experience.

Le Pays des Contes de Fees is a variation on an attraction from Disneyland in California.  It involves boats floating slowly around a canal, the banks of which hold various scenes from Disney films.  Most of these involve merely the buildings and landscapes.  The California version (which I will look at in a different post) involves an onboard narrator - similar to the way Jungle Cruise is run - but the Paris version doesn't include this element.

The queue line of this attraction is surrounded by blue fences.  To reach the boarding dock, visitors traverse a bridge - with rather steep steps.  Next to th…

Casey's Corner

Casey's Corner is a counter service restaurant featured at Disney World and Disneyland Paris.  It wasn't until watching Make Mine Music that I realised that this all-American restaurant is based, quite clearly, on the segment from the film called Casey at the Bat.  As such, Casey's Corner is a baseball-themed food outlet at the bottom of Main Street USA on the left hand corner (as you face the fairytale castle).

It isn't a restaurant I have used on any of our visits.  It is often very, very busy (due to its position on Main Street USA I suspect) and my wife doesn't like hot dogs - which is what it mainly serves.  However, I do like hot dogs and a look at the menu certainly tempts me to pay a visit the next time we are in either Disney World or Disneyland Paris.

The theming fits perfectly with the turn of the century vibe of Main Street USA and directly reflects the original animation.  Standing outside the restaurant's corner location at Disney World, guests can…