Dedicated to Disneyland Paris Podcast

With news that the Star Wars entertainment is staying longer in Walt Disney Studios next year and a brand new Disneyland Paris advert, there is much new to discuss. Then it's on to looking at the year that was 2016 in Disneyland Paris and discussing what is to come in 2017. Happy New Year everyone!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_90_-_Looking_Back_at_2016__Forward_to_2017.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:32pm UTC

Having just come back from 4 days in Disneyland Paris, Steve talks all about the Christmas season, while Mark proves that Steve's SEO skills are better than his memory! There's a handful of news and rumours to discuss and it's not long before things pretty serious and the question of whether Disneyland Paris will ever truly be a success is asked.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_89_-_Big_Christmas_Review__Will_DLP_Ever_Succeed.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:07pm UTC


With Steve and Mark having clashing schedules, Ellie Steadman returned to co-host the podcast with Steve as the big onsite v offsite Disneyland Paris hotel debate came to a head, with huge amounts of feedback from all of you. In fact there were so many comments and emails from you lovely listeners that we could only feature half of them! It was also a big week for Disneyland Paris news, with Moana / Vaiana arriving, Mickey having a birthday, a big award for Mickey and the Magician, to padlock or not to padlock and so much more!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_88_-_The_Big_Onsite_v_Offsite_Debate.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:59pm UTC

Just back from Disneyland Paris, Steve and Mark are here to give their thoughts on everything Halloween - the decorations, characters, shows and parades. Plus there's a rundown of what happened at the Halloween Soiree Party and that amazing parade. There's also some news - could new Mickey and Minnie be coming to Disneyland Pairs, will Annual Passports ever go up in price while Inventions just got quite a bit more expensive.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_87_-_The_Big_Halloween_Review__Mickey.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:41am UTC

With a shareholders meeting and the insider fan accounts on overdrive this week, there is a huge list of Disneyland Paris news and rumours to get through on this episode - from hotel and attraction closures to a brand new restaurant, from Christmas parade news to characters in Walt Disney Studios and more Frozen. Oh yes, and breakfastGATE. Then there's the part of the show that all of you lovely listeners provided the content for, as the question was asked: What one thing have you never done in Disneyland Paris that you want to, and why haven't you done it yet? 

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_86_-_Just_One_Thing_Left_to_Do.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:10am UTC

Episode 85: What if They Changed Discoveryland?

Back by public demand, ex Disneyland Paris Cast Member Peter Bell joins us once again, fill of great insight as he answers questions by you the lovely listeners and goes over the latest news and rumours with Steve and Mark, of which there are plenty. Could Discoveryland Change? Would Walt Disney Studios be the same today of they'd gone ahead and built Soarin'? Should Marvel take over Moteurs...Action!? These and so much more, plus Halloween and character news.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_85_-_What_If_They_Changed_Discoveryland.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:34pm UTC

Adventureland has re-opened in Disneyland Paris and there is gourmet restaurant and Vapiano Italian restaurant rumored news. Then there is the big meaty discussion which dominates most of the show thanks to the piles of answers you sent in to our question for this episode. Tempers flare when Frozen Summer Fun is questioned and Beauty and the Beast gets questioned. A bumper episode of the podcast with more themes and films talked about than ever before.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_84_-_A_New_Season_For_Disneyland_Paris.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:02pm UTC

It's two weeks since Steve and Mark were in Disneyland Paris together, though Mark was only actually in the parks for 7 hours! Steve was there for 5 days and has many tales of his new love for characters, character dining and experiencing parades in a new way. There are bewildering stories of guests and their love of boats, Cast Member magic, pin trading and so much more. As if that wasn't enough, there was also the Disneyland Paris Star Wars Season of the Force (press) release to discuss - so a packed show.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_83_-_Summer_Trip_Report__Star_Wars.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:29pm UTC

With both Steve and Mark being in Disneyland Paris last week, neither had time to chase down any news and rumours for this episode, though there is the exquisitely worded Disneyland Paris Halloween 2016 press release which got discussed. The meat of the shows features an interview with Star Wars writer and Disney fan Amy Ratcliffe, who after hosting at Star Wars Celebration Europe took a day trip to Disneyland Paris. Hear the thoughts of someone whose home park is the original Disneyland, and what Amy made of Ratatouille, Pirates of the Caribbean, Phantom Manor and how she was duped onto Crush’s Coaster. One thing was missed during our chat, and I’m directly quoting Amy for all of you to read here: I realized I forgot to say how much I loved the DLP version of a dole whip :) That being Pineapple Whip, the subject of much contention these past few months.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_82_-_DLP_Day_Trip_with_Amy_Ratcliffe.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:30pm UTC

Disneyland Paris rumours a plenty - from the removal of characters from Cafe Mickey to rising Annual Passport prices, a new Star Wars season to Halloween Minnie and everything in between. There's also some actual Disneyland Paris news, like the Castle being painted, 25th Anniversary merchandise on sale, runDisney medals and a light up fountain! The feature of the show is a bumper listener feedback session as we posed the question - what one thing would stop you returning to Disneyland Paris any time soon? The variety of answers was huge, and chips!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_81_-_What_if_they_demolished_the_Castle.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:40pm UTC

Episode 80 - Was Walt Disney Studios A Mistake

In a rare move it was Mark that chose the question of the week for this episode and what a cracker it is too, invoking some great discussion about opinions from all of you. We learned a lot about Walt Disney Studios and what it means to guests of Disneyland Paris new and old. Before that there's a barrel of Disneyland Paris news and rumours to discuss, from the Peter Pan refurbishments to feedback from Mickey and the Magician, and a rumour that mark Mark brings to the episode at the last minute. We also introduce a new part of the podcast: Mailbag (or was it Mailbox?) A stacked episode as ever, so enjoy!

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:31pm UTC

Mark is back to join Steve in discussing the latest rumours that have surfaced about the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris that kicks off in 2017. Before the feature discussion there's lots of news and more rumours to chat about - refurbishment updates, Princess Pavilion improvements, the next stage in the Pineapple Whip saga, Star Wars Mountain and more! Plus all the feedback from you lovely listeners too.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_79_-_25th_Anniversary_Rumours.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:14pm UTC

With new Disneyland Paris CEO Catherine Powell due to start in July, we put the question to you listeners - what should Catherine concentrate on first, what problems should she tackle? One topic got mentioned a lot, along with a whole bunch of great suggestions, and chocolates too. As usual all the latest Disneyland Paris news and rumours was discussed too - renovated Hotel Cheyenne rooms, Pineapple Whip, Euro 2016, pasta and pizza, blinking Mickey Mouse and much more.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_78_-_To_Do_List_For_New_CEO_Catherine_Powell.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:26pm UTC

In May 1977 the very first Star Wars film was released, and episode 77 of the Dedicated to Disneyland Paris Podcast brings you an interview with YouTube sensation Ellie Steadman, who I was at the Star Tours: Last Tour to Endor with. Before we chat all things YouTube and answer questions about Disneyland Paris for Ellie, there’s all the latest news and rumours, which this episode features delayed restaurant opening, the still ongoing Dole Whip saga, Frozen Summer Fun the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary and more!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_77_-_Interview_With_Disney_YouTuber_Ellie_Steadman.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:58am UTC

In 2009 Sylvia Woods Har published a book called 76 Disney Songs for the Harp, but far more interesting than that is Episode 76 of the Dedicated to Disneyland Paris Podcast, with a ton of news and rumours about Star Tours, Forest of Enchantment, Mickey and the Magician, new menus at Lucky Nugget Saloon and Walt's and the price increases that rocked the internet! We also have a new restaurant and film festival on the way - both in the next 2 months. The second half of the show is all questions from you, in a very interesting round of Ask Us Anything!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_76_-_It_Has_To_Be_Star_Wars_or_Marvel.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:06am UTC

On December 20 1975 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is re-issued to cinemas for the sixth time, and in this landmark 75th episode of the Dedicated to Disneyland Paris podcast, we talk almost exclusivity about The Forest of Enchantment. There is of course all the latest news and rumours too, covering Winnie the Pooh, Scrooge McDuck, Dole Whips (again), badges and the ever shrinking Frontierland!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_75_-_The_Forest_of_Enchantment.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:32am UTC

In 1974 Disney released the film The Island at the Top of the World, and this is episode 74 of the Dedicated to Disneyland Paris Podcast, where we celebrate the very Disney resort that has a Hyperion airship in it, from the aforementioned film. There’s lots of news and rumours to discuss this week, from new runDisney information, two bits of food news, refurbishment updates, Forest of Enchantment changes and more. Then there was the Podcast Question of the Week: What time of day/night do you most like to be in Disneyland Paris, where and why? We have lots of answers from all you, and some opinions of our own, of course.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_74_-_When_Where__Why_is_Best.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:21pm UTC

Tuesday morning, April 12th 2016, was not just the 24th birthday of Disneyland Paris, but the morning we got news that rocked the Disneyland Paris community. Less than 2 years into his tenure as CEA, Tom Wolber would be leaving, and in his place we would welcome Catherine Powell. We discus how Tom did, what Catherine brings to the table, and what this could mean for Disneyland Paris, with input from our lovely listeners too.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_73_-_Welcome_New_CEO_Catherine_Powell.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:54pm UTC

No longer in Disneyland Paris, Steve and Mark discuss the week's news, which included a few price hikes, a new hotel rumour and a continuation of the great breakfast debate! Then it was over to you, the lovely listeners, as we challenged you to suggest a film that is under-represented in Disneyland Paris and how you would like to see more of it - an attraction, character, hotel or whatever you wanted. Because we had so much feedback it's a bumper show, and that's with us having to be selective about which answers to read out and discuss. Further proof that we have the best podcast listeners in the world.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_72_-_Listener_Film_Challenge.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:07pm UTC

For the first time, Steve and Mark actually go to Disneyland Paris, together! What you are about to listen to is their live thoughts from their 3 days there, including their thoughts on Swing into Spring, The Forest of Enchantment and many many character meets Plus we hear live from the Last Tour of Endor event which celebrated the very last time Star Tours v1 would run in Disneyland Paris, including the complete in ride audio of that very last trip.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_71_-_Live_From_Dineyland_Paris.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:41pm UTC

Episode 70: The Disneyland Paris Change Challenge

For this landmark 70th episode Steve is joined by Mark again, as the team are reunited, just before setting off to Disneyland Paris themselves. The Disneyland Paris Change Challenge is the big topic up for debate, as they discuss replacing attractions, new attractions, adding hotels, what is needed in Disney Village and much more. It's not just Steve and Mark though, as a record amount of feedback into the mailbag means we hear idea from many of you wonderful listeners too. There's also a quick dose of Spring infused news and some glowing reviews too!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_70_-_The_Disneyland_Paris_Change_Challenge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm UTC

Just days after the 2016 Disneyland Paris AGM, Steve is joined by Martin, who attended, to discuss what went down. We hear about the finances, the plans for the future, and the many interesting questions from shareholders in attendance - often the highlight of the whole event! There is some news about runDisney registrations, and when is a Vinylmation not a Vinylmation - when it's a hipster? Feedback from you lovely listeners includes the question of what is their to do off resort, and should you even venture off site or stay and enjoy Disneyland Paris every second of every day?

Direct download: D2DLP_Episode_69_-_The_CEO_Of_Disneyland_Paris_Talks.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:11pm UTC

Episode 68: You Can't Hairspray A Horse!

It's all about Spring in this episode, as Steve and Mark discuss the 2016 Spring season in Disneyland Pairs - from Characters to Eggs, Mary Poppins to Tinkerbell and so much more. A whole bunch of you tweeted us your thoughts on Spring, so we had plenty to talk about there, including Weebles, of course. We finally get round to opening the mail bag and reading your emails - covering topics such as essential places to eat in Disneyland Paris, a missing Tiana, and using the baby swap with no baby, or not!

Direct download: D2DLP_Episode_68_-_You_Cant_Hairspray_A_Horse.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:50am UTC

This is a very special podcast, which the large majority of the content coming from all of you. Steve set out a challenge to Mark and you listeners to come up with an idea for the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Parade, and we had some amazing entries, all of which you will hear about in 2 hours of magic that would make Walt Disney Imagineering proud. There’s also the usual news roundup, which of course prompted some official news the very same day, after we’d recorded. We’ll discuss that in the next episode!

Please vote for your favourite idea on the website: http://www.dedicatedtodlp.com

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_67_-_The_25th_Anniversary_Parade_Challenge.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:52pm UTC

If you ever doubted it when we said before that Disneyland Paris always release official news just days after we record a podcast, it happened again, The podcast went live last Sunday, and within 48 hours there was an email in my inbox from the Disneyland Paris communications titled <em>What's Next : 2016 at Disneyland Paris</em>. So here we are, with 6 big topics to discuss, some new, some returning, but all being highlighted by Disneyland Paris for the year ahead. There is also news about Disney Dreams! and the new Tiana meet and greet location too. Plus, as always, feedback from you fine people.

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_66_-_Order_66_-_Reveal_All_News.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:41pm UTC

Happy New Year!! The first podcast episode of 2016 and we have a guest, as Jonathan from Salon Mickey Blog joins Steve and Mark to discuss all the latest news from Disneyland Paris and take a look at what 2016 has to offer, and what there is to look forward to. Jonathan was present for the very first Star Wars Night held on December 2015 in Discoveryland, so we hear all about that, who was there and what was on offer. The subject of characters comes up yet again, and the discussion get heated!

Direct download: D2DLP-Episode_65_-_The_Year_Ahead__Star_Wars_Night_Review.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:23pm UTC

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