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  • Blog Post: Main Street's Prop Stars

    This is the last installment of this series about the hidden secrets of Disneyland Paris. If you read Littaye and Ghez's book about Disneyland Paris and followed this series from the start, you probably know more about the European Magic Kingdom than any Disney enthusiast in existence. There is little...
  • Blog Post: The Hidden Main Street

    I hope they will build it someday. It might be controversial, unsettling, upsetting, it nevertheless would be fascinating to know what the original concept for Disneyland Paris' Main Street would have been like. What original concept ? The one of a Main Street set-up during the '30s and not at the turn...
  • Blog Post: An American Street in Paris

    There are so many hidden details in the French version of Main Street, U.S.A. that I almost don't know where to start from. So, I would suggest that we start by playing a game. While entering Main Street at Disneyland Paris, let's try and find the hidden... No! Not the hidden Mickeys. That is now cliché...
  • Blog Post: Fantasyland's Whimsical Craftsmen

    The mud. When you speak to Imagineers that worked on the Disneyland Paris project during its construction phase, that is the first thing they remember: the mud of the Marne-la-Vallée region, 30 kilometres east of Paris, where the park stands today. Its weight, its unbelievable stickiness, its overwhelming...
  • Blog Post: The Space Mountain Discovery

    For those of you who visited the French version of Space Mountain and have an eye for detail, it won't come as a mystery that the attraction's original initials -- which are literally everywhere in it -- were actually DM, not SM. And those of you who read Alain Littaye's and Didier Ghez's book "From...
  • Blog Post: Hidden Views of "Le Visionarium"

    Some know the dialogue of "Casablanca" by heart. Disneyland Paris enthusiasts have another movie as their reference. Its name: "De Temps en Temps," the 360º movie shown in the attraction "Le Visionarium." I am certain that if you quote in French to me any bit of the dialogue, I will be able to tell you...
  • Blog Post: The Disneyland Paris Hotels that Never Were

    When I first read Disneyland Paris - From Sketch from Reality, I was especially fascinated by four pages in the book. Two are about the original Space Mountain concepts (I will explore those in a later article). Two are about the hotel concepts that were never built. One of those is an aircraft carrier...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Jungle: The Secrets of Disneyland Paris' Adventureland

    I reread a few days ago the chapter about Adventureland in what is clearly considered today as "the bible" about Disneyland Paris, the art-book "From Sketch to Reality." While doing so, I realised that the stories about the Middle-East section, the African area as well as Adventure Isle were extremely...
  • Blog Post: The True Characters of Thunder Mesa

    We met with the Ravenswood, we talked about Lavinia Rose and her father Jedediah, we mentioned in passing the eccentric owner of the shop Eureka Mining Supplies and Assay Office. Are there any other characters worth talking about in the town of Thunder Mesa? Quite a few to be honest. Like the undertaker...
  • Blog Post: The Secrets of Big Thunder Mountain

    It is a sad tale that the one of the Ravenswood family that we explored in my first two columns for JHM. A sad tale indeed. Which is why this week I will try to cheer us up by tackling a more enthusiastic, more vibrant aspect of Frontierland's mythology and secrets: the booming town of Thunder Mesa and...
  • Blog Post: Phantom Manor: The Full Story of the Ravenswood Family

    Hey, gang! Jim Hill here. It seems like only days ago that JimHillMedia.com put out the word that we were looking for new columnists to help the site cover the Disneyland Paris Resort as well as the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. Well, imagine my surprise when some really great writers came out of the woodwork...
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