"Don't anger the dolls"-A France and DLP Trip, June '18-Updated 1/9-Chez Remy and Marvel

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  1. amazingact21

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    I fell a little behind due to the holidays, but I just sat and read all your updates and am caught back up. Actually, the kids were in the room, too, and they thought you were back at Disneyland Paris! "Wait, that's Lesley. Is she at Disney Paris?! Why aren't we there with her??" :rotfl2:

    In my opinion, your updates covering the Studios have been spot on. Crush's Coaster is an amazing coaster, Ratatouille is fun but not worth the crazy hype it has gained, and Rock N Roller Coaster is downright painful! I don't see how anybody can handle that version; it beats you up from start to finish!


    The club lounge at Sequoia looked really nice, and it was nice you had a place to grab a few free drinks from.
    Breakfasts at DLP leave a lot to be desired...I'm not surprised at all that you weren't going to try and go out of your way to make it to Sequoia's every morning.
     
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  2. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    It was a good morning, except for that stupid ride! And some guests were just weird in their ineptitude!

    I know! I booked hotels for the Tokyo Disney portion this week! Once you get past the airfare, it is super affordable - $142/night for a Sheraton on the Monorail line!

    Wait until you see the rest of my adventures on Adventure Isle - I spent literally 2 hrs wandering around it one afternoon!

    Yeah, definitely a high and a low!

    Thanks! I had fun on etsy in preparation for my trip!

    They did bring back fire later in the summer. There was also a float in the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland that had fire (The Incredibles with Jack-Jack), which also temporarily stopped igniting until they could make sure it would be safe!

    You definitely need to get out there! So gorgeous and lovely! Familiar, yet different!

    Haha, I think they'd like a bunch of the smaller rides at the Studios. And looking back, there were more smaller rides, and some fun things for kids.

    I know-me too!

    I did my best to forget about it! And did have fun for the rest of the day, but it was just so rude and annoying!

    That is so cute they would think I'm at DLP! It will be weird to think when they grow up, they may start to think of DLP as their "home park"!

    Good to know I'm not the only one who wasn't obsessed with Ratatouille! I remembered you saying RnRC was rough, but I wanted to at least try it!

    The club lounge was a good place to grab some free snacks. People didn't really hang out there though (but I guess they did have some couches in the other half), so not exactly like the WDW Club Lounges!
     
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  4. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    Part 6 – Lunch with a Rat!

    After that depressing experience, I headed back to the Ratatouille area, because it was time for a highly anticipated lunch – Chez Remy! That whole area is very cute and totally accurate for Paris! Well, minus the fountain of rats holding champagne bottles!

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    I checked in a little ahead of my reservation time, but that wasn’t really an issue since the restaurant had just opened (though anyone without an ADR was being turned away). While I waited for my table to be ready I tried to take some photos of the lobby, which was pretty cute (full of awards and news articles about Remy), but unfortunately lots of my photos turned out blurry.

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    I even loved the wallpaper, how it was French but also whimsical

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  5. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    Part 7 - Shrunk down to the size of a rat!

    As you go from the lobby to the restaurant, the servers point out that you have just been shrunk down to the size of a rat! I appreciated that little detail!

    The actual restaurant was just sooo amazingly themed! Like just absolutely adorable and down to the last detail. I was seated in one of the first rooms you enter, but for a while it was pretty empty, so was nice and private. I preferred being in an interior room than one of the ones that looked out into the plaza, as that would take you out of the theme, or that could be seen by people exiting the ride, as I don’t necessarily enjoy people watching me eat!

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    Notice how the wallpaper is a bigger version of the one from the lobby!

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    And this is one of the larger plaza view rooms. You can see the people outside, so it is weird being the size of rat, while the other side of the glass is the real world!

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    The dessert case was a Sucre (sugar) canister!
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    (some of those photos were taken after I was done with the meal and I wish I had walked around right after the restaurant had opened, so I could have looked like less of a creeper taking photos! It seems the French don't quite understand Disney TR culture!)

    Even the bathroom was adorable!

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    The food options are one of two Prixe-fixe menus, and within that you have a choice of the 2-course or 3-course. Though of course every meal comes with some version of ratatouille!

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    I went with the Gusteau Menu, so pretty much the most expensive one.

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    For my starter, I think it was a tomato soup with croutons. It was pretty good.

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    My main was the Beef Fillet, “premium” ratatouille and gratin potatoes with Brie cheese. For the sauce, I wasn’t quite paying attention and agreed to what my waiter called “duck sauce”, but I didn’t end up eating it because I was worried it was fois-gras sauce! The steak was decent enough. But the potatoes were icky. I don’t know what it was, but I just hated the taste (and I love brie cheese, so that was weird). I picked a bit at the ratatouille, but I didn't like it as much as the one we had been served in Paris.

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    For dessert I went with the Warme Tarte Tatin with Isigny cream. I was not a fan of this at all. I think the apple layer was just way too thick for me. I don’t know if that’s the way it is supposed to be, but it just wasn’t my taste and I wish I had gone with something different.

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    So, overall, I loved loved the theme, but wasn’t a huge fan of the food. I don’t know if that was just me making the wrong decisions or more of a general issue because I’ve read plenty of good reviews. So I would still recommend going, even if just to see the restaurant! But it would be very likely you could find dishes you would love though! So, overall, I still enjoyed my meal!

    While I was picking at my dessert someone came by from Disney operations and was asking me about my experience at the restaurant. I did tell her that it was gorgeous, and my server was very nice, but I just didn’t really like the food, especially the dessert. I don’t know if that’s a common occurrence or if it was just because I wasn’t being distracted by anyone else, or what…
     
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  6. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    Part 8 - Stitch and a Storm!

    After lunch I left the restaurant and ran into a heavy rainstorm! Some serious pouring. I had a rain jacket I pulled out, but still not the best, but I decided to plod along with my afternoon!

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    I considered doing the Art of Animation Academy, and even got in line, but I realized it was somewhat longer and I would have to wait, so I didn’t bother. Though I loved the figures on the hat!

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    I then wandered over towards Stitch Live to see when the next English showtime was. And luckily, it was 15 minutes later so I decided to do that. They alternate English and French versions of the show and keep track of the number of people entering via the turnstiles so you know if you will make it into the next show or not.

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    Love the “hidden Stitch” in the tilework.

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    They also were doing the Guardians Dance-Off (as part of Marvel’s Summer of Superheroes) on a stage right next to the Stitch queue, so I got to hear that, but I didn’t bother to stop and watch it since I’ve seen the DCA version plenty of times!

    I really wasn’t sure what this thing was about and deliberately tried to keep myself in the dark. It’s sort of a mix between Turtle Talk and Monsters Laugh Floor. So it was very cute with a video Stitch interacting with people in the audience (I think they actually use the same video as they do in the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party). No photos allowed during the show though.

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    Then, despite rain, I got in line for the marquee attraction of the Summer of Superheroes: Marvel’s Superhero United.. about 2 hrs before the actual performance!

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    See, the show had only started the day before and based on the DLP twitterverse, I knew the queue would get full over 1 hr before showtime. So I waited. In the rain. With an exceptionally bratty kid in front of me. Not exactly an ideal situation.

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    Like literally this brat in front of me was just kicking out and hanging on the rope chains. He kicked me in the shin a couple times and stomped on my foot. Everytime he did something bad, the parents would turn around and say “no”, then immediately turn back to whatever conversation they were having and ignore him again. I tried to keep as much space between myself and the kid, but he would just use that extra space to jump around more. I even actually told him to “STOP” multiple times, which made him look at me like I had slapped him… it was just overall a horrible queue experience.

    Anyways, during the wait I did get to see the other Marvel show from across the courtyard. It ended up being in French (though it did get repeated in English). I think something to do with Black Widow and Bruce Banner showing off some Iron Man technology but then Loki crashes the show and tries to steal it and finally Spiderman helps defeat him? I think there were some mini-stunts on the stage. Overall it was fine, but nothing exactly super memorable.

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    A video of the show from a vlogger:



    Eventually the CMs opened up part of the covered queue so all the people waiting were able to get out of the rain (it sort of would come and go in the afternoon). For the DLP shows with fixed seats, they have the main undercover queue which you enter by going thru a turnstile. That lets them know how many people are waiting. Once it gets full, then that’s it, no one else can enter. They don’t even have a secondary standby line, just a CM holding up a sign saying the showing is full. And like I said earlier, for the Marvel show, that would happen at least 1 hr before the show started! Oh, and the actual theatres have 2 entrances, one on each side. So the CMs usually fill up one half of the queue then move to the other side, which means someone (cough cough, me) who ends up at the very back of the first half waiting group will enter the theatre after someone else who happened to get at the very front of the other half even though I was waiting longer… ugh!

    Eventually right before the show, they let us into the theatre. I heard they had really upgraded the theatre for the Marvel show and it was cool with fun lighting effects and screens on the walls which cycled through comic book images (and were used during the actual show).

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  7. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    Part 9 – Superheroes Divided…

    The full show was actually pretty cool. They used lots of technology and fun things like drones and projections and stunts. Also I later checked twitter (noticed a lot of the twitter people were in this showing), and seems like this one was the first where almost all the effects worked (they often had a couple breaking down and yesterday the second show was interrupted and third show cancelled flat out)! I think the flying car during the last battle scene wasn’t 100% but it was still almost there.

    However, overall the story was a bit, um, basic (but I guess it really needs to be approachable for even non-Marvel fans)? It definitely isn’t consistent with Infinity War, but was written before that came out, so I didn’t have that big of an issue with it. The basic idea is Thanos decides to defeat the Avengers by using mind control (somehow he has the Mind Stone…) which makes them battle each other. Eventually Black Widow and some of the others work to overcome the mind control and make all the Avengers work together to battle Thanos instead. They do have a lot of the major superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Dr Strange, Black Panther, Spiderman. And Nebula also makes an appearance, but she’s still working for Thanos.

    BUT, the biggest complaint I had was that it was all pre-recorded. So even though it was live actors, they used pre-recorded voices, which was just a bit weird. And contributed to the reason behind the show being cancelled so often (if there was a tech mishap it could mess up the voice recordings and all the show timing, so it was easier for them to cancel the entire show rather than get it back on track).

    Oh, and at most of the DLP shows, they do them in both English and French. So some characters may only speak English and some may only speak French and some may be bilingual. For the most part the lines aren’t repeated in the different languages (unless it’s a major monologue). But in general, you get the jist of whats going on as long as you understand one of those languages.

    I ended up getting a spot in the very last row, but at least it was centered. It also made me not feel guilty if I held up my camera at all since no one was behind me!

    So, here are some photos of the performance (I didn’t take too many because I focused more on the show itself). And most photos are pretty wide shots because I was so far back.

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    First scene, you can see the lights from the drone on the left side of the screen. Captain American and Iron Man start fighting.

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    Dr Strange and Thor (I think Dr Strange had already been taken over by Thanos’ mind control)

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    Thanos, Black Widow, and Bruce Banner

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    Spiderman and Black Widow origin sequences. The Black Widow one was cool because at the beginning she was totally in-line with the shadow so you thought it was just the stage lights, but then you realized it was a projection and she started to fight with it.

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    Another Dr Strange part with a screen in front of him used for projecting, which looked cool!

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    Iron Man flying around – moved too fast to get a good view!

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    Captain America

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    Initial battle between the Avengers with drones overtaking the stage.

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    Part 10 And Superheroes United!

    Oh, Thanos is back! And he brought a huge drone that flew over the audience’s head. (This thing constantly stopped working in various performances and I think they scrapped it after a few weeks)

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    I think Scarlet Witch was trying to use her abilities to make the large drone go away, but Dr. Strange was trying to thwart her. (Oh and you can sort of see Nebula just coming into the battle, controlling the drone on the stage, as well as the red car flying around the back of the stage)

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    Now Nebula brought back 4 mini drones. Guess we need the Hulk!

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    And finally, Thanos is defeated. And we all need to stand together as one… and take some inspiring group photos.

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    Here’s the full video if you want to check it out (this may actually have been the exact performance I saw because I recognized the Mousesteps bloggers (where I got this video from) in the front reserved section and they had fancy cameras set up)



    Overall, I was pretty impressed with the quality of work for the show. If you are visiting Disneyland Paris during one of the superhero festivals, I would try to fit it in!

    Coming up - Another show! And another storm!

     
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    So cute!

    What a cute restaurant, too bad the food wasn't good.


    I miss the Animation Academy they had at DHS. See? One more reason for me to go to Paris :P


    Yikes. Something similar happened to me in the line for SDD and it's SO annoying >:(
     
  10. missjackiemcg

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    The Ratatouille restaurant themeing was so cute!!! But, I do agree it was weird with the regular sized people right outside the windows. Bummer that the food wasn't amazing though.

    I hate when parents let their kids behave badly in public!! I tell my students all the time, "Your parents may let you do that at home, but you will not do X in my classroom." I'm sure their parents love when they hear it repeated at home :eyeroll: But glad you got into the performance of a brand new show. Superheroes in general aren't really my thing--surprisingly, Jimmy has never gotten into them at all! However, even I can appreciate how cool that show must have been with all the characters that starred in it.
     
  11. PlutosRHM55

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    I'm sorry to hear that the Chez Remy food didn't live up to the theming. It looks so good to me, I'd definitely give it a shot despite only hearing of your so-so experience overall. Although that Ratatouille looks different. I've grown up with my aunt always making it for events and I've always enjoyed it and I've had it once or twice elsewhere but that looks... weird idk

    The Marvel show sounds super cool. I'm sorry about the kid in line. That has happened to me so much in Disney queues. I've always been able to just play it off and say, "It's fine", but parents really just let kids run rampant sometimes it's awful. Just because you're in Disney does not mean your child can do whatever they want. You're a parent so PARENT ugggghhhh

    ANYWAYS, that show looks super fun. The use of drones seems especially impressive and I love how they got Bruce Banner, Scarlet Witch, Nebula and Iron Man in the show. They rarely are ever used. Scarlet Witch alone would be worth it to see it (her having a M&G one day would be fab). Again, gotta get myself to the international parks asap.
     
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    This looks so cool, I love all the details, how can you not love Remy

    Of course Disney would think of this!

    The dessert doesn’t look very good! Sorry the food was a miss.

    Very cute!

    Ugh, how annoying with a long wait, brat indeed!

    I do love anything Marvel, looks cool and not something we can see here! Glad you enjoyed it!
     
  13. amazingact21

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    The theming in Chez Remy seems really intricate and fun, but I read the menu online and nothing appealed to me. At least not at its price point. Sorry your food choices weren't winners, but happy to hear you were able to get the opportunity to experience the restaurant and see it for yourself.

    All right, your summary sheds some light onto Alex's pictures. :rotfl: Someone on my report was just telling me that the show had a lot of technical issues throughout its run, but I had no clue that the voices were pre-recorded.
    Hopefully, since this was its first run Disney learned from their mistakes and next summer the show will run a little smoother.
     
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    The theming at Chez Remy is so cute! I'm sorry the food was disappointing though.

    Glad you enjoyed the Marvel Show!
     

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