Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

From a bird’s eye view of the Jolly Roger and Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland Paris, I spy out some pizza, and discover there’s still a whole load of jungle in a very wild 2018 Adventureland.

Spying out pizza to eat in my Disneyland Paris food vlog

Spying out pizza to eat in my Disneyland Paris food vlog

As always, I wouldn’t be in Disneyland Paris if I didn’t stop to savor all those little details that make eating in the parks extra special. The artifacts, furniture and décor in Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost though, might well have not far to travel once this restaurant gets re-imagined. The rumors at the time of writing this, are that Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost will become either a Moana or Indiana Jones themed dinner show.

Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

Savoring that spirit of place served up in Disney parks at Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Savoring that spirit of place served up in Disney parks at Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris

Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris

Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris food review and full tour

Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris food review and full tour

Douglas Rickard spots a Disneyland Paris animatronic bird at Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Douglas Rickard spots a Disneyland Paris animatronic bird at Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

Whatever Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost does become, thankfully I should still get to experience what night in Adventureland is like here, camped right in the middle of the restaurant’s surrounding streams and dense tree covering.

Disneyland Paris Adventureland restaurant Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Disneyland Paris Adventureland restaurant Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

So check out my 4K vlog of what would appear to be some uncultivated Adventureland views, long before explorers, prospectors or imagineers have begun erecting any new attractions. And do take time to catch some of the details of the near extinct Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost!

But if ever you do venture to these parts, a word of warning, you might not believe the kind of characters you may just meet on your way to any Adventureland eatery!

The characters you meet on the way to Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost in Disneyland Paris!

The characters you meet on the way to Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost in Disneyland Paris!

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Most Mechanical-Looking of all Disney Hotels

 

Most mechanical looking of all Disney hotels

Most mechanical looking of all Disney hotels

On the edge of the Disneyland Paris resort within some very Californian/New Mexican horticulture is nestled the cozy Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.

Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Take a road trip with me for breakfast in the video below to La Cantina which has an ambiance more like the American Old West right there in France. And then I will slow drive you though the amenities of a Standard Room at the Santa Fe.

La Cantina Disney Hotel Santa Fe

La Cantina Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Breakfast at Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

Breakfast at Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

Hotel Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

Hotel Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

 

Disney FanDaze Paris Inaugural Party

 

Disney FanDaze Paris Inaugural Party Parade

Disney FanDaze Paris Inaugural Party Parade

Kuzco the Llama at Disney FanDaze

Kuzco the Llama at Disney FanDaze

RSVP to these three VIP vlogs and check out my experience of the evening direct from the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party in Paris!

Unfortunately, Kuzco becomes a Llama again, and even though I spend some time taking selfies with Daisy (who seems to enjoy taking them as much as I do?), I do get to chat with Jim Hawkins about planets and his mom’s restaurant… that kind of thing.

Douglas Rickard and Daisy Duck do a selfie

Douglas Rickard and Daisy Duck do a selfie

Douglas Rickard meeting Jim Hawkins at the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party

Douglas Rickard meeting Jim Hawkins at the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party

Some might wonder if it’s inhumane for so many people to chase one chipmunk in the video below. (Clarisse doesn’t seem to mind.) And if Disney villain Yzma’s anti-aging routine is so bad, how can she still make these dance moves?! What makes my weekend though is making some new friends, despite some old ones appearing to dodge us as the Paris sun sets!

Finally, and at 2:00 am Disneyland Paris time, an up-close view of almost every rare Disney character imaginable at the Inaugural Party Farewell Parade in the heart of Walt Disney Studios park. Even the most elusive of heroes and villains, like Li Shang and Shan Yu, Robin Hood and Prince John, Hercules and Hades plus Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox jostle each other along the parade route.

Technicolor light is like fireworks inside the Sleeping Beauty Castle

Stained Glass Windows of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

Stained Glass Windows of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

If ever you venture straight down Disneyland Paris Main Street and head over the moat into Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant early morning during Extra Magic Time you’ll experience a burst of color.

Not only do the real stained-glass windows seem to give off a Technicolor experience from “Sleeping Beauty,” but during this quieter time, you could be totally enveloped only by the music from the 1959 masterpiece!

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Fortunately, I’m inviting you to take a walking tour with me, picking out all those details in stone and bronze… faces and fairy dust lit ballgowns, up inside what many say is their favorite Disney theme park castle!

Lights and Lanterns inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

Lights and Lanterns inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

The sculptures inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

The sculptures inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

 

Falling in love with Disneyland Paris

Still up there as the “happiest” day of my life so far, is a 15-hour (and my first ever in any Disney park) day at Disneyland, Anaheim. Splash Mountain had just opened and my 21 year old, friendship bracelet wearing self, and fellow summer camp counselors did everything there, down to the Davy Crocket canoes.

Until last month, for some reason or other, I hadn’t been back to our Disneyland in Europe for 20 years, despite living in London. Walt’s charming park in the California sunshine had set the bar high for me perhaps and I don’t really remember much from a mid-‘90s short day trip to DLP.

How was it then, that on my 2016 visit, with construction ‘reinvent the magic’ refurbishment walls, (in preparation for the 25th Anniversary in 2017) from park entrance, through Main Street station and all over Frontierland, I fell in love with Disneyland Paris for the first time …in forever?

Douglas Rickard on it's a small world

Douglas Rickard on it’s a small world

Green hoardings on one side of the entrance didn’t hamper an immediate rush of birdsong and heavenly, flowering shrub scents from the other, (I’m pretty sure the birds weren’t animatronics). And for me, this was the story that continued throughout the Disneyland Paris park. It’s beautiful. I’m about “show” element too. I was trained in one of the stores in the early ‘90s about “standards,” and I notice the little details everywhere anyway as you might appreciate in one of my montage-heavy Vlogs below, pinpointing corners of Fantasyland.

My travlog (below) through what is, in my opinion, the superior “salute to the children of the world” in all the Disney parks depicts, just one upshot of the ‘reinvent the magic’ refurbishments at Disneyland Paris. It was the likes of tweets, articles and forum posts on this clearly visible investment into not just the park but cast members too, that made me decide Disney Paris is worth a visit.

it's a small world Disneyland Paris 2016

it’s a small world Disneyland Paris 2016

Cottonwood Creek Ranch at Disneyland Paris

Cottonwood Creek Ranch at Disneyland Paris

I now miss being addressed as “monsieur”. Whether they were serving ice cream or thoughtfully ensuring they took enough photos (on my own camera) of me, with one of the characters. That’s the feeling the 100 percent pleasant Disneyland Paris cast members left me with.

Uncle Scrooge with Douglas Rickard at Plaza Gardens Restaurant, Disneyland Paris

Uncle Scrooge with Douglas Rickard at Plaza Gardens Restaurant, Disneyland Paris

Main Street USA Disneyland Paris 2016

Main Street USA Disneyland Paris 2016

Watching other Vloggers, it hit me that of course many have those very precious kind of memories from childhood visits to Disneyland Paris which I never had. Nostalgia for me was the titles of “The Wonderful World Of Disney” tv show and that original castle in Anaheim on a screen. Yet I now feel such affection for a happy place in Paris that I experienced as having an authentic sense of its very own history while honouring everything I believed about and enjoyed at, Walt’s original castle park.