Friday, November 28, 2014

Star Wars : Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer !

All-right, enough Star Wars 7 fake trailers,  this time it's the real one, the Star Wars : The Force Awakens teaser trailer you're all waiting for - and with bonus screen captures!

Pictures and video: copyright LucasFilm

Gift of the Day : Walt Disney and the Original Epcot Map

Gift of the day: the famous picture of Walt Disney in front of the original Epcot map - as envisioned when Walt was alive. Click on it to get it in large size!

Picture: copyright Disney

Thursday, November 27, 2014



C'est le "Black Friday" et d'aujourd'hui Vendredi 28 Novembre à Dimanche soir minuit 30 Novembre il y a une promotion "Black Friday" qui vous permet d'acheter le livre "Disneyland Paris, De L'esquisse à la Création" en version française COLLECTOR DEDICACEE  au prix de 65€ ( au lieu de 100€ ) + 15€ de frais d'envois en colissimo recommandé.

Vous pouvez régler par Paypal, chèque ou carte bancaire. Pour un règlement par Paypal, connectez vous directement à votre compte Paypal et envoyez directement les 80€ à:

Pour un règlement par chèque ou carte bancaire envoyez moi un email à: et je vous donnerais les infos nécessaires pour le règlement.

Et, dans tous les cas de figure, envoyez moi un email à : avec votre adresse d'expédition AINSI que le prénom de la personne à laquelle vous souhaitez que le livre soit dédicacé.

Cette promotion "Black Friday" uniquement valable sur l'édition collecter dédicacée prend fin Dimanche soir à minuit, heure de Paris.


It's "Black Friday" today and from today Friday, November 28 to Sunday November 30 midnight, Paris time, there is a "Black Friday" promotion which allows you to purchase the book "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to creation" book in the FRENCH COLLECTOR SIGNED Edition for 65 € ( instead of 100 € ) + 15 € shipping.

You can pay by Paypal or credit card. For a payment by Paypal, connect directly to your Paypal account and send directly the € 80 to :

For a payment by credit card please send me an email to: and I will give you the needed informations to proceed to the payment with your credit card.

And, send me an email at: with your shipping address AND the first name of the person you want the book to be autographed.

This "Black Friday" promotion is only valid on the FRENCH COLLECTOR SIGNED Edition and ends Sunday night at midnight, Paris time. For the ENGLISH edition of the book please see on the top of the right column where you have a great Christmas special offer for the english updated edition.

Universal Studios Japan Space Fantasy Ride, Winner of 2012 THEA Award for "Outstanding Achievement Attraction"

As i told you last week the 2014 winner of the prestigious THEA Award for "Outstanding Achievement Attraction" is Universal Studios Diagon Alley's Escape from Gringotts", an award that it fully deserves. And in 2013 the winner was HKDL Mystic Manor, which was also fully deserved. But who won the award in 2012? It was Universal studios Japan Space Fantasy a roller coaster ride which might loos a lot like Space Mountain - guests are sent across the universe and travel through galaxies but with such technical improvements that it is a kind of Space Mountain "on steroids".

I did an article about it four years ago but i found recently an excellent video filmed by Theme Park Review that you really must see, and that's why i'm coming back talking about this ride that most of you, not living in japan, may not know well. Below, what i was saying in my previous article to introduce the ride, but first the full ride POV video.

Space Fantasy is not a simple roller-coaster as it is a "spinning" roller coaster! Designed if i'm right by MACK each part of the train - in which guests sit back to back - is spinning during the ride, but not during all the ride. Described by Universal Studios as "a new ride to experience the Universe" guests are "departing from the Earth with the mission to save the Sun". According to the press release aboard the "solar shuttles" "You will have a close-up view of the stars and exploring through the asteroids, and experiencing the changing speed which varies along with the story. At the climax of the ride, you will encounter and go into the Sun!" So, it's a space themed roller coaster and just like at DL Space Moutain the ride is full of galaxy projection effects or even huge meteorites like at DLP.

Screamscape who was the first to talk about it some months ago had a better description of the ride: “Once the guests departs from Earth, they will see the big beautiful planet Earth in all its glory, and once slowly moving further away from Earth into deep space, passes by Nebulas, and a Milky way like Star field that looks like a Water Fall, called, the Star Fall. Once they pass thru the Star Fall, they will go around the ring of Saturn, and through the shooting star showers, and other small planets, until nearing the Mercury, pass by Mercury, the guests close in to the SUN.”

There is also some characters that guests discover during the queue-pre-show of the ride - including a talking communications satellite named “G-Bot”, and a Solar Princess born in a supernova called Kosumia: “Kosumia knowing that the sun is losing energy, was holding a crisis. To save the sun, (she) realize that he (the sun) needed the human energy we have, that puts toward the sun appeal to guests.” So, on a certain point of view it's a Space Mountain with a Japanese story-line, but that's not the problem.

The other technical innovation - which is also great - happen during the ride (and also during the queue) and is interactive. Designed by GestureTek this revolutionary 3D camera tracking and multi-touch systems takes visitors into the future of entertainment as "the ride is equipped with 3D cameras and projection systems. This lets visitors control the content on the screens around them by simple hand gestures, enabling them to collect “Stardust Clouds” from the LED displays in a 98-foot, in-ride tunnel"!

More about this amazing in-ride innovation from GestureTek press release: "Using 3D cameras that scan the surrounding environment and detect movement, GestureTek created an innovative and exciting way for guests to interact in free space with dynamic multi-media imagery in the pre-ride area. On the actual ride, GestureTek's touch-free multi-touch interface adds a collaborative element to the rider experience, so that guests can interact together with on-screen elements while working towards a common goal."

In the Pre-ride area "Space Entities Engage with Passers-By, Reacting to Users' Movements and Gestures. Visitors line up next to 85 feet of motion-driven 'Harmony Walls' designed to provide a unique and engaging interactive experience. Using an array of 22 integrated 3D depth cameras, 13 projection systems, a custom-designed tracker and 16 rack-mounted quad-core computers, GestureTek created an intelligent, vision-equipped environment where the heads of up to 66 guests and 132 hands can be tracked. The system's tracking capabilities track an entire audience and their specific gestures, providing visitors with the ultimate interactive experience."

"GestureTek managed the creation of fun custom content featuring animated intergalactic ‘sun fairies’ that tumble, fly, lead visitors and scatter in reaction to visitors' movements and gestures. "Our 3D tracking system can be configured to respond to a broad range of one-handed or two-handed gestures, including swipes, circular motions, pokes, waves and more," said Francis MacDougall, GestureTek's Chief Technology Offer. "The Space Fantasy attraction primarily utilizes intuitive pointing gestures, to guarantee easy and immediate user interaction, with no learning curve."

During the ride: "Riders Collect ‘Star Dust’ To Save the Sun". As part of the ride, GestureTek's multi-touch software and custom-designed camera array powers an interactive experience where, for the first time ever, riders can control content on the screens around them, simply by gesturing with their arms. The premise of the Space Fantasy ride is the impending death of the sun. As guests travel by cart up a 98 foot in-ride climbing tunnel lined with Barco LED display tiles, they can collect energy from the ‘Stardust Clouds’, that will be used to re-energize the sun."

"The tunnel ride is the first ‘in-ride’ device-free interaction that we have seen," said MacDougall. "GestureTek is one of a very few organizations possessing the in-depth knowledge of cameras, infrared and multi-touch required to isolate multiple hand movements while ride cars are in motion."

Let's end with two more videos which were included in the previous article.

Pictures and videos: copyright Universal Studios Japan

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to All D&M American Readers !

It's Thanksgiving today in the U.S, and i wish a happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers wherever you are! What, the same "Mickey Thanksgiving" image than last year? Yes, but because it's Thanksgiving, this time this one is in "poster" size, much larger format and in 300 dpi!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Picture: copyright Disney - Inspired by Norman Rockwell

Partnership Between Disney and Turner Classic Movies for Disney Hollywood Studios Great Movie Ride to be Announced Tomorrow !

Great news for Disney Hollywood Studios Great Movie Ride attraction as the New York Times reveal that tomorrow will be announced a partnership between Disney and Turner Classic Movies, which include enhancement of the queue and more. It's even a double good news as it also mean that Disney will not tear down the iconic Chinese Theater replica when the big hat will disappear:

From the New York Times: "The Turner Classic Movies cable channel is joining with two divisions of the Walt Disney Company for an agreement, to be announced on Wednesday, that underlines how media giants are increasingly collaborating on content-marketing efforts.

TCM will help the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division make changes to the Great Movie Ride, a long-running attraction at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios section of Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

In return, TCM will receive “Presented by” credits at the attraction on posters, banners, display windows, marquees and the like, which will also display the TCM logo.

In the other part of the deal, another Disney division, Walt Disney Studios, will provide TCM with vintage movies, cartoons, documentaries and episodes of TV series like “Disneyland” and “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” for a periodic programming block on the channel under the banner of “Treasures From the Disney Vault.”

The block will be offered by TCM “roughly four to five times a year,” said Charlie Tabesh, senior vice president for programming and production of TCM.

“Disney films and other programming have been seen a little bit on TCM, but not much,” he added. “It will be exciting to dig into the vault and see classic Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney,’ ” he said.

The initial block of Disney programming by TCM is to run from 8 p.m., Eastern time, on Dec. 21 through 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 22. “It’s a Sunday night,” Mr. Tabesh said, “a perfect family night and getting close to Christmas.”

Among the nine scheduled items from the Disney archives are “Santa’s Workshop,” a 1932 cartoon; “The Disneyland Story,” in which Walt Disney himself describes in 1954 plans for the park named Disneyland that he opened in Anaheim, Calif., the next year; “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier,” edited from episodes of a “Disneyland” serial about the frontiersman; and “The Vanishing Prairie,” a nature documentary.

The changes for the Disney World ride are scheduled to be introduced in the first quarter of 2015, perhaps in the early spring. What visitors see as they wait for the ride and watch as part of the finale will receive a reboot under the aegis of TCM, playing on its reputation as an expert in classic film.

Among the new elements will be a video featuring Robert Osborne, the host who has been the face of TCM since the channel began operations in 1994; he will identify himself as “from Turner Classic Movies.”

The idea is to “inject TCM brand authority” into the ride, said Pola Changnon, vice president for brand creative and on-air promotions at TCM, and “pique the curiosity” of visitors, encouraging them to explore the world of classic film once they are home.

Full article on the New York Times website HERE.

Picture: copyright Keane Arase

Gift of the Day : Two 1950's Aerial Shots of Disneyland

Gift of the day: two aerial shots of Disneyland in big size, one shot before 1959, probably 1956 - the Matterhorn, the Monorail and Submarine Voyage are not built yet - and the other post 1959,  New orleans Square and POTC are under construction... Click on each to get them in large size.

Pictures: copyright Disney