Friday, June 22, 2018

Why Disney Winning Bid For FOX Will Be a Pyrrhus Victory


Bloomberg reveal in its today's article HERE that Disney is close to winning U.S. antitrust approval for its $71 billion deal for 21st Century Fox, creating a potentially insurmountable hurdle for a rival bid from Comcast. Okay. So, Disney might win the FOX battle but it will be a Pyrrhus victory as Disney had to put more than $19 BILLION more on the table to win the game ( and the battle may be has not ended yet ).

Now, THINK about it: for that SAME amount - of $19 Billion - Disney bought Pixar ( for $7.4 Billion ), LucasFilm ( for $4 Billion ), Marvel ( for $4 Billion ) AND built Shanghaî Disneyland ( park only ) for $3.6 Billion and made tons of money with each acquisition thanks to movies, merchandise, licenses, etc, not to mention SDL park and hotels revenues. For the same amount of $19 Billion Disney could have built at least FIVE new theme parks over the world or create at least FIFTY mini lands in its already existing parks with a $370 Million budget for each, and with E-tickets attractions in each lands.

Here, for the added $19 Billion Disney will have NOTHING more additional than it already had with its first $52 Billion offer. Comcast may lose the battle but Brian Roberts will have his revenge to his 2004 declined offer on Disney and for sure a big big laugh. And specially considering that Comcast owns Universal Studios and that all these $19 Billion that Disney had to add - and in cash! - will certainly have an impact on Disney parks future attraction budgets while Universal who will have spent not-one-cent in the operation will be free to spend tons of money on new rides and parks!

Le Livre Disneyland Paris de l’Esquisse à la Création Disponible en Edition Française Digitale eBook à 19,90€ !


Please note that this post will be in French only as it is an announcement for French readers - or for anyone reading French - about the upcoming eBook edition of the Disneyland Paris book ( only for the French edition for now ):

Bonne nouvelle au sujet du livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création en édition française qui est épuisé depuis l’année dernière. Pour ceux qui n'ont pas le livre et qui rêvent de l’avoir, et pour les plus jeunes fans pour lesquels le prix du livre était trop élevé, le livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création sera disponible en version digitale eBook - uniquement l’édition française - dés le mois prochain, et vous pourrez ainsi avoir le livre tout le temps avec vous et le lire sur votre mobile, tablette ou ordinateur!

Et pour fêter la sortie du livre en version digitale les 100 premières personnes à le commander en format eBook peuvent obtenir le livre au prix de 19,90€ si il est pré-commandé au plus tard d’ici le 30 Juin 2018, ou 25€ du 1er au 30 Juillet. Et il n’y a pas de frais d’envois puisque la version eBook sera en téléchargement! Le livre sera ensuite vendu sur l’Apple iBook store entre 30 et 35 euros, soit le tiers du prix auquel était la version imprimée avec les frais d'envois.

Règlement uniquement par Paypal ou carte bancaire via Paypa mème si vous n'avez pas de compte Paypal.

Attention, pour profiter de cette offre vous devez impérativement posséder un iPhone, iPad ou un ordinateur Apple car le livre sortira exclusivement sur l’Apple iBooks Store, tout du moins dans un premier temps.

Pour savoir comment commander le livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création en version eBook avec le prix spécial ci-dessus envoyer un email à: amplittaye@gmail.com avec votre nom et prénom et en précisant que vous - ou votre ami(e) ou parents possèdent bien un produit Apple.

Le livre a 320 pages, raconte toute l’histoire de la création du parc et inclus 750 photos y compris 250 concept-arts de chez Walt Disney Imagineering! Vous pouvez voir la vidéo qui présente chaque page du livre ci-dessous.









Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tokyo Disneyland New Nighttime Spectacular “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” Will Debut on July 10 !



After 4 years of waiting Tokyo Disneyland is finally getting a new nighttime fireworks spectacular. “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” will debut at Tokyo Disneyland on July 10 with a new projection show that will light up Cinderella Castle like never before.

Tokyo Disney Resort is celebrating its 35th Anniversary and “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” is the new nightshow of TDL for the celebration. It will feature all the special effects you can expect from the best Disney Resort in the world with projections, lasers, fireworks, fountains, and more.

Below, the teaser video released by Tokyo Disneyland!




Pictures and video: copyright Disney - Oriental Land

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

First Nighttime Video of WDW DHS Toy Story Land !



Disney just released a new video of WDW DHS Toy Story Land opening on June 30th, in just ten days from now, showing the new land by daylight and nighttime! It's also the first footage showing riders on Slinky Dog Dash coaster and Aliens Swirling Saucers. Disneyland Paris fans will have a closer look at this last one as it will be coming soon at DLP WDS Toy Story Playland.  Let's go for the video and you have great screen shots right after it!




Here are some screen shots from the video, starting by the Slinky Dog Dash coaster at daylight.








The video also shows the ride at night with the beautiful lighting. I have the feeling that doing the ride at night will be a must.





Next is some footage showing the new Aliens Swirling Saucers attraction with the night lighting.




In addition, the video also shows the new toys soon to be released when Toy Story Land will open...


...and the making of the new Incredibles float coming soon at Disneyland Paint he Night parade.




Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BREAKING: Jennifer Lee, "Frozen" Director Named Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pete Docter, “Inside Out” Director Named Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios


Disney announced that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will split John Lasseter’s duties at Disney, as the studio’s animation division tries to move forward after the tumultuous departure of John Lassseter.

Jennifer Lee, the director of “Frozen,” has been named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, while Pete Docter, the director of “Inside Out,” has been tapped as chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios. John Lasseter stays at Disney until the end of the year, without office, as creative consultant. Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios, and Andrew Millstein, head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, will continue to report to Ed Catmull, who runs Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

 “I am deeply grateful to everyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Company for this opportunity,” Jennifer Lee said in a statement. “Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and it is with the partnership of my fellow filmmakers, artists and innovators that we look ahead to the future. My hope is to support the incredible talent we have, find new voices and work together to tell original stories. The great films of Disney Animation — the films I loved as a kid and my daughter has grown up loving — are magical, timeless and full of heart, and it is our goal to create films that carry on and grow this 95-year legacy for future generations.”

Pete Docter said in a statement of his own, “I am excited and humbled to be asked to take on this role. It is not something I take lightly; making films at Pixar has been my chronic obsession since I started here 28 years ago. I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people on the planet, and together we will keep pushing animation in new directions, using the latest technology to tell stories we hope will surprise and delight audiences around the world.”

Disneyland Paris Phantom Manor Will Not Re-Open Before January 2019


DLP Phantom Manor Reopening at Disneyland Paris has been pushed to January 2019. And it is now official from DLP: "Refurbishment of the Ravenswood Mansion is taking longer than we expected because of the playful spirits. We look forward to welcoming guests to our re-imagined Phantom Manor attraction in early 2019."

Okay, so the reopening will be three months late. It's disappointing, but we will survive. Just three months more is not that dramatic.

Below, Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald announcing the upcoming changes in Phantom Manor.




Picture and video: copyright Disney

Monday, June 18, 2018

Tokyo Disneyland Expansion Aerial Views - Plus: More about Tokyo DisneySea Expansion



Following the spectacular Tokyo DisneySea expansion announcement last week, as the press release was saying that TDS guests will access the new "port" through a pathway between Arabian Coast and Lost River Delta i wanted to check all this and went to Google Maps where, at my good surprise, i found new satellite views showing Tokyo Disneyland Fantasyland expansion! We're gonna have a look at these ones first and we'll be back to TDS after.

So, first let's remind that the TDL expansion will include in Fantasyland a Beauty and the Beast land with Belle Village, a state-of-the-art Beauty and the Beast E-Ticket ride under Beast Castle, a live entertainment theatre, a Minnie Meet and Greet house and also, with direct access from Tomorrowland a Big Hero 6 "Baymax" attraction.


That said, keep in mind the above rendering and have a look now at the satellite view below. Ive indicated on it where are the three main attractions of the expansion. The Belle village is not built yet, though there is some building already on the right.



Let's zoom in now and the next picture shows the Beauty and the Beast E-Ticket ride show building, the Beast Castle which will come on the top of it - near the entrance on the top right - is not built yet.


If you've never seen artworks of this Beauty and the Beast attraction, here is the one released by TDR.


Next, is the new live entertainment theater and the model picture below shows how the show buildings of the Beauty and the Beast E-Ticket ride and the live entertainment theatre located on its right are close one from the other.

Here are the artworks released showing the future live entertainment theater.




And here is the satellite view with indication of where is what.


In Tomorrowland the new Big Hero 6 ( Baymax ) attraction - a new adaptation of the Mater's Junkyard Jamboree ride with a Baymax theme - will be located in fact very near from Fantasyland Belle Village, but of course guests will access it from Tomorrowland.


Here is the satellite view of where it is currently built.


Now, let's come back to Tokyo DisneySea expansion which was the start of my research as i told you.
First, one word about the incredible price of 250 Billion Yen ( $2.2 Billion ) for three medium size lands with four attractions ( plus restaurants and shops ) and a new hotel. They've built the whole Disneyland Paris park plus the six hotels for almost that price - sure, it was 25 years ago, but still... One of the reasons of the price is because costs at TDR are around 20% higher than in others Disney parks either because of lots of structures which must be build according to anti seismic regulations and also because Disney is not the owner of TDR parks and of course Disney needs to take its commission when they're selling new lands or attractions to TDR.

Anyway, to come back to the reason why i was looking for satellite views of the new TDS "port" it's because, just like many of you, i thought that this Frozen, Tangled and Peter Pan mini lands would have fit better in TDL Fantasyland rather than at DisneySea, so there must be a reason why they didn't put the three lands at TDL...



...specially considering that the new TDS "port" will be right next door to TDL Fantasyland as we can see on the map below released by TDR.


Now, here is a satellite view of the new TDS port where i've written where will be the three lands and the new hotel - that's my guess, but i think i'm right - as well as showing the announced entrance pathway between Arabian Coast and Lost River Delta..


So, why didn't they attached this new lands to TDL Fantasyland instead than to TDS? There is several reasons for that. First, one could think that it's may be because, from TDL, there is two roads to go over - the backstage roads which go all around each park, only used by TDR cast-members and workers. But in fact, if you look well, there is also a road that the announced path from TDS will have to go through, meaning that this is not really the problem.

Then, we could think that they couldn't do a path going from TDL Fantasyland to the new area, but it's also not true. They certainly couldn't do it from the right of Toon Town ( as view on the picture below ) but they definitely could create a pathway between the new Beauty and the Beast ride show building and Toon Town Gadget's Go coaster. It would need to go over two roads instead of one but we've seen things more difficult to achieve.


But this would mean having an incredible concentration of Tokyo Disneyland guests in this area of the park when both expansions would open, and we all know that there is already a lot of people daily inside Tokyo Disneyland. So, they obviously needed to balance the number of guests between TDL and TDS to make sure that guests won't precipitate in one park only when expansions open. But in fact, there is also another reason why they choose to put the three lands at Tokyo DisneySea, and it's because TDS needs attractions for young children related to Disney Classics.

We all love Tokyo DisneySea because it's such a masterpiece of theming but apparently families with young children rather go to TDL than TDS because they can find at TDL many more attractions with classic Disney characters beloved by young children. Sure, there is at TDS shows and lagoon parades with Mickey and the gang and plenty of Disney characters, but if we except Mermaid Lagoon and the Sindbad ride there is a lack of attractions for youngers and TDR is trying to balance that - the new "Nemo" ride which opened last year at Port Discovery was a first attempt - and the Frozen, Peter Pan and Tangled lands will help to create a kind of "TDS Fantasyland" with family attractions with an appeal for youngers.

Yes, it will be probably at the expense of a break in the coherent theming of TDS. The "alibi" for the new DisneySea port is that it will be "magical springs that lead to a world of Disney fantasy" and, well, let's hope they'll find a way to integrate the new lands without breaking this perfection of coherent theming that Tokyo DisneySea currently is.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Oriental Land, Google Maps