Tuesday, December 11, 2018

First Look at Disneyland Tropical Hideaway Opening Soon

Disney Parks released the first pictures of the awaited Tropical Hideaway restaurant at Disneyland which will be opening soon at Adventureland!

This exotic marketplace is the go-to destination for discovering extraordinary eats from all corners of the world. Set along the Jungle River waterfront, it’s also the perfect spot to sit and relax in between adventures—perhaps with a refreshing Dole Whip! After sunset, flickering torchlights add to the evening ambiance.

Travelers can reach The Tropical Hideaway across its main bridge, through Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room or along “Skipper’s Walk,” a pathway leading from the Jungle Cruise loading dock.

Colorful wildlife can also be found at the Hideaway. The stars of the Enchanted Tiki Room live in small birdhouses that dot the roofline, each personally labeled. Can you spot them?

One cockatoo who has packed up her bags and spreading her wings is Rosita. As she waits on the dock for her boat to arrive, this friendly bird makes small talk with visitors!

Below : Paddles on the wall of The Tropical Hideaway.

Below: The Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland park Lost and Not Found items, at The Tropical Hideaway.

The trader’s market is filled with details to discover around every nook and cranny. Disneyland look forward to welcoming world travelers soon at The Tropical Hideaway!

Pictures: copyright Disney

A Closer Look at DLP Walt Disney Studios Marvel Land Artwork

Yesterday Disney released the above concept-art showing the future Marvel Land at DLP Walt Disney Studios. We already know that the land will include an Iron Man roller coaster inside the Rock and Roller Coaster building and a Spiderman attraction in the Armaggedon building - and that chances are high that it will be the same Spiderman ride than the one they build at Disney's California Adventure, but more about this later.

That said, there is more to say about this rendering and i suggest we have a closer look at it. First, we can see that they did their best to show the future land without showing too much of it, as not less than 19 people ( supposed guests ) are standing in the foreground and even more in the background hiding details ofthe land.

However, if we blow up the image some interesting details appear. Let's start by the right, showing the current Armaggedon building with its future look for the Spidey ride. Spiderman is hanging up there to make sure we get it, that here will be his attraction, and, yes, we got it. Under him Black Widow and Black Panther stand on an Avengers jeep and the big Avengers logo is on the right of the building. So far, this part of the artwork is quite clear.

Let's have a look now at the left part of the rendering...

The two people on the foreground hide as much as they can the building where is currently the Rendez-Vous des Stars restaurant but if we zoom even more on the visual we can see the letters "PYM" above the current entrance - see picture below - which is obviously a reference to Dr Hank Pym played by Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, the one who created the famous Ant-Man costume and we can guess that the theme of the restaurant will have a link with Ant-Man.

Let's have a look now at the center part of the artwork, the most interesting one. First, among the people standing in the middle we can see clearly THOR holding his hammer and apparently talking with a kid and some older person who looks to be ...Stan Lee himself as some DLP fans already noticed.

Now, let's have a look at the background, on the right, after the blue building, where we can see on an elevated platform the Quinjet - the Avengers plane. For your info, the Quinjet first appeared in The Avengers issue 61 on February 1969, and was designed by the Wakanda Design Group, headed by the Black Panther. The Quinjet is equipped with VTOL capability and five turbojet engines.

But why the Quinjet is located here,  so close to the stunt show entrance? Well, actually the plan is to keep the stunt show for a while with a new Marvel storyline and theming but later - i.e in quite a few years - chances are that Disney will add the big Avengers ride - the one which will open in 2023 at HKDL Tomorrowland - after removing the stunt show.

There is more to see in the background and it's where will be the entrance of the Iron Man coaster. Right now we can see for the attraction facade a structure which envelops the building - with curves reminding a bit the ones of the beautiful TRON canopy at Shanghaî Disneyland, but don't dream to have a structure as big as the one at SDL because it won't be the case. Actually, i should say "guess" rather than "see" this facade as the rendering don't allow to see what will be the visual displayed on it. There is a good reason why they've voluntarily overexposed this part, and it's because Disney don't want you to see - not yet - what the visual will be as it would be a MAJOR spoiler. I think i have a pretty good idea what it will show but i've promised to don't talk so unfortunately you will have to wait that Bob Chapek will reveal it, most probably next year at the 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim.

In the meantime, those who wish to guess can read again yesterday's D&M article HERE which was basically a copy and paste of the Disney Parks Blog post which included unvoluntarily a clue that can eventually help you to find ...if you're good enough to make links with ...something else.  Good luck!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Monday, December 10, 2018

BREAKING: DLP WDS Armaggedon and Art of Disney Animation Attractions Will Close Permanently in 2019

BREAKING: Disneyland Paris announced that two DLP Walt Disney Studios attractions will close PERMANENTLY - meaning: "forever" - in 2019: the Armaggedon attraction will close on April 1st ( and it's not an April fools ), and The Art of Animation will close in less than a month, on January 7.

Armaggedon apparently will be replaced by a Spiderman attraction, similar to the one coming to Disney's California Adventure and The Art of Animation, as D&M had told you months ago, should be transformed in an area similar to Blue Sky Cellar at DCA where were displayed renderings and models of upcoming DCA attractions during the park placemaking. At DLP WDS it will present the new lands and the park transformation coming in a very near future ( this, if plans have not changed since i was told months ago ).

First Concept-Art Showing DLP Walt Disney Studios Marvel Land

Disney released today the above concept-art showing how will look the Marvel land at DLP Walt Disney Studios. And Scot Drake, Creative Executive, Marvel Global Portfolio at Walt Disney Imagineering tell us more about the concept that will link the different Marvel lands in Disney theme parks:

"As the creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering’s Global Marvel Portfolio, my team and I are collaborating closely with our partners across Studios and Entertainment to create exciting experiences and attractions where you can join your favorite Super Heroes at Disney Parks and Resorts. Together, we are expanding this epic story universe in a way that, for the first time ever, will allow you to take on an active role alongside these Super Heroes:

There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if they could become something more. It was called the Avengers Initiative.

That original idea has now evolved into a brand-new global Avengers Initiative. One that brings us—the next generation of remarkable people—together. To find our power and become something more. To see if we can work alongside the Avengers so we may all become stronger together.

The Stark Expo in Hong Kong was to be a first step: A world exposition whose theme of ‘A Better Tomorrow Today,’ was meant to inspire and motivate through technological innovation. However, shortly after it opened, the Expo was attacked by the forces of Hydra. When even more powerful forces threatened the entire planet, the Avengers realized that the Earth needs more heroes.

So today, to better defend the planet, the Avengers are setting up new Headquarters and technology sharing exchanges around the globe to empower and inspire all potential recruits willing to step up and become heroes.

In California and Paris, Tony Stark is retrofitting two of his father’s Stark Industries sites into new hubs for training and innovation. Through partnerships with S.H.I.E.L.D., Pym Technologies, Masters of the Mystic Arts and the new Worldwide Engineering Brigade, The Avengers and their allies will forge new global campuses to champion the next generation of heroes. Who’s ready to answer the call?"

These interconnected stories are coming to life at our Disney Parks. In Hong Kong Disneyland, guests have already started battling the forces of Hydra in the Iron Man Experience. Beginning in March 2019, they will join Ant-Man and Wasp in a fight against Arnim Zola and his army of evil Hydra Swarm-bots in the all-new interactive attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! In Disney California Adventure park, guests have been helping the Guardians escape the Collector’s Fortress in Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!

 And soon, in both Disney California Adventure park and Disneyland Paris, guests will encounter the heroes in new and exciting ways, from the mystic arts of Doctor Strange to the gravity-defying feats of Spider-Man. Guests will also experience the latest in Pym Technology with Ant-Man and Wasp and be wowed as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Captain America and more leap into action on a moment’s notice."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

First Close-Up Look at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon

Disney Parks provide a first close-up look at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon. Behind-the-scenes look at development on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! Guests can take the controls of the fastest ship of the galaxy in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, one of two signature attractions coming to this all-new land at Disneyland (summer 2019) and Walt Disney World (fall 2019).

Picture: copyright Disney

New Press Release about Tokyo Disneyland Development !

New Press Release about Tokyo Disneyland Development!

New Facilities Opening in Spring of Fiscal Year 2020 URAYASU, CHIBA— Oriental Land Co., Ltd. has announced the names of the new facilities that will be opening in spring of fiscal year 2020* as part of the large-scale development of Tokyo Disneyland® Park.

The new facilities include a major attraction, an all-weather live entertainment theater, a restaurant and shops. This expansion will occupy an area of about 47,000 m2 overlapping Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Toontown—three of the seven themed lands in the Park. The total investment for this expansion is about 75 billion Japanese yen.

Opening in Fantasyland will be a new area themed to the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. It will feature Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, a major attraction within Beauty and the Beast Castle, which towers about 30 meters above the surroundings. Guests will board ride vehicles that dance in rhythm to the animated film’s well-known music and follow Belle on a romantic musical adventure. With Village Shoppes and La Taverne de Gaston, Guests will feel like they have entered the world of the film as they enjoy the ambience of Belle’s village.

Also opening in the new area will be Fantasyland Forest Theatre, the first full-scale indoor theater for live entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland. Signature Disney entertainment unique to Tokyo Disneyland and featuring the Disney Friends will be presented in this storybook theater environment.

Themed to the Disney film Big Hero 6, The Happy Ride with Baymax attraction will open in Tomorrowland. Guests will join their own personal healthcare companion for an exciting musical “whip ride” that swings them unpredictably round and round. Also, a shop themed to outer space, The Big Pop, will offer Guests popcorn in multiple flavors that can be purchased together with popcorn buckets.

In Toontown, Minnie’s Style Studio will be the first Disney Character greeting facility in Tokyo Disneyland where Guests can meet Minnie Mouse in person. Dressed in some of her own creations, “fashion designer” Minnie will greet and take pictures with Guests. The largest redevelopment in the history of Tokyo Disneyland promises to enchant Guests even more with lots of brand new experiences in the Park.

Friday, December 7, 2018

First Official Pictures of Disneyland Paris Phantom Manor !

Disneyland Paris released the first official pictures of the renovated Phantom Manor showing the bride in the loading room scene and the Manor gardens! I remind you that the changes in the ride have been done to clarify the ride storyline and to create an end to the story, as the previous version was not perfectly understandable.

The ride is now rumored to don't reopen before April 2019 though it might happen before if DLP Imagineers succeed to resolve some technical issues.