Friday, September 23, 2016

The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History Will Debut at WDW MK Liberty Square on October 2 !

It's confirmed and announced officially: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo arrive at Magic Kingdom Park on October 2 for the opening of their all-new, live show “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.” Hosted by James “J.J.” Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, and Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, this wacky new show is set to take place several times daily, just outside The Hall of Presidents.

Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets share their own unique take on the founding fathers as they recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, complete with an original song and plenty of humor. At other times, you may catch the Muppets’ version of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, presented in hysterical fashion as only they can.

As notified to WDW CMs the show will run at 9:05, 9:15, 10, 10:15, 11:45, 11:55, 12:10, 1:15, 1:25, 2:20, 3:35, 3:45, 4:25, and 4:35.

Pictures: copyright Disney

"Brooklyn Amusement Park" by Polo and Pan, Directed by David Tomaszewski

Here is something fascinating, and i was waiting since months that this short video would be at last available online. Last year Paris famous department store Le Bon Marché  had a Brooklyn exhibition during several weeks. And they asked french musicians Polo and Pan and director David Tomaszewski a special video creation, which is the one you'll see below titled "Brooklyn Amusement Park".

Brooklyn Amusement Park shows a fictitious Brooklyn in which the roller coasters would run around the streets and over the roofs along with other amusement park rides. There is more as well as a short storyline, but the perfection of the visual effects ( done in France by Mac Guff ) makes the whole thing truly fascinating to watch, and a true work of cine-art. Don't miss it, and definitely watch it full screen!

Video: Copyright Polo and Pan, David Tomaszewski

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Young Chinese Programmer Embezzled over 1,700 Electronic Tickets to Shanghai Disneyland,

Remember when i told you that when it's about counterfeit "nothing stops the Chinese"? Well, the true story below of a young programmer who embezzled over 1,700 electronic tickets to Shanghai Disneyland is pretty eloquent as you'll see. From CRI English:

A young programmer surnamed Bai has been detained for embezzling over 1,700 electronic tickets to Shanghai Disneyland, reported on Monday.

Taking the advantage of working in an IT company which provides technological support for Shanghai Disneyland's online ticket-selling system, Bai managed to get access to the system's backstage data including the resort's sold electronic tickets.

Through the loophole, Bai begun to change the dates of the sold tickets, starting from late June, and then resell them to scalpers for profit.

Officials with the resort only realized it may be an internal theft case after many visitors arriving at the resort found their electronic tickets had already been used. These visitors all reportedly bought their electronic tickets on Through the IP addresses of the computers logging into the website, the police later tracked and arrested Bai at the IT company. A number of scalpers selling the fake electronic tickets were arrested later.

Initial estimates show that Bai illegally acquired over 1,700 electronic tickets to the resort from June 27 to July 20 and earned nearly half a million yuan (around 73,500 USD) after selling them to scalpers. The economic loss for Shanghai Disneyland reached over 870 thousand yuan.

Prosecutors in Shanghai's Pudong New District said they believed that Bai illegally possessed public property and so they approved his arrest.

Shanghai Disneyland has now upgraded its online ticket selling system and promised to cover the cost of those visitors whose electronic tickets were embezzled.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

4K Video : Disneyland Paris Railroad Arrival & Departure with Announcements at Main Street Station, and more

I've filmed last year this video including 4K footage showing Disneyland Paris Railroad Arrival and Departure at Main Street Station with the great announcements done by DLP Imagineer and Main Street show-producer Eddie Sotto. It also include 4K footage of the Molly Brown leaving the pier in Frontierland and Space Mountain exterior shots as well as Discoveryland lagoon with the Nautilus. All 4K footage was shot with the Leica D-Lux Type 109.

The reason why the train arrival in Main Street Station is filmed on this angle with no camera move is because i had in mind to film the train the same way the Lumière Brothers - who invented Cinema as we know - filmed one of the first film in movie history, titled “the arrival of a train in La Ciotat station". You can watch this short movie HERE

Video: copyright Disney and more

Friday, September 16, 2016

D&M Shanghaî Disneyland Report - Part Two : Mickey Avenue

Here is the part two of my Shanghaî Disneyland pictorial review and it's time to enter the park! For those who missed the part one, including plenty of tips for your trip to Shanghaî Disneyland you'll find it HERE.

First, as i know you can't wait to know what is my overall feeling about the park, let's say it: i liked SDL a lot and was impressed by the quality of theming and making which i globally put as equal as the one we can find, for instance, at DLP. Some shops may not have as much theming as they have in DLP Main Street but that's what the execs want know to make sure they don't lose any inch of space to sell their merchandise. So, here, the theming is often on the ceiling rather than on the walls except behind the cashiers. But, again, and at the exception of a few things that i will tell you in the upcoming articles, i liked SDL a lot, was impressed by new technologies used in some rides and will be very happy to go back as soon as i can! But it's also true that it's a different kind of Magic Kingdom with a different design and, for instance, as we know Main Street U.S.A doesn't exist at Shanghaî Disneyland and is replaced by Mickey Avenue. Here is what the official description says about Mickey Avenue:

"Mickey Avenue is the hometown of imagination, a welcoming, whimsical neighborhood filled with lively shops and restaurants. Stepping into this cheerful land sets the tone for a visit to Shanghai Disneyland, where guests will leave their worlds behind and enter lands of adventure, fantasy and the future.
Mickey Avenue is the first main entry at a Disney park that is home to Mickey Mouse and his pals, including Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Guests will have the chance to learn more about Disney characters and their stories before entering the other themed lands. For example guests will discover the Italian family tree of Donald Duck, displayed on a mural at Il Paperino – a gelato shop on Mickey Avenue where Donald is the host." 

Let's make it clear: Mickey Avenue has been the first good surprise for me. I was not at all convinced by not having a Main Street and by the Mickey Avenue concept, so the least i can say is that i had a LOT of doubts before i entered the park. But the truth is that it "works". Yes, Mickey Avenue concept works pretty well, even with its mix of different architectures. And one of the reason why it works is the detailed and colorful theming AND the Jazz music you hear from the moment you step in. The whole thing makes Mickey Avenue a truly happy land. 

Yes, Mickey Avenue is much shorter than Main Street U.S.A and its length is probably not more than 40% of the length of a regular Main Street U.S.A but Mickey Avenue goes also on the right and on the left so it's a totally different kind of entrance land where you have fun to explore what you'll find at the next corner. And to tell the truth i don't think that the Mickey Avenue concept would have worked as well if it would have been one straight street long like Main Street U.S.A, i think they did the right choice to design it like it is. So, let's have a closer look at it! 

The Mickey Avenue band plays either on SDL "equivalent of Town Square or up over the entrance arch.

Yes, there is a "City Hall" on the left side after you've walked through the arch but you won't enter into this one and won't find any infos there as it is mainly a facade only. 

And here is how it look on the other side, on the right of the entrance arch when you move in Mickey Avenue.

Yes, just like any other Magic Kingdom you'll find attraction posters under the entrance but also a little bit further on the left. I've previously posted many of them but here are two new ones which were not in the previous article. 

More pics of the exterior of Mickey Avenue... 

Let's go inside "Avenue M Arcade" which is here a bit like the Emporium in others parks. Avenue M Arcade feature the largest selection of gifts and collectibles inside the theme park, with items exclusively designed for Shanghai Disney Resort. It offer to SDL guests a selection of apparel and accessories, gifts, home décor and jewelry. The Arcade’s specially designed façade honors its most famous residents, who are represented as universal virtues on mosaic panels: Mickey Mouse (hospitality), Minnie Mouse with Figaro the cat (compassion), Goofy (optimism), Donald Duck (worldly), Daisy Duck (friendliness), Pluto and Fifi (generosity) and Chip & Dale(friendship). Even the checkout area is themed, as the First Bank of Scrooge McDuck." 

But contrary of how it's done in Main Street U.S.A where each shop has a door opening directly on the street, here in this long Avenue M Arcade there is two or three entrances only and inside a long hallway with, left and right, different areas with different kind of merchandise. I liked a lot the hallway idea, it reminded me the one we find in famous department stores like for instance Harrods in London, with of course a totally different theming.

Others Mickey Avenue areas include Celebration Square, the friendly heart of the community. Park Place lies just beyond the square, near the Gardens of Imagination. The Market District is on the outskirts of the avenue, across from
the Theatre District, an artsy neighborhood. Each neighborhood engages visitors with the optimism of Disney. 

At the left corner near Gardens of Imagination guests can find the Carthay Theatre but no restaurant here as inside is the other end of the Avenue M Arcade. If my count is right this is the third Carthay Theatre that WDI Imagineers build in Disney theme parks.

Right in front of it is Remy's Patisserie, a food store in tribute to Ratatouille little hero with nice murals for each characters of the animated movie, designed "art nouveau style".

Rémy’s Patisserie offer a variety of breads, pastries and muffins, along with fresh desserts from the restaurant’s kitchen. Wooden shutters, flower boxes, sidewalk seating and French café-inspired graphics distinguish the exterior of the shop. The tiny scaffolds and ladders that line the wall are reminders that Rémy the rat, who loves to cook, is preparing something special in the kitchen. 

Mickey & Pals Market Café, is the BIG counter- service restaurant of Mickey Avenue, offering localized Chinese and international menus plus views of the nearby gardens, Fantasia Carousel and Enchanted Storybook Castle. Guests can gather here with family and friends, choosing a table in one of four themed dining rooms: Mickey’s Galley, Tony’s (from Lady and the Tramp), Daisy’s Cafe and the Three Caballeros.

First time that i see someone working in a Disney restaurant with this transparent thing in front of the mouth obviously here for healthy reasons, but may be it's common in China?

SDL guests can also discover the Italian family tree of Donald Duck, displayed on a mural at Il Paperino – a gelato shop on Mickey Avenue where Donald is the host. 

Just like Main Street Mickey Avenue is even more magical with its night lighting and here are some night pictures. 

The one below shows Sweethearts Confectionery, which represents the childhood home of Minnie Mouse. Created in a Queen Anne-style, the house is a candy store that celebrates Disney’s first couple, Mickey and Minnie. Inside the shop, guests find murals and sweet scenes that tell the story of this couple’s courtship. Recurring design touches include flowers, hearts, bows and elements inspired by Minnie’s ubiquitous red-and-white polka dot dress. Guests also find freshly handmade treats here, inspired by some of their favorite Disney characters. 

Right in front of Sweethearts Confectionery, Chip and Dale Treehouse Treats.

More night shots of Mickey Avenue...

The Carthay Theatre looks even more gorgeous with its night lighting! 

And that's it for the part two of this Shanghaî Disneyland report and Mickey Avenue, don't miss the part three, coming soon! 

All pictures: copyright Disney and more

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Breaking News : Hyper space Mountain Coming at DLP Discoveryland Starting End of March 2017

It was a strong rumor and it is now confirmed: Hyperspace Mountain will come to DLP Discoveryland starting the end of March 2017, with new theming an projection effects inside the dome. This new version of Space Mountain probably wont stay forever - although, you never know... - but at least during a few months.

And for those of you wondering about the coming of a Star Wars land at DLP i can confirm you that DLP don't plan to build it inside Disneyland Paris park but at the Walt Disney Studios. When? that's another problem and they probably don't know themselves exactly when but most probably not before 2020.

Below, a video of Disneyland Anaheim Hyperspace Mountain though the projections at DLP will most likely be different as the inside structure is not the same.

Picture: copyright Disney

New Official Trailer for Disney's Moana !

As awaited, a new trailer was released today for Disney's Moana and i have to say that it looks really good. As long as the characters don't behave too hysterically - the curse of modern animation - and if the movie knows "to take its time without losing it" to show the softness of Polynesian islands, we may have a great new Disney's animated feature this Thanksgiving!

Picture and video: copyright Disney