Thursday, October 30, 2014

Big Development Plans Announced for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea !

Huge announcement from Tokyo Disney Resort today as TDR announced  big developments for Tokyo Disneyland Fantasyland and Tokyo Disney Sea for an amount of 400 Billion yen! Here is the full press release, and i tell you more about all this right after it!

URAYASU, CHIBA— Oriental Land Co., Ltd. announced that plans for the further development of Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® Parks have been decided. The plans, outlined in the Oriental Land Group’s “2016 Medium-Term Business Plan” (for the period of March 2015 through March 2017) announced on April 28, include a 500 billion yen level of investment in the theme park business over the next ten years.

The plan for Tokyo Disneyland Park centers on the redevelopment of Fantasyland, which will nearly double the size of the themed land. Work on implementing this large scale area development has already begun. In addition to the renovation of the existing Fantasyland, major new attractions, restaurants and shops are being considered for Area installation in the expansion site.

Tokyo DisneySea Park
Site for new themed port
Oriental Land will also further invest in the two Parks in multiple ways: renovation or creation of attractions and entertainment programs; development of hardware that will enhance the Guest experience in the Parks; further improvement of restaurants; easing of congestion; development of measures to protect Guests from hot and cold weather; and other ways of to make a more comfortable environment for all Guests. Furthermore, investment will be made to strengthen the theme parks’ “backstage” support functions and operational base.
In addition to the above investment in infrastructure, Oriental Land will continue to raise the level of hospitality provided by Cast Members, which is vital to the Disney theme parks, by strengthening human resources development and raising employee satisfaction to an even higher level.

Tokyo DisneySea Park is the development of a new themed port in the expansion site located south of Lost River Delta. This eighth themed port will include major new attractions, restaurants and shops.

Oriental Land’s aim for the two Disney theme parks is for them to continue to be places where Guests will have unforgettable experiences that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Oriental Land will strive to make this a reality through the above investments to maximize the value of the theme parks.

1. Amount of Theme Park Business Investment
The breakdown of the 500 billion* yen level of investment in the theme park business over the next ten years ( fiscal year** 2014 through fiscal year 2023 ) is projected as follows.
(Orientation of Investment)

*Includes 150 billion yen level of investment for renewal and improvement. **The fiscal year is from April through March

2. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Development Plans
Centering on the redevelopment of Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland and the development of a new themed port at Tokyo DisneySea, as well as the introduction of new attractions and other facilities, Oriental Land’s investment will aim at maximizing the value of the theme parks. Moreover, the amount of the additional investment for the Fantasyland redevelopment is expected to be the largest ever for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
◆ Large-scale Development Plans for Both Parks

Preparations for creating comfortable environments at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Parks:
By further enhancement of restaurants, easing of congestion, introduction of measures to protect Guests from hot and cold weather and other actions, Oriental Land will proactively create environments that Guests can enjoy in comfort.
Concrete Examples:
• Restructure the show viewing area
• Enhance restaurants further
• Make service facilities more comfortable • Restructure the IT environment

A moveable stage will be installed in Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea to increase visibility of shows and the areas from which shows can be viewed will be expanded. (Start of utilization scheduled for March 1, 2015)

Under consideration for Tokyo Disneyland is the introduction of a restaurant situated on the parade route so that Guests can leisurely enjoy dining while watching a parade.

Strengthening the base for operations including support functions:
In order to handle the highest level of Park attendance and provide the best Guest service, business-use land, including the land for the theme parks, will be created in the backstage area (the operations base for the theme parks) by enlarging support facilities and moving some facilities.
Concrete Examples:
• Move and enlarge the Logistics Center and Central Kitchen to company-owned
property nearby
• Move part of the administration functions to company-owned property nearby
The contents of this release are still at the planning stage. Details for each subject will be announced as soon as they are decided.

( End of the Press Release )

All-right, so what does all of this mean? It means that in Tokyo Disneyland Tomorrowland the Grand Circuit Raceway and Star Jets will soon be extinct attractions. It's hard to see on the low-res rendering but it seems that a big part of Toon Town should stay. May be the Gadget Go Coaster will go - not sure, though... On the top of this article you have the rendering in the size it was released. And below, another file in bigger size to explore it in details, though in much lower resolution. Click on it.

Now, to help you to locate where is what, here is a Google Earth 3D screen capture, more or less shot on the same angle than the rendering.

And here is another Google Earth screen capture, shot on the reverse angle, with this time the Grand Circuit Raceway in the foreground.

This next non-3D Google Earth screen capture is a "vertical" shot of the area, and i've circled in white what is supposed to change ( i've included Toon Town but most of it should stay ).

Also, the actual Fantasyland will be renovated and its rides very probably updated. Now, and although TDR didn't announced the names of the new attractions that will be include in this Fantasyland expansion it seems that a major Frozen ride will be part of it, which is no big surprise. By looking at the rendering, my guess - right or wrong - is that it could be this area.

We can also see on the rendering another castle which is probably Beast castle, with eventually a Belle village like at WDW.

The other building on the right of Beast Castle, above, is probably a relocated It's a Small World, which is  currently near the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall, where something else will apparently come instead of IASW, may be an Alice in Wonderland "experience".

As for Tokyo Disney Sea, things are more simple as they will use the big land unused since TDS opening on the left of Lost River Delta and the Indiana Jones Pyramid to create a new port, the theme being unknown for now, although some are talking about a Mystic Point land which would be perfect for TDS. TDR also announced that the scale of this new themed port will be about the same as Arabian Coast.

Here is a Google Earth 3D view of the area where the new port will be built, and it will include a new bridge for a direct access directly from Port Discovery.

And here is another Google Earth shot, vertical, where i've circled in white the area indicated on the TDR document above.

Last but not least, the rooms of the three wings - Toscany, Venice and Porto Paradiso - of the Hotel Miracosta at the entrance of Tokyo Disney Sea will be renovated and have a new design. here are concept-arts for the three different wings as well as one showing the painting on the ceiling and a mural painting for the Capitano Mickey rooms in the Toscano wing.

All of this is indeed good news, and we should know next year what will be the attractions include in the new areas!

Pictures: copyright Disney, Oriental Land, Tokyo Disney Resort, Google Earth

Avengers 3 : Infinity Wars Teaser Trailer !

As announced yesterday during the Marvel event the third Avengers movie will be named : Infinity Wars, and will be released in two parts. Now, and although Avengers 2 ( Age of Ultron ) will be released only next year and "Infinity Wars only in 2017 and 2018 they've shown yesterday a teaser trailer for this Avengers 3 : Infinity Wars, that only guests who were at the event were supposed to see. But you what it is in these internet times, someone filmed it secretly and put it on line.

So, here it is and watch it quickly as i wouldn't be surprised if it was removed from Youtube. And watch it till the end as you'll have your first sight of the real bad guy, Thanos himself, played by Josh Brolin, picture above.

Picture and video: copyright Marvel

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Get a Special Look at Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

The promised new footage from Avengers : Age of Ultron is released and the first part of the video below is the clip they've shown at ComicCon last July, the second part being more or less the same than the trailer posted three days ago.Have a look!

Picture and video : copyright Marvel

DLP Update: The Magnificent Lighting of WDS Ratatouille Land at Night

God knows that on Disney and more we've talked about the new WDS Ratatouille attraction on every angle but there is one that was missing, and it's how great the new land look at night. Thanks to the great pictures of Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster you'll see today the magnificent lighting that WDI Imagineers have realized in the Ratatouille land.

We all know how talented the Imagineers specialists in lighting can be at WDI - one of the best example is the magnificent lighting that Michael Valentino did for Space Mountain in Discoveryland - but here the main problem was to have the lighting of this Parisian area looking realistic, like it is in Paris, and i think they've succeeded pretty well, with lights in almost each window of the buildings, the lampposts being the same than in Paris, etc... They did a great job, and i'm sure you will enjoy the pics!

Although the Ratatouille merchandise shop is not yet open - but should be in a few days - the sign is now in place with the name of the shop "Chez Marianne, Souvenirs de Paris".

I'll be back soon with a new DLP update and in the meantime i remind you that there is still signed copies of the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book available with a special offer running this month of October at 75€ only instead of 100€ ( = 15€ shipping worldwide ). The book include 750 pictures with 250 WDI renderings and it's a perfect gift for you or the one you love for Christmas and you'll find all details and a one click payment with Paypal HERE or below.
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