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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

DLP Update : Permit Validated for the New "The Art of Marvel" Hotel at Disneyland Paris

A short DLP update for the week-end as this week the building permit for the renovation of the Disney’s New York Hotel with a Marvel theming has been accepted. « Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel » was the only announcement at the last D23 Expo regarding Disneyland Paris. This transformation of the Disney’s Hotel New York will bring a new visitor offer and experience including a completely redesigned decoration of the hotel and the rooms adding the Marvel universe in addition to modernizing the place. Works will start at the end of 2018 with a total closure of the establishment during the renovation.

Note: Looking for the other DLP update of the week about the Summer of Marvel Super Heroes Season with Marvel Super Heroes United Stunt Show? You will find it HERE.

Thanks to Jake Sully who shot the pictures of the blueprints below - as, according to the French laws these are available to be seen by anyone - we have a closer look to what will be the changes... or not. According to the blueprints nothing will really change for the exterior architecture, except a slightly change of colors of the facades.

As for the inside it will be different. In addition to the redesigned rooms and lobby, a new 137 sqm Lounge will be created in front of the already existing Skyline bar ( 1st picture below ) and something which look like a new restaurant but which could end to be only a new 258 sum Executive lounge with buffet will appear on the left side of the path leading to the convention halls ( 3rd picture below ). The 2nd blueprint below shows the swimming pool area. All this, in addition to the new Marvel inspired theming, will be there when the hotel will re-open late 2019 or early 2020.

As a reminder, here are the official pictures of the future new lobby and the rooms with the new theming.

If you've not read it yet don't miss the update about the "Summer of Marvel Super Heroes Season Debut at DLP Walt Disney Studios, FULL Video Report Including Marvel Super Heroes United Stunt Show" that you can see HERE.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Thanks a lot to Jake Sully!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kung Fu Panda : The Emperor Quest Open at Universal Studios Hollywood - FULL Show Video !

The new state-of-the-art attraction "Kung Fu Panda : The Emperor Quest" has opened at Universal Studios Hollywood and thanks to a video filmed by Patrick Dougall you'll see all of it below, pre-show and show. As described by Screamscape, "the new 240 seats Dreamworks theater is stunning and comes alive through the magic of projection mapping technology, wrapping your forward 180º view in the action through the use of seven Christie 4K projectors and 360º surround sound.  No more 3D glasses, and the theater seats that can actually pivot and swivel to follow the action, combined with various in-theater physical effects like wind and water."

So, on with the show, and here is the first video showing the full pre-show and show of Kung Fu Panda : The Emperor Quest at Universal Studios Hollywood, filmed and posted on Youtube by Patrick Dougall.

Don't go away as there is more as Universal also revealed details about the brand new “Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration” nighttime lagoon show beginning this summer at Universal Orlando:

"Prepare to experience a brand-new nighttime lagoon show that’s a great new way to cap off an exciting day in the parks. “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” will debut at Universal Studios Florida this summer and take our lagoon show experience to the next level.

Located in the heart of the lagoon, “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” will bring thrilling and fun moments to life inspired by characters from popular Universal Orlando experiences and blockbuster films.

You’ll witness moments from the Harry Potter series conjured to life by way of spells, ear-shattering roars from dinosaurs in Jurassic World, the adrenaline rush of speed from The Fast & the Furious, mischief by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and so much more…

And, it’s all seamlessly projected on full panoramic water screens, accented by pyrotechnics and – for the first time ever – more than 120 dancing fountains with projection mapping. The entire waterfront of the Universal Studios lagoon and surrounding buildings will transform into a vivid celebration of epic movie moments and beloved characters.

We’re also building a permanent, dedicated viewing area for the show in the Central Park area of Universal Studios where you’ll be able to watch the lagoon come to life.

Get ready for an epic cinema under the stars during “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration,” starting this summer. Bookmark the blog and sign up for emails to receive updates on the new show"

Pictures: copyright Universal - Dreamworks

Video: copyright Patrick Dougall, Universal Studios