Saturday, July 26, 2014
All along these four days of Comic Con Marvel has released eight posters showing an awesome scene from Avengers : Age of Ultron which all together makes one big scene. I've sticked together with Photoshop the eight posters and you have it above in big size! Download and enjoy!
Picture: copyright Marvel
Haunted Mansion Fans Better Start to Save Money as Hundred of New Haunted Mansion Products Arrive Soon to Celebrate Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary!
Haunted Mansion fans better start to save money as hundred of new merchandise and collectibles will arrive soon at Disneyland and Walt Disney World to celebrate Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary! We'll have a look today to some of the 100 items but there is more "collectible" items which you'll see in Monday's article.
Let's start with apparel which will include both long and short-sleeved options for women, men and children, including new shirts that resemble to the attraction Cast Member costumes. And some of the shirts will also include a glow-in-the-dark element!
For accessories, guests will find several new jewelry items including awesome bat stanchion earrings and women’s shoes that use the infamous purple wallpaper pattern from the attraction. All the new items will have a purple colored liner not red like the first incarnation.
Fans looking for home HM décor will find new drinkware, dinnerware - plates, bowls, wine glasses - figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, including a beautiful urn, and the bat stanchion ice cube tray to make ice cubes in your freezer at home. And, yes, the Haunted Mansion entrance plaque at the top of this article will be available soon for $95 !
Look for these items in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months, and some of them mind find their way to Disneyland Paris as DLP merchandise now often sell DL or WDW Haunted Mansion items.
Pictures: copyright Disney
Be prepared to have a surprise as Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker - will have a beard and will look like Obi Wan Kanobi in Star Wars Episode 7! In the short interview below Mark talked to the BBC recently about Star Wars: Episode VII, saying:
"It was certainly unexpected — I already had a beginning, middle and end, I never thought we'd come back. To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories, it is just astonishing. I thought even if they did a third trilogy, we wouldn't be involved, because it is really about the new generation of characters. We are just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards."
Go ahead, have a look at the full interview and you'll notice too that Mark has no longer his juvenile energy that he had the last time we saw him in Revenge of the Jedi. But that was 30 years ago and everybody gets older, you remember that, don't you?
Picture and video: copyright BBC
Friday, July 25, 2014
Penguins of Madagascar is the new Dreamworks animated feature and they've released fro the Comic Con both a new poster and the first clip below "North Wind Headquarters". Looks no bad at all to me...
Picture and video: copyright Dreamworks
I've always loved movies where a man - or woman - are miniaturized, starting by the famous 1950's Incredible Shrinking Man - adapted from a Richard Matheson novel - to the 1960's Fantastic Voyage and Honey I Schrunk the Kids. So, i'm happy to tell you that it's now a "Go" for Marvel's Ant-Man movie and the production will start in August! They've released the above pre-production concept-art done by Marvel artist Andy Park on which you can see the suit that Paul Rudd will be wearing in Ant-Man.
Michael Douglas will play Doctor Hank Pym, the scientist responsible for making the suit. Rudd plays Scott Lang, who steals the suit to make himself a better thief. Chances are it'll be one of those “thief with a heart of gold” scenarios and that will probably Rudd change his ways and use his new powers for good.
Marvel has a panel in Hall H on Saturday at Comic Con, so we might learn more infos about Ant-Man anytime soon, and the movie will be released in July 2015!
There is also more news about Marvel including Avengers 2 visuals posted today on D&M Facebook page. Also, here are the links to two articles you don't want to miss. One is about a great pictorial report on the new decor of the Club 33, and the other is about an interview of Roger Gould, creative director of Pixar’s Theme Parks Group.
What will also interest you is what Gould is saying at the end of the interview when he was asked about upcoming theme parks projects:
"There’s a lot going on. There’s an entire new resort at Shanghai [Disneyland] going up right now. We have a number of Pixar projects there that haven’t been announced yet so I can’t say more than that but a lot of really exciting things, things that we haven’t done before. We’re just happy audiences around the world fall in love with our characters so we get to keep bringing them to life in the parks."
Picture: copyright Marvel
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Here is a new Disneyland Paris update, thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. And this time we will have a look at the WDS Ratatouille land in a different way than before, and you'll see plenty of new theming that you've not seen before!
But first, let me remind you to don't miss the great summer special offer on the DLP book which include not only the special price of 60€ on both english or french editions copy but also a great surprise gift that you will love! At the end of the article you'll find the video showing you the whole book if you haven't seen it yet.
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Let's move now to the new Ratatouille land which became instantly popular from day one, with long lines to access to the ride. Good to see this land with plenty of guests enjoying it after we've seen it in construction the last two and a half years. Just like in the real Paris, you can even see - picture above - two lovers relaxing on a bench...
Note that the weather was cloudy and rainy a few days ago when Max shot the pictures, apparently the sun is back now.
By the way, the water pressure on Remy's fountain at the center of the plaza has been reduced to avoid to have too much water "flying" when there is strong winds.
The main reason why i was interested to get some shots of the reverse angle was to see if there is a visual intrusion of Toy Story Playland Parachute Drop and RC Racer rides for someone standing in the Ratatouille land . And yes, as you can see on the pictures above and below, there IS a serious visual intrusion problem, it's the least we can say, as you can't escape to see Parachute Drop and RC Racer from the Ratatouille land. And, as Peter, a D&M reader just reminded me on the D&M Facebook page, let's not forget also a "scream intrusion" with the screams of the guests on RC Racer! Sure, it's a pity, but don't blame DLP Imagineers as it was almost impossible to hide the two rides, except of course if the Ratatouille land would have been built in a different location. Hopefully when the vegetation will grow up in the future it might hide them a bit more.
Here is a panoramic view that i've quickly done with two of the views above to show you all in one shot.
Not too far from the fountain the merchandise shop "Chez Marianne" is still not open yet but the outside is ready for opening.
I've promised you pictures of the land that you've not seen before and there we go to explore the theming of the area in and around the covered market structure where guests are waiting before entering the show building.
Giant posters Ads with Gusteau and Anton Ego are displayed on the walls.
Nearby this covered market structure there is more theming, like this shop and hotel facades.
A plaque in tribute to the great Chef Paul Bocuse who partly served as inspiration for Gusteau can be seen on the walls.
At the ride entrance for guests with a Fast Pass you'll note the hidden Mickey "holding" the clock.
So many rooftops and chimneys they could do a Mary Poppins ride in there !
Max did the ride once again...
...and suddenly: a 1.0.1! Technical problem, projections and vehicles stopped, guests were escorted by cast members to the exit... and Max filmed everything as you will see on the video below.
There is more Disneyland Paris update coming very soon and next time we'll have a look at the Disneyland park. In the meantime, don't miss the special offer price on the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book - for both ENGLISH or FRENCH editions! Thanks to this special offer you will save $50 on the normal price, so if you don't own the book yet i'm sure you don't want to miss it! Paypal and credit card payments are accepted, so make sure you to place your order now!
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Pictures: copyright Max Fan - DLPWelcome