Tuesday, January 22, 2019

BREAKING: Shanghai Disney Resort Announces That a “Zootopia”-Themed Land Is Coming to Shanghai Disneyland !

Today, Shanghai Disney Resort announced that a “Zootopia”-themed land is coming to Shanghai Disneyland - artwork above - marking the second major expansion since the resort opened in 2016. Based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit animated movie, this exciting development will be the park’s eighth themed land and the first-ever “Zootopia”-themed land at any Disney park.

Zootopia will be unique to Shanghai Disneyland and will feature a new, major attraction that seamlessly blends Disney’s storytelling and state-of-the-art technologies in order to bring this fan-favorite movie and its characters to life. Guests will be invited to experience the mammalian metropolis of Zootopia “where anyone can be anything,” with a new major attraction that will seamlessly blend Disney storytelling and state-of-the-art technology to bring this fan-favorite movie and its characters to life – including Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. Entertainment, merchandise, and food and beverage offerings will invite guests to fully immerse themselves in the Academy-Award-winning animated movie.

There’s plenty of reasons to be wildly excited for this expansion: When it opens, Zootopia will become the eighth themed land at the world’s newest Disney park and the first-ever Zootopia-themed land at any Disney park worldwide! Park guests will be able to enter the world of Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde for the very first time and discover what it is like to visit the place where animals can be anything they want.

“We are thrilled to announce that Shanghai Disneyland will be home to the world’s first Zootopia-themed land,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, The Walt Disney Company. “The rapid rate of expansion at Shanghai Disney Resort demonstrates our confidence and commitment to the Company’s future development in China.”

The development of the world’s first “Zootopia”-themed land follows the huge success of the “Zootopia” animated movie globally, particularly in China where it broke box office records to become the country’s No. 1 animated feature film in history. Of course, no matter where you travel, you’re sure to find a fan or two—Judy and Nick can currently be found greeting guests at Disney parks worldwide, and will soon be joined by other Zootopia friends at their very own land at Shanghai Disney Resort.

“Since the resort’s Grand Opening in 2016, Shanghai Disneyland has gone from strength to strength – continuing to expand and enjoying ever-rising attendance rates while also providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests,” said Yang Jinsong, Chairman of Disney’s Chinese joint venture partner for Shanghai Disney Resort – Shanghai Shendi Group. “Shanghai Disneyland has rapidly become one of the fastest growing Disney parks and has been key to the development of the Shanghai International Resort as one of the most visited leisure destinations in the country. This new expansion will provide our guests with an even richer selection of offerings, and will further boost our market competitiveness.”

Construction on Zootopia is targeted to begin later this year, no land opening date has been announced yet, neither what kind of attraction will be built. Stay tuned on Disney and more for more infos when available!

Monday, January 21, 2019

DLP Update : Pirates and Princesses Festival Debut at Disneyland Paris Park

Last week-end Disneyland Paris started its "Pirates and Princesses Festival" with its unique double parade and which will last until March 17!

You know the famous quote saying that "a picture worth thousand words", but a movie also worth thousand pictures, so here is three videos showing the Princesses or Pirates teams parades and stops, filmed by Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster, in 4K last Saturday!

First video below: the team Princesses on Central Plaza:

Next video below: the team Pirates in Main Street U.S.A:

Last video below: the team Princesses on Main Street U.S.A:

For a better understanding of how the two teams are moving here is a map done by Max. the number "1" indicate the show stop for each team, the the number "2" indicates the show stop in"duel" between the two teams, happening on Central Plaza.

Max will be back soon with a new DLP update, in the meantime i remind you that all January the acclaimed Disneyland Paris book in its FRENCH eBook edition is available for 14,99€ only on the Apple and Google Android eBook Stores and even less on Amazon Kindle!

The 320 pages book tells all the story of the creation of the park and include 750 pictures and 250 WDI artworks AND 62 videos links to the best videos of the park and Imagineering! An English eBook edition will come soon. At the current 14.99€ price the eBook is at a sixth of what was the printed edition price, and you'll be able to read the eBook on your mobile devices as well as on your computer, and take it with you when you'll visit the park, so don't miss it!

You'll find it for Apple devices at the iBook Store HERE. For Android mobile devices on Google Play Books HERE, and for Amazon Kindle HERE. The special price will end January 31st, Amazon and Google do their own additional discount so you'll find i even cheaper than 14.99 there!

Pictures and videos: copyright DLP Welcome

Sunday, January 20, 2019

All The Attractions Closed at DLP and WDS Until April 2019, and Beyond

Here is some important informations for those of you planning to visit Disneyland Paris and Walt Studios parks this year as the attractions below will be closed sometime this year, especially until April and others attractions also close forever. Check it as if one of your favourite attraction(s) happen to be closed you may want to delay or bring forward your visit to DLP.

Disneyland Paris Park:

Autopia : closed since November 5, 2018 - reopen in 2019

Riverboat Landing : closed from January 5 until February 8, 2019

Casey Jr - Le Petit Train du Cirque : closed from January 7 until February 8, 2019

Le Pays des Contes de Fées ( Storybook Land ) : closed from January 7 until February 8, 2019

Pocahontas Indian Village : closed from January 10 until March 1st, 2019

La Tanière du Dragon ( the Dragon under Sleeping Beauty Castle ) : closed from January 21 until February 8, 2019

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups : closed from March 11 until March 22, 2019

Phantom Manor : reopening Spring 2019

Have a look on the top at Max's map showing only the attractions which will be open on February 1st, 2019.

Walt Disney Studios park:

Cars Quatre Roues Rally : closed from January 7, will reopen sometime in 2019

Crush's Coaster : closed from January 7 janvier until February 8, 2019

And, to allow "the creation of new experiences in the frame of the new developments for the WDS, these attractions will close permanently and won't reopen as they currently are:

Armageddon Les Effets Spéciaux : closed permanently from April 1st,  2019

Disney Jr Live on Stage : closed permanently from April 1st,  2019

Art of Disney Animation : permanently closed

In addition to these official dates released by DLP you have to know that the two theaters of the Walt Disney Studios are both closed for now, the Animagique theater waiting to reopen with the great Mickey and the Magician show and the ( formerly ) Cinemagique theater is closed too and both might not reopen before April, which leave the Studios with no shows, except the outdoor shows during the Star Wars current season. And the Tram Tour is also closed which don't help to make things any better, Have a look below at Max's map showing only the attractions currently open.

And, last but not least, the Rock and Roller Coaster will also close later this year for its big transformation in an Iron Man coaster, the rumor saying that DLP has planned to close the RNRC this fall.

Yes, that makes a lot of closed attractions but Phantom Manor should finally reopen this April in an upgraded version which should be highly exciting for DLP fans, and I remind you that the Disneyland Paris park has started its Pirates and Princesses season ( don't miss the update about it on D&M tomorrow ) and will also have a new Lion King and Jungle season with new shows this summer. Apart these, no new attractions are expected to open in both parks before 2021.

Pictures: copyright Disney - DLP Welcome

Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) celebrates the Year of the Pig from January 17 to February 24, 2019. Lovebirds can enjoy a romantic Valentine’s celebration at the same time with perfect gift and sumptuous dining options, here is HKDL full press release!

Step into the park filled with Chinese New Year decorations along Main Street, U.S.A. and enjoy a truly impressive array of new seasonal meals and gifts to shop from. To ring in the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs, together with Mickey Mouse and Friends in their brand new Chinese New Year outfits, will appear around the park to spread warm new year wishes to guests. Do not forget to participate in the “God of Fortune Goofy Celebration Moment” to receive some extra good luck. Also, guests visiting from February 5 to 9 will enjoy extra blessings upon entering the theme park when they are presented with a newly designed Lai See packet.

Celebrate the happiest Chinese New Year ever with Year of the Pig fun

It would not be a perfect Year of the Pig without an appearance from Disney’s cute pig characters, the Three Little Pigs. Everyone loves the classic story of the pigs who built houses out of straw, sticks and bricks to keep the Big Bad Wolf away. To celebrate the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs will be meeting guests at Fantasy Gardens in Fantasyland. Be sure to snap photos with them to capture these special memories with your loved ones and don’t miss the Three Little Pigs-themed decoration in Town Square.

For a fulfilling start of Chinese New Year, gather your fortune at the entrance of HKDL with a newly designed Lai See. These special red packets will be distributed to guests during the first five days of Chinese New Year, from February 5 to 9, while stock lasts. Each red packet includes a delicious chocolate gold coin as well as a merchandise, food and beverage coupon, and guests can share the good fortune with holiday gifts. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Chinese New Year as seasonal décor touches of gorgeous flowers and shimmering lanterns around the park bring prosperity and good fortune for the year ahead.

During the upcoming holiday season, guests are invited to join the brand-new “God of Fortune Goofy Celebration Moment” at the Castle Hub Stage. This upbeat dance moment occurs twice a day with a series of traditional Chinese New Year songs.

Here is a video of “God of Fortune Goofy Celebration Moment” filmed by HK Main Street Gazette.

To wish you an auspicious New Year filled with good fortune and happiness, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Chip ’n' Dale, Duffy, ShellieMay, StellaLou and Gelatoni are waiting to meet you at Main Street, U.S.A. in their brand new Chinese New Year outfits. Their newest friend Cookie is also joining for the first time, wearing her glimmering Chinese New Year attire. And that is not all — performers dressed in traditional Chinese outfits will appear around the park, bringing surprises and delivering happy New Year wishes to all!

Festive Chinese New Year food — a recipe for happiness

The fun of the Year of the Pig continues with festive Chinese New Year food in the park and resort hotels. HKDL is proud to present a total of 60 Chinese New Year-themed food and beverage delights for the season, from full-blown set menus to delicious snacks. Grab good fortune at the Main Street Bakery with sweet and savory nibbles such as the “Gold Ingot,” “Ingot Pudding,” “Wishing Fish” and “Lucky Mousse Cup,” or head to Main Street Corner Cafe hosted by Coca-Cola® to feast on a “Chinese New Year Set” in Chinese, Japanese or Thai style.

HKDL offers delicious dining choices for family gatherings. At Studio Lounge, guests can try out an assortment of delicacies in the “Chinese New Year Platter” or its special “Lo Hei”, which stands for good luck and prosperity. Hollywood & Dine is also offering the new “Mini Treasure Pot” for you to be blessed during the year. In Crystal Lotus, indulge in the “Everything Goes Well Dinner Set” which comes in nine dishes for some long-lasting good fortune or gather some good luck for you and your family with the “Golden House” set menu at World of Color Restaurant.

Share the blessings with collectible keepsakes

HKDL is offering more than 50 new and exclusive merchandise items this year, including plush toys, accessories, apparel, stationery, pins, home decor and much more. The new items feature Duffy and Friends, Mickey and Minnie, Disney●Pixar, the Disney Princesses and the Three Little Pigs. Shop for all-new Duffy and Friends plush toys, key chains, bags and Tsum Tsum in traditional Chinese outfits featuring silky red and green with colourful floral patterns that symbolize the festive spirit! You can also find Cookie-themed merchandise items in traditional Chinese outfits for the first time ever.

Among all the Disney style Chinese New Year gifts, guests especially love the new windmill, candy and cookie box, lai see packet or a “fai chun” banner with a lucky message. As a special offer for the Year of the Pig, guests can take home an exclusive Hamm plush toy in Chinese New Year-theme — based on the beloved film “Toy Story” — for only HK$68 when spending at least HK$200 at HKDL’s merchandise stores.

Extend the fun with a resort hotel stay Guests are invited to extend the magic of Chinese New Year with a stay at one of the themed resort hotels. Enjoy a complimentary in-room festive overlay in all three hotels and take part in inspirational Chinese traditions through family-friendly hotel activities, including the Feb 5 only Disney Lion Dance tour and Chinese New Year Choir across the three hotels during the first three days of the lunar new year, as well as the Disney Traditional New Year Market which will be organized throughout the holiday season.

Little guests can also join the festive themed arts and crafts sessions across three hotels. This year, guests will also have a chance to make their holiday wishes through hanging their written Wishing Card on our Chinese New Year Wishing Wall at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Explorers Lodge. A stay at a resort hotel is the best way to create magical family memories!

Spice up the season with romantic Valentine’s Day dinners The festive magic extends to Valentine’s Day. Couples can visit the park during the CNY event period to also experience a romantic holiday together. The resort is offering close to 40 Valentine’s Day-themed merchandise items including Mickey and Minnie, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, as well as Duffy and friends series.

After enjoying their time in the park, lovebirds can pamper their significant other with a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Studio Lounge, Walt’s Cafe or World of Color Restaurant. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day together at HKDL!

Add a sprinkle of Disney magic to your birthday celebrations Birthday celebrations are meant to be so much more than simply blowing out candles and eating a slice of cake. Extra birthday magic await guests that stay at any of the three hotels at Hong Kong Disneyland from today onwards. Hong Kong residents who purchase a “Room and Hotel Breakfast Package” and check-in/ check-out on their birthday* will enjoy free entry to the park^^! Meanwhile, their family and friends are invited to celebrate the birthday happiness together, as they can also enjoy 15% off ticket purchases (up to three tickets)#.

For guests that desire an extra special catch-up with their favorite Disney characters during this special time, their birthday wishes are set to come true! By simply booking a hotel room via the “7 days Advance Purchase” offer and checking in during their birthday month^, they can enjoy a free Hotel Character Breakfast Buffet†. For details, please refer to https://www.hkdl.hk/tc-birthday.

· *Valid check-in dates are Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2019. Actual offer price depends on the check-in and check-out date, the room category selected, the group mix and the Hotel’s Best Available Rate, which is determined at the time of booking (subject to availability and any Benefits Limits, defined in the Hotel General Terms and Conditions).
· ^Booking must be made during Jan 1, 2019 – Dec 20, 2019, at least 7 days prior to check-in, and valid check in dates are Jan 8 – Dec 27, 2019.
· ^^Complimentary ticket cannot be upgraded to Magic Access Membership or other ticket types.
· #Discount is only applicable to purchase of up to 3 one-day standard or child Park tickets in a single transaction. Offer tickets are valid on the date of purchase or the day after only. Offer tickets not used on the purchase date or the day after will be void without refund or compensation. Eligible Guests are required to enter the Park together with his/her Guests using the offer tickets. Guests cannot use the offer tickets without the presence of the Eligible Guest who purchased the offer tickets. The offer is not available to senior admission tickets.
· †Eligible Birthday Guests may enjoy one complimentary buffet breakfast with every purchase of 2 adult buffet breakfasts at regular price
· At least 3 guests per table (including the birthday guest) to enjoy this offer. Offers are only available to Hong Kong residents with valid Hong Kong Identity Card, and are subject to block-out dates and terms and conditions. For details, please refer to Hong Kong Disneyland website www.hongkongdisneyland.com.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park Roller Coaster Track Layout Revealed

As you may know Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park land is rumored to have works for a roller coaster planned to open in 2021, the year a new Jurassic World movie will be released. The coaster will use for a big part the land where was the extinct Triceratops Encounter before running in front of the Discovery Center and over the lake. OrlandoParkStop has posted a picture showing what will be the track and you have more about it in their article HERE

Alicia Stella from Theme Park Stop tells you all about the Jurassic Park Roller Coaster Rumored for Islands of Adventure in her new video below:

OrlandoParkStop is a real good site with apparently good insider sources, which deserves to be followed, so i added it in the list of websites of Disney News Central HERE and you'll find daily its latest posts on the left column under the banner looking like the one below.

Pictures and video: copyright OrlandoParkStop

Friday, January 18, 2019

BREAKING: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge "Rise of the Resistance" Ride Storyline Details Leaked

That's it, at six months of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opening the full storyline of the 28 min long experience of the "Rise of the Resistance" ride are leaked, and if everything is right the ride is going to be a big, big WOW!

Attractions Magazine was the first to post an article with all the storyline of "Rise of the Resistance", and /Film did one too using Attractions Magazine infos, but i suggest you read both as /Film adds a bit more details.

That said, a big warning as MAJOR SPOILERS aawait you ahead in both articles!



Picture: copyright Disney

Breaking : Soaring: Fantastic Flight to Open July 23 at Tokyo DisneySea

Oriental Land Co., Ltd. announced that the new attraction Soaring: Fantastic Flight will open July 23 at Tokyo DisneySea!

Based on the popular attraction, Soarin’ Around the World, which has been enjoyed by Guests visiting the Disney parks outside of Japan, the attraction at Tokyo DisneySea will feature new scenes and visuals for an experience exclusive to the Park in Japan.

Soaring: Fantastic Flight is a flight motion-simulator attraction that will take Guests on a journey over famous landscapes of the world, while they experience the breezes and scents that match the various scenes. Guests of all ages can look forward to experiencing this attraction. This attraction will be available for “Happy 15 Entry” – an exclusive privilege that allows early entry to the Parks for Guests staying at a Disney hotel.

Background Story:
Nestled in the hills of Mediterranean Harbor, amidst the backdrop of an old-world Italian village, the Museum of Fantastic Flight is dedicated to humankind’s enduring dream of flying. Today, the museum celebrates Camellia Falco—a visionary innovator in the fledgling field of aviation—with a special retrospective of her life.

A grand tour of the museum includes a magical visit from the spirit of Camellia and culminates with Guests boarding her latest and greatest achievement—a flying vehicle of her own design called the Dream Flyer. Guests soon experience what Camellia believed, that our imagination can propel us into the future and take us everywhere in the world we wish to go. And before Guests know it, their spirits are sent soaring.

Attraction Facts and location:
Ride Duration: About 5 minutes (main show)
Capacity: 87 persons per theater
Number of Theaters: 2
Investment Amount: About 18 billion yen
DisneyFASTPASS: Available
Height Requirement: Must be 102 cm or taller

Pictures: copyright Disney - Oriental Land

Roar with Delight for Disneyland Paris Character-Filled, Wild New Season, The Lion King & Jungle Festival!

Roar with delight for Disneyland Paris character-filled, wild new season, The Lion King & Jungle Festival! DLP guests will bounce to the beat of the Pride Lands and beyond, only at Disneyland Paris from 30th June to 22nd September 2019 and discover two legends alive with fresh new shows and interactive experiences. The shows will happen both in Frontierland rebuilt Chaparral Stage theatre and at Adventureland. All details below!

Roar along to The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands stage show: 
Lead your pride to Disneyland Paris and ‘be prepared’ to live iconic moments from The Lion King like you’ve never lived them before. Immerse yourself in a brand new, world-exclusive stage show shaking and swaying to the sound of beating drums and hypnotic rhythms. And jump, swing and roar as a tribe of singers, dancers and acrobats dressed as Rafiki, Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Nala, Mufasa and Scar brilliantly bring famous Pride Rock anthems to life before your very eyes.

Become the ‘King of the Swingers’ at The Jungle Book Jive musical show: 
Pack the bare necessities and embark on a colourful voyage of discovery through the Indian jungle in this musical extravaganza. Think you know The Jungle Book? Think again, as four fantastic, never-before-seen worlds add a whole new twist to this classic Disney tale. Join Baloo, King Louie and friends for a jumpin’ jungle dance-along, help explorer Mickey and his crew navigate a mysterious land, and discover a larger-than-life animal kingdom.

Bounce to the beat of a Djembe Joy Village: 
Lose yourself to the happiness of pulsating drumbeats with interactive musical moments in an African-inspired village. This is your chance to learn how to play the traditional African Djembe drum with the Djembe Academy and jump, jive, spin and shake to some awesome beats from the brilliant Hakuna Matamtams. Will you have jungle fun with King Louie? Or save your best moves for some joyful times with Rafiki?

Stomp to the hypnotic rhythm of Timon’s “MataDance”: 
Stomp over to Adventureland and line up alongside Timon, Pumbaa and some party performers for an interactive lesson of Timon’s “MataDance”. The festival vibes fill the air as you master each carefully choreographed step and Pumbaa tells his best worst jokes. Can you control your giggles and impress your friends with your very own stomping skills?

Make magical memories with Characters from classic Disney tales: 
Keep your eyes peeled for famous faces from The Lion King and The Jungle Book roaming Disneyland Park. This is your chance to spend special moments with your beloved Disney Characters, such as shaking hands with the wise Rafiki and ‘oobee dooing’ with the ‘King of the Swingers’ himself, King Louie. They can’t wait to meet you!

The Spectacularly Sparkly Disney Illuminations Show: 
Gaze in awe at Sleeping Beauty Castle as Mickey leads you through a dazzling Disney Illuminations extravaganza. Magnificent fireworks, incredible light projections and stunning special effects bring classic Disney tales and new stories to life, including The Lion King, Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean. Lighting up Disneyland Park all year long.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Rise of the Resistance Ride Full Experience Will Be 28 Minutes Long!

Don't miss Theme Park Stop by Alicia Stella's latest podcast below in which is leaked infos about how Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be. There will be more than one type of ride systems included in preshow and exit systems. Lots of spoilers. The ride has 18 ride show areas and a lot of special effects. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance full experience will be 28 minutes long! Actually, Theme Park Stop by Alicia Stella finds a lot of new information on all parks, so don't miss it!

New International Poster for Disney’s Dumbo

Check out the brand-new International poster for Disney’s Dumbo, the Tim Burton's film soars into theatres March 29!

Picture: copyright Disney

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Shanghai Disney Resort Celebrates Chinese New Year with a Magical Take on Traditional Customs and Experiences

Shanghai Disney Resort is ready to usher in an auspicious Year of the Pig and help guests rediscover the joy of this much loved holiday by celebrating Chinese traditions with a special touch of Disney magic. Throughout the entire Chinese New Year period, from January 19 to February 19, the resort will offer guests an unforgettable Chinese New Year experience, with abundant offerings and activities that will celebrate Chinese customs and create fun new memories for families and friends of all ages. From new seasonal entertainment, to exclusive new merchandise, food and beverage delights, and beyond, Shanghai Disney Resort is offering an exciting and magical Chinese New Year experience for guests from near and far.

The resort’s brand-new holiday festivities were unveiled today during a Chinese New Year event held at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, where a host of celebrities gathered to share their own Chinese New Year memories and traditions. Among those participating were the renowned Shanghainese actress and leading film star, Pan Hong; internationally-recognized pianist, Kong Xiangdong; Olympic sailing champion, Xu Lijia; famous fashion designer, Ji Cheng; and the male lead performer of the Mandarin production of the Beauty and the Beast musical, Sun Dou’er.

The wide range of new shows and seasonal offerings across the resort will delight both local guests and those travelling to Shanghai from around the country and overseas. Underlining the celebrations this year will be the incredible Chinese New Year 2019 Firework Celebration: A Feast of Love and Light. On select evenings, special Chinese New Year fireworks will light up the night sky, and the hearts of guests, as beautiful colors and shapes dance overhead. Plus, for the first time ever, this year’s guests can bring the entire family to enjoy an unforgettable reunion dinner in the resort’s Shanghai Disneyland Hotel on February 4 and 5 - celebrating one of the country’s most important traditional meals while surrounded by breathtaking Disney magic.

Experience Magical Chinese New Year Customs with Every Step at Shanghai Disney Resort

Echoing the time-honored tradition of decorating homes for the New Year, from January 19 through February 19, Shanghai Disney Resort will be decked out in festive décor to create an enchanting New Year atmosphere for guests, complete with vibrant Mickey lanterns, Chinese couplets, floral garlands, peach flowers, paper decorations, and more. Shades of red and gold will be seen throughout the park, the resort, with Chinese New Year melodies completing the immersive New Year experience.

Throughout the holiday season, Mickey Avenue will be covered in traditional holiday decorations designed to immerse guests in the festive experience from the moment they begin their holiday adventure at Shanghai Disneyland. Here, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse and his pals, as well as Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou dressed in their newest Chinese New Year costumes, and take pictures together in front of photo backdrops inspired by the New Year. Goofy will also make special appearances in his God of Fortune costume, bringing extra energy and excitement to the festivities.

To welcome in the Year of the Pig, and wish guests a prosperous year ahead, Hamm - the hilarious pig from the Toy Story films - will be featured throughout the resort, signifying luck and good fortune. In the Garden of the Twelve Friends, the pig zodiac will also be adorned with golden coins and red couplets, creating a special photo opportunity for guests. A beautiful archway and spinning centerpiece in the Gardens of Imagination will also help create happy holiday memories as guests pose for pictures with family and friends.

Disney Magic Adds Extra Fun to Chinese New Year Traditions

Ceremonies and performances are an important part of Chinese New Year traditions, and this year, to welcome in the Year of the Pig, on January 25 - 26 and every day from February 4 - 10 and on the Lantern Festival (February 19), the nightly showing of Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light will be topped off with the Chinese New Year 2019 Firework Celebration: A Feast of Love and Light.

Each morning throughout the entire holiday season, guests can also witness a customary drum ceremony near the Storytellers Statue. Here, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will preside over a daily performance that fills each day with good fortune and happy wishes. At special times throughout the day, Mickey and his pals will also gather in Celebration Square to celebrate the New Year with a special performance of Shanghai Swing. The entertaining dance moment features characters and dancers in vintage Shanghai-style costumes for a high-energy show that encourages guests to swing along.

The Wishing Garden will return this year as the Garden of the Twelve Friends undergoes a festive transformation into a special holiday-themed garden, with celebratory decorations centered on Hamm’s zodiac mosaic. Here, guests can write their New Year wishes down on wish cards - available in the Wishing Garden and at character meet and greet locations - then hang their cards in set locations around the garden area, sending out their hopes and dreams for a prosperous year ahead.

This year, guests can also discover a special Chinese New Year carnival at the Wishing Star Market in Disneytown, where they can continue their celebrations and shopping as they explore the diverse assortment of traditional Chinese snacks, and ornaments on display. In the center of the market, the Wishing Star Skating Rink will also provide fun skating experiences that guests of all ages will remember for years to come. The festive décor and charming photo locations throughout Disneytown will also give visitors another way to capture pictures and celebrate a prosperous Year of the Pig.

New Shanghai-inspired Surprises For the Holiday and Beyond

Pan Hong, who recorded the Mandarin voiceover for “Once Upon A Time” Adventure, is helping spread the holiday spirit at Shanghai Disney Resort this year with the release of the first-ever Shanghainese narration of the attraction’s opening scenes. On February 4 and 5, Pan Hong’s iconic voice will greet guest as they begin their Enchanted Storybook Castle adventure, witnessing the renowned story of Snow White set to a once-in-a-lifetime Shanghainese soundtrack.

January also sees the roll-out of an all-new Mickey in Shanghai travel collection - the latest addition to the popular Mickey in Shanghai merchandise line unveiled in late 2018. The brand new Shanghai-themed travel collection is exclusive to Shanghai Disney Resort and features classic images of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with reflections of Shanghai’s distinct culture, including iconic city landmarks, popular local snacks and Shanghainese phrases. From trendy totes, to travel accessories, apparel, home décor, treats, and beyond, the Mickey in Shanghai line, and its just-launched travel collection, provides a great selection of souvenirs to immortalize a visit, and great gift ideas for loved ones this holiday season.

Enjoy Family Reunions with Favorite Festive Flavors at Shanghai Disney Resort

The reunion dinner is a longstanding tradition in Chinese culture, and is the most important meal of the year for Chinese families. For the first time ever, on February 4 and 5, Shanghai Disney Resort will host special reunion dinners in the Cinderella Ballroom at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, delivering a signature experience for families and friends. Presented in customary style, the sumptuous dinner service will include dishes that not only taste delicious, but are also a feast for the eyes - with beautiful presentations and auspicious overtones. During the meal, children can take a break from the table to enjoy traditional paper-cutting activities, sugar painting, and can even try making their own dumplings. Guests will also be able to relax and enjoy a live screening of the Chinese New Year Gala on televisions throughout the ballroom.

Lumière’s Kitchen in the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will also host a Chinese New Year Feast from February 3 to 10. Their magnificent buffet will include a wide range of fresh seafood, meats, traditional Chinese and western dishes and a vast variety of New Year-themed desserts that are sure to satisfy. Throughout the meal, guests will also have a number of opportunities to take family photos with Mickey, Minnie and other Disney friends dressed in authentic Chinese New Year costumes.

In the park, Wandering Moon Restaurant is offering a new range of dishes and services for guests looking to satiate their Chinese food cravings. Starting this Chinese New Year, the restaurant will launch a brand new series of Chinese dishes for guests to enjoy, from roasted duck, to BBQ pork, to Mongolian beef, plum pork ribs with garlic, and a wide range of other delectable choices, perfect for every palate. Plus, a new table service is being introduced for those guests looking to enjoy a more full-service dining experience during their park visit.

This year, the Royal Banquet Hall will debut a festive family reunion tabletop feast fit for a King or Queen for the Chinese New Year holiday. Designed to pamper guests with royal courtesy and a dash of Disney magic, guests will experience fairy tale delicacies with friends and family, including golden crab seafood soup, special Mickey-shaped braised pork knuckle, braised flounder, and much more, all served within the magical realm of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Remy’s Patisserie and Il Paperino are also releasing a new selection of unique Disney dishes, including Mickey cupcakes and blueberry cheesecake topped with Chinese copper-shaped chocolates, and Mickey cinnamon donuts green tea and red bean ice cream. Chip & Dale’s Chocolate Chestnut Skewers and a red bean soup with a cheese topping, available elsewhere in the park, will also provide the perfect remedy for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth during the Chinese New Year season.

Bring the Magic Home and Share Best Wishes for a Prosperous Year Ahead

At this time of year, many people have fond memories of the new clothes and accessories they were gifted when they were young, as well as the red envelopes filled with auspicious blessings they received from senior family members. This year, Shanghai Disney Resort is honoring these beloved traditions by releasing more than 40 limited-edition Chinese New Year merchandise items that will serve as the perfect gifts for family and friends, with bountiful new items to take home in memory of the 2019 holiday.

The new Chinese New Year merchandise collection takes inspiration from customary colors and symbols in the Chinese culture. Vibrant red and gold hues reflect joy and prosperity, while the golden pig, lantern designs, couplets, gold ingots and other traditional elements help create a diverse array of holiday gift choices. Plus, Lucky Bags are back this year, filled with exclusive holiday merchandise inspired by Hamm the pig. Guests purchasing Lucky Bags will have the added chance to win roundtrip air tickets to Hong Kong, sponsored by China Eastern Airlines.

Guests can also find collectible new plush dolls, including Mickey, Duffy and their friends, dressed in traditional Chinese costumes. The classic red and gold colors carry over to the resort’s trendy new fashion line, with cross-body bags, adult fleeces, stylish New Year Minnie ponchos and brand-new sequined Minnie headbands. The New Year shopping experience continues with exclusive limited-edition Chinese New Year pins, exquisite red packet sets, festive home décor and calendars, and other collectible merchandise that commemorates the New Year in an unforgettable fashion.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Shendi

Monday, January 14, 2019

DLP Video Update : Legends of the Force: A Celebration of Star Wars Starts at DLP Walt Disney Studios !

Legends of the Force: A Celebration of Star Wars at DLP Walt Disney Studios started last Saturday and i have a full video update for you thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster, who was there Saturday for the webmasters event. Check all Max 4K videos below!

A Galactic Celebration Night Projection show - Backstage View:

First Order March:

The Imperial March:

Legends of a Galaxy Far Far Away:

New stage with three screens instead of one and towers with banners for this 2019 Legends of the Force season!

Max will be back soon for an new DLP update, in the meantime i remind you that all January the acclaimed Disneyland Paris book in its FRENCH eBook edition is available for 14,99€ only on the Apple and Google Android eBook Stores and even less on Amazon Kindle!

The 320 pages book tells all the story of the creation of the park and include 750 pictures and 250 WDI artworks AND 62 videos links to the best videos of the park and Imagineering! An English eBook edition will come soon. At the current 14.99€ price the eBook is at a sixth of what was the printed edition price, and you'll be able to read the eBook on your mobile devices as well as on your computer, and take it with you when you'll visit the park, so don't miss it!

You'll find it for Apple devices at the iBook Store HERE. For Android mobile devices on Google Play Books HERE, and for Amazon Kindle HERE. The special price will end January 31st, Amazon and Google do their own additional discount so you'll find i even cheaper than 14.99 there!

Pictures and videos: copyright DLP Welcome