Monday, June 17, 2019

Disney Apparently Want to Remove WDW Country Bear Jamboree, Let Disney Know Right NOW That You Don't Want This to Happen !

There is a serious "Red Alert" today as WDWNT has posted that Disney is planning to close the beloved WDW Country Bear Jamboree to replace it by a puppet /AA Toy Story show ( see post below ). What of Walt's legacy will they destroy next? The Enchanted Tiki Room? DL It's a Small World? ( as rumored by Mice Age last week? ) The Carousel of Progress? Sure, they won't remove the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of Caribbean or Jungle Cruise, but these smaller attractions are also part of Walt's legacy, we all love them and they should NEVER been removed, just like a historical monument.

By the way, they don't do it only to place more modern IPs in the parks, and also not only to sell more merchandise, but for another reason if not the mainly one, i.e to SAVE money on a new show building construction cost. They could perfectly leave WDW Country Bear Jamboree where it is - it is an attraction having a low operational cost as it don't request dozens of cast-members - and build a new Toy Story show somewhere else at Frontierland ( or even better at DHS Toy Story land where it will fit more naturally ) but it will require the cost of a new show building, which is exactly what they try to avoid to have to pay for. So, Walt legacy is destroyed little by little by people for whom the monthly bottom line is more important than anything else, and that is saying a lot about the lack of vision that these folks have...

Go to the WDWNT article HERE and POST your comment to let Disney know how furious you are if this removal of the Country Bear Jamboree is true. You can also leave your comment below but Disney is watching closely WDWNT ( as well ad D&M btw ), so do it NOW before it is announced officially at D23 because when the attraction will be gone we know it will never come back.

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Disneyland Paris New Lion King Show Will Also Be Projected at WDS Studio Theatre

As you know, a new Lion King show is coming to Disneyland Paris, starting June 30 in the new Frontierland Theatre that was re-built this year. Now, something unusual happened today as DLP announced on InsideEars that the show will also be projected daily at the WDS Studio Theatre, so in DLP second park.

Why do they do this, something which has never been done before in a Disney theme park? Well, first, you need to know that they're late on the theatre construction in Frontierland. The stage and the audience area is ready but not the backstage of the theatre. So, apparently DLP decided to play the show anyway, and postpone the end of the works on the backstage area ( or may be they'll do the works at night ) so they could play the show in time, as scheduled, specially considering that it's the main new attraction this year at DLP.

I've been told that Daniel Delcourt, at the head of DLP Operations, announced that the security commission came recently and gave its approval for the opening of the theatre, so the show will start at the end of June. On the other hand the WDS have less attractions than ever to offer to WDS guests now that Armaggedon is gone and that works are happening all over the Backlot area for its transformation in a Marvel land. So i think the main reason of this odd announcement is to increase the park capacity and the offering for WDS guests during this Summer season.

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Shanghaî Disneyland Celebrates Its 3rd Anniversary - Exclusive Pictorial Report of the Park on Opening Day by Alexis Lefranc

Shanghaî Disneyland celebrates its 3rd Anniversary today! As we know, theme parks never look that good than they are on on opening day so to celebrate SDL 3rd Anniversary i repost the D&M exclusive pictorial report with fantastic pictures of the park that were shot by D&M contributor Alexis Lefranc, a faithful D&M reader. And these great pictures, were even shot before Shanghaî Disneyland official opening day, during the park soft-opening in May 2016 with the luck of an incredible sunny day and a clear blue sky all over the park! Back in 2016 it was for Alexis the second Disney park he visited and below he describes his visit and give us his feelings about Shanghaî Disneyland:

The park is beautiful! Shanghaî Disneyland is very neat and as detailed as Disneyland Paris can be, it is clean and 90% of the attractions were open with reasonable wait of 40minutes maximum. Visitors were respectful and behaved quite well, I have no complaints about Chinese tourists they were perfect. Many Western expatriates were also present. I had very good impressions. 

I know you all know this but, to make a long story short: there is no Haunted Mansion or It's a Small World and Star Tours. Big Thunder Mountain became the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain was replaced by TRON Lightcyle Power Run and Pirates of the Caribbean became a land in its own right with a brand new version of the ride. Strangely, it didn't not bothered me too much. Specifically, we are in a new park, more fresh because the offering of new attractions benefit of amazing technology but also remains what is known as all the codes of a Disney park are there. It's like everything rediscovering everything and it's good as Disneyland Paris, we love it, but we know it so much ...

The entrance to Disneyland Paris is so majestic with the hotel that we forgot that it was unique and not found elsewhere. So, it was strange to see the entrance of Shanghai Disneyland, less ambitious. It is still beautiful and is inspired by the original park in California with a small station and tower ( without railroad ) and the usual head of Mickey in flowers .

Disneyland Paris Main Street USA is the most visually rich and suddenly it was strange to see here a totally different version of the entrance street. Mickey Avenue performs the same function but is two-third smaller and a bit less classy, but mix with taste a good dozen of architectural styles (classical, art nouveau, Victorian, Hollywood / art deco, toon, Parisian, American, Georgian ...) to introduce the Chinese guests, less steeped in Western culture, to the park. It's eclectic, colorful and joyful.

Between Mickey Avenue and Enchanted Story Book castle, our DLP Central Plaza has given way to a much larger "Gardens of Imagination" quite welcome mixing small gardens, bridges and ponds and many flowers on various themes. Of course the elements of the Chinese zodiac reviewed with Disney characters ( the monkey Abu from Aladdin, the dragon is Muchu from Mulan, etc ...). It's subtle and really cute.The adaptation of the park to Chinese public  is through these tips: a beautiful decorated Chinese restaurant in Suzhou style - Tea House of Wandering Moon - has been included, east of the castle, the parade has a special focus on the Mulan float as we have at DLP on the Sleeping Beauty float, rice, noodles and chopsticks are present in menus, some shows (Tarzan, Frozen) or even dark rides (Snow White, Voyage to the Crystal Grotto ...) are in mandarin but the rest is also in English. The castle is not at all Chinese, not even one detail, and I am delighted!

Alexis has shot also some excellent panoramics. Make sure to click on it to see it in big size!  

The castle... is beautiful, really great. It stands majestically in the middle of the park as an extremely impressive lighthouse. It can be seen from everywhere! It mixes many styles ( Roman, Gothic, Baroque, Classical ) with the elegance of our Sleeping Beauty Castle. Again, I know you are aware of it but it is important to remember a set of points: it is the highest castle of all Disney castles, this is the first castle to represent all Disney princesses so its name "Enchanted Storybook Castle » ( with however an attraction inside telling the story of Snow White) and it is the most interactive, offerings shops, restaurants (at 500cny the menu), two attractions and is so detailed!

Fantasyland, always behind the castle and extending north of the park, is just wonderful. It is as detailed as our Fantasyland at DLP, full of small shops and restaurants with ornate roofs. Classics rides such as Dumbo, Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White, the tea cups and the carousel are present in new versions with some newcomers. The Voyage to the Crystal Grotto is nice because it's a ride on the water which recounts the stories of Disney animated classics, but details of the characters are a bit coarse. Alice in Wonderland maze is a new version, really good, with a mix of the animated classic with the recent Tim Burton movie and, as it is at the foot of the castle, the whole maze at night with the lighted lanterns is a wow.
However, we lose It's a Small World, and I find it a bit of a shame because it's such a mythical attraction for me. And there is no dragon too under the castle or a Pinocchio ride.

The facade of Pinnochio Village Kitchen...

...and the one of Peter Pan's Flight, on the right.

The entrance and facade of the Frozen show theatre.

The Tangled Tree Tavern, inspired by the famous tavern of the animated movie.

The final scene of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Note that the Audio-Animatronic which is not include in this SDL version.

Tomorrowland is the land of the park with which i was a little bit disappointed. With its grey and too sleek design it loses the magic which has our Jules Verne style Discoveryland and her goes to a new cool but somewhat sanitized futurism. The Buzz Lighther attraction is nice, the addition of the Marvel Universe is also a good idea but I stayed on my hunger. The Star Wars area was not open yet, and neither Star Tours , Autopia, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with the Nautilus or Space Mountain exist here, and the land looks a bit empty.

But the TRON attraction is absolutely amazing !!! A little too short and probably reduced in speed to appeal to a wider audience, it is still very strong and will score points. It is closer to Space Mountain than Rock'N 'Roller in terms of sensation but the immersion in the TRON universe is just phenomenal. The decorations, lights, sounds, music, lightcycles vehicles for a run through the grid are just crazy and I had never experienced anything like it.

Let's move now to the other side of the park and say a little hello to Shanghaî Disneyland castle when we walk in front of it on our way to Adventure Isle while the parade is passing by.

At Disneyland Paris Adventureland we have an Adventure Isle, and at Shanghaî Disneyland it became a whole land with shops, restaurants and entertainment with the Tarzan show and two major attractions that are not at DLP but that i could not do unfortunately. The first - Soarin over the Horizon - had 2 hours of waiting and the second - Roaring Rapids- remains closed until the park official opening ( Ndr: there is also Camp Discovery that apparently Alexis didn’t do, too ). This land is super pretty, but nevertheless we lose DLP Adventure Isle "Center of the Earth" with the caves, the Disneydendron - the Swiss Robinson Tree, or even the Indiana Jones ride.

A new land appeared: Treasure Cove! It is superb, by far the most successful after Fantasyland and is themed on the theme of the seven seas and pirates. The decors are amazing, there is palm trees, wrecked ships on abandoned beaches, taverns and pirates hideouts with a galleon that can be visited and an explorer canoes ride around an island not to mention of course the fort in which is the Pirates of the Caribeean : Battle for the Sunken Treasure attraction. ThisPOTC attraction is INSANE. So I did it twice. You probably have never seen such a ride. By cons, it has very little to do with the original version that we love, even if we always hear the phrases "Yo ho! "" Dead men tell no tale "and certain sequences are obviously a tribute to the original ride - like this scene with the prisoners in jail always calling the dog holding the keys ... except that they’re now skeletons. It is so impressive...

Below, three great panoramic pictures of Treasure Cove shot by Alexis. Click on each to see them in big size!

We will end this photo report by going back near the castle and through Alice in Wonderland Maze at sunset time. I also saw SDL night show "Ignite the Dream" happening in front and over the Castle at 9pm, and it's magical. There were holographic projections, water fountains, lights show, sound effects, lasers, fireworks… and a fantastic music from Disney classics from the Lion King to Fantasia, Aladdin, Frozen, Mulan, Star Wars and more!

I want to thanks personally again Alexis for kindly providing to Disney and more this great pictorial report on Shanghaî Disneyland, and don't hesitate to leave a comment fro Alexis below!

Pictures: copyright Alexis Lefranc