Friday, August 23, 2019

D23 Expo 2019 at Anaheim Report with Pictures, Artworks and Videos!

The highly awaited D23 Expo starts today at Anaheim and a preview happened last night for selected guests. D&M can't attend the Expo unfortunately but i will provide all infos to you on this page all week-end as they will appear  with links to articles of others websites and new artworks released in the best definition. So make sure to reload this page all along the week-end, the new posts will be placed on the top.

First, a video of Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek introduces the Parks Pavilion at D23 Expo 2019, announcing several big upcoming additions to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World.

Then, let's walk inside the "Imagining Tomorrow Today" pavilion guests can see concept-arts, an Epcot model and watch a short movie showing the concepts-arts for the new Epcot "bring to life".

Always at Epcot, a new attraction themed on Moana has been announced. Called "Journey with Water" it will be a walk-through maze where guests will interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting. Here are some concept-arts and its are from a picture of the Epcot model display in the pavilion.

This October, guests will be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.

Guests can also see displays of all EPCOT attraction posters, past, present and even future as two more will be revealed on Sunday! Pictures by carlye wisel from her Twitter page HERE.

Always in the Imagining Tomorrow Today pavilion, guests will find a whle area about Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris upcoming Super Hero themed lands and it was announced that these lands will be called "Avengers Campus". When guests visit Avengers Campus, they will become part of an interconnected, global story that spans from California to Paris to Hong Kong with the Avengers recruiting new extraordinary people to join them. Inside the D23 Expo pavilion guests can see an in-story experience where they’ll learn why the Avengers are building these campuses. And on Sunday, BoB Chapek share more details about what guests will be able to experience when these lands open. Here are some new artworks released today for the DCA  Avengers Campus land.

Below, the artwork shows the facade of the Spider-Man ride at Dinsey California Adventure...

...but the one below shows the Avengers Campus at DLP Walt Disney Studios, as view from the exit of the upcoming Iron Man coaster.

The pictures below shows the displays inside the pavilion about the Avengers Campus.

About the Star Wars Hotel, the ship in which guests will be supposed to stay in has a name: Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a starship called the Halcyon, "known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations” throughout the galaxy, the Halcyon will offer well-appointed guest cabins, onboard dining, a planet-side excursion to Batuu, and more." Onboard, guests will interact with characters and participate in a story that unfolds around them. D23 visitors can see a model of the starcruiser.

And now, have a tour of the Imagining Tomorrow Today pavilion with  the Disney Parks video below.

Pictures: copyright Disney 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Disney Secret Project Revealed as Disney Publishing and Disney+ Announce "One Day at Disney" Documentary and Book Project

The “Secret Walt Disney Company Project” to be announced at this year’s D23 Expo, has been revealed and, no, it's not a fifith theme park at WDW or a Disney Airlines, it’s "just" the One Day at Disney documentary project, which will offer an inside look at the day-to-day lives of Cast Members from across the Walt Disney Company worldwide:

Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney+ Announce One Day at Disney

The spectacular collectible book and documentary series shine a dazzling light on the creative forces in front of the cameras and behind the scenes at The Walt Disney Company

Aug. 22, 2019 (ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- This evening at D23 Expo, Ricky Strauss, president, Content & Marketing for Disney+ and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts announced One Day at Disney, a spectacular collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney’s new streaming service. The new, 224-page coffee table book and the documentary series will both arrive on December 3, highlighting the talented men and women who bring life to some of Disney’s most beloved stories.

On February 21 of this year, 76 unique photo shoots took place around the world, as Disney dispatched photographers to capture images of the employees and cast members who drive creativity and innovation at The Walt Disney Company. From Shanghai Disneyland and ESPN to Pixar and the set of Modern Family, these spectacular photographs—and the stories behind them—will be featured in the hardbound, collectible book, written by Bruce Steele, which is now available for pre-order.

On December 3, the same day the book arrives in stores, Disney+ will debut it’s new, 52-episode short-form series One Day at Disney, launching with a feature-length documentary. This exciting new series takes an in-depth look at the unique and surprising roles these men and women call their daily jobs. The series and documentary are from Endeavor Content’s Non-Scripted Division and executive produced by Michael Antinoro and David Chamberlin and produced by Victoria Chamlee.

Following the debut of the special, which features such talent as Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and legendary animator Eric Goldberg, more than 50 One Day at Disney shorts, ranging in length between 4 to 7 minutes long and each profiling a single remarkable person and their fascinating job, will debut each week.

Profiled in the Disney+ docu-special (in alphabetical order):

Eric Baker: The Walt Disney Imagineer who has overseen the creation of many of the intricately detailed props and lifelike creatures that inhabit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts

Ashley Girdich: A talented Walt Disney Imagineer who, as a Research and Development Project Manager, drives plans and helps teams execute some of the innovative robotics technology projects being created for our Parks around the world

Eric Goldberg: The legendary animator known for creating the Genie in Aladdin and Phil in Hercules, directing Pocahontas, as well as for animating Mickey Mouse in the Academy Award-nominated short Get a Horse!

Mark Gonzales: A Los Angeles native who works on the world-famous Disneyland Railroad

Grace Lee: A senior illustration manager at Disney Worldwide Publishing who has worked on titles from Zootopia to Fancy Nancy

Zamavus “Zama” Magudulela: The talented South African actor currently playing Rafiki in the Madrid production of phenomenally successful musical The Lion King

Ryan Meinerding: Marvel Studio’s head of visual development who has worked on films including Avengers: Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy

Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko: The veterinarian who cares for creatures large and small at Walt Disney World Resort, including a number of endangered and threatened species.

Jerome Ranft: The skilled Pixar artist who created detailed sculptures for animators to use as reference for such films as Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, and Ratatouille

Robin Roberts: The former ESPN sportscaster has been co-anchor of the Emmy® Award-winning, top-rated morning show, Good Morning America, since 2005

Picture and video: copyright Disney

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Bringing Shelley Marie to Life for ‘World of Color’ Spectacular – ‘Villainous!’

Those of you attending Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, the new separate-ticket party in Disney California Adventure park, will be dreadfully delighted to see the new “World of Color” show – “Villainous!” This nighttime spectacular weaves together a Halloween tale about a young girl named Shelley Marie, who encounters Disney villains on her journey to find the Halloween costume that’s just right for her.

Disney animator Eric Goldberg created this new character specifically for the show. Disney released a peek at how Eric brought Shelley Marie to life for the “World of Color” stage! “Villainous!” is just one of the many exclusive offerings at Oogie Boogie Bash, including an interactive “Descendants”-inspired show, a stage show with Mickey Mouse, a mysterious Disney villains-inspired walk-through experience and more!

Oogie Boogie Bash, which takes the place of Mickey’s Halloween Party, is only offered on 20 select nights this fall, starting Sept. 17. For more information, including costume policy guidelines and to purchase tickets, visit

Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Disneyland Paris Announces New Frozen Celebration Coming to Disneyland Paris Park From January 11th, 2020 till May 3rd, 2020

Disneyland Paris today announced that a new Frozen Celebration season is coming to Disneyland Paris park from January 11th, 2020 till May 3rd, 2020.

Not a lot of additional details were announced, except that "Guests will be able to join Anna, Elsa, and Olaf for a magical celebration that’s “set to melt your heart!” Approximately at the same time the Star Wars Celebration will happen as scheduled at the Walt Disney Studios while this Frozen Celebration will take place at Disneyland Paris park.

Picture: copyright Disney

The Theme Building Encounter Restaurant - A WDI Wonder Outside Disney theme parks

The Theme Building Encounter Restaurant - A WDI wonder outside Disney theme parks

Editor's Note: Jim Korkis has posted on Mouse Planet a great interview of imagineer Eddie Sotto about "Disney's World of Tomorrow" that you can read HERE. As the article don't include pictures, i repost here one of D&M favorite article about the LAX Encounter restaurant, which was redesigned by Eddie and his team.

For most of us, Walt Disney Imagineering is a Disney company creating wonders for Disney theme parks all around the world. And, at 99% that's right. But sometime, it happens that WDI Imagineers create other wonders, and not for a Disney theme park. The Theme Building Encounter restaurant at Los Angeles airport is one of them.

The Theme Building was part of an overall $50 million " Los Angeles Jet Age Terminal " project which began in 1960, the building itself was completed in August 1961. with giant 135 foot high parabolic arches, the Theme Building was at that time the first structure in the U.S to utilize supporting steel arches of this design. And what a design, it looks like a space ship - or a flying saucer - that just lands on Earth! On December 18, 1992, the los angeles City Council designated the Theme Building a city cultural and historical monument. A Los Angeles icon with a kind of Tomorrowland architecture, may be this is why Walt Disney Imagineers agreed with enthusiasm when they were asked to redesign the Theme Building back in 1995.

And who were the WDI Imagineers who did it? Eddie Sotto - the great Imagineer who was Main Street show producer at Disneyland Paris - the best Main Street of all Magic Kingdoms - led the design team. Ellen Guevara, another WDI Imagineer also worked with Eddie on the Encounter Restaurant interior design. And the gorgeous lighting of the exterior was done by WDI lighting specialist - i should say "wizard" - Michael Valentino.

So, let's have a closer look at this Encounter Restaurant with original Eddie Sotto sketches, model pictures and photos of the real thing. Here is a photo of Eddie Sotto doing the concept sketch of the Encounter "red room" in his office at WDI in Glendale. Below, the "red room" sketch.

With the futuristic exterior of the building, WDI Imagineers must have felt that the best choice was to go space-age design with the interior, and, as you will see, they were right.

The intergalactic theme of the interior creates an out-of-this world "experience". Eddie and his team designed flowing walls sculpted to appear as stone quarried from the moon - here are Eddie's sketches.

Eddie also designed furniture and decor elements of the Encounter.

But one of Eddie's favorite creations were these "lava lamps" that guests can find all over the place whether the lava is "red" or "blue"!

The amoeba-shaped lighting structures embedded in the ceilings - visible from the outside - cast soft shadows on the restaurant. And the customized lava lights add a "lounge" feel to the futuristic and stratospheric atmosphere.

And there is this unique crater-shaped bar - above and below - complete with bar guns that emit lasers lights and futuristic sound effects when bartenders pour a drink!

Los Angeles designer Lisa Krohn created the bar stools and the pod-like chairs that appear to float in the air. The carpeting was designed by Sotto and Guevara and also features flowing lines. No patterns are repeated on the entire floor!

" Encounter transforms LAX into an intergalactic gateway accomodating space flights to and from other worlds " said Eddie Sotto. " the sophisticated sci-fi feel of the interior provides the perfect backdrop for what i call " jet set " dining in a space age atmosphere ". And the space-age experience even starts at the entrance downstairs where a hostess in silver costume directs you to the elevator, saying "Have a nice encounter!". By the way, the elevator was also redesigned and features galactic graphics and sound effects!

The stunning exterior lighting by Michael Valentino - a crowning touch to the space age themed restaurant - play an integral part in setting the unearthly tone. Michael's lighting program bathe the building with constantly changing shades such as magenta and electric blue, in addition to traditional white lights.

The Imagineers also designed special atmosphere music for the restaurant with sound effects reminding guests the classic sci-fi movies sounds of the 50's. 

Artwork and model pictures: copyright Walt Disney Company

Encounter Photos: copyright Disney, Encounter restaurant and Eric Sander