Friday, June 22, 2018

Breaking News: Inside Out Attraction Will Debut at Disney California Adventure Pixar Pier in 2019

The new Pixar Pier officially opens to guests this Saturday, June 23, at Disney California Adventure and guests will discover its four unique neighborhoods: Incredibles Park ( with the reimagined Incredicoaster ); Toy Story Boardwalk (home to Toy Story Midway Mania); Pixar Promenade (full of charming games and the Pixar Pal-A-Round wheel); and Inside Out Headquarters… which is today’s big announcement.

Located on the western end of Pixar Pier, the colorful Inside Out Headquarters is the future home of Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind; this whimsical family-friendly attraction—inspired by the Disney•Pixar animated hit Inside Out—is set make its big debut in 2019, and it’ll be (as you might imagine) chockablock with emotions! Take a gander at a nifty sneak peek of the attraction, above. 

That’s not the only fun to come at Pixar Pier in 2019: Jessie’s Critter Carousel, a reimagined classic boardwalk-style attraction featuring all manner of adorable wilderness critters (inspired by the Woody’s Roundup TV show in Toy Story 2), will offer guests a rootin’, tootin’ good time beginning next year.

Picture: copyright Disney

Why Disney Winning Bid For FOX Will Be a Pyrrhus Victory

Bloomberg reveal in its today's article HERE that Disney is close to winning U.S. antitrust approval for its $71 billion deal for 21st Century Fox, creating a potentially insurmountable hurdle for a rival bid from Comcast. Okay. So, Disney might win the FOX battle but it will be a Pyrrhus victory as Disney had to put more than $19 BILLION more on the table to win the game ( and the battle may be has not ended yet ).

Now, THINK about it: for that SAME amount - of $19 Billion - Disney bought Pixar ( for $7.4 Billion ), LucasFilm ( for $4 Billion ), Marvel ( for $4 Billion ) AND built Shanghaî Disneyland ( park only ) for $3.6 Billion and made tons of money with each acquisition thanks to movies, merchandise, licenses, etc, not to mention SDL park and hotels revenues. For the same amount of $19 Billion Disney could have built at least FIVE new theme parks over the world or create at least FIFTY mini lands in its already existing parks with a $370 Million budget for each, and with E-tickets attractions in each lands.

Here, for the added $19 Billion Disney will have NOTHING more additional than it already had with its first $52 Billion offer. Comcast may lose the battle but Brian Roberts will have his revenge to his 2004 declined offer on Disney and for sure a big big laugh. And specially considering that Comcast owns Universal Studios and that all these $19 Billion that Disney had to add - and in cash! - will certainly have an impact on Disney parks future attraction budgets while Universal who will have spent not-one-cent in the operation will be free to spend tons of money on new rides and parks!

Above, an interesting infographic posted by Recode about the Media landscape which might help to understand the Disney Comcast bidding war going on for FOX.

Infographic: copyright Recode

Le Livre Disneyland Paris de l’Esquisse à la Création Disponible en Edition Française Digitale eBook à 19,90€ !

Please note that this post will be in French only as it is an announcement for French readers - or for anyone reading French - about the upcoming eBook edition of the Disneyland Paris book ( only for the French edition for now ):

Bonne nouvelle au sujet du livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création en édition française qui est épuisé depuis l’année dernière. Pour ceux qui n'ont pas le livre et qui rêvent de l’avoir, et pour les plus jeunes fans pour lesquels le prix du livre était trop élevé, le livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création sera disponible en version digitale eBook - uniquement l’édition française - dés le mois prochain, et vous pourrez ainsi avoir le livre tout le temps avec vous et le lire sur votre mobile, tablette ou ordinateur!

Et pour fêter la sortie du livre en version digitale les 100 premières personnes à le commander en format eBook peuvent obtenir le livre au prix de 19,90€ si il est pré-commandé au plus tard d’ici le 30 Juin 2018, ou 25€ du 1er au 30 Juillet. Et il n’y a pas de frais d’envois puisque la version eBook sera en téléchargement! Le livre sera ensuite vendu sur l’Apple iBook store entre 30 et 35 euros, soit le tiers du prix auquel était la version imprimée avec les frais d'envois.

Règlement uniquement par Paypal ou carte bancaire via Paypa mème si vous n'avez pas de compte Paypal.

Attention, pour profiter de cette offre vous devez impérativement posséder un iPhone, iPad ou un ordinateur Apple car le livre sortira exclusivement sur l’Apple iBooks Store, tout du moins dans un premier temps.

Pour savoir comment commander le livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création en version eBook avec le prix spécial ci-dessus envoyer un email à: avec votre nom et prénom et en précisant que vous - ou votre ami(e) ou parents possèdent bien un produit Apple.

Le livre a 320 pages, raconte toute l’histoire de la création du parc et inclus 750 photos y compris 250 concept-arts de chez Walt Disney Imagineering! Vous pouvez voir la vidéo qui présente chaque page du livre ci-dessous.

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