Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Most Charming Tinkerbell Sculpture Ever Done


Disney released hundred of Tinkerbell sculptures among the years but one of the most charming they ever did is this Tinkerbell sleeping on a sunflower. All the beauty of it is coming from the size as both Tinkerbell and the flower are "real size" ( 10 / 12cm ), or at least the size that Tinkerbell is supposed to have. The sculpture and painting is amazingly good considering the size and Tink is a miracle of innocence on it. I had a look on eBay to see if there was some available and there is not currently but if you find it some day, don't hesitate to buy it as you will love it.


Pictures: copyright Disney and more

Saturday, October 19, 2019

WDW Update: WDW Skyliner Provides Perfect View of Ratatouille Attraction Construction Site !



We know that when we start hearing about "tapes" it usually doesn't smell good... After a public records request from the Orlando Sentinel, Reedy Creek handles the parks’ emergency responses and released Friday the 911 audio tapes, and right now some folks at Disney must be in "damage control" mode as we learn in the article HERE that during an hour an 11-year-old Lakeland child was on the phone with 911, pleading for somebody to rescue her epileptic and anxious mother trapped on the Skyliner gondola but also that stranded riders were crying, pleading for help because of their health conditions and in one case a man even had passed out when the gondolas broke down.

The Skyliner finally reopened a few days ago and Disney has posted a statement saying “Following a complete review with the manufacturer, we’ve made adjustments to our processes and training, and we are improving how we communicate with guests during their flight with Disney Skyliner”. So, let's hope everything will work fine this time...

That said, the Skyliner on arrival or departure from the Epcot station also provide the best backstage view on the Ratatouille attraction new buildings in World Showcase France pavilion area, so all aboard for a - safe - flight with some great shots thanks to D&M contributor in Orlando! The Ratatouille ride will be opening in Summer 2020!



























Pictures: copyright Disney and more

Friday, October 18, 2019

DIsney and more Daily Updates Are Back with "The Imagineering Story" Trailer!


You'll be happy to know that Disney and more daily updates are back and we'll start today by a great "Imagineering" news!

After 6 years of waiting the awaited documentary series “The Imagineering Story” will be aired on Disney + at its launch on Nov 12! Probably one of the best reason to subscribe to Disney +.



Even better, we have a trailer for “The Imagineering Story" and it even include a few never-seen-before shots inside Galaxy's Edge "Rise of the Resistance" ride, so don't miss it!













Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Disney and more Needs Your Urgent Support !


Folks, I have a bad news for you today as Disney and more - as well as the D&M Facebook page will have NO NEW ARTICLES OR POSTS during the next five weeks, i.e until the end of October or so. Last August i asked for your support and 60 readers only - whom i thanks again a lot - kindly sent a donation to D&M. No shame on anyone here, but there is around 5000 readers coming each day on D&M since years, so i’m sure you can do better, as they say. If i have to stop during 5 weeks, it’s just a principle of reality and Disney and more needs urgently your support. It's serious so please make sure to read below!

I've started D&M 12 years ago and in these 12 years, believe it or not, i've posted around 5600 articles. Most of them were not short articles, as you know, and I always spent a lot of time to make them as perfect as possible, something that i'm sure you probably feel. During all these years i succeeded to keep Disney and more without any publicity - except for my Disneyland Paris book - as just like you i really don't like to have Ads everywhere in an article. Until now it was okay for me because the sales of the book were bringing some revenues but now that there is no more copies of the DLP book, things are getting of course more difficult.

I always enjoy posting every day as well as on the D&M facebook page, as much as i'm sure you always enjoy the D&M updates. In addition, Disney and more is a gold mine of pictures, artworks, videos, and more, like no other site as all pics are always in the best size and definition available and without any watermark most of the time. Also, I don't want to have to put a pay wall to enter D&M because i hate pay walls, just like everyone. But no need to be a genius to understand that if there is no pay wall, no publicity and no more printed books or others items to sell, there is a serious problem of revenues.

In these 12 years i think i have asked only twice or so for your support so it's difficult to say that i abuse of doing this, but today the situation is truly serious and this time i really need to ask for your support and generosity. As usual the easiest way to send your support is through Paypal and i've created a page on Paypal where you can send your donation. There is a minimum donation of 20€ but you're welcome to send more, of course. Also, an important note: this is NOT a subscription, meaning that you won’t have to pay each month or so, it’s a one-time only donation, unless of course. And there is also a good news: everyone who will donate will be rewarded by great surprise gifts. And you will even have the choice of the gifts, and all are great ones! So, after you sent your donation, don't forget to send me an email with your name to let me know at : amplittaye@gmail.com so iyou can get the surprise gifts to thank you.

HERE is the link to the Paypal page to send your support ( if there is a problem to access the page, please let me know, but normally it should work fine ): https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8hbx9SRxoL

You also can send directly your donation through Paypal to:

https://paypal.me/LITTAYE?locale.x=fr_FR/ and if you send it this way, please send it in the mode "for family and friends".

Most of all, i thank you by advance, and see you soon!

Tokyo Disneyland : Experience the World of Beauty and the Beast with the Grand Opening of “New Fantasyland” on April 15, 2020 - The Happy Ride with Baymax and Minnie’s Style Studio also opening !



Experience the World of Beauty and the Beast with the Grand Opening of “New Fantasyland” on April 15, 2020 - The Happy Ride with Baymax and Minnie’s Style Studio also opening:

Oriental Land Co., Ltd. has announced that a new area, “New Fantasyland,” will open in Tokyo Disneyland® Park on April 15, 2020 as part of the large-scale development in Fantasyland. This area will feature many exciting new elements including the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast attraction and an indoor theater Fantasyland Forest Theatre. At the same time, Tomorrowland and Toontown will also see brand-new additions as part of the continual growth of Tokyo Disneyland.

“New Fantasyland” includes an area themed to the popular Disney film Beauty and the Beast. From Maurice’s Cottage (Disney FASTPASS® Ticketing) at the entrance, to Gaston’s fountain, and the village restaurants and shops, Guests can immerse themselves in the world of the film as they enjoy the ambience of Belle’s village. Towering above the forest is Beauty and the Beast Castle which houses Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, an attraction where Guests follow Belle and Beast on a romantic musical adventure in vehicles that dance in rhythm to the animated film’s well-known music. Leaving the area themed to Beauty and the Beast and plunging deeper into the forest, Guests will find Fantasyland Forest Theatre, the first full-scale indoor theater at Tokyo Disneyland with live entertainment featuring the Disney Friends.



The Happy Ride with Baymax, where Guests can join their own personal healthcare companion for an exciting ride that swings them unpredictably round and round, will open in Tomorrowland along with a shop specializing in popcorn. In Toontown, Guests can meet Minnie Mouse in person at the new Disney Character greeting facility, Minnie’s Style Studio.



With over three years of construction and a total investment of about 75 billion Japanese yen, the largest redevelopment in the history of Tokyo Disneyland promises to further enchant Guests with an array of brand-new experiences. April 15, 2020 marks the beginning of a new era for Tokyo Disneyland.

Pictures: copyright Disney, Oriental Land

Universal Officially Announces That Universal Beijing Will Open in 2021



It's official : the awaited Universal Studios park will open in Beijing in 2021, according to an official announcement by the resort's management on Tuesday.

From China.org: "Originally slated to open this year, Universal Beijing Resort, which will be the fifth and biggest Universal Studios park in the world, will now open its doors to the public two years later.

"You thought the wait is forever, but actually, it will be 2021," the resort announced on its official Weibo account, while posting a promotional teaser video showing the theme park under construction. "This is a gift in advance for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Please expect the grand opening of the Universal Beijing Resort in 2021."

The resort project was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in September 2014 and is located in Beijing's Tongzhou district, which was positioned by the Beijing municipal government in 2015 to become the city's sub-center. The construction of the first phase of the resort has now entered its final stage with steel structural frames completed and rides installation work and gardening work under way. A subway station serving the resort ( picture below ) will also be in operation by the end of this year.



The resort is owned by the Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd., a joint venture between the Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co., Ltd. and Universal Parks & Resorts, a business unit of Comcast NBCUniversal. The theme park destination will feature several all-new attractions along with the best Universal rides, shows and attractions from around the world. It will also have specially created experiences designed to reflect China's unique cultural heritage.

Approved by the Beijing municipal government, the Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co., Ltd. was also founded for the purpose of supporting Universal Beijing Resort in its investment, development, operation and management. Beijing Shouhuan is owned by five State-owned companies, including the Beijing Tourism Group, one of China's largest tourism companies.

The initial phase of Universal Beijing Resort, covering over 60 hectares, will include the world-renowned theme park – Universal Studios as well as the Universal CityWalk retail, dining and entertainment complex. According to China's media reports, it will have seven zones with attractions and rides inspired by Universal's big productions, including Harry Potter, Minions, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Transformers, as well as Hollywood attractions and the Kung Fu Panda franchise.



Samples of or actual pieces of theming are now arriving on site. On the picture above, probably the exterior walls to Transformers: The Ride 3D.

It will also have two extraordinary and world-first hotel concepts: The Universal Studios Grand Hotel and the NUO Resort Hotel. The hotels will be destinations unto themselves, offering "incredibly immersive experiences through the perfect blending of unique stylish designs and historic and cultural features". This will bring entirely new hospitality experiences to life for visitors at the Universal Beijing Resort, the resort management said on Sept. 3.



The 800-room Universal-branded hotel, which is designed to be a four-star family resort hotel, is inspired by Spanish renaissance architecture and will contain many film elements within its premises. As for the NUO Resort Hotel, its architecture is inspired by China's famous Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace). The NUO Resort Hotel will be a five-star hotel with 400 rooms, and its construction will soon be completed.



Key International Hotels Management Co., Ltd., a joint venture between the Beijing Tourism Group and Kempinski Hotels, will help deliver the guest experience. The design of the two hotels were led by Universal Parks & Resorts, with support from internationally and domestically acclaimed institutions, while the actual construction of the two hotels is being managed by the Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd.

Now Universal Parks & Resorts currently owns and operates Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan and has a license agreement with Universal Studios Singapore. Previous reports said the Beijing theme park has secured an investment of 50 billion yuan ($7.4 billion)."

Pictures: copyright Univesal Beijing

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Jurassic World Movie: "Battle at Big Rock" !



Believe it or not but there is a new Jurassic World movie! No kidding. And yes, it's an official one coming out of nowhere, a short 8.40 min long movie, titled "Battle at Big Rock". It's an all-new short film directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael!

The short takes place one year after the events of the last Jurassic World film in Big Rock National Park, where dinosaurs are now living in our world. The story follows a family of four whose encounter with these wild animals becomes a terrifying fight for survival. Go ahead, watch it in full below!