Saturday, February 15, 2014

Disney Cocktails Recipes for Tonight Full Moon Party !

It's a full moon day, today, so you might be in the mood for a full moon party, right? And what could be better than to serve "Disney cocktails"? So, i've posted on the D&M Facebook page all what you need to know depending of your favorite character with 15 different cocktails recipes, as well as the daily additional theme park news, and more! Jump HERE where you can check all this even if you don't have a Facebook account!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Disneyland Paris Book Valentine's Day Special Offer Ends This Sunday !

I remind you that the Disneyland Paris book Valentine's Day special offer at 60€ only ( + 15€ shipping worldwide ) whether you want the english or french edition will end this sunday Feb 16!

To order your own copy of this fantastic 320 pages book which include 750 pictures of the park and 250 WDI renderings, send me an email at:

Paypal payment of the 75€ can be send at the same email address or by using the Paypal button below. No Paypal account and wish to pay with credit card? It's possible, just send me an email!

To learn more about the book jump here:

Don't miss this great special offer at the book best price ever!

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Marc Davis Creating Artwork for Pirates of Caribbean

Great picture of Marc Davis creating the artwork for Pirates of Caribbean characters in the 1960's, coming from a Disney Parks article about Marc and Alice Main Street window that you can read HERE.

Picture: copyright Disney

D23 Spring Issue Celebrates Walt and The 1964-64 NY World's Fair

Disney Parks released a preview of the new upcoming Spring issue of the D23 Magazine which will include an article by Disney historian Paul Anderson - publisher of the legendary Persistence of Vision magazine - about Disney and the 1964 New York World's Fair. Click on each pic to see them in big size.

Here is the D23 release: The 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York celebrated a time of optimism, growth, and progress. The Fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, marked the creation of landmark Disney technology, music, and attractions including it’s a small world, Audio-Animatronics® technology, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and theCarousel of Progress—with its memorable theme song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” Disney twenty-three sat down with several Disney Legends responsible for these iconic landmarks including Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr. Stunning concept art and rarely seen photography from the Fair complement the stories in this issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23.
Disney twenty-three’s spring issue also includes a look ahead at some of the latest entertainment coming from Disney. Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Kermit the Frog, and Miss Piggy give readers a peek “behind the felt” at Muppets Most Wanted, which opens this March. Chris Evans talks about suiting up once again for April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Plus, Jonathan Freeman discusses taking his characterization of the villainous Jafar from screen to stage, as Disney Theatrical Productions prepares to open Aladdin on Broadway this March.
Also included in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three:
  • We celebrate D23’s fifth anniversary with a look at some of the club’s most memorable events
  • “Ask Dave” with Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith returns to print in the U.S. for the first time in nearly a decade
  • Disney trendsetters are all the rage—and on the page—in “The Hippest Place on Earth”
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, PHOTOfiles, D Society, and more
Also in the spring issue, D23 Gold Members will receive a reproduction of the “Souvenir Map and Small World Guide” from the centerfold of the commemorativeit’s a small world, guide book:

Pictures: copyright Disney

Awesome 3.5 Min Amazing Spiderman 2 Video "Ennemies Unite"

An awesome 3.5 trailer has been released for The Amazing Spiderman 2. As a matter of fact it's closer to a clip than a trailer but it's awesome anyway, so have a look!

Picture and video: copyright Columbia Pictures - Sony

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How Litlle by Little Disneyland Innoventions Become a Marvel Super Heroes Pavilion

Remember this rumor a few years ago saying that Disneyland's Innoventions will be shut down and be replaced by a Marvel attraction? Well, Innoventions is still there and we don't have a ride instead of it but little by little the whole pavilion is indeed becoming a Marvel one. And now, after "Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries" and "Thor: Treasures of Asgard" that DL guests can always experience it's Captain America who will come at Innoventions on March 7 in "Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage"!

Of course, all this is done to promote the new "Captain America, The Winter Soldier", but this you already knew it, didn't you?

Picture: copyright Disney - Marvel

Visual Guide to Marvel Characters Movie Rights

Did you ever wondered what company exactly had the rights - the "character movie" rights - for each Marvel Super-Heroes? Well, this perfectly done info graphic will help you to know all about this for once and for all!

Picture: copyright Maurice Mitchell 2014

Johnny Depp is Back April 18 in a Sci-Fi Thriller "Transcendence"

Johnny Depp is back this April in a new movie and for once it's a sci-fi thriller movie called "Transcendence"! the movie also stars Morgan freeman and Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy and cole Hauser and is also produced by Christopher Nolan!
Here is the synopsis: "Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can... but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power—to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him".
Here is the brand new trailer, the movie will be released in theaters April 18.

Industrial Light & Magic Will Open a New London Facility for Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2

You all know that Star Wars Episode 7 will be filmed at London Pinewood Studios. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, ILM - Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects division created by Georges Lucas - will open a new SFX facility in London specially for Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2, but not only :

With Star Wars: Episode VII casting underway and production expected to begin in the spring in the U.K., Industrial Light & Magic -- the VFX division of Lucasfilm, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company -- is getting ready to launch a new feature visual effects facility in central London. The target is to bring the London operation to about 200 employees initially and Marvel's   Avengers: Age of Ultron will be ILM London’s first project. 

ILM is set to sign a lease for space just outside of Soho -- a neighborhood already populated with numerous VFX houses -- and north of Tottenham Court Road, ILM president and general manager Lynwen Brennan told The Hollywood Reporter. An extensive remodel of the space is planned, and the target to move-in is late March or early April. “It will be a full service studio,” she said. “We’ll have an art department, previsualization, and an entire end-to-end visual effects and computer graphics pipeline.”
She also revealed that since production of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars is planned at London’s Pinewood Studios, “we’ll certainly have some art department and previs there, but we’re not currently planning on having a large ILM presence at Pinewood. We did consider splitting the facility in two, but we are now focusing on our London facility and having an as-needed facility at Pinewood to be near the production.”
ILM’s Roger Guyett (who earned his third Oscar nomination this year for Star Trek Into Darkness) will be the VFX supervisor on Star Wars Episode VII. The plan is for the ILM facilities to handle all of the work for the film, not just in the U.K., but also in ILM’s San Francisco headquarters, and Singapore and Vancouver locations, as well as at its strategic partner, Base FX in Beijing. The London facility will have a pipeline allowing it to share work with the other ILM offices.
The U.K. base is part of an overall global expansion plan -- and it is not opening just to accomodate Star Wars. “ILM will be working on not only Lucasfilm projects, Disney projects and Marvel projects but [productions] for other studios as well,“
You can read the full THR article HERE.

Talking about Star Wars, here is a fun Darth Vader "Look Back" Facebook video - a fake one, of course, but really fun.

Movie Title Breakup

In the "crazy" section this 3.51 min short movie below is quite funny, and it was probably less easy that it looks to do it right. Have a look - and some fun too - with this cool short done by POYKPAC Comedy in which the characters speak in nothing but... movie titles!

Video: copyright POYKPAC Comedy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Making of WDS Ratatouille Attraction , by WDI Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald

If you came this morning on D&M you may have follow our LIVE report of DLP Annual Stockolder Meeting but we kept the best for this exclusive article thanks to a great video filmed at the meeting by Max Fan, D&M contributor and screen captures of it that you will see below.

WDI Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald was there to do a great presentation on the making of the highly awaited Ratatouille ride which will open at the WDS probably in the last 10 days of June with an official grand opening apparently scheduled for July 14, the national day in France.

Tom Fitzgerald was introduced to the audience by DLP CEO Philippe Gas...

...who welcomed Tom on the Cinémagique stage...

After an introduction in french Tom told the audience that he will continue in english...

Then Tom Fitzgerald started his presentation of how DLPI Imagineers built the ride.

Tom explained that it started with talks with Pixar animators who worked on the animated feature, including director Brad Bird, to make sure they will create a unique story for the attraction which will pay tribute to the film...

...and from there, the next thing they did was to build a scale model of the attraction  ( the model shown below is just a part of the whole ride model ).

They actually built the model with ride vehicles so they could actually ride through and see the point of view that guests will have during the ride.

Once finished, they started to build the full scale - giant size show elements. I remind you that guests will be "reduced" at the size of a rat during the ride...

They did 2000 over scale leaves for Remi's restaurant which were all hand painted!

...and including set tables also over scaled.

The animated movies that you will see in the ride were created by their colleagues at Pixar, in 3D, in the larger scale they've ever created...

Here is a WDI rendering showing the ride vehicle passing near a giant show element...

Tom also talked about the unique ride system which will be used to move the "Ratmobiles", as Imagineers call the ride vehicles in which six passengers will be allowed to travel.

Meanwhile, the architectural team was busy to create the exterior of the ride, the great decor that you all know.

They created too elaborate color boards that allowed Imagineers to paint in colors any details that you will see...

Tom also talked about "Chez Rémi" and how they're bringing to life Rémi's restaurant where  guests will be able to have a delicious meal... a super over scale fantasy environment!

And it was the end of Tom Fitzgerald presentation. Right after, a great ballet with cook dancers happened in the theatre...

...soon joined by Mickey, Minnie and Rémi for a grand finale!

And now, here is the full video of Tom Fitzgerald presentation that i'm sure you will all enjoy a lot!

Pictures and video: copyright Max Fan

For your info, i remind you that the great Valentine's day special offer on the Disneyland Paris book at 60€ ( + 15€ for shipping worldwide ) will end in six days from now. It's a great offer - valid for both the ENGLISH or FRENCH editions - thanks to which you can save $50 on the normal price, and if you don't own the book yet i'm sure you don't want to miss it! Paypal and credit card payment are accepted, so make sure you don't miss it! 

You can use the Paypal button below for the english edition, and for the french edition or for credit card payment please send me an email at:

Don't know yet the Disneyland Paris book. Have a look at the video below or on the book website HERE.

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Disneyland Paris Annual Stockholder Meeting - LIVE Report ! Plus: New Ratatouille Visual and Teaser !

It's the big Annual Stockholder Meeting today at Disneyland Paris and thanks to Max Fan, D&M contributor who is there we're going to follow the meeting LIVE and this article will be updated each 10 minutes or so with new pictures shot by Max as soon as i get them, so make sure to refresh the page regularly! There we go!

Arrival this morning, the Disney Ambassadors are here to welcome everyone.

Okay, we're in and waiting for the opening of Cinémagique theater in which will take place the annual stockholder meeting!

Good free breakfast at the Restaurant des Stars while we wait for the start of the meeting.

That's it, everyone enters Cinémagique now open!

Everybody's waiting inside Cinémagique for the start of the annual meeting...

The meeting has began and they announced that this year it will be a "simplified" meeting? They also remind everyone that Ratatouille will be the big attraction coming this summer...

DLP CEO Philippe Gas is now talking about the trust in DLP but also about the economy crisis and its effect on tourism in Europe... But Disney has a brand which will be very helpful to get out of the crisis... 510M€ were invested for refurbishment in 2011 with half of the hotels rooms being now renovated and satisfactory rate which has increased of 28 points...

That said, Gas also talks about the loss of visitors with 14.9M visitors in 2013. Expenses per visitor increase by 4% in the park and 6% in the hotels which counterbalance the loss of visitors...

Virginie Calmels president of the supervision committee talks again about the difficult economy but also about the big reactivity of DLP helping to overcome this crisis...

Mrs Calmels also reminded the support of the Walt Disney Company and their help for the debt refinancing...

...30% of guests vacation reservations for a stay at DLP are done through internet...

A Presentation of Ratatouille has just been done by WDI Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald showing plenty of pictures of Imagineers at work as well as ride model and renderings!

All about Tom Fitzgerald presentation of the making of the Ratatouille ride including a HD video of Tom full presentation is in the part two article that you don't want to miss HERE.

Here is a new visual for the attraction - now added in D&M "Great things are coming" header at the top !

We're now at the questions : answers from the audience... (more about this later )

The vote for this year annual meeting resolutions starts now...

DLP CEO Philippe Gas: Surprises for this Spring? There will be many, starting with the new Ratatouille ride opening this Summer...

New Ratatouille teaser unveiled! It's apparently the same one than the german version that leaked a few days ago, but this time in english!

That's it, according to Max the annual meeting is over! Max has filmed the whole thing and the video of the 2014 annual meeting will be embed soon right here, at the end of this post so comeback in two hours when it should be online!

Jump to the part two with Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald presentation of the making of the Ratatouille ride including a HD video of Tom full presentation that i'm sure you don't want to miss. It's right HERE.

Photos: copyright Max Fan - DLP Welcome

For your info, i remind you that the great Valentine's day special offer on the Disneyland Paris book at 60€ ( + 15€ for shipping worldwide ) will end in six days from now. It's a great offer - valid for both the ENGLISH or FRENCH editions - thanks to which you can save $50 on the normal price, and if you don't own the book yet i'm sure you don't want to miss it! Paypal and credit card payment are accepted, so make sure you don't miss it! 

You can use the Paypal button below for the english edition, and for the french edition or for credit card payment please send me an email at:

Don't know yet the Disneyland Paris book. Have a look at the video below or on the book website HERE.

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality - Include shipping