Saturday, May 10, 2014

Universal Orlando Unveil Hogwarts Express Scenes !

In addition to yesterday's video showing the Goblins of the Gringotts Bank Universal Orlando released another preview video unveiling some of the scenes that guests will see during their trip aboard the Hogwarts Express!

Here are some HD screen captures, first a picture of the locomotive...

Then, of some of the scenes, including Hagrid, the Hippogriff, the blue double decker bus in the streets of London, and more...

Also include in the video a series of digital renderings, some never seen before and showing Diagon Alley...

O-kay, time to watch the video, isn't it?

Pictures and video: copyright Universal Studios

Friday, May 9, 2014

First Look at the Goblins Audio-Animatronics Inside Diagon Alley Gringotts Bank !

Universal will reveal on May 13 new details about the "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts" ride, but in the meantime they've released a short but great video showing the Goblins Audio-Animatronics that USF guests will see during the pre-show of this awaited Diagon Alley E-Ticket attraction. And they look really really good, just like if they jumped out of the movie!

Click on each picture to get these high-res screen captures in big size!

In addition they've also released the digital concept-art below showing the load area of the ride!

And now, here are the Goblins Audio-Animatronics moving and talking!

Pictures and video: copyright Universal Studios

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Disneyland Paris Update - Part One : Disneyland Park

Here we go for the promised Disneyland Paris update and in this part one we'll see what's going on at DLP Magic Kingdom thanks to Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. At Main Street U.S.A the Main Street Transportation building is in full refurbishment...

Nearby, it's always a pleasure to see a vintage car in Main Street U.S.A

The charming Spring Promenade is always happening several times a day...

...and here is a new "best-of video" filmed by Max for you.

Near Central Plaza, Casey Jr is now closed at noon and open only from 3.30 - 4 pm until closing time... well as the Pinnochio dark ride at Fantasyland, for refurbishment.

Let's move to Adventureland to see the latest pics of the Indiana Jones temple currently being rebuilt in real stone and, so far, always suppose dot reopen at the end of May.
But, hey, what is the right way to the temple? Kathmandu? Zanzibar? New Guinea? let's take the Kathmandu direction...

Here we are, and as you can see, scaffoldings are down which mean that the main work on the temple "stones" is probably over. That said, you'll also see workers on the tracks, probably checking that everything is fine.

Always in Adventureland a new addition with Carl Fredricksen and Russell the two characters from the film UP, who can be seen near Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost. The figures are exactly the she than the ones at Tokyo Disneyland.

Let's move to the entrance of Discoveryland...

...currently also in refurbishment as they're cleaning it and let's hope repaint the rocks too as it is really in not good condition...

In the part two of this update we'll move to the Walt Disney Studios and have a look at the works on the Ratatouille site but on our way we note the huge billboard strategically placed so guests arriving from both parking lot can't miss it and know that the attraction will open on July 10!

See you on Monday for the part two and in the meantime i remind you that, to celebrate Disneyland Paris 22nd Anniversary, i'm doing a special offer price on the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book - for both ENGLISH or FRENCH editions - and in addition to the special price valid until May 31 it also include a "surprise gift" that everyone who will order the book will receive, and believe me you will love it!  Thanks to this special offer you will save $50 on the normal price, so 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 to place your order now! 

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

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality - Include shipping

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

Pictures: copyright Max Fan - DLPWelcome