Saturday, August 2, 2014

First trailer For "Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb" - to be Released This December!

I don't know if you liked the "Night at the Museum" film series but i did ( at least the first one which i enjoyed a lot ). But if you did liked them i have a good news for you as a new film titled "Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb" is coming soon.

Larry - always played by Ben Stiller - leaves New York City for London on a quest to save the magic before it is gone forever, and the cat of the previous film - Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Mickey Rooney  ( in what was probably his last film ), etc... - will be joined by Sir Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais and... Dick Van Dyke!

So, this time they all move to world famous London British Museum as you will see in the first trailer below. If we except what looks to me like a small mistake - Dinosaurs are at london's Natural History Museum and not the British Museum - the whole thing should be fun and will be released this December!

Pictures and video: copyright 20th Century Fox

Game of Thrones Artwork , Disney Animation Style

Disney fans also fans of the Game of Thrones TV series should like this! Artists Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski have created this "Walt Disney Pictures Game of Thrones" artwork series. Mendonça and Mahanski have not only captured well the essence of each actor and character but also perfectly the Disney animation style - and colors!

Artwork: copyright Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski

Friday, August 1, 2014

First Picture of Shanghaî Disneyland Castle Model

We've seen Shanghaî Disneyland castle in artworks or CGI renderings but here is what i think is the first picture showing a WDI model of the castle. The picture was shot apparently during a visit at WDI in Glendale, although it could have been shot at SDL office in Shanghaî. You can see a few more by going on the blog indicated at the bottom of the picture.

Breaking News : DLP CEO Philippe Gas Leave DLP and is Named General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort - Tom Wolber Becomes DLP New CEO


It's the big news of the day: DLP CEO Philippe Gas will leave DLP and become General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. Tom Wolber becomes Disneyland Paris new CEO. More about all this below:

"Euro Disney S.C.A. today announced the nomination of Tom Wolber to the position of Président of Euro Disney S.A.S., the management company of both Euro Disney S.C.A., the holding company, and Euro Disney Associés S.C.A., the operator of Disneyland® Paris, in replacement of Philippe Gas named General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort.

"One of our greatest assets is the global strength of our teams," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Both Philippe and Tom are seasoned Disney veterans with a tremendous combination of leadership skills, business acumen, and international experience that will help ensure that we carry on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences for our guests. They bring an incredible depth of operational experience to their respective roles and are well positioned to contribute to the future success of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disneyland Resort Paris".

"On behalf of all Supervisory Board members, I would like to thank Philippe for the excellent collaboration we had together and for his personal involvement in Euro Disney during the last 6 years," said Virginie Calmels, chairman of Euro Disney Supervisory Board. "We are very proud that The Walt Disney Company has chosen Philippe, a French top executive, to lead a huge and strategic project such as Shanghai Disney Resort. We also welcome Tom and wish him a lot of success in his new function."


Tom's appointment will be effective in September 2014. He will transition into this new role during the summer, working with Philippe to ensure continued commitment to the company's long term strategic priorities.

Tom is German and speaks 4 languages: French, Dutch, English and German. He returns to Disneyland Paris, which he helped to open in 1992 and brings more than 20 years of wide-ranging operations experience including leadership positions at Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris. He most recently served as the head of Walt Disney World Resort and Transportation Operations, overseeing all of the 28 resort hotels and the property's extensive transportation network. He has also overseen a number of complex expansion projects, including the successful launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and was instrumental in the Disney Springs master plan and the continued growth of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' sports business.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

First Pictures of Universal Studios Beijing Land - Opening Scheduled for 2018

Shanghaî Disneyland will open end 2015 and they shouldn't have any major competitor in China before 2018, when Universal Studios Beijing will open. It's been a long time since we heard about Universal coming to China main land but this time it seems that this is it, and Stefan Zwanzger, The Theme Park Guy is back with pictures of the location where the park will be built, near Beijing. Considering there is hundred of kilometers between Beijing and Shanghaî the opening of Universal Studios Beijing shouldn't hurt too much SDL although it probably will have an impact on people from Beijing coming to SDL.

On the top you have a picture of the land for the future Universal Studios Beijing and the picture below, according to Stefan show the ground being prepared for future works.

Unfortunately, as it is often the case some villages had to be destroyed without mercy and villagers will have to move to another place. Please note that no official announcement has been down yet either from Universal of the Chinese. And now, jump to The Theme Park Guy to see more pictures HERE.

Pictures: copyright The Theme Park Guy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Disneyland Paris Update Part Two

Here is the part two of the Disneyland Paris update that you were waiting for and this time we'll go to the Disneyland Park. Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster shot these pictures the same cloudy day than the Ratatouille photos you've seen last week but since the weather is now much better, good to know for those of you going at DLP anytime soon.

At Town Square the themed canvas are now in place on Main Street Transportation Co as well as on Boardwalk Candy palace facade, hiding the restoration works happening behind them. The transformation of Main Street Photography in the newly themed shop called "New Century Notions - Unique Flora's Boutique" are now over and it will open tomorrow August 1. New sun-blinds also appeared on the windows of the upper floors.

Ambassadeurs Disneyland Paris has posted some pictures of the new shop on their Facebook page. Here is a selection and you can see more HERE.

I don't know what you think, but personally i sincerely regrets the former Main Street Photography shop on which Eddie Sotto spent so much time to perfect the theming. But let's be fair and give them the benefit of the doubt until it opens and that we see more of this new shop.

The Harrington clock is at last working again!

In Adventureland the shop nearby Indiana Jones Temple of Peril is now open again, which was not the case when the ride re-opened two months ago after six months of refurbishment.

In Frontierland the sets of the Tarzan show which was stopped since Sept 2012 are being removed from Chaparral Stage.

Space Mountain Mission 2 has reopened early July with the entire security system redone. The surveillance cameras present in the attraction and queues have all been replaced with new models which can see better as they're now equipped for night vision. The smoke effects on the cannon were reactivated like they do now every year before the summer season...

The Autopia photo location is in refurbishment.

At Star Tours entrance the X_Wing fighter deserve a refurbishment as not only the painting gets old but moss is now also appearing...

Let's move now to the Walt Disney Studios where a surprise awaits guests at the Aladdin Flying Carpet ride as a new background canvas was installed, showing the city of Agrabah.

At Catastrophe canyon the water couldn't arrive anymore on the left side of the set when Max did the ride. They probably have resolved the problem by now.

Nothing special is happening on the Reign of Fire set if we except the decor falling apart little by little but in this case, considering that the decor is showing a city in ruins, i suppose that it adds to the theming!

See you very soon for the part three of this update as DLP hotels are also in refurbishment and, boy, how they needed it!

In the meantime, don't miss the summer special offer on the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book - for both ENGLISH or FRENCH editions!  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 payments are accepted, so make sure you to place your order now! 

You can use the Paypal buttons below for the english edition, or for the french edition. If you don't have a Paypal account you can also pay directly with your credit card with these buttons without opening a Paypal account. If it don't works please send me an email at:

Paypal button for ENGLISH Edition : 

Paypal bouton pour Edition FRANCAISE :

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

Great 1950's Style Guardians of the Galaxy Poster

I love this 1950's style Guardians of the Galaxy poster, and for two reasons: first i think that Stefan Lawrence who did it did a great job in this "1950's" design. And, two, because it reminds me the time when movies posters were GREAT and promising an amazing adventure and not like they are now, a formula that anyone steal to another for a generally pretty mediocre or all-similar-result at the end.

Picture: copyright Stefan Lawrence

Will Christopher Nolan Interstellar Beat Stanley Kubrick 2001, A Space Odyssey ?

We've got a new trailer for one of the most awaited movie of the year, and i'm talking about "Interstellar" from Christopher Nolan to be released November 7. Matthew McConaughey is starring in it with Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon, and John Lithgow. It's suppose dot be the most ambitious "space" movie since 2001: A Space Odyssey but it's not the first time a film try to beat Kubrick's 2001 and so far A Space Odyssey is still at the top, so we'll see if they succeed.

If the trailer below don't work go on the film website HERE and enter as password: 7201969 - the date of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

If you've missed the previous trailer, showing different footage, here it is.

Picture and video: copyright Warner Bros

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beautiful Picture of WDW Magic Kingdom Swan Boat And Cinderella Castle

Disney Parks has posted this beautiful shot showing the top of the famous and longtime extinct WDW Magic Kingdom Swan Boats, with Cinderella castle in the background. The picture was shot shortly after WDW MK opening, and the Swan Boats ride didn't lasted a long time, unfortunately.

Picture: copyright Disney
Editor's Note: Howdy, Folks! Sorry for no posting yesterday but a huge tree fell down last night due to a powerful storm and all electricity was cut in all the area. Guys of the electric company worked all night to remove the tree and connect again all the cables and now electricity is back but internet is still cut. I should be able to post later today, if not it'll be tomorrow. Thanks for your understanding!

Monday, July 28, 2014


The first trailer for The Hobitt The Battle of the Five Armies has been released and i remind you that this will be the very last movie of the Middle Earth saga!The Battle of the Five Armies will be released December 17!

Picture and video: copyright Warner

Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectible Items !

You've seen last Saturday some of the HaUnted Mansion 45th Anniversary items that will be available soon at DL and WDW but there is more to come, and these are the "collectible" items, original or limited edition pieces of art, sculptures, figurines and more that will materialize Aug. 16 at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland.

Let's start by the sculptures and figurines that will be available with these of Haunted Mansion Busts set and Caretake ( $95 each ).

Also available soon the Hitchhiking Ghosts with Gargoyles and the Organ Player with Organ ( $85 each ).

Some framed stained-glass items will also be released like these with Mrs Leota or the Duelists.

There'll be also this great Madame Leota wooden sign.

Let's have a look now at the artworks from different artists, which for the most - and including teh one at teh top of this article - will be on sale in Deluxe prints at $39.95.

And for those of you who love Mickey and the gang these two next ones will also be available in deluxe prints at $39.95.

Now, these are only a selection of what will be released, you can see many more collectible items with all the different prices on the Disney parks merchandise special page HERE. I also remind you that if you can't come to Disneyland most of these items should be available through Disneyland mail order service.

Pictures: copyright Disney