Saturday, January 23, 2016

More Star Wars Land Details

A short post with some news about Star Wars land! Making Star Wars, who generally have good sources for SW movies infos - but here we're talking about Imagineering so it might be different - released some rumored information on what the land will include. Here is the information they've posted, some that we knew already, others that we didn't:

- Poe Dameron’s black X-wing fighter will greet guests at the 3rd entrance to Star Wars Land, although an Episode VIII feature to the fighter might make it different from what we know about it from The Force Awakens.

- Characters and creatures from Star Wars: Episode VIII will be featured in the park.

- The Millenium Falcon will be real, life sized, not scaled down at all, and sitting on top of a launch pad.

- The Falcon will be opening and closing its main door and aliens/ troopers will be walking around asking people if they’ve seen anyone leave the ship.

- There will be two major attractions, one larger than “Toon Town” itself.

- Don’t worry about not being able to go inside the Falcon. One of the major attractions will take care of that for you as you fly in the cockpit of the freighter itself.

- The word is the Imagineers loved the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story script, but if that will come into play is still hazy. Initial word was the second major attraction would feature Rogue One content, but now that appears to be somewhat unlikely.

Take all these infos with the usual pinch of salt until more official confirmation!

Always about Star Wars land, i just found this posted by someone named joshcombs on Instagram, saying that it’s a recent WDI invention / patent showing an effect that could be used in a star Wars land attraction, we'll see if it will be the case:

"POSSIBLE STAR WARS LAND SPOILER! Walt Disney Imagineeirng just this year developed a revolutionary device based on a centuries old illusion. This new mirrored fan/propeller system allows for a clear Pepper Ghost effect without dividing a room and hiding frames of a huge pane of glass. For example, the pane of glass which creates the ghost illusion in the ballroom scene of DL haunted Mansion is so large (30 x 90 feet) that if it broke or cracked, they would have to remove the ceiling of the entire ride building and use huge cranes to hoist it out. This new system incorporates a 2D or 3D display screen which reflects off the mirrored fan blades, creating an effect which appears to be a hologram within a specified physical space. The bottom right image shows the traditional, most widely used Pepper's Ghost technique but with a screen instead of a physical object. The text on the left might contain some clues for a new "Star Wars Land » attraction.»

Pictures: copyright Disney - Lucasfilm, Disney Enterprises

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Closer Look at Shanghaî Disneyland Guide Map

On the new version of the Shanghaî Disneyland site you'll find a brand new map of the park and resort. Actually, this new map is most probably the same than the "guide map" that SDL guests will be able to pick up when they'll visit the park starting June 16! And this map reveal here and there details we didn't knew about the park, so let's have a closer look at it. Just make sure to click on each screen captures to see them in big size.

First picture below shows the park entrance on the right and Disney Town on the left.  The Steamboat Willie fountain is located before the entrance on the lower right of the pic. The important point here is on the upper left as you'll see there is a path going from the park to the upper part of Disney Town, meaning that SDL guests will most probably be able to exit the park using this path to enter directly inside Disney Town.

A closer look at the World of Disney Store shows it will have a Mickey in an airplane - probably turning endlessly - on the top.

And nearby the Lakeshore restaurants close to Wishing Star lake have a "Lakeshore" marquee on the top.

Okay, let's go in the park now and the picture below shows Mickey Avenue, with the Carthay Theater at the top left of this little Avenue. By the way, note that each time you'll see a little black hat with stars going out of it it means that it'll be an "entertainment location" whether it'll be musicians, street performers, characters meeting point, or shows.

Next is the map of the Gardens of Imagination. Note the arch at the entrance, when you drive from Mickey Avenue. The fantasia Carousel is the one on the right and the Dumbo ride is on the left.

The picture below shows the whole Fantasyland and Enchanted Storybook castle.

But there is more to see in Fantasyland, so let's have a closer look. First a close-up on SDL castle.

The map of Voyage to the Crystal grotto ride reveal in which order guests will discover each scenes of the boat ride.

Even more interesting, the part of the map showing the Alice in Wonderland Maze, inspired by Tim Burton movie. You'll see where will be located the giant head of the Red Queen, close to the castle, as well as the Mad Hatter Tea Party table, at the other end of the maze. Note the multiple entrances of the maze.

The picture below shows the Fantasyland buildings on the left of the castle with Peter pan's Flight at the very left. The building on the other side, at the top, is the load : unload building for Voyage to the Crystal grotto.

Next picture shows the Seven Dwarfs mine Train. No big surprise here, but note the Winnie the Pooh rides on the left.

Below, the part of the map showing the two Winnie the Pooh rides - the regular dark ride, DL version, not the one of TDL - and the "tea cups" ride with Hunny pots, as well as the Tangled tower and tavern restaurant.

A close up on the Winnie area shows that the entrance should look like the one at Disneyland.

The other building nearby will be where will take place the Frozen Sing-a-long Celebration.

Let's move now to Treasure Cove and its pirates theming! The screen capture below shows of course the POTC fortress..

...and the little pirate village on the right with the entrance to the Barbossa's restaurant.

The next picture shows Treasure Cove lagoon that guests will be able to explore with the canoes...

But if we look even closer we can discover the location of "Skull Island", made with multiple skull rocks...

Let's move to Adventure Isle and its huge Roaring Rapids mountain! If you look at the upper right behind the mountain you'll see a stone arch, the entrance to Soaring Over the Horizon attraction!

A zoom on Roaring Rapids mountain fro a closer look to Camp Discovery and the twist and turns of the Roaring Rapids raft ride.

We still have one more land to look at, and it's Tomorrowland! The Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue rid as well was the Stitch Encounter are located in the "super block" building on the bottom.  Also note this little restaurant on the top left...'s called "Celebration Cafe" and you can see painted on the wall Mickey and the gang as well as others Disney characters.

Well, that's it for the exploration of this new SDL map which, as i've said, will surely be the guide map of the park, starting June 16! See you soon for more Shanghaî Disneyland updates and in the meantime, as Disney and more needs your support, if you liked the article any donation is welcome, feel free to use the Paypal button below.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Shendi

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Awesome Shanghaî Disneyland Aerial Pictures Shows that SDL Park and Resort Should be Ready for June 16 Grand Opening

As promised yesterday i've got a great Shanghaî Disneyland article for you to start the week, and it's brand new awesome aerial pictures of the park and resort, shot as usual early morning by Chinese with a drone, which by the way is the reason why the sky is never blue on these drone pictures. But what they reveal is good news as the construction of the park and resort is more advanced than we thought. Note: if some images don't appear with your browser, right click on them to open the picture link in Photobucket.

Some of you, because of the lack of vegetation and the big mess still visible on the construction site started to doubt they could be ready for the June 16 grand opening. Well, doubt no more as what they still have to do - apart the indoor rides tests that of course we can't see on these pictures - will be done for sure in the next five months. As for the vegetation there are plenty of trees already in place all along the resort roads and Wishing Star lake, as well as grass and bushes in Shanghaî Disneyland Hotel garden, and in the park plenty of trees are already there. But five months to plant more trees and flowers is more than they need so, personally, i'm pretty confident that they will be ready on June 16. Probably there will be some rides technical issues, as usual, but that's inevitable and the only thing we can do is to cross our fingers they'll be able to resolve them for opening day. Oh, and one more thing: let's also cross our fingers that the sun will rise on June 16 on clear blue sky!

Let's now have a look at the pictures, shall we? And the two first pictures above and below show of course SDL Enchanted Storybook Castle. Note on its right the Alice in Wonderland Maze and, behind, the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto ride, for both vegetation is already there. We can see trees, too, on the hills of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride as well as in the back of Fantasyland near the limit with the backstage area, precisely to hide the backstage buildings. Sure, it don't seem there is a lot of vegetation yet in the Gardens of Imagination, but, again, it will come soon and they don't need years to put it.

The drone then fly over Tomorrowland providing a great view of this land almost completed. Not too much vegetation here too, but trees are in place behind the Jet Packs ride near the backstage road, and i think there will be mainly grass at the land entrance, so no big problem too to be on time.

A closer view over the TRON Lightcycles Power Run dome, showing a structure still in construction between  the dome and the show building. Yes, it's still a big mess down there and pathways pavement still has to be done, but it should be fine in five months.

The next drone picture shows Disney Town in the center, the park entrance on the right, the World of Disney store in the foreground - it's the one with the big green dome - and the buses and taxis parking lot on the left. Here, the pavement is finished, trees are mostly in place and it's probably the part which is the closer to be totally completed.

Another shot over Disney Town with the park entrance on the right. See the trees at the entrance before the turnstiles?

Next shot shows the buses and taxis parking lot. I know that's not the part which interest you the most but you're wrong. If you come to Shanghaî when you'll arrive at Shanghaî Pudong Airport, located just a few kilometers from the park, chances are that you'll take a cab, so it's always good to know where the taxi driver will leave you when you'll arrive to SDL.

The two next shots bring also good news as they show the five stars Shanghaî Disneyland Hotel and we can see the progress of the vegetation on the side of the lake. I wouldn't say it's 100% ready but they surely don't need more than five months to finish what remains to be done.

This next aerial shot shows Wishing Star lake, Spice Alley restaurants in the middle and Disney Town in the background, on the right. Also note in the background the trees already in place on both sides of the main road as well as grass near Spice Alley.

The two next aerial pictures coming from a different Chinese article, this first one below showing Tomorrowland, the Toy Story Hotel behind and the buses and taxis parking lot on the left.

And this next shot shows the Toy Story Hotel with its own parking lot on the left and backstage construction houses above. Not sure these will be removed before opening day...

We're not done yet as here is a third series of drone pictures, screen captures enhanced by me of a new drone video shot January 11, so less than one week ago, and that you can see on Youku HERE - if you succeed to open the page as it hasn't been easy for me to watch it. As usual, definitely enlarge each pictures.

The video starts over the Shanghaî Disneyland hotel and provide fantastic wide angle views on the hotel, the lake, and then Disney Town and the park in the background. On the way, note all the trees already in place on the roads and around the lake.

A turn of the drone camera on the right reveal the SDL train station near the lake.

Let's move toward the park entrance, shall we?

Below and above, Disney Town, the parking lot for buses and taxis and Tomorrowland on the right in the background.

We'll end with this great shot showing Adventure Isle and Treasure Cove in the background, the drone didn't went further over he park , probably because it started to be out of range.

I've got more Shanghaî Disneyland awesomeness for you coming later this week, so stay tuned on Disney and more!