Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Star Wars Land Rendering

A new Star Wars Land rendering was shown during the Summer Awakens Media Event, and it's the great Greg Pro who did it for WDI. As you can see the pillars of stone partly covered with vegetation don't look the same at all as in the first rendering - see below. May be the "Big Thunder Mountain" new look is to avoid a visual intrusion that wouldn’t fit with Disneyland Frontierland nearby if they realized there was no way they could hide these pillars of stone "from another planet".

Note however that there is less difference with this other visual of the land shown during the Star Wars Land segment in the ABC Special recently.

A closer look at the artwork shows that all the previous announced elements like the Millenium Falcon ( center ), the platform with Storm Troopers ( right ) and the market are still there.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Friday, April 22, 2016

Shanghaî Disneyland Week-End Update !

Here we go for the awaited D&M Shanghaî Disneyland week-end update! And this week-end i have new pictures of the Shanghaî Disneyland Hotel, Toy Story Hotel as well as Shanghai Village with a new drone video!

We'll start with these new pics of the Shanghaî Disneyland Hotel art-nouveau lobby, posted on Instagram by riki_luk and others people.

The view from the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Hopefully the sky will be more blue when you'll stay there.

Let's watch to the new drone video providing new aerial views of the Toy Story Hotel and the art-deco Shanghaî Village, the retail area located at the other end of Wishing Star lake.

Here are screen shots from it.

See you soon for a new Shanghaî Disneyland update!

Michael Eisner Celebration of DLP Imagineers Work, April 1992

Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 24th birthday this month and thanks to Thorsten, a faithful D&M reader, who is collecting Disney memorabilia, i have a great document for you today. Thorsten acquired some years ago this incredibly rare document which is a limited edition cel released for DLP opening in 1992... but this one is signed by Michael Eisner! And not only it is signed by Eisner but there is a long dedication for Mickey Steinberg who was Disneyland Paris Project Director at Walt Disney Imagineering!

This is for sure a unique piece of DLP memorabilia and because Michael Eisner text is written all around the picture, so not easy to read, here below is the transcript of what Michael has written for Mickey Steinberg as well as pictures of each sides with the text. As you will see Eisner is in heaven and love the park, and i'm sure that DLP Imagineers who built the park will be happy to learn how much Eisner loved the final result. All my thanks to Thorsten for this great document!

Here is the transcript of Michael Eisner text below, if someone think we did a mistake, thanks to let me know!

Mickey –

What an unbelievable team you lead in designing, building and opening EuroDisney !! I really feel that only you guys could pull something like this off !!

Congratulation for keeping American entrepreneurship alive-

I also appreciate all the travel you had to do over the past couple of years – boy was it worth it !

And it opened in time – And it is beautiful – And being perfect is good because people came – 60.707 people came on Easter Sunday – WOW !!

And of course –

Thanks –

Michael Eisner April 20, 1992

Many thanks to Thorsten for this great piece of memorabilia!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince Dies At 57

No real connection between Prince and Disney but he was such a great musician and singer that it's sad to announce that Prince died at 57.

From CNN: The artist known as Prince, who pioneered "the Minneapolis sound" and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom, died Thursday at age 57.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," said his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure.
Earlier Thursday, police said they were investigating a death Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
There is a massive outpouring of grief on social media. Some are saying the icon's death is what it sounds like when doves cry, a reference to his monster hit.

In early April, Prince said he wasn't feeling well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and canceled at least one concert in the city. Some days later, he took the stage in Atlanta to perform. After that concert, the singer's plane made an emergency landing, Noel-Schure told CNN. At the time she said, "He is fine and at home."
Prince has won seven Grammy Awards, and has earned 30 nominations. Five of his singles have topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10. He won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film "Purple Rain."

The singer's predilection for lavishly kinky story-songs earned him the nickname, His Royal Badness. He is also known as the "Purple One" because of his colorful fashions. His sound was as unique and transfixing as he. He created what became known as Minneapolis sound which was a funky blend of pop, synth and new wave.

One of the most memorable moment happened when he sang at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007 through a storm of rain and wind. Pretty incredible moment and video in tribute to a truly amazing and genius artist that you can watch on Youtube HERE.

Disneyland Paris Update!


Hello everyone. After several posts related to Shanghaî Disneyland we'll take a pause today with a new Disneyland Paris update thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. We'll have a look at the renovations around the park, but first i also remind you that until April 30 the claimed Disneyland Paris book has its best promo of the year to celebrate DLP 24th Anniversary, so make sure to check it at the end of the article.

Under Main Street USA Station, the slippery tiled floor have been replaced by some colored tiles.
The wooden bridge leading to the entrance of La Tanière du Dragon is currently in refurbishment.
Parts of the entrance of Adventureland have been repainted.
The works continues in Adventure Isle.
The roof of the walkway along the land, is undergoing a renovation.
Here is a map of the the covered walkway of Adventureland.
passage couvert
Cleaning of Big Thunder Mountain continues and Phantom Manor has reopened last weekend after the a technician unfortunately died during a maintenance operation.
In the show « The forest of the enchantment », the scenes of Pocahontas, the Jungle Book and Rapunzel are now sung in french. The show is playing until May 8 at the Chaparral Theater.
At Star tours, after the withdrawal of the queue line and the spaceport decors, it’s now the turn of the shop.
Here comes Minnie’s Little Spring Train!
And at Walt Disney Studios Park, the work in progress in the waiting area of Rock’n’Roller Coaster continues until June 17.
For Earth month 2016, Disney Dreams! include a  Preshow « Life on Earth » from Disney Nature.
Mickey and Minnie are ready to change faces. The arrival of the new faces will happen with the opening of Shanghai Disneyland on June 16! Others Disney parks around the world should then follow, including Disneyland Paris. Below, the new Mickey and Minnie with their SDL costumes during the official presentation.
And that's it for today's DLP update. Max will be back soon with new pictures of the parks but in the meantime here is the not-to-be-missed promo for the Disneyland Paris book!

Disneyland Paris celebrates its 24th Anniversary on April 12 and to celebrate it from April 10 to April 30 the "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" book in its english regular and updated edition OR in its french collector edition has an awesome special offer at the special price of 60 € (+ 15 € shipping worldwide) for the english updated edition or the french collector edition, and the 15 first orders whether for a french or english edition will get a SIGNED copy for the same price! The signed copies are sold normally 90€ plus 15€ shipping, so this 60€ offer for a brand new sign copy is really the best deal ever for this fantastic book, and a great way to celebrate DLP 24th Anniversary!

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in ITALY or BELGIUM : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 25 €.

In addition, ALL buyers will receive a surprise gift that everyone will love! 

Do not miss this DLP Anniversary special offer, and to place your order please send an email to:  
Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!

You can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. 

Paypal payment must be sent to the same email address: or you can also use the Paypal button below or on the right column, make sure to choose how many copies you want. 
The Paypal button works for both french or english edition but confirm me by email or in your Paypal payment which edition you want ( english or french ).
Also note that the Paypal button includes an additional discount for those who want to order 2 or 3 copies instead of one. 

If you do NOT have a Paypal account you can pay by credit card, or bank transfer, just send me an email about it at:

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book AND you can see more pictures on the book website HERE.

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book

Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!

Videos: copyright DLPWelcome, Alain Littaye 2012