Friday, October 27, 2017

Marvel Super Heroes Come to Disneyland Paris in summer 2018 - Edited With Teaser Video!

Big news from DLP as today at Comic Con in London, Vice President Franchise Creative and Marketing for Marvel Studios, Dave Bushore and Creative Director of Disneyland Paris, Mark Huffman announced that the Marvel Super Heroes are coming to Disneyland Paris in summer 2018.

Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow will appear for the first time exclusively at Disneyland Paris in summer 2018 in a special Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season. The Marvel Super Heroes will feature in the Walt Disney Studios Park for exciting meet & greets and breathtaking, epic shows.

But that’s not all for Marvel fans at Disneyland Paris. Disneyland Paris is also re-imagining from October 2018 one of its Resort Hotels into a universe that would make Tony Stark proud. Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others, and will open within 2020.

Don’t miss Marvel Summer of Super Heroes and join some of your favorite characters at Walt Disney Studios Park. It will be THE big event of 2018 and will close out what has already been an unbelievable celebration of Disneyland Paris’ 25th Anniversary.

Stay tuned for more updates on Marvel Summer of Super Heroes and in the meantime watch the teaser video below.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Disneyland Resort Announces New 700 Room Hotel, Opening in 2021

Disneyland Resort announced that they will open a new Four Diamond hotel in 202. This hotel will dramatically transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and create a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort and i'd like to be sure that this new hotel is a good idea, but so far i'm not. Once the new hotel will be open there will be four big hotels at a few meters one from another and each to them will be stucked to the other. May be once built it won't be the case, but on the rendering that's how it looks like, and generally the renderings look always better than reality...

More from the official press release: The stunning 700-room hotel will feature a sophisticated design and be a game-changer for Anaheim, creating a dynamic dining, entertainment and hotel experience for resort visitors and local residents. Extensive landscaping and water elements will create a resort oasis, showcasing nature on every level of the hotel. The hotel’s location embraces the iconic Disneyland Monorail with a dedicated platform inside the hotel for direct transport into Disneyland park.

Guest rooms, public spaces and gardens will provide views of the Downtown Disney District. In addition, an upper-level restaurant and lounge will give guests a view of the popular Disneyland park fireworks.

The ground level of the hotel will include shops and restaurants opening onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with playful water features, creating a gathering place for guests and visitors. The new hotel also connects all four Hotels of the Disneyland Resort through lush gardens and beautifully landscaped walkways, transforming the gateway on the west side and creating a welcoming entry for Disneyland Resort guests.

Earl of Sandwich, AMC Theaters, Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone and all Downtown Disney tenants past the LEGO Store heading towards the Disneyland Hotel will close to accommodate the new resort hotel. Some may relocate to a new shop space in the hotel once completed.

This new hotel creates great benefits for the community, generating approximately $25 million in new taxes in its first five years of operation that go directly to Anaheim’s general fund. It also will create thousands of additional construction and permanent jobs and attract new hotel guests to the resort area.

Construction will start in summer 2018, with a grand opening scheduled for 2021.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Thursday, October 26, 2017

D&M Special: Thailand King Rama 9 Funeral

Disney and more and the D&M Facebook page is special this week with a mix of the Disney and theme park news you like with a tribute to Thailand King Rama 9 who was "the Greatest King in the World" for his funeral happening today in Bangkok. If you scroll down you'll find the Disney posts you're looking for but i'll be you, i'll have a look to the funeral procession videos below as it was incredible. I've post plenty of screen captures of it HERE for the day time ceremony and HERE for the nighttime. And pictures of the Royal Crematorium can be seen HERE.

And if you have a look a bit closer with an open mind to the pictures and videos you'll see that there are not without a link to what a Disney parks fan like. Instead of a castle there is a gorgeous funeral structure, there is ( real ) princes and princesses who came to attend the event, a real parade, and you won't see a parade like this anytime soon - yes it was a funeral parade and not a happy one, but it was a gorgeous one. And there is even some part of the funeral more "Fantasyland" with dancers coming out right from the Thai mythology. In two words, even if it was a funeral, there is also a whole world of fantasy and if you open your mind enough you'll see it. Which shouldn't be too difficult with such elegance and beauty right in front of your eyes. Fantasy can be everywhere if you learn to see it, and today Thailand Kingdom had a lot of magic.

So, today Millions of Thais came to Bangkok Sanam Luang to pay tribute to their beloved King for his funeral and as there won't be enough room for everyone all around the city some replicas of the crematorium in smaller size have been built in dozens of different places. Day and night pictures of the one near Bangkok Flower Market where is the flower tribute are HERE.

Great pics too of the flower tribute to the King done at Bangkok Flower Market. Thais people going to the King funeral entering by this side go through this 400 meters long flower tribute which ends with an elephant scene surrounded by mountain of flowers. Day and night pictures HERE.

The funeral of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej started yesterday with an indoor ceremony and the full video of it is below. If you missed the "Live" hour the video link is still valid and it will start at the beginning of the ceremony. Due to the length of Buddhist rites difficult to understand for non-Thais people, this first video is mostly for our Thais friends.

However, even if you're not Thai, i strongly recommend you to watch the funeral procession which happened this morning at Bangkok Sanam Luang, you won't see something like this anytime soon. Part one and two videos are below. Part two is still "Live" at the time i post this article so if you wish to start at the beginning of it, bring back the video at the start.

Last part which also happened today, this time at nighttime. Gorgeous lighting on the Royal funeral structure and dozens of dignitaries and royals who came to pay tribute to King Rama 9 of Thailand: Prince Andrew for United Kingdom, Prince Akishino for Japan, General James Mattis for the U.S.A, etc... Please note that there has been NO live coverage of the King cremation, contrary to what was expected.

On this Friday 27, lavish parades in memory of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej seems to never end, and there was a new one today currently happening in Bangkok, see screen captures from it HERE.

More videos of the others King funeral events which happened on October 28 and 29.

Below, a short BBC video explaining the making of the royal pyre for the King funeral.

And for those of you wishing to learn a bit more and understand what is currently happening during the incredible funeral of Thailand King Rama 9 in Bangkok, here is an infography explaining the "Cosmology in the Royal Cremation".

And below an interesting infographic in today’s Bangkok Post about the sculptures around the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang.

Pictures: copyright Disney and more, DR

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Disney's Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land "Woody’s Lunch Box" Artwork Unveiled

The Disney Parks Blog share a look at a new area planned for Disney's Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land that haven’t been unveiled until now – Woody’s Lunch Box.

 "When Toy Story Land opens in Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will shrink to the size of a toy and explore all of the fun (and toys!) Andy has constructed in his backyard. This story continues at Woody’s Lunch Box, where Andy has used his lunch box and thermos to create a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats. In the rendering above, you can see that Woody’s Lunch Box – like the rest of Toy Story Land – has been adorably strewn about with some of Andy’s favorite toys and items from his lunch. You can even spot a green army man on a nearby lookout tower, keeping watch for Andy’s return. The Walt Disney World Resort will partner with Mini Babybel to bring this location to life".

Picture: copyright Disney

Disneyland Paris Infography of DLP "Not To Be Missed Events"

To clarify the dates of their new and upcoming products and seasons, Disneyland Paris did the above colorful infography that will be helpful for those of you wishing to visit the parks in the next months. The Hollywood Tower is on the picture as they will do a brand new projection show on its facade during the Christmas season. Download this and keeps it preciously!

Picture: copyright Disneyland Paris