Friday, February 16, 2018

Official : Toy Story Land Will Open at WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios on June 30 !

It’s official! Disney has confirmed that Toy Story Land, the highly-anticipated toy-filled land inspired by the beloved “Toy Story” films, will open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 30, 2018.

When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. Below, a time-lapse video above of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Final Trailer For Steven Spielberg Awaited "Ready Player One" Movie to be Released March 29 !

If there is a film that i'm really awaiting it's Steven Spielberg’s latest film “Ready Player One”. The final trailer has been released and will bring back to life some beloved characters from our favorite movies, like the Iron Giant and many others:

"The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger."

Sci-Fi films by Spielberg are always interesting - think about Minority Report, for instance- so i can't wait to see Ready Player One which will be released on March 29 by Warner Bros.

Picture and video: copyright Warner Bros

More Details About the “Reimagination” of Disneyland Paris Hotel New York in a New Marvel-themed Hotel

Just a few days ago, Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced the “reimagination” of the Disney’s Hotel New York into a new Marvel-themed Hotel. Today, Disneyland Paris share new details about the rooms in a conversation with Sylvie Massara (Artistic Director at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Paris) in english and french version below.

Can you explain the concept of the future Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel to us?

When it re-opens, the Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will evoke the contemporary sophistication of the city that was the birthplace of the Marvel Super Heroes, and the scriptwriters and artists who created them. So the renovation of Disney’s Hotel New York is based on an environment inspired by the luxurious and contemporary buildings of Manhattan! The refined and cosmopolitan interior decor will evoke the neighbourhoods of the Avengers and will display “The Art of Marvel” in public spaces. “Comic art” posters, sketches, videos, storyboards, sculptures and costumes are the many examples of the Art of Marvel that will be included in the hotel’s overall decor, just like a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea.

What inspired you in your new designs for the bedrooms?

The hotel has 476 standard rooms, 65 executive, 15 themed suites, 8 “standard” suites and 2 presidential suites. The interior decor of the bedrooms will be inspired by the urban contemporary and sophisticated style of Tony Stark, with a range of colours and finishes evoking Iron Man! The themed suites will be inspired by the world of Spider-Man and the Avengers, whilst the “standard” and presidential suites will have a more neutral decor in order to welcome our Convention clientele. As in the rooms, limited editions of the Art of Marvel will decorate the hotel’s walls, as if they were exhibited in an art gallery.

Apart from the design, are there any details that you would like to share with us relating to improving the comfort of the rooms and suites?

Apart from evoking the Marvel Super Heroes, the rooms and suites will provide larger flat-screens hidden behind a mirror, all the necessary European connections and sockets, along with a brighter bathroom with a bath or shower


Il y a quelques jours, Bob Chapek, président de Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a annoncé la «transformation» du Disney's Hotel New York en un nouvel hôtel inspiré de l’univers de Marvel. Aujourd'hui, nous sommes ravis de partager de nouveaux détails sur les chambres dans une conversation avec Sylvie Massara, directrice artistique de Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Paris.

Peux-tu nous expliquer le concept du futur Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel ?

A sa réouverture, le Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel évoquera la sophistication contemporaine de la ville berceau des super-héros Marvel et des scénaristes et dessinateurs qui les ont créés. La réhabilitation du Disney’s Hotel New York reposera ainsi sur un environnement inspiré des buildings luxueux et contemporains de Manhattan ! La décoration intérieure épurée et cosmopolitaine évoquera les quartiers des Avengers et mettra en valeur « The Art of Marvel » dans les lieux publics. Posters «comic art», croquis, vidéos, story-boards, sculptures et costumes sont autant d’exemples d’Art of Marvel qui seront ensuite intégrés dans la décoration globale de l’hôtel, à l’image d’une galerie d’art contemporaine de Chelsea.

Quelles ont été vos inspirations pour imaginer le nouveau design des chambres ?

L’hôtel est composé de 476 chambres, 65 exécutives, 15 suites thématisées, 8 suites «standards» et deux présidentielles. La décoration intérieure des chambres sera inspirée du style contemporain urbain et sophistiqué de Tony Stark avec une palette de couleurs et de finitions évoquant Iron Man ! Les suites thématisées seront inspirées de l’univers de Spider-Man et des Avengers, tandis que les suites «standards» et présidentielles possèderont une décoration plus neutre afin de recevoir notre clientèle Convention. Comme pour les chambres, des éditions limitées d’Art of Marvel orneront les murs de l’hôtel comme si elles étaient exposées dans une galerie d’art.

Au-delà du design, y-a-t-il des détails que tu souhaiterais partager avec nous quant à l’amélioration du confort des chambres et des suites ?

Outre l’évocation des Super-Héros Marvel, les chambres et suites offriront notamment des écrans plats plus grands dissimulés derrière un miroir, toutes les connexions et prises européennes nécessaires ainsi qu’une salle de bain plus lumineuse avec baignoire ou douche.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pixar's Incredibles 2 Trailer is Here At Last !

The highly awaited first trailer for Pixar's The Incredibles 2 is here at last!

Picture and video: copyright Disney - Pixar

D&M Exclusive: Never Seen Before Jungle Cruise Boat Concept by Tim Delaney

As we know a Jungle Cruise movie will enter in production anytime soon - with Dwayne Johnson in the main role - and it's fair to say that we can probably expect a movie with more action than on Disneyland's beloved ride. The rendering below was done in 2009 by the great Tim Delaney who worked on concepts for the movie at a time the Studios were already thinking to do a Jungle Cruise movie, and Tim was excited by the potential. I don't know if the boat in the upcoming movie will be themed this way, so we'll see.

If you remember it well, Dwayne Johnson also announced that Disney would do a new version of the  Jungle Cruise ride after the movie would be released, something that have been denied a few days later by Disney, so the classic versions of the ride shouldn't change. However, seeing this great artwork, i was thinking that, if WDI Imagineers would like to bring changes to the ride, or create in the future a new version of the Jungle Cruise ride inspired by the movie, the boat theming as designed by Tim would be great to use. Just saying'...

Artwork: copyright Disney

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Breaking News : Major Announcements at D23 Expo Japan: Iron Man Ride Coming at DLP Walt Disney Studios, Mickey &Minnie’s Runaway Railway to Open at DHS in 2019, More About Epcot Guardians of Galaxy Coaster, Pixar Pier, Star Wars Resort, DLP Marvel Hotel, HKDL Ant-Man Ride...

Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek did some major announcements at D23 Expo Japan this morning, and the one that will be the most exciting for Disneyland Paris fans is about the transformation of the Rock and Roller Coaster in an Iron Man ride!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at DLP Walt Disney Studios Park to be transformed in an Iron Man ride! It was just announced at D23 Expo Japan that the Marvel Super Hero universe will also come to Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, where Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will be totally reimagined as a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure, in which guests will team up with Iron Man and their favorite Avengers.

NOT announced by Bob Chapek at D23 Japan, but D&M insider infos are saying that the re-theming at WDS Rock and Roller Coaster for the new Iron Man ride will start this fall with an opening eventually for DLP WDS 2019 Summer of Marvel Super Heroes! ( this has to be confirmed officially )

Don't go away as there is more news for every Disney park! Bob Chapek also announced that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open next year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

"Bob Chapek showed how Imagineers are pulling out all of the stops to make Mickey’s first attraction an unbelievable experience for everyone. Mickey &Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we’re calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required.

On the attraction, the fun will begin when you'll see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. And for the first time, we shared a preview of what the cars will look like when you board the attraction for a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.

The teams helping create the attraction are currently working with partners at Disney Television Animation—the people who create the popular and award-winning Mickey Shorts – to keep the characters and story authentic and to make sure you’re able to step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before."

At Epcot, the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Attraction will be one of the World’s longest enclosed coasters! At D23 Expo Japan, Bob Chapek shared a first look at Epcot’s highly-anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed attraction – and yes, it’s a roller coaster!

"With the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster, we’re going big. This one-of-a-kind family attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it’s added to Future World at Epcot. It’ll feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to “wow” guests.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster is part of our ongoing work to transform Epcot into a place that’s more family, more relevant, more timeless and more Disney. “As we build upon its core mission of optimism and hope to inspire the world, the real will become fantastic and the fantastic will become real—in whole new ways at Epcot,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, said.

The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021."

At Disneyland Resort Pixar Pier will open June 23 at Disney California Adventure park.
"This reimagined land will feature four whimsical neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise. Guests will enter Pixar Pier through a new marquee, pictured above, which will be topped by the iconic Pixar lamp later in the year.

Beginning April 13, the first-ever Pixar Fest will be a celebration of friendship and beyond throughout the Disneyland Resort. Pixar Fest will feature the debut of the all-new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” the return of “Paint the Night” parade and Pixar Play Parade as well as even more beloved Pixar characters, new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items.

Opening during Pixar Fest, the newly reimagined Pixar Pier will bring new, whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and even more of your pals from “Toy Story.” The centerpiece of Pixar Pier will be the new Incredicoaster, a super combination of character figures, lighting and special effects that will bring the Parr family racing alongside you in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack." More announcements about Pixar experiences around the world are on the Disney Parks blog in the article HERE.

There is more, and it's about the highly awaited Star Wars-Inspired Resort planned for Walt Disney World which promises to be "Unlike Anything That Exists Today!"

This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.

At the resort, guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space. The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience!

Starting this summer, Disneyland Paris will celebrate Marvel Summer of Super Heroes, an event that will welcome Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow to Disneyland Paris for the first time. Starting June 10th, guests’ favorite heroes will be featured 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 one of its resort hotels into Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will showcase the dynamic, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others, and will open within 2020. The resort will showcase the inspiring worlds of Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man, among others in the style of a contemporary art gallery. Today Disney shared a sneak peek inside one of the Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel resort rooms. The photo above shows how guests will truly be surrounded by the Marvel universe.

At Hong Kong Disneyland since its January 2017 opening, Iron Man Experience has become the most popular attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland, and an entire Marvel-themed area is underway at the resort. But that’s not all that’s planned for Marvel fans: Bob Chapek shared details about a second Marvel attraction that is set for Hong Kong Disneyland, where you’ll be able to team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp to fight Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots. And here are three new renderings shared by D23!

This article will be updated if there is more announcements.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Disneyland Paris Covered by Snow Update - Part Two

Part Two of the Disneyland Paris update with the park still covered by snow! The snow falls were so important this week that it was the biggest ones that happened in the park since its opening day in 1992!

DLP team and cast members did their best to keep everything open for guests all week long and yesterday, when Max D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster shot these pictures the snow was already melting as the sun and blue sky were back. In a few days this snowy episode should be just  good memories.

It was going also a bit better in the resorts and hotels around the lake...

Max will be back soon with a new DLP update, in the meantime if you've not read it yet don't miss the part one of this Disneyland Paris under the snow right HERE with more than 100 pictures and videos!

Also, if you don't own it yet, order your copy of the acclaimed Disneyland Paris book while it is still available in its English edition. The French edition is now out of stock but if you're French, and wish to purchase the book in its english edition a PDF file of the full French text of the French edition will be sent to you.

Lecteurs Français: Etant donné que l'édition française est épuisée, un fichier du texte complet original en Français sera envoyé aux acheteurs Français ne comprenant pas l'anglais.
Egalement, Il me reste trois exemplaires de l'édition collector française, état neufs, 250€ pièce, si intéressé me contacter à l'adresse email ci-dessous.

Also, each order will receive two surprise gifts - actually there is more than two - and these are GREAT gifts that each DLP fan love!

Here is all you need to know to order a copy of the "Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality" book for those who have never seen the book. First, it's a gorgeous 320 pages coffee table book with 750 pictures of the park including 250 WDI artworks, all DLP attraction posters, and dozens more of sumptuous artworks! The text by Disney historian Didier Ghez tell the story of the creation of the park from dozens of interviews of WDI Imagineers who built the park. It's also probably the best gift you can find for a Disney Parks fan - and it is true! Have a look below to the mosaic pictures showing a selection of pages of the book.

To place your order for the DLP book, please send me an email at: with your shipping address. The price during the  special offer is 75€ ( instead of 100€ ) and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( except Belgium and Italy for which it is 29€ ).

You can pay with Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. For Paypal payments please send directly the full amount  including shipping ( 97€ worldwide, except for Belgium and Italy for which it is 104€ ) at:  If you wish to pay by credit card and bank transfer, let me know in your email and i'll tell you how to do.

If you've never seen the book before, don't miss the video below showing the full 320 pages of the book!

Pictures: copyright DLP Welcome