Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rare LIFE Magazine 1957 Pictures of Disneyland House of the Future

Here is a series of rare LIFE Magazine pictures shot by LIFE photographer Ralph Crane in 1957, showing the interior of the House of the Future at Disneyland Anaheim. The experimental house was made with 20 moulded pieces and built on a 16 square foot block of concrete. The house was 1300 square feet and everything was molded plastic.

Sponsored by Monsanto, the House of the Future was made possible by Monsanto, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Walt Disney Imagineering. With this project, Monsanto wanted to demonstrate plastics' versatility as a high-quality, engineered material. The house, featuring four symmetric wings cantilevered off a central core, was fabricated with glass-reinforced plastics.

The attraction offered a tour of a home of the future, featuring household appliances such as microwave ovens, which eventually became commonplace. The house saw over 435,000 visitors within the first six weeks of opening, and ultimately saw over 20 million visitors before being closed.

The house closed in 1967. The building was so sturdy that when demolition crews failed to demolish the house using wrecking balls, torches, chainsaws and jackhammers, the building was ultimately demolished using choker chains to crush it into smaller parts. The plastic structure was so strong that the half-inch steel bolts used to mount it to its foundation broke before the structure itself did. The reinforced concrete foundation was never removed, and remains in its original location, now the Pixie Hollow, where it has been painted green and is used as a planter.

Pictures: copyright LIFE Magazine

Friday, August 10, 2018

WDW Magic Kingdom TRON Lightcycle Power Run Update

The thrilling TRON Lightcycle Power Run coaster-style attraction will be added in Tomorrowland at WDW Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Parks share a first look at a new Tron-themed billboard at Magic Kingdom Park that’s now visible from Storybook Circus.

"TRON Lightcycle Power Run will occupy an entirely new area next to the land’s Space Mountain, and now, as we prepare to welcome Tron into the park, a few modifications will be made to nearby attractions as construction kicks into gear.

First, the Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this time, guests will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the attraction’s track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction our guests know and love in the summer of 2019.

The TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction, which is set to debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, is based on TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland (pictured above). This coaster-style attraction allows riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier. TRON Lightcycle Power Run debuted on Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day and quickly became the highest-rated attraction at the park."

Pictures: copyright Disney

First Pictures and Video Showing the Set of the Awaited Jungle Cuise Movie !

We have the first pictures from a drone video showing the set where the awaited Jungle Cuise movie is now in production! This drone view of the location shows not only different buildings but also plenty of Jungle Cruise boats and in the background the production tents as the drone zoom backward!

In the video below Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson welcome you to the adventure of a lifetime with Dwayne Johnson introducing first the set you saw on the above pictures! Disney’s Jungle Cruise is now in production and will be released in theaters October 2019.

Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rare LIFE Magazine pictures showing Disneyland Pirates of Caribbean in 1967

I've found a rare set of great LIFE Magazine pictures showing Disneyland Pirates of Caribbean in 1967! Enjoy the pics shot by LIFE photographer Ralph Crane!

Pictures: LIFE Magazine

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New Trailer and Poster for Disney's “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I'm back posting on Disney and more earlier than expected as there is two exciting trailers who've been released, the first one is for Disney's “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" and we learn more about the storyline:

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

...and the other trailer is for another awaited movie "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" with Johnny Depp playing Grindelwald, and this time the action is happening in Paris.

Picture: copyright Disney

Videos: copyright Disney, Warner Bros