Saturday, November 3, 2018

Disneyland Resort Mickey's Halloween Party All Shows 4K Videos

The 2018 Halloween season is ending in all Disney theme parks and thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster just coming back from Disneyland Anaheim we'll have a last look at Disneyland Halloween with great low-light 4K videos.

Here we go and the first one will show you the Halloween pre-parade with the Headless Horseman.

Here comes the full Frightfully Fun Parade during Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort.

Cadaver Dans is an animation happening only during Mickey's Halloween Party at night with the famous Dapper Dans singers singing a capella Halloween songs.

Next, is the Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks

Last but not least we couldn't miss the Haunted Mansion Holiday with Jack Skellington and all the gang of Nightmare before Christmas.

Thanks again to Max for these great videos and make sure to follow him and check his others videos on his Youtube account HERE.

All videos: copyright DLP Welcome

Rare LIFE Magazine Pictures Show Walt Disney in 1953 with Miniature Robotic Figures, Ancestors of Modern Audio-Animatronics

I've got for you this week-end a set of rare pictures of Walt Disney - all shot in 1953 by LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt - that you've probably never seen before, with Walt holding what seems to be at first sight model figures for Audio-Animatronics scenes. Were these done back in the 60's for upcoming scenes of Carousel of Progress, or another attraction? They also look like they were some sort of development from the original "Dancing Man" AA figure. As i wanted to know more i asked some good friends of mine and in fact it was not models but miniature robotic figures. Here it is:

"Walt wanted to see how small you could package animatronics into small vignette displays. There was going to be a traveling show on board a train where you saw charming Norman Rockwell style scenes of American life. This was to be a Barber Shop quartet and their movements would have been synchronized to a sound track. Part of the exhibit opened at a home show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium ( its gate was replicated at DCA and WDW Disney's Hollywood Studio ). From that experience Walt learned that small figures were not good for large crowds. This would become a major change in the course of developing Disneyland."

So, here it is: these miniature robotic figures that you can see above and below were not only the ancestors of AAs but it's even thanks to them that Walt took the decision to build large / real size Audio-Animatronics figures as we know them,

Pictures: copyright TIME - LIFE

Friday, November 2, 2018

Shanghai Disney Resort to Host the World’s Biggest Mouse Party in Celebration of Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

Shanghai Disney Resort will Host the World’s Biggest Mouse Party in Celebration of Mickey Mouse’s Birthday, here is the full SDL press release:

Shanghai, November 1, 2018 – To honor the deep connection that families and fans have made with Mickey Mouse since he first burst onto our screens in the hit animated short Steamboat Willie, Shanghai Disney Resort is hosting a big birthday party for the mouse who started it all! Between now and Mickey’s birthday on November 18, Shanghai Disney Resort will be bringing the World’s Biggest Mouse Party to China with special events, fun photo opportunities, delicious birthday treats, commemorative merchandise and more!

Birthday overlays to deck the resort

Mickey is known and loved around the world for his lovable personality and positive outlook on life. Since opening in 2016, Shanghai Disney Resort has welcomed millions of guests to the Meet Mickey area of Shanghai Disneyland’s Gardens of Imagination to say hello and take pictures with the main mouse himself! For Mickey’s birthday, this guest-favorite area has been transformed and now features a celebrative birthday overlay, with Mickey bringing his biggest smile to greet fans from around the world. In addition, a huge birthday hat-shaped backdrop can be found near the iconic “Storytellers” statue from November 11 to 18. In front of the glowing backdrop, guests will be able to take fun pictures and share their birthday wishes with friends and family members.

A three-day crescendo of Mickey magic

In the three days leading up to and including Mickey’s birthday, a specially-designed projection show will be presented on the Enchanted Storybook Castle immediately before the evening’s Ignite the Dream – A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light performance. The celebrations will culminate on the night of November 18 with a special ceremony held in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle featuring Mickey and his friends, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald. Guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to Mickey as he appears onstage in a specially-tailored birthday outfit to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Special offerings add to the birthday atmosphere

During this special time, Shanghai Disney Resort will be rolling out a series of exclusive Mickey-inspired merchandise and food offerings. Whether guests choose to celebrate with a yummy Cranberry Almond Tart, a Mickey Waffle with Vanilla Ice Cream or a Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake, the tastes and textures are sure to delight and get guests in the birthday mood! Shanghai Disney Resort will also be releasing a collection of must-have Mickey Birthday merchandise products and limited edition pins featuring festive illustrations of Mickey Mouse.

A birthday celebration would not be complete without a stay at one of the Disney hotels, and so in addition to exclusive character greetings, recreational activities and world-class hotel dining experiences, hotel guests can now opt for a celebration-themed room decoration package, with a specially-designed bed runner, fun amenities, a door sticker, greeting card, slippers and their favorite Disney Character plush.

Mickey’s magic beyond the resort

Shanghai Disney Resort will be teaming up with Tmall to invite guests to celebrate this special occasion, with Mickey and friends scheduled to make surprise appearances at Tmall’s Double 11 Countdown Gala, a popular show created to kick off the 24-hour shopping spree on the eve of November 10. On November 18, Mickey Mouse will debut onstage with Minnie at the Shanghai International Marathon - one of the most popular athletic events in China. While there, runners will be able to wish Mickey a Happy Birthday before setting off on their runs.

Extending the magic to local communities

With the help of Adream Foundation and China Eastern Airlines, Disney is bringing the magic to local communities by inviting underprivileged children from across China to send their birthday wishes to Mickey. The top nine most creative entries will have the opportunity to celebrate Mickey’s birthday at Shanghai Disney Resort with their families and teachers on November 18. The resort is also opening a Mickey Fun House in Xuzhou Children's Hospital on November 16 with a special appearance from the mouse himself!

The ideal birthday destination

To help make Guests’ birthday celebrations that extra bit more magical, Shanghai Disney Resort has introduced a variety of special moments throughout the park that are only available to those wearing an exclusive Shanghai Disneyland Birthday Button! Available for free starting from November, the new birthday button will unlock special surprises, unique interactions and much more. Be sure to pick up yours during your birthday month from the Shanghai Disneyland Guest Service Center.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pixar Lamp Audio-Animatronic Now Installed at the Entrance of Disney California Adventure Pixar Pier.

Pixar Lamp Luxo Jr Audio-Animatronic is now installed at the entrance of Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure. The lamp AA was not ready when Pixar Pier opened but now it is and it is now standing atop the Pixar Pier marquee. The lamp beckons guests near and far—spotlighting those who pass through Pixar Pier’s entry. Below, a GIF put on line by the Disney Parks Blog.

And below a short video posted by DAPS Magic on Youtube.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Disneyland Tiki Room Audio-Animatronic Bird Rosita Will Entertain Guests at Tropical Hideaway Restaurant

At Disneyland, the Tropical Hideaway will open later this year and this new Adventureland outpost will serve as an exotic marketplace for discovering unique food and beverages.

Thanks to the Disney Parks blog we learn that "In addition to experiencing delicious tastes from all corners of the world, you’ll also encounter colorful wildlife. After years of performing with the bird mobile chorus of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Rosita is spreading her wings and taking flight towards a solo career. You’ll find her on the river’s edge at the loading dock waiting for her boat to arrive.

Rosita is a friendly cockatoo that looks forward to meeting travelers from around the globe who are also visiting The Tropical Hideaway. Pull up a nearby seat and say hello! But beware… she has a repertoire of jokes and one-liners that would make any Jungle Cruise Skipper proud!"

As a matter of fact, when Disneyland released the Tropical Hidaway renderig above, Rosita could already be seen on it,  do yo see her on the detail picture below, under her umbrella?

One more artwork for the road with this rendering showing the 1950's original design for the Tiki Room restaurant that never was.

Can't wait for the opening of the Tropical Hideaway, may be before the end of the year...

Artworks: copyright Disney