Saturday, November 17, 2018

WDW D23’s Destination D Event: Minnie’s Runaway Railway Opening Date Announced, Wonderful World of Animation Projection Show will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 2019, New Nighttime Spectaculars & ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Sing-Along Announced for Epcot, Mickey’s Mix Magic Coming to Disneyland, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade Returning, more...

Exciting Details on new experiences coming to Disney Parks were announced today by Bob Chapek at WDW D23’s Destination D Mickey Mouse Fan Celebration!

Also, MAJOR announcements were done for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge and you find all of them in the next article below or HERE so don't miss them!

First, Bob Chapek announced that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open in about a year from now, i.e fall 2019!

Imagineers have been hard at work creating Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

There is more with Mickey as guests will enjoy the New “Wonderful World of Animation” Nighttime Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Bob unveiled news of an all-new cinematic nighttime experience, “Wonderful World of Animation,” which will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 2019 as part of the park’s 30th Anniversary celebration. The show will use state-of-the-art projection technology. to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself. (See rendering above).

The festivities will continue at the Disneyland Resort with Get Your Ears On — A Mickey and Minnie Celebration, which will feature new entertainment, food and merchandise. On January 18, “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will light up the night at Disneyland park with all-new music, projections and lasers that set the scene for an epic dance party that takes over almost the entire park.

The party will get even bigger when the fan-favorite Mickey’s Soundsational Parade returns to the resort in January 2019 featuring a new float with Mickey himself, who will lead the celebration down Main Street, U.S.A.

Also for WDW, Bob Chapek shared an exciting update on the multiyear transformation of Epcot, including details on new nighttime entertainment planned for the park and additions to World Showcase. Among the announcements were updates on a new nighttime spectacular planned to open at the park in 2020.

This new show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world, and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.

But before that new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will love, called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot tunes. “Epcot Forever” will begin with a spark of imagination that swells into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.

Bob also announced the name of the “Ratatouille” experience coming to the France pavilion, which will be called "Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure". He also shared that a new guest offering will soon debut at the France pavilion at World Showcase (in addition to “Impressions de France”) – a brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films. And, the Canada pavilion is also in the process of updating the existing O Canada! 360-degree show!

During his presentation, Bob Chapek also unveiled details about the new Bay Lake DVC which will be named "Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge", a deluxe, nature-inspired resort coming to Orlando that will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas.

Also in oday's announcements, Disney revealed a new concept art for the upcoming Disney Riviera Resort  to open fall 2019, with 300 rooms, and to be linked via the new Disney Skyliner gondola system.

...and that's all for today's D23 Destination D announcements, again don't miss the announcements that were done for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in the next article below or HERE !

Pictures: copyright Disney

BREAKING: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attractions Official Names Revealed, First Footage Showing Inside the Rides, John Williams Score for Galaxy's Edge, New Star Wars Resort Artworks, more

Disney Parks President Bob Chapek revealed today at Destination 23 event the official names of the two Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions!

The first one is about the awaited Millennium Falcon attraction in which guests will take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard "Smugglers Run", the title of the ride. Here is a short video showing a bit of the inside of the Falcon.

The other name is the one of the BIG E-Ticket ride so far known as "Battle Escape "and which will be named "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance".

Guests will join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren himself. Here is a video actually showing the inside of the attraction!

Last but not least, Oscar-winning composer John Williams has written new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  and on the next video you'll see the recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios - John Williams was not directing - with drone footage of the land, see screen captures after the video.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions will open at Disneyland Resort next summer and at WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios fall 2019.

Don't go away as we're not done yet as new artworks for the Star Wars Resort were also revealed at Destination 23event with Disney announcing: "“This groundbreaking experience is unlike any resort experience you’ve ever seen. From the moment you board your launch pod, it’s a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from an authentic Star Wars experience.”

Here are the new artworks, guests will board a shuttle called a launch pod which will take them to the luxury starship / hotel. One of the new images shows how the launch pods will dock with the star ship. The other shows the interior of the pod. The first picture below show the arrival with your car at the Star Wars Resort before getting in the pod.

I suppose this next one shows an evening at the bar...

Pictures and videos: copyright Disney - Lucasfilm

Friday, November 16, 2018

First Concept Art for Disney California Adventure Marvel Land Spider-Man attraction !

First concept art for the Marvel land scheduled for 2020 at Disney California Adventure for what will be apparently a Spider-Man attraction! The rendering was released in the New York Times article HERE with the caption "Spider-Man will be a centerpiece of a new Marvel-themed ride at the Disneyland Resort." Apparently, considering the position of the Guardians of Galaxy tower behind, this Spider Man building seems to be where was previously the It's Tough to be a Bug theatre...

The interesting infographic below showing all coming lands in the different Disney theme parks was also posted in the same article. If you look at the one for Disney's Hollywood Studios is indicated "re-Themed Roller Coaster" for the Rock and Roller Coaster, something that has never been mentioned before. Could it be a mistake? Considering it's a New York Times article, that they did with documents provided by Disney or  WDI, i would say: probably not.

EDITING: Disney denies any changes are coming for the Rock and Roller Coaster!

Picture: copyright Disney

Plans of WDW Star Wars Hotel Found, New Disney Patent for a Laser Saber ! has found the Holy Grail: the plans of the Star Wars Hotel at Walt Disney World! These plans give plenty of details about this highly themed and awaited hotel and we learn more about the elevator which will simulate a trip to the Star Wars hotel supposedly in orbit above. Once arrived they will go through the hotel concourse after passing through several more themed rooms.

The rooms will be called "cabins" and there will be "first class cabins" bigger than the normal ones.

Guests will move to DHS Star Wars Galaxy Edge with shuttle buses which i supposed will not allow to see the eal outsdeworld to don't break the illusion. There is much more deatils to discover with this plan so definitely jump to the site HERE right now to learn more!

Always about Star Wars Disney Enterprises has filed a new patent titled "Sword device with retractable, internally illuminated blade", in two words a laser saber, without the laser.

Here is the description: "A special effects device for providing an energy sword effect. The device includes two long plastic semi-cylinders, and these two blade body members are rolled perpendicular to their length, which creates compact cylinders of material of small volume that can be provided on a pair of spools in a hilt. To extend the blade, a motor provided in the hilt unrolls the blade body members from the spools. Each blade body member passes through a blade forming guideway that nests the semi-cylindrical blade body members together as they leave the hilt. To retract the blade, the process is reversed. The lighting of the blade is achieved with a flexible strip of light sources. The light source strip is attached to a blade end cap and positioned in the center of the two blade body members such that it is pulled up along with the blade body members during their extension."

 Pictures: copyright Disney

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Disneyland Paris Christmas Season Update Part One - Videos of ALL Christmas Shows at Walt Disney Studios

Disneyland Paris started this week-end its Christmas season and in this part one we'll have a look at everything happening for this Christmas in DLP Walt Disney Studios where there is a lot to see and enjoy with 4K videos filmed by Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster.

But first, make sure to don't miss the end of the article as i also start the Christmas Special Offer on the very LAST copies of the Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality"!

At DLP Walt Disney Studios the main thing new this year in terms of Christmas theming and decorations is in the Ratatouille land with the usual Christmas village selling delicious food but in addition we have plenty of lights and giant Christmas balls added in the trees and around the mini-land. After all, the Ratatouille area is supposed to show a Paris replica and everyone knows that Paris has plenty of Christmas decorations during the Holiday season so it makes sense that they do it there, too. The only thing surprising is: what take them so long to think about doing it? Anyway, it's a good idea, the food sold by the Christmas village shops is good - though as always a bit pricey - and the Christmas theming fits well with the area as you'll see on the pictures below.

Here is the video filmed by Max showing you the whole Christmas decorations in the Ratatouille area.

Let's move to the Animagique theater usually playing Mickey and the Magician but not during the Christmas season as guests can enjoy now Mickey's Christmas Big Band 2018. Formerly inside Discoveryland Videopolis, the show is just as good and even better according to Max. And the band is swinging even better than ever so definitely don't miss it if you're there! Check Max 4K video below!

Another new show this year at the Walt Disney Studios is SurpriseMickey - Mouse Party which happen on the stage in front of the Tower of Terror. No doubt that the show is also here because of Mickey's 90th Anniversary, meaning that it may not play next year, so don't miss it too! Check Max 4K video below!

Introduced last year, Goofy's Incredible Christmas 2018 - LʼIncroyable Noël de Dingo was very popular and is back for the 2018 Christmas season also playing on the stage near the TOT with mapping projections on the Tower of Terror! Check Max 4K video below!

In the part two next week we'll have a look at the Christmas decorations and shows inside DLP Magic Kingdom, so stay tuned on D&M! In the mean time here is the Christmas special offer for the last copies of the 320 pages book Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality"!

From Nov 15 until January 10 it's Christmas Special Offer on the LAST English copies of the acclaimed Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" and if you own an Apple device get in addition for FREE the eBook English edition when it will be available in 2019, allowing you to read the book wherever you are. And the eBook edition incllude more than 60 video links to the best available videos of the park! It's your last chance to get a printed copy of this gorgeous book at a reasonable price, no kidding! The book is sold on Amazon by others sellers at $2000 or more - check this HERE - and it's the last time you'll find it at its original price!

Lecteurs Français: Etant donné que l'édition française est épuisée, tout acheteur de l'édition anglaise recevra gratuitement l'édition française eBook du livre! Et l'édition eBook contient plus de 60 liens vidéos d'une délection des meilelures vidéos du parc! Note Importante: cette offre avec l'eBook est réservée à ceux possédant du matériel Apple ( iPhone, Ipad ou iMac ) nécessaire pour pouvoir liire l'eBook.

Here is all you need to know to order a copy of the "Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality" book with the special offer. First, it's a 320 pages book with 750 pictures of the park including 250 WDI artworks! It's also probably the best Christmas gift you can find for a Disneyland Paris 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 100€ and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( except Belgium and Italy for which it is 29€ ).

Also, each order will receive GREAT surprise gifts! ( and believe me they are really great! )

You can pay with Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. For Paypal payments please send directly the full amount  including shipping, i.e 122€ worldwide, except for Belgium and Italy for which it is 129€ at:  If you wish to pay by credit card and bank transfer, send me an email at:   and i'll tell you how to do.

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

Videos: copyright DLP Welcome, D&M