Friday, December 14, 2018

Disneyland Paris Hotel Charming Christmas Decorations and 2018 Gingerbread House

The Disneyland Paris Hotel has lovely Christmas decorations including this year Gingerbread House, two giant Christmas trees, one in the hotel lobby and the other in the Castle Club rotunda, surrounded by plushs, toys, and even electric trains. Both Max and Robert Stallard, regular D&M contributors have shot pictures of these and you have below their pictures, starting by those of Robert that you can follow on his Facebook page HERE.

And now, here are Max pictures with close shots of the Gingerbread House. You can follow Max on his DLP Welcome website HERE.

Here is a video of the whole thing, filmed by Max.

And for those of you who have never sleep at the Disneyland Paris Hotel, here are more videos , the fitrst one below showing the charming rooms and swimming pool.

The next video show you the Sleeping Beauty Suite - right after some guests left the suite so don't pay attention to the used towels in the bathroom- which is the one in which Michael Jackson was sleeping when he stayed at the hotel.

More DLP updates will come soon, in the mean time don't miss the Christmas special offer for the last copies of the 320 pages book Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" atthe best price available on the web!

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!

Pictures: copyright Robert Stallard, DLP Welcome

Videos: copyright DLP Welcome, D&M

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Watch Bangkok Icon Siam Stunning Waterfall Magically Changing Its Shape Each 15 Seconds

The video below is showing the new amazing Bangkok Icon Siam Waterfall. Since the last 20 years we saw incredible fountains shows - from the famous one of the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the one of the Macau Wynn Hotel, and now the new trend seems to have moved to create stunning waterfalls in which the falling water can take any shape.

This new 20 meters high waterfall at Icon Siam in Bangkok is truly amazing, and, if i'm right, it shows something that you've never seen yet in any Disney theme parks or resorts, so don't miss this 3.23 minutes video during which the shape of water changes randomly each 15 seconds! Definitely watch the video full screen mode.

Picture and video: copyright Disney and more

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Natacha Rafalski Appointed as Disneyland Paris President

It took months since it was announced that Catherine Powell ended her position as Disneyland Paris President, but that's it, today Disneyland Paris has a new President as DLP announced the appointment of Natacha Rafalski to the position of President, effective immediately! Here is DLP full corporate release:

Natacha Rafalski has had a 23-year career with The Walt Disney Company, holding a variety of senior leadership positions throughout the world. She joined the Disneyland Paris team in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and since then has taken on responsibility for real estate, transformation, corporate alliances and operating participants.

The announcement comes from Catherine Powell, who recently served as Présidente of the resort before being promoted to President of the Disney Parks Western Region in March 2018 and now has responsibility for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.
“It is a very exciting time for Disneyland Paris as we continue to transform our organization and move forward with the expansion of our resort,” said Catherine Powell. “Natacha has proven to be an exceptional leader with a global viewpoint who has the versatility and experience needed to lead the continued success of Disneyland Paris.”

In this role Natacha Rafalski will be responsible for bringing Disney magic to life for nearly 15 million guests each year at Disneyland Paris, Europe’s top tourist destination and the beacon of Disney in the region. She leads a multinational team of 16,000 Cast Members and oversees two theme parks, eight themed hotels, a 27-hole golf course and Disney Village, a themed dining entertainment and shopping destination.

She will also oversee the ambitious expansion plan for The Walt Disney Studios Park announced earlier this year. “I am incredibly honored and excited to assume this position at such a transformational time for the resort,” said Natacha Rafalski. “France holds a special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to leading and growing the business as we continue to build on and expand the promise of Europe’s top tourist destination.”

Prior to joining the Disneyland Paris team Natacha Rafalski was CFO for The Walt Disney Company Greater China headquartered in Shanghai between October 2013 and October 2017. During that time, she provided instrumental leadership related to various major strategic initiatives and spearheaded work that continues to drive long-term financial growth to that region.

She began her career with Disney in 1995 and has held various positions in corporate treasury and finance including a key role on the Shanghai Disney Resort negotiation team. Prior to this she held roles that included oversight for corporate finance and projects related to Disneyland Paris.

Natacha Rafalski has been a key champion and leader for Diversity and Inclusion at Disneyland Paris, establishing a woman’s leadership group, D Elles P and encouraging Cast Members to form a network dedicated to women.

In addition to the many initiatives she continues to lead for Disneyland Paris, she was among the 2017 winners of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 16th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards.

Natacha Rafalski was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised just outside of Paris, France. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California.

D&M wish the best luck to Natacha Rafalski in her role as DLP president.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Pixar Announces New Animated Film "Onward", To Be Released in 2020

Pixar Announces New Animated Film Titled "Onward", to be released in 2020!

Onward is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, the team behind Monsters University. The film is set in a suburban fantasy world and introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. “At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” said Scanlon. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Pixar Animation Studios revealed four members of the film’s voice cast, which includes Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).

No other picture than the one above with the title was released but Onward will come to a theater near you on March 6, 2020.

Picture: copyright Pixar

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

First Look at Disneyland Tropical Hideaway Opening Soon

Disney Parks released the first pictures of the awaited Tropical Hideaway restaurant at Disneyland which will be opening soon at Adventureland!

This exotic marketplace is the go-to destination for discovering extraordinary eats from all corners of the world. Set along the Jungle River waterfront, it’s also the perfect spot to sit and relax in between adventures—perhaps with a refreshing Dole Whip! After sunset, flickering torchlights add to the evening ambiance.

Travelers can reach The Tropical Hideaway across its main bridge, through Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room or along “Skipper’s Walk,” a pathway leading from the Jungle Cruise loading dock.

Colorful wildlife can also be found at the Hideaway. The stars of the Enchanted Tiki Room live in small birdhouses that dot the roofline, each personally labeled. Can you spot them?

One cockatoo who has packed up her bags and spreading her wings is Rosita. As she waits on the dock for her boat to arrive, this friendly bird makes small talk with visitors!

Below : Paddles on the wall of The Tropical Hideaway.

Below: The Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland park Lost and Not Found items, at The Tropical Hideaway.

The trader’s market is filled with details to discover around every nook and cranny. Disneyland look forward to welcoming world travelers soon at The Tropical Hideaway!

Pictures: copyright Disney

A Closer Look at DLP Walt Disney Studios Marvel Land Artwork

Yesterday Disney released the above concept-art showing the future Marvel Land at DLP Walt Disney Studios. We already know that the land will include an Iron Man roller coaster inside the Rock and Roller Coaster building and a Spiderman attraction in the Armaggedon building - and that chances are high that it will be the same Spiderman ride than the one they build at Disney's California Adventure, but more about this later.

That said, there is more to say about this rendering and i suggest we have a closer look at it. First, we can see that they did their best to show the future land without showing too much of it, as not less than 19 people ( supposed guests ) are standing in the foreground and even more in the background hiding details ofthe land.

However, if we blow up the image some interesting details appear. Let's start by the right, showing the current Armaggedon building with its future look for the Spidey ride. Spiderman is hanging up there to make sure we get it, that here will be his attraction, and, yes, we got it. Under him Black Widow and Black Panther stand on an Avengers jeep and the big Avengers logo is on the right of the building. So far, this part of the artwork is quite clear.

Let's have a look now at the left part of the rendering...

The two people on the foreground hide as much as they can the building where is currently the Rendez-Vous des Stars restaurant but if we zoom even more on the visual we can see the letters "PYM" above the current entrance - see picture below - which is obviously a reference to Dr Hank Pym played by Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, the one who created the famous Ant-Man costume and we can guess that the theme of the restaurant will have a link with Ant-Man.

Let's have a look now at the center part of the artwork, the most interesting one. First, among the people standing in the middle we can see clearly THOR holding his hammer and apparently talking with a kid and some older person who looks to be ...Stan Lee himself as some DLP fans already noticed.

Now, let's have a look at the background, on the right, after the blue building, where we can see on an elevated platform the Quinjet - the Avengers plane. For your info, the Quinjet first appeared in The Avengers issue 61 on February 1969, and was designed by the Wakanda Design Group, headed by the Black Panther. The Quinjet is equipped with VTOL capability and five turbojet engines.

But why the Quinjet is located here,  so close to the stunt show entrance? Well, actually the plan is to keep the stunt show for a while with a new Marvel storyline and theming but later - i.e in quite a few years - chances are that Disney will add the big Avengers ride - the one which will open in 2023 at HKDL Tomorrowland - after removing the stunt show.

There is more to see in the background and it's where will be the entrance of the Iron Man coaster. Right now we can see for the attraction facade a structure which envelops the building - with curves reminding a bit the ones of the beautiful TRON canopy at Shanghaî Disneyland, but don't dream to have a structure as big as the one at SDL because it won't be the case. Actually, i should say "guess" rather than "see" this facade as the rendering don't allow to see what will be the visual displayed on it. There is a good reason why they've voluntarily overexposed this part, and it's because Disney don't want you to see - not yet - what the visual will be as it would be a MAJOR spoiler. I think i have a pretty good idea what it will show but i've promised to don't talk so unfortunately you will have to wait that Bob Chapek will reveal it, most probably next year at the 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim.

In the meantime, those who wish to guess can read again yesterday's D&M article HERE which was basically a copy and paste of the Disney Parks Blog post which included unvoluntarily a clue that can eventually help you to find ...if you're good enough to make links with ...something else.  Good luck!

Pictures: copyright Disney