Thursday, February 28, 2019

ALL New Pictures and Renderings for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Rides, Shops, Restaurants, Cast-Members Costumes, Merchandise and more!

Tons of new infos, pictures and renderings have been released today about Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opening this June at Disneyland Resort. I've posted on the Disney and more Facebook page links to a series of articles and below you have ALL new renderings and pictures released today. Check out the pics below then jump to the D&M facebook page HERE and check EACH article links as each one has even more details about the awaited land!

Let's start by the new pictures released for the awaited Rise of the Resistance ride, one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.
As new Resistance recruits, guests will join a climactic battle against the First Order, including a run-in with Kylo Ren. Their journey will take them inside a full-size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.Your adventure will take you inside the corridors of a rebel base in ancient sacred caves ( shades of the base on Yavin 4 ) and onto a troop transport ship where you will be captured by a Star Destroyer and then thrown in a prison cell block, where you belong, rebel scum.
Many of the surprises of Rise of the Resistance are still under wraps, but cameos include Rey, Poe, Finn, Kylo Ren and BB-8, a John Williams score, those classic blue Rebel light panel battle maps, a full-size AT-AT transport walker and a massive Star Destroyer hangar bay with a window looking out into space. It will be one of the longest rides in the park and require Disney's cast members to join in the action.

Disney Imagineers worked with Lucasfilm Ltd., as well as with directors and producers J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, to maximize the experience. “It’s more than just a ride,” says John Larena, executive creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “It’s a cinematic immersive experience” one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.
EW has published a great article with all details you want to know - and even don't want to know! - so the best is to jump HERE and ne pics released are below.

New pics also were released for the Millenium Falcon : Smuggler's Run ride in which guests will climb into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” to take control of the ship, acting in one of three roles: pilot, flight engineer, or gunner.
“Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a level of guest participation in a ride that we haven’t done,” says Robin Reardon, portfolio executive producer, Walt Disney Imagineering. “When you step into that cockpit as the only flight crew of the only Millennium Falcon for the day that’s going on that mission, that’s a pretty amazing leap in terms of storytelling from the very beginning. And the payoff and participatory nature of the experience are, so far, unparalleled.”

Guest will also meet an impressive A1000 Audio-Animatronic figure of Hondo Ohnaka, a Weequay pirate introduced in Clone Wars, now the proprietor of Ohnaka Transport Solutions who has been loaned the Millennium Falcon by Chewie for some “deliveries”. The animatronic figure will be around 7 feet tall and uses the latest in electric motors instead of hydraulics. Hondo’s figure includes around 50 functions (movement points) total and is the second most complicated animatronic in Disney parks. The most complicated Audio-Animatronic ever build by WDI is Pandora's Na’vi Shaman which has 40 functions in its face alone, not to mention the rest of the body. Hondo  will not be far behind, with fluid movements, smooth facial contortions and believable interactions between himself and his R5 droid. Check pictures and the video below and the Popular Mechanics article HERE and the Techcrunch article HERE!

New artworks were also released for Galaxy's Edge shops! The Droid Depot will invite guests to construct their own astromech droids. Patrons will pick pieces and parts off a conveyor belt to build one of two core models (R-series or BB-series) and they can customize their droids with various parts and colors. These droids will be capable of interacting with elements in the land, responding to guests’ adventures. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to further customize these new friends. In addition, the Droid Depot will offer pre-built droids, droid-inspired products and more. Mubo is the proprietor of Droid Depot.

Savi’s Workshop will be a mystical experience where guests will feel the Force as they build elegant weapons from a more civilized age. Guests will have the opportunity to customize and craft their very own lightsabers. The finished hilt costs around $109.00 and the blade starts at $49.99. Only fourteen builders at a time will be able to craft lightsabers.

At Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities guests will find a selection of rare and mysterious items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more. As they explore the nooks and crannies of the shop, guests will also see Dok at his desk as the large Ithorian checks his inventory, takes incoming calls and barks the occasional order at his assistants.

Inside the Black Spire Outpost market, Ronto Roasters will draw attention from passersby with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto sandwiches. When hungry customers queue up to order, they will encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats. Guests will also be able to choose from a variety of exotic non-alcoholic drinks like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset. Bakkar is the proprietor of Ronto Roasters. His droid is 8D-J8.

At Oga’s Cantina, even the blaster-bolt scorches on the walls tell a story. Here, guests will gather to share their tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels. Listen to spirited musical entertainment provided by DJ R-3X, otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours. Rex re-invents himself as the cantina’s DJ, and he’s as quirky and talkative as ever. A collection of original cantina songs has been created by composers and songwriters from around the globe.

Talking about food here are some pictures of the "out of this world" food and drinks that will be served in Galaxy's Edge restaurants.

Galaxy's Edge cast-members costumes were also presented to Disneyland CM and here is a selection of them in the pics below.

Last but not least, pictures of a selection of exclusive Galaxy's Edge merchandise items wre also released, check the pictures below.

Again, make sure to check the articles links on the D&M Facebook page HERE for much more details about Galaxy's Edge!

All pictures: copyright Disney

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

"Mystery Mansion" Ride Coming to Bangkok Asiatique Night Market

Winter is the best season in South_East Asia and here is a news for those of you planning a stop in Bangkok: At Asiatique, the popular night market located near the Chao Praya river, is currently built near the giant Ferris Wheel a dark ride titled "Mystery Mansion"! Supposedly opening in two months inside an impressive two floor high show-building it won't be a walk-through mystery house but a real dark ride with ride vehicles hold by the top - like Peter Pan's Flight - and moving from the ground floor to the upper floor and down again. The ride system is apparenlty already in place but not the theming inside, and we're curious to see what will be the theming once finished!

According to D&M Facebook page reader Suradech Timklub the ride was bought at ride manufacturer Gosetto in Italy and should be the same than in Long Island Adventureland park and it appears to be a slightly sophisticated version of the Ghost Train concept. I've found some videos of it on Youtube and let's start by these two showing the ride filmed different way.

The next video is coming from Gosetto which designed the ride and is interesting as it shows it in test mode "lights on", and we can see the different limited Animatronics in action.

Always at Asiatique, at just a few meters of this Mystery Mansion visitors can ride a bike looking a lot like TRON Lightcycles, except that here it's not a ride but just an area like a karting in which guests can move their bike - nothing really special, so.

Pictures: copyright Disney and more