Saturday, November 16, 2019

"An History of Disneyland and Walt Disney World" Auction Include Dozens of Treasures for Disney Parks Fans - Note: Article Now Edited with Artworks in Better Definition !

The Van Eaton Galleries major auction of December will happen this year on Dec 7 and 8 and as usual there is some major pieces on sale in the auction titled "An History of Disneyland and Walt Disney World". We'll have a look at my favourite pieces, and you can have a look and order the auction catalog with details on each of the 1500 pieces (!) for $40 in its softcover version HERE.

We love artwork here at D&M so i suggest we have a look at the most interesting pieces, starting by the legendary Herb Ryman artwork for Disneyland above, done during a week-end with Walt on his side, and in its rare color version.

Next, is this never-seen-before blueline print of an artwork by Jim Michaelson, a proposal for Disneyland Paris Main Street arcade.

Always by Jim Michaelson, this other concept-art, also a concept for Disneyland Paris Main Street. well as this one showing DLP Main Street Station.

Always by Jim Michaelson, this other concept map print is a never-seen-before concept for Shanghaî Disneyland, was done in 2009 and feature the earliest ideas of how will look the park and attractions, with a giant Tower of the Four Winds in its center.

Let's move to an artwork from Harper Goff for Epcot The Land pavilion with this one below for the "Listen to the Land attraction.

The next artwork for Snow White Grotto is a Disney Gallery print signed by Imagineer john Hench.

More artwork with this set of signed Carousel of Progress prints, signed by Sam Mc Kim, Colin Campbell and John Hench.

Always for Disneyland this a rare concept-art by Imagineer John Stone done for the Disneyland Indiana Jones Lost River Expedition project when there was supposed to be, in addition of the jeep ride, also the ore car rollercoaster ride like the one at DLP, as well as Jungle Cruise boats and the Disneyland Railroad passing though the show building.

And what about this great original concept-art for the Peter Pan's Flight mural?

Yes, there is also in auction some original Haunted Mansion stretching portraits.

Fans of Mary Blair will be interested by tehse rare silkscreened test prints for artworks to be displayed in WDW Contemporary Resort.

If you love original plans this Walt Disney World master plan should be for you!

Attraction posters fans will fall for some very rare ones like the one for the U.S Bi-Centennial, or the People Mover Superspeed Tunnel...

...or this fun one for Disney's Animal Kingdom It's Tough to be a Bug attraction.

Also in auction this gorgeous model of the General Electric Progressland pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Another stunning model is teh oen below of the final float of the 1991 Celebration USA parade with a giant arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty.

Even more rare, this molded latex Lincoln head for Great Moments with Mr Lincoln attraction.

n But the top of the top for a Disneyland fans are this pair of Audio-Animatronics birds from WDW Enchanted Tiki Room, and they work!

To see all the 1500 lots and order the auction catalog, jump to Van Eaton Galleries website HERE.

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Mandalorian Chapter 2 Review ( No Spoilers )

Just watched the Chapter 2 of The Mandalorian, and personally I liked it a lot and even preferred it to the first one ( which i liked a lot ). Jon Favreau said that the series would be more faithful to the spirit of the the first Star Wars ( Episode 4, 1977 ) and this Chapter 2 is indeed even more "SW Episode 4", and with very few dialogues, even more refined than the first one ... but also even shorter - 30 min only!

I won't spoil the story to you, but what i can say is that the action of this Chapter 2 - titled "The Child" - happen on a dry planet where The Mandalorian will meet some famous Star Wars creatures, and more. It also does not have the flaws of the first chapter in which some actors playing second or third roles were sometime playing not perfectly well, though they didn't stay long on screen so it was not a huge problem. If you have access to Disney +, don't miss this Chapter 2! Also, like in the first chapter there is some great artworks during the end credits, you have two of them above, so don't miss them!

Artworks: copyright Lucasfilm

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hong Kong Disneyland Update : HKDL Castle Construction, Frozen Land, more...

Here we go for a Hong Kong Disneyland update with pictures and video, mostly coming from HK Main Street Gazette who is doing a great job of posting regularly on Twitter HERE pictures of Hong Kong Disneyland Castle construction. First, an important point about the picture above: this is NOT a real picture of HKDL Castle, it is an editing well done and posted on WDW Magic forum by Park Peeker who did it with a picture of the castle and what we can see on the latest released rendering.

HKDL castle is not finished yet, it'll take many months more, and the real thing looks much more like on the picture below.

Before going ahead with the pictures, here is the latest video posted on their Yourtube account two days ago by HK Main Street Gazette.

And now, a selection of the latest pictures of HK Main Street Gazette, many more await you on their Twitter page HERE.

The good news is that the stained glass are finally in place on the castle, on both sides of it....

As you can see, the works are far to be over...

The next pictures shows a sculpture of Mulan Dragon being installed on the top of a onion dome of a tower - yes, in addition to these multi colored onion domes they install on some of them sculptures!

The second part of this update is about the Frozen land. The land for it has been cleared and you can see it clearly the latest Google Maps satellite pictures ( on the left on the picture below ).

This HKDL official map will help you to see where will be what, including by the way the upcoming Avengers ride ( on the top ) in some years at HKDL Tomorrowland.

Below, the latest artwork for the land, including on the right the sleighs coaster...

...and WDI Imagineers at work on the Frozen village model.

Note the three grey buildings in the center? These in fact shouldn't be in the final village as they've been replaced by another open air building in the last artwork, see below the before / after - pictures thanks to This is Mr B that you can follow on his Facebook page HERE.

Talking about Frozen, look at these themed fences...

One of the pavilion of the Fantasy Gardens has been slightly themed for upcoming meet and greet with Frozen characters anytime soon. Pictures thanks to This is Mr B.

And that's it for this HKDL update, make sure to follow D&M for more update on the castle construction as well as HK Main Street Gazette on Twitter HERE!

Pictures: copyright Disney, HK Main Street Gazette, This is Mr B