Friday, November 22, 2019

Rare Artworks of Never Produced "Little Mermaid and the Sea Palace" Dinner Show for Disney-MGM Studios

Another amazing item on sale in the fantastic Van Eaton Galleries auction happening Dec 7 and 8 and titled "An History of Disneyland and Walt Disney World" is this incredible archive of production materials from a never produced The Little Mermaid dinner show for Disney-MGM Studios.

This collection includes a 7-page first draft script of select scenes, 8-pages of typed storyboard suggestions with hand-written notes throughout... 4 original ink drawings for the show, 4 printed concept rendering, 21 sheets of original rough pencil storyboard drawings, 15-pages of printed character models and stage designs, and 2-pages of original ink Ariel drawings!

This set provides an incredible look at this unproduced show and is a great artifact in the history of Disney-MGM Studios. Most of the sheets measure 11"x8.5", and the set is in very good condition overall with minor spots of wear throughout from use.

Titled "The Little Mermaid and the Sea Palace" it will for sure would have been an amazing show!

The auction item include rough pencils and ink renderings with Ariel ( above and below ) and Triton.

And the good news is that this Unproduced Litlle Mermaid Show Archive ( auction item no 1379 ) has a reasonable estimate of only $300 / 500. So if you're interested by it, jump to the Van Eaton Galleries auction page HERE.

Pictures: copyright Disney

The Mandalorian Episode 3 Short Review ( WITH Spoilers! )

Episode 3 of The Mandalorian is now available on Disney +, and - warning: spoilers ahead! - after the great outdoors on the desert planet of the Episode 2 we're back on the planet where the character played by Werner Herzog hired the Mandalorian to find a creature that so far everyone call "baby Yoda" as he don't have a name yet.

After delivering baby Yoda to get his payment that he use for having made a new armor the Mandalorian is on its way to leave the planet ...when he starts to have remorses and decide to go back to get back baby Yoda. What had to happen happen, and a fierce battle engage with all the bounty hunters around who were in fact all searching for baby Yoda.

So, more battles and less outdoors in this episode, but the whole thing is quite well done and as usual the visual effects are impeccable. Those of you who were missing action will for sure find it in this new chapter!

Next episode will be available on Disney + next week, on November 29!

Artworks: copyright LucasFilm

Official: Super Nintendo World Will Open in 2020 at Universal Studios Japan Before Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

It's official: Universal Studios Japan has announced that Super Nintendo World will open in 2020 at Universal Studios Japan before Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. No precise opening date is available yet.

Super Nintendo World” is the world’s first area based on beloved Nintendo characters. The two iconic Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle will appear in the area alongside two attractions. Yoshi and Mario Kart attractions will open with Super Nintendo World using the world’s latest technology. There will be also restaurants and shops for guests to enjoy. A bit more HERE.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Never-Seen-Before WDI Blueprints and Artwork for WDW Magic Kingdom attraction Alien Encounter !

The Van Eaton Galleries auction happening Dec 7 and 8 and titled "An History of Disneyland and Walt Disney World" include some never-seen-before WDI blueprints and artworkk, as well as model frorWDW Magic Kingdom attraction Alien Encounter!

"A set of (11) blueprints for ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. The set includes (7) blueprints from Walt Disney World's version of the attraction, and (4) from the proposed but unrealized version of the attraction for Disneyland's Tomorrowland 2055 refurbishment. The blueprints feature incredible, scarcely seen details from the attraction including designs that ultimately were never used. The set includes (6) approximately 36"x45" blueprints, and (5) 19"x24" blueprints. The condition is fair to good overall, with some creasing, small tears, and wear to the edges from use, as well as some spots of discoloration."

Also in auction, a very rare wooden model created by Imagineer Ron Dickson for ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. This model was for a proposed area of the attraction building and included with the model is a concept art print of what that exterior would have looked like. The eagle model represents a piece of the proposed facade, which can be seen in the concept print. The model is composed of hand-painted wood and measures 16.5" tall. The concept print is backed with foamcore and measures 16.25"x30.5". The condition of both items in very good, with minor surface and edge wear to both from their original use. The wooden model comes with a portion of an original Imagineering mold for a section of the eagle statue.

Last but not least, and also in auction, this Alien Encounter concept print and souvenir toys which were sold when the attraction opened.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

First TV Commercial for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Shows Encounter with Kylo Ren!

A first TV Commercial for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Rise of the Resistance has been released and it shows guests encounter with Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers! The ride will open Dec 5 at WDW DHS and January 17 at Disneyland. Check out the video and screen captures below of what is for sure going to be the ride of the decade!

The screen captures below are in the order of the scenes show in the commercial.

Pictures and video: copyright Disney

26th Annual TEA Thea Awards : Two TEA Awards For Galaxy’s Edge and Millenium Falcon ride, One for WDI Imagineer Nancy Seruto, One for Universal’s Hagrid coaster, and more...

The 26th annual TEA Thea Awards - the equivalent of the "Oscars" for Theme parks and entertainment industry - were announced today! Two TEA Awards goes to Galaxy’s Edge and the Millenium Falcon ride, One for WDI Imagineer Nancy Seruto, One for Universal’s Hagrid coaster, and more. Check the full TEA Awards recipients list HERE.

New Poster and TV Spot Released for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker With New Footage !

A new Dolby poster and TV spot were released for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the TV Spot includes new footage!

Picture and vidoe: copyright LucasFilm

Rare Fort Wilderness Resort 1985 Poster

A beautifully illustrated map of the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World. This comical map portrays guests and iconic Disney characters enjoying various activities found at the resort including canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and more, and features the now extinct River Country water park on the right and Disney's Discovery Island in the lower-right. Measuring 25.5"x30", the map is in good condition with minor wear around the edges, and is part of the Van Eaton Galleries auction HERE.

Picture: copyright Disney

Original 1994 Invitation to the World Premiere of Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin Attraction at Disneyland

How great is this gorgeous invitation to the world premiere of Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin attraction at Disneyland on January 26, 1994. This invitation is include in the collectibles items for sale in the Van Eaton Galleries auction next month and features characters seen in the attraction, and comes in its original purple envelope. The invitation measures 14"x4" and is in very good condition with minor wear.

Picture: copyright Disney

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Does This Jim Michaelson Artwork On Sale in the Van Eaton Galleries Auction Really Shows an Early Concept for Shanghaî Disneyland ?

Last Saturday in my article about the upcoming Van Eaton auction, i've posted a picture of a never-seen-before concept map  done by Jim Michaelson, according to the auction catalog for Shanghaî Disneyland. The catalog says that it 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.

Shortly after i posted the article a D&M reader left this comment: "The first thing that came to mind when I saw the "Shanghai Disneyland" concept map is that this is Hot-Go Park in Fushun, China. I'm pretty sure it's not a Disney rendering, especially with all the roller coasters."

So, i've been looking to the artwork for this Hot-Go Park in Fushun, the one below, and undoubtedly there is more than similarities between the two artworks ( see above and below ) apart the giant tower of the fours winds, so i'm tempted to think, just like him, that this Jim Michaelson artwork was not done for Shanghaî Disneyland.

Your thoughts?

Monday, November 18, 2019

First Attraction Poster For Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

It's Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse birthdays today, and Disney is sharing a new poster for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Spring 2020.

"On Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and join Mickey, Minnie and friends like never before – bursting into a world where mouse rules apply.  And with mouse rules, anything can happen!

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will transport you into the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts where you’re the star. The park’s Chinese Theatre will serve as the magic portal through which you’ll step from the human world directly into the unforgettable cartoon world.  Today’s new underwater poster offers a glimpse of the zany fun you’ll discover on each adventure."

More posters for the attraction are expected to come in a near future.

Picture: copyright Disney

Special Christmas Offer on Disneyland Paris Book RARE 2002 FIRST PRINTING Collectible FRENCH and ENGLISH edition!

Special Christmas Offer on Disneyland Paris Book RARE 2002 FIRST PRINTING Collectible edition!

The book Disneyland Paris was published in 2002 which is of course the date of its first printing. First printings of a book are always the most searched and valuable, generally because the printing is always the best on the first time, and then printing quality can be less good on the next printings. Although it's not really the case with the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" Book, those of you desperately looking for a copy of this now out of stock book will be happy to hear that i've found back last month THREE COPIES of the FRENCH Original Printing of 2002 and ONE collector edition of a later printing, still sealed, and also ONE ENGLISH copy of the 2006 printing which is just as good as the 2002 printing.

And contrary to the others copies sold two months ago which were damaged ( and now all sold ), these copies don't have damages and are in very good condition ( the collector copy has even the four lithos which were included with the collector's edition ).

These ultra rare first printing are the most searched and they are the one sold between $500 and $2000 by other sellers on Amazon. The price i ask here for these copies is between 200€ and 250€ and it's a very good deal for first printing copies in good condition, believe me. I put below pictures showing each copy so you can choose the one you prefer.

For each copy the first photo of the cover has a number on it ( it's just a reference number to know which copy it is in order to be able to send you exactly the copy you have chosen ), and the photos that follow the picture of each cover are showing the condition of the copy, this until the next cover photo, etc...

EDITING: Note: the copies no 4 and 5 are already sold. All the others are still available until futher notice.

In addition, there is also some GREAT surprise gifts for Disneyland Paris fans that will be sent to any buyer!

In all cases the shipping cost, for France or Worldwide are 26 euros and payment can be made via Paypal or credit card via Paypal. The total amount, including shipping costs must be sent via Paypal to:

For any order - or if you don’t have a Paypal account and wish to pay with credit card - you must send me an email to: and indicate the NUMBER of the copy that interest you!

Ex no 1 ( French 2002 First Printing Edition ): 250€

Ex no 2 ( French 2002 First Printing Edition ) - Note: very small tear on the front bottom of the dust jacket , all the rest is okay: 250€

Ex no 3 ( French 2002 First Printing Edition ): 280€

Ex no 4 ( French 2002 First Printing Edition ): SOLD!

Ex no 5 ( French 2002 Collector  Edition ): SOLD!

Ex no 6 ( French 2012 Collector Edition,  sealed ): 300€

Ex no 7 ( English 2006 Printing Edition ): 200€

Again, for any order or if you don’t have a Paypal account, you must send me an email to: and indicate the NUMBER of the copy that interests you! Thanks!