Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hong Kong Disneyland Losses Doubled in 2017 to $44.4 million up from $22 million

Things are not going too well for Hong Kong Disneyland, financially speaking, as Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced a financial deficit of HK$345 million for the most recent fiscal year.

HKDL is located on Lantau Island and is owned at 53% by the government and the rest of the shares by The Walt Disney Company. HKDL has been losing money for three years in a row, up until the fiscal year ending last September 30. HKDL has lost HK$148 million and HK$171 million in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

More from HKFP: "Samuel Lau, managing director of the resort, said the loss was owing to a depreciation of assets, the opening of new facilities last year, and the park’s expansion. New facilities included the Iron Man Experience, and the resort’s third hotel – the 750-room Disney Explorers Lodge. General hotel occupancy at the park was close to 70 per cent during the fiscal year.

The resort’s castle also stopped its daily fireworks display on January 1, as expansion works are set to continue until 2019. Despite the loss, the park saw a 3 per cent year-over-year rise in attendance to 6.2 million people for 2017. It included a five per cent increase in international attendance to reach a record high of around 1.6 million international guests.

Locals made up the largest group of visitors at 41 per cent, while mainland and international guests accounted for 34 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. Local attendance grew six per cent to its second highest level ever. The rise in attendance contributed to an eight per cent rise in revenue year-on-year to HK$5.1 billion. The resort employed more than 5,000 full-time and 2,000 part-time cast members on average during the year.

The Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of Disney’s international theme parks. It faces a challenge from Shanghai Disneyland, opened in June 2016, which attracted more than 10 million visitors in its first year. Lau said the resort will form a working group to look into attracting visitors as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link will be operational soon.

The resort was opened in 2005 but only turned a profit in 2012. The trend continued for two years until it began making a loss again in 2015. The resort increased its entrance fee at the beginning of 2018, the fifth year in a row since 2013. The standard ticket was increased five per cent to HK$619, and the children ticket was increased nine per cent to HK$458."

That said, “HKDL is confident of the market outlook and new guest offerings to be launched in 2018 and that the park is back on a trajectory of growth”, the company said in a statement. New activities are helping launch a stronger first quarter of the current financial year.

In 2018, new attractions will include:
- An 8-minute “We love Mickey!” projection show on Main Street U.S.A. (in March)
- The launch of the African-themed “Karibuni Marketplace” in Adventureland (in March)
- A new stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” in Adventureland (in May)
- A Summer special event with new Disney-Pixar themed “Water Play Street Party!” (in June)

The great aerial pictures of HKDL that you can see on the top and above were shot by Xavier Mourgue, faithful D&M reader whom i thanks a lot,  as well as the video below.  The land you see on the left of the park is kept for HKDL second gate which might take some years to be build and open, considering the park financial results.

Below, an official Hong Kong Disneyland 2018 calendar video for the park upcoming events all along the year

Photos: copyright Xavier Mourgue

Videos: copyright Xavier Mourgue, Disney

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Marvel' Black Panther Opening Week-End is the Fifth Biggest Opening of All Time with $175M in the U.S and $361M Worldwide !

Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' had a phenomenal opening this week-end delivering the fifth largest opening of all-time, and is heading toward $218M+ 4-Day debut!

From Box Office Mojo: "Dominating the weekend and delivering one of the largest opening weekends of all-time, Disney and Marvel's Black Panther topped the President's Day weekend box office, outperforming its nearest competitor by nearly $175 million in the U.S and $361 million worldwide, based on estimates."

Atop the weekend box office with an estimated $192 million for the three-day weekend, Black Panther delivered the fifth largest three-day domestic opening in history and is currently expected to finish around $218 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is also the largest February opening of all-time, the largest President's Day weekend opening of all-time and gives Disney eight of the top ten domestic openings of all-time. Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is the eighteenth release in the franchise and the ninth to open with over $100 million. It's also the second largest opening in the MCU, behind only The Avengers ($207.4m) and topping the $191 million debut for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

From an audience standpoint, Black Panther received an "A+" CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 55% male vs. 45% female, of which 61% were over the age of 25.

Internationally, Black Panther brought in an estimated $169 million from 48 markets for a global, three-day debut of $361 million, the fifteenth largest global opening weekend of all-time. The film managed this feat despite not debuting in China (March 9), Japan (March 1) or Russia, where the film will open next weekend along with Vietnam, Trinidad, Peru and Venezuela. Overall, South Korea leads all markets where the film brought in an estimated $25.3 million followed by the UK ($24.8m), Mexico ($9.6m), Brazil ($9.4m) and Australia ($9.2m)."

I've not seen yet Black Panther but will do very soon, may be eventually today. So, Black Panther is a phenomenal success but what is the Marvel Studios model to have almost systematically a big - if not huge - box office success? More about that in this CNN video.

If you've watched Black Panther this week-end you are welcome to leave your comment below!

Pictures: copyright Marvel Studios

Fan-Made Teasers Trailers For Disney's Upcoming Live-Action Adaptations of Classic Animated Films

Disney fan Tommy Ross is doing a series of fan-made teasers trailers for the upcoming live-action adaptations of Disney's animated films. It's done with no special funds so the fact that it is supposed to be "teaser trailers"  allows him to don't have to reveal too much of the characters, something which would have needed a real budget. But, considering that it's done with a mix of drone aerial footage, rides footage, others additional footage apparently filmed by him, and a brilliant editing, i think he's done a great job, check it out below.

The first one below is a teaser trailer for Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Next is the one for Aladdin.

The next teaser trailer is for The Little Mermaid

Next is the one for Mulan

And the last one will be a teaser trailer for Alice in Wonderland

You can follow Tommy Ross on his Youtube channel HERE.

Videos: copyright Tommy Ross

Friday, February 16, 2018

Official : Toy Story Land Will Open at WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios on June 30 !

It’s official! Disney has confirmed that Toy Story Land, the highly-anticipated toy-filled land inspired by the beloved “Toy Story” films, will open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 30, 2018.

When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. Below, a time-lapse video above of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Final Trailer For Steven Spielberg Awaited "Ready Player One" Movie to be Released March 29 !

If there is a film that i'm really awaiting it's Steven Spielberg’s latest film “Ready Player One”. The final trailer has been released and will bring back to life some beloved characters from our favorite movies, like the Iron Giant and many others:

"The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger."

Sci-Fi films by Spielberg are always interesting - think about Minority Report, for instance- so i can't wait to see Ready Player One which will be released on March 29 by Warner Bros.

Picture and video: copyright Warner Bros

More Details About the “Reimagination” of Disneyland Paris Hotel New York in a New Marvel-themed Hotel

Just a few days ago, Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced the “reimagination” of the Disney’s Hotel New York into a new Marvel-themed Hotel. Today, Disneyland Paris share new details about the rooms in a conversation with Sylvie Massara (Artistic Director at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Paris) in english and french version below.

Can you explain the concept of the future Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel to us?

When it re-opens, the Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will evoke the contemporary sophistication of the city that was the birthplace of the Marvel Super Heroes, and the scriptwriters and artists who created them. So the renovation of Disney’s Hotel New York is based on an environment inspired by the luxurious and contemporary buildings of Manhattan! The refined and cosmopolitan interior decor will evoke the neighbourhoods of the Avengers and will display “The Art of Marvel” in public spaces. “Comic art” posters, sketches, videos, storyboards, sculptures and costumes are the many examples of the Art of Marvel that will be included in the hotel’s overall decor, just like a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea.

What inspired you in your new designs for the bedrooms?

The hotel has 476 standard rooms, 65 executive, 15 themed suites, 8 “standard” suites and 2 presidential suites. The interior decor of the bedrooms will be inspired by the urban contemporary and sophisticated style of Tony Stark, with a range of colours and finishes evoking Iron Man! The themed suites will be inspired by the world of Spider-Man and the Avengers, whilst the “standard” and presidential suites will have a more neutral decor in order to welcome our Convention clientele. As in the rooms, limited editions of the Art of Marvel will decorate the hotel’s walls, as if they were exhibited in an art gallery.

Apart from the design, are there any details that you would like to share with us relating to improving the comfort of the rooms and suites?

Apart from evoking the Marvel Super Heroes, the rooms and suites will provide larger flat-screens hidden behind a mirror, all the necessary European connections and sockets, along with a brighter bathroom with a bath or shower


Il y a quelques jours, Bob Chapek, président de Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a annoncé la «transformation» du Disney's Hotel New York en un nouvel hôtel inspiré de l’univers de Marvel. Aujourd'hui, nous sommes ravis de partager de nouveaux détails sur les chambres dans une conversation avec Sylvie Massara, directrice artistique de Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Paris.

Peux-tu nous expliquer le concept du futur Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel ?

A sa réouverture, le Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel évoquera la sophistication contemporaine de la ville berceau des super-héros Marvel et des scénaristes et dessinateurs qui les ont créés. La réhabilitation du Disney’s Hotel New York reposera ainsi sur un environnement inspiré des buildings luxueux et contemporains de Manhattan ! La décoration intérieure épurée et cosmopolitaine évoquera les quartiers des Avengers et mettra en valeur « The Art of Marvel » dans les lieux publics. Posters «comic art», croquis, vidéos, story-boards, sculptures et costumes sont autant d’exemples d’Art of Marvel qui seront ensuite intégrés dans la décoration globale de l’hôtel, à l’image d’une galerie d’art contemporaine de Chelsea.

Quelles ont été vos inspirations pour imaginer le nouveau design des chambres ?

L’hôtel est composé de 476 chambres, 65 exécutives, 15 suites thématisées, 8 suites «standards» et deux présidentielles. La décoration intérieure des chambres sera inspirée du style contemporain urbain et sophistiqué de Tony Stark avec une palette de couleurs et de finitions évoquant Iron Man ! Les suites thématisées seront inspirées de l’univers de Spider-Man et des Avengers, tandis que les suites «standards» et présidentielles possèderont une décoration plus neutre afin de recevoir notre clientèle Convention. Comme pour les chambres, des éditions limitées d’Art of Marvel orneront les murs de l’hôtel comme si elles étaient exposées dans une galerie d’art.

Au-delà du design, y-a-t-il des détails que tu souhaiterais partager avec nous quant à l’amélioration du confort des chambres et des suites ?

Outre l’évocation des Super-Héros Marvel, les chambres et suites offriront notamment des écrans plats plus grands dissimulés derrière un miroir, toutes les connexions et prises européennes nécessaires ainsi qu’une salle de bain plus lumineuse avec baignoire ou douche.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pixar's Incredibles 2 Trailer is Here At Last !

The highly awaited first trailer for Pixar's The Incredibles 2 is here at last!

Picture and video: copyright Disney - Pixar