Monday, January 15, 2018

Shanghai Disney Resort Celebrates Chinese New Year with Traditional Experiences and Distinctive Offerings as the Year of the Dog Begins

Chinese New Year is next month and it is the biggest event n Asia, and especially in China where dozens of millions of people are moving onside - or out of - the country to meet their families. As you can bet, there is no way that Shanghaî Disneyland won't celebrate the event which last almost three weeks in China and from January 22 until March 4 at SDL, and here is the full SDL press release.

Note: Normally i do a copy and paste of the press release text and pictures but this time, as i like the pages layouts you have each original page like it is released to the press by SDL/ Make sure to click on each page to make the text bigger, if needed. 

Pictures: copyright Disney - Shendi

Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party : Learn All About The Full Schedule of Events for This Unforgettable Evening!

Disneyland Paris released the full press release with all you need to know about the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party. Here it is below in English and in French language!

Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party : Learn all about the full schedule of events for this unforgettable evening!

Today, Themed Packages for the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party go on sale. Let’s take a closer look at some of the highlights of this event – sure to be the most FAN-tastic of the year – which will take place on 2 June. Featuring unique shows and unforgettable encounters with rare Characters including the introduction of a never-before-seen Disney Character! This is THE event to celebrate Disney fans while enjoying special access to Walt Disney Studios Park®.


Breathtaking new outfits
Mickey, Minnie, Duffy, ShellieMay, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto will greet fans dressed in the most extravagant outfits – created especially for Disney FanDaze, the biggest fan event of the year! These colourful new outfits will add a special twist to some of our most beloved stars. Innovative both in design and material, they'll speak to fans’ inner fashionista and quickly become the latest in Character couture!

A world first appearance from a brand new Disney FanDaze VIP Character!
You all have been waiting for the news! For the first time ever at any Disney Park, Ortensia, dearest friend of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, will make history by joining the Disney FanDaze VIP family!

Amazing Disney Character encounters
We recently teased that fans would be able to meet over 50 Disney Characters, some of them for the first time ever. They range from the well-known – VIPs with brand new costumes – to the most rare, like Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow and Clara Cluck. Guests will also be able to meet Sulley, Boo, and for the first time ever at Disneyland Paris George Sanderson and Needleman from Monsters Inc., Joy and Sadness, Bolt, Duffy and ShellieMay, Kuzco and Kronk, Quasimodo and Esmeralda, Elena of Avalor, Gauchito, Burrito, and the beautiful Yaya from The Three Caballeros.

The Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party will also feature an exclusive reunion with friends from the Disney Afternoon. Your pals from Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, TaleSpin and Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers will be delighted to pose for a snap with their favourite fans. Characters from Hercules, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, and even some of your Big Hero 6 friends will be all over the park and excited to meet with you during the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party.

The Incredibles
This year marks the release of Disney-Pixar’s much-awaited Incredibles 2. On this occasion, our favourite super heroes Mr. & Mrs. Incredible will meet guests at the Art of Disney Animation during the Inaugural Party. What’s more, and for the very first time at Disneyland Paris, Frozone will be there and ready to chill with his fans alongside his Incredible friends.

Heroes and Villains Alley
For the first time ever, witness around 16 Disney Heroes and Villains such as Hercules and Hades, Li Shang and Shan Yu, facing off in the heart of Walt Disney Studios Park. You better keep your camera and phone close, because you never know when an amazing photo opportunity will arise.


Dance your Duck Tales Parade
You won’t want to miss the Dance your DuckTales Parade. Featuring all of your favorite ducks, including Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Launchpad McQuack flying in on their Hot Air Balloons from Duckburg, while more than 40 performers bring the streets to life! If you’re looking to make incredible memories, this quacking good time in the street is sure to fit the bill!

NEW! PJ’s DJ Party!
Get your groove on and jam to great Disney musical hits with this exciting Dance Party in Production Courtyard!

Max-Live! Gettin’ Goofy with It
This nighttime spectacular will undoubtedly be the highlight of the party. Don’t miss Max’s big debut as he shoots for superstardom on the Production Courtyard stage, completely re-themed for this magnificent concert. Max, in his stunning new outfit, is totally in charge of his own smashing line- up. He’s got bright lights, awesome music, mega sound, cutting-edge video, a rockin’ dance crew, and cool friends dropping by! With more than 30 new outfits created especially for this show, Judy Hopps, Kuzco, and even Stitch will be there to rock your night with Max!

Jumba & Pleakley's Mission: Stitch!
Speaking of Stitch and only for the Inaugural Party, Disney FanDaze presents Jumba & Pleakley's Mission: Stitch! The popular interactive show "Stitch Live!" will be hosted by none other than Jumba and Pleakley. Our friends from Lilo & Stitch will take over the Space Traffic Control and help Stitch escape from Captain Gantu. You won’t want to miss this!

NEW! Oh My, Ortensia!
Oswald is coming to Hollywood Boulevard in the Roaring Twenties and introducing his dearest friend, Ortensia! This is THE big news in town, and they will surely be followed by photographers, reporters and enthusiastic newsboys!

The Farewell Street Party!
A perfect night deserves a perfect ending. More than 80 Disney Characters from the event will end the evening on a magical note with a grand parade – a last chance for an unparalleled photo opportunity!


An atmosphere unlike anything seen before
For one night only, we’re transforming Walt Disney Studios Park into a dazzling Disney FanDaze universe. At Disney Studio 1 and Place de Rémy, live musicians will fuel the party vibe throughout the night with Disney songs. And photographers will wander the streets, capturing beautiful images of the night’s true stars – YOU, our fans.

An evening of exclusive access to attractions
Walt Disney Studios Park will open its gates exclusively for fans during the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party. From an epic 13-floor plunge on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to being shrunk down to the size of a rat in Ratatouille: The Adventure, this is an exclusive evening with a limited number of tickets that no fan will ever forget.

NEW! Oswald’s Sing-Along Challenge
For one night only, you’ll have the chance to be the brightest star on one of the most famous stages in Walt Disney Studios Park: Animagique Theater. Warm up your vocal cords for a magical Sing- Along contest. It’s guaranteed to be a great time, and if you hit the right notes, you could win some exciting prizes including the chance to rub shoulders with Oswald and Ortensia!

A grand raffle with a fairy tale prize
A raffle ticket is included in your package, and could win you a dream night in the luxurious Sleeping Beauty Suite at Disneyland® Hotel.

Tasty treats and exclusive souvenirs
Guests will savour unique flavours from original menus created just for Disney FanDaze and served up at restaurants and gourmet kiosks, while exclusive limited edition merchandise is sure to delight the most dedicated of Disney collectors.

Show Your Inner Disney!
Every fan has a unique Disney style they can’t wait to show off, and Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party invites fans to do just that! Disney pins, hats, ears and other accessories will bring the Disney fantasy to life, inspired by a favourite Character or even an unforgettable Disney attraction. You can DisneyBound or wear a costume as long as you “show your inner Disney”. Each original and eccentric look is sure to be one of the evening’s major attractions! (Specific rules apply available on )


Walt Disney Imagineering conferences

If you’ve ever dreamt of meeting real life Disney Imagineers, you can enhance your experience by purchasing a ticket to a conference with the creators behind our iconic lands, attractions and shows. Special behind-the-scenes opportunities will take place in the Animagique Theater. From a focus on Disneyland Paris by Portfolio Creative Executive Tom Fitzgerald, to an exclusive peek into the world of Duffy & Friends by Walt Disney Imagineers Daniel Jue, Ethan Reed, and Charlie Watanabe, these opportunities should not be missed! (restricted access with dedicated tickets required, not included in the packages on offer (except the Ultimate FANtasia package) and the individual tickets).

A masterclass with a Disney Legend
Have you ever dreamt of meeting a real Disney animator? Disney Legend and former Disney animator Andreas Deja, who has created memorable characters such as Scar, Hercules, Gaston and Jafar, will be on hand to share exclusive insights into the art of Disney animation. You may even learn how to draw one of his famous characters, directly from the man himself at the Art of Disney Animation! (free access subject to seat availability).

The Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party is an event that promises to be like no other – a dream come true for all Disney fans, with surprises at every turn and a succession of unforgettable moments to enjoy together.

 Themed Package reservations are now exclusively open through our Reservation Center.
 Classic Packages will be released on January 22.
 Individual tickets without packages will be available at a later stage.
For realtime updates, follow @DisneyFanDaze on Twitter and Facebook, and check out for the latest updates and announcements!

Please note that the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party takes place at Walt Disney Studios Park, and availability is limited (packages and tickets) to ensure an exclusive experience.

*Only the following activities will have restricted access, and will require tickets not included in the packages on offer (except the Ultimate FANtasia package) and the individual tickets:
• Insights with Tom Fitzgerald
• Duffy & Friends with Daniel Jue, Ethan Reed, and Charlie Watanabe
*Participants will have unrestricted access to all other activities listed above.


Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party - La Soirée Inaugurale Disney FanDaze: Découvrez le programme complet des évènements de cette soirée inoubliable !

C’est aujourd’hui que s’ouvre la vente des Forfaits à Thème de la Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party. Retour sur les temps forts de l’événement – sans doute le plus FAN-tastique de toute l’année – qui aura lieu le 2 juin prochain. Au programme : des spectacles inédits, des rencontres avec des personnages rares et l’introduction d’un Personnage Disney encore jamais dévoilé ! C’est LÀ que les fans Disney pourront se rencontrer et profiter d’un accès privilégié au Parc Walt Disney Studios®.


Des costumes époustouflants
Mickey, Minnie, Duffy, ShellieMay, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, et Pluto accueilleront les fans habillés dans leurs plus extravagants costumes – créés spécialement pour Disney FanDaze, l’évènement phare de l’année ! Ces nouveaux costumes pittoresques ajouteront une touche inédite à nos stars adorées. Innovants dans leur design comme dans leurs matériaux, ils raviront nos fans passionnés de mode et deviendront sûrement la référence couture de nos personnages.

La première apparition mondiale d’un nouveau personnage VIP Disney FanDaze !
C’est le scoop que vous attendiez tous ! Pour la première fois au monde dans un Parc Disney, Hortensia, la très chère amie d’Oswald le Lapin Chanceux, rejoindra avec lui, la famille VIP de Disney FanDaze !

Rencontres incroyables avec des Personnages Disney
Nous avons récemment suggéré que les fans pourraient rencontrer plus de 50 personnages Disney, certains pour la toute première fois. Ces personnages vont des plus célèbres – des VIP avec des costumes flambant neufs – aux plus rares, comme Horace, Clarabelle ou Clara Cluck. Les visiteurs pourront aussi rencontrer Sully, Bouh, et, pour la toute première fois à Disneyland® Paris, George Sanderson et Needleman de Monstres & Cie, Joie et Tristesse, Volt, Duffy et ShellieMay, Kuzco et Kronk, Quasimodo et Esmeralda, Elena d’Avalor, Gauchito, Burrito, et la belle Yaya du film Les Trois Caballeros.

Au cours de la Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party, nous nous réunirons également avec nos amis du Disney Club. Vos compagnons de Mister Mask, de la Bande à Dingo, de Super Baloo et Tic et Tac Rangers du Risque seront ravis d’être photographiés avec leurs fans préférés. Des personnages d’Hercule, d’Atlantide : l’Empire perdu, de La Planète au Trésor, et même certains de vos amis du long métrage Les Nouveaux Héros, seront présents partout dans le parc et enchantés de vous rencontrer lors de la Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party.

Les Indestructibles
Cette année est marquée par la sortie très attendue du film Disney•Pixar Les Indestructibles 2. À cette occasion, nos super héros favoris, M. & Mme Indestructibles, rencontreront les visiteurs à Art of Disney Animation lors de la Soirée Inaugurale. Également pour la toute première fois à Disneyland Paris, Frozone sera frais et dispo pour passer du temps avec ses fans, accompagné de ses amis Indestructibles.

Sur les pas des Héros et des Méchants Disney
Pour la première fois au monde, soyez les témoins de 16 Héros et Méchants Disney comme Hercule et Hadès, ou Li Shang et Shan-Yu, qui s’affronteront au cœur du Parc Walt Disney Studios. Gardez votre appareil photo et votre téléphone à portée de la main, car l’occasion de prendre une photo incroyable peut surgir à tout moment.


Danse avec La Bande à Picsou en Parade !
Ne manquez pas la Danse avec La Bande à Picsou en Parade ! Elle comprend vos canards préférés, notamment Picsou, Riri, Fifi, Loulou et Flagada Jones, s’envolant en montgolfière depuis Canardville, pendant que plus de 40 artistes envahissent les rues ! Si vous recherchez des souvenirs extraordinaires, ces joyeux moments de folie ne vous décevront pas !

NOUVEAU ! La DJ Party de PJ
Laissez-vous porter et tourbillonner au son des plus grands succès musicaux Disney, avec cette merveilleuse soirée dansante à Production Courtyard !

Max en concert ! À vous rendre Dingo
Ce moment spectaculaire sera sans aucun doute le clou de la fête. Ne manquez pas les grands débuts de Max, prêt à tout pour devenir une superstar sur la scène de Production Courtyard, entièrement relookée à l’occasion de ce magnifique concert. Dans son nouveau costume éblouissant, Max est aux commandes d’un numéro formidable. Il a des lumières éclatantes, une musique géniale, du gros son, des vidéos de pointe, un groupe de danseurs qui déchirent, et des amis cools qui viendront faire un tour ! Avec plus de 30 costumes créés spécialement pour ce spectacle, Judy Hopps, Kuzco et même Stitch seront là pour enchanter votre nuit avec Max !

La Mission de Dr. Jumba et Pikly : Stitch !
En parlant de Stitch, et uniquement pour la Soirée Inaugurale, Disney FanDaze présente La Mission de Dr. Jumba & Pikly : Stitch ! Le spectacle interactif très populaire « Stitch Live! » sera animé par Dr. Jumba et Pikly eux-mêmes. Nos amis de Lilo & Stitch s’empareront du contrôle du trafic spatial et aideront Stitch à échapper au Capitaine Gantu. Ne le manquez pas !

NOUVEAU ! Oh, Ma Chère Hortensia !
Oswald visite Hollywood Boulevard dans les années vingt. Une surprise l’attend lorsqu’il découvre la véritable identité de sa très chère amie Hortensia ! C’est LE scoop en ville, et ils seront sans doute poursuivis par des photographes, des reporters et des journalistes déchaînés !

L’Au revoir Surprise !
Une nuit parfaite mérite de finir dans la perfection. Plus de 80 Personnages Disney présents au cours de cet évènement clôtureront la soirée par une note de magie, lors d’une grande cavalcade – une dernière chance inouïe de prendre des photos incroyables !


Une atmosphère sans précédent
Le temps d’une soirée seulement, nous transformons le Parc Walt Disney Studios en un univers Disney FanDaze éblouissant. Au sein de Disney Studio 1 et Place de Rémy, des musiciens feront vibrer la fête tout au long de la soirée en reprenant des chansons de Disney en live. Des photographes parcourront également les rues, capturant des images magnifiques des véritables stars de la soirée – VOUS, nos fans.

Une soirée d’accès exclusif aux attractions
Pendant la Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party, le Parc Walt Disney Studio ouvrira ses portes pour ses fans. Depuis un plongeon du haut des 13 étages de la Tour de la Terreur - un Saut dans la Quatrième Dimension, jusqu’à être miniaturisé à la taille d’un rat dans Ratatouille : L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, c’est une soirée exclusive, avec un nombre limité de billets, qu’aucun fan n’oubliera jamais.

NOUVEAU ! Le Challenge d’Oswald en Chansons
Pour une seule nuit, vous aurez la chance d’être la star la plus étincelante sur l’une des plus célèbres scènes du Parc Walt Disney Studios : Animagique Theater. Échauffez vos cordes vocales pour une compétition magique de Sing-Along. Vous passerez un moment incroyable, et si vous trouvez les bonnes notes, vous pourriez gagner de magnifiques surprises, ainsi que la chance de côtoyer Oswald et Hortensia !

Une grande tombola avec un prix digne d’un conte de fées
Votre forfait comprend un ticket de tombola, qui pourrait vous faire gagner une nuit de rêve dans la luxueuse Suite de la Belle au Bois Dormant du Disneyland Hotel.

Des gourmandises savoureuses et des souvenirs uniques
Les visiteurs auront la chance de goûter les saveurs uniques des menus originaux créés spécialement pour Disney FanDaze, et servis dans les restaurants et les kiosques à gourmets, tandis que des produits en édition limitée exclusive raviront les collectionneurs Disney les plus exigeants.

Révélez votre côté Disney
Chaque fan a un style Disney unique qu’il rêve de laisser s’exprimer, et c’est justement ce que la Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party vous propose ! Révélez le vôtre grâce aux pins, chapeaux, oreilles et autres accessoires Disney. Un personnage Disney vous inspire ? Une attraction Disney vous a marqué ? Quel que soit votre choix, chaque look original et excentrique deviendra à coup sûr une attraction incontournable de la soirée ! (des règles spécifiques s’appliquent et sont sur


Conférences Walt Disney Imagineering
Si vous avez toujours rêvé de rencontrer de véritables Imagineers Disney, ajoutez à votre soirée, une conférence avec les génies qui créent nos paysages, nos attractions et nos spectacles iconiques. Qu'il s’agisse d’une discussion sur Disneyland Paris animée par Tom Fitzgerald, Portfolio Creative Executive, ou d’un aperçu exclusif du monde de Duffy & ses Amis par les Imagineers Daniel Jue, Ethan Reed et Charlie Watanabe, ce sont des opportunités à ne pas rater ! (accès limité nécessitant un billet additionnel non inclus dans le prix des billets standards et des forfaits, à l’exception du forfait L’ultime FANtaisie).

Un cours magistral avec une Disney Legend
N’avez-vous jamais rêvé de rencontrer un véritable dessinateur Disney ? Personnalité légendaire et ancien animateur Disney, Andreas Deja, créateur de personnages mémorables tels que Scar, Hercule, Gaston et Jafar, sera présent à Art of Disney Animation pour partager ses idées uniques sur l’art du dessin d’animation chez Disney. Vous pourriez même apprendre à dessiner l’un de ses personnages célèbres, avec les conseils directs de son créateur ! (accès libre dans la limite des places disponibles).

La Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party est un événement qui promet d’être unique en son genre – un rêve devenu réalité pour tous les fans Disney, avec des surprises à chaque tournant et une succession de moments inoubliables, à savourer ensemble.

 Les réservations de Forfaits à Thème sont exclusivement ouvertes dès maintenant, uniquement en contactant notre Centrale de Réservation.
 Les Forfaits Classiques seront quant à eux disponibles à la vente à partir du 22 janvier.
 Les billets seuls pour la soirée seront disponibles à une date ultérieure.
Pour suivre l’actualité en temps réel, suivez @DisneyFanDaze sur Twitter et Facebook, et consultez pour les dernières mises à jour et annonces !

N'oubliez pas que la Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party aura lieu dans le Parc Walt Disney Studios avec des disponibilités limitées (forfaits et billets) afin de vous offrir une expérience privilégiée.

*Seules les activités suivantes auront des accès limités nécessitant un ticket additionnel non inclus dans les billets standards et forfaits (à l’exception du forfait L’ultime FANtaisie) :
• Conférence avec Tom Fitzgerald
• Duffy & ses Amis, avec Daniel Jue, Ethan Reed, et Charlie Watanabe
*Les participants auront un accès illimité à toutes les autres activités énumérées ci-dessus.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

DLP Update: Photos, Videos : Disneyland Paris Season of the Force Begins at WDS!

As DLP Christmas season ended and the Season of the Force started this week-end, here we go for the first big Disneyland Paris update of the year, always thanks to Max D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster.

First, let’s look back at the end of DLP Christmas season which was marked by the magnificent last performance of « Mickey’s Christmas Big Bang » with the teams of the entertainment and creative department. We hope that this show will come back in the next winter seasons and why not having it all year-round!? Here is pictures and video of the last performance.

This January 7, 2018, was also the time to say goodbye to the original version of DLP Phantom Manor (Haunted Mansion). No excitement, but a relief, the attraction will finally have the right to an update like American parks had more than 10 years ago, meaning not only a total refurb but upgrade of some of the special effects and may be even more, but i can't tell for now. The exterior facade which deteriorated since more than two years will also be refurbished.

Here is Max low light video showing for the last time Phantom Manor as you will not see it again when it will reopen next October, even of the main scenes will of course stay in the ride.

On the last day of operation, a « Last Trip » badge was given to Phantom Manor visitors.

Let's move to DLP Walt Disney Studios where most of the Season of the Force is happening.

The season is clearly announced at the entrance into WDS Studio 1 where guests discover unusual decorations! Two big Star Wars Fighter are on display. The discovery of the X-Wing should be acting as a magnet on visitors, even if this new set is placed in an already loaded environment. Each of the two ships weighs 4 tons!

Outside, there are three other ships from the Star Wars universe and these were not created by DLP team, but by Legion 501, a fan association of the Star Wars universe. It's a pity that they are displayed without being emphasized and left on their roller supports. More broadly, the effort made by Disney in Studio 1 should be replicated outdoors.

Here is the video of these Star Wars decorations.

Let's talk about the Season of the Force shows and parade as the First Order March is back and the Stormtroopers patrols make the joy of the visitors.

For the Season of the Force shows, whether it is « Star Wars: A Galaxy far, far away » or for « Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration » we noticed three things: improved visual effects, improved choreography and new characters. The night show, which was already a real gem, is this year the must of the differents nighttime shows.

Finally, for those of you who like desserts - and who don't? - DLP has created a special "Season of the Force" cupcake for 4.29€ and also a chocolate Millenium Falcon !

As you understood the Walt Disney Studios Park annual Star Wars event is back and adjustments done since last year are fun to see as they improve the experience. An experience that continues at Disneyland Park with Star Tours but especially Hyperspace Mountain.

To end this article, we will note that even it's a Star Wars season no Meet and Greet with Star Wars characters are available for visitors during the event...

The Special Offer on the acclaimed Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" is still running with few copies still available in its English edition! The French edition is totally out of stock but if you're french, and wish to purchase the book in its english edition i will send you a PDF file of the full French text of the French edition.

Here is all you need to know to order a copy of the "Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality" book with the special offer price. First, it's a 320 pages book with 750 pictures of the park including 250 WDI artworks! It's also probably the best gift you can find for a Disney Parks 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 65€ ( instead of 85€ ) and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( except Belgium and Italy for which it is 29€ ).

For French readers a PDF file of the full French text of the French edition will be sent.
Lecteurs Français: Etant donné que l'édition française est épuisée, un fichier PDF du texte complet original en Français sera envoyé aux acheteurs Français ne comprenant pas l'anglais.

Also, each order will receive two GREAT surprise gifts!

You can pay with Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. For Paypal payments please send directly the full amount  including shipping ( 87€ worldwide, except for Belgium and Italy for which the full amount is 104€ ) at:  If you wish to pay by credit card or bank transfer, let me know in your email and i'll tell you how to do.

If you've never seen the book before, don't miss the video below showing the full 320 pages of the book!

Article Pictures and videos: copyright DLP Welcome.

Guess Where Bangkok Dream World Stunt Show Found Part of its Inspiration ?

If you're looking for a theme park during a visit in Thailand, chances are that you will end at Dream World, near Bangkok. It's the most popular one, of course not as sophisticated as Disneyland is, but not that bad, specially in their new attractions. There is also so many "tributes" to Disneyland (to say it elegantly) that you will feel almost at home. After all, they have a Space Mountain, a Haunted Mansion (real names of their rides), a castle, a seven dwarfs cottage, a Cinderella carriage, etc...

I will come back soon on the whole park in another article but today i invite you to have a look at Dream World stunt show called "Hollywood Action". The story line to put it simply is the story of special forces fighting terrorists, but that's not the point. What is the point is how this stunt show took part of its inspiration from the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular stunt show at Disney Hollywood Studios. You like the start of the Indy show with the spikes and the giant rolling ball? You'll find them here. And that's just two elements in this stunt show that were "borrowed" to the Indy show. Others elements are present, a little bit less obvious, but i'm sure that the plane which appear in the final sequence will remind you something.

Of course the Indy stunt show is better, there is no doubt about that, but you can see the full "Hollywood Action" show in the videos below, so have a look and let me know what you think in the comments!

Pictures and videos: copyright Disney and more

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Is Disney Planning to End the Epcot Monorail Line?

Is  Disney planning to end the Epcot Monorail? According to a source of Lance from Screamscape the answer may be yes. Why would they do such a crazy thing as the lost of the Epcot Monorail would be for sure a big lost of kinetic energy for the park? Well, if you follow me on the D&M Facebook page HERE you probably have seen the video below showing the incident which took place on Monorail Red as it was running on the Epcot beam with one of the doors which opened by itself and stayed open while the monorail was running down the line.

Sure, just an incident like this shouldn't been enough to shut down the whole Epcot Monorail line but, as Lance fairly notice, the fleet of WDW Monorail is getting old and the cost of replacement will be too high for Disney. Add to this another rumor saying that Disney is thinking to build a hotel at the entrance of the park and here is what Lance is saying, making the link between both rumors:

"According to one source, Disney has run the numbers forwards, backwards, upside-down and sideways and determined that in no uncertain terms that the ongoing operation of the existing monorail system has become nothing short of a nightmare. The system has aged to the point where reliability has become a major concern, the cost to update it is said to be beyond anything they are willing to pay. On top of this, the rising costs and downtime issues to try and maintain the current system as-it-is, has risen to the point of just being almost unfeasible to continue to due for the long term.

So what is the plan? Lots of options are being discussed... but the one item that I'm told has become 100% necessary is the eventual closure of the Epcot Monorail line. In light of this latest incident... this could happen much sooner than later. This would be the first phase, allowing Disney to take an entire beam-offline and give them time to do some proper refurbishments to those trains to allow the two Magic Kingdom lines to keep running for a time. Ironically, I'm told the plan to close the Epcot line is also one of the reasons the concept of building a new giant resort hotel project over the entrance to EPCOT has come up.

The buying of time for the MK beams also gives Disney time to decide if perhaps they could fund a refurbishment of a smaller system that could continue to see the Resort and Express beams continue to operate. If not, eventually the Express Beam will also close, and Disney will use what's left of the fleet to keep a single monorail beam running for the resort guest line only."

I agree that Lance might have the right insight here and i don't like it. Frankly Epcot Future World without a Monorail running inside it is no good news. Monorails are still a symbol of the future, there is not a lot of them running, specially inside towns and it'll be again a part of Walt vision which would disappear.

According to Lance: "For now the monorails will continue to run, but from what I'm hearing, the clock is ticking and someday the monorail may depart to Neverland. For now, we'll just keep an eye on the future of the Epcot line, as any future incidents like this latest one can only serve to shorten the lifespan of that route. Of course, the performance of the new Skyliner system that will run between Epcot and the Studios may also factor in heavily. If successful, the distance traveled by Gondola between Epcot and the Studios is about the same as the distance between the front of Epcot and the TTC, and they could even re-use the same travel pathway is they so desired."

Make sure to follow Lance on Screamscape as he daily post news about theme parks around the world and has some of the best sources in the business. And also watch the video below in which Monorail Monday talks about the recent episode where Monorail Red traveled the beam with an open door panel, and discuss replacing the monorails, and an important safety tip if you ever have a problem while riding the monorail.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Rex and Trixie Arrive at Shanghai Disneyland Toy Story Land!

Rex and Trixie Arrive at Shanghai Disneyland and are now installed in Toy Story Land opening April 26!

Shanghai, January 11, 2018 – The Rex’s Racer attraction, currently under construction in Shanghai Disneyland’s Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land, celebrated a major milestone this week with the installation of Rex and Trixie, the two beloved dinosaur toys from the popular Disney-Pixar animated film series, Toy Story.

Rex and Trixie were installed at Rex’s Racer at Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land in Shanghai Disneyland. Rex’s Racer is one of the three major attractions coming to Disney•Pixar Toy Story Land, which is the first post-opening project of Shanghai Disney Resort and will become the theme park’s seventh themed land.

Guests visiting Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land will feel as if they’ve been shrunk down to the size of their favorite Toy Story toys for laughter and fun with family and friends in the backyard of Andy, the boy from the hit films. Woody, Buzz and their Toy Story friends will come to life and play in this fully immersive land. After opening, Rex, Andy’s insecure Tyrannosaurus toy, will invite guests to climb into RC Racer for a thrilling ride on the U-shaped track with help from his Triceratops friend, Trixie. With Rex at the controls, RC Racer, with guests aboard, zips forward and backward at ever increasing heights and exhilarating speed.

With Rex at the controls, RC Racer zips forward and backward at ever increasing heights and exhilarating speed. The other two attractions, Slinky Dog Spin and Woody’s Round-Up, will allow guests to take a seat inside Slinky Dog’s springy spirals and race around a wavy roundabout, or climb aboard the carts pulled by a herd of ponies rounded up by Sheriff Woody. As the ponies start a little square dance, they will swing their carts to and fro in time to the lively music.

The new themed land will also feature a uniquely themed character greeting area, Meeting Post, and immersive shopping and dining experiences, Al’s Toy Barn and Toy Box Café. Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land is set to open on April 26, 2018.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Shendi

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

D&M Exclusive: The Michael Jackson's Peter Pan's Neverland Theme Park That Never Was

Editor's Note: I post again today one of D&M favorite article about Michael Jackson's Peter Pan's Neverland theme park project that never was, at that time co-produced with Prince Al Waleed - yes, the one who was still DLP stockholder a while ago. Amazing project who would have been great. If you've never read the article - which include plenty of renderings of the project - don't miss it!

Unless you live on another planet, you probably know that last week was another "Michael Jackson week". The "This Is it" documentary and CD album were released and a major Michael Jackson exhibition opened last Tuesday in London. I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce to you one of Michael's most secret - and really fantastic - projects: the Peter Pan's Neverland theme park that never was.

Let's first go back in time to 1997, when Michael Jackson and Prince Al-Waleed - Disneyland Paris' biggest private stock-holder - created a company called Kingdom Entertainment and purchased 50% of Landmark Entertainment, giving the company a huge infusion of cash. Prince Al-Waleed had 45% and Michael had 5% of the shares. I remind you that Landmark is the famous company directed by Gary Goddard which created the Spider-Man ride at IOA and the Jurassic Park and Terminator 3D attractions at Universal Studios.

Above: Michael Jackson and Prince Al Waleed during the press conference announcing the creation of Kingdom Entertainment Co. I've aded the video of this press conference at the end of the article.

So, what had to happen happened, Michael asked Landmark if they could design a theme park, a real one, not only for him but a park where anybody could go, just like Disneyland. And this theme park would have been named Peter Pan's Neverland! Here is a bird's eye view of the park - please double-click on the image below to see it in big size.

This first concept is amazing, isn't it? Fully inspired from Peter Pan's story, the park would have started with a grand London entrance, as you can see on the artwork below.

A replica of Kensington Gardens, where anyone can see the famous Peter Pan statue, as well as Big Ben and the House of Parliaments in the background, not to mention horse guards at the entrance, all of which would have set a stunning replica of the Victorian city.

Here is another artwork showing this entrance by Greg Pro.

From that point guests were supposed to go to Neverland Island, and Landmark designers had designed two different way to go there, both of which were attractions. The first one, which would definitely have been an E-Ticket attraction, was... to fly to Neverland! As you can see on the artwork below, the take-of was over London, with a fly over Big Ben and other famous London landmarks like the Tower Bridge (note that on the artwork Big Ben and the Tower Bridge are close together but two miles separate them in reality) and then, lead by Tinkerbell, they would fly all over Neverland, the Mermaid Lagoon and Skull Rock and finally land near the Lost Boys home and woods.

And how would Landmark have achieved this wonder, you ask? First, no, the ride was not designed like Soarin' over California - which, by the way, was not built at that time. Instead, guests would have sat on a platform which would have turned down on a 50 degrees angle, a bit less than on the "flying" coasters, and the movie would have been projected on a huge Omnimax dome located under the platform, giving to the guests the illusion of flying over London and Neverland! What a great ride it would have been!

The other way to reach Neverland would have been by boat. During this short boat ride the boat would have go through mysterious caves before arriving to Neverland Island with its lush vegetation and waterfalls.

Once at Neverland, guests would have had the choice of six different areas:

"Lost Boys area" would have been a fun play area for young kids with slides, jumping fountains, a tree house but also a great roller-coaster with tracks going all over the land.

In "Mermaid Lagoon" guests would have had the choice between a boat ride going through Neverland Island caves or to enjoy a meal at a beautiful restaurant located underground with a huge window looking towards the lagoon where a Mermaid show was envisioned. Close to Mermaid Lagoon, the "Indian Village" would have been another area of Neverland where a raft ride was envisioned.

On the other side of the huge Neverland rock, guests would have find "Pixie Kingdom", a great area for young children with giant mushrooms playground and re-themed carnival rides.

Another major area - not so far from Pixie Kingdom - would have been the Pirates village with Skull Rock nearby as well as Captain Hook's ship.

It's there where guests could have watch a great live action show, including a flying Peter Pan fighting his eternal ennemy, Captain Hook. And of course the Crocodile was part of the show.

You may also have noticed that in this first concept three hotels were envisioned: a London hotel, a "Pirate's Cove" hotel and a "Lost Boys Tree top" Hotel. As we will see now, the project had significant changes in its final version.

This next document below is another map of the Peter Pan's Neverland park, actually it's the conceptual master plan. Drawn May 24, 1999 at a scale of 1" = 60' it shows a more advanced project with new attractions and also backstage facilities. Let's have a look again at the whole park to see the differences with the first concept.

First, the three hotels are gone, instead we have one big hotel facing the lake of the London Town area. Located near the entrance, a bit like the Disneyland Paris Hotel it would have allowed the hotel guests to have a unique view on the Neverland park.

In the London Town area, always located at the entrance, Big Ben is still there, but a replica of London's famous Tower Bridge was added. Also, a bigger Kensington Gardens at the entrance and a music hall dinner show in one of the main building on the right.
Inside the House of Parliament replica, a new show: "Salute to J.M Barrie", the creator of Peter Pan. Right on the other side of the Tower Bridge an indoor coaster as well as a 3D simulator theater were also envisioned.

In Pirate's Cove a Pirates Dinner show, another indoor roller coaster and a Pirates stunt show in front of Skull Rock were added. Also envisioned, a lagoon show, probably in the evening.

In Pixie Kingdom, the main difference with the first concept is a big building for a Pixie World dark ride. On the top of the picture below, what seems to be a inverted roller coaster would have had its entrance in a new land "Future Zone".

Lost Boys area always have its roller coaster running all over the land and even inside Neverland mountain, and as you can see below, Future Zone was located at the top with not only the inverted roller coaster but also a smaller coaster and a simulator ride.

In Mermaid's Lagoon, an underwater simulator was added to the first concept and a new area - Kid's Creek - was designed for young children with playground and water fun including small boats.

Peter Pan's Neverland was not designed to be as big as Disneyland, but it certainly would have been a great theme park where all the "Peter Pans" living on this planet would have rush!

So what happened? Why this Peter Pan's Neverland theme park was never built? Well, some years later, Michael Jackson and Prince Al-Waleed ended their association, and considering the cost of a concept like this one, it was very unfortunately the end of the Peter Pan's Neverland project. Although Michael lived in his Neverland Ranch, he never got to walk in this "real" Neverland. However, years later, Landmark designed for Michael a great statue showing Michael as Peter Pan!

Does this mean that we will never see this great park concept become real one day? Who knows, with all the different Michael Jackson celebrations that will happen in years to come - not to mention that Neverland Ranch could become for Michael Jackson's fans what Graceland is to Presley's fans - maybe somebody who has enough money will find, just like we do, that it would be great to build this Peter Pan's Neverland for real? And, hey, there is plenty of land available inside Neverland Ranch. Who could imagine a better place to build Michael's dearest dream?

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