Wednesday, October 18, 2017

All About DLP Star Wars 2018 Season fo the Force! New "Destination" Movie Added to Star Tours, and more...


Here is the official Press Release from Disneyland Paris about the upcoming 2018 Season of the Force and they confirm that a new "destination" movie will be added to Star Tours anytime soon!

STAR WARS SEASON back in FORCE at Disneyland Paris! SEASON OF THE FORCE Returns from January 13 to March 25, 2018 Have you ever wanted to step through the screen and find yourself in the middle of a Star Wars film? “SEASON OF THE FORCE” is back with a vengeance at Disneyland Paris with no fewer than eight intergalactic experiences making you the hero of the saga. Good news, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is also part of this exciting programme!

SEASON OF THE FORCE is three months devoted to Star Wars films in the two Disney parks. You can find yourself face to face with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, propelled at the speed of light on Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and dazzled by the spectacular show projected onto the architecture of the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Star Wars at Walt Disney Studios Park: 

Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration:
The unmissable, open-air projection is making its big come-back at Walt Disney Studios Park on 13 January 2018. Better yet: it will include new scenes, taken directly from the new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Just imagine Walt Disney Studios Park lighting up in true Star Wars style at nightfall with a breathtaking sound and light show. Film projections, special effects and, of course, the Star Wars characters on stage! The legendary characters of the Empire, the First Order and the Resistance will make an appearance in this show celebrating the heroes of the saga. Don’t miss it!

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away:
This production is offered several times a day and brings a number of the saga’s legendary characters into the spotlight on stage. Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and many more will be present in person for this fascinating show at Production Courtyard in Walt Disney Studios Park.

The First Order March:
The days at Walt Disney Studios Park are punctuated by epic appearances by Star Wars characters. Starting with the “First Order March”, a parade of Stormtroopers, led by the daunting Captain Phasma.

Stormtroopers Patrol:
A perfect opportunity to interact with the fearsome Stormtroopers. They patrol several times a day at Production Courtyard in Walt Disney Studios Park.



Star Wars at Disneyland Park: 

What’s New at Star Tours: The Adventures Continue:

New experiences, new destinations, new characters, new technologies – the attraction returns, with more than 70 different mission combinations. More to come from 22 November 2017: a new adventure on Crait, a new planet featured in the upcoming Star Wars movie. The new sequence, inspired by The Last Jedi will debut at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 17th, at Disneyland Paris November 22nd, and at Tokyo Disneyland December 15th. Cutting-edge technology, digital 3D imagery, Audio Animatronics characters, special effects, epic music and more... this journey is a total immersion into the many worlds of Star Wars. The Force is truly strong with Star Tours!

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain:
For the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris, Star Wars combined with an iconic Space Mountain to become Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. With this new adventure, guests to Disneyland Park take flight to meet up with the famous Rebel Alliance and experience an epic expedition.

Meeting the Dark Side of the Force:
Good news: you can stand up to Darth Vader at any age in Star Port! Come face to face him every day in a specially designed location in Discoveryland, near Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. A word of advice for your private meeting: don’t drop your guard when the photo is taken.

Disney Illuminations:
Nightfall also means a dazzling show in Disneyland Park: Disney Illuminations. This original show, inaugurated for the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris, includes sound and light shows, projections, water fountains and fireworks to take your breath away. You will be guided through a multitude of adventures, particularly in a galaxy far, far away, featuring the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters, Stormtroopers and more. The Force is with you at Disney Illuminations, with a sequence of live action shots to delight all Star Wars fans.

Prepare to become the hero of your very own Star Wars adventure from 13 January to 25 March 2018 with the SEASON OF THE FORCE, only in the two Disneyland Paris parks!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Monday, October 16, 2017

Marvel Release New Trailer and Poster for "Black Panther" !



Marvel has released a brand new full trailer for Black Panther and, personally, i think it looks great! Here is the synopsis:

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. 

Black Panther cast include Michael B. Jordan., Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Angela Bassett and the movie will be released in theaters on February 16, 2017.




Picture and video: copyright Marvel

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure !


This year, the Halloween season theming at Disneyland Resort has expanded to Disney California Adventure bringing the first-ever Haul-O-Ween celebration in Cars Land. The residents of Radiator Springs have transformed their town into Radiator Screams!







Disneyland guests are loving it, and last week, hundreds of them joined the party with a special, after-hours meet-up inside Cars Land.






Pictures: copyright Disney

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hong Kong Disneyland Starts Construction on Multi-Year Expansion


Hong Kong Disneyland starts construction of multi-year expansion and soon you’ll be able to step into the storytelling world of Frozen, Marvel and more like never before at Hong Kong Disneyland! "Today’s special moment marks the start of six years full of exciting new attractions and entertainment, with experiences opening almost every year through 2023. This comes on the heels of several amazing additions to the resort this year, including the opening of Iron Man Experience and Disney Explorers Lodge."



In case you missed it, we previously shared that we’re opening two new immersive areas themed to the incredibly popular Frozen and Marvel brands. Both will include exciting attractions that transport you into your favorite stories and bring you face-to-face with some of your favorite characters. We’re excited to share that the thrilling new Marvel attraction will feature Ant-Man, The Wasp and S.H.I.E.L.D. Check the opening dates on the map above.









We’ll also open a new entertainment venue in Adventureland which will feature lively entertainment with the newest heroine from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana. To top it off, we’re transforming the castle to pay tribute to all of the Disney princesses, and we’re creating new daytime and nighttime entertainment to showcase the incredible new backdrop.



 It’s all coming to Hong Kong Disneyland starting next year, in 2018, with the opening of a Moana-themed stage show and the Marvel Ant-Mann ride where was before ether Buzz Lightyear ride!






Pictures: copyright Disney

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Awaited Hyper-Reality Experience, Will Debut at WDW Disney Springs December 16, and at Downtown Disney January 5



Tickets are now available for the new awaited hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID, an offering that will debut at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort December 16, and at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort, January 5, 2018.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport guests deep into the Star Wars universe, walking freely and untethered throughout the multisensory experience with friends and family. In groups of four, teams will go undercover as stormtroopers to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the budding rebellion’s survival.

"A galaxy far, far away needs your help. In teams of four, be transported with family and friends in a brand new hyper-reality experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID. Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill your team’s orders. Pushing the boundaries of location-based virtual reality, The VOID and ILMxLAB bring the Star Wars universe to life through a multi-sensory, untethered story."

Check out the video below for a first look inside the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire experience. Find ticket information and more for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire now at www.thevoid.com.



Picture and video: copyright Lucasfilm -The Void

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Marvel Super Heroes and Villains Battle in Action-Packed Stunt Spectacular During Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Ships


A Marvel stunt show on a Disney cruise ship? If done well, here is a good idea! From the Disney Parks Blog:

Marvel Super Heroes and Villains Battle in Action-Packed Stunt Spectacular During Marvel Day at Sea: For the first time ever, Marvel Super Heroes and Villains will face-off in an incredibly exciting battle at sea! During an action-packed deck show spectacular like you’ve never seen before, incredible stunts, special effects and pyrotechnics put you right in the middle of the thrilling Marvel Universe along with more than a dozen of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes. Let me set the scene for you…

Tony Stark is throwing an exclusive gala on the high seas aboard the Disney Magic. The occasion: unveiling the latest Stark Industries technology. The flashy celebration is in full swing and the party is abuzz as Super Heroes like Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye make their grand entrances to join Tony Stark, who is dressed for the occasion in his Iron Man suit. Of course, powerful new technology is a beacon for evil and plans quickly go awry.

The villainous Loki and some sinister cohorts invade the ship, and as a special guest at the gala, you’re in the middle of the ensuing action. In a whirlwind of excitement, you’ll witness heroic entrances by Thor, Black Panther, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Even Star Lord, Gamora and Groot will join this ultimate confrontation of Super Heroes and Villains.


Now that’s some super-charged celebration! Whether you’re a lifetime Marvel fan, a brand-new fan or just love the idea of being in the middle of a sensational stunt spectacular, then you need to be at this party.

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Monday, October 9, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi New Trailer is Here !


Here it is, Star Wars: The Last Jedi new trailer! And a new theatrical poster too! Want more of Star Wars? Read this great interview of Mark Hamill about his return as Luke Skywalker posted by Star Wars.com HERE.





Picture and video: copyright Lucasfilm

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Disney Patent To Be Used For A Spiderman Ride With Swinging Motions ?


Disney patent hints at Spider-Man-style ride with swinging motions: According to a new patent WDI Imagineers may be looking to recreate the sensation of swinging on a web like Spider-Man for a future ride, though some think it could be used for the upcoming Guardians of Galaxy ride at Epcot. The new patent filed is titled "Track-based Swing Ride with Long Arm Pendulum" and was published on Oct. 5.  Apparently the ride combine a swinging pendulum ride mechanism attached to a moving track system that can take the riders through an environment like a roller coaster does.



Here is the patent description of the ride system: "One goal in designing the ride system was to deliver an experience similar to what it would feel like to be with Tarzan or a similar character swinging between trees of a jungle on a vine or with Spider-Man or a similar character swinging on webs between buildings as you move down streets of a city. [The ride is] intended to have swinging sensation provided while also having forward travel along a ride path in a direction of travel and for the swinging sensation to feel thrilling and fun."



The patent states the movement of the swings also could be controlled where the arm could be slower at the top of a roll to simulate a pause before swinging downward quickly, speeding up as it reaches the bottom-most part of the swing to simulate natural movements.



Read more in the Orlando Business Journal article HERE or on WDWNT HERE.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 Halloween Season Pictorial Update !



Here we go for a new Disneyland Paris update as Halloween season has started at DLP and Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster was there to take great pictures of it!

Important Note: Make sure to don't miss the Disneyland Paris book offer at the end of the article as i succeeded to secure a few of the last copies of the English edition - the French edition being definitely out of stock!

Back to the update: Max was pretty disappointed by this season and the reason why, according to him, is because due to the 25th Anniversary decorations on Main Street USA the halloween decorations were moved to Frontierland entry area and up to Phantom Manor. Thus, only Frontierland is decorated for Halloween while the dragon-shaped structure behind the castle continue to lose throughout the years elements of its scenery.






On Main Street USA, it’s time for the "Mickey Halloween tricycle Gang"! Our feeling about the moment was, « Is this a joke? » « I hope it’s a Halloween prank! » Well no, we do have a 12 cycle parade to say hello to visitors for 3 minutes. This is the main animation of the season...



To give you an idea of the change with last year, here is a video of the 2016 Mickey's Halloween Celebration parade.



Frontierland received part of the old decorations of Main Street USA for its entry zone and Phantom Manor. The result changes little compared to last year, but the arrival of ghosts too toon don't fit really with the land.




















Now, for the good news: The real novelty of this year is the arrival of the Coco decorations on the theme of the Festival of the dead of the future Disney Pixar film planned for Christmas. And that seems to be the reason for this minimalist Halloween this year. Indeed, this new decoration is neat, a real success but it seems that a large part of the budget for the Halloween season went into it. In addition the Walt Disney Company refused that Disneyland Paris communicate on the Coco theme... So we have « Skeletoons ». And on the other hand, animations devoted to the Coco franchise had to be cancelled. This is how an ambitious park offers a failed season, while the American parks can display the image of the future film « Coco ».

Entering now the Mexican Zone with the Fuente Del Oro and the "Coco" decorations, dozens of great pics and a video!








These above and below look the same but look closely as they're not!












































There is a Mariachis Orchestra at Disneyland Paris Frontierland playing in front of the Fuente Del Oro Restaurant during Halloween 2017, and here is the video of it filmed with his mobile ( so a bit low-res ) by Robert Stallard for D&M. Listen carefully as they also play some Disney tunes the "Mariachis" style, including the famous Mickey Mouse Club song, which is quite funny!
































As we just said, the ban on communicating and using the Coco franchise led the park to produce a « parade » as poor as’s Goofy’s Skeletoons Street Party, see video below.



Personally i find the Coco decorations really great but i admit that the return of the 2016 Halloween parade (Mickey’s Halloween Celebration created in 2014) in Main Street would have been a better choice because the only appeal of the 25 years Celebration is not enough to fill the lack of animations of this Halloween season.

Max will be back soon with a new DLP update but in the meantime some important note for those of you who didn't have the chance to order a copy of the fantastic Disneyland Paris book in its English version ( sorry for our French friends but the French edition is definitely out of stock ).



The publishing company closed early September but i succeeded to secure around 40 copies ( the last copies! ) of the English edition. Those of you who want to order it before the English edition is also out of stock must send me an email at: nme4@wanadoo.fr  with your name and shipping address.

Price for one English edition copy is 75 euros + 19€ for shipping worldwide and you can pay either by Paypal by sending the full amount at: nme4@wanadoo.fr or by credit card or bank transfer, send me an email for these.

If you don't know this gorgeous book including 750 pictures of the park with 250 WDI concept-arts, discover it below with the video showing each of the 320 pages!



Pictures: copyright DLP Welcome