Thursday, June 30, 2016

Grand Summer Special Offer for the Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality Book : 60€ Only From July 1 to August 31 !



The Grand Summer Special Offer has started for the Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality book in English updated or French collector's edition at 60€ only ( + 15€ shipping ), so don't miss it while it last as it is the last copies of the book which will not be reprinted! 

The offer ends on August 31 but please note that NO shipping will be done for orders after July 28 for holiday reasons, so please place your order before July 28 if you don't want to wait until September to receive the book! And there is always the great surprise gift coming with each order!

The book is the perfect gift for Disney parks fan! Click on the link below to have a look inside the book and to order your copy or use the Paypal button below! Make sure to send me an email then at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com  to tell me if you order an English or French edition.

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in ITALY or BELGIUM : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 25 €.

Do not miss this Summer special offer, and to place your order please send an email to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com  - Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!


You can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. Paypal payment must be sent to the same email address: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or you can also use the Paypal button below or on the right column, make sure to choose how many copies you want. 
The Paypal button works for both french or english edition but confirm me by email or in your Paypal payment which edition you want ( english or french ).
Also note that the Paypal button includes an additional discount for those who want to order 2 or 3 copies instead of one. 

If you do NOT have a Paypal account you can pay by credit card, or bank transfer, just send me an email about it at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com


Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book AND you can see more pictures on the book website HERE.

Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!




Video: copyright Alain Littaye 2012

Full 4K Video of the Awaited New Tokyo Disney Sea Show "Out of Shadowland" !



FULL Video of the awaited new Tokyo Disney Sea show "Out of Shadowland", and in 4K! Brilliant show with stunning projection effects and acrobats, which should be very successful at TDS!





And now, on with the show!


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Are Guardians of Galaxy, TRON and Ratatouille Rides Coming to Epcot?


Is the future of Epcot looking bright again? The new Frozen ride is extremely successful and the new Soaring movie is another brilliant addition but according to several sources Disney may has big plans for Epcot and P_Radden posted on WDWmagic this summary of things to come, indicating what is already greenlit or not:

- Universe of Energy is getting a GotG ( guardians of Galaxy ) overhaul, green lit.
- Wonders of Life might get a GotG phase 2, not yet green lit.
- Communicore (outside of mouse gear and starbucks, possibly club cool) will be updated/overhauled, green lit.
- Mission Space will get a refurb/update, green lit.
- There are plans for Imagination, but not green lit yet.
- The Land and Seas pavilions as well as Test Track and Space Ship Earth will remain as is.

Now, according to a short article of WDWNT an "Epcot riddled by IPs may be on the way". More specifically a TRON attraction similar to the one at Shanghaî Disneyland Tomorrowland and a Ratatouille ride like the one at DLP Walt Disney Studios for, of course, the France area at Epcot World Showcase. 


It would make perfectly sense to have a TRON ride at Epcot Future World and it's may be even the ride that the park is waiting for to have its attendance rising spectacularly at last, though the new Frozen ride should help for that, too.


Same for the Ratatouille ride which would fit perfectly in the France area, but there is a bit more to say about this one. Although WDI Imagineers can do a "copy and paste" of the TRON ride which seems perfect as it is - though if they can make the ride a bit longer no one would blame them - some changes would be needed on the Ratatouille one to make it even more enjoyable. When the ride opened at DLP WDS everyone was under the charm of the stunning Parisian theming - indoor or outdoor - and so far guests like very much the ride, but ...all this and the huge amount of money spent on this mini-land didn't had the expected result in financial terms or even in attendance that the WDC was hoping for. 

What went wrong? The WDC generally always blame France and European economy for the poor financial results of the resort and they're not totally wrong, to be fair. But for Ratatouille it's a bit different. Re-creating a Paris area when you have the real one at 40 minutes from the park is not as exotic for the guests as another environment. It's fun, but it don't transport you in another world like Frontierland or Adventureland can do, for instance. At Epcot it's different because Parisian architecture is so far from Florida. And that won't have to build it as "France" is already built at World Showcase. Basically they need only a backstage show building to install the ride which will save a lot of money. Now, about the ride itself. First time i did it i liked it of course because the Imagineers work and theming is wonderful. But did i wanted to ride it again and again when i've exit? May be not, and that's indicates there was some thrills missing in it. I understand that the goal was to create a family ride which would fit for every age, and specially young children, but i think there is still some margin of improvements to make it more memorable while not too hard to ride for children. Some details can be also fixed easily. For instance the fact that you can see during the ride the bottom of the screens destroy a bit the feeling of immersion. Hiding the bottom of these screens shouldn't be the most difficult thing to do. 


I've even more concerns about the Universe of Galaxy overlay with a Guardians of Galaxy theme and the UOE pavilion could close as soon as Fall 2016. Though i'm happy to hear that WDW DHS Tower of Terror will be preserved i'm not really happy of this GoG version in UOE. I don't see them keeping the Dinosaurs scenes with a GoG storyline so i guess we can say bye-bye to them, which is a big mistake as kids love Dinos as everyone should know. After World of Motion and the beloved Horizons ride it will be one more original Epcot ride which will disappear. If they really don't want to pay for a new show building why don't they use the one of Wonders of Life which is closed since years, and just a few yards from the Universe of Energy pavilion? And by the way, if they really want to make Universe of Energy a more exciting ride while keeping the Dinos i've got a great Dinos ride concept waiting for them HERE which would fit perfectly. 

Of course, what they want to do is to use IPs in the hope it will attract guests to the park, but GoG is not Frozen and i'm not sure the IP attraction effect will last as long as they hope. As for a TRON ride which indeed could find its place better at Future World it's a different problem as this time the cost could be higher, except if they decide to get rid of the beautiful - but probably expensive to build - TRON canopy that exist at Shanghaî Disneyland. 


So far, all of these are rumors and of course must be considered like this until official announcements.


Pictures: copyright Disney

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

After SDL Grand Opening Excitement, Is the Wind Already Turning For Shanghaî Disneyland ?


Christopher is a faithful Disney and more reader and he's coming back from Shanghaî Disneyland! He sent me his comments about the park with interesting infos and here is the translation - you also have the original text in french below:

I just returned from Shanghai Disneyland! The park is fantastic, I stayed 3 days and i was never bored.
I just wanted to give you my feelings and provide information that is not often given.
First: the attendance: not terrible, on weekdays the park barely had more than 15,000 guests. Yes, it is little. Result: reasonable queues for us. What is especially interesting is to see how the Chinese do not have the same expectations than us.
Where in other parks we just look for the "classics" Peter Pan’s Flight, etc ... I waited 5 mins for this attraction! Same for Pirates of Caribbean. The longest wait was for Soaring over the Horizon and Roaring Rapids.
The Chinese come for the attractions but could not care less for the characters. I saw Baloo or the poor Duffy wait for guests who did not come to see them!
Culture also is very different: no applause at the end of shows ( at Ignite the magic, for example ).
The lack of savoir vivre is stunning: Queues turned into trash, urine everywhere ... They do not seem to appreciate the quality at fair value.
The scams are also huge: ponchos sold by "guests" in the queue - yes, you read correctly, a parallel business WITHIN the park - others were selling fake fastpass to enter through the attraction exit...
State police is present to prevent riots in the event of 101 ( when a ride has a technical problem )… Which is something very very common, breakdown and rides re-start never stopped during 3 days.
Then, in terms of buying merchandise we saw very few guests with bags... And the restaurants are not full. It is expensive for a Chinese as it is our European prices!
Other information: hotels are only accessible with a reservation. They are closed to outsiders. We must give our reservation number to enter. But it is not so bad because people go everywhere and take care of nothing.
The cast members already seem exasperated except with us caucasians with whom they are adorable.
Otherwise again this park is amazing, neat, detailed, far to have been done on the cheap. Any place in the park is superb.
I wish you a good visit of this park soon. Sad that you stop your site, you've always done a great job.

Christopher's Original French version:

Je rentre de Shanghaï Disneyland ! Je n'aurai pas grand choses à t'apporter par rapport à tout ce qui a été dit sur ce parc. Il est fantastique, je suis resté 3 jours et je ne me suis jamais ennuyé.
Je voulais simplement te donner mon ressenti et apporter des infos qui ne sont pas souvent données.
Tout d'abord la fréquentation : pas terrible, en semaine le parc à à peine 15000 guests. Oui c'est peu. Résultat des files d'attentes raisonnables pour nous. Ce qui est surtout intéressant c'est de voir à quel point les Chinois n'ont pas les meme attentes que nous.
Là où dans les autres parcs on vient chercher les "classiques" Peter Pan etc... La j'ai attendu 5 mins pour cette attraction ! Pareil pour Pirate. La plus longue attente est Soarin et Roaring.
Les Chinois viennent pour les attractions mais se foutent complètement des personnages. J'ai vu Baloo ou encore le pauvre Duffy attendre seul des guests qui ne venaient pas les voir !
La culture aussi très différente : pas d'applaudissements à la fin dès show ( ingnite par exemple.
Le manque de savoir vivre est flagrant : files d'attentes transformée en poubelles, on urine partout... Ils ne semblent pas apprécier la qualité à sa juste valeur.
Les arnaques sont énormes aussi : vente de ponchos par des "guests" dans la file d'attente. Oui tu as bien lu, un business parallèle au sein même du parc.
Vente de faux fastpass pour passer par la sortie.
Police d'état présente pour éviter les émeutes en cas de 101... Chose très très courante. Ca n'a fait que ca pendant 3 jours des pannes et des réouvertures d'attractions.
Ensuite en terme d'achat on a vu très peu de guests avec des sacs... Et les restaurants ne font pas le plein. C'est hors de prix pour un Chinois ce sont nos prix européens !
Autre infos: les hôtels ne sont accessibles qu'avec une réservation. Ils sont fermés aux gens extérieurs. On doit donner notre numéro de réservation pour rentrer. Mais ca c'est pas plus mal car ils iraient partout et ils ne prennent soins de rien.
Les cast member semblent déjà excédés sauf avec nous caucasien avec qui ils sont adorables.
Voilà des petites infos intéressantes je pense.
Sinon encore une fois ce parc est incroyable, soigné, détaillé et loin d'avoir été fait au rabais. Le moindre lieu est superbe.
Je te souhaite une bonne visite de ce parc bientôt.
Triste que tu arrêtes ton site, tu as toujours fait un travail formidable.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Disneyland Paris Update : Animagique Theater, Big Thunder Mountain and more



Here is a new Disneyland Paris update, thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. Please note that it will be one of the last DLP updates on D&M, one more will come for the new Mickey and the Magician show at DLP WDS next week. 

Also, for those of you who still don't have the fantastic Disneyland Paris book, i remind you that we have now just a few copies of the book and the book will not be reprinted, so make sure to get your copy when it is still available! More details at the end of this article and you can see more pictures on the book website HERE. 

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book
 
 



Welcome to Walt Disney Studios Park.
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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith is now reopen! Unfortunately i did not found the time to test it.
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A new warning sign to made its appearance at the entrance of the queue waiting for Moteur… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular.
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Animagique Theater has now its new sign!
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New signs to indicate the entrance to the Park!
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Main Street station renovation will end soon with the removal of scaffoldings. See you in July for the reopening!
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In all the parc, new electrical facilities were installed to accommodate the new audio system of the Park. It’s a bit too visible to our liking and at the expense of the plantations. 
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At Frontierland some painting in progress near Fort Comstock.
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The Partial renovation of the ground located in front of Big Thunder Mountain is complete and has been rebuilt identically, with footprints of horseshoes and old wheel of carts. This part is now open for the gests, but the passage does not link to the other end of Frontierland and  Frontierland Depot. So, the visitors get trapped and can’t reach the Frozen show.
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About the renovation of Big Thunder Mountain, the cleaning of the mountain is now almost completed, and the next step now is to repaint. The difference of colors is spectacular.
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The opossums will no return on the tree, unfortunately.
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In Adventureland, the area around « the enchanted Passage of Aladdin » is closed to allow the continuation of the facades painting. The result is already striking!
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Surprise of the day (Saturday), pineapple whip was out of stock at 5 pm!
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The renovation of Adventure Isle continues with the arrival soon of a new floor in concrete on the pirates beach, the work on one of the bridges and the level of the lagoon that has been reduced to improve the renovation of the island. Unfortunately the silty water continues to rot, from green to Brown.
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The renovation continues now with Space Mountain until July 1st, in addition of the one of Big Thunder Mountain and Peter Pan's Flight… It’s hard for the guests in the parc who are finally going in the Walt Disney Studios, a parc with less ride and capacities.
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Max will be back very soon for a full report on the awaited Mickey and the Magician new show at DLP WDS Animagique Theatre! In the meantime make sure to order your copy of  the not-to-be-missed gorgeous Disneyland Paris book before it will be out of stock forever!


Last month special offer on the book done to celebrate DLP 24th Anniversary had ended on April 30 but with all the news recently about Shanghaî Disneyland i didn't had the time to change the Paypal buttons which still display the promo price. So, it's your chance to still enjoy the special offer while it last and to order the "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" book in its english regular and updated edition OR in its french collector edition at the special price of 60 € (+ 15 € shipping worldwide) for the english updated edition or the french collector edition! 

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in ITALY or BELGIUM : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 25 €.

In addition, ALL buyers will receive a surprise gift that everyone will love! 

Do not miss this special offer, and to place your order please send an email to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com  
Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!
You can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. 

Paypal payment must be sent to the same email address: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or you can also use the Paypal button below or on the right column, make sure to choose how many copies you want. 
The Paypal button works for both french or english edition but confirm me by email or in your Paypal payment which edition you want ( english or french ).
Also note that the Paypal button includes an additional discount for those who want to order 2 or 3 copies instead of one. 

If you do NOT have a Paypal account you can pay by credit card, or bank transfer, just send me an email about it at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book AND you can see more pictures on the book website HERE.

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book
 
 

Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!


 

Photos: copyright DLPWelcome