Monday, August 3, 2015

Disneyland Paris Future : All About What You Can Expect ...or Not


Not a lot of big Disney news recently because Disney is now keeping all announcements for the D23 Expo happening in two weeks from now. Until that date don't expect any special news from the Mouse. Thanks God, Disney and more is here to bring you fresh and exciting news about the future and we'll have a look today at what you can expect - or not - for DLP and the WDS in a near future. As i know there are a lot of expectations from DLP fans i think it's better that you know what should really happen - and what will not - to don't put your expectations too high and will be then disappointed. That said, there are plenty of good news below which will be for sure exciting for DLP fans.

As you've read in one of my last updates translated from an ED92 report Frontierland BTM and Rivers of the Far-West will enter in renovation mode at the end of the year. A few days after ED92, and although not announced officially, we had from DLP the confirmation dates of all renovations to come, something you can read in my previous article HERE if you've missed it. But here below is the picture which was in it with all the refurb dates.

But what DLP didn't said explicitly was what changes you can expect in the upcoming renovations. For Star Tours 2 we all know they will install a similar version than Star Tours The Adventure Continues that DL and WDW guests enjoy in the parks. 

Now, according to my own personal source, and a reliable one, here is what is quite confirmed, and there are some good and less good news about the upcoming Frontierland renovations: The renovation of Big Thunder Mountain is a go and will last 13 months ( they will empty the Rivers of the Far West lake, too ) and they will install the new BTM final with the mapping projection explosion effect like at Disneyland as well as others things - like probably an interactive queue and new trains - as well as a lot of technical "invisible" works which should make the ride even more safe and with less "101" then it had until now, which will allow a faster restart of the ride when a technical problem will happen. 

The other good news is that Frontierland geysers should be back too, one way or another depending of the technical solution they will choose to create the geysers effect, meaning they eventually could use another tech than the one which was used 23 years ago. BUT, and here is the not-so-good-news, the renovation of the Mark Twain river boat is NOT yet in the plans - currently up to 2017 - and won’t be done during this big BTM refurb. But all is not lost for the future of the river boat as DLP still want to do it and in fact they want literally to rebuild the Mark Twain, so they probably don’t really care about its current self destruction state that you’ve seen on the pictures. All we have to do is to wait and hopefully if they don't change their mind it might be done for the end of the decade ( but that date is my prediction ).

If you don't remember the new BTM explosion finale here is a video showing it at Disneyland.




Now about Phantom Manor. Although ED92 is often right, apparently what they said about the new scene which would be created at the start of the ride with an Audio-Animatronic bride standing on the staircase in the loading room at the start of the ride is not in the plans and they don’t plan either to do major changes in the ride like they did for instance at WDW. The ride should stay exactly the same except that it will go through a major technical rehab. 

About Peter Pan's Flight, now, which is closing during the first six months of 2016. Almost everybody - including me - is hoping that they will enhance the ride the same way they did recently at DL Anaheim and eventually add the new queue decor with visual effects as they did at WDW but i'm sorry to say that neither one or the other will happen and the ride should remain exactly like it is right now, with no upgrade although of course a lot of refurb, or changes in the ride mechanical parts, something that will be invisible for DLP guests even if the ride should be smoother when it will reopen in 2016.

For Pirates of Caribbean a good news which may also be a bad one depending of your point of view of the question: yes, the ride will close the first six months of 2017 and Captain Jack Sparrow Audio-Animatronics will be installed in the ride as well probably as the others effects existing in the U.S updated versions. Now, some of you will be happy about that and others will find it sacrilege, thinking that the DLP POTC version was one of the last "genuine" POTC ride and that it won't be the case anymore. I let you judge if it's a good idea or not. It'll probably be a good one commercially speaking because the Jack Sparrow character is so popular but if you ask me, personally i would have prefer an updated version of what is already existing with eventually new effects but i'm not a big fan of these Jack Sparrow AAs as i think it's two different stories which knock together. 

There is also another reason why they finally add the Jack Sparrow AAs in DLP POTC. As you may have heard Johnny Depp was recently filming a new POTC movie in Australia. Titled "Pirates of Caribbean : Dead Men Tell no Tales" it tells the story of Captain Jack Sparrow in search for the Trident of Poseidon and the movie will be released in ...2017 just at the same time that POTC refurb will end and reopen with the Jack Sparrow AAs. What a coincidence! In Disney language it's called "synergy" and remember this word as if you want to know how they think at the WDC and how the company do to be so wealthy, it's all about synergy. Believe me, synergy is probably the most important word in Disney's strategy. 

There are many others areas of the park currently in renovation, starting by It's a Small World which closed its doors last month and you can follow all of them in pictures on the ED92 Facebook page HERE or soon on the D&M Facebook page HERE.

Let's move now to the DLP Walt Disney Studios as there is some good news about them. These news are coming from ED92 but i've been told that ED92 is right on these ones, even if nothing has been announced officially. The text below is an adapted translation of ED92's post and the french version is HERE.

In the plans for DLP WDS for 2017 - 2018 new scenes in the Tram Tour - the Tram Tour station will be moved, too, adding room for Toy Story Mania! By the way you'll note on the picture above that DLP has indeed planned something for the Tram Tour with works starting around June 2016.

About the new scenes, and knowing that the project is in very good progress and although ED92 do not have all the details on each scene yet, they can reveal what will happen to already existing scenes:

- Dinotopia scene : The decor will be transformed and will pay tribute to adventures of a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... Yes, say farewell to Dinotopia and welcome to Lucasfilm as DLP Imagineers will propose a scene in the heart of Star Wars! Just to play, ED92 think that Naboo might fit well with the stone facades of the existing decor although requiring additions to make it a full experience. Personally i hope they will rebuild everything and won't be cheap on this one.

- The Catastrophe Canyon is currently the central highlight of the Tram Tour. But what to do with a Canyon in a Rockies decor? Luckily, the studios already offer the solution, and yes, the Pixar Cars would be entitled to their own stage. 

If i understand well what ED92 is saying it should mean that Cars characters will be placed in Catastrophe Canyon, instead of the ones currently in place. They can do this quite easily i agree and it might introduce  a fun element in a show which, although always spectacular, needs desperately a "soul".

- The last change should happen in the Reign of Fire scene. No surprise here, as you'll understand easily why it will be replaced by a Marvel scene with the decor being  reviewed ( no more London, probably ) and revised to accommodate not anymore invisible dragons, but the famous Avengers Super-Heroes! It makes sense, after all the Reign of Fire decor is the one of a damaged city, the kind of set that we've seen either in Avengers 1 or 2 so by changing the London elements and replacing them by New York ones or so they can create an Avengers scene easily. What we still don't know is what kind of special effects they will use and, here too, lets hope they will have a comfortable budget for this scene and won't be cheap.

As i told you things won't stop there as the Tram Tour Station will be removed and  Toy Story Mania is added to the list of attractions expected for WDS for 2018.

Here is a picture ( click to enlarge ) showing too the future new route of the Tram Tour and Toy Story Mania, thanks to the indications from ED92.


And the Star Wars Land or the WDS Backlot placemaking with an Avengers land, you ask? Well, they're still in the plans of course but according to what i've been told no dates have been approved yet which doesn't mean they won't be built but that it's not in the plans for a near future. With the addition of Star Tours 2 at DLP and the Star Wars and Avengers scenes in the WDS Tram Tour the risk is that DLP and WDC execs might think that it should be fine for a few years to keep everybody waiting. However, if as everyone is expecting the Star Wars lands for Dl and DHS are announced at D23 Expo in two weeks, look closely to their opening dates. It probably will be between 2017 and 2019 and from these dates you'll know that a Star Wars land at DLP will NOT open until after these opening dates. Why? Because as usual it's all about money and for now the WDC has to pay for Shanghaî Disneyland  ( 2016 ), then Avatar Land ( 2017 ) and then the Star Wars lands which probably will cost half billion dollars each. And once all these will be built and paid then they might have some money to add a Star Wars land in Paris, but certainly not before.

O-Kay, that should do it for today and in the meantime don't forget the special offer on the Disneyland Paris book as i do a "special special offer" to celebrate the 5000 Likes of the D&M Facebook page! Until August 5 on each order of my Disneyland Paris book the shipping will be FREE which means that you will save an additional 15 euros on what was already the best offer ever! 

Which means that not only you can order a book copy in its english or french edition at 60€ - with free shipping worldwide - and still have a signed copy for the same price, 60€ instead of 90€ which was the regular price for a signed copy. The copy will be signed by me at your name or another name of your choice if you wish to offer the book to anyone you love. You can order the book easily by sending me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

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As the Euro is literally crashing since months it also mean that the book is now at its best price ever for our American friends as 60€ currently equals $68 only! It really is the best time ever to order the book as you save money thanks to the special offer AND you save money too thanks to the Euro / $US change rate!

To order your copy with this special offer just send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com and specify if you want an english or french edition, and the name to whom you wish i dedicate the book.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

A "special special offer" on the Disneyland Paris book to celebrate the 5000 Likes of the D&M Facebook page!


A "special special offer" to celebrate the 5000 Likes of the D&M Facebook page! From today August 1 until August 5 on each order of my Disneyland Paris book the shipping will be FREE which means that you will save an additional 15 euros on what was already the best offer ever! 

Which means that not only you can order a book copy in its english or french edition at 60€ - with free shipping worldwide - and still have a signed copy for the same price, 60€ instead of 90€ which was the regular price for a signed copy. The copy will be signed by me at your name or another name of your choice if you wish to offer the book to anyone you love. You can order the book easily by sending me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

More about the book here: http://neverlandeditions.blogspot.fr/

As the Euro is literally crashing since months it also mean that the book is now at its best price ever for our American friends as 60€ currently equals $68 only! It really is the best time ever to order the book as you save money thanks to the special offer AND you save money too thanks to the Euro / $US change rate!

To order your copy with this special offer just send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com and specify if you want an english or french edition, and the name to whom you wish i dedicate the book.

Paypal, bank transfer or credit card payment are accepted. Do NOT use the Paypal button on this site or on the book website as they are not coded for this limited time special offer. If you want to pay with Paypal just send directly the 60 euros to:

neverlandeditions@gmail.com
 
Don't miss this special offer, and a GREAT surprise gift also comes in addition for all buyers!


You can also watch a video showing the whole book here below!


Six Flags Justice League : Battle for Metropolis Ride - Full Ride Videos


A new E-Ticket ride opened at both Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis two months ago and God knows why i missed its opening. It's a very interesting ride as for the first time Six Flags is launching an ambitious ride that we usually see mostly, if not only, at Universal Studios ( Spiderman, Transformers rides ) or Disney ( DLP WDS Ratatouille ride ).

The three minutes ride is titled Justice League : Battle for Metropolis and is of course based on DC Comics Super-Heroes and villains, and was produced by major industry players Sally Corporation and Oceaneering International. The trackless ride vehicles with a simulated platform are done by Oceaneering and can tilt and spin, complete 360 degree turns and virtual loops. And just like the Universal - Disney similar rides guests wear 3D glasses to enjoy the 3D projections on the 18 giant screens which includes five 17×30 foot interactive screens that are used during the shooting part of the ride. But Six Flags add a "shooter" dimension as guests also have laser guns to shoot at more than 600 virtual enemies that pop up during the course of the ride. A ride which also include mechanical elements, a themed queue that includes video screens playing Justice League-related content, and an Audio-Animatronic figure recruiting patrons to fight alongside the Justice League. and of course special effects - smoke, fire, lighting, etc... Entertainment Designer did recently a good article about it that you can read HERE, and as E.D notes "one of the most innovative developments of the ride is a fog screen which has villains projected onto it. The ride cars pass through the wall of fog, adding a whole new level of interest to the 4D experience."

Now, as i'm sure you'll like to see the full ride i've found three good videos for you. The first one shows the ride filmed with a camera placed at the top of the last row in the ride vehicle, and also have the full Audio-Animatronic scene in the pre-show. The AA though as not perfect as one from WDI is quite good but it seems to me that at the time the video was filmed there was a little problem of audio synchronization, apparently the man who's doing the AA voice is speaking too quickly for the AA moves. Also, during the ride itself, the top of the projections on the ride screens is partly out of the frame of the camera.





The second video is coming from Sally Corporation - who produced and designed the ride - and this one shows the full frame of the ride projections on giant screens. The video is a bit darker than the first one but that's okay.





And you also must watch this third video as it shows very different views of the ride vehicle moving in the sets but filmed from outside of the vehicle, as well two guests on-ride shooting at will with the guns.




So, does it look as good as similar rides at Universal or Disney. It looks really good, and certainly very good for a Six Flags ride. And as Six Flags don't have the same budget than Disney or Universal for their rides i'll be curious to know the cost of the ride. If anyone knows, thanks to let me know in the comments! I still think that the Spiderman ride at IOA is better, but i don't want to speak too much about this Justice League ride as it's not fair to judge a ride that you didn't ride "physically". One thing is sure, if i was living nearby i will for sure go right away to Six Flags to ride it!

Picture: copyright Six Flags - Sally Corp

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WDW DHS Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream and Voyage of the Little Mermaid to close at the end of September 2015 ?


According to WDW News Today "rumor has it that Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream and Voyage of the Little Mermaid at WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios will close at the end of September 2015." We should know more at D23 but in the meantime i've found for those of you who've never seen the great One Man's Dream exhibit a video filmed by WDWNT, and then jump to WDWNT short article HERE.




Video: copyright WDW News Today

Gorgeous Animated Tribute To Japanese Master Hayao Miyazaki


Dono has posted on Vimeo a GORGEOUS 3D Animation tribute to Japanese Animation master and genius Hayao Miyazaki. If you love Miyazaki animated films - and i hope you do! - you'll love this!


Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki from dono on Vimeo.


Video: copyright Dono 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shanghaî Disneyland Update : New Pictures and Video !


We're back at Shanghaî today for a new update on Shanghaî Disneyland! With almost everything about the park and resort announced by Bob Iger two weeks ago there's not a lot more to learn right now, but there is still more to see thanks to a Chinese TV report which include some interesting shots. Some of them were filmed one or two months ago but that's not the problem when they show any part of the park we've not seen before.

We'll start by interesting shots of the SDL model filmed when Iger did its announcement and this first one on the top shows the park entrance. On the one below you can see the entrance of Disney Town -  the park entrance is in the background on the top right -  and the big structure in the foreground is most probably the World of Disney store.


Next is an interesting shot showing the Journey to the Crystal Grotto boat ride model with SDL castle in the background.


And this last one shows Roaring Rapids, the loading area in the foreground, with Camp Discovery in the background, on the right.


Time now to have a look at pictures of the park, starting with these shots of the works on SDL Castle.



This next picture shows SDL castle in the background with Tomorrowland elevated walkways in the foreground.


Next pictures are close shots on the Roaring Rapids mountain with workers working on it. All these screen captures are not very sharp but the original video was in low-res and, after enhancement, this is the best we can get.





The next picture shows something more difficult to guess but i think it's Shipwreck Shore in Treasure Cove - you can guess the wrecked ship...


Another ship - may be the same one? - in Treasure Cove.


SDL Pirates of Caribbean fortress and the ride show building in Treasure Cove, seen more or less from behind.


The last three pictures show the same building. The question is: which one? It could be El Teatro Fandango where will take place the Pirates stunt show... but the red color of the structure as well as the art-deco design on the top makes me think that it could be the Walt Disney Grand Theater in Disney Town. The bets are open!




All-right, as i'm sure you want to see the video from which i did these screen shots, here it is, and see you soon for a new Shanghaî Disneyland update!





Monday, July 27, 2015

Disneyland Paris Update Part Two : Renovations Everywhere !


As promised, here is the part two of the Disneyland Paris update, with pictures of Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. If you've missed the part one of this article about the reopening of a renovated Space Mountain you'll find it HERE.
I also remind you that i do a Special Summer Offer on the Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book until August 15 and it's the best offer ever, so make sure to check the offer at the end of the article!
Although the fences are now out in Discoveryland others areas of the park remain in renovation and others parts are already finished...


Right at the park entrance the renovation of the ground of Fantasia Gardens is still going on...



This week is cold and rainy at DLP with 22° maximum but warm weather should be back for the week-end. And it was hot when Max shot these pics, with plenty of guests in Main Street U.S.A.





Behind the castle the Carousel de Lancelot is now reopen, but was not yet when Max shot the pictures.






One of the most spectacular renovations is the one of Fantasyland pools all around Dumbo, the result is stunning and the color of the water never looked as clear as this since DLP opening day!





That said, another great result of DLP renovation is at Adventureland Bazaar which has been repainted and the ground completely redone. Great work.







We move  now to Frontierland where the « Rustler Roundup Shootin’ Gallery » is now reopen after its renovation. The roof is renovated, signs are back and painting was done on the facades.




Let's end with pictures of DLP day parade and DLP 2015-2016 ambassadors welcomed 200 children from Paris to spend a day at the park and enjoy the parade.








I remind you that i do a Special Summer Offer on the Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book until August 15 and it's the best offer ever! Not only you can order a book copy in its ENGLISH or FRENCH EDITION at 60€ ( + 15€ shipping worldwide ) but for the first time you can have a signed copy for the same price, 60€ instead of 90€ which was the regular price for a signed copy! The copy will be signed by me at your name or another name of your choice if you wish to offer the book to anyone you love. You can order the book easily by sending me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com   and specify me if you want an english or french edition.

As the Euro is literally crashing since months it also mean that the book is now at its best price ever for our American friends as 60€ currently equals $68 only! It really is the best time ever to order the book as you save money thanks to the special offer AND you save money too thanks to the Euro / $US change rate!
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Pictures: copyright Max Fan - DLP Welcome