Friday, September 23, 2016

The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History Will Debut at WDW MK Liberty Square on October 2 !

It's confirmed and announced officially: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo arrive at Magic Kingdom Park on October 2 for the opening of their all-new, live show “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.” Hosted by James “J.J.” Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, and Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, this wacky new show is set to take place several times daily, just outside The Hall of Presidents.

Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets share their own unique take on the founding fathers as they recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, complete with an original song and plenty of humor. At other times, you may catch the Muppets’ version of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, presented in hysterical fashion as only they can.

As notified to WDW CMs the show will run at 9:05, 9:15, 10, 10:15, 11:45, 11:55, 12:10, 1:15, 1:25, 2:20, 3:35, 3:45, 4:25, and 4:35.

Pictures: copyright Disney

"Brooklyn Amusement Park" by Polo and Pan, Directed by David Tomaszewski

Here is something fascinating, and i was waiting since months that this short video would be at last available online. Last year Paris famous department store Le Bon Marché  had a Brooklyn exhibition during several weeks. And they asked french musicians Polo and Pan and director David Tomaszewski a special video creation, which is the one you'll see below titled "Brooklyn Amusement Park".

Brooklyn Amusement Park shows a fictitious Brooklyn in which the roller coasters would run around the streets and over the roofs along with other amusement park rides. There is more as well as a short storyline, but the perfection of the visual effects ( done in France by Mac Guff ) makes the whole thing truly fascinating to watch, and a true work of cine-art. Don't miss it, and definitely watch it full screen!

Video: Copyright Polo and Pan, David Tomaszewski

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Young Chinese Programmer Embezzled over 1,700 Electronic Tickets to Shanghai Disneyland,

Remember when i told you that when it's about counterfeit "nothing stops the Chinese"? Well, the true story below of a young programmer who embezzled over 1,700 electronic tickets to Shanghai Disneyland is pretty eloquent as you'll see. From CRI English:

A young programmer surnamed Bai has been detained for embezzling over 1,700 electronic tickets to Shanghai Disneyland, reported on Monday.

Taking the advantage of working in an IT company which provides technological support for Shanghai Disneyland's online ticket-selling system, Bai managed to get access to the system's backstage data including the resort's sold electronic tickets.

Through the loophole, Bai begun to change the dates of the sold tickets, starting from late June, and then resell them to scalpers for profit.

Officials with the resort only realized it may be an internal theft case after many visitors arriving at the resort found their electronic tickets had already been used. These visitors all reportedly bought their electronic tickets on Through the IP addresses of the computers logging into the website, the police later tracked and arrested Bai at the IT company. A number of scalpers selling the fake electronic tickets were arrested later.

Initial estimates show that Bai illegally acquired over 1,700 electronic tickets to the resort from June 27 to July 20 and earned nearly half a million yuan (around 73,500 USD) after selling them to scalpers. The economic loss for Shanghai Disneyland reached over 870 thousand yuan.

Prosecutors in Shanghai's Pudong New District said they believed that Bai illegally possessed public property and so they approved his arrest.

Shanghai Disneyland has now upgraded its online ticket selling system and promised to cover the cost of those visitors whose electronic tickets were embezzled.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

4K Video : Disneyland Paris Railroad Arrival & Departure with Announcements at Main Street Station, and more

I've filmed last year this video including 4K footage showing Disneyland Paris Railroad Arrival and Departure at Main Street Station with the great announcements done by DLP Imagineer and Main Street show-producer Eddie Sotto. It also include 4K footage of the Molly Brown leaving the pier in Frontierland and Space Mountain exterior shots as well as Discoveryland lagoon with the Nautilus. All 4K footage was shot with the Leica D-Lux Type 109.

The reason why the train arrival in Main Street Station is filmed on this angle with no camera move is because i had in mind to film the train the same way the Lumière Brothers - who invented Cinema as we know - filmed one of the first film in movie history, titled “the arrival of a train in La Ciotat station". You can watch this short movie HERE

Video: copyright Disney and more