Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will hold its World Premiere at Shanghai Disneyland on May 11

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will hold its World Premiere at Shanghai Disneyland on May 11. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend.

Disney noted the event will mark the first time a Hollywood movie has premiered in Mainland China. The red carpet will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort, with the screening in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown.

Here is a marketing idea which is smart to promote Shanghaî Disneyland... More details in the full Variety article HERE.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Get Ready to Rock Out on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Just released by the folks of D23, and it's about the music in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy ride at DCA: "Get Ready to Rock Out on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!:
Guardians of the Galaxy is just as well known for its awesome music as it is for its irreverent comedy and lovable, quirky characters, and the brand-new attraction at Disney California Adventure park is no different. If you’ve been wondering which of the songs would be on the attraction’s awesome mix, wonder no more! We got the inside scoop from the folks behind the new attraction, opening May 27 at Disney California Adventure park.

John Dennis, executive creative director of music at Walt Disney Imagineering (how cool is that job?), told us about the process for coming up with the six songs you can hear during a rockin’ ride on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! John and his team used Star-Lord’s awesome mix as a starting point, and ended up testing out 100 different songs to find the right fit. The six chosen for the attraction are the perfect mix of fun and funky and help make each ride on the thrilling attraction a truly unique experience. Check out the “playlist” below and let us know which song you’re most excited to hear during your first ride on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!"

“I Want You Back” – The Jackson 5
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar
“Give Up the Funk” – Parliament
“Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
“Burning Love” – Elvis Presley
“Free Ride” – The Edgar Winters Group

Now, i have to say - even if i'm among those who is not specially excited by this GoG ride - that it's a pretty smart move from WDI Imagineers. Why? Because it's true that the soundtrack of the first GoG movie did a lot for the spectators enjoyment of the movie and even if the ride has nothing special - after all we all know that it'll be a elevator which will fall because this has not been changed - people will most probably enjoy the famous songs and so they may get out of the ride liking it when in fact it's the music played during the ride that made it special or even memorable. See what i mean? Very smart move from WDI folks.

Picture: copyright Disney

Monday, April 24, 2017

Universal Studios Orlando Volcano Bay Video Update

With just one month prior to its opening let's have a look to Universal Orlando Volcano Bay water park which is almost ready to welcome its first guests. 

Eye Aerial has posted a great new drone video - and filmed in 4K - of Universal Orlando Volcano Bay water park, which provide stunning footage as seen from above. The pools have not yet been filled with water so you'll need to imagine how it will look with a crystal clear turquoise color water! 

That said, my main concern is about the immersion feeling as i'm curious to see if it will work with the highway located right behind Volcano Bay... 

Let's have a look now closer to the ground with this other video filmed by Alicia Stella posted just three days ago!

Can't wait to see how it will look on opening day next month!

Videos: copyright Eye Aerial, Alicia Stella

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book Special Offer to Celebrate DLP 25th Anniversary and D&M 10th Anniversary !

Disneyland Paris launched its 25th Anniversary this week-end - though DLP "real" 25th Anniversary date is on April 12 - and, guess what, it's also the 10th Anniversary of Disney and more! So, to celebrate both DLP 25th and D&M 10th i launch today the "DLP 25th and D&M 10th Anniversaries Special Offer for the Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book ( De L'Esquisse à la Création en français ) and it's a chance for you to get this gorgeous 320 pages book at the best price ever!

You'll hardly find a better gift for a Disneyland Paris fan so don't miss it as it is the last copies of the book which will not be reprinted!
Note in French for the French readers: Il reste 30 Exemplaires de l'édition Collector française qui ne sera PAS rééditée car c'était une édition limitée à 2000 exemplaires, donc ne tardez pas pour passer votre commande en m'envoyant un email à:

The Special Offer is for both the English updated edition or the French collector's edition and the English edition is at 60€ / $65 ( instead of 85€ ) and the French Collector Edition is at 75€ ( instead of 100€ ). In both cases the shipping worldwide is 22€ ( $24 ).  Shipping takes 3-4 days for France, 10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. Sorry for what may seem a high shipping cost but the package with the book is heavy ( 2,5 Kgs ) and the French post office also increased its prices. We also ship the books in the best box you've ever seen for a book to make sure they arrive in good condition, and this has a cost.

Usually the Special Offer includes a great additional surprise gift, but because we celebrate two anniversaries, this new special offer will include TWO great surprise gifts ( and believe me, you'll be VERY happy to get them! )!

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 29 €.

To place your order please send an email to: Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!

You can pay with Paypal by sending the full amount - including shipping - by Paypal to: or you can use the Paypal buttons below. ( make sure to choose the right button for the rich edition ). Thanks to 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: and i will let you know how to do.

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book ENGLISH Edition

Livre Disneyland Paris De L'Esquisse à la Création Ed FRANCAISE

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!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Videos of Hong Kong Disneyland Explorers Lodge Hotel !

We have the first videos of the Hong Kong Disneyland new hotel, the Explorers Lodge. These first Chinese "news" videos will show you a bit of everything in the hotel. Above and below, picture of the lobby and the hotel main restaurant.

The first videos below shows an overview of the hotel, each video having additional shots that the others videos don't have.

Below, a picture of Hathi Jr Garden.

The three next videos were filmed by Disney Magical Kingdom Blog, and this first 11 minutes long video will show you theming elements in the hotel lobby.

This next video from Disney Magical Kingdom Blog shows part of Explorers Lodge garden, "Hathi Jr Garden".

And this last video will show you the Trading Post shop inside the Explorers Lodge.

Videos, copyright Disney Magical Kingdom Blog, China News

First "Official" Pictures of DCA Guardians of Galaxy Collector’s Fortress

Disney Parks released the first "official" pictures of Guardians of Galaxy Collector’s Fortress at DCA - and they've shot the pictures at "magic hour" - at the end of the afternoon - to make sure it'll look as good as possible!

From the Disney Parks Blog: "This enigmatic building is home to the soon-to-be-unveiled Tivan Collection, where guests will view the rare items in Taneleer Tivan’s extensive holdings, including his newest acquisitions: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The fortress shimmers with colorful and sparkling details; pipes cross and climb the exterior, carrying the organic matter the Tivan Group has mined to power the massive generator that powers the entire building, keeping every cage locked and the valuable collection secure. Rising and falling gantry lifts peek out of doors exposed through the corroded, burnt metal, and it even looks as if the structure may have taken laser fire and blasts. Has someone tried to attack the facility?"

As you know the Guardians of Galaxy - Mission : Breakout ride will open on May 27 at Disney's California Adventure.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Latest news About Pandora: The World of Avatar !

Here are the latest news about Pandora : The World of Avatar opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom in five weeks from now! Bloomberg Business Week has posted a long article not only about it but also about the competition with Universal Studios, and you can read it HERE. They've also posted in the article brand new daytime and nighttime pictures of Pandora, shot by Stephen Wilkes, like the ones you have above and below ( click to enlarge the pictures ).

The Chicago Tribune has also posted an article HERE about Pandora in which we learn that "the period backdrop of this Pandora is a full generation after the original movie. By now, all conflicts have been resolved, and, within Pandora's floating mountains and multicolored rainforest, all storylines can begin with a clean slate.

To experience Flight of Passage, "you proceed through sacred caverns resembling (Cambodia's) Angkor Wat and end up at a technological facility," Rodhe says of the approach to the ride's boarding station. En route, instructional lessons are provided in preparation for this Na'vi rite of passage. Once properly advised, "you will fly on the back of a banshee.You're going to plunge, you're going to dive, you're going to swoop," Cameron said in a Disney World promotional video. "It's like dreaming with your eyes wide open."

The high-rush experience is programmed to last a good four minutes, "because you can only fly so long," Rodhe says. He further notes that the acrobatic adventure has been tested against nausea, although he does admit, "Little kids might be scared." Asked if the Flight of Passage might be compared to Soarin' Around the World at Disney World's adjacent Epcot, Rodhe responds, "This isn't Soarin'. It's more like Flyin'."

Joe Rhode then talks about the Na'vi River Journey. "Rodhe calls the ride "a romantic musical journey into 'bioluminescence.'" (This much-used scientific term means "the emission of light by living organisms" — so think fireflies and jellyfish, only on Pandora, the flora and fauna and even the ground itself also contribute to a phosphorescent rainbow of light.)

In this instance, visitors will board reed boats "as the beauty of the forest unravels before us," says Rodhe. Along the way, expect to be met by "a rich species of animals," with the adventure culminating in an encounter with the Na'vi shaman of songs. According to her press bio, the shaman "has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy into the forest through her music."

Talking about forest, here is a night picture of a Pandoran forest...

...and below a new Imagineering video in which members of the project team give us the first detailed look at the land’s interactive plants, tell us how you’ll be able to hear and sense different animals throughout the land, and interact with bioluminescence at night.

Pandora will also dish up its own distinctive quick-service restaurant, the Satu'li Canteen, where planet-to-table fare runs the gamut from customized quinoa and vegetable salad bowls to steamed "pods" filled with either a cheeseburger or vegetable curry.

Nearby, the drink stand calls itself Pongu Pongu, after an expat to Pandora, and the Disney beverage team put together a fun, creative menu of libations. To match the “pods” (bao buns) and bowls at Satu’li Canteen, the Pandoran Sunrise is a non-alcoholic mix of tropical Juices blended with Powerade Melon – you can get in the souvenir Satu’li Canteen Flute Flask.

Wine by the glass is Banshee, a small Napa Valley winery with a serendipitous name (guests fly on the back of a mountain banshee on the exciting Avatar Flight of Passage experience). A Banshee Chardonnay and Banshee Pinot Noir are on the menu by the glass. And there’s a refreshing Dreamwalker Sangria with a splash Blue Curaçao.

Two ales round out the beverage menu: Hawkes’ Grog Ale with a fruity hop character (a taste of apricot and peach, a hint of wheat on the finish), and Mo’ara High Country Ale, a malty amber ale with the aroma of herbal spice hops and tastes of caramel, toffee, and nuts.

Next door at the Pongu Pongu walk-up window, the Night Blossom frozen drink is a non-alcoholic mixture of limeade with apple and desert pear flavors topped with passion fruit boba balls (you can get in a souvenir Pongu Pongu mug with a glow cube).

The Mo’ara Frozen Margarita is another frozen drink with Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo Tequila with strawberry and blood orange flavor topped with strawberry boba balls - which will also be available in a souvenir mug.

Also, WDW website just released a new image of what looks to be the Banshee Connect experience in Pandora. According to the Pandora website: “Banshee Connect” service is where you will be matched with a tiny version of the beast; a robotic creature that you can take home with you for a price."

Apparently DAK guests will have the choice in “Banshee Connect” of small Banshee perched on a wall and WDWNT think that a guest "will somehow be linked ( Ndr: from the ride ) with one Banshee in particular that they can then purchase and take home". This Banshee Connect service may be located inside the Windtraders shop in the Pandora land.

DAK guests might be surprised how the land - although super immersive - might look smaller than they thought. Which lea me to this question: why didn't they use the land that you can see on the picture below where is a quite big parking lot? Personally i would have put the big show building more in the back where the parking lot is and it would have give more space for Pandora's vegetation in front of it. May be the've kept the space where is the parking lot for future rides additions? Time will tell...

Pandora: The World of Avatar will open on May 27th at Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Pictures and Videos : copyright Disney, Bloomberg Business Week