Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios: New Entrance Road, Possible Star Wars Hotel Location, and more


Always thanks to D&M reader Cleve North we have new pics showing where will be the new road and entry point for WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios. We've seen yesterday that they're clearing the land for parking expansion and you my already know that they're rerouting the entire entry road from World Drive, so the new road will completely avoid the expansion area now. On the picture below you can see where will be the new entry road and the new entry point to the car park.




The next picture with "A, B, C and D" is not coming from Cleve and they got the land clearing wrong - but it does also show the new road going in from a new location.



Finally, Cleeve did new indications on a picture posted by Blog Mickey showing better where could be built a Star Wars Resort, which would be located in front of the upcoming DHS Star Wars Land which will open in 2019. Please note that nothing official has been announced yet for this Star Wars hotel, so we're just betting that it might be built there.



Thanks again to Cleve to have take the time to do these pics!

Picture: copyright Blog Mickey



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Now Official: Trump Audio-Animatronic Will Speak in WDW Hall of Presidents With a New Show and Complete Theater Upgrade


The Disney Parks Blog just posted this below about what's real happening with WDW Hall of Presidents, so it's now official:

"Latest on Enhancement to The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park:
Since the Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971, The Hall of Presidents has brought together a one-of-a-kind look at the office of the President of the United States through film and the magic of Disney’s Audio-Animatronics technology. Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents, like every president since 1993. We have been working closely with the current White House — just as we have with previous administrations — and the president’s recording session has been scheduled. The attraction will re-open in late 2017.

Whenever we refurbish one of our attractions, we take the opportunity to consider a broad range of enhancements. In this case, The Hall of Presidents is getting a new show, and a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system. The multi-screen viewing experience you may have seen in prior versions of the attraction is returning with an even wider vantage point of our country’s history."

Possible Location For The Rumored Star Wars Resort at WDW



Some months ago, concept-arts for a future Star Wars Resort were leaked, and since no official announcement came from Disney ( but it might be the case at D23 Expo in two weeks ) and no more news about it. Chances are that such a Star Wars resort would be build at WDW and D&M reader Cleve North is wondering if part of the new land to be used officially for the expansion of WDW DHS current parking lot might be used for this rumored Star Wars Hotel. Cleve used one of Blog Mickey's aerial picture from an excellent new update that you can read HERE to indicate where he thinks this Star Wars hotel might be build, right in front of the upcoming Star Wars land. He bets that it's what will happen and ...he may be right!  Note that Disney could eventually prep the entire area but use it at first for parking lot only and build the hotel years later as it's very cheap to rip up an asphalt parking lot.

For those of you who would have missed the previous post months ago showing the leaked Star Wars hotel renderings, i also repost them below. Three renderings were leaked, one showing the Star Wars hotel lobby...

...another one is showing the "guests cabins"


 ...and a third one showing another of the hotel areas.



Pictures: copyright Blog Mickey, Disney

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Special Offer for the great "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" book English Edition is Ending Soon !


Folks, i'm sorry to say that the Special Offer for the English Edition of the great Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality book running since the end of March will end on June 30, meaning that you have just two more weeks to enjoy the 60€ price ( instead of 85€ ) is you wish to order this gorgeous 320 pages book while available! Usually the Special Offer includes a great additional surprise gift, but this new special offer will include TWO great surprise gifts - and believe me, you'll be VERY happy to get them! 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. 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!







This Special Offer is for the English updated edition ONLY and the English edition is at 60€ / $65 ( instead of 85€ ) . 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.

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

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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 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!




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First Concept-Arts for Universal Studios Japan Super Nintendo World Attractions !


We have to wait until 2020 for the grand opening at Universal Studios Japan of the awaited Super Nintendo World which will give Nintendo die-hards a live-action taste of the places inhabited by Mario, Link, Zelda, Kirby and more… but fans got their first glimpse of what Super Nintendo World might look like, courtesy of several concept art images released on Twitter with permission by Gary Snyder, an adviser on Western media and culture.

So, let's have a look at these would we, as the same attractions will most probably be part of Super Nintendo World when it will come after the opening in Japan to Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando.

Let's start by the Nintendo "king", Super Mario, with the rendering below showing the Mario Kart ride, as well as two others renderings, including one showing the whole inside of the ride! Some say that the guests will wear during the ride augmented reality glasses, but so far nothing has been confirmed, so take this for now as a rumor.





The next rendering shows the Donkey Kong ride, the coaster and a playground.



Super Nintendo World will include two castles related to famous Nintendo games, and here is two digital renderings for these.



A last rendering seems to be related to a theatre attraction with a female character, i'm not a specialist about Nintendo games to be honest but it seems to be Zelda?



Finally, last week a map of Super Nintendo World was leaked but keep in mind that there might be some changes since it was done if it is an early concept map, and in fact this is the map for the Orlando version of Super Nintendo World, and by what we can see on it Super Nintendo World will be constructed between Simpsons land and E.T. Adventure, taking over most of Woody Woodpecker’s Kid’s Zone including Curious George Play Area, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Fievel’s Playland, Animal Actors Studio and the A Day in the Park with Barney show.



We'll probably learn more about the rides soon and D&M will let you know. In the meantime, i repost below the Super Nintendo World "trailer" released for the groundbreaking event.




Pictures: copyright Universal Studios - Nintendo

Friday, June 16, 2017

Shanghaî Disneyland Celebrates Its First Anniversary !



Shanghaî Disneyland celebrates its first anniversary today with more than 11 million guests since its opening!









Bob Iger who was there with Bob Chapek and Philippe Gas was pleased to participate to selfie pictures with SDL guests like he did on the park opening day!


You've seen yesterday the video interview of Bob Iger talking about the success and the future of SDL, and today i have some stunning aerial view of the park, "wallpaper size" shot recently by a drone. Here we go, and don't forget to click on each to get them in big size.






Shanghaî Disneyland next addition will be the toy Story mini-land and here are the latest pictures of its construction.


Let's have a closer look: The green building are rest rooms, on the left of it with the orange umbrellas you have the Toy Box Cafe ( both are already open ) and below the green building you have on the left Slinky Dog Spin, on the right of it Rex's Racer and, under Slinky Dog Spin, Woody's Roundup.


There is more awesome views of Shanghaî Disneyland available and you can literally "walk" in the park - by moving in it the same way than you do in Google Street view as well as others views at 360° at the link right HERE.

Bob Iger Says That "There is a Great Likelihood That Disney Will Build Another Theme Park in China” !


Shanghaî Disneyland is celebrating its first anniversary tomorrow with more than 11M guests during the first year and Bob Iger said in a Bloomberg interview posted today that "there is a great likelihood that Disney will build another theme park in China" and "in another city", meaning that he don't talk about Shanghaî or Hong Kong.
Excerpts from the Bloomberg article: Walt Disney Co.’s ambitious $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park is close to breaking even after its first full year of operations -- a mark none of its resorts have been able to hit in the last 30 years, said Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger.

“That’s an extraordinary achievement. I’m not sure we’ve ever done that,” said Iger in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Tom Mackenzie on Friday as the Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated its first anniversary. “After the first year, I’m pleased to say that prospects are really strong for continued success and continued growth.”

The park logged more than 11 million visitors earlier this week, Iger said. The Shanghai development, Disney’s first in mainland China and its largest foreign investment, throws the Burbank, California-based giant into the race to dominate the country’s $204 billion media and entertainment industry.

Half the resort’s visitors are from Shanghai and adjacent areas, with the remainder coming from other Chinese cities, Iger said. Park attendance is higher than expected, with “extremely high” occupancy rates at its hotel. The food and beverage business, as well as merchandising, has faced some challenges, he said.

The resort’s attendance for the 12 months after its opening puts it in the top seven of theme parks worldwide, ahead of Disney’s Hong Kong and Paris parks but behind its most popular parks in Florida, California and Japan.

In China, there’s potential for Disney to build a second park in the long run, Iger said, adding it would focus on the Shanghai resort first. A Toy Story themed land opening is planned for next year.

“Before we really look to the horizon geographically, we will focus on expanding this park,” Iger said. “Might we build in another city over time? Yes. There’s a great likelihood that we will. But it’s way too early.”

Read the full Bloomberg article HERE and below is the video of the full interview of Bob Iger.




Video: copyright Bloomberg