Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What Would You Expect of an Indiana Jones Adventure Ride at Disneyland Paris Adventureland ?

Here is an important post about one of Disney’s most beloved ride, Indiana Jones Adventure. 

As we know the ride has been envisioned for Disneyland Paris Adventureland since years - and the land to build it was always kept - and i’d like to know “what would you expect of an Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland Paris Adventureland?”. 

I’m not asking you if you would like to have IJA coming at DLP because obviously the answer is "yes!" ( and so far the ride has been chosen at 87% in D&M surveys as the ride you would like to see coming to DLP ) but what kind of Indiana Jones Adventure ride would you like?

- Exactly the same ride than the beloved original one at Disneyland? 

- Or would you like the same ride but with changes of some scenes? 

- If yes, in which scenes would you like to see changes? 

- Also, would you like the same kind of ride vehicles ( the jeep mounted on a simulation platform ), or different track vehicles? 

- And what about a totally new kind of Indiana Jones ride with less “real decors” but projection effects like in Universal Spiderman or Transformers ride? 

- Or another kind of Indiana Jones ride going both indoor AND outdoor?

- Last but not least, the queue decor of Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland is awesome as we know and a big part of the thrill because the queue seems to never end ( mostly because they needed to bring the guests up to the show building on Disneyland parking lot ) but would you definitely want the queue decor to be as long, let’s say, than in the DisneySea version,  or eventually it won’t be a problem if it was shorter?

- Any others ideas not listed here are welcome in your comments!

Editing: Some of the comments posted here, or on the D&M Facebook page, reminded me the amazing artwork of Imagineer Bryan Jowers done for Disneyland Indiana Jones Adventure ride - the artwork below - showing the incredible scene of two Indy rides ( the jeeps of IJA and the trains from the Temple du Péril, with the Jungle Cruise boats passing in the background as well as the DL railroad. The scene on the artwork is obviously huge and just like this would cost a fortune but IF it could be done at DLP for a more reasonable cost and a smaller size though keeping the DLP Railroad and Jungle Cruise boats passing by ( yes, i know, this would mean to also build a Jungle Cruise ride ), would you like to have this at DLP?

Thanks by advance for your answers and please say exactly what you have in mind! 

Picture: copyright Disney

Monday, September 18, 2017

Choose Your Favorite Disneyland Paris Future With Disney and more Surveys !

I introduce today on the RIGHT BAR of this D&M website a series of surveys to know what YOU wish as new additions / rides / lands for Disneyland Paris park and the Walt Disney Studios! Depending of the survey, as indicated, you're asked to choose either one, two, or three choices. And results can be seen instantly.

There is six different surveys / questions to answer which are:

- Choose your favorite RIDE you wish to be build at Disneyland Paris park ( ONE answer only among the choices )

- Choose your THREE favorite RIDES you wish to be build at Disneyland Paris park ( THREE answers only among the choices )

- Choose your favorite LAND you wish to be build at DLP Walt Disney Studios ( ONE answer only among the choices )

- Choose your THREE favorite LANDS you wish to be build at DLP Walt Disney Studios ( THREE answer only among the choices )

- Choose your THREE favorite rides you wish to be build at DLP Walt Disney Studios ( THREE answers only among the choices )

- Choose TWO additions you wish to be build at Disneyland Paris Resort ( TWO answers only among the choices )

The folks of Disney are following Disney and more and your opinion may have more influence than you think for future attractions, so make sure to do the survey! The survey don't request any name, email address, etc, so it's totally anonymous. So, look on the right bar where surveys are, and make sure to think well before you answer, as you can choose only one time!

Note: These surveys widgets may not appear on a mobile device so you need to answer them from your computer.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The "Nightmare Before Christmas" Attraction That Never Was

As the Halloween season has started in Disney Parks i repost this D&M article posted ten years ago, and all of you who are fans of the "Nightmare Before Christmas" movie are going to love this unrealized attraction concept by Christopher Merritt.

Christopher is a theme park designer who worked previously as an Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering. This "Nightmare Before Christmas" attraction concept  was not done during his time at WDI but was part of his student portfolio back in 1996. Not only we can see how a great attraction it would have been if it had been built, but the coffin ride vehicle concept would have been a lot of fun too.

Editing: I just learned that Chris is back at WDI and apparently worked on Shanghaî Disneyland! Sincere apologies to Christopher Merritt, i didn't knew that he was back at Imagineering.

One of the detailed illustrations shows the design of the whole interior show, done in the traditional "fun map" style.

Attraction concept and artwork is by Christopher Merritt - Nightmare Before Christmas characters: copyright Disney.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Disneyland Halloween Season Begins! Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark and Haunted Mansion Holiday HD Videos!

Halloween Season has started at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure and we have HD videos of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark Halloween version as well as the new Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Let's start by Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark and as you'll see, not only the storyline and ride movies are different but even the pre-show with Rocket has been changed!

Haunted Mansion Holiday is back too and here is a low light video, filmed like the one above by LMG Vids.

Video: copyright LMG Vids.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Toy Story Land Model Is Now on Display at Disney Hollywood Studios Walt Disney Presents

Today, Walt Disney Presents, a re-imagined version of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, officially opens its doors to offer a new look at the past, present and future of Disney Parks.

One of the exciting pieces of the “future” that Walt Disney Presents showcases is a model of the park’s Toy Story Land expansion, which will be on display for guests to view starting today.

The Toy Story Land expansion, which will open in Summer 2018, will shrink guests to the size of a toy and allow them to explore all the fun of Andy’s backyard, which as you can see in these images, has been delightfully filled with familiar toys and sights from the “Toy Story” films.

You can also see some of the charming detail our Imagineers have created for this new land and its two major attractions – Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.

The Slinky Dog Dash attraction will be a family coaster themed as if Andy used his Mega Coaster Play Kit to build the ultimate coaster for Slinky. The land’s other major attraction, Alien Swirling Saucers, has been designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, in which Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture guests’ rocket toy vehicles with “The Claw.”

Here is a video of this Toy Story Land model, posted by Inside the Magic.

But the Toy Story Land model isn’t the only exciting draw to Walt Disney Presents. Tracing Disney history from Walt Disney’s beginning sketches, photos and storyboards, the attraction celebrates milestones in Disney film and theme park history up through today and beyond. Expect to see models, maquettes, sketches, artist renderings, a portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model, concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction and more.

Walt Disney Presents will also continue to host greetings with characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, plus special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films. Check you My Disney Experience app for the latest.

Pictures and text: copyright Disney

Thursday, September 14, 2017

First Pictures and Videos of Disney Theatrical’s "Frozen" Musical, Now Playing in Denver

Disney Theatrical’s new Broadway musical "Frozen", inspired of course by the Frozen animated movie is currently playing in Denver, and will open in Broadway next February. Disney Theatrical is giving fans a first look at the production with these just-released photos of the cast on stage!

Frozen’s pre-Broadway engagement at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts opens tonight and continues through October 1. Performances begin at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on Februrary 22, 2018, and the show opens on March 22, 2018. Tickets (for shows through August 12, 2018) are on sale now—visit FrozenTheMusical.com for all of the details.

Below, an official video of FROZEN Pre-Broadway Opening Night in Denver, yesterday night September 14.

Pictures and video: copyright Disney

WDW Imagineers Ready Slinky Dog Dash Ride Vehicle at Disney's Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land

As you know, Slinky Dog Dash, one of two major attractions planned for Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, has arrived at the park.

 The ride vehicle, which is themed after the character of Slinky from “Toy Story,” took Imagineers from multiple disciplines a few years to design, so the group was thrilled to see the finished product arrive on the site firsthand. According to the Imagineers, the vehicle was created to reflect Slinky’s personality, the movement and motion of a Slinky toy, and of course Slinky’s adorable look which will be visible throughout the land as the coaster moves along the track.

 “This is a ride for the whole family: it’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s thrilling, but it’s not scary,” said Imagineer Bob Vignec. “It’s a rollercoaster, but it’s also this fun character that will be out in the land. You sort of get a little bit of goosebumps seeing it here for the first time.”

 Toy Story Land is set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer 2018.

Picture and video: copyright Disney