Monday, December 5, 2016

It's Walt Disney 115th Anniversary!


It's Walt Disney birthday today! Walt would be 115 years old if he was still alive, and i've posted on Facebook a selection of great pictures of him at different times of his life that you can see and download HERE!

Picture: copyright Disney

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Disney's Moana Review


I saw Moana in theater today, and i liked it quite a lot. I liked specially Moana, probably one of my favorite Disney heroine since Tiana in Princess and the Frog. The animation is really good, and the colors all along are truly beautiful, so visually it's a delight from the start to the end. The storyline is good too, and there is a lot of superb scenes in Moana, so lot of good reasons to run to watch it at a theater near you.

BUT, as there is a "but", there is also some points which makes Moana missing perfection and here is what they are: first, too many songs, or to be more precise, not enough memorable songs, the best ones being the more Polynesian ones. Two, and although it's often the case in Disney animated films, it's specially obvious here: the characters too often behave the american way. What i am saying is that you'll never see someone from Polynesia move the way like they do, in a few scenes for the Moana character and more for the Maui character. Not all the time, but enough to be noticed and annoyed to see it. Thanks God, there is no hysterical scenes like we can see in animated films from Disney competitors. Still, Moana don't totally succeed to capture the Polynesian spirit as perfectly as it should have done, and i'm curious to know what Polynesians will think of the movie.



In fact, if we have a closer look, the storyline could have been one of a Hayao Miyazaki animated film, and i suspect that Disney animators tried to have been inspired by the old Japanese master. Except that Miyazaki knows "to take his time without losing it", something that an animated film happening in South Pacific islands should have as the pace in these islands is not the same than in the U.S. And Moana don't have this. In two words, it lacks poetry, and it's a pity because it wouldn't have been that difficult to have it. All what was needed was to trust enough the audience that they won't be bored if each sequence was not "awesome", one of the curse of today's animated films. Moana should have had a "Miyazaki" treatment in each scene but it is a Disney movie, not a Miyazaki movie, so i suppose there are things that we can't await from it. That said, to be fair, there IS some scenes in Moana who catch this, and that's why i liked it. But it's really irritating to see Moana missing greatness by a few inches. Anyway, go and watch it, i'm sure you won't be as difficult as i am and that you will enjoy it a lot.




Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Breaking News: Big Thunder Mountain soft re-opening will start Friday 9th December - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue to open on March 18th, 2017!



It's confirmed officially: After its long renovation and upgrade Big Thunder Mountain will have its soft-opening for public tests starting Friday 9th December in just five days from now - BTM official re-openinng is on December 17th.

And Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will open on March 18th, 2017 at DLP Discoveryland! Discovery land train station will also reopen at the same time, but the Space Mountain transformation in Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain won't be ready for the 25th Anniversary date, but at a later date next Spring.

Picture: copyright Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Friday, December 2, 2016

Disneyland Paris Christmas and Park Renovations Update !



Here we go for a new Disneyland Paris update thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster. We'll have a look at the renovations who are going on in the park but first i remind you the Disneyland Paris book Christmas special offer 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 Christmas 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! The Christmas offer is for both english update edition or the french collector's edition at 60€ ( + 15€ shipping worldwide ) and that include too a great additional surprise gift! 

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 25 €.

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

Important note: shipping takes 3-4 days for France,10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. As we are already December 3, to make sure you will receive the book on time for Christmas, if you need it for a Christmas gift, please place your order in the next days, thanks.



You can pay with Paypal bus ending the full amount including shipping to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or use the Paypal button below. The Paypal button works for both french or english edition but 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: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book
Those of you who have never seen the book will find at the end of this DLP update 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.


At DLP, Christmas decorations are in place everywhere, including of course, inside the DLP hotel at the entrance of the park, and a giant Christmas tree and a Gingerbread house stands in the hotel lobby.











In the park, at Fantasyland, the repainting of the Queen of Hearts castle and Alice Labyrinth is ending, bright colors are back and it never looked so good since 25 years!
















When Max shot the pictures earlier this week the castle was still surrounded by scaffoldings but they have been removed now and here is how the castle look right now, thanks to a picture from InsideDLParis.



Let's move to Adventureland where - at last! - the hydraulic system of the Swiss Robinson Tree is operational!
















In Frontierland, Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing building has been entirely repainted to look as good as new for its reopening on December 17 with Big Thunder Mountain, also awaiting the visitors with a new ride finale!

















The french newspaper Le Parisien has posted an article HERE about the reopening of Big Thunder Mountain ( on December 17 ) with great pictures and everything look as good as new!









Christmas at Disneyland Paris it's also the parades and here are two videos from Max showing the Christmas parades!








Christmas atmosphere is always better at night with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Disney Drams show in its Christmas version, for the last time.

































Max will be back soon with a new DLP Update, in the meantime, don't miss the Disneyland Paris book Christmas special offer as it's a chance for you to get this acclaimed 320 pages book at the best price ever! You'll hardly find a better Christmas 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! The Christmas offer is for both english update edition or the french collector's edition at 60€ ( + 15€ shipping worldwide ). And that include too a great additional surprise gift! 

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 25 €.

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

Important note: shipping takes 3-4 days for France, 10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. To make sure you will receive the book on time for Christmas, if you buy it for a Christmas gift, please place your order in the next days, thanks!






You can pay with Paypal bus ending the full amount including shipping to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or use the Paypal button below. The Paypal button works for both french or english edition but 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: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Those of you who have never seen the book will find at the end of this DLP update 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


Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book
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!




Pictures: copyright DLP Welcome

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Amazing Drone Video of Universal Orlando Volcano Bay Water Park !


A pretty awesome drone video was posted on Youtube by Ramesh Ramkumar, giving us the best view we ever had so far of Universal Orlando Volcano Bay water park construction site!

The video starts by a stunning close view of the volcano itself with workers and Universal Creative folks working on it...



...and then the drone turns at 360° to show us the others slides nearby.



Here is the full video,  watch it in HD and full screen mode!




Video: copyright Ramesh Ramkumar