Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Now You Can Go Visit Hong Kong Disneyland AND Shanghaî Disneyland Thanks to Incredible Flight Ticket Prices!

Today's article brings you an interesting info - believe me, you'll thank me for this one! - for those of you living in Paris, London, New York or Los Angeles wishing to go visit Hong Kong Disneyland AND Shanghaî Disneyland. Which i agree can seem quite far destinations, for some even "at the other end of the world", with pricy plane tickets, etc… far enough to make you think that you'll never be able to visit HKDL or SDL.

Now, do you know how much would cost plane tickets to go from Paris or London or Los Angeles to Hong Kong then Hong Kong to Shanghaî and then a return from Shanghaî to Paris, London or Los Angeles, which normally makes three plane tickets? 510€ from Paris, 432£ from London and $490 from Los Angeles! Yep, you can have the three flights for these prices to go visit Hong Kong Disneyland AND Shanghaî Disneyland and come back to your home country! They have usually at least one stop on one of the three flights but there is even the same without stop from Paris for just 120€ more at 633€ - and on Air France! -  and also without stop from London for 685£ on British Airways, always for the three tickets!

And these prices came with a search done for the end of April. So, where is the trick? Actually there is no trick and the plane tickets are even on regular flights! The search was done on the great Skyscanner.com website ( the best so far ) BUT what you must do - here is the trick - is to choose to do a search for “multi city” and not a search for one destination/ticket, than another, etc… as when you do a search for multi destinations the price is almost always incredibly much cheaper when you book a reservation for multi destinations right from the start, in one time.

I add that you can find perfectly good hotel rooms for 80$ per night in Hong Kong or Shanghaî and entrance tickets in both parks are almost half the price than a one day ticket for Disneyland! And one more thing: by flying from Hong Kong to Shanghaî and then going back to your home - or another country but not back to Hong Kong - you can take advantage of the 144-h-transit-visa in Shanghai if you are going through a 3rd country. It avoid to lose time to get a visa for China - if you meet the requirements of this 144h transit visa.

Below, the screen captures of the Skyscanner page ( price is display in euros but i did the conversion ). If you live in New York or the East coast, price is just $60 more ( see the other screen capture below ). Now, for a family of four living in the U.S it certainly will be more expensive than going to WDW, but for a single or couple, make the count of how much will cost you a week in Florida at WDW or in California to Disneyland and compare with one week to Hong Kong and Shanghaî, to see which one is the better deal, as you might have some surprise!

Price for Paris - Hong Kong - Shanghaî - Paris with a stop. Prices below are indicated in Euros, i did the conversion in US$ or GBP for the prices indicated above:

Price for Paris - Hong Kong - Shanghaî - Paris with NO stop ( direct flights ):

Price for London - Hong Kong - Shanghaî - London with a stop:

Price for London - Hong Kong - Shanghaî - London with NO stop ( direct flights ):

Price for Los Angeles - Hong Kong - Shanghaî - Los Angeles with a stop:

Price for New York- Hong Kong - Shanghaî - New York with a stop:

Not living in Paris, London, Los Angles or New York? Go ahead and do a search right now on Skyscanner.com and see you at Hong Kong or Shanghaî Disneyland!

Pictures: copyright Skyscanner.com

Monday, December 11, 2017

12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas: First Details About All-New Show Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Spring 2018 Featuring Russell and Dug from Disney-Pixar’s “UP

Disney Parks continues their "12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas" announcements with first details about an all-new show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Spring 2018 featuring Russell and Dug from Disney-Pixar’s “UP”:

 "Beginning just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom next year, this new experience will offer guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur village. There will be “UP” close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!

 As you plan ahead, we also wanted to let you know that in order to begin to prepare for the new show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, December 31, 2017 will be the final showing of Flights of Wonder. Until the end of this month, you can still experience Flights of Wonder at the park."

Picture: copyright Disney

All the Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the World Premiere in Los Angeles - Full Video of the "LIVE" from the Red Carpet

The Cast of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" were all there for the World Premiere in Los Angeles and here is the full video of the "LIVE" from the Red carpet of the Star Wars Premiere!

Video: copyright Star Wars

Marvel Legend Stan Lee at Hong Kong Disneyland to Discover Iron Man Experience ride

Marvel Legend Stan Lee was at Hong Kong Disneyland Tomorrowland a few days ago to discover the Iron Man Experience ride, as you can check out the pictures below!


Stan Lee was even honored as the Grand Marshall in HKDL parade and Disney Magical Kingdom Blog has the video of it!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Walk Inside Shanghaî Disneyland Very Private Club 33 Thanks to Exclusive Pictures by Heather Concannon

As you may know Shanghaî Disneyland has a Club 33 with a restaurant and a balcony offering a great view from above on SDL parade or the fireworks of the evening show "Ignite the Magic". What you may NOT know is that it's impossible not only to have access if you're not a member of SDL Club 33 but also to shoot pictures inside. I know it because i've tried when i've visited Shanghaî Disneyland in August 2016 and, even if after introducing myself as Disney and more editor,  the Club 33 cast-members refused to let me go upstairs and became hysterical when i shot just one picture, that you'll see below.

All this to say that we must be very very VERY grateful to Heather Concannon as, thanks to Heather, who kindly authorized me to post them in this D&M article we have the first pictures ever of the inside of Shanghaî Disneyland Club 33! To thanks Heather for these great pictures, make sure to visit Heather Instagram page HERE, her Facebook page HERE and her Twitter page HERE.

So, here we go for the visit of Shanghaî Disneyland Club 33, shall we?

On the picture above Heather Concannon stands under the Club 33 archway which is located in a corner of Mickey Avenue, SDL Main Street: "You made a left and next to Shanghai's version of the Emporium they had a little doorway that said 33 above it" says Heather " You had to ring a doorbell to get in." The picture below showing the gorgeous art-deco ceiling light of SDL Club 33 reception on the ground floor is the only one that i could shot when i was at SDL last year.

Now, SDL Club 33 restaurant has a business casual dress code, so you can't get in wearing your park clothes and Heather and her family had to drop off their bags and change clothes before entering SDL Club 33 restaurant.  The picture below shows the atrium where Heather and her group waited to be seated.

Actually, Shanghai's Club 33 theme is inspired by Disney's 1940's "Fantasia." and the next picture shows the staircase as view from the first floor with stunning chandeliers and the sugar plum fairies from Fantasia Nutcracker Suite.

The room where they had dinner was Club 33 Garden View room,  a big circular room filled with round tables and a lovely floral centerpiece.

"I took a thousand photos of the centerpiece, because I thought it was beautiful," said Heather Concannon. According to Heather "The entire space felt classier than what you may be used to seeing inside a Disney park restaurant".

There is too more private, intimate rooms with curtains off to the sides, offering a more romantic setting, with always gorgeous artwork on each walls.

Heather Concannon and her group ate at a large round table in the room, large enough to seat 10 people.

The napkin holder matched perfectly with the design on the plates, which, just like the coasters on the table have the number 33 printed on them.

You may wonder how Heather and her family who are not members of SDL Club 33 succeeded to enter and had dinner. Well, actually they were in Shanghaî Disneyland with Adventures by Disney and apparently the tour include a dinner at the Club 33, which is good to know. Because of that they ordered off of a pre-selected menu with a five-course meal, and here is a picture of the menu, with a choice between a short rib or fish for the main entree. They were also given two glasses of red or white house wine with their meal.

The appetizer was a grapefruit sorbet with green apple wasabi granite and dill oil.

One of the main entrées was a slow-cooked Australian wagyu short rib with chili glaze, apple salad, and parsnip purée, and the picture below shows the short rib choice. According to Heather each part of the five-course meal was a small portion so you didn't get filled up too quickly.

After the dinner, the Club 33 balcony allowed them have a unique view of the park, with the Tron ride on the left, SDL Enchanted Story Book castle, and Gardens of Imagination carousel on the right, which, by the way, also has a "Fantasia" theme. "Once you walk through the restaurant, they have a firework-viewing area. That's what the balcony is for", said Heather.

"The view is worth it, especially because it's so crazy to watch the fireworks in front of the castle [in Disney World] these days," said Heather. "It was nice to be able to watch it and hear the music and experience it with just our group and two other couples."

You can also go home with some Club 33 souvenirs like one of the coasters with the 33 number on it but "They had a store where you could purchase a polo, a tie, a bag," says Heather. "I bought a pen, a notebook, and a mug because I figured I'm never doing this again in my life."

I can't thank enough Heather Concannon for these exclusive pictures of Shanghaî Disneyland Club 33, a place where most of us probably will never get in and, again, make sure to visit Heather Instagram page HERE, her Facebook page HERE and her Twitter page HERE.

Pictures: copyright Heather Concannon, Alain Littaye

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Don't Miss the Christmas Special Offer on the Acclaimed Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" Book!

Copies of the acclaimed Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" with the Christmas Special Offer are still available in its English edition! The French edition is totally out of stock but if you're french, and wish to purchase the book in its english edition i will send you a PDF file of the full French text of the French edition.

Here is all you need to know to order a copy of the "Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality" book if you wish to offer it for Christmas. First, it's a 320 pages book with 750 pictures of the park including 250 WDI artworks! It's also probably the best Christmas gift you can find for a Disney Parks fan - and it is true! Have a look below to the mosaic pictures showing a selection of pages of the book.

To place your order for the DLP book, please send me an email at: amplittaye@gmail.com with your shipping address. The price during the Christmas special offer is 65€ ( instead of 85€ ) and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( except Belgium and Italy for which it is 29€ ).

For French readers a PDF file of the full French text of the French edition will be sent.
Lecteurs Français: Etant donné que l'édition française est épuisée, un fichier du texte complet original en Français sera envoyé aux acheteurs Français ne comprenant pas l'anglais.

Also, each order will receive two GREAT surprise gifts!

You can pay with Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. For Paypal payments please send directly the full amount  including shipping ( 87€ worldwide, except for Belgium and Italy for which it is 104€ ) at: nme4@wanadoo.fr  If you wish to pay by credit card and bank transfer, let me know in your email and i'll tell you how to do.

If you've never seen the book before, don't miss the video below showing the full 320 pages of the book!

Friday, December 8, 2017

NEW Concept-Art Released For The New Hong Kong Disneyland castle!

A NEW concept-art has been released for the new Hong Kong Disneyland castle, it’s the one above with a yellow color, the second picture below shows the previous rendering released. Not sure if we can say that it is better… in my opinion, still too many styles - and colors - mixed together...

That said, Disney Parks released more details about the transformation and new design of Hong Kong Disneyland’s castle: "As part of Hong Kong Disneyland’s multi-year expansion plan, the icon of the park will soon be reimagined and undergo a transformation, the first-of-its-kind at any Disney park!

The classic castle will draw inspiration from a variety of storybook influences and styles, with new thematic spires, domes and a design that reaches ever skyward. Features will be inspired by many of the Disney princesses, including special finial decorations on the spires such as Snow White’s apple, Cinderella’s coach and Belle’s rose. Original artwork and unique sculptures will add even more magic and fantasy.

Guests will be able to visit the all-new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for transformations of their own and meet Disney princesses at the castle. The changes will also take the park’s entertainment to new heights with the premiere of a new daytime show and nighttime spectacular against the impressive backdrop.

Work on the castle will begin after the finale of the “Disney in the Stars” fireworks on January 1, and the expansion plan will continue to bring new entertainment to the park almost every year through 2023."

Pictures: copyright Disney