Friday, January 20, 2017

"Arrival" Short Review



I've watched in theatre some  days ago the ssi-fi movie "Arrival" and i enjoyed it a lot. As you probably know it tell the story of alien spaceships appearing at different places of the planet and although we've seen this before in Roland Emmerich movies i think it's fair to say that "Arrival" is the anti-Independence Day, the two couldn't be more far from each other.

Arrival is by far one of the smartest movie i've seen on the subject, one of the most realistic too. As a matter of fact "Arrival" starts and ends like a Terence Mallick movie and others inspirations include Steven Spielberg "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" although the very talented director Denis Villeneuve took care to stay away of Spielberg masterpiece.

Amy Adams is truly perfect in her role of a language specialist helping to communicate with the aliens and to find why they're here, and Jeremy Renner plays a physicist while Forrest Whitaker plays someone from the army. There is a big big twist in this movie and i take care to really don't tell you what it is, as it is a genius script idea. All i can say is this: if you find the movie slow or if you don't get what's happening, stay and be patient as all the pieces of the puzzle will come together near the end.

Arrival is not a blockbuster movie so don't expect epic battle with the aliens like in Independence Day. In exchange you have one of the smartest sci-fi movie made since decades and definitely one of the best movie of the year. Don't go with young kids, as they probably won't understand the storyline but if you're in the mood to see a smart movie brilliantly played and very elegantly filmed, then you'll be happily surprised and will keep thinking about "Arrival" long after you'll be out of the theatre.




Picture and video: copyright Paramount


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Shanghaî Disneyland Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year ! Now Edited With New Video of the Full Dragon Dance With Disney Characters !




The 2017 Chinese lunar new year - the most important event in Asia - will happen this year on January 28 and Shanghaî Disneyland is ready to welcome the hundred of thousands of guests that will come to celebrate in Shanghaî during the next three weeks. Christian, a faithful D&M reader, share with us pictures he shot this week at Shanghaî Disneyland!

Before we start, a good news as, on December 31, Shanghai Disneyland had received the visits of 5.6 million guests. It opened on June 16, 2016, this making it one of the fastest Disneyland resorts in the world to attract 5 million tourists. Fan Xiping, president of Shanghai Shendi Group, told on Saturday that SDR survey showed that over 80 percent of tourists were satisfied with the service at Shanghai Disneyland. Occupancy rates of the two themed hotels at the resort have been greater than 90 percent, and the Chinese version of Disney musical "The Lion King" has been performed more than 200 times, Fan added." All this is indeed good, now the question is: how much these 5.6 million guests have spent in the park and resort during the last six months, something we'll know later this year when the first financial results will be released ( if they are ).

Let's have look now at the park with Christian pictures - to which i've added others from Chinese medias like this first picture - from Disney - showing a photo location outside the park, near the entrance.



Let's enter the park where most of the Chinese new year decorations with banners, Chinese lanterns, and more, can be found in Mickey Avenue...









...and the Gardens of Imagination at the beautiful Tea house of Wandering Moon.


Mickey and the gang, dressed in Chinese costumes entertain the guests with the famous Chinese Dragon dance and Chinese drums.
















Not to forget the Mulan float during SDL day parade...



Christian went of course all over the park, in other lands which are not themed with Chinese new year decorations, and share with us the pictures below.









And that's it for today's SDL update, see you soon for a new update on Disney and more!

Pictures: copyright Christian Rafael, Disney, News.cn

Friday, January 13, 2017

New Tokyo Disneyland Frozen Forever Nighttime Spectacular - Full Show HD Videos




At Tokyo Disneyland the "Anna and Elsa Frozen Fantasy" winter celebration event has began and feature the new Frozen Forever nighttime spectacular projection show on Tokyo Disneyland's castle. The first HD videos are already online on Youtube and i embed below two of them. The first one is a large view of the castle that you need to see full screen to see clearly the show while the second one is a closer shot of the castle and allows you to see the projection "just like if you were there". Enjoy the show!







Videos: copyright eco, mononofu1109

Star Wars : A Galactic Celebration Debut at DLP Walt Disney Studios Park - Full Show Video



That's it, thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster, we have the video of Star Wars : A Galactic Celebration - Full Show this time filmed from inside the park as there was a soft opening last night at DLP Walt Disney Studios park before it officially begin tomorrow!

Although the projection looks impressive it never look so good than when the scenes projected are dark as it makes disappear the structure of the Tower of Terror. It shows the limit of the technique but i'm sure that when you see it in real it'a big "wow", so enjoy the video and pics of the show below!




























Max will be back soon with new DLP update, and in the meantime i remind you that there is still copies available of the Disneyland Paris book in English regular edition. For the FRENCH Collector edition it's totally different. Only 50 copies are still available, and when this collector's edition will be out of stock, it will NOT be reprinted as it was a limited edition.

The price for an english copy is 78 euros and the price for each copy of the remaining 50 copies of the French edition is 100 euros ( which was the original price of this limited collector's edition ). Don't await any new special offer as these are the last copies and the price won't change. Shipping worldwide per copy is 19€ ( except Belgium or Italy for which it is 25€ ) and you can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. Just  send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com  to place your order with your shipping address. The Paypal payments can be send at the same email address: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality is truly a gorgeous book that late WDI Imagineer described as "the best book ever done on a Disney theme park in the last 50 years". It's an awesome gift for any Disney parks fan, so don't miss it while it is still available, and it won't last long!


Below, Paypal buttons for the English or French edition, make sure to choose the right one! The 19€ for worldwide shipping are included in the total amount before the Paypal payment.

Paypal button for the ENGLISH edition:

DLP Book ENGLISH Edition

Paypal button for the FRENCH edition:


Below, the video showing each of the 320 pages of the book!




Pictures and video: copyright DLP Welcome

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" Book : Last Copies Available !



The Christmas special offer on the Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" has ended but there is still copies available in English regular edition. For the FRENCH Collector edition it's totally different. Only 50 copies are still available, and when this collector's edition will be out of stock, it will NOT be reprinted as it was a limited edition.

The price for an english copy is 78 euros and the price for each copy of the remaining 50 copies of the French edition is 100 euros ( which was the original price of this limited collector's edition ). Don't await any new special offer as these are the last copies and the price won't change. Shipping worldwide per copy is 19€ ( except Belgium or Italy for which it is 25€ ) and you can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. Just  send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com  to place your order with your shipping address. The Paypal payments can be send at the same email address: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality is truly a gorgeous book that late WDI Imagineer described as "the best book ever done on a Disney theme park in the last 50 years". It's an awesome gift for any Disney parks fan, so don't miss it while it is still available, and it won't last long!

Below, Paypal buttons for the English or French edition, make sure to choose the right one! The 19€ for worldwide shipping are included in the total amount before the Paypal payment.

Paypal button for the ENGLISH edition:

DLP Book ENGLISH Edition

Paypal button for the FRENCH edition:


Below, the video showing each of the 320 pages of the book!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More Greatness to Visit When You'll Come to L.A as the Long-Awaited Museum of George Lucas is Coming to Los Angeles !



More greatness to visit when you'll come to Los Angeles as it was announced today that the long-awaited museum of George Lucas is coming to Los Angeles. The board of directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art said L.A beat out San Francisco to host the venue. It will be built in Exposition Park, home of the Natural History Museum.

From Collider: "The museum will feature pieces from Lucas’ private collection, including Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts from his other works, vintage photographs and even traditional paintings. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the museum is eyeing a May 4, 2020 launch, according to THR.



Garcetti also clarified that “this is not a Star Wars museum”, saying that “this is a collection of narrative art in a city that has the best storytellers and storymakers in the world. The best collection of Norman Rockwell paintings on Earth. Works from R. Crumb.” He closed out with this cringe-worthy appropriation of geek culture by saying, “‘Do or do not — there is no try. Today, we did it.”

From the N.Y Times : "The creator of “Star Wars” has spent years making plans to open a museum for his collection of fine and popular art. After previous plans to open in Chicago were canceled, Mr. Lucas and his architects revealed designs for both San Francisco and Los Angeles, causing months of speculation about which city was a better spot for his futuristic-looking museum.

Mr. Lucas has pledged to finance the $1 billion project, which is expected to bring thousands of construction and museum jobs to the city. The museum will house his collection of some 10,000 paintings and book and magazine illustrations assembled over decades, including those by Norman Rockwell, R. Crumb, and N.C. Wyeth (whose artwork enriched “Treasure Island”), as well as Hollywood memorabilia from Mr. Lucas’s films."

Pictures: copyright Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

List of ALL New Tokyo Disney Resort Events and Attractions Announced for 2017




Tokyo Disneyland Oriental Land Company unveiled the list of ALL new Tokyo Disney Resort events and attractions planned for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea during the Fiscal Year 2017, which goes from April 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018. Make sure to read it as it will be precious for those of you who plan to visit TDR this year:

April 4 – June 14, 2017 Special Event at Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea: “Disney’s Easter” 
This regular springtime event is back again this year at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. At Tokyo Disneyland, Guests will enjoy a whimsical Easter-themed event with the Disney Friends and the Easter Bunnies. The Easter egg characters with bunny ears, known as “Usatama,” scatter all over the Park, creating chaos, requiring the Disney Friends to get involved. The Disney Friends and the “Usatama” will also appear in a brand new parade. Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, the main characters from Disney’s major hit film Zootopia, will make their debut at Tokyo Disneyland in this parade.

Tokyo DisneySea will offer a stylish Easter with colorful springtime decorations. The popular fashion item for this year’s special event is an Easter bonnet decorated with bunny ears. At the Park, Guests will find décor themed to these Easter “Bunny” Bonnets in addition to the Easter eggs. In the main entertainment, presented in Mediterranean Harbor, Mickey Mouse and the Disney Friends will show off their best Easter fashions. Guests will enjoy the bright and colorful Easter event in Tokyo DisneySea style.

Opening May 12, 2017 New Attraction at Tokyo DisneySea: Nemo & Friends SeaRider

This new attraction opening in Port Discovery is themed to the world of the Disney/Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. This indoor attraction will immerse Guests in the underwater world of these popular stories by using a ride system that seamlessly blends new visuals with a dynamic motion-base system. Boarding a submersible that “shrinks” to the size of a fish, Guests can explore the wondrous world of marine life from the same point of view as Nemo and Dory.


Opening May 12, 2017
Renewed Attraction at Tokyo DisneySea: Turtle Talk Turtle Talk, a theater-type attraction where Guests can talk and interact with the sea turtle Crush, will feature some of his friends from the Disney/Pixar film Finding Dory. In addition to talking with Crush, Guests will be able to enjoy a game of hide-and-seek with the talkative Dory and Crush’s son, Squirt. Other unique characters from Finding Dory, such as Destiny, the whale shark, and Hank, the octopus, will also stop by to chat with Guests.

June 15 – July 7, 2017 At Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea: “Disney Tanabata Days” The Japanese star festival known as “Tanabata” will be celebrated in unique Disney-style at the theme parks. At Tokyo Disneyland, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed as Hikoboshi and Orihime, the two star-crossed lovers of this festival, will ride on rickshaws along the parade route to greet Guests. “Disney Tanabata Days” will feature traditional decorations in World Bazaar, where Guests can write their wishes on “Wishing Cards” to be hung from the grand centerpiece. At Tokyo DisneySea, Guests can hang their wishes for Tanabata and enjoy traditional decorations at the “Wishing Place” in the New York area of American Waterfront, and in Mediterranean Harbor, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will appear in a greeting show dressed as Hikoboshi and Orihime.

July 11 – August 31, 2017 Special Event at Tokyo Disneyland: “Disney Natsu Matsuri” Natsu matsuri means “summer festival” in Japanese and Guests will be able to enjoy the hot summer with the Disney Characters in this energizing special event. In the show presented at the Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, Guests can enjoy being sprayed with water from the unique dance floats. Guests can find Japanese lanterns as well as photo locations that enhance the festive atmosphere even more. Special merchandise and menu items themed to the event will be offered, while the sound of traditional music and drums also create a perfect mood for this Japanese-style summer event.

 Special Pirates of the Caribbean Event at Tokyo DisneySea (dates To Be Announced)
 A special event will debut at Tokyo DisneySea themed to the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The latest film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is scheduled to be released on July 1, 2017. At Mediterranean Harbor, Guests can enjoy the show on the harbor featuring Captain Jack Sparrow, pirates and tons of splashing water, as well as atmosphere entertainment presented by a crew of pirates. Special merchandise and menu items, as well as decorations inspired by the special event will transform the Park into a world of the Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean. The swashbuckling fun will also be found in Tokyo Disneyland — the home of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction — with special décor and atmosphere entertainment.

Opening July 11, 2017 Renewed Entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland: “Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights” The nighttime parade “Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights” will be presented in a renewed version featuring five new floats. Appearing for the first time in this nighttime parade will be an icy castle float with Anna and Elsa from the Disney film Frozen. The Disney film Cinderella will be represented with two spectacular new floats: Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, and the grand ballroom with Prince Charming. In addition, a float based on the Disney film Beauty and the Beast will return after being absent since the 2011 renovation of the parade. Enhanced with LED lighting, the renovated parade will add even more color to the Park at night.



July 11, 2017 – March 19, 2018 New show at Tokyo DisneySea
 A new greeting show featuring Mickey Mouse and the Disney Friends will be presented at Dockside Stage in American Waterfront. Note: “A Table is Waiting,” currently presented at Dockside Stage will close permanently on March 17, 2017.

September 8 – October 31, 2017 Special Event at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea: “Disney’s Halloween”
In 2017, each Park will offer in its own unique way a “Disney’s Halloween” event. The special event at Tokyo Disneyland will be themed to a Halloween music festival. The Disney Friends join ghosts and skeletons in entertaining Guests along the parade route with a variety of amusing and exciting musical performances. Guests can join in clapping to the rhythms as the music festival reaches its high point.
 Tokyo DisneySea will present a cool, but eerie Halloween event themed to the Disney Villains. Guests can enjoy a show on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor that creates a frightfully cool Halloween from the world of the villains.

November 8 – December 25, 2017 Special Event at Tokyo Disneyland: “Christmas Fantasy”
At Tokyo Disneyland, Guests will enjoy the special event “Christmas Fantasy,” which is themed to “pop-up storybooks full of the Disney Friends’ Christmas fun.” The parade presented along the parade route will bring to life pages from storybooks showing the Disney Characters having fun at Christmastime. At the center of World Bazaar, the 15-meter-tall Christmas tree will create a fantastic atmosphere.

Special Event at Tokyo DisneySea: “Christmas Wishes” A 15-meter-tall Christmas tree in front of the luxury liner S.S. Columbia in American Waterfront and lots of other colorful Christmas decorations will create a heartwarming atmosphere that fills the Park during the special event “Christmas Wishes” at Tokyo DisneySea. Guests will enjoy the daytime show at Mediterranean Harbor, as well as the nighttime show with its sparkling Christmas tree on the harbor waters. In addition, the illuminations in American Waterfront and other elements add variety to the Guests’ holiday experience.

January 1 – 5, 2018 New Year’s Programs at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Both Parks will celebrate the start of the year with colorful Japanese-style New Year’s decorations at the entrances, traditional New Year’s cuisine and merchandise featuring the zodiac animal for the year. Mickey Mouse and his Disney Friends will be dressed up in kimono to welcome Guests in Japanese style.

January 11 – March 19, 2018 Special Event at Tokyo Disneyland: “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy”. This special event will be themed to the Disney film Frozen. Tokyo Disneyland will be transformed into the world of Anna, Elsa and their friends through a lively parade, and other elements, including decorations around the Park featuring Snowgies and snowflakes. Also, for a limited time, Guests will be able to enjoy a new version of the nighttime entertainment at Cinderella Castle. The powerful and unforgettable presentation projected onto the castle tells the heartwarming story of Anna and Elsa through scenes and music from the film Frozen.

New Pixar Special Event at Tokyo DisneySea (dates TBA) A brand new special event themed to the worlds of the Disney/Pixar films will debut at Tokyo DisneySea. Many of the popular Disney/Pixar Characters will entertain Guests in shows and greeting programs. Special merchandise and dishes themed to the Disney/Pixar films will be offered for the first time as well. Duffy-related program at Tokyo DisneySea (dates TBA) Guests will enjoy the gentle and heartwarming world of Duffy and his friends, ShellieMay and Gelatoni, in this program that offers merchandise and menu items, as well as photo locations where delightful keepsake photos can be taken.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Oriental Land Co