Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Disney - Lucasfilm Deal : Star Wars Lands Coming to Disney Theme Parks ? Sure, but Where ?

Since yesterday's announcement of the Disney - Lucasfilm deal all Disney and Star Wars fans around the world are now expecting new Star Wars rides - or even Star Wars lands - in Disney theme parks. And there is no doubt that Iger will ask WDI Imagineers to design new Star Wars attractions "and sooner better than later".

Considering that Disney has paid $4Billion to acquire Lucasfilm, creating big Star Wars lands in Disney parks is probably Iger's wish, but a wish - even upon a star - is not always enough to make it a reality as the main problem to resolve here is not "what" to do ( it's also a problem but WDI Imagineers will resolve this one as long as Disney give them the right budget ) , but more "where?", Sure, they will always find the room to add a new Star Wars ride but it would be a pity to have spent $4B to buy Lucasfilm and now that there is no more license to pay to don't build a full Star Wars land, right? So, let's have a look to where Disney have enough room available for a Star Wars land, thanks to Google Earth views, and let's start with Disneyland.

Disneyland Resort : Ooops, no room available!

If we have a look at this Google Earth aerial view we can see clearly that wherever you look there is no room available to create a big Star Wars land whether it'll be at Disneyland or DCA. And the fact that Star Tours is located at Tomorrowland entrance doesn't help as, even if they had some room available backstage for a SW land, ST2 would be too far to be included in it. We know that the Innoventions building will be used soon for an Iron Man ride and except if Disney decides to re-theme the whole Tomorrowland on a Star Wars theme - Space Mountain included - there is no way they can create a Star Wars land inside Disneyland. Sure, if they also remove Autopia they will have a big piece of land but i really think that using it to build a big Star Wars land would be a mistake, that a whole land on a Star Wars theme would be too strong for Disneyland spirit. Instead, the right choice might be to revive the DLR third theme park project, and dedicate it - at least for a big part - to the Star Wars universe, that would make more sense.

Walt Disney World : Revenge of the Empire! 

 As we know Disney can't put any Marvel ride in Wat Disney World - actually anywhere "East of the Mississipi" as written in the contract that Universal signed with Marvel a long time ago - and the Disney empire will now have its revenge! You can be sure that Universal is gonna pay a huge price to don't have been cooperative and if Iger can build a brand new Star Wars theme park at WDW he will do it. Sure, the Star Tours ride is at Disney Hollywood Studios but if you look at the Google Earth shot below you'll see that here too they don't have a lot of room available. There is three major roads on each side of the DHS and on the fourth side it's the parking lot. As DHS already have Star Tours a Star Wars land would make sense there but except if they decide to use the lower left part of the parking lot, it's not gonna be easy to do it.

But they also have plenty of land available on the other side of the road near to Star Tours and another solution might be to build a bridge over the road and use this land. Of course the passage on the bridge would have to be themed in a way that  DHS guests can't notice that they're moving out of the park limits but that would not be the most difficult.

That said, the real good idea would be to create at WDW the full Star Wars theme park that everyone is wishing since thirty years - and they better don't tell us that there is not enough material in the SW universe to build a full theme park!

Disneyland Paris : At last, some land available

I told you before that DLP has a secret Star Wars land project which is supposed to transform the area between Star Tours and the Pizza Planet restaurant in a mini Star Wars land. But the park has much more land than that available for an even bigger Star Wars land as they could use the land between Star Tours and It's a Small World previously reserved for a Toon Town that will never come to DLP Magic Kingdom. Sure, they've put on it a huge tent mostly used for special events and VIP dinners but this bloody tent is not gonna stop them if they really need the land!

And why not at the WDS, you ask? Well, they sure have more land available at the WDS, specially in the back of the park, but considering that they apparently plan to build at the WDS a Marvel land as well as an Avatar ride AND that Star Tours is currently in DLP Magic Kingdom, i don't see a Star Wars land coming at the WDS - although it would fit better there than in Discoveryland. Also, DLP always have a third theme park project and the good idea in fact could be to have a big Star Wars land and a big Marvel land as well as a Cars Land in this third theme park. It probably will mean to "move" Star Tours to its new destination but this cocktail could be really successful...

Tokyo Disneyland : 'Time to fill again the sea, folks!

Tokyo Disneyland has the same problem than Disneyland, Anaheim, they simply don't have any room available for a whole Star Wars land. That said, at TDL Star Tours is located not too far from a coach parking lot. Considering TDL all year long success i doubt that Oriental Land will decide to sacrify this needed parking lot, and if they don't there won't be any other solution than to keep a Star Wars land concept for a third theme park. The problem here is that they also don't have land available outside the park, so may be TDL will have "only" a new Star Wars ride instead than a whole land.

Hong Kong Disneyland: All the land you can dream of for a Star Wars land

Of all Disney theme parks Hong Kong Disneyland is the only one which has the land available for a big Star Wars land. In fact HKDL not only have enough land available to build a full Star Wars theme park but the land is also ready and if they wish they can start building on it tomorrow! They won't do it of course but the land reserved for HKDL second gate is fully dry - it was the China sea before being land filled - and yesterday Bob Iger himself mentioned HKDL ( as well as Shanghaî Disneyland ) as the two parks which would potentially have Star Wars rides/lands? in a near future. Chinese, though, will have to be patient as HKDL second gate probably will not happen before 2020, mainly because HKDL still have some room available in the first theme park, and they will use it first for upcoming new rides.

Shanghaî Disneyland : A Star Wars land heaven ?

Considering that SDL is not built yet AND that they have plenty of land available you can count on Iger to introduce Star Wars rides - if not a land - at Shanghaî Disneyland. My advice? Delete the Toy Story land which is placed just over SDL Tomorrowland and use it for a Star Wars land, it probably will be more expensive but it will be also much better.

We're not done yet with this Disney - Lucasfilm deal and its effects on Disney theme parks, so come back tomorrow!

Pictures: copyright Google Earth, Disney

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Breaking News : Disney Acquire Lucas Film for $4 Billion !!! Star Wars 7 Movie to be Released in 2015, and more...!!!

This Is the news of the month, folks, and we're not April Fools day! It's official: Disney and Lucas announces that Disney acquire Lucas Film for $4B and this includes not only all the rights of the Star Wars franchise but also Georges Lucas SFX studio Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound, of course Indiana Jones license, and much more. In addition Disney and Lucas also announces that a Star Wars 7 movie will come in 2015 AND episode 8 and 9 are also planned. As a matter of fact the episode 7 is already in early stage development and you can expect a new Star Wars movie each 2-3 years!

Incredible. The consequences of this are going to be enormous and there is a lot to say about what will happen next, but for theme park fans who are also Star Wars fans this is real good news as you can expect numerous development of the Star Wars franchise in Disney theme parks. Now that Disney will not have to pay a license fee each time they do a new SW inspired ride - and now that they will re-launch the SW movies - you can expect not only new Star Wars rides but very probably a whole Star Wars land if not a full theme park! And yes, Disneyland Paris fans are now closer than ever to get the Star Wars mini land expected in Discoveryland...probably after the release of the Star Wars 7 expected in 2015.

There is a lot more to say about this amazing news which came with a sound of thunder, and i'll be back soon to tell you more. In the meantime, please read the full 
WDC release below!

Here is the official video with Lucas and Iger signing the deal!

They also did a conference call and here is the video - actually only the sound - of it!

On this next video George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy discuss the future of Star Wars movies.

And here is the official press release!

Burbank, CA and San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars,one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization,Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Warsfranchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm's legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term.Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has madeStar Wars one of the world's top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney's strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney's very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company's unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney's portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company's ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world's highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.

Pictures and Video: copyright Disney - Lucas Film

Walt Disney Studios Terrorific Night Video!

Not only there is a Halloween party at Disneyland Paris Magic Kingdom, but there is also Terrorific Nights at the WDS! And thanks to Max Fan from DLRP Welcome and D&M contributor we have a video to share with you. There was several "horror zones" and here are the list of them and at which "minutes" you will find them in the video below:

Darkness Blvd : 3mn
Rock'n'Roller Coaster : Police scientifique: 5mn30sc
Studios Tram Tour: 8mn28sc
Cinémagique "Terreurs": 21mn
spycho Blvd & whitechapel 1888 : 22mn30sc
Horror Market: 22mn45sc
Horroic Fantasy & Horror Brass Band: 23mn50sc
Crush's Coaster: 24mn48
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: 26mn26sc
Station-service : 28mn29sc
Darkness Blvd : 30mn23sc
Surprise : 32mn45sc

Monday, 29 October 2012

Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality Book: All You Need to Know to Order a Collector Copy

IMPORTANT NOTE: We're running low of ENGLISH edition copies of the book and we know that by the end of the year the english collector's edition will be sold out. If you don't own the book yet and wish to order a copy please do it as soon as possible!

For those of you who have never seen the book you'll find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each page of the 320 pages of the book. And, most of all don't miss the comments of those who have already received the book at the end of the book presentation!

For those of you who don't know what is the Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality collector's edition here is more details: the collector's edition is printed on a luxury glossy paper, it has a gold printing on the cover and dust jacket, is limited at 2000 copies in english ( and 2000 in french ), each copy has a number, AND each copy include four beautiful "lithographs" of WDI artwork for the Walt Disney Studios. Each of these lithographs can be put under frame. Also, the contents of the book is exactly the same than the first collector's copies printed ten years ago. And only the collector's edition is available, the regular edition is sold out.

Here is how to do to order the book:

So, how to pre-order a copy of this collector's edition? First, send us an email at: ( with as subject: "dlp book order" ) to let us know that you want to order a copy, how many copies you want, in which language ( english or french edition? ) , and your shipping address.

How to proceed for your payment: We prefer a Paypal payment. Paypal is a very safe way to pay without giving your credit card number. For a payment with Paypal the total amount must be sent through Paypal at the email adress:

OR, even more easy, you can now order the book directly from this page and proceed to the payment with Paypal by clicking on the "Buy it Now" Paypal button below! Order two or more copies an enjoy an additional discount!
Also, don't forget to let me know your shipping address and to confirm your order and payment AND to say if you want the book in english or french edition by sending us an email at:
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ: Whatever the book quantity you will choose you'll see that in the next page that will open the quantity written in the "quantity box" is "1". I tried everything possible to change this and to have the right quantity appearing but it still doesn't work. SO, when you will do your Paypal payment please don't forget to write in the text box the book quantity that you have ordered, AND also tell it to me by email. No worries, though, as i will also be able to identify instantly how many copies have been ordered when i will see the amount paid. Thanks!

Choose quantity and enjoy an additional discount !

If you don't have a Paypal account: either you know someone who have one and through which you can send the payment, or you can pay by check if you live in france or with a bank wire transfer ( no foreign checks, sorry ). If you want to do a wire transfer please let us know in your email and we will send you the bank infos.

Below you'll find a description of the book as well as visuals of the inside pages ( click on the mosaic pictures to see them in larger scale ). The printer did an incredible job, and the printing and binding is just perfect! I did a video to show you the final product, exactly the same one than you will receive if you order the book, and you can watch the video below!

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. Finally, because we didn't had any more a collector edition copy the video is showing the regular edition of the book, not the collector's edition that you will receive if you place your order, but the inside pages are exactly the same.

Description of the book:

The book is a gorgeous "coffee table book" with 320 pages and 750 pictures - of which 500 are park and attractions photos and 250 are Walt Disney Imagineering renderings!

The size is 9 x 12 inches, all pages are in color and it's hardbound with a glossy dust jacket. The text (by Disney historian Didier Ghez), was written after more than 75 interviews he conducted with all the Imagineers who created the park. He goes into just about everything you wanted to know about this unique place that many describe as the best "Magic Kingdom" ever created by WDI.

It took five years to create the book, but it was worth all the time we spent on it, and the book looks just as good as we had hoped for at the beginning - in fact Imagineer Bruce Gordon told us that it was "probably the best book ever done on a Disney theme park". Coming from Bruce who did with David Mumford the great "Disneyland, The Nickel Tour" book, it was more than a compliment.

The first chapter about Main Street has 52 pages and introduces the reader to the "legend" of Main Street, USA. You'll learn all about the Disneyland Paris Railroad, the unique "Discovery" and "Liberty" Arcades; find out about the architecture, the restaurants (like "Walt's," a tribute to Walt Disney, but also inspired by Club 33 in Anaheim) and the shops; with dozens of photos, renderings, models, and reproduced for the first time here, all the "cities of the future" posters located in "Discovery Arcade."

The second chapter on Frontierland discusses the park's western side with extensive sections about its major attractions, "Big Thunder Mountain" and "Phantom Manor." In fact the book has the longest sections ever put together in a book on all the major attractions. The Pirates of Caribbean section in the Adventureland chapter is 26 pages, Phantom Manor has 16 pages devoted to it, as does Space Mountain, it's a small world, etc. The photo material was so great that we kept adding more pages to the book, which was supposed to have only 240 pages when we started... we ended up with 320 upon completion!

The Frontierland chapter also covers the Mark Twain, the River Rogue Keelboats, Fort Comstock, all the restaurants, the shops and Cottonwood Creek Ranch.and featuring stunning photos of Disneyland Paris from the air by Yann Arthus Bertrand, author of The Earth from Above that make spectacular "double-pages," and allow the reader to discover the park from a whole different angle.

The Adventureland chapter is even more interesting, as many elements of the land exist only in Paris - such as the Bazaar and Aladdin to Africa and the ex-"Explorer's Club." Plus there's a long section about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril," "Adventure Isle" and "The Swiss Robinson Treehouse" and, of course, "Pirates of Caribbean" the land's major attraction and featuring its amazing Audio-Animatronics! All in all there are 56 full pages about Adventureland, and as in the previous chapters, there are dozens of photos, lots of concept art, and many shots of Imagineers at work. There's even a great bonus here, with the Marc Davis artwork for "Pirates" also included.

56 full pages are also dedicated to Fantasyland. There's an extensive look at Sleeping Beauty Castle, sections on all the dark rides (Snow White, Peter Pan and Pinocchio), as well as a look at "Alice's Curious Labyrinth," the "Mad Hatter's Tea Cups," "Storybookland," and "Casey Jr." There are even 14 pages about "it's a small world" with stunning photos of nearly all the scenes in it. Here the reader can discover a new attraction that exists only at Disneyland Paris, with a great view from above of Alice's Labyrinth.

Discoveryland also gets 52 pages of special treatment, with sections on the Visionarium, the Nautilus, Star Tours, Space Mountain, and everything you wanted to know about the other attractions in this land – Autopia and Orbitron. In fact the Nautilus chapter takes you on a visit with photos of every room of this detailed walk-through and two double page photo spreads, one which makes you feel you're inside Captain Nemo's grand salon, and the other showing you a unique view of Discoveyland featuring the Nautilus and Space Mountain in a kind of "CinemaScope" view.

When the book was released in early 2002, the Walt Disney Studios didn't exist, so you won't see them in the book. But there's still one last chapter about the hotels of the park, and Disney Village too, with the great Buffalo Bill Wild West show that entertains hundreds each evening.

And because every day in a Magic Kingdom should end with a parade and fireworks, we have the Main Street Electrical Parade that close the book, with also an Herb Ryman gorgeous painting in the very last pages!

Order the book directly from this page and proceed to the payment with Paypal by clicking on the "Buy it Now" Paypal button below! Order two or more copies an enjoy an additional discount!
Also, don't forget to let me know your shipping address and to confirm your order and payment AND to say if you want the book in english or french edition by sending us an email at:
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ: Whatever the book quantity you will choose you'll see that in the next page that will open the quantity written in the "quantity box" is "1". I tried everything possible to change this and to have the right quantity appearing but it still doesn't work. SO, when you will do your Paypal payment please don't forget to write in the text box the book quantity that you have ordered, AND also tell it to me by email. No worries, though, as i will also be able to identify instantly how many copies have been ordered when i will see the amount paid. Thanks!

Choose quantity and enjoy an additional discount !

Pictures: copyright Disney

Video: copyright Alain Littaye 2012

Disneyland Paris and WDS Ratatouille Ride Update

Here is a new Disneyland Paris update thanks to Max Fan from DLRP Welcome and D&M contributor. Lots of pictures of the works on the Ratatouille ride at the WDS but we'll begin by the Disneyland park as, good news, Peter Pan's Flight is open again after a few weeks of refurbishment.

 Nothing of course has changed in the ride itself but apparently the ride itself is smoother but the arrival remain always a bit hard. That said, we're pleased to hear that they've improved it as since they installed the boarding of two vehicles at one time some years ago it seems that it had an effect on the smoothness of the ride.

Nearby, It's a Small World Celebration with the special Christmas theming that happen each year now during the Christmas season seems to be already in place, even if the Christmas season is not begin yet. Or may be it's just the sign which has been changed.

In Adventureland, guests could meet Baloo and King Louis, as the characters were out. I know it looks as something minor but although DLP guests are used to see them on the floats during the parade it's more rare to meet and greet with them in Adventureland , and don't ask me why!

On Central Plaza tehre was also minor painting works on the new building built early this year in which is the Disney Dreams show control operations.

Let's move now to the Walt Disney Studios as i know you're dying to have some news of the Ratatouille ride works!

Max have plenty of new pictures of the  Ratatouille works for you and as you'll see the show building structure is changing very fast from one week to another.

Have a closer look at this next picture as you'll see the metallic dome structure which should be an important element of the ride. 3D projections should happen under this dome - which will be covered by a screen, of course.

What, you don't see it? Let's zoom in the picture, do you see it now?

There is more to see if you take the Tram Tour as the the tram moves near the Ratatouille show building. And what you can see is that they are currently in the insulation process which also look as what might be a start of theming, at least on one of the wall.

More pics of the Ratatouille works will come soon, so stay tuned on D&M. Also, here is an important message from Disneyland Paris to those of you planning to join the Halloween party on Oct 31 as the park wants you to know that there is some rules about the kind of Halloween costume or make-up that you're allowed to come with.

If you still don't guess what it mean, it means that no "bloody zombie" will be allowed in the park, and don't even dare to come with a make-up like the one below as you can be sure you will NOT enter DLP Magic Kingdom! ( Yeah, i know, this one is really scary but it's the perfect example of make-up that the park will not allow! )

See you soon for a new update and in the meantime those of you who are interested by the great DLP book might have a look at the presentation article in the article below or on the book web site HERE

Important Note: We're running low of the ENGLISH edition copies of the book and we know that by the end of the year the english collector's edition will be sold out. If you don't own the book yet and wish to order a copy please do it as soon as possible!

Order your copy of the acclaimed Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality book while there is still copies available! You'll find all infos to order an ENGLISH edition HERE and for the FRENCH edition it's HERE. Watch below the video showing the whole book!

Choose quantity and enjoy an additional discount !

Pictures: Max Fan - DLRP Welcome

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Remembering The Mickey Mouse Revue...

Let's remember the great Mickey Mouse Revue. As you probably know, Mickey's Philarmagic began at WDW MAgic Kingdom and was then transferred at Tokyo Disneyland until May 25, 2009.

For me, the Mickey Mouse Revue is probably the most underestimated WDI Audio-Animatronic attraction. When was the last time you saw somebody missing the Mickey Mouse Revue? Or simply talked about it? Never! Nobody speaks about the Mickey Mouse review! And frankly it's a pity, as it was a totally charming attraction. Sure POTC AAs are way much better, there is no doubt about that,  but the Mickey Mouse Review was one of the last attraction from the 1960's WED Enterprises era.

Sure we still have POTC, the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and others, but the Mickey Mouse Revue was a great audio-animatronics attraction dedicated to Disney Animation characters - the one of the very first Disney classics. Now that it's gone, it's a whole era which has left with it, but as i always say "everything is disappearing,  it's alas of life".

I had the luck to see it both at WDW in 1972 and at TDL, and it's true that the attraction was getting old, but still it was charming. So, for those who never saw this lovely attraction - after all it left WDW for TDL 29 years ago and some of you were probably not even born yet, here is more about it, and, yes, you'll find also videos below of both the original WDW and the TDL versions!

The first time the Mickey Mouse Revue was more or less mentioned was in a 1962 interview when Walt Disney talked about his new audio-animatronic technology in The Enchanted Tiki Room and untitled haunted house attraction. He said that he had similar plans for "all the Disney characters". In October 1, 1971, the Mickey Mouse Revue show opened as an "E" ticket attraction in Fantasyland, in WDW's Magic Kingdom where the show ran until it was closed on September 14, 1980. The building that housed it was renamed the Fantasyland Theater and the Mickey Mouse Revue found a new home at Tokyo Disneyland since then.

The show looked like a a concert orchestra with Mickey Mouse as the conductor, and various Disney cartoon characters playing musical instruments, including Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Baloo, Kaa, King Louie, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Dumbo, Timothy Mouse, Gus-Gus, Jaq, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse, Abner the Country Mouse and Monty the City Mouse, all Audio-Animatronics. Parts of famous songs from Disney films are performed by Snow White, the Three Little Pigs, the Fairy Godmother, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and the Three Caballeros. 73 characters are represented. Songs include "Heigh Ho," "Whistle While You Work," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Hi Diddle Dee Dee," "Who's Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf," "I'm Wishing," "The Silly Song," "All In The Golden Afternoon," "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," "So This Is Love," "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," and "Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater." Among Disney Imagineers who contribute to the attraction were John Hench, Bill Justice, and Wathel Rogers.

And now, on with the show, the original 1971 WDW show, and hope you will enjoy it as much as i did!

Thanks to ParkHopper here is the video of the Tokyo Disneyland version in good quality. The Mickey Mouse Revue also had a pre-show and if you wish you can see the video of it HERE.

Many Thanks to LoreneFaith for the Youtube video of the 1971 WDW version and to Park Hopper for the video of the TDL version!

Picture and Artwork: copyright Disney

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Editor's Note: Those of you who have participated to the Disney and more contest will find the right answers to the five questions and the winners name HERE. Also, i've sent an email to everyone who sent me their answers - wrong or right - for the contest, and if you haven't yet received my email which also bring you the surprise gift, please look in your spam box or send me an email and i will send it back to you.

Animal Kingdom Avatar Land Update

Lot of news about the mysterious Avatar Land project since the last two days. First, Screamscape did an update last friday and confirmed that the Avatar Land E-Ticket ride might be "a 3D simulator style ride using a large circular multi-story screen" which should take the guests for a flight around Pandora. Always according to Lance, a "C" ticket ride might be planned and would be "a family friendly boat ride experience (Small World of Pandora?) though I’d also got a hunch that it could be a land based dark ride system as well as it seems the early proposal may feature 6 to 9 passenger vehicles, using 3 rows of seat"s". There is much more to read in Lance's update that you can read on Screamscape HERE.

Meanwhile, John Frost on the Disney Blog had the scoop of the week with these Avatar rides plans which by the way confirms Screamscape update as you can see on them the four theaters for the simulator ride as well as on the top right of the one below, what might be the boat ride. According to John, WDI might build a huge volcano and some of the boat ride track could go inside this volcano (if there is one). Jump to the Disney Blog to see more blueprints and infos about this awaited land!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Is this a WDI CGI rendering for Animal Kingdom awaited Avatar Land?

Is this a WDI CGI rendering for Animal Kingdom awaited Avatar Land ? Or James Cameron new set for the first Avatar sequel? To have the answer jump to my new article on my Innoventions Blog HERE !

DLP Phantom Manor Update

A short DLP update today. As you know, Disneyland Paris is still celebrating Halloween and what place could be better than Frontierland Phantom Manor to enjoy the Halloween spirit?  Max Fan from DLRP Welcome and D&M contributor shot these pictures of Phantom Manor a few days ago and if you're a DLP fan you'll notice that this year no additional skeletons were put outside, in front of the manor. I suppose that all the budget went in the new Halloween ghosts on Main Street U.S.A but this must not stop you to enjoy the ghosts of DLP beloved attraction!

And one more pic for the road with this one showing the Disneyland Railroad Georges Washington locomotive!

Many thanks to Max who bring us regularly great pictures of Disneyland Paris!

See you soon for a new DLP update, and in the meantime those of you who are interested by the great DLP book might have a look at the presentation article on the book web site HERE
Order your copy of the acclaimed Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality book while there is still copies available! You'll find all infos to order an ENGLISH edition HERE and for the FRENCH edition it's HERE. Watch below the video showing the whole book!

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Pictures: Max Fan - DLRP Welcome

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