Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Disneyland Celebrate Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone



Yesterday, Walt Disney Imagineering and the project teams responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life at Disneyland park celebrated a major milestone — the topping out of the tallest peak in the 14-acre land. Rising to 130 feet, the steel that makes up the highest point in the new land was put in place as the design and construction teams celebrated the tradition.






Another part of this longtime construction tradition is when signatures are placed on the steel beam, and for this topping out every Disneyland Resort cast member was invited to take part! This isn’t the only way cast members are getting involved. Soon, a selected team of cast members will lend their expertise to the process of bringing the land’s two signature attractions to life. They will offer their unique knowledge of our parks, attractions and operations to inform and influence how the immersive attractions allow guests to experience Star Wars in their own way.








Above: Disneyland Resort Cast Members Sign Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Highest Beam


At the center of the picture above you can see the highest point structure and on the picture below how it will look once it will be themed.


As announced recently at D23 Expo, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in 2019, first at the Disneyland Resort and later that year at the Walt Disney World Resort. And below, here is the video showing the celebration event.




Pictures: copyright Disney

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Disney’s Villains Invite Guests to Join Their Band of Baddies at HKDL Disney Halloween Time 2017 !





Party day and night at the most wicked Halloween ever at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort! HKDL unveiled the program for its Halloween season and here is the full press release!

This Halloween, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is hosting its most wicked Halloween party ever! From September 14 to October 31, Disney Halloween Time 2017 will present spook-tacular parties day and night, where guests can embrace their wicked side by teaming up with the infamous Disney Villains. There will be spine-tingling thrills all across the resort, including brand new experiences such as an interactive mystery dinner with Disney characters. It’s time for wicked fun at Hong Kong Disneyland alongside all the favorite Disney Friends and Disney Villains! At the fright-filled walkthrough attraction “Maze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment Continues,” a crazed professor takes guests into the dark side of Disney stories. Courageous guests can enter the professor’s mind-bending lab where they will have all kinds of devilish encounters. Journey through Stromboli’s Wagon from Pinocchio, the Scare Floor from Monsters, Inc., the Mad Hatter’s Hat Shoppe from Alice in Wonderland, as well as spooky rooms based on Beauty and the Beast and Hercules.

Join Mickey's Magical Halloween Hunt

This Halloween, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will host Mickey's Magical Halloween Hunt, a three-course interactive dining experience where guests of all ages work together to solve the mystery of a missing treasure alongside a magician, occultist, fortune-teller and musician! This interactive character dining experience is sure to delight the taste buds as well as a sense of intrigue. Guests can make an advance reservation for the special dinner at the Explorer’s Club Restaurant by calling (+852) 3550-3388. This experience is only available on selected dates. Book five days in advance to enjoy a discount on the standard price: 25% off for Magic Access Members and 15% off for general guests.



Party day and night and turn the park upside down

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s most wicked Halloween party will get into full swing on Main Street, U.S.A., when Mickey and other Disney friends wearing their Halloween outfits rock out at Mickey's Halloween Time Street Party. Mickey, Minnie and Goofy will appear atop giant jack-o’-lantern whirlies and will invite little guests to dance their hearts out. Guests can also toss around Halloween Time pumpkin balloons as well!





Then, when the sun goes down, the Disney Villains will come out to play in “Villains Night Out! Chapter 2.” For the first time ever, Ursula the sea witch from The Little Mermaid will show up and take part in this spine-tingling procession. Guests can be a part of the roaring mayhem as other infamous baddies appear, including Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, Jack Skellington, Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts and Cruella de Vil.


At the Pirates of the Caribbean Ghost Trail, guests can encounter a crew of ghost pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean who have come ashore in Adventureland. If they dare, wicked guests can team up with these ghoulish pirates who are seeking revenge on none other than Captain Jack Sparrow.

Of course, Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some wicked photos and the fun of trick-or-treating! Guests can find Trick-or-Treat Booths in the park and there are also lots of chances to meet beloved Disney friends and Villains for wicked photos during both the daytime and nighttime.




Captivating Halloween goodies

For extra Halloween fun, be sure to dress up in a wicked costume this year! Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers more than 150 themed costume items, accessories and Halloween dresses in addition to a huge range of Halloween merchandise items. There will be more than 80 Halloween-themed items, including apparel, accessories, home decor, souvenirs, daily necessities, plush toys, stationery sets and unique pins. Halloween-edition reversible mini Tsum Tsum plush toys are definite must-buys.







Disney Halloween Time is an awfully good time for wicked guests and their friends and family at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Stay tuned for further information on special ticket offers. Be a part of the band of baddies this Halloween to spread wicked fun for everyone!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Dunkirk Short Reviews



I saw in theatre the “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" of Luc Besson two weeks ago. And personally i loved it enormously. But I also understood why those who hated it hated it. Visually the film is incredible. It is in fact a very "Neptunian" film where imagination "has taken the power" and we have to let ourselves flow into the film and accept that the story - that some find difficult to follow but which is nevertheless clear if one follows the movie - is not "square" as it can be in American blockbusters where the good ones and villains and the stakes are clearly identified every second, but in a fairly primary way. Unfortunately, as today's public has become accustomed to this, when they have a film where they really have to "follow" and not be dispersed to understand what's going on, he's probably tend to get lost in this type of film. Someone in the comments here said that it was “a beautiful mess”. It is beautiful indeed but it’s not a mess, or at least it was not for me.

Two things, however, prevent the film from being perfect, and it is not the two main actors ( the girl is actually quite close to the Laureline's character in the graphic novel from which the film is inspired), though i find both of them a bit “young” in age, i think that actors five years older would have been better for the characters. But it's the "bad guy" who is not bad enough - Besson or the actor seems to have forgotten the famous Hitchcockian principle saying that better is the villain, better is the movie “. Also, the last twenty minutes of the film don’t work that well. Because, whatever those who did not like it said about the story, the film has a story and it must be finished. As a result, the film becomes more "rational" in its filming and this breaks the "Neptunian” charm of it, but Besson did not have the choice. Even if the film is not as perfectly structured as the films of James Cameron, in the direction of whom Besson obviously glances, I think, for example, that James Cameron will love the film despite its imperfections. On the visual level the film is a real treat, Rihanna does a fun cameo, and you will be blown away by the visuals but one should not see it a day when he is too rational.




I Also watched in theatre "Dunkirk" of Christopher Nolan and i liked it too. It's a much different story of course as it tells the story of the needed evacuation of thousands of British soldiers surrounded at the start of World War II by the German army on a beach near Dunkerque in the North of France. In this case, Nolan has chosen to have a minimum of dialogue as he wanted to have the audience experience "physically" what have lived these soldiers stuck on the beach. Although the film has excellent actors like Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and the excellent Mark Rylance as well as a good music by Hans Zimmer i wouldn't say that Nolan totally succeeded in what he wanted to do. But it's a good movie so i would recommend it too, and the actions scenes are extremely well filmed.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" Book Summer Special Offer - Last Copies !



Folks, i'm sorry to say that Neverland Editions my company publishing the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book ( De L'Esquisse à la Création en français ) will stop early September and this Summer special offer for the DLP book is a last chance for you to get this gorgeous 320 pages book at the best price ever! You'll hardly find a better 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!

ENGLISH EDITION : The Special Offer for the English updated edition is at 60€ / $70 ( instead of 85€ ) and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( $26 ).  Shipping takes 3-4 days for France, 10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. Sorry for what may seem a high shipping cost but the package with the book is heavy ( 2,5 Kgs ) and the French post office also increased its prices. We also ship the books in the best box you've ever seen for a book to make sure they arrive in good condition, and this has a cost.

Usually the Special Offer includes a great additional surprise gift, but this new special offer will include TWO great surprise gifts ( and believe me, you'll be VERY happy to get them! )!

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 29 €.

You can pay with Paypal by sending the full amount - including shipping - by Paypal to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or you can use the Paypal buttons below. ( make sure to choose the right button for the rich edition ). Thanks to 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 and i will let you know how to do.

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!


Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book ENGLISH Edition

VERSION FRANCAISE:  Je suis navré d'annoncer que Neverland Editions cessera son activité début Septembre et cette offre spéciale d'été est sans doute votre dernière chance de pouvoir acquérir le fantastique Disneyland Paris de l'Esquisse à la Création au meilleur prix.
Il ne reste que dix exemplaires de cette édition collector française et chaque exemplaire est maintenant au prix de 130€ + 22 € de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Mais j'ai retrouvé récemment une dizaine d'exemplaires qui étaient destinés au service de presse lors de la sortie du livre, et qui sont strictement identiques mais sans "numérotation" de l'exemplaire à l'intérieur. Ces dix exemplaires sont vendus 95€ pièce, + 22€ de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Soyons clair; dés que cette édition collector sera épuisés les prix d'autres vendeurs sur eBay ou Amazon vont flamber et atteindre des prix stratosphériques très rapidement, donc c'est vraiment la dernière chance de pouvoir se procurer le livre à un prix encore raisonnable...

Le règlement peut-être fait via Paypal, carte bancaire ou virement bancaire. Pour toute commande m'envoyer un email à neverlandeditions@gmail.com en précisant si vous voulez l'édition française ou anglaise. L'offre inclus également deux formidables cadeaux surprises!

EDITING: Il semble que le bouton Paypal ci-dessous pour l'édition Française ne fonctionne pas pour le moment. Je travaille à résoudre le problème, si le bouton ne fonctionne toujours pas envoyez moi un email à: neverlandeditions@gmail.com et je vous ferais envoyer une demande de paiement par Paypal pour que vous puissiez régler directement depuis votre compte Paypal. Ou vous pouvez envoyer le montant total, inclus les frais d'envois directement depuis votre compte Paypal à cette mème adresse email: neverlandeditions@gmail.com


Disneyland Paris, De l'Esquisse à la Création Edition Collector

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below 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










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!



Disneyland Paris Update: DLP Introduce Customized Magic Wands Now Available at Merlin Shop Inside Sleeping Beauty Castle !


I have a new Disneyland Paris update for you, thanks to great pictures from Robert, D&M faithful reader and Arribas Crystal Arts!

When Universal Studios opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter there was a merchandise item which was pure genius: the magic wands of Harry Potter and his wizards friends. Sure, all the kids fans of Harry Potter would want to get one, and it's exactly what happened, Universal sells tons of them. It don't happen that often to have a merchandise item being a pure bingo and chances are that Harry Potter magic wands probably made jealous the folks of WDW merchandise dept. Well, i'm happy to say that Disneyland Paris, in collaboration with Arribas - a company specialized in Crystal items - introduced last week its own magic wands, now sold at Merlin's shop inside Sleeping Beauty Castle!

But DLP guests won't find here magic wands made out of wood or resin but of glass, each one is made by a glass blower in front of your own eyes, then filled with magic crystals of your choice!








There is even a storyline for these magic wands! Merlin is asking for your help and is now ready to tell the world the truth. In searching Merlin's own shop was found a parchment revealing Merlin's entire plan: to form a magician's academy to thwart the attack of the Villains thanks to magic wands.


Here is the "recipe" to make a good and powerful magic wand as described by Arribas Crystal Arts: In order to make a good magic wand, the first phase is to choose well the crystals that compose it ! In addition to the shiny colors that will attract your eyes, one must carefully select the crystals, because huge powers will be locked in! Green will make you a lucky one, white will bring you wisdom, red will give you the strength you need to accomplish great things.




Once the crystals have been carefully selected, make sure that is put the right amount of crystals in the wand. Too many crystals and your wand will create an overpower that will turn against its owner and not enough crystals will cause a dysfunction of the magic placed inside. The ideal quantity is 20 grams of crystals for a wand, with the colors of your choice.





Now that you have the precise amount of crystals of your choice, you must activate the magic that is locked inside. As there is a specific object, of great rarity and created by Merlin in person! He did not think he had to use it again and found it at the bottom of his purse.


Thanks to this artifact, the passage of the crystals in the mechanism activates the different powers that they contain while ensuring a perfect mixture. But there is an ultimate step for your wand to be well balanced! Here is the final step of the recipe, the little touch that will permit you to master the powers contained in your wand. For this, the crystals freshly swollen with magic must pass in our alembic, in order to contain and transport the magic to the wand without it can escape. Then one of our craftsmen, expert in the art of the magic of glass and fire will seal the wand with delicacy and precision ... And you are in possession of your magic wand.. Merlin The enchanter counts on you to take the utmost care and not let the villains get their hands on it!


The personalized wand is a craft creation of Arribas master glassmakers who use all the knowledge that Merlin has transmitted to them to recreate a wand that will contain all the magic of the crystals. As its name indicates, this object will reflect your personality and can be modulated at your convenience. You will be able to choose between different styles of chopsticks, choosing among different patterns of sleeves with the glass ball coming to close the handle.



When you are certain of your choice, you must still place magic at the heart of the wand, this is the most important step. Here again you have the choice. You have the great responsibility to select the crystals you want. Once sealed, you are in possession of a magic wand 100% artisanal, 100% personalized! Find the perfect combination for you to have the wand that looks like you. The price of a personalized baguette is 39,00 € and you still have the possibility to make it even more to your image by writing the message of your choice ( for 4,90€ ).




Arribas glass blowing artists have worked for several weeks in total secrecy on the realization of the different magic wands. Each master glassmaker expresses his art differently and it is in this that no wand is identical. They handle the glass carefully until the perfect wand is obtained. The one that, once magical, will make you live unforgettable moments! These specialists in fire and glass have an essential role because they are also the ones who have the important responsibility to close the wand once all the magic crystals are housed there and the powers can finally reveal themselves.


As glass is fragile, each wand is put inside a special box to make sure it won't be damaged or broken during guests visit of the park.


Also note that there will be other Collector magic wands that will be available later for special events of the year! It is possible that the Wands of the Evil ones arrive for Halloween!


Folks, i'm also sorry to say that Neverland Editions, my company publishing the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book ( De L'Esquisse à la Création en français ), will stop early September and this Summer special offer for the DLP book - valid until September 5th - is a last chance for you to get this gorgeous 320 pages book at the best price ever! You'll hardly find a better 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!


ENGLISH EDITION : The Special Offer for the English updated edition is at 60€ / $70 ( instead of 85€ ) and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( $26 ).  Shipping takes 3-4 days for France, 10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. Sorry for what may seem a high shipping cost but the package with the book is heavy ( 2,5 Kgs ) and the French post office also increased its prices. We also ship the books in the best box you've ever seen for a book to make sure they arrive in good condition, and this has a cost.

Usually the Special Offer includes a great additional surprise gift, but this new special offer will include TWO great surprise gifts ( and believe me, you'll be VERY happy to get them! )!

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 29 €.

You can pay with Paypal by sending the full amount - including shipping - by Paypal to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or you can use the Paypal buttons below. ( make sure to choose the right button for the rich edition ). Thanks to 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 and i will let you know how to do.

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!


Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book ENGLISH Edition

VERSION FRANCAISE:  Je suis navré d'annoncer que Neverland Editions cessera son activité début Septembre et cette offre spéciale d'été valable jusqu'au 5 Septembre est sans doute votre dernière chance de pouvoir acquérir le fantastique Disneyland Paris de l'Esquisse à la Création au meilleur prix.
Il ne reste que dix exemplaires de cette édition collector française et chaque exemplaire est maintenant au prix de 130€ + 22 € de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Mais j'ai retrouvé récemment une dizaine d'exemplaires qui étaient destinés au service de presse lors de la sortie du livre, et qui sont strictement identiques mais sans "numérotation" de l'exemplaire à l'intérieur. Ces dix exemplaires sont vendus 95€ pièce, + 22€ de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Soyons clair; dés que cette édition collector sera épuisés les prix d'autres vendeurs sur eBay ou Amazon vont flamber et atteindre des prix stratosphériques très rapidement, donc c'est vraiment la dernière chance de pouvoir se procurer le livre à un prix encore raisonnable...

Le règlement peut-être fait via Paypal, carte bancaire ou virement bancaire. Pour toute commande m'envoyer un email à neverlandeditions@gmail.com en précisant si vous voulez l'édition française ou anglaise. L'offre inclus également deux formidables cadeaux surprises!

EDITING: Il semble que le bouton Paypal ci-dessous pour l'édition Française ne fonctionne pas pour le moment. Je travaille à résoudre le problème, si le bouton ne fonctionne toujours pas envoyez moi un email à: neverlandeditions@gmail.com et je vous ferais envoyer une demande de paiement par Paypal pour que vous puissiez régler directement depuis votre compte Paypal. Ou vous pouvez envoyer le montant total, inclus les frais d'envois directement depuis votre compte Paypal à cette mème adresse email: neverlandeditions@gmail.com



Disneyland Paris, De l'Esquisse à la Création Edition Collector

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below 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










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!






Article Pictures: copyright Robert Stalled, Arribas