Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Disneyland Paris Update! Part One: Disneyland Park

I'll have three Disneyland Paris pictorial updates for you this week! DLP fans for sure will be happy to hear this and discover new shots from their favorite Magic Kingdom! As always the pictures are thanks to Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster.

With this first update we'll go around the Disneyland Paris park and as you will see the weather in the last days of August was rainy and cloudy. Good news as it seems it will be better soon and, as it happen now almost every year, DLP might have a nice "Indian summer". Generally when the weather in July and August is not nice September and October are better and sometime even warmer, so keep this in mind if you're planning to visit DLP anytime soon.

Let's move along Main Street towards Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Good news, the double decker vintage car is back!

In Frontierland,  the works are still going on on the Silver Spur Steakhouse facade, even if the restaurant is always open for guests.

Same bad weather that day in Adventureland...

...and to ride Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril...

...but good news, the Jungle telephone with which guests can learn how to survive in the jungle is back, and his loudspeaker works well ( so far ).

A cool night shot of Adventureland entrance to end this part one!

A look at the hours wait on Central Plaza and at the one of the Walt Disney studios indicates something amazing, although not surprising. As you can see the wait times are now longer at the WDS than at DLP. For sure, the opening of the new Ratatouille ride that no guest want to miss is partly responsible of that...

...but the good news is that a 15 min wait at Space Mountain or 20 min at Peter Pan's Flight and even 50 min at Big Thunder is pretty unusual for an August day. No one will complain, though.

Not the same at the WDS with 80 min wait at Crush's Coaster, 60 min at TSL Parachute Drop and, no surprise, 130 min at Ratatouille.

On Remy Plaza a small food cart is used to sell some Ratatouille merchandise until the opening of the "Chez Marianne Souvenirs de Paris" shop.

The new  Crush's Coaster entrance is now finished, and in September WDS guests waiting in line will be able to play on their mobile phone to the Crush Coaster mobile game, a game where you have to get as many as sea star as possible while you avoid being hit by underwater mines.

At the entrance of the WDS the "earfell tower" is still in renovation with new logos supposed to be painted on the top.

I'll be back in Paris in a few days and in France almost all September, and of course will go at the parks and discover by myself the new Ratatouille ride. Not only you can expect plenty of cool pics when i'll be back ( as well as my opinion on the Ratatouille ride ) but i have also a good news for all of you who want to order my Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" and would like to have it signed specially for them. Normally i can't do it as i'm too far from Paris but all this September i will be able to sign personally each copy that will be ordered, whether it will be a french or english edition!

And to make things even better anyone who will order the book during september will have a signed copy at the price of a non-sigend copy, i.e 75€ instead of 100€ ( and additional worldwide shipping remain the same at 15€  ). Only a very few copies have been signed since this book was published 12 years ago, so for sure it'll make the copy even more "collector's".

Paypal and credit card payments are accepted, so make sure to place your order now!  
You can use the Paypal buttons below for the english edition, or for the french edition. If you don't have a Paypal account you can also pay directly with your credit card with these buttons without opening a Paypal account. If it don't works please send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Paypal button for ENGLISH Edition :  

Paypal bouton pour Edition FRANCAISE : 

Don't know yet the Disneyland Paris book? Have a look at the video below or on the book website HERE.

Pictures: copyright Max Fan - DLP Welcome

Monday, September 1, 2014

Six Flags Announces a Justice League "Battle For Metropolis" Interactive Dark Ride , and more...

Six Flags has announced for 2015 a new interactive dark ride called JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS, it will also include Audio-Animatronics and it sounds pretty good. Here is the full press release.

New Interactive Dark Ride Coming in 2015 Combines State-of-the-Art Technology For the Ultimate Super Hero Mission

Six Flags St. Louis, the Coaster Capital of Missouri, and Six Flags Over Texas, the Thrill Capital of Texas — in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment — today announced the next generation of interactive thrills with the debut of an all-new 3D interactive dark ride attraction, JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS.

Slated to open at both Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis in 2015, guests will become members of the JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team, and engage in a full-sensory journey as they battle alongside SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN and GREEN LANTERN against Lex Luthor, The Joker and his henchmen. Traveling in six-passenger vehicles, riders must outsmart Lex Luthor and The Joker and save the city of Metropolis.

“Introducing a dark ride that combines this level of technology and the popular DC Comics brand will bring an unmatched, interactive experience to our guests in 2015,” stated Tom Iven, senior vice president of U.S. park operations for Six Flags. “The addition of JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS is another example of our company’s commitment to delivering new and innovative thrills in every park, every year.”


An interactive queue line and loading area where guests will receive instructions, 3D glasses and a stun gun to stop the bad guys.

A storyline that unfolds with Lex Luthor and The Joker hacking into BATMAN’s computer system and uncovering vital information that exposes vulnerability in the JUSTICE LEAGUE’s defenses.

Riders will fight alongside SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN and GREEN LANTERN to save the world from being infected with The Joker’s special laughing gas.

A nexus of new technologies to put guests right in the center of this interactive battle.

Lifelike animatronic super heroes designed by Sally Manufacturing, the industry leader in dark rides.

3D graphics and film produced by Pure Imagination, the gurus of Computer Generated Imagery.

Robust gaming elements by Alterface, renowned for their work in site-based interactive game play.

First-of-its-kind, fully programmable, multi-DOF (degree-of-freedom) vehicles that will transport guests through all the exciting twists and turns designed by Oceaneering.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS is scheduled to open to the public at both Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas in the spring of 2015. For more information about upcoming 2015 Six Flags rides and attractions, including a video highlighting the new rides, visit www.sixflags.com/2015news.

Here is the trailer that Six Flags released for this new ride.

But don't go away, as there is much more announcements from Six Flags and next year will see new rides coming in every Six Flags theme parks in the U.S!

One of the most amazing is probably the new Batman the Ride "free fly"coaster, if "coaster" is still the right word as it is one like you have never seen before. You'll see it in the video below at 3.45 min.

Jim Reid-Anderson, Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO, said, “Innovation is part of our DNA and we look forward to introducing another exhilarating roster of rides and attractions for our guests in every park next season.  News in every park has driven all-time-high guest satisfaction and record financial results over the last four years, and we are excited to build on our strong momentum."

Here is the video which presents EACH of the new rides coming next year in each park!

Pictures and video: copyright Six Flags

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Disneyland Paris Book Summer Special Offer Ends TODAY Sunday, August 31 !

i remind to those of you looking for my Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" book that the summer special offer is ending TODAY Sunday, August 31 at midnight California time! ( midnight in the night between Sunday and Monday ). Thanks to this special offer - for both ENGLISH or FRENCH editions - you will save $50 on the normal price, so if you don't own the book yet i'm sure you don't want to miss it! And yes, this 75€ offer include shipping worldwide AND the great surprise gift! Paypal and credit card payments are accepted, so make sure to place your order now!  

You can use the Paypal buttons below for the english edition, or for the french edition. If you don't have a Paypal account you can also pay directly with your credit card with these buttons without opening a Paypal account. If it don't works please send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Paypal button for ENGLISH Edition : 

Paypal bouton pour Edition FRANCAISE :

Don't know yet the Disneyland Paris book? Have a look at the video below or on the book website HERE.

Universal Singapore Updates : "Puss in Boots" Coaster and Halloween Horror Nights

Luke, from Luke and the Temple of Fun is back with two new updates on what's new at Universal Singapore! The first one will show you the great decor which is now in place for the Halloween Horror Nights and i love this broken Statue of Liberty in New York Street which reminds me the legendary final of the very first Planet of the Apes...

And the second update will show you plenty of new pictures of the upcoming new family inverted coaster ride called "Puss in Boots" located in the Shrek "Far Far Away" land. Although i'm sure the ride will be fun i'm less enthusiastic about this one because of the coaster structure itself. I know it's inevitable but it makes me think to an oil refinery... Anyway, it'll be located in the back of the land so hopefully it won't be too visible from the rest of the park.

The stage for new street show "The Dance for the Magic Beans" has its stage already set up too.

So, jump to Luke and the Temple of Fun to see all this HERE and HERE.

Pictures: copyright Luke and the Temple of Fun

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beautiful Hong Kong Disneyland Mystic Manor pictures

Tom Bricker from the Disney Tourist Blog is one of the best fan photographer, and i love his work. He's apparently back from HKDL with a series of gorgeous pics of Mystic Manor and the ride scenes.

Don't miss his article HERE and once on the site definitely click on each picture to see them in big size!

Pictures: copyright Tom Bricker

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fantastic Pictorial Article On New Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

For once, the not-to-be-missed article of the day is not on Disney and more but on Luke and the Temple of Fun as Luke has posted a fantastic pictorial article on the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan and he shows all the differences between this new version and the one we know at Islands of Adventures, and although the rides are the same there is many improvements as you will see .

Don't miss this great photo report about this new Potter land just opened in Japan as it looks MUCH better than in Orlando. Jump right HERE!

Picture: copyright Luke and the Temple of Fun

Impressive Construction Site in Malaysia For 20th Century Fox World Theme Park

Shanghaî Disneyland is not the only upcoming theme park with a giant construction site in Asia. The one in Malaysia for the 20th Century Fox World, although smaller, is quite impressive too. You have plenty of spectacular shots on ThemeparX HERE! 

Picture: copyright ThemeparX