Monday, March 19, 2018

A Closer Look at WDW Pirates of Caribbean New Auction Scene And The Differences Between DLP and WDW Versions

As you've seen in yesterday's article, WDW Pirates of Caribbean re-opened with the new auction scene and at first sight it looks very similar to the new one we have at Disneyland Paris POTC. Except that, at second sight, they're not. There are many differences between both and we'll have a closer look at them to see the differences.

First, yes, the redhead stands in a similar way in both DLP and WDW versions. BUT, and it's a big "but", the main difference in the new WDW POTC scene is that she talks! And this for the first time in 51 years, since the opening of the first Pirates of Caribbean at Disneyland on March 18, 1967! At DLP the redhead still remain silent when at WDW she not only speaks but she's also having a conversation with the pirate auctioneer, as you'll see when you'll watch videos of both versions below. And of course, it means that the redhead audio-animatronic programming in the new WDW auction scene is totally different and now much more interesting to watch...

Editing: An interesting comment to this article let us know that "The new redhead audio-Animatronic" is actually a former Audio-Animatronic from the now-closed Great Movie Ride, which is the reason why she can speak..." Very interesting, and probably right. Considering the fluidity of the new redhead AA i put my bets on the use of the former great Wicked Witch Audio-Animatronic from the Wizard of Oz scene.

Here is the new DLP POTC auction scene filmed by DLP Welcome...

And here is the new WDW POTC auction scene filmed by Blog Mickey:

Now, the other big differences are with the villagers captured by the pirates. At Disneyland Paris they look almost the same in both before/after versions of the auction scene, although the captured villagers are no longer only women...

Original DLP POTC auction scene:

New DLP POTC auction scene:

...when in the new WDW auction scene version they are not only dressed differently but they've also change of social status. 

Previously the ones captured were simple villagers, though not looking poor...

...and now they are looking more like people from 18th century bourgeoisie, obviously the richest people of the town.

And then there is this CLOCK, the one that the last man is holding on his back. 

I understand that now the auction is an auction of goods - instead of women - but this colonial grandfather clock looks to me to lack authenticity, and more like coming from a modern furniture shop where one can find not-so-perfect replicas of old clocks. And by the way, this is supposed to be a Spanish town in 18th century Caribbean...

As it is an auction of goods it also explain why the others are holding either a framed painting or a chandelier but, wait, doesn't the principle of an auction itself looks strange? I mean, they're prisoners, Pirates steal everything so why are they bidding on anything? They've already raided the town! Then, they’d shoot the man and take the clock! I mean, that's how things were going in pirates days, right? It's supposed to be "Pirates of Caribbean", not "Pirates from Sotheby's"?

Anyway, if we except some bizarre details like these ones, the new scene doesn't look bad, let's say that it just make less sense than the previous version - at least on a historically point of view - but we'll surely survive to that.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Videos: copyright DLP Welcome, Blog Mickey

WDW Pirates of Caribbean Re-Opens With New Auction Scene

Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean reopens today following a month long refurbishment to make changes to the ride's iconic auction scene. The scene is similar to the one in DLP POTC, though there the red head dialogues with the pirate auctioneer when in DLP version she don't talk.

The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.

Here are two videos filmed by Blog Mickey and Attractions Magazine showing the new scene.

Photo: copyright Disney

Videos: copyright Blog MickeyAttractions Magazine 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shanghaî Disneyland Update : First Pictures and Videos of SDL Toy Story Land !

Shanghaî Disneyland Toy Story Land will open next month on April 26 but as we'll see it seem that the land may be already in soft opening mode. I've found pictures and an interesting video which is in fact the WDI BIM ( Building Information Modeling ) video showing the design of the whole land. It's a very short video only lasting a few second but i did for you some screen shots to have a closer look at it in details.

The video starts at the entrance of Toy Story land where stands a giant Woody - in dark grey, on the right - which will look like the same one located  at the entrance of HKDL TSL.

Then we arrive to the Woody's Roundup area where guests will find a new TSL ride - here on the left of the pictures - similar to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree at DCA but with a totally different theming.

By the way we do have two first pictures of Woody's Roundup with the lovely little Bullseyes, posted on Twitter by DONGDONG.

And, guess what, i just found a first - although very short  - video showing the ride in action and apparently with guests waiting in the queue line so it seems that SDL Toy Story Land might be already in soft-opening or in tests mode with SDL cast members...

Moving now towards Rex Racer and you'll note ( in red ) the kind of barn on its right;

On the left, the Slinky Dog Spin ride;

The famous giant Pixar ball is here...

...and we have a first picture of it with Rex Racer in the background.

Moving toward the other entrance of Toy Story Land...

...where stands a giant Jessie, similar to the one coming at DCA Pixar Pier.

Below, Disney pictures and a video showing the arrival of the giant Woody and Jessie statues and their installation at Toy Story land entrances.

SDL Toy Story Land is opening officially April 26 and the land is already on the new Shanghaî Disneyland visitor's guide map!

Pictures: copyright Disney, DONGDONG

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hong Kong Disneyland Summer "Carnival of Stars"

This Summer at Hong Kong Disneyland will be the one of the "Carnival of Stars", a celebration of exciting new atmosphere entertainment and shows that’ll keep guests coming back for more. And it all starts today!

The new “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show will transform the buildings along Main Street, U.S.A., each night into a colorful canvas that pays tribute to Mickey Mouse’s major milestones. Keep your eyes out for the star of the show in his latest finery.

Guests can spot more than 100 Disney characters across the resort this spring, including the debut appearances of Black Panther, Spider-Man and Groot over the next few weeks. The Disney Friends Springtime Processional brings together more than 30 Disney characters to sing and dance with guests, and this summer, the first ever Disney∙Pixar-themed “Water Play Street Party” will keep guests cool.

Starting March 30, the Karibuni Marketplace will open in Adventureland to immerse guests in the lively colors, sights and sounds of Africa. Interactive games, exclusive souvenirs and special snacks will all be at the marketplace, and favorite Disney characters from “UP,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Lion King” and “Aladdin” will stop by.

Last but not least, the brand new stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” will premiere in Adventureland this May, which is just the first attraction of the resort’s multi-year expansion. Until then, guests can now meet the brave heroine Moana in her debut appearance at the park. Note that the new artwork above apparently replace the first one below released in 2016 showing a different and bigger decor, which is apparently cancelled.

Pictures: copyright Disney

The Official Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here!

Marvel released the official trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and be prepared to face Thanos!

Picture and video: copyright Marvel

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One "Dreamer" Trailer

A new trailer has been released for Steven Spielberg's highly awaited "Ready Player One" movie and this one explains to all of you who don't know whet the movie is about what is the storyline.

In addition two character posters with the Iron Giant who appear in the movie were also released. Ready Player One is released in theaters March 29th.

Picture and video: copyright Warner

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Georges Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Officially Breaks Ground in Los Angeles !

Today marked the official groundbreaking for the highly awaited Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Co-Founders George Lucas and Mellody Hobson along with the Museum’s Board of Directors joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price and a group of more than 100 civic and community leaders to break ground on this 21st century cultural destination to be located at Exposition Park in South Los Angeles.

“The focus of the Museum is to open up people’s imaginations and inspire them to dream beyond what is considered possible,” said co-founder George Lucas. “Narrative art and storytelling stirs our emotions, shapes our aspirations as a society, and is the glue that binds us together around our common beliefs.”

The Lucas Museum will celebrate the art of visual storytelling and enable people of diverse backgrounds to experience the power of narrative art across all mediums, including painting, illustration, comic art, photography, film, animation and digital art. It is intended to be a place where visitors feel comfortable and welcomed by engaging with art forms they may already recognize and love.

“Our goal is to create the world’s most inclusive and accessible art museum—a place that brings together people from every walk of life,” said co-founder Mellody Hobson. “We are excited to call Exposition Park home, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities, as well as three other world-class museums.”

With an iconic building designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the 300,000 square-foot non-profit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from world renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies and daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theaters. It will also offer extraordinary educational opportunities with hands-on and digital classrooms and a free public research library for educators, scholars and students. Education will be a centerpiece of the Museum’s programming to provide diverse students of all ages the skills to voice their own stories and spark creativity.

The project will transform a series of asphalt parking lots into a museum surrounded by 11 acres of new park land and gardens designed by Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm Studio-MLA. Thousands of jobs will be created directly and indirectly as a result of the Museum.

“The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an architectural wonder, a cultural treasure, and a center of storytelling and creativity at the heart of a reimagined Exposition Park,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I thank Mellody Hobson and George Lucas for their incredible generosity and vision, which will inspire countless Angelenos and visitors from around the world.”

“Today is a momentous occasion, as we break ground on what will surely become one of Los Angeles County’s most popular and beloved landmarks,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “The Lucas Museum will not only display brilliant works of art, but also teach countless children the science and technological skills needed for careers in the film, animation and design industries. It will cement Exposition Park‘s reputation as a world-class destination for arts and entertainment.”

"My heartfelt thanks to George and Mellody for this unprecedented investment in South Los Angeles," said Los Angeles Councilmember Curren Price. "When completed, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a special, very magical gathering space for individuals from all walks of life to experience art like never before. We share an absolute belief that all children and families, no matter their skin color or zip code, deserve equal access to the arts."

Construction is commencing immediately and is anticipated to be completed by late 2021.

About Narrative Art

Narrative art is art that tells a story through images, either as a single moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time. It is as old as humanity, with many of the world’s great works of art being narrative in nature, conveying stories from religion, myth, legend, history, literature or current events. While storytelling takes many forms, narrative imagery and pictures may have preceded the written word in capturing the thoughts and actions of people. Storytelling is central to the history of visual art across nearly every culture and time period in human history - ranging from cave paintings to Egyptian hieroglyphics to religious paintings and now to the modern use of film and digital animation. The power of narrative art is in bringing people or societies together, or inspiring us to action, through shared beliefs.

Above: Woody, Buzz and Jessie in Toy Story 3

The Lucas Museum will showcase how storytelling works in various art forms and various times and places. The Museum will assemble many different genres including comic art, painting, illustration, photography, filmmaking, and drawings for exploration and celebration. These works of vastly different types of art will coexist in the galleries for comparison, contemplation, inspiration and discussion.

Above: an early draft for Star Wars : A New Hope opening scene

Above: A rendering for Blade Runner

For more information, please visit and also HERE 

Pictures: copyright Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Disney-Pixar