Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016 !

Happy New Year to all of you, faithful Disney and more readers! 2015 has been a difficult year but still a great one for Disney and more, and with the opening of Shanghaî Disneyland 2016 should be an amazing year!

All About Shanghaî Disneyland Treasure Cove Stunt Show!

Let's start the year - or end it depending where you're living as part of the planet is not yet in 2016 - with a Shanghaî Disneyland article - after all, SDL will be the main theme park event later this Spring, right? 

Today we'll have a closer look at SDL Treasure Cove Pirate stunt show, probably the most awaited show of Shanghaî Disneyland. Here his the official synopsis:

"“Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular” at Treasure Cove: At El Teatro Fandango, the theatre audience will be enthralled as Captain Jack Sparrow and his band of wily pirates romp through the theatre in search of a misplaced treasure chest. As Captain Jack is confronted first by the beautiful redheaded star and then the Royal Admiral and his men, the swashbuckling action takes off with swordfights, fantastic stunts and a raging storm. Making its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland, the show presents pirate humor and a remarkable finale as Captain Jack fights off the Admiral in a whirlwind adventure."

As you'll see on the rendering below everything will start in the El Fandango theatre pre-show room where some swashbuckling will happen on the balcony to entertain the audience while they wait to enter in the main room.

All the artwork below are screen captures from an official video released by SDL. The video was showing all the different artworks for the show scenes and i took as principle they've been filmed in chronological order as generally these videos are done intelligently. If it's not the case it mean that the order of the scenes will be different which doesn't mean they won't be part of the stunt show, so it's no big problem. 

Apparently the arrival on stage of Jack Sparrow will be done with his giant shadow appearing on the stage curtain...

...followed by Captain Jack sliding on a cable down to the stage and flying over the spectators heads. 

The next arrival seems to be the one of a pirate "red-head" girl...

...who will use his whip against Jack for so far unknown reasons.

At one point Jack will find himself bounded...

...before getting involved in an elevated fight with one of the Admiral soldiers.

Spectators will hear from the right side of the stage a loud bang from a cannon... then discover once the smoke will have disappeared a severely damaged stage decor.

In a next scene Jack will use another cannon on stage...

...with the cannonball sending one of the soldiers in the air.

We'll find back Captain Jack up in a boat...

...and then stealing the treasure chest while an the Admiral is shooting at him to prevent him to escape.

Next will be a new swashbuckling sequence with the Admiral.

Another loud explosion may end the show...

...with the winning pirates sharing the treasure chest and sending golden coins to the audience.

There surely will be more to see during this stunt show but these artworks already gives an idea of how the show will look at SDL Treasure Cove when the park will open later this spring. If you've not watched yet the video from where these screen captures are coming, here it is below! See you soon for a new Shanghaî Disneyland update!

Pictures and video: copyright Disney - Shendi

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Shanghaî Disneyland Update

As you can guess official news are low during the break between Christmas and New Year's Eve so let's go for a short Shanghaî Disneyland Update with three new pictures posted on Chinese social medias. The ones above and below shows Adventure Isle Roaring Rapids mountain...

...and this the below shows SDL Imagineers standing in front of TRON Lightcycles Power Run dome!

See you soon for more Shanghaî Disneyland news!

Monday, December 28, 2015

New year Special Offer on the DLP Book!

I'm doing a New Year special offer on the DLP book! The Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book already has a great Christmas Special Offer - for its English updated edition or its French collector's edition, and now i'm adding a "New Year" offer valid until January 1st thanks to which you can get for the same price of a regular copy - 75€ ( including worldwide shipping - except for Belgium or Italy for which shipping has an additional 15€ ) - a SIGNED copy which will be dedicated to the person of your choice.

You can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer ( or by check for French bank account only ) and if you have a Paypal account you can send the total amount, including shipping, directly to: You can also pay directly by credit card with Paypal even if you don't have a Paypal account, just choose the option "pay with credit card" once you are on the Paypal website.

For all orders and specially if you want to pay with credit card, bank transfer or check, please send me an email at: and let me know if you want an english or french edition, and at what name you wish the book to be dedicated.

"Toruk : The First Flight" Cirque du Soleil Show Inspired by Avatar Debut in Montreal, - Video Review

"Toruk: The First Flight" is the awaited new Cirque du Soleil show inspired by James Cameron's Avatar. Described as "A live multimedia immersive spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s Avatar like you have never seen before" the show include amazing projection effects as well as Cirque du Soleil signature stunning acrobatics sequences. 

Toruk : The First Flight envisions a world beyond imagination set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Central in Na’vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness – and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.

The official site is HERE but i have plenty of great videos for you so let's start with the short official commercial.

The next videos below were shot during the media event or the Montreal premiere and shows a selection of scenes from the show.

The 8.30min video below shows apparently the first minutes the show.

Another 10min long video showing others scenes of the show.

A great 4K video of different scenes filmed in wide angle with a Go Pro.

More amazing projection effects and the end of the show.

This video shows the arrival of the guests on the red carpet and include more footage!

And what does James Cameron think about the Toruk show? Here is the answer.

Next video is an interview of the show directors with more footage.

Costumes were obviously an important part of the show and this is what this next short video is about.

This last video is about the acrobatics rehearsal for Toruk, World of Avatar!

Pictures: copyright Cirque du Soleil