Monday, May 21, 2018

The Highly Awaited "Walt Disney's Disneyland" Book is NOW Available For Pre-order !

It's On July 1st that Taschen will finally release the awaited 352 pages "Walt Disney's Disneyland" hardcover book by Author Chris Nichols. Taschen is always doing beautiful books so chances are that this one will be at the height of our expectations.

The not-to-be-missed book is already available in pre-order mode on Amazon HERE and for $50 only which is a very good deal. Here is the book presentation:

"Walt Disney dreamed for decades about opening the ultimate entertainment venue, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that his handpicked team began to bring his vision to life. Together, artists, architects, and engineers transformed a dusty tract of orange groves into one of the world’s most beloved destinations, one that every child in America begs to visit.

Today, there are Disney resorts from Paris to Shanghai, but the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, remains one of America’s most popular attractions, drawing over 16 million visitors each year. From the day it opened on July 17, 1955, Disneyland brought history and fairy tales to life, the future into the present, and far-off cultures and even farther galaxies right before our eyes.

This bountiful visual history draws on Disney’s vast archives, private collections, and the golden age of photojournalism to provide unique access to the concept, development, launch, and enjoyment of this sun-drenched oasis of fun and fantasy. Disneyland documents Walt’s earliest inspirations and ideas; the park’s extraordinary feats of design and engineering; its grand opening; each of its immersive “lands” from Main Street, U.S.A. to Tomorrowland; and the evolution of the park in the six decades since it opened. It is a treasure trove of Disney original documentation and expertise, with award-winning writer Chris Nichols drawing on his extensive knowledge of both Disneyland and Southern California history to reveal the fascinating tale of “the happiest place on Earth.”

And to place your order directly on Amazon, HERE is the direct link. Please use this link as the price will be the same for you but, as D&M is an Amazon partner, a small percentage of the sale will go to Disney and more and it's another way to bring your support to D&M!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

DLP Update : The 20 InsideEars Event Announcements For DLP Future !

On May 18, Disneyland Paris invited webmasters for the InsideEars launch event. Not less than 20 important announcements about DLP near future were unveiled and here is the complete list of all of them with pictures shot by Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster. The list starts right below after the video of the the InsideEars event. Note: most of the presentations in the video are in French language only.

1: « Mickey’s PhilarMagic » will open at Discoveryland Theater in October 2018. Even if the theatre exist since the park opening day you can count this as a new attraction for DLP, and even if the 3D movie had its premiere at WDW 15 years ago it's a good news as it's a good "D" Ticket attraction.

2: Mid-2019, the two parks of Disneyland Paris will be - at last - fully covered by the Wifi network!

3: Magic Pass is coming, French version of the "Magic Band" in a card version for Disneyland Paris, and will be tested this summer for a full use starting in 2019.

4: The Disneyland Hotel will be renovated in its Victorian style but with a new theme not yet unveiled for the rooms, probably other than the current Fantasia theme. The total closure of the establishment should take place after the reopening of the Disney’s New York hotel in its future Marvel version in 2020. Below, some pictures of the Hotel New York today before its rehabilitation on the Marvel theme.

Here is how the rooms will look when the hotel will reopen with its new "Art of Marvel" theme

5: Disney Village: A total redesign of the site is planned and is at 90% validated. A presentation will be made once the project will be signed. Expect a lot of works on this one, too.

6: A new director for the fast food restauration of Disneyland Paris has arrived for a forthcoming redesign of the strategy and the offer.

7: Tests of online reservations for restaurants this summer, such as the restaurant « En Coulisse ».

8: Total rehabilitation of the facades of the Tower of Terror starting May 26. No, it's not because they intend to change the TOT with a Guardians of Galaxy theme. It's for a more serious reason and if you want to know why, scroll down to the next article or jump HERE.

9: As of July 2018, the « Rendez-vous Gourmands » - DLP equivalent to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival - will return with 6 new stands as, for example, the Antilles, Italy, Spain and Belgium. If you missed it last year have look at the video below.

10: Ratatouille will be closed from late August to early December 2018, to fully redo the ground of the attraction which collapse a bit in some areas. No kidding.

11: The « Colonel Hathi Pizza Outpost » will closed in 2019 and will be transformed. Apparently it will become a buffet restaurant but what is not know is if the great theming inside will be changed. Let's hope not. The colonial building is surrounded by little falls and apparently the water is not running anymore there, so may be they want to take care of this too.

12: NO Starbucks Cafe will be established in Main Street USA. Good news.

13: The restaurant « Pizza Planet » will be completely destroyed. A tent purchased at the COP21 will be installed in the same location to receive Premium products and special events like the one for InsideEars last Friday.

14: Mickey and Minnie are celebrating their 90th anniversary at Disneyland Park from October 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019.  Creation of five delicious giant cupcakes inspired by the 5 lands of Disneyland Paris and celebration of Mickey’s birthday in the shows where he appears.

15: « Mickey’s Halloween Celebration » returns with a new float « Mickey’s Illusion Manor » that will celebrate Phantom Manor.

16: A Photolocation with one or more characters from Phantom Manor will open this fall near the attraction after its renovation.

17: At last, the Mark Twain riverboat will be fully renovated in 2019 and back in 2020 to sail on Frontierland Rivers of the Far-West!

18: Frontierland Chaparral Theater is now destroyed. A new theatre will be built and will present the all-new Disneyland Paris production of the Lion king in 2019.

19: DLP Castle turrets with their Golden Arrows at the top will be reinstalled before July on Sleeping Beauty castle, they had been removed when one fell down because of high winds last Winter.

20: The great Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily will designed some DLP exclusive collectible products for DLP and others new merchandise both in collectibles figures and clothes will arrive in shops soon!

And that's it for last Friday announcements! Before you leave an important note as Disney and more truly needs your urgent support!!! If you follow D&M you may have seen that i start a series of eBooks with the first one released last week - article HERE - and after 11 years of resistance i finally agreed to have a bit of Google Ads on D&M - only at the end of each article and one Ad also on the right bar. But i won't get any revenue from these before two or three months and in the meantime i need to survive. So, your support is really urgent and the best way to bring your support to D&M is through a donation by directly sending the amount you wish to my account at:
It can be any amount whether it is 10, 20 or 50 $ or €, or any amount you wish in any currency, and each donation will be rewarded by a very cool gift - you'll love it!
Note: the link works also for those of you who don't have a Paypal account.

Another way to support D&M is of course to order your copy of the Disneyland Paris book - only English edition is available, no more French edition but i send a PDF of the full French text for those who don't understand English. You can discover the full 320 pages of this amazing book in my video HERE.  Price is 75€ + 22€ shipping and to order the book you have to email me at: with your name and shipping address. Payment by Paypal or credit card or bank transfer are accepted.

Thanks by advance for your most needed urgent support!

Pictures: copyright DLP Welcome, Robert Stallard

Why DLP WDS Tower of Terror Will Be in Refurbishment Starting May 26

As announced at DLP InsideEars event last Friday, starting May 26 Walt Disney Studios Tower of Terror will enter in a big refurbishment of the facades, but the attraction will apparently remain open for DLP WDS guests. You can relax, it's not because they intend to change the TOT facade with a Guardians of Galaxy theme.

It's simply because the facades, as you will see on the pictures below shot by Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster, are in truly bad condition, with multiple cracks at several places and for part of it the concrete is even hold by safety nets to avoid it to fall down. The installation of scaffolding has began and a themed tarp will cover the entire tower!

Yes, the facades condition is THAT bad, so you'll understand that it is about time to take care about the problem before something really bad happen. Be patient, WDS Tower of Terror will be back soon in all its glory!

Pictures: copyright DLP Welcome