The digitally mapped projection show “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” has made Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom and “it’s a small world” facade at Disneyland the center of night time attraction with its fun traipse through Disney’s hit films. But all good things… Read More »New Castle Projection Show “Celebrate The Magic” Coming Soon
Have you ever been at the beach and tried to build a replica of Cinderella Castle out of sand? It ain’t easy, trust me. But this summer, you’ll be able to see how Disney turns the real Cinderella Castle into a sand castle as part… Read More »Phineas and Ferb to Host All New “The Magic, The Memories, and You” Castle Projection Show
Disneyland Paris is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary with a huge year-long celebration and capping each night with a Castle show that tops all others. Disney Dreams uses fireworks, digital projections on the castle, World of Color-esque fountains, and Fantasmic style water screens to tell a… Read More »Disney Dreams at Disneyland Paris – Full Video
Long one of the favorite attractions in Orlando, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, languished at the woefully under attended Islands of Adventure (IOA) theme park. However, thanks to some deft wand work from Harry Potter, IOA is seeing huge crowds and money for attraction upgrades seems to be flowing.
Spider-Man has just returned from a short down period where they installed a number of upgrades. But the biggest, and most spectacular, is the new High Definition 3D Projection and accompanying new animation. The attraction relies giant screens and a mix of real world sets to make the each guest feel like they’re in the movie with the web-slinger as he saves you from an assortment of baddies.
The attraction still suffers from its abrupt start and sometimes out of sync special effects, but all in all it remains one of Orlando’s best and, with these revisions, might again vie for best attraction overall (it’s close cousin Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is tough competition).
Of course, there remains the oddity that Disney now owns the Marvel brand, and yet Universal Orlando has the rights to 12 or so of the main Marvel characters in Orlando. It seems obvious Univeral has no intention of letting Disney get back these rights anytime soon. But I have to wonder if Disney’s lawyers aren’t working ferociously somewhere to route around that.
A very short ceremony was held to mark the attractions return to operations.
As they reanimated the attraction film, the creative team added hundreds of new details and effects. Guests will see moss swaying in the wind, rats scurrying through the streets and hear electricity arching so close it will raise the hair on the back of their necks. And for the first time ever, Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance inside the attraction. Lee was meticulously animated in 3-D and placed in more than one scene inside the new animation.
As we saw with the 2011 holiday version of Magic, Memories, and You the digital projection nature of the show makes it relatively easy (there’s still a lot of creative work involved) for Disney to update the show for special themes. The next theme to be announced centers around the romance of Valentine’s Day and the Disney Princesses.
Of course, there are differences between Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. Chiefly the project occurs on the facade of It’s A Small World instead of the castle. I love how this scene from Rapunzel will play out.
Check out more beautiful concept art below the jump:
Movies Online has an interview with Phil McNally, Stereoscopic Supervisor for "Meet the Robinsons." Q: When you think about a 3D movie, do you think about it as if it were on a stage with real sets? PM: Yeah. I think that is a good comparison. It’s much more like a theatrical experience, in that… Read More »Meet Phil McNally
Coming Soon! reports from "Celebration III" the Star Wars fan convention, that George Lucas has confirmed Star Tours will be getting a new film at Disney/MGM Studios. Don’t know if this will come to Disneyland immediately or not. I guess the next question is will the attraction vehicles be outfitted with new digital projection technology.… Read More »Breaking Star Tours News…