D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby BlahBlahson » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:44 am

THIS is the "Wide Awake " Disney I've been wanting for since the World kind of stagnated around 2007. I'd strongly prefer not to have every single thing be based on existing characters, especially in regards to all of the night-time spectaculars, but the additions of Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Ratatouille, Space Restuarant, Star Wars Hotel, Runaway Railway, even the new surprise offerings just announced in France and Canada pavillions...just a crazy amount of expansion at once and super exciting to re-visit the parks and spend money there for this stuff.

Two interesting notes though...No information on Tron Coaster, and still no new parades at Disney World. I don't know the significance of either of those things but hopefully something will come .
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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby prospekt88 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:46 pm

Incredible how much is going on at Disney World. That Reflections hotel looks awesome, any idea where that is being built?

Not too thrilled about Illuminations becoming what looks like World of Color East, but it was inevitable I guess. Disney Park's best work is when they get away from their IPs and make the attractions themselves into their own iconic brand.

Those AT-ATs are very impressive. That gets me very excited for that attraction.

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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby necoastergp » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:05 pm

prospekt88 wrote:Incredible how much is going on at Disney World. That Reflections hotel looks awesome, any idea where that is being built?

Not too thrilled about Illuminations becoming what looks like World of Color East, but it was inevitable I guess. Disney Park's best work is when they get away from their IPs and make the attractions themselves into their own iconic brand.

Those AT-ATs are very impressive. That gets me very excited for that attraction.
Reflections is being built on the river country land, I believe.


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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR - Day 2 Rest

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:39 pm

Following the Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at Destination D, we had the chance to experience a day full of presentations (some of which did not allow photography) ranging in focus from Disney animation to Mickey collectibles. The day concluded with an incredible sneak peek at the upcoming film Mary Poppins Returns with a significant focus on the music of the film. The duo behind the score and songs of the film, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman appeared live to share a first look at the work they'd done, with Marc Shaiman performing a few portions of the song live. It was a great way to close out the day!
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Here was the full schedule of events for Saturday, November 17th, 2018.
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We had a chance to meet with Becky Cline (Director, Walt Disney Archives), Don Hahn (Producer), Mark Hehn (Disney animator) and John Pomeroy (Disney historian).
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D23 will be offering member screenings of several classic Disney films in 2019!
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They'll also be hosting screenings of two new live-action remakes of classic Disney films...
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We had a chance to look back at the Mickey Mouse Club throughout the course of the event's two days.
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Ashley Eckstein (founder of Her Universe and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) hosted a panel with the voice of Mickey Mouse, Bret Iwan, and the voice of Goofy and Pluto, Bill Farmer.
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Bill Farmer is actually a Disney Legend!
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Bret and Bill have lent their vocal talents to the upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III coming out next year.
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For those that didn't know, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt's first major successful animated character...
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But it was this clause in the contract that lost him the rights to Oswald... And it was the loss of Oswald was the event that spurred Walt to come up with another animated character--Mickey Mouse.
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There was a look back at the Mickey Mouse Revue...
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The Walt Disney Archives showed off a 3D scan of the Mickey Mouse animatronic from the Mickey Mouse Revue.
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Mickey's Birthdayland came up several times throughout the weekend.
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Mickey's Birthdayland became Mickey's Starland before it was updated to become Mickey's ToonTown Fair... Which was later replaced by Storybook Circus.
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Promo videos from River Country are an interesting thing...
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The water park definitely had a different set of standards at the time it was open...
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You could do things in water parks like slide with three on a body slide at a time...
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This was a unique animated short we were shown from 1942...
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Look at who distributed the short!
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The story of the short is that Minnie and Pluto are learning about the importance of saving meat grease and oil to be turned in for use in the war.
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It was at times very cute...
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But the imagery was at times a bit intense.
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The Mickey's Audition short that was shot for the opening of the Disney-MGM Studios was shown.
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There was actual working Red Car Trolleys on Hollywood Boulevard for the opening?
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This building looks very different!
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There were some very famous cameos in this short!
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Dom Deluise!
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Roy Disney even cameo playing the role of Walt Disney.
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And of course Michael Eisner made an appearance!
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I absolutely love this Michael Eisner phone!
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We had the chance to experience a private Chef's Table dinner in a special room in the Contemporay Resort... Before this evening I had no idea this space even existed!
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Our menu for the evening...
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The Verlasso Salmon was wonderful!
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And the beef short ribs were heavenly.
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The Chicken Pot Pie even featured hidden Mickey's in the pie crust...
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Our dessert was dipped in liquid nitrogen...
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The Mickey-filled Chocolate Sphere Explosion was named as such because when you tapped the sphere with the back of your spoon...
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The sphere cracked open to deliver some delicious treats!
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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby DBru » Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:05 pm

It’s a good time to be a Disney fan. :lover:

Fun fact! I auditioned and was called back TWICE to “star” in that Smugglers Run spot. So like, casting was quite a process for this little teaser. And in the final cut, they don’t even show the actors’ faces. :lmao:

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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:37 pm

That event looks spectacular as always. Love that last photo especially. :p
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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:50 pm

:b :br

Chocolate Sphere Explosion for the WIN!

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Great report on this event. It's all awesome.
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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby Jew » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:07 pm

I am thrilled to see Disney getting back to major investments in the theme parks. Disney World is going to be the place to be when all is said and done over the next 5 years.
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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:11 pm

^ And then we'll jump over to Tokyo Disney Resort
(and HKDL "while we're over there") for the next couple of years. :wink:
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Re: D23 Destination D 2018 Updates from TPR Day 3

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:16 pm

The final day of the D23 Destination D 2018 was focused on a lot of company history surrounding Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday. Several of the presentations had photo/video restrictions but here are some photos from the segments we were allowed to capture!
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We’re back at Walt Disney World for the final day of Destination D! Check out what’s in store for today!
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Here’s another look at the new Disney Skyliner!
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Here's a peek inside of the cabin.
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The morning started out with a little Mousercise!
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The audience loved this throwback!
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This was the first known written mention of Walt Disney's "Mickey Mouse Park," the concept that would evolve into Disneyland.
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An early concept sketch for the park when it was planned to be based near the Disney Studios in Burbank. This is the earliest concept art showing a complete Rivers of America-style waterway in the park.
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This next piece is the earliest art that shows a railroad encircling the park's borders.
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A more fleshed out concept piece of the park plan above.
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Here are some of the earliest concept sketches found in The Walt Disney Archives for attractions envisioned for Walt Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Park,” the idea that later became Disneyland.
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An early Swan Boat concept... The Swan Boats ended up being an opening day attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
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An aquatic themed carousel... This concept would not be fleshed out in any way until King Triton's Carousel opened at Disney California Adventure in 2001.
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A concept for a ride featuring Monstro... Monstro would later play a part in the Storybookland Canal Boats ride at Disneyland.
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A concept for a swinging ride inspired by Mickey and the Beanstalk.
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A Babes in Toyland ride was considered for Disneyland.
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The concept of entering the queue through a storybook has been done several times at Disney parks around the world.
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Bambi's Forest might have been a petting zoo, but it featured an animatronic Thumper in the middle.
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Walt Disney once intended for the Mickey Mouse Club to have its own island in his themed park.
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This concept would later become Tom Sawyer Island in the park that became Disneyland.
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Before the New Fantasyland project at Disneyland, a Dumbo's Circus Land concept was proposed for the park.
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A clown restaurant, Dumbo Circus Nursery and a band stand show featuring a variety of Disney characters were all concepts intended for the proposed Dumbo’s Circus land at Disneyland.
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The clown restaurant's facade concept art...
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Dumbo Circus Nursery is an interesting concept as it is hard to tell what the experience would have actually been... A show, an exhibit or an actual petting zoo.
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Before Pinocchio’s Daring Journey ended up in Fantasyland at Disneyland, it was designed to be a part of the proposed Dumbo’s Circus land in the park!
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Another concept for Disneyland took place in a barn...
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Inside guests could see clips from different animated shorts... This concept was fleshed out at the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland Park.
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Another abandoned concept for Disneyland was a "making of" experience where guests would see the making of the classic Steamboat Willie short.
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More concept art from Dumbo's Circus...
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And another piece from the planned band stand show.
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Here is some concept art from the proposed Disneyland Dumbo’s Circus dark ride that was meant to be a part of a Dumbo-themed land in the park!
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The concept got far enough along that character vignettes were designed with the circus story in mind.
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These are fantastic!
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Check out this concept art that was produced for Disneyland where the Carousel of Progress would have become an attraction dedicated to Mickey’s 60th Birthday!
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Original concepts for The Three Musketeers involved using more established Disney characters including Mr. Toad!
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We had the chance to learn more about the Mickey the True Original Exhibition in New York!
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It looks really neat!
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There's a full recreation of the Mickey Mouse Club set in the exhibition!
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We also had the chance to learn about the making of Mickey and Minnie's costumes...
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They even came out to model a few examples!
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Next thing you know, the whole gang came out wearing their Mickey’s 90 Birthday Celebration costumes!
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In the "Totally Minnie" segment, we were able to learn about Minnie's history and we were able to watch this cute music video of her performing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Elton John.
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We had a chance to meet with Darren Romanelli (curator of Mickey the True Original Exhibition), Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse), Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy and Pluto) and AShley Eckstein (the founder & designed for Her Universe and the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars The Clone Wars).
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We even got some animation lessons this weekend from real Disney animators!
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The event closed out with a Pajama Party featuring a few special guests!
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The came out to dance and play!
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Of course there were treats!
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There was a cake!
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Everyone had the chance to sing Mickey & Minnie "Happy Birthday!"
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It was quite cool to watch!
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Definitely a fun little bonus for the evening!
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Artists were positioned throughout the room so that guests could watch them create pieces inspired by Mickey Mouse!
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The dancing was fun too.
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And guests could enjoy a photo moment with the Skyliner cabin.
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It was a great way to end the weekend's event!
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