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Closer look at Enchanted Storybook Castle with ride, restaurant, shows in biggest-ever theme park castle for Shanghai Disneyland

Closer look at Enchanted Storybook Castle with ride, restaurant, shows in biggest-ever theme park castle for Shanghai Disneyland

It’s been just over three years since Disney first revealed Enchanted Storybook Castle as the centerpiece of Shanghai Disneyland. Since then, details about this under-construction theme park have been slowly revealed.

Set to open in late 2015, Shanghai Disneyland will include an area called the Garden of the Twelve Friends and an entire land based on Pirates of the Caribbean.

Now, in a recent presentation for the 2014 BIM Awards, Walt Disney Imagineering has unveiled thorough details of their architectural design work that has been created for Shanghai’s Enchanted Storybook Castle – the biggest theme park castle Disney has ever developed.

Enchanted Storybook Castle will include a grand staircase, restaurant, areas for an outdoor stage show with fountains, theatrical lighting, and fireworks, salon, store, garden, character areas, and two attractions, one walk-through and the other a boat ride. Its 196.8 foot height will make it even taller than Cinderella Castle.

A glimpse at Enchanted Storybook Castle was offered at the 2011 D23 Expo, when its boat ride was first announced, as seen in the video below.


Video: Shanghai Disneyland Enchanted Storybook Castle virtual fly-through


But the magic of the completed structure will hide the incredible amount of work that was put into its creation.

Designing all of these experiences to fit inside a beautiful outer shell is no easy task, one that Imagineers have taken great pride in completing. The presentation detailed how each discipline worked together to create the final construction plans, the complexity of which is obvious in this cross-section of the castle plans:



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ParkSpotting at Magic Kingdom – Central Plaza transformation, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, more Festival of Fantasy fun

ParkSpotting at Magic Kingdom – Central Plaza transformation, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, more Festival of Fantasy fun

Coming out of a rare weekend with no special events to cover, it’s time for another ParkSpotting adventure!

Our last was from the Disneyland Resort. Today’s photo tour takes a trip through the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, noting ongoing changes, updates, and a few fun moments.

Easter is on the way, so Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are now meeting and greeting with guests near City Hall, giving out free Peeps to those who see them.

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The much talked-about repainting of the turrets on Cinderella Castle has completed. No, they’re not silver as they appeared to be for a while. That shiny undercoat allows them to shine in the sunlight, as they do now, back to their traditional blue color.

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Construction is well underway on the Central Plaza transformation project, with walls blocking large areas around the Hub.

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Disneyland Paris has announced their upcoming ride based on the Pixar film “Ratatouille” will officially open this summer on July 10, 2014 at the Walt Disney Studios Park.

The centerpiece of a mini-land that includes a restaurant and shop, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement ToquĂ©e de RĂ©my (or “Ratatouille: The Adventure” in English) will shrink guests down to the size of a rat, scurrying around a restaurant, under dining carts and through the kitchen by way of a high-tech trackless ride system.

The video below offers a first look inside, featuring Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald and Pixar’s Roger Gould.

Outside, Gusteau’s sign will be displayed high above this Pixar version of Paris.

Inside, a trackless ride system will guide guests through the wild world of “Ratatouille.”

Guests will be sent past larger-than-life versions of kitchen cuisine, including ham, cheese, fish, desserts, and other ingredients that make a perfect recipe for a great ride.


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Having already established a commanding presence on social networks Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood has now moved onto the latest social fad: Snapchat.

The service that enables photos and video clips to vanish into cyberspace in 10 seconds or less is now the latest virtual avenue for Universal Studios Hollywood to deliver news and information about the annual Halloween event.

They’ve said to “look out for clues” to come via their Snapchat account, which is a particularly intriguing way to deliver updates that fans seek. Snapchat is inherently a fairly private social network, generally used for two individuals to communicate directly with each other – not a mass delivery mechanism like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Though, Snapchat does allow for mass dissemination of images to multiple people at once.

But given the temporary nature of the media sent on Snapchat, fans will need to have their print screen buttons handy when receiving a message from Horror Nights if they want to spread the news.

The event’s creative director John Murdy is the man behind the @HorrorNights Twitter account and now it seems he’s involved with their Snapchat as well. Their first video post featured him giving an introduction…

…followed by a surprise appearance by Mike Aiello, Universal Orlando’s Director of Entertainment and the man at the helm of Halloween Horror Nights in Florida.

What they were discussing remains a mystery – for now.

To find Halloween Horror Nights on Snapchat, search for the username HorrorNights in the app.

I haven’t personally used Snapchat in months, but the inclusion of Horror Nights on the service gives me reason to re-join. You can find me on there as rbrigante. Happy snapping.


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Think the parents of Anna and Elsa made all the wrong moves, telling Elsa to conceal her powers? You’re not the only one.

Here’s how “Frozen” should have ended:


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