December 29, 2014

"Paint the Night" Parade

"Paint the Night" Parade is a new generation night parade debuted in Hong Kong Disneyland. Check out the glorious new floats!







December 17, 2014

Sesame Street Saves Christmas

During the Christmas season, USS has a brand new Sesame Street show called "Sesame Street Saves Christmas". It is a musical with Sesame Street characters and their take on classic Christmas tunes!

It is also commendable that this show won "Best Overall Production, $200,001–$400,000" at 2014 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards. Congratulations!




USS Snowy Christmas Celebration

USS is hosting Snowy Christmas Celebration starting from 1 Dec!

Holiday decoration has been installed in the park. Please come back in a few weeks to see how the event unfolds!

Update 12/17:

Christmas celebration has been going on in the park for some time!
Check out these new decorations!



December 5, 2014

Roaring Rapids Construction Milestone

Shanghai Disney Resort revealed today that a construction milestone has been reached. The mountain structure for Roaring Rapids has its peak installed, as you can see in the picture below. It is interesting to note that this "mountain" will be the highest among mountains in Pudong area, but the second highest structure in the park. The highest will be Storybook Castle.

Roaring Rapids is the name of the river rapids ride at Adventure Isle of Shanghai Disneyland. It is rumored to feature animatronic dinosaurs which makes it the most anticipated attraction of mine!!!

Please leave a comment below if you notice anything interesting in this image!



December 3, 2014

Hangzhou - My Hometown (Winter 2014)

After I finished my exams in the university, I went back to my hometown Hangzhou (Zhejiang, China) to take a break from studies. Right now it is the start of the winter, while autumn leaves can still be seen around the city. The nice blending of green, yellow and red makes it look really beautiful.

The following pictures are taken around the West Lake, the lake that inspired numerous Chinese literature, poets and stories. 

Please do visit Hangzhou if you have the chance!



November 25, 2014

This Week in USS #9: Christmas Is Almost Here + Battlestar Reopening Soon


In this week we have several very exciting updates!

USS Snowy Christmas Celebration

More decoration has been installed around the park, including some interesting installations such as the Shrek's house covered in snow.


November 18, 2014

This Week in USS #8: Ride Vehicle Spotted!

New "Puss in Boots" Coaster in USS!


Today I was very lucky to have spotted the ride vehicle for this new coaster.
Check out the update by clicking the title above!




October 27, 2014

This Week in USS #7: Hyped for the Coaster!


New "Puss in Boots" Coaster in USS!


This week we are back at the park to check out the progress of this new ride. I was surprised by all the theming elements. It looks amazing! (Click on the title to view more photos!)


October 26, 2014

Halloween Horror Nights 4 Review



Halloween Horror Nights is back to Universal Studios Singapore!
HHN 4 is a fun event that builds on the successes of the last three iterations. However, there are things we like about it and things that we are not so crazy about. Please follow me to find out!

Please understand that this review of the event is very personal and only represents my own opinion.
Besides, my writing is quite poor so I will let the photos do most of the talking.

October 14, 2014

Universal Studios Beijing to Open in 2019

Today I was delighted to find this news article by Los Angeles Times about the new Universal Studios opening in Beijing in 2019. The project has been in development for quite some time and it is nice to see it finally getting a proper announcement. 
You may read the full article here: Universal Studios to open Beijing theme park in 2019
With the announcement and press conference, a concept art for the park has also been released and it contains some really interesting details. Let's take a look.

UPDATE: Thank you, Alain from Disney & More. I have updated the post with much clearer pictures.


September 20, 2014

This Week in USS #6: Two New Shows!

This week we checked out two new shows in the park!

Sept. 20 is the premiere of Sesame Street Musical "When I Grow Up". 
It was a very cheerful show, and younger guests seemed to love it. But for me, it was a bit disappointing. The show basically is just one song and is very much similar to the street performance version of the same song.
I hope that this is just a filler before the park gets its second actual musical. (How about the 30-version of Wicked, which was played at USJ for some time?)
 

Halloween Horror Nights 4 @ USS - Construction Update

Halloween Horror Nights returns this year with some truly disturbing themes!
Let's get a preview of what to expect in this year's event!

Update 9/20:

This week, we noticed that flame effects have been added to the props in the New York Scare Zone.

September 16, 2014

Shanghai Disney Resort Float in Shanghai Tourism Festival Parade 2014

I have reported that Shanghai Disney Resort Float was going to appear in Shanghai Tourism Festival Parade 2014. Yes, it was! And now we have some photos of the actual float, thanks to DFDAILY.COM and NEWS.CN!


September 7, 2014

This Week in USS #5: Everything is going well!

There is a lot of development in the park during recent weeks!

On Sept. 20, a new stage musical named "When I Grow Up" will premiere at Pantages Theater.
It is sad to see Monster Rock's departure though, it was a great show.


September 4, 2014

Shanghai Disney Resort Float at Shanghai Tourism Festival



We have a very interesting piece of news here!

Each year at Shanghai Tourism Festival, there will be a parade celebrating the sights and attractions of the region. Companies will each produce a float to join the parade, and this year for the first time, Shanghai Disney Resort will be among the 22 companies that will participate in it!

August 31, 2014

This Week in USS #4: So Much New Stuff!!!



This week I am back at USS to report all the new stuff being constructed here. 
I am thrilled to see so many projects being worked on, the second half of 2014 is going to be fun in USS!

To start with, the "Puss in Boots" Coaster construction has been going on quite well.

For the full update, please take a look at the post: 

New "Puss in Boots" Coaster in USS!



August 28, 2014

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Japan

After my summer internship at Walt Disney Shanghai, I am happy to be back in Singapore and continue my university studies. But before being occupied by all the school work, I dropped by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka to visit the Japan's version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (ウィザーディング・ワールド・オブ・ハリー・ポッター) which opened on July 15. Please join me to check out this amazing land and get to know how it is different from the US version.





June 27, 2014

Grand Plan for Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai International Tourism And Resorts Zone recently updated their official website. It not only looks better, but also has a lot more information about the resort.

The following is a grand plan for Shanghai Disney Resort from 2011 to 2030. The resort's future seems to be very well planned already.


The plan gives us an idea about how the resort will develop through the years. Here I would like to elaborate on each of the three phases.

Phase 1 - Infrastructure (2011-2015)
As you can tell from the time period, this phase is basically the construction of the theme park, the two hotels, "Downtown Disney" (it might not be named this way) and other basic functions.

Phase 2 - Combining Functions (2016-2020)
I am not sure if I understand it correctly. In the Chinese text, it says "Continue to develop the theme park", which, I assume, means expansion, and "Finish constructing the facilities", which, I assume, means other facilities around the resort.

Phase 3 - Improving the Resort (2021-2030)
In this phase, they will try to improve the integration of the resort and other nearby facilities, perhaps those that are marked dark yellow in the picture below.

Yi Ou Lai Shopping Village

As we all know, Shanghai Disneyland will have a Shopping / Dining / Entertainment area similar to Downtown Disney when it opens. However, recently I discovered that besides that, there will be another shopping area in the resort.

This second shopping area will be named "Yi Ou Lai Shopping Village", and it is developed by Shendi Company (which owns and operates the resort) and Value Retail. I have also found a construction plan for this shopping village.

Unlike Downtown Disney, it seems that this area will not feature a Disney theme, but more of a European style established by the company "Value Retail".


June 1, 2014

Battlestar Galactica Construction

Update 6/1:

The construction wall/scaffolding expanded upwards. Still not sure what is going to happen.

This week:

Last Week:

May 29, 2014

This Week in USS #3: What is going on?


In this curious issue of "This Week in USS", let us take a look at something amazing happening at Battlestar Galactica.

Battlestar Galactica is a dueling coaster here in USS. It is probably the most intense ride in the park. However, due to reasons unknown, the ride has been closed since last year. There are rumors about the fate of this coaster, such as being re-designed or being re-themed. 

Today when I went to the park, I was surprised to see that a construction area appeared at the entrance to the HUMAN(red) side.  

May 24, 2014

This Week In USS #2: A different Alley


Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida is about to open very soon. Though it may not be coming to USS any time soon, there is indeed another "alley" in USS as well. This elegantly designed alley is in the New York zone, and is one of my favorite spots in the park.



May 6, 2014

This Week in USS #1



Welcome to the very first issue of "This Week in USS"!

"This Week in USS" is about anything that I find interesting in USS during my visits. 
I don't want to call it "USS Weekly" because as a student, I am not sure I can commit to it weekly.

So. This week, we have several interesting things to see!

At the entrance outside the park, there is the new "AM I TALL ENOUGH" sign which helps the families check if the younger guests are tall enough to ride certain attractions.
I think it is very considerate of the park to put this outside the park.

April 29, 2014

Amazing Video Previews of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Disney has uploaded a video dedicated to the making of the Animatronics in the ride! Take a look!


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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of my most anticipated attractions in Shanghai Disneyland. Luckily, I can experience it soon in Magic Kingdom!

Disney has recently released two incredible videos showing the ride-through and its amazing Animatronic characters. Take a look!



April 15, 2014

Minion Mart @ Universal Studios Singapore

Minion Mart was a surprise for me when I visited USS last weekend. I am not sure when this was opened, but it seems that the Park has been adding quite a few Minion Elements. Hopefully an attraction as well?

March 19, 2014

Treasure Cove Artwork Analysis

In the article, I took a closer look at the artwork of "Treasure Cove" in Shanghai Disneyland and discovered a few interesting details.
(Please correct me if I made any mistakes)


First let's take a look at the leaked park layout.


This is the layout for "Treasure Cove". If you compare it with the artwork above, you will realize that they are very similar.

And here is a list of the rumored attractions and shops.
(For the full list, please go to http://lukeandthetempleoffun.blogspot.sg/2014/03/shanghai-disneyland-ride-shop-and.html) 

Treasure Cove

(Food) Pintel & Rigetti's Grub to Grab
(Food) The Snackin' Kracken
(Food) Tortuga Treats
(Ride) Explorer Canoes
(Ride) Pirates of the Caribbean -- Battle for the Sunken Treasure
(Shop) Barbossa's Bounty
(Shop) Doubloon Market
(Show) EASTSIDE PERFORMANCE VENUE
(Show) El Teatro Fandango
(Show) Stunt Theater
Jolly Gypsy
Ocean Song
SPARROW'S NEST
Shipwreck Shore
Siren's Revenge

Treasure Cove Artwork

Today, as part of The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled creative details including the first-ever Pirates-themed land and a new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction designed for the Shanghai Disney Resort.

This land will be named "Treasure Cove" (in Chinese: 宝藏湾). For the first time ever, a Disney Park will be home to a Pirates-themed land and an e-ticket attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure (in Chinese: 加勒比海盗:沉没宝藏之战). The attraction will feature a combination of new technology and innovation to bring guests along a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing our guests who visit the Shanghai Disneyland Park an experience unlike anything else in the world.


Together with the artwork, Disney also released a construction photo showing what looks like the structure for Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure.


Image Sources:
Disney
Inside the Magic: http://www.insidethemagic.net/2014/03/new-pirates-of-the-caribbean-battle-of-the-sunken-treasure-ride-announced-for-shanghai-disneyland-based-on-movies-set-in-new-treasure-cove-land/

Shanghai Disneyland Ride, Shop and Restaurant (Unofficial)

This is a rumored list of rides, shops and restaurants in Shanghai Disneyland.
(originally posted on http://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/sdl-lineup.877040/)

However, the recent reveal of "Treasure Cove" artwork does confirm some of the names. Thus I could say that this list is highly reliable.

Adventure Isle

(Shop) Adventure Supplies
(Shop) Laughing Monkey Traders
(Shop) Rainbow Frog Trinkets
(Show) Storehouse Stage
(Food) Piranha Bites
(Food) Tribal Table
(Ride) Roaring Rapids
(Ride) Soaring Over the Horizon
(Walk-through) Camp Discovery Challenge Trail
Happy Circle

Fantasyland

(Food) Corner Market
(Food) Merlin's Magic Recipe
(Food) Royal Banquet Hall
(Food) Tangled Tree Tavern
(Food) Troubadour Treats
(Misc Attraction) Enchanted Storybook Castle
(Misc Attraction) Sword in the Stone
(Play Area) Evergreen Playhouse
(Ride) Hunny Pot Spin
(Ride) Peter Pan-s Flight
(Ride) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
(Ride) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(Shop) Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
(Shop) Castle Gifts
(Shop) Hundred Acre Goods
(Shop) Mountain Treasures
(Show) Storybook Castle Stage Spectacular
(Walk-through) Alice in Wonderland Maze
(Walk-through) "Once Upon a Time" Adventure
(M&G) Storybook Court
Hundred Acre Wood

March 3, 2014

Random Blends 2014: CALIBR8

"Random Blends 2014: CALIBR8" is a free exhibition held by Communication and New Media Department of National University of Singapore. From 1 to 6 March, you can visit the galleries in ArtScience Museum to view the selected project works by CNM students.

I am fortunate enough to have my works featured in the exhibition. Here is a report from the opening day of the exhibit.


February 27, 2014

Tron Coaster at Shanghai Disneyland

Disney and More posted an interesting article about the newly leaked photos of Tron Coaster at Shanghai Disneyland.

The track is being placed piece by piece, while the show building and theming have yet to be done. I am so excited for this ride!

February 24, 2014

My Cover of "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen"

Recently the song had been a huge hit. I liked the film, so I thought I might do a cover just for the fun of it. Hope you guys like this.


February 10, 2014

Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition

When I visited the ArtScience Museum for Dinosaur, "Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition" was also ongoing, so I bought the combo ticket to see this as well.

As in the description, the exhibit guides us to "Explore the life and work of Charles and Ray Eames, the most famous couple in design."