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Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky.🌞✨🌛Saying goodbye the Fantasyland Skyway Chalet today, one of my favorite hidden gems in all of Disneyland. Of course I had to make a last minute dress to celebrate it’s existence before the demolition.💔

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A clip of the Snow White attraction walk through. As I suspected not an animatronic but a freaking hologram. Mind you this is but one part of the walkthrough attraction.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle For The Sunken Treasure at Shanghai Disneyland, full attraction in HD.

This is what I have been waiting for - the use of giant screens a sticking point for me (see Ratatouille in Paris, or Iron Reef for negative examples), but this seems like there is no way to achieve the desired effect without them in the large scenes and if lighting done correctly and lower edges hidden by water, it could be very successful indeed in person. Count me impressed. The other uses are of course reminiscent of the Harry Potter attractions, minus the physical sets the filmed characters are in.

However, the real show-stopper effect for me may well be a call-back to a decades old Marc Davis gag that never got used in Florida: the transformation of a static skeleton figure into a flesh and blood pirate via lighting effects that would start the ride. This is par for the course from the movies as well naturally, but the staging of the effect of the skeleton in what is plainly an homage to the ‘shipwreck cove’ scene in Anaheim’s attraction settles it firmly in being a historic nod as well, and the moment when the bony corpse slumped over the wheel turns into Jack Sparrow with a crack of lightning is a thrilling one both techwise and on a story level, subverting expectations of what you are seeing based on the previous skeletal vignettes. The ‘pirate court’ scene with the skeletons also calls to mind Davis sketches, to me, though doubtless the clothes of the individual characters are straight from the films -

All in all, this attraction looks superlative for what it is and I hope the rest of elements to be revealed from Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates Cove and the giant crocodile monster water ride match this in quality of design and detail.

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It’s 9:30 on a Thursday night and Chinese and foreign jazz fans descend on the JZ Club in Shanghai’s former French Concession. Glasses clink and the splashing sound of cymbals ripple through a cabaret setting bathed in soft red light.

Andrew Field, an American historian, says clubs like JZ represent a return to Shanghai’s cosmopolitan past.

“You will see Chinese musicians playing with Western musicians or African musicians,” says Field, who works at nearby Duke Kunshan University. “Jazz really became the soundtrack of the modern city, not just in Shanghai, but worldwide in the ‘20s and '30s. It was the musical language of the city. It was about speed.”

'Shanghai Nightscapes’: Dancing, Drinking And All That Jazz

Photos: Frank Langfitt/NPR, JZ Club and Courtesy of Andrew Field

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Full Snow White Walkthrough at Disneyland Shanghai. I want more attractions like this stateside, I feel they create a kinetic component that makes a land all the more believable.