A look inside Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

Originally opened in 1992 as part of the Euro Disneyland resort Hotel New York was designed by postmodern architect Michael Graves who was awarded the Driehaus Prize in 2011.

Featuring early 20th century Art Deco it was designed to echo the essence and feel of New York City with the exterior of the hotel itself is a stylised skyscraper filled skyline.

Having undergone a huge multi million Euro makeover the 4-star hotel has been renamed “Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel” which is the very point of the makeover – exhibiting comic artistry and influence and thus turning the hotel into a musuem of modern comic book art.

As Walt Disney Imagineering conceptor-stage director Tom Müller explains, “over 110 artists have been called in” for a never-before-seen “exhibition” that will evolve since the idea – according to Müller – is to “continue the installation of artworks within the hotel even after the opening“. The idea being to “call out to visitors through art“.

A concept to the extreme since between the hotel and the convention center, a genuine art gallery stands: the Jack Kirby Legacy Gallery that – as its name suggests – pays tribute to one of the greatest creators of Marvel comic superheroes, alongside Joe Simon and Stan Lee such as Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Hulk and the Avengers.

Within this gallery, temporary exhibitions will be displayed related to the Marvel universe. Movie releases, land and ride concept-art from Disney theme parks around the world, and as many topics as the gallery and the hotel are willing tackle.

Within the rotunda, a special tribute is paid to Jack Kirby with the exhibition of a permanent collection including 21 comics covers drawn by the legendary artist.

A new area taking guests “to the heart of the action and the epic adventures of their favorite superheroes, from Doctor Strange’s mystic arts to Spider-Man’s vertiginous exploits”.

No less than 476 standard rooms, 65 executive rooms and 8 standard suites await superhero fans. A rehabilitation made possible by the exclusive collaboration between Disneyland Paris, Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios.

Hotel Lobby

Now courtesy of Sortir à Paris we can finally take a glimpse inside the newly refurbished Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

As for restaurants, there will be two of them, the Downtown Restaurant offering an all-you-can-eat buffet and gathering the greatest number of artworks in the hotel, and the Manhattan Restaurant with a mouthwatering menu and seated service.

Downtown Restaurant
Manhattan Restaurant

Note that in the latter, a massive 110kg chandelier which consists of 225 pieces of blow glass from Bohemia, designed in a studio in Prague, catches people’s eyes as soon as they enter the restaurant.

A genuine work of art that required two years of work, from the design to the set up including creation and echoing – because of its framework – to Asgard, Thor’s natal world.

Bleecker Street Lounge

There are two bars the Bleecker Street Lounge a very New-York-inspired style and inspired by Doctor Strange’s universe, and the Skyline Bar, a typically New-York bar that looks a bit like Tony Stark’s apartment.

The two bars will be providing a range of cocktails with and without alcohol, and they are quite playful: the Skyline Bar is offering an alcohol-free green coloured drink inspired the Hulk, while the Bleecker Street Lounge pays tribute to the Supreme Sorcerer with a levitating cocktail…!

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus health crisis no details have been unveiled for the possibility of non-hotel guests to be able to visit the hotels restaurants or have a drink at the bars. For now only residents of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel can enjoy the hotels facilities.

Skyline Bar

In terms of decoration, limited editions will be displayed in different rooms and suites while the public areas will get works exhibited from: comics, movies, posters, sculptures, Iron Man armor, storyboards, props and costumes will be displayed within the hotel for a total immersion experience.

Marvel Design Studio

As for families, children-friendly places have been created such as the Marvel Design Studio offering your kids to learn how to draww their favourite Marvel superheroes, the Hero Training Academy an outdoor sports area with basketball, yoga and, fitness classes.

The Super Hero Station will be offering hotel guests the opportunity to Meet ‘n Greet with Spider-Man and last but not least, the Marvel Photos Stations enable hotel guests to be photographed within a scene straight from the Marvel universe.

Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel opens on 21 June 2021, and to celebrate an exclusive launch offer is available for bookings made by 29 July 2021 for a stays up to 30 March 2022.

Guests who book prior to this date will receive an exclusive and limited edition Marvel artwork by artist Matt Ferguson and a complimentary alcohol-free cocktail from one of the hotels bars.

Further information about the hotel and how to book a stay visit the hotels website.

Disney to close 100 international TV channels as Disney+ hits 103.6 million global subscribers.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek

The Walt Disney Company plans to close 100 of its international television channels over the next twelve months as it takes advantage of its subscription based streaming service Disney+ TWDC CEO Bob Chapek told the JPMorgan Chase & Co technology and media conference this week.

The company closed 30 of its television channels in the Fiscal Year 2020 including all their Disney Channels in the United Kingdom.

Recently Disney has commenced the closure of its local versions of the Fox channel moving its contents to the Star brand on the Disney+ platform.

The company has also started to close its sports channels in southeast Asia where cricket coverage on the Hotstar service, available in India, has helped secure 30% of the 103.6 million global subscribers to Disney+.

Disneyland Paris to reopen on 17 June 2021

Euro Disney SCA President Natacha Rafalski has announced that the Disneyland Paris resort will reopen to guests on 17 June 2021.

Both Parc Disneyland and The Walt Disney Studios Park, the Disney Village and Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel will reopen on Thursday 17 June 2021.

Disney’s New York Hotel: The Art of Marvel will open to guests on Monday 21 June 2021.

Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne will be reopening its doors to guests on Thursday 1 July 2021 with Disney’s Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch set to reopen on Sunday 13 July 2021.

Rediscovering Disneyland exhibition and auction.

The Van Eaton Galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California, USA is hosting a Disney Parks exhibition and auction entitled “Rediscovering Disneyland”.

The exhibition which runs until 19 May 2021 brings together nearly 1,200 artifacts from the history of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the other Disney Parks around the world.

For many Disney fans the highlight of the collection will be the loan agreement signed by Walt Disney and his wife Lillian Disney in 1954 relating to the $60,000 Walt borrowed against his own life insurance policy in order to build Disneyland.

Other items in the collection include a Mark VII Autopia Vehicle Body, a vintage Cast Member costume from Club 33, and a hand-crafted mosaic display that was once part of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Hand-written and signed sheet music for ‘It’s a Small World’ by the Sherman Brothers and Disneyland parking lot signs, as well as a plethora of park signage, props, costumes, furniture, and much more that celebrates the incredible history of Disneyland and its creator, Walt Disney.

For more information about the exhibition and auction, including the free 376 page online auction catalog visit the Van Eaton Galleries website: https://vegalleries.com/releases/rediscovering-disneyland

The auction will be streamed live on 22 & 23 May 2021.

Disney Magic visits Southampton

Disney Magic arriving at Southampton

The Disney Magic cruise ship docked in Southampton today (Sunday 9 May 2021) to take on crew and supplies.

A large crowd gathered on the waters edge in Mayflower Park to view the Disney Cruise Line ship.

The Disney Magic was docked at the City Cruise Terminal and departed at 21:00 to sail to Dover.

The Disney Magic will commence sailing with passengers onboard from July to October departing from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury.