Two new TDR dvd programs go on sale in Japan this week.. "Enjoy! TDR" and "TDR: Super Story". Both dvds sell individually or together in a boxed set.
Allow me to start with "Enjoy! TDR". This particular dvd is probably one of the best produced park tour dvds ever produced for a Disney park. The production value is particularly great. The program is 45 minutes long of pure TDR magic in widescreen format and digital clarity. As the show begins...it wastes no time in offering an updated view of everything that is currently happening at TDR. First up, the "Dreams on Parade: Moving on" is previewed, complete with the new musical score of the parade, then the show proceeds around TDL.. one land at a time. As intros to each land, a kinetic computer graphic of the park is seen. Once the show focuses on any single land...the viewers are taken on a total tour of what each and everyland has to offer.... most rides are given it moment to shine, and almost each show in the park is highlighted. We see scenes from "Minnie O Minnie", "One Man's Dream 2", "Mickey's Luau", "Pecos Bill goes West" and many other offerings around the park. New attractions are also highlighted..as we get to see Astroblasters, Hunny Hunt and many other classics rides we all know and love. In regards to attraction highlights and shows... this dvd leaves no stone unturned. As an added treat, we also get a healthy dose of Dreamlights and quick views of last year's Halloween and Xmas events, plus even quicker memory refresher items, such as 1993's "It's magical" show and 2000's Club Disney Super Dancing Mania. Those past highlights are way too brief.
Once the show is done with TDL... it moves on to other parts of the resorts... giving the official hotels their time to shine as we are showed some of the hotels' amenities and offerings. The we get treated to the efficient services of the TDR Line, The Disney Cruiser, Bon Voyage and even Ikspiari's many areas are reviewed briefly.
Then the focus shifts to TDS... again...the show takes us port by port highlighing every little thing each port has to offer. We see attractions one by one... shows, such as the wonderful Mysthic Rhythms, spotlights on some of TDS' best restaurants...and we even cap the TDS section with BraviSEAmo! just like any real guest at TDS would. Then Disney in the Stars fireworks close the show.
With only 45 minutes to accomplish the impossible... this video tour of TDR will leave you in awe if you have never been to TDR, and don't be surprised if you are calling your travel agent before the show ends... The DVD production is that good. It's amazing how much information, highlights and experiences are packed into these short 45 mins of TDR glory.
Now... the technical aspects.. The dvd show can be enjoyed with or without spoken narrative, allowing you to have a musical visual tour or a descriptive one. For japanese viewers, they can also watch with or without japanese captions. As usual, you can access scenes by chapters and jump to any area of TDR in a split second.
There are a couple of special features here to enjoy... You get the first 5 minutes of the "Minnie O Minnie" show in Adventureland, then the dvd jumps into teaching mode as Donald, Minnie and a couple of dancers teach you the "Shake your Bom Bom" audience participation dance for this show. The other special feature is a 15 mins long introduction of TDS' Legend of Mythica, the new and presumably over the top spectacular to end all, which debuts on July 14th. The show is introduced by several Disney cast member... the show producer, one of the show designers by the name of Steven...and another gent in charge of the entertainment productions in Japan. Our most flamboyant Steven...talks like a proud papa about this new production.. (Take note: this is how giddy imagineers get when they are given free reigns and sky high budgets to work with... if only WDW's local crew got a clue from this one..) Steven goes on to explain what the show will be like, the technical aspects of the show, as well as giving us previews of costuming, props and many other surprises that are in store for guests at TDS during this daytime lagoon extravaganza... in Steven's own words.. "The biggest daytime lagoon show ever produced for a disney park". He certainly caught my attention.
Sadly, this is the only teaser we get in relation to TDS' 5th anniversary celebration which will include many more surprises and the long anticipated new version of TOT. Those items are not covered in this new show, so we may have to wait for the next big update some years down the road.
Like all other dvds released by Disney.. expect some previews of Disney movies and related material.
So all in all... I can not help but give "Enjoy! TDR" an enthusiastic THUMBS UP! Of course... it's not a secret that I *love* TDR, but almost every other moment of this dvd show made me teary eye in joy. It's an epic Disney resort tour and no Disney park fan should be without. I highly recommend it.
Shortly, I will be posting a separate review for the other dvd release "TDR: Super Story" where little known details from both TDL and TDR come to light in a most informative (for japanese speakers that is..) dvd program about the TDR we don't normally stop to look at and discover.