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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See what a Nightmare Before Christmas ride might have looked like, as envisioned by one Imagineer
  • Cars characters get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up at Disney’s California Adventure
  • The Star Wars: Galactic Nights event is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Get details on how Universal Studios and Legoland are incorporating VR worldwide
  • The parent company of Louis Vuitton is bringing a steampunk theme park to Paris
  • Details for Tokyo Disneyland’s 35th-anniversary celebration have been announced
  • And more!

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Fast and Furious live tour dates

The Fast and Furious franchise has established itself as a global phenomenon by now, and while the studio (and star Tyrese Gibson) wonder about the next steps to take with the movies themselves, Universal is extending the brand out into an “epic live arena show” so fans can check out the tire-squealing, rubber-burning action in person. Oh, and franchise star Vin Diesel is reprising his role as Dom Toretto in a video for the show, just in case you were wondering just how connected to the movie world this show will be.

Now the first Fast and Furious Live tour dates have finally been announced, and you can check out the first trailer for the experience below.
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Stranger Things Chicago Bar

We’ve got roughly a month and a week before we can binge watch the entire second season of Stranger Things on Netflix. Fans are chomping at the bits to see more from the new season, especially since we haven’t seen any new footage since the first trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con back in July. For those who are desperate to return to The Upside Down before the new season begins, you may want to hit up a new Stranger Things-themed hot spot in Chicago while it lasts.

The Chicago bar known as Emporium opened up a pop-up bar called The Upside Down that is not officially tied to Stranger Things, but once you see the decor inside, which includes a wall of Christmas lights with the alphabet painted on it, there’s just no denying it. Get a look inside the Stranger Things Chicago bar below. Read More »

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a video essay explores what Hollywood gets wrong about their portrayal of smart people, and it’s not as pretentious as it sounds. Plus, watch a short film sequel to American Beauty that is not what you would expect at all, and see how much cooler Game of Thrones can be edited in the style of the trailers for Baby Driver. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark ride

We’ve written about how Disneyland’s new Guardians of the Galaxy ride is getting a new look for the Halloween season in the form of an overlay called Monsters After Dark, and late last week we told you about how it features a look at the fire dragon Surtur from the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok. Now a video of the updated attraction has found its way online, and you can check out the whole thing for yourselves below.
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Thor Ragnarok Surtur ride

Starting today, if you visit Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, California, the ride experience changes during the evenings and a whole new storyline takes over. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, and it’s happening between now and October 31 as a way for Disney visitors to celebrate the Halloween season.

You can read a lot about the seasonal overlay right here, but we’ve just learned that one of the new additions will be the inclusion of Surtur the fire dragon, an ugly-looking creature that also appears in this fall’s Thor: Ragnarok. Synergy!
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Central Florida’s theme parks get back on their feet after Hurricane Irma.
  • Disney’s California Adventure is joining the Halloween festivities this year.
  • The season of scares also begins at Universal with Halloween Horror Nights.
  • “The IT Experience” is floating to the Warner Bros. lot to join its Studio Tour.
  • Christmas comes early with various Harry-Potter-related park announcements.
  • And more!

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For the past 13 years, John Murdy has acted as the Director of Creative Development for Universal Studios in Hollywood, California. And while that title comes with a ton of responsibilities within the park, his main claim to fame is the revitalization and continued success of Universal’s huge Halloween-themed event, Halloween Horror Nights.

Each year in Los Angeles, a bevy of haunts vie for the public’s attention during the Halloween season. While Knott’s Scary Farm boasts grandiose attractions, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights consecutively brings to life the unique and familiar scares inspired by some of the biggest movie and TV franchises audiences have grown to love. This year is no exception, as one of the biggest draws for the event is the premiere of a maze based on Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, The Shining.

All work and no play and what not…

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x atencio dead

X Atencio, the beloved Disney animator and Imagineer whose credits include everything from Pinocchio to Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, has passed away at the age of 98. Atencio leaves behind a legacy marked by two of the most iconic theme-park attractions ever created, as well as decades of innovation in feature and short animation.

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After 21 years of operation, Terminator 2: 3D at Universal Studios Florida is set to close its doors forever. The attraction is a theme park landmark for a number of reasons and was, for years, one of the first stops for many guests entering the park. However, Universal Studios has proven itself to be unsentimental when it comes to its classic attractions. Their parks are in a constant state of self-reinvention, a far cry from the ever-nostalgic leanings of Disney theme parks.

Now we consider two questions: what is replacing Terminator 2: 3D and is any ride safe from Universal’s ruthless (but undeniably effective) quest to bring the biggest, most advanced, and most “tied to a beloved intellectual property” attractions to its parks?

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