La La Land 8-Bit Cinema

This coming weekend, the 89th Academy Awards will be held, and the acclaimed La La Land is expected to take home a bunch of Oscars just like it has the rest of the awards season. As more and more have seen the throwback musical romance, the film has become easier to lampoon for audiences who previously didn’t have a chance to see it. So it should come as no surprise that this week there have been plenty of parody videos capitalizing on the film’s buzz and popularity heading into the Academy Awards.

After the jump, you’ll find a trusty La La Land 8-Bit Cinema, a Muppet mash-up that replaces Ryan Gosling with Kermit the Frog, and a recut of the film’s trailer to make it look like a thriller from David Lynch. Read More »

Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

We’ve written before about the ongoing theme park cold war between Disney and Universal Studios, both of whom are battling it out to become the top dog in this industry. Universal took the high ground when it debuted the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but Disney is returning fire with a James Cameron-powered salvo: Pandora: The World of Avatar, which takes the highest grossing film in cinematic history and makes it a physical space you can explore. Honestly, there are no real losers in this conflict: both companies are forced to innovate (we have Star Wars and Nintendo-themed attractions on the horizon next) and we, those who enjoy theme parks, get to reap the rewards.

Even though Pandora is only a few months away from officially opening its gates (and will probably begin soft opening sooner than that), the area’s two main rides remain pretty mysterious. Do two new trailers reveal anything noteworthy?

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guardians of the galaxy ride

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disneyland prices just went up. Again.
  • Director James Gunn is working on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – BREAKOUT!
  • Watch a new trailer for the Avatar-themed Flight of Passage.
  • You will soon be able to meet BB-8 at Walt Disney World.
  • The shark from Universal Studio‘s Jaws ride is taking a little break…
  • And more!

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Disneyland Resort has finally revealed the opening date for the Guardians of the Galaxy retheme of Twilight Zone’s Tower Of Terror as part of a grand opening “Summer of Heroes” event which will bring an increased Marvel presence to Disney California Adventure theme park. I’ll say this much, Black Widow fans should be excited for this one. Find out the details on when the Guardians of the Galaxy Ride opening date will take place and what will be included in the “Summer of Heroes”, after the jump.

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avatar na'vi river journey

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Pandora: The World of Avatar rides teased at new website.
  • Universal’s Volcano Bay reveals more about their “Taputapu” line-skipping system.
  • Beauty and the Beast is heading to Disney parks and Disney cruises.
  • The Tower of Terror ride is starting to look more and more like Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The long-awaited Rivers of Light show is opening this month at Animal Kingdom.
  • And more!

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Furious 7

Eight installments in, the Fast & Furious franchise keeps growing. Not only have the movies gotten bigger, but they’ve also gotten better. Universal wants to keep the series going after F. Gary Gray‘s The Fate of the Furious, and possibly with spinoffs. Another way of strengthening the Fast & Furious brand? By making Fast & Furious Live, a global live arena tour featuring a reaction of downtown Los Angeles, big stunts, and action that’s meant to make audiences feel like they’re living life a quarter mile at a time in a Fast & Furious movie.

Below, learn more about Fast & Furious Live, which, sadly, is not a Broadway musical.

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August Moon

Nashville is a great city. If you’re ever there for a weekend, there’s plenty to do and see. And starting in the spring of 2018, you might be able to check out the August Moon indoor drive-in when you’re there — which has modified classic cars to sit in, dining food, a bar, and even bleachers. Basically, it’s a huge soundstage, with a bit of a show staged before and after a movie. Not all of the money is raised yet for the project, but it’ll cost $10 million.

Below, learn more about Nashville’s indoor drive-in.

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Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

During their quarterly earnings conference call earlier today, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger confirmed earlier the opening date for Walt Disney World’s Avatar-themed land. Pandora – The World of Avatar will have its grand opening at Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom theme park on May 27th, 2017. Also, Iger also confirmed that Star Wars Land, which is currently being constructed in both Anaheim’s Disneyland and Orlando’s Hollywood Studios are on target for a 2019 opening.
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volcano bay

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney patents new technology that will let you alter a ride as you see fit.
  • An unofficial first look at the ride vehicles from the Avatar-themed Flight of Passage.
  • Universal Studios sets an opening day for the Volcano Bay waterpark.
  • The winners of the annual Imaginations Designs Competition.
  • Watch a piece of the safety precautions video for Universal’s Race Through New York ride.
  • DisneyQuest is official closing and Starcade is temporarily re-opening.
  • A look at Disneyland’s secret menu.
  • And more!

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