wizarding world of harry potter christmas

It’s easy to sound like a broken record when you’re talking about Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but it really is that impressive, that spellbinding, and that meticulously designed. If you’re a theme park fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out in either California or Florida if you haven’t already.

And because the folks at Universal are wise in the ways of wringing your wallet until every last dollar falls out, they’re introducing a new holiday makeover for the area, transforming the already magical world into something even more delightful.

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BB-8 Car Charger

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Tokyo Disneyland begins construction of three major new rides and lands.
  • Universal Studios installs new equipment for their Harry Potter nighttime shows.
  • A look at Disneyland’s Autopia refurbishment.
  • A series of photos offer a new look at Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • You can now meet BB-8 at Walt Disney World.

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Jim Henson Museum Exhibition

The Muppets have been a beloved part of pop culture since Jim Henson created the characters back in 1955. Since then, they’ve spanned every kind of media you can think of, from movies to TV to video games and more. However, some of Jim Henson’s creations need a permanent home where fans can see these characters from decades past in all their glory, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York is hoping to provide that. But they need your help.

The Museum of the Moving Image in New York has launched a Kickstarter for fans to help them complete a permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson. The exhibition will include Muppet favorites such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Fraggles and much more. Find out more about the Jim Henson museum exhibition and where you can contribute below. Read More »

the collector's fortress in Thor: ragnarok

Disneyland Resort is currently retrofitting the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!, which is set to open later this summer. The new Disney California Adventure attraction is being rethemed into a fortress owned by Benicio Del Toro‘s character Taneleer Tivan (AKA the Collector). Of course, this Fortress has not appeared in any of the Marvel movies to date, and James Gunn has confirmed that the Collector does not appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But what if the Collector’s new digs make a theatrical appearance in Thor: Ragnarok?
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race through new york

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch Jimmy Fallon tour the new Race Through New York ride at Universal Studios.
  • And also watch Fallon “crash” the line for the new ride.
  • A new video explores how Disney Imagineers worked with James Cameron on Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • Nifty packages have gone out to invite people to visit Pandora.
  • Both Disney and Universal have filed some very intriguing patents.
  • And more!

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the fifth element

A 4K restoration of Luc Besson‘s The Fifth Element will be returning to movie theaters next month in celebration of its 20th anniversary. And alongside the visionary science fiction film will be an exclusive preview of writer-director Besson’s upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Find out where, when and how you can attend one of these limited time The Fifth Element rerelease screenings below!
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Avatar Theme Park

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A preview of Universal Studios’ Race Through New York ride.
  • Disney plans new ways of entertaining you with Star Wars.
  • Universal’s flagship Harry Potter ride gets an upgrade.
  • All of the Avatar Land updates your could possibly want.
  • Universal seemingly promises good food at their Volcano Bay water park.
  • And more!

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tron legacy

One of the signature rides at Shanghai Disneyland is the TRON Lightcycle Power Run rollercoaster. A new rumor suggests that budget and preliminary design teams for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have been sent out to Shanghai with the goal of bringing this attraction back to the states. Hit the jump to learn more about the TRON roller coaster Disneyland rumors.

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Cool Runnings Minimalist Poster

When the previous year ends, people like to set a goal to achieve in the new year. Whether it’s losing weight, reading more books, seeing more movies, or eating less pizza, people always hope to accomplish something they can be proud of. In the case of artist Pete Majarich, he decided to create a minimalist movie poster every single day in the entire year of 2016. That’s right, he created 366 minimalist movie posters, and you can see them all after the jump. Read More »

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Alien Day 2017

This year brings a new Alien film to the big screen, with Ridley Scott directing yet another installment of the franchise he began back in 1979 (and has had plenty of ups and downs in the years since). Alien: Covenant will hopefully bring the franchise from the slight slump that came with the prequel Prometheus, especially with as many as four more movies potentially in the works.

Hyping up the release of Alien: Covenant, we have a new batch of TV spots that feature some snippets of new footage from the sequel. In addition, fans who celebrated the newly named Alien Day on April 26 last year will be able to enjoy another 24-hour celebration of the film franchise this year. There will be a live streaming event, an interactive trivia challenge, worldwide screenings, all-new product launches, special reveals and more.

Find out about the Alien Day 2017 details and watch some new TV spots below. Read More »