Star Wars Secrets of the Empire

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get a sneak peek of the VR attraction Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.
  • The Edison is now open and drawing 5-star reviews at Disney Springs.
  • Find out about the Wrinkle in Time preview coming to Disney parks.
  • See video of the Hogwarts New Year’s Eve fireworks at Universal Studios.
  • Details on the upcoming Peanuts Celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Timelines - Morning Watch

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 Star Wars video remix bridges the original trilogy with the prequels and the new trilogy in a very cool way. Plus, watch Dunkirk and Darkest Hour get mashed up into one epic historical drama, and see how the cast of Saturday Night Live rushes from Studio 8H to the Rockefeller Center ice rink. Read More »

Final Cut 2017

Tonight brings the end of 2017, and it couldn’t come soon enough. This year has been a nightmare for a variety of reasons, whether it’s because of hurricanes, mass shootings, or the disaster that’s currently living in the White House. Thankfully, we got some relief from this year thanks to the movies.

Nick Bosworth, an editor for JoBlo, has created Final Cut 2017, an entertaining assembly of footage from hundreds of movies released over the past year. The movies all blend into each other with the perfect soundtrack fueling the edit, including the surprising prominence of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which was featured in several movies this year. This is the perfect way for cinephiles to finish 2017 and get ready for the new year. Read More »

Morning Watch

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, the crew of the USS Enterprise comes up against a threat the likes of which they’ve never seen in a mash-up of Star Wars and Star Trek. Plus, a Lost in Translation video essay shows how Sofia Coppola uses the frame to define her characters, and cartoon voice actors Rob Paulsen and Charlie Adler recreate a scene from Mission: Impossible III with some interesting character choices. Read More »


In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get details on the new Up show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for its 20th anniversary.
  • More exciting news on the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge development at Disney parks.
  • See surreal video of Trump sharing the stage with Lincoln in the Hall of Presidents.
  • Few have been able to glimpse what Shanghai Disneyland’s Club 33 looks like inside … until now.
  • Ever wanted to visit the Hall of Justice or Metropolis and Gotham City? Soon you’ll be able to.
  • And more!

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

last jedi backlash

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: addressing the toxic, dangerous fan backlash to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.)

It’s okay to dislike Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Your opinion is your own and no one can take that away from you. However, there’s something rotten in the Star Wars fanbase. People on the internet have decided to devote countless hours to tearing down a movie that plenty of others love. And while no movie is perfect — Star Wars: The Last Jedi least of all — what’s the point in taking the fun out of movies? Is it retribution for a ruined childhood or vindication that your opinion is right? Or is all this backlash to The Last Jedi simply another product of the internet’s penchant for knee-jerk reactions and instantaneous gratification?

This past weekend, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened to critical fanfare and skyrocketing box office numbers. But those accomplishments have been overshadowed by a looming force in the sci-fi franchise’s fandom. Some fans are calling it the worst Star Wars movie yet. A few more are harassing director Rian Johnson on Twitter. Others are petitioning that Last Jedi be removed from the series canon immediately. And the difference between the Rotten Tomatoes user and critical scores are very wide. So let’s examine what caused this rift between the critical community and the die-hard fans, and whether it says something about the movie itself, or a growing toxicity in fandom at large.

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead.

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incredicoaster first look

A roller coaster attraction based on The Incredibles called The Incredicoaster was announced as part of Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park’s Pixar Pier a few months ago, with a planned premiere date in the summer of 2018, but a new video can give you a sneak peek at what the ride will be like.

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Millennium Falcon theme park ride

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019, taking visitors to a remote outpost on a planet called Batuu. When it opens, one of the main attractions will be a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. We learned some details about the experience during this year’s D23 expo back in July, but we haven’t seen any images of it aside from concept art. Now the first official photo has debuted, giving us our first real look inside the Millennium Falcon theme park ride.
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13th Disney theme park

Disney currently operates 12 theme park properties around the world, not counting water parks. In the early days of Disney California Adventure, before Cars Land and other elements of the 2012 redesign went into effect, the eighth of those 12 parks took flak for offering a tacky recreation of things people would associate with California…in the middle of the real California. Take a Superstar Limo ride! Do a wine-tasting! Visit a faux national park!

At a preview of the park before its opening, one Disney Imagineer famously said, “I liked it better as a parking lot.”

Perhaps the park would have been better received if it had opened in Tokyo with a Japanese theme instead. As it so happens, something like that might now be in the works, as reports have surfaced of an all-new Japanese-themed park development being planned at Tokyo Disney Resort. Whether it winds up being a whole separate park, as is rumored because of the budget, or just a massive 2.68-billion-dollar expansion on Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the notion of such a development teases fans of immersive environments with some interesting possibilities. Given the cross-pollination that occurs between Disney parks across the world, this is a case where properties like Epcot as well as Japan’s existing theme parks allow us to make some informed speculation about what a “Disney Japan Adventure” type park or land could look like.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See concept art of new Pixar parade floats and the Disney Skyliner Transportation System.
  • Take a Christmas peek inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood.
  • Shanghai Disneyland has issued the opening date for its Toy Story Land.
  • Find out why Chris Hemsworth was at Disneyland this week.
  • Marvel continues to beef up its presence at theme parks everywhere.
  • And more!

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