Legends of Fronteirland

In today’s edition of Theme Park Bits, I take a look at:

  • A Peek Inside ‘Frozen Fireworks’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Adds ‘From Dusk till Dawn: The Series’ Maze
  • Disneyland’s new Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush interactive game experience
  • Alice In Wonderland Dark Ride Updated With New Effects

Read more about all these things after the jump.

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While you might not know the name Rob Jones you know his work. I guarantee it. Jones is a creative director for Mondo, which means he works with each and every artist who releases a poster and helps them achieve the best vision imaginable. While a piece by Tyler Stout or Olly Moss was done by them, Jones helped steer them in a specific direction from a very early stage. You could say every Mondo poster is born of Jones’ DNA.

In addition to that, Jones is quite the accomplished artist himself. He’s done dozens of famous album covers, gig posters, movie posters and in 2011 won an Grammy for designing a box set for The White Stripes. Later this week, he’s presenting an ambitious new solo show called “Grief,” comprised of 100 self portraits offering different takes on Charlie Brown. Yes, from the Peanuts Charlie Brown. It open July 17 at Galerie F in Chicago, Illinois.

Below, we’ve got several exclusive, pop culture inspired pieces from the show including detailed descriptions of the personal interpretations behind each from Jones himself. It’s a funny, but sometimes frightening, window into one of the most influential eyes in pop culture art today. Read More »

 Ratatouille: The Adventure

Today we take a look at the Ratatouille expansion of Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios theme park which includes the new attraction/ride Ratatouille: The Adventure, a Paris-themed mini-land and Bistrot Chez Remy restaurant. Read more about the ride, the land, the restaurant and watch videos from the opening after the jump.

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Harry Potter Black Lake

In today’s edition of theme park bits:

  • Exclusive attractions revealed for Universal Japan’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Universal Japan might build a new theme park with a Casino on an island
  • Five hour wait times for the new Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts ride.
  • Dubai Announces “Mall of the World” Project which would include an Indoor Theme Park, 100 Hotels, and more

Read more about it, after the jump.

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Apehood

We usually put mash-up trailers in our link blog round-up Page 2,  but I think this one is worth a breakout because it combines the two best movies of 2014 (so far, at least in my opinion), Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Nelson Carvajal has edited the two movies into a trailer titled “Apehood” (which also includes footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Both Dawn and Boyhood are in theaters now, make time to see both of these films on the big screen.

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haunted mansion doug jones hat box ghost

At Comic Con 2010, Guillermo del Toro surprised the crowd at Disney’s Hall H panel by publicly announcing that he would be producing (and probably directing) a new big screen adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction The Haunted Mansion.  Its been almost four years since that announcement, and development is still on going. Del Toro offered a new update on the project during his Reddit AMA. Find out what the filmmaker said about the development of the Haunted Mansion movie adaptation including details of new screenwriters and Doug Jones Hat Box Ghost development art, after the jump.

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Scott C Back To The Future Hunt

Los Angeles, the hunt is on for free, original paintings like the one above by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture savvy.

Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.

Below, read Campbell’s clues about the fifth and final painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show. Read More »

Scott C Boogie Nights Hunt

UPDATE: This has been found. One more Friday.

Los Angeles, the hunt is on for free, original paintings like the one above by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture savvy.

Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.

Below, read Campbell’s clues about the fourth painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show. Read More »

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