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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch the entire Shanghai Disneyland grand opening gala…
  • …and the slightly less dynamic resort dedication ceremony.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood teases a new announcement.
  • Watch new video of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride in action.
  • Shanghai Disneyland attraction posters are here and they look great.
  • The Disney company grapples with a series of tragedies.
  • A cool look at the man behind the new Tomorrowland.
  • And more!

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Megaplex Mash-Up

You may remember last fall we featured the incredibly creative and cleverly edited mash-up called Hell’s Club. The video had the cinematic worlds of Terminator, Scarface, John Wick, Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, The Matrix and more collide in a single, dangerous nightclub setting. Now a new mash-up from Smash TV brings together over 80 sci-fi films, from Moonwalker to Akira and more but rather than just being a mash-up of these movies, it’s also an exercise in music remixing that results in a mesmerizing, trippy feature-length music video.

But beware, because the video comes with a warning that the visuals have been “identified to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.” So watch this Megaplex mash-up at your own risk. Read More »

skull island reign of kong

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal StudiosSkull Island: Reign of Kong has soft opened… and there’s ride footage.
  • The Shanghai Disneyland opening celebration will be televised.
  • Universal shows off its newest resort hotel.
  • Walt Disney World is expanding its Typhoon Lagoon waterpark.
  • More ride footage from Shanghai Disneyland arrives.
  • Disney is planning a Frozen show for its cruise lines.
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room is becoming a comic book.

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star wars land droids

We all know that Disney’s Star Wars theme park lands are going to be immersive. Specifically, we all know that they have to be immersive at the bare minimum if they want to compete with Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the current high water mark in theme park design. Knowing Disney, they will go out of their way and spend a lot of money to fight back against that boy wizard and reclaim their position at the top of this particular food chain. This theme park cold war is going to result in some mighty fine work. Whoever wins, we win.

While the two unnamed Star Wars lands are currently little more than big piles of dirt at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, a new video has given us a taste of just how far they may be willing push to the immersion factor. How about droids wandering the area, integrating with guests and their environment?

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Swiss Army Man Tour

If you haven’t heard of the movie Swiss Army Man yet, do yourself a favor and watch the red band trailer right here. Pretty weird, right? Even though the movie was dubbed as the “farting corpse movie” when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, prompting some audiences to walk out of the movie, there’s much more to it that flatulence and oddities. Sure, the movie is a strange one, but it also has a lot of heart and tells an original story.

Now in an effort to help promote the movie, A24 is sending co-star Daniel Radcliffe on a strange promotional tour in a handful of major US cities with his own dead body for everyone to see. Find out more about the Swiss Army Man tour stops below. Read More »

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Frozen Ever After reveals a heavily remodeled entrance.
  • New videos show off a hugely impressive entrance and queue for Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • Our best look yet at Shanghai Disneyland‘s fireworks show.
  • Disneyland announces a new hotel that will open in 2019.

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The Little Mermaid Live Videos

For those who haven’t heard, last weekend saw The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California host an event called The Little Mermaid Live. The event rounded up some impressive singing talent from film and television along with a 71-piece orchestra to perform the Alan Menken‘s iconic music from Disney’s animated classic. Thankfully, since nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket now, we get to see some of the highlights from the show.

Renditions of The Little Mermaid songs from the show featured pop singer Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) as Ursula, Darren Criss (Glee) as Prince Eric, Titus Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Sebastian, and John Stamos as the frighteningly enthusiastic chef Louie. Plus, there was a special guest that fans of the original movie absolutely went crazy for. Find out who it was, and watch some of The Little Mermaid Live videos after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Day

There’s a decent round-up of Ghostbusters stuff hitting the web today, so here are some Ghostbusters Bits:

  • Original and reboot casts coming to Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  • Which musical artists are doing the new Ghostbusters theme?
  • Regal Cinemas, Cinemark and Twitter contests.
  • Soundtrack single from Elle King now online.
  • Don’t forget about anniversary screenings of the original Ghostbusters.

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frozen live

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch footage from Frozen: Live at the Hyperion.
  • Explore the new The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic Show.
  • A look at the problems plaguing Shanghai Disneyland.
  • Watch Shanghai Disneyland’s stunning fireworks show.
  • Universal Studios offers a tiny tease of Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

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