alamo drafthouse video store

Word of an Alamo Drafthouse video store arrived at the end of last year. Now here’s an update: the VHS rentals will be free. Video Vortex, coming to Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh in North Carolina, will offer free rentals, VCR loans and 40+ local draft beers. (Sorry; the beers aren’t free.)

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get egg-cited about the egg-cellent Easter egg hunts coming to Disneyland Resort and Epcot.
  • The Annual Pass program for Disneyland Resort may be about to undergo a major revamp.
  • Hello Kitty fans, your prayers have been answered: the character is now at Universal Hollywood.
  • New details have emerged about rides themed to Batman and his villains at Warner Bros. World.
  • Two different rides at two different Disney parks carry the name Nemo & Friends. Which is better?
  • And more!

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Ghostbusters Live Concert Tour

Seeing movies with a real life orchestra providing the score has become more and more popular in recent years. There’s just something special about watching a movie and hearing an outstanding orchestra bringing the score to life right in front of you. Movies like Back to the Future, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Home Alone, the Harry Potter franchise and more have been given the live concert treatment. Now one more classic will join them.

The original Ghostbusters will be kicking off a live concert series this fall with stops in several cities around the world. Peter Bernstein, orchestrator of the original film and son of the late Ghostbusters composer Elmer Bernstein, will conduct local orchestras for the screening of the classic film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. Read More »

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow 2018

The Alamo Drafthouse is easily one of the best cinema chains out there. Between their strict no talking and texting policy and their fantastic line-up of the latest theatrical releases, special screenings and parties, it’s a great place for cinephiles. Now Alamo Drafthouse is taking their cinematic celebrations outside of the theater with a new line-up of Rolling Roadshow events.

The first Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow 2018 events have been unveiled, and they include special screenings of The Sandlot, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Independence Day, Jaws and more, all in a specially themed setting. Find out more about each of the events below. Read More »

Disneyland Paris expansion

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has built a name for himself as an acquisitions guy, pulling Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm under the Disney umbrella during his tenure. But he’s also concentrated on expanding the footprint of Disney theme parks outside the United States. Shanghai Disney has been his multi-billion dollar baby from the beginning, and now he’s dropping more than $2 billion into a huge multi-year Disneyland Paris resort expansion that will include Marvel, Star Wars, and Frozen lands. Read More »

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Labyrinth in Theaters

The first week in May will be bringing Avengers: Infinity War to theaters, but before that fans can return to a wild, weird fantasy world from the mind of Jim Henson in 1986.

In association with the Jim Henson Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fathom Events is bringing the cult classic Labyrinth back to theaters for three days. Fans are encouraged to attend in costume for this event and presumably partake in the magic dance with David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. Read More »

toy story land

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See the announcement of the opening date for Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World.
  • All hail, King T’Challa! The time of Black Panther has arrived at Disneyland Resort.
  • Stunning new pics let you feel the burn of The Wicker Man roller coaster in England.
  • There will soon be The Walking Dead: The Ride.
  • Could Florida’s Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster give way to a future Marvel Land?
  • And more!

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Walt Disney World and Disneyland always have something new and exciting to offer us. Whether it’s a Star Wars land not so far, far away, or the upcoming 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom, Disney Parks always has something new a-brewin’.

Disney Parks has unleashed a slew of announcements for its theme parks. From an Up-inspired bird show, to a new “Tropical Hideaway,” to a new waterview lounge replacing Ariel’s Cove Bar, there’s a little something for everyone.

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History of California Adventure

The future of the Disney California Adventure theme park is a bright one. At D23 this past summer, it was announced that Paradise Pier, DCA’s throwback to seaside boardwalks and Victorian-era amusement parks, would be getting a makeover – which also symbolically marks the end of a long journey for a theme park that’s been through hell and back.

Among the renovations and reimaginings are four new neighborhoods that will transform Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier. These sections will be represented by notable IP from Disney and Pixar. Toy Story Mania, already a popular staple of the pier, makes up part of the first neighborhood themed for the Toy Story franchise.The other three will be themed for The Incredibles, where California Screamin’ will be transformed into The Incredicoaster; Inside Out, which will feature a new attraction not yet announced; and each of the 24 gondolas on Mickey’s Fun Wheel will feature a different Pixar character (in a very aesthetically smart move, the wheel’s Mickey Mouse centerpiece is staying put). The nearby boardwalk games will also be redesigned with character themes. Starting on April 13, Pixar Pier will open for a limited-time during the first-ever Pixar Fest, which also introduces a new Incredibles-themed float to the “Paint the Night” parade and sees the return of the Pixar Play Parade. The reimagined land will officially debut on June 23.

This transformation is groundbreaking, but it is almost overshadowed by what it represents: Disney California Adventure’s epic journey of redemption.

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star wars hotel

We’re standing on the Galaxy’s Edge, and on the other side is a stunning, immersive Star Wars-themed hotel experience. More concept art for the highly anticipated Star Wars hotel has been released by Disney Parks, and it’s only making us more excited to get in our starships and travel to a galaxy, far, far away. Or at least, board a plane to Walt Disney World.

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