Star Wars Land concept art - The Star Wars Experience

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • An updated look at Star Wars land at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
  • Universal Studios files some very interesting waterpark patents.
  • Disneyland Paris’ Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopens following a lengthy refurbishment.
  • Universal Studios’ Waterworld show is undergoing some renovations.
  • How the Grinch stole the Universal Studios backlot tour.

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Everybody Wants to Kill Bruce 2

You might remember back in 2013, an editor by the name of Pierre-Alexandre Chauvat put together a movie mash-up called Everybody Wants To Kill Bruce. The nearly 10 minute short cleverly edited 39 movies together to make it seem as if Bruce Willis was a target in every single one of them. And now there’s a sequel.

Everybody Wants To Kill Bruce 2 does the exact same thing that the first movie mash-up did, but like any good sequel, it ups the ante by having the hunt for Bruce Willis span 53 movies this time. Watch it below! Read More »

iron man experience ride footage

The theme park rights to the Marvel characters became pretty complicated when Disney acquired the comic book giant back in 2009. After all, Universal Studios already held those rights and were still making use of them in their Orlando-based Islands of Adventure park. The short version goes something like this: Disney parks east of the Mississippi couldn’t (and at the time of this writing, still can’t) utilize most of the Marvel superhero stable…but everywhere else? Well, let’s just say that we’ve been keeping our eye on the Iron Man Experience attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland for some time now.

And wouldn’t you know it? Shortly before this simulator ride is set to officially open, footage of the whole thing has arrived online for anyone hoping to take a quick peek at what to expect.

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avatar na'vi river journey

For theme park fans, Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar has long existed as a series of rumors wrapped in photos taken from a distance, a handful of intriguing promises that didn’t quite line up with the fact that the Animal Kingdom theme park’s newest themed land has looked like a construction site for most of the past year. So this new video, which teases this endeavor as an actual place with rides you can go on and things you can do, is a pleasant surprise after so many aerial photos tracking minuscule changes.

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Caddyshack Restaurant

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the owner of a new restaurant in Chicago.

When Bill Murray had a bit part in the golf comedy Caddyshack, he was just beginning what would become one of the most illustrious comedy careers of all time. Now he’s bringing a new restaurant to the Midwest inspired by the 1980 comedy that not only turned him into the most memorable groundskeeper on the big screen, but was also co-written by his brother Brian Doyle Murray along with Ghostbusters scribe Harold Ramis and National Lampoon writer Douglas Kenney.

Find out about the new Caddyshack restaurant after the jump. Read More »

Woody Harrelson's Live Movie

When it comes to movies, there are a variety of ways to experience them. You can head to theaters to catch one on the big screen, you can wait until one is available on VOD, Blu-ray or DVD to watch one from the comfort of your home, and you can even take movies with you on your mobile devices like tablets and smart phones. However, Woody Harrelson is about to deliver a movie in a way no one has ever experienced one before: live.

The man who will be seen facing off against an army of simians in War for the Planet of the Apes next summer will spend the early part of 2017 directing Lost in London, the world’s first live movie that will be shot as it’s being broadcast into theaters around the country. You might think that sounds like nothing more than a stage production broadcast live into theaters, which is done all the time, but this is much different.

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Dunkirk Prologue IMAX Theaters

Millions will be headed to movie theaters this weekend to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Before the movie starts, trailers for some of the biggest blockbusters of 2017 will be played, but at select locations, audiences will be treated to a 5-minute prologue from Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming World War II drama Dunkirk.

Since most of Dunkirk was shot on 65mm IMAX cameras, Christopher Nolan is making this prologue only available in select IMAX theaters so it’s seen in the best format possible. If you’re not sure if your local IMAX theater is worthy of this honor, a full list of theaters playing the prologue around the world has been made available online.

Get the full Dunkirk prologue IMAX theaters list after the jump. Read More »

Nintendo World Rides

You can learn a lot about theme park patents. Or nothing at all.

Like with any industry, Disney and Universal Studios (as well as their various competitors) tend to file many patents for technology that they don’t even intend to utilize in the near future. They just want to make sure they have a particular ride system or show mechanic or aerial entertainment drone in their library, just in case. But we do know that Universal is bringing Nintendo characters into their theme parks and that the Universal Studios Japan version of Super Nintendo World is expected to open its doors before 2020. With this knowledge in mind, a few of the company’s most recent patents start to look very, very interesting.

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Sleepy Skunk 2016 Movie Trailer Mash-Up

The end of 2016 is nearly upon us, and over the next couple weeks, we’ll be looking back at the year in cinema with some retrospective lists of our own, including our favorite movies of the year. But before we get to that, one of those retrospective movie trailer mash-ups has just arrived from one of our favorite editors.

Sleepy Skunk has been delivering a year-end movie trailer mash-up for the internet to enjoy for a few years now, and his 2016 Movie Trailer Mash-Up just went live today. As expected, it’s a fantastic look back at the dozens of movies we saw this year. There’s the good (Arrival), the bad (London Has Fallen), the hotly debated (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), the completely forgotten (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and much more.

Watch the Sleepy Skunk 2016 Movie Trailer Mash-Up after the jump. Read More »

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Epoct temporarily transforms Spaceship Earth into the Death Star.
  • A new round of Star Wars entertainment comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland’s Iron Man Experience sets its opening day.
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey loses its 3D.
  • Tickets to Universal’s Volcano Bay are now on sale.
  • Both Disney and Universal plunge headfirst into the aerial drone game.
  • The Secret Life of Pets comes to Universal Orlando.
  • Disneyland is getting its own Splitsville bowling alley.
  • And more!

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