Star Wars Batuu

When the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed lands open next year at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the setting will be the planet Batuu – a heretofore unseen area in Star Wars lore that’s located on the Outer Rim in a galaxy far, far away. But now Lucasfilm has revealed that the planet will first appear in a new book before guests get to explore the land up close and personal in the “real” world. Read More »

4DX with ScreenX

4DX movie theaters haven’t quite taken off in the United States yet, but that’s not stopping 4D company CJ 4DPLEX from plowing ahead with a new innovation. That innovation: 4DX with ScreenX, which turns movie watching into something akin to a wonderful dream or a terrifying nightmare. Take your pick!

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Marvel Themed Lands Officially Announced For Three Disney Parks

When Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout was announced to be taking over The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, Disney Imagineers not-so-subtly hinted that this would be the beginning of a new Marvel-themed land coming to the Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park. It’s taken a while to get around to it, but today, Disney has finally confirmed that a Marvel-themed land will be coming to Disneyland Resort, and two other international Disney parks.

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Wakanda in Walt Disney World

Black Panther is an enormous hit at the box office, earning a whopping $1.18 billion in just five weeks of release. This week, the film should surpass The Avengers to become not only the largest grossing film from Disney’s Marvel Studios, but the highest grossing superhero film of all time. One of the things that all the critics and fans are talking about is the worldbuilding of the film, at the center of which is the fictional, secretive, and technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda.

After seeing the movie, I walked out saying that I wanted to visit Wakanda. And I’m not alone, as searches for travel to the non-existent country have skyrocketed on travel websites. I walked out of the movie theater speculating that Disney could build Wakanda in Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom park, which already features a land designed to immerse you in a modern African village. But rumors have turned to the more future and technology-focused Epcot park…but could one painting at a different theme park prevent Wakanda and Black Panther from appearing in Disney World?

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Hero Complex Gallery is doing spring the right way with the kind of Easter egg hunt that cinephiles like you and me enjoy the most.

Artists Ape Meets Girl (AKA Kevin M. Wilson) and Vance Kelly are teaming up for a special gallery show called Easter Eggs, and if you’re familiar with their artwork, like the Gremlins print we featured not too long ago, than you know exactly what to expect. Their artwork pays tribute not just to a single movie but dozens of movies by laying Easter eggs referencing other films throughout.

Hero Complex Gallery is playing this show pretty close to the vest, but they’ve exclusively given us two new pieces that will be debuting. One will make sci-fi fans very happy while the other one will be a must-have for any Quentin Tarantino Afficionado. Read More »

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pirates of the caribbean ride changes

Update: Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean has re-opened today with its updated auction scene. You can check out video of the tweaked scene, and its new female pirate character, below.

Whenever Disney tampers with their most beloved and iconic theme park rides in any way, fans have the habit of decrying whatever adjustments are being made and shouting “Walt would never have approved this!” Sometimes, the outrage is justified. Sometimes, it’s not.

But it’s no wonder that news of a major alteration to a famous scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean rides is buried at the bottom of a blog post. This one is going to prove controversial – the “wench auction” is being removed and replaced with a new scene.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Free overnight parking at Walt Disney World hotels will soon be a thing of the past.
  • See videos and new concept images of the upcoming Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at Disneyland Resort.
  • See a talking doughnut interview Voodoo Doughnut’s founders before it comes to Universal Orlando.
  • A $100-million, deeply immersive theater project involving an alt-rock icon is headed for Las Vegas.
  • Are you ready to have Disney monitor your fear level and adjust your ride experience accordingly?
  • And more!

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The Walking Dead season finale

The Walking Dead, the show that refuses to die, and its spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead, are coming to the big screen for one night only. The Walking Dead season finale and the Fear the Walking Dead season premiere will play a double-feature in U.S. theaters on April 15, 2018.

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Beauty and the Beast Live Concert

Disney’s live-action adaptation of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast was a huge hit last year, but it didn’t satisfy all the fans out there. Some were particularly disappointed with the obviously enhanced vocal work of Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson when singing as the charming, sharp, bookworm villager Belle. But they might be more satisfied with the latest casting of Belle in an upcoming Beauty and the Beast live concert production coming to The Hollywood Bowl this spring.

Following previous live concert renditions of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Beauty and the Beast live concert features an all-star cast that will be led by (500) Days of Summer and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel. And if that wasn’t intriguing enough, the rest of the cast features an interesting assembly of talent as well. Read More »

Pixar Pier concept art

Disneyland’s California Adventure already has an area devoted to the Cars franchise and A Bug’s Life, but the park is about to get a fresh injection of Pixar-themed content at the newly-revamped Pixar Pier, which is replacing Paradise Pier. The official Disney Parks Blog has unveiled some new Pixar Pier concept art, including neighborhoods devoted to Toy Story, The Incredibles, and more. Read More »