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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alamo drafthouse the shallows

The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is known for its unique (and frequently insane) special events and screenings, but it’s awfully hard to top one of their regular summer events: Jaws on the Water. After all, if you’re going to watch a movie about a killer shark treating people like an all-you-can-eat buffet, why not up the ante and watch it while floating in an inner tube in the middle of a large body of water?

Now, the Drafthouse is looking to apply this same concept to The Shallows, the upcoming horror film that stars Blake Lively as a stranded surfer who has to match wits with a very hungry Carcharodon carcharias if she ever wants to set foot on dry land again. Even if The Shallows is a ton of fun in a theater (and the trailers have made it look like a gnarly must-see), there is probably no better way to watch this film for the first time.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Airbnb

The lair of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is supposed to be a secret. Even though everyone knows it exists in the sewer, no one should know where its at outside of the heroes in a half-shell and maybe their friends April O’Neil and Casey Jones. But plenty of people in New York will get to check out the mutant pad thanks to a special Airbnb promotion allowing fans to stay over night in the turtle lair. Check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Airbnb lair below. Read More »

The Fast and the Furious Re-Release

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years since The Fast and the Furious hit theaters. At one time, it felt like the franchise might run out of gas, but once Dwayne Johnson arrived on the scene to help beef up the action in Fast Five, the game changed. Since then, the franchise realizes its potential to become an over-the-top action franchise with just the right amount of heart, and we apparently have one whole trilogy left to go.

For those who are feeling a little nostalgic for the original 2001 movie’s 15th anniversary, we have good news. You’ll be able to see the movie in theaters again this summer on the exact day it hit theaters a decade and a half ago. Get the details on The Fast and the Furious in theaters after the jump. Read More »

frozen ever after

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney announces an opening date for Frozen Ever After.
  • You’ll have one more chance to ride the original Soarin’ before it’s updated.
  • Disney sets a date for its Star Wars fireworks show.
  • Universal plans a Waterworld stunt show refurbishment.
  • Disney’s nighttime Jungle Book show is just around the corner.
  • A Haunted Mansion documentary is currently on Kickstarter.

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Star Wars A New Hope Infographic

If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan, there’s probably no way of knowing how many times you’ve seen the original film from 1977. However, we can guarantee that you’ve never seen the movie like this.

An illustrator and graphic novelist from Geneva, Switzerland took the time to adapt Star Wars: A New Hope into a single infographic that measures 123 meters long. It’s really impressive how he took the entire movie and created a scrolling presentation of the story. It includes dialogue, ships, settings and all the important details. Check out the Star Wars A New Hope infographic after the jump. Read More »

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Avengers vs X-Men Trailer

At one time, it was believed to be nearly impossible for Spider-Man to end up on the big screen in the same movie with the Avengers. Thankfully, Sony Pictures struck a deal with Marvel Studios to share our friendly neighborhood wallcrawler so that he was able to appear in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own new franchise.

But one Marvel property that’s unlikely to be shared with Marvel Studios in the future is the X-Men. The franchise is going strong at 20th Century Fox (even though the early buzz on X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t very good), and they’re going to ride that wave as long as they can. Thankfully, one fan decided to imagine what it would be like if we got to see an Avengers vs X-Men movie thanks to some very clever editing.

Watch the Avengers vs X-Men trailer mash-up after the jump. Read More »

hulk coaster

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • New footage from the Shanghai Disneyland version of Peter Pan’s Flight.
  • An deep dive into the technology behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle For the Sunken Treasure.
  • A new look at Shanghai Disneyland’s Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue.
  • The first photos from inside Epcot’s Frozen Ever After.
  • Details on Universal’s refurbished Incredible Hulk Coaster.

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The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

In March, Universal Studios announced that The Walking Dead Attraction would be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. The new walk-through haunted house attraction will “create a no-holds-barred experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park.”

And now today Universal has released a video showing how The Walking Dead executive producer and director Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB EFX are contributing to the new attraction, constructing prosthetics and animatronics that even utilize original molds from the actual show. Previously Universal told us that the new experience could include “authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, delivering an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.” Hit the jump to watch the video and see how Nicotero is contributing to this new Universal Studios Hollywood experience.
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