back to the future the ride closing

Back to the Future: The Ride, which many theme park enthusiasts consider to be the finest attraction ever built, closed its doors at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2007. And let’s be honest – it was probably the right move. The beloved motion simulator thrill ride first opened in Florida in 1991 and California in 1993 and, well over a decade later, it was starting to show its age in a big way. Not even a time travel ride can remain young forever.

One version lived on, though. Back to the Future: The Ride opened at Universal Studios Japan in 2001 and it became the last place on the planet that fans could experience this attraction. But alas, all good things must come to an end: Universal has announced that the final incarnation will shut down soon.

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skull island reign of kong

If your love of movies and your love of theme parks overlap, then Theme Park Bits is the news round-up for you. In today’s edition:

  • Universal Studios reveals a whole bunch of new Skull Island: Reign of Kong details.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at California Adventure’s new Frozen show.
  • Universal Studios raises their ticket prices, just in time for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • The Walking Dead is getting a permanent home at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland just got a bit more comfy.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios has carved out a new area for the Muppets.

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Batman v Superman Artwork

Even if the excitement for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is high for plenty of fans, I think we can all agree that the marketing campaign has left something to be desired. Not only have the trailers not been cut all that well, but the posters have been pretty unremarkable as well. Thankfully, Poster Posse has delivered some original, incredible artwork to pay tribute to the first big screen face-off between the Bat of Gotham and the Son of Krypton.

Below, we’ve gathered some of our favorite pieces from Poster Posse’s call for artists to give the battle of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel their own artistic flair. Pretty much all of these pieces are better than any of the theatrical posters we’ve seen so far.

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The Toothsome Chocolate Factory - Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

I’m sure I was like many other children, watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and imagining what it would be like to visit this fictional candy wonderland. Well now news comes that Universal Studios will be building a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as part of their Universal Orlando resort. And coincidentally, Warner Bros has announced that they will be launching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical on Broadway in spring 2017. Learn details on both of these projects, after the jump.

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Back to the Future DeLoreanExhibit

Not too long ago, we learned that new DeLorean cars would be manufactured beginning in 2017, but they were going to cost significantly more than they did when the car was originally sold back in the 1980s. But if you don’t have the cash to buy your own DeLorean, you’ll just have to settle for being able to see the original DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future when it heads to its new home at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Find out more about the new Back to the Future DeLorean exhibit at the museum below. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood announces a new Walking Dead attraction coming this summer. See concept art and a teaser trailer.
  • Pixar’s Inside Out is coming to Walt Disney World resort’s EPCOT.
  • And see some new photos from inside Shanghai Disneyland, which opens in just a few months.

Grab your FastPass and enter this e-ticket ride.

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Star Wars Modern Trailers

If you didn’t get enough of Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it was in theaters, the good news is we just found out the movie will officially be hitting digital download on April 1st and Blu-ray and DVD a few days later on April 5th. You can get a rundown of all the special features right here, but in the meantime, we’ve got something else to help pass the time until you can watch The Force Awakens again.

One fan decided to recut trailers for each episode of the original Star Wars trilogy in the style of the third trailer for The Force Awakens. They’ll definitely have you wanting to have your own marathon of the original trilogy before rewatching the latest installment. Check out all three of the Star Wars modern trailers after the jump. Read More »

Darth Maul Fan Film

Even though Star Wars: The Phantom Menace only gave Darth Maul a total of 15 minutes of screen time and a handful of lines (which were delivered by Guardians of the Galaxy star Peter Serafinowicz instead of on-screen actor Ray Park), he is one of the favorite villains of the entire sci-fi saga. The villain may have met his demise in the movie, but he went on to live with the help of mechanical enhancements in The Clone Wars and has seen several other stories broaden the character’s history.

But a group of fans wanted to do Darth Maul a little more justice by crafting an impressive fan film. In Darth Maul: Apprentice, the Sith trainee must keep his training base a secret by dispatching with any Jedi Knights who happen to stumble upon his secret hideout where he’s learning the ways of the dark side. As you expect, some pretty amazing lightsaber fights ensue.

Watch the impressive Darth Maul fan film after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Trailer Recut

The release of the first trailer for Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters certainly got people talking when it hit the web on March 3rd. For some people it confirmed their worst fears, for others it was a surprising, satisfactory tease of a new direction for the familiar story with plenty of references to the original franchise. Yours truly even ended up going down the rabbit hole of determining that the reboot really needs to take place in the universe of the original films to live up to its full potential.

But just talking about the trailer wasn’t good enough for one fan. Instead, they decided cut a much tighter, more enticing teaser trailer for the movie that shows plenty of the good stuff without showing too much. Honestly, I like it infinitely more than the original trailer. Watch the Ghostbusters trailer recut below. Read More »