Tower of Terror transformation

Disney, can you please leave the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror alone? What did it ever do to you? Just in time for the holiday season, Walt Disney World will turn the Tower of Terror into a brightly colored eyesore  called the “Hollywood Toy Hotel.”

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch video of the ubiquitous James Franco invading Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Take a peek inside the revamped Universal Studios’ Classic Monster Cafe.
  • See concept art of Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios.
  • Find out more about what Pixar Fest will entail at Disneyland Resort next year.
  • Get the latest on hotel and parking developments at Disneyland Resort.
  • Legoland is coming to New York.
  • And more!

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Coming to America McDowell's

Fans of the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America probably already know that a sequel is in the works, but while you wait for that to come to fruition, here’s a cool way to step into the world of the movie. McDowell’s, the fictional restaurant that serves as a key location in the film, is taking over a local Hollywood restaurant for a Coming to America-themed pop-up early next week, just in time for Halloween. Read all about it below.
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James Gunn horror

James Gunn knows a thing or two about horror movies. Before he became known for his work on the Guardians of the Galaxy movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he got his start working for the low-budget studio Troma, where he wrote Tromeo & Juliet, and he went on to write the fantastic 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead and made his feature directorial debut with 2006’s Slither, a creature feature starring Nathan Fillion.

As we creep toward Halloween, Gunn took to Facebook to share a list of his top 50 favorite horror movies of all time. While some of his choices are expected (The Thing, Rosemary’s Baby), there are a couple that you’re not likely to find on many other lists out there. Check out the filmmaker’s full list below.
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star wars the last jedi nycc

Although Star Wars: The Last Jedi didn’t host a panel at New York Comic-Con, the booth that Lucasfilm set up may offer an even more exciting glimpse at what’s to come for the series.

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi “Experience” took place in the NYCC booth and was made to replicate a set from the movie. While at first it looked like fans could just mill about looking at props from the film and read informational panels about the new Resistance blasters, the “Experience” soon lived up to its name. Fans were suddenly caught in the middle of a brief skirmish between the Resistance and the First Order in an interactive event that certainly looks like a test run for the upcoming Star Wars theme park land.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Crait

When the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of Star Tours were refurbished and transformed into Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in 2010, the classic motion simulator ride became one of the most re-rideable attractions in the world. Instead of the same journey every time, you embarked on a randomly generated trip, with the ride stringing together a number of different locations and events. You never knew what you were going to get.

And since this is a ride where all of the details exist on a single screen and not giant sets, this also makes it easy to update. Case in point: the planet Crait, seen in the trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be added to the ride next month.

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Uncle-Scar-Simba-Screencap

We’ve all heard the myth about Walt Disney having his body preserved in cryonic storage. In some tellings, it’s just his disembodied head that gets cryonically frozen. If you came of age in the 1990s, during the Disney Renaissance, you might also be familiar with how a bevy of inappropriate Easter eggs are said to be laced throughout the animated features of that period.

But Disney urban legends go deeper than that. If you go looking for urban legends, prepare to be sucked into stories of scary abandoned theme park islands and mayhem aboard mountain rides, including bared breasts and decapitations. You might also encounter a few fascinating fan theories that will change the way you look at certain Disney films.

Let’s unlock the proverbial Disney Vault and start raiding it for riches in the form of some of the most intriguing apocryphal stories that have grown up in and around the Happiest Place on Earth. This is where The X-Files meets Mickey Mouse.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get details on a real-life battle at sea involving Marvel movie characters.
  • See what some of Universal’s new theme-park-inspired emojis look like.
  • T2 3-D: Battle Across Time has closed at Universal Studios Florida.
  • The last remaining version of Disney’s classic Star Jets has also closed.
  • Watch cartoons of Disney characters meeting Haunted Mansion ghosts.
  • And more!

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star wars secrets of the empire

Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and The VOID are giving you the chance to truly travel to a galaxy far, far away with the Star Wars Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience, debuting at Walt Disney World Resort in December and at the Disneyland Resort in January.

Dubbed a “hyper-reality” experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire takes users on a risky mission going undercover as stormtroopers to retrieve Imperial intelligence. Not sold? Lucasfilm has just released a trailer for the experience and has opened ticket sales.

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Power Rangers Live

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the action adventure television series that was imported from Japan, adapted for American audiences, and has since expanded into 19 different iterations of the super powered action heroes. How would you like to celebrate the long legacy of Power Rangers with a live show?

Power Rangers Live is a new interactive, mixed media stage production intended for the whole family, bringing all the action-packed stunts and epic martial arts from one of the longest running programs in TV history to a stage in front of your eyes. Find out when and where you can see Power Rangers Live below. Read More »