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Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter didn’t just transport you to J.K. Rowling’s fantasy world – it transported you to a specific point in the Harry Potter canon, with the events of the attractions taking place at a specific point in the series. Not to be outdone, Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar isn’t just an extension of James Cameron‘s film (and soon to be film series). The entire experience is a sequel in its own right, sliding right into the series’ timeline.

This revelation arrived as Disney started opening the gates to the new theme park land (located in their Animal Kingdom theme park) to a few media outlets. This resulted in a bunch of new footage from the themed area, including a look at the new rides, arriving online.

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Terminator 2 3D Release Date

We’ve been hearing about a Terminator 2: Judgment Day re-release in 3D since December of 2015. Last year came word that the 3D conversion of James Cameron‘s sci-fi action sequel would arrive this year, and now here we are with confirmation of exactly when you can have T-1000 fly at your face without being at an ancient Universal Studios attraction.

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avatar ride footage

For the past three years, we’ve slowly watched Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar transform from a giant dirt pile into a jaw-dropping recreation of the alien jungle seen in James Cameron’s Avatar. Now, we’re on the homestretch, flying toward the theme park land’s May 27, 2017 opening, and first footage from the interior of one the area’s two main attractions has arrived online.

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While Disney California Adventure is in the middle of renovating Twilight Zone’s Tower Of Terror in Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, work is ongoing to bring Marvel into other Disney theme parks around the globe. Of course, an outstanding deal with Universal Orlando prevents Marvel rides from coming to Walt Disney World, but that isn’t stopping the comic book characters from invading Disney theme parks internationally. Hong Kong Disneyland recently opened up the Iron Man Experience attraction (based on the popular Star Tours ride vehicle). And now we get a first look at Hong Kong Disneyland’s second Marvel ride. Hit the jump to see the concept art and learn more.

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la la land set on the warner bros studio tour

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will be reconstructing a set from Lionsgate’s Oscar-nominated film La La Land, allowing moviegoers to step inside the movie. Learn more about the La La Land set, after the jump.
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avatar na'vi river journey

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios just got a little more expensive.
  • Disney’s latest technological breakthrough is pretty amazing.
  • Watch a new promo for Disneyland Paris’ updated Star Tours.
  • Movie Park Germany debuts a trailer for their new Star Trek roller coaster.
  • A new series of trailers for Pandora: The World of Avatar have arrived.

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La La Land 8-Bit Cinema

This coming weekend, the 89th Academy Awards will be held, and the acclaimed La La Land is expected to take home a bunch of Oscars just like it has the rest of the awards season. As more and more have seen the throwback musical romance, the film has become easier to lampoon for audiences who previously didn’t have a chance to see it. So it should come as no surprise that this week there have been plenty of parody videos capitalizing on the film’s buzz and popularity heading into the Academy Awards.

After the jump, you’ll find a trusty La La Land 8-Bit Cinema, a Muppet mash-up that replaces Ryan Gosling with Kermit the Frog, and a recut of the film’s trailer to make it look like a thriller from David Lynch. Read More »

Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

We’ve written before about the ongoing theme park cold war between Disney and Universal Studios, both of whom are battling it out to become the top dog in this industry. Universal took the high ground when it debuted the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but Disney is returning fire with a James Cameron-powered salvo: Pandora: The World of Avatar, which takes the highest grossing film in cinematic history and makes it a physical space you can explore. Honestly, there are no real losers in this conflict: both companies are forced to innovate (we have Star Wars and Nintendo-themed attractions on the horizon next) and we, those who enjoy theme parks, get to reap the rewards.

Even though Pandora is only a few months away from officially opening its gates (and will probably begin soft opening sooner than that), the area’s two main rides remain pretty mysterious. Do two new trailers reveal anything noteworthy?

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guardians of the galaxy ride

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disneyland prices just went up. Again.
  • Director James Gunn is working on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – BREAKOUT!
  • Watch a new trailer for the Avatar-themed Flight of Passage.
  • You will soon be able to meet BB-8 at Walt Disney World.
  • The shark from Universal Studio‘s Jaws ride is taking a little break…
  • And more!

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Disneyland Resort has finally revealed the opening date for the Guardians of the Galaxy retheme of Twilight Zone’s Tower Of Terror as part of a grand opening “Summer of Heroes” event which will bring an increased Marvel presence to Disney California Adventure theme park. I’ll say this much, Black Widow fans should be excited for this one. Find out the details on when the Guardians of the Galaxy Ride opening date will take place and what will be included in the “Summer of Heroes”, after the jump.

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