Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Seven years after it became the highest-grossing film in history, everybody spends more time talking about why no one talks about Avatar than talking about Avatar itself. That’s why the upcoming Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion coming the Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World feels like a bizarre combination of risky move and sure thing – building a theme park land around the most successful movie of all time certainly sounds like a license to print money until you remember that the film seems to have bounced off pop culture in the long run. They may have made less money, but Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Marvel are all embedded more deeply in the common psyche than James Cameron’s eco-centric science fiction epic. What if you build the most impressive theme park land ever devised and everyone shrugs?
That’s a question for the long term. Right now, your focus should be on the first footage of a Na’vi from one of the land’s attractions.
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For now, we’re expecting to see Avatar 2 released sometime in 2018. However, since the sequel to the 2009 international blockbuster has been delayed for years now, we’re not holding out breath. But the good news is, fans of James Cameron’s sci-fi world Pandora won’t have to wait that long to return to the lush forest planet.
At D23’s Destination D: Amazing Adventures, a kind of convention for Disney’s theme park devotees, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced that Pandora – The World of Avatar, will officially be opening next summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. And along with the announcement, some new images of what the attraction will entail, including details on previously unheard of rides, have also been revealed.
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For those out there who are both hardcore fans of Star Wars and frequent attendees of Disney theme parks, today brings some good news for the developing update that will be Star Wars Land.
As we’ve known for awhile now that Disneyland and Disneyworld, specifically Disney’s Hollywood Studios section, will be getting a huge new attraction in the form of a section dedicated entirely to Star Wars. It’s going to take years for this attraction to be built, but we’ve seen various renderings of what kind of experience this new part of the park will offer.
Now a new piece of concept art shows us how Star Wars Land will shimmer at night, and we also have word that one particular update to the Star Wars experience at Disney theme parks will arrive long before Star Wars Land opens. Find out more about the Star Wars Land details after the jump. Read More »
For Doctor Who fans, having a Christmas special featuring their favorite time traveler is one of the best things about the holiday season. Thankfully, the Doctor Who 2016 Christmas special is on the way, and it even has a superhero twist for all you comic book movie fans out there. The special is called The Return of Doctor Mysterio and it’s just been revealed to get a theatrical release here in the United States.
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This week brought the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and fans of the original animated movie from 1991 couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. In fact, so many of them watched the trailer in the first 24 hours that it ended up breaking a world record. But we’ll get to that after the jump.
In addition, one of the fans who can’t wait to see the new Beauty and the Beast decided to take the trailer and line it up with footage from the original animated movie. After you watch it, you’ll see just how perfectly the live-action movie emulates the modern classic.
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Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Shanghai Disneyland breaks ground on a new Toy Story-themed land.
- Michael J. Fox poses with the DeLorean at Universal Studios.
- You can now meet Doctor Strange at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- New images show off the construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland.
- Watch the latest World of Color nighttime show.
- Shanghai Disneyland has already been visited by four million people.
- Donald Trump will be added to the Hall of Presidents next year.
- And more!
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First and foremost, /Film is all about movies. But as entertainment has evolved over the years, we’ve come to embrace the cinematic nature of popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld, the influential place that Saturday Night Live holds in entertainment, and the immersive experience that theme parks provide in an attempt to help us escape into the movies as best they can.
So today, we bring you an astounding creation by an architect named Dave Sheegog that will have Disneyland fans impressed to the max. The architect, who is also an avid model railroad collector, has created a 1/20 scale model of Disneyland, complete with the train that runs through the theme park. Check out the Disneyland model after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you ever want to know the future of theme parks, you’ve got to look to the patents. Every ride system and every piece of technology that can be incorporated into an attraction or show first exists as a patent, a dry design with an even drier description that feels like it was specifically designed to sound as boring as possible. It’s a great way to hide in plain sight – to read about exciting theme park advancements that may be on the horizon is to also be bored out of your mind.
Over the past year or so, Disney has been steadily filing patents for various drone designs and it looks like we’ll finally start to seeing the fruits of those plans this holiday season. In addition to fireworks and projection mapping, drones are coming to Disney theme park’s nighttime entertainment and the first video teaser for a mysterious new show has arrived.
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Some of the most hardcore cinephiles dream of one day being on a film set. Having been fortunate enough to have this experience a decent amount of times, I can tell you that it’s a mixed bag of satisfaction. While it’s undoubtedly surreal and often cool to be on a movie set, a lot of people don’t realize that most of the time spent on a movie set is just standing around waiting for things to happen.
However, for those of you who are still dead set on checking out a movie set, it’s not impossible. In fact, there are some very recognizable on-location movie sets that were abandoned after production was completed, and you can still check them out to this day. Find out about these abandoned movie set locations after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
While the theme park rights to the Marvel superheroes continue to prove complicated in the United States, the first Marvel-themed Disney attraction is finally set to open its doors at Hong Kong Disneyland early next year.
That ride is Iron Man Experience, an attraction that will invite guests to take flight with the iconic Avenger through a storyline where surely nothing will go wrong. A new promotional video has arrived to further tease the project and in addition to the talking heads of people who actually worked on the ride, they broke out Stan Lee for the occasion.
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