In 2010, Universal Studios Florida opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an expansion of their already successful theme park, and it quickly became one of the most trafficked attractions in the world. Huge crowds have filled the area ever since and Universal quickly realized they wanted to expand.
That expansion, modeled after the Potter area Diagon Alley, is set to open over this Summer and earlier this week, they announced a bunch of specific details about it. The most exciting one is the name of the area’s signature thrill ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, as well as huge list of stores that will be in the area including The Leaky Cauldron, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, Magical Menagerie, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Quality Quidditch Supplies, Knockturn Alley, and Borgin and Burkes just to name a few. And there will also be a Hogwarts Express riding around.
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Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Get your glasses on, because we’ve got a lot to look at in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump:
- Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys hits DVD
- Peruse some gorgeous fan-made posters for Episode VII
- … and some others for Episodes IV through VI
- Check out more making-of photos from the original trilogy
- See Darth Vader ride a unicycle while playing the bagpipes
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When you think of filmmakers who build unique, vast worlds, five that certainly come to mind are Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Ridley Scott. Which is why the Hero Complex Gallery chose those five men as the subjects of Imagined Worlds, their latest exhibit at the Los Angeles based art gallery. Dozens of artists from around the world have chosen some of the filmmaker’s films to interpret through their own vision, creating a unique blend of creativity straddling the line of fandom and homage. The show opens Friday January 17 and remains open though February 2. Check out some images below. Read More »
The battle between Disney and Universal is at the forefront of this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming to Disneyland.
- A new hint has surfaced at the closing of Captain EO.
- Last week marked the 27th anniversary of Star Tours.
- The CEO of Comcast, which owns Universal, says they’re really pushing theme parks.
- Photos from the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as multiple upgrades at Universal Hollywood.
- A new hotel is opening at Universal Studios Orlando.
- Maleficent gets a new float in a Walt Disney World parade.
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Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
No, the header image isn’t from an impending Star Wars-Disney crossover — it’s just a fun bit of fan art. You can see the full image, plus the artist’s takes on Darth Vader and Princess Leia, after the jump. Also:
- Clone Wars‘ Darth Maul will get a proper sendoff — in comics.
- Are these the “top 10 Star Wars moments of 2013″?
- Watch a short film by a pre-Star Wars George Lucas.
- Peter Mayhew has a bunch of awesome old set photos.
- See baddies in action in a new Star Wars Rebels still.
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After years of rumor, conjecture and controversy, January 10, 2014 marks the day Disney finally broke ground on the brand-new Avatar Land. It’ll be a full day- and nighttime area of Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL co-designed and imagined by James Cameron himself. The aim is to have the area open in 2017, which would be between the planned release dates of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in December 2016 and 2017.
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Well before Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the two companies had a great relationship. Disney Parks were full of Lucasfilm properties, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and that’s only become more prominent under the recent deal. The latest Disney/Lucasfilm collaboration is a brand new set of Indiana Jones Vinylmations.
Vinylmations are an exclusive Disney collectible featuring various characters on 3 inch bodies shaped like Mickey Mouse. They started with Disney characters, but have since gone all over the map, to The Avengers, Star Wars, artistic designs and more. The Indy ones were released Friday at the Disney Store and park locations. They are just beyond cool. Check them out below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Alien movies are creepy and terrifying, and no sane person would actually want to live through (or, as often as not, die from) the characters’ terrifying ordeals. But the characters designed by H.R. Giger are fascinating ones, and it’s tough to imagine any sci-fi fan not wanting to get a closer look. If cocktails are also involved, all the better.
The creature designer has already opened up two bars based on his creations, both in Switzerland, and according to a new report may now open a third in the U.S. as part of the Sci-Fi Hotel. Details like “when” and “where” are still being worked out, but it’ll be an “immersive” experience like the other ones. Hit the jump for more details.
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