In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See video of the virtual reality animation for the new Great Lego Race coaster at Legoland Florida.
  • What does it mean if you hear a Cast Member say “Code H” at the Magic Kingdom?
  • Millennial pink isn’t just for millennials … soon everyone can show their Disney pride with it.
  • Universal Orlando has an early buy one, get one ticket special going for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Rides don’t always change for the better, but one Disney success story celebrated an anniversary this week.
  • And more!

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Jungle Cruise cast

Disney’s Jungle Cruise just added another passenger. British comedian Jack Whitehall will play Emily Blunt‘s brother in the adventure from director Jaume Collet-Serra. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars.

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Disney Developing a Disneyland Grad Nite Movie

It’s going to be a night to remember. No, not prom night — something far more exciting and far less renowned: Grad Nite.

Disney is reportedly developing a Disneyland Grad Nite movie, based on the long-running tradition wherein high school students get the entire theme park to themselves on the night after graduation.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get details on a slate of events planned through the end of this year at Universal Orlando.
  • Find out which characters you will be able to meet at Toy Story Land in Walt Disney World.
  • Disneyland’s Star Wars Nite is effectively the new “Star Wars Eve” for Star Wars Day 2018.
  • See video of the new animatronic redhead in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Magic Kingdom.
  • Was it “love conquers all” or “Marvel conquers all?” I can never remember the exact quote.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Batuu

When the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed lands open next year at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the setting will be the planet Batuu – a heretofore unseen area in Star Wars lore that’s located on the Outer Rim in a galaxy far, far away. But now Lucasfilm has revealed that the planet will first appear in a new book before guests get to explore the land up close and personal in the “real” world. Read More »

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4DX with ScreenX

4DX movie theaters haven’t quite taken off in the United States yet, but that’s not stopping 4D company CJ 4DPLEX from plowing ahead with a new innovation. That innovation: 4DX with ScreenX, which turns movie watching into something akin to a wonderful dream or a terrifying nightmare. Take your pick!

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Marvel Themed Lands Officially Announced For Three Disney Parks

When Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout was announced to be taking over The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, Disney Imagineers not-so-subtly hinted that this would be the beginning of a new Marvel-themed land coming to the Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park. It’s taken a while to get around to it, but today, Disney has finally confirmed that a Marvel-themed land will be coming to Disneyland Resort, and two other international Disney parks.

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Wakanda in Walt Disney World

Black Panther is an enormous hit at the box office, earning a whopping $1.18 billion in just five weeks of release. This week, the film should surpass The Avengers to become not only the largest grossing film from Disney’s Marvel Studios, but the highest grossing superhero film of all time. One of the things that all the critics and fans are talking about is the worldbuilding of the film, at the center of which is the fictional, secretive, and technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda.

After seeing the movie, I walked out saying that I wanted to visit Wakanda. And I’m not alone, as searches for travel to the non-existent country have skyrocketed on travel websites. I walked out of the movie theater speculating that Disney could build Wakanda in Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom park, which already features a land designed to immerse you in a modern African village. But rumors have turned to the more future and technology-focused Epcot park…but could one painting at a different theme park prevent Wakanda and Black Panther from appearing in Disney World?

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Hero Complex Gallery is doing spring the right way with the kind of Easter egg hunt that cinephiles like you and me enjoy the most.

Artists Ape Meets Girl (AKA Kevin M. Wilson) and Vance Kelly are teaming up for a special gallery show called Easter Eggs, and if you’re familiar with their artwork, like the Gremlins print we featured not too long ago, than you know exactly what to expect. Their artwork pays tribute not just to a single movie but dozens of movies by laying Easter eggs referencing other films throughout.

Hero Complex Gallery is playing this show pretty close to the vest, but they’ve exclusively given us two new pieces that will be debuting. One will make sci-fi fans very happy while the other one will be a must-have for any Quentin Tarantino Afficionado. Read More »

pirates of the caribbean ride changes

Update: Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean has re-opened today with its updated auction scene. You can check out video of the tweaked scene, and its new female pirate character, below.

Whenever Disney tampers with their most beloved and iconic theme park rides in any way, fans have the habit of decrying whatever adjustments are being made and shouting “Walt would never have approved this!” Sometimes, the outrage is justified. Sometimes, it’s not.

But it’s no wonder that news of a major alteration to a famous scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean rides is buried at the bottom of a blog post. This one is going to prove controversial – the “wench auction” is being removed and replaced with a new scene.

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