The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Take a very close look at the new The Walking Dead Attraction and read an early review.
  • Learn how and when you can audition for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Universal Studios doubles down on The Secret Life of Pets.
  • Disney introduces more Star Wars into its parks as Star Wars Land takes shape.
  • Universal is testing VR headsets for future attractions.
  • A new video teases the technology of Pandora: The Land of Avatar.
  • The history of Disney’s scrapped Virginia theme park.
  • And more!

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First up, a new Ghostbusters gadgets featurette focuses on the new gadgets and technology, from the updated proton packs and ghost traps to all-new gadgets like proton grenades and a “ghost shotgun” and more. Then after you’re done checking out the gadgets, get a small taste of what it’s like to wield some of that new tech with a sneak peek at the Ghostbusters VR experience from The Void. Check out both Ghostbsuters videos after the jump. Read More »

The Walking Dead attraction

The Walking Dead universe is a pretty grim place. When characters aren’t outrunnning hungry hordes of the undead, they’re trying to outmaneuver living people who might be even more vicious and violent. If they manage to survive all that, they might find they’ve lost their own souls in the process — a lifetime of threats and heartbreaking decisions will do that to a person. No sane person would choose to live in a world that brutal.

But visit for a few minutes at a time? That, people might go for. Indeed, plenty of people already have — the Walking Dead maze has proven immensely popular during Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. So the theme park is getting ready to ignore those “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” warnings and fling the doors open year-round. Now you can check out a full video walkthrough of the permanent attraction, days before it officially opens to the public on Monday, July 4Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy EPCOT ride rumor

Last month a rumor began to circulate that Disney was planning to redo Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as a Guardians of the Galaxy ride. As ridiculous as that sounded, we had heard the rumblings from enough sources to believe that Disney Imagineering was considering it at the very least. A new rumor claims that Disney is trying to bring the Guardians of the Galaxy to Walt Disney World Resort in EPCOT’s Future World. But don’t worry, it won’t be replacing a cool ride like Spaceship Earth. Hit the jump to learn the Guardians of the Galaxy EPCOT ride rumor details.

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Ghostbusters Lyft

If you’re going to be traveling around New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington D.C. this weekend, maybe you want to spice up your rides around those cities by taking a cruise in the new Ecto-1 from this summer’s Ghostbusters reboot. Lyft is making that happen for two days this holiday weekend.

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It appears this battle is now coming to a close, but not in favor of George Lucas. Reportedly, the ongoing debate and controversy has run its course, and Lucas is now looking at other possible locations for the museum back on the West Coast. Find out more about the George Lucas museum debacle after the jump. Read More »