star wars secrets of the empire

Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and The VOID are giving you the chance to truly travel to a galaxy far, far away with the Star Wars Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience, debuting at Walt Disney World Resort in December and at the Disneyland Resort in January.

Dubbed a “hyper-reality” experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire takes users on a risky mission going undercover as stormtroopers to retrieve Imperial intelligence. Not sold? Lucasfilm has just released a trailer for the experience and has opened ticket sales.

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Power Rangers Live

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the action adventure television series that was imported from Japan, adapted for American audiences, and has since expanded into 19 different iterations of the super powered action heroes. How would you like to celebrate the long legacy of Power Rangers with a live show?

Power Rangers Live is a new interactive, mixed media stage production intended for the whole family, bringing all the action-packed stunts and epic martial arts from one of the longest running programs in TV history to a stage in front of your eyes. Find out when and where you can see Power Rangers Live below. Read More »

Disney Spider-Man Ride

Is Disneyland working on a new Spider-Man ride? A new patent hints that we could see an attraction in Disney California Adventure’s upcoming Marvel-themed land that would allow guests to swing through the skyscrapers of Marvel Studios’ Manhattan. See details of the potentially new Disney Spider-Man ride below.

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(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: on its 35th birthday, Walt Disney World’s Epcot remains inspiring and frustrating.)

“EPCOT Center is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative genius. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.”  This dedication, provided by E. Cardon Walker in October of 1982, was both grandiose and utterly appropriate to what the second theme park in Orlando’s Walt Disney World resort strived to be. Yesterday, the park celebrated its 35th anniversary, so there’s no better time to look at the park as it is now, and wonder why it’s altered quite so much.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Hear a lifesize Donald Duck and Mickey and Minnie Mouse talk.
  • See a new exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy collectible only available at Disney Parks.
  • What does the Day of the Dead look like at a Disney park?
  • See video of a couple of the mazes inside Knott’s Scary Farm.
  • Epcot is celebrating its 35th anniversary on October 1.
  • Shanghai Disneyland’s inaugural Halloween event has begun.
  • And more!

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Lionsgate is teaming with Parques Reunidos to bring a Lionsgate-branded indoor entertainment center to New York City’s Times Square in 2019. Lionsgate Entertainment City will feature 13 different attractions aimed at teens and young adults.

Among the offerings featured, there will be:

  • Mad Men themed “dining and lounge experience.”
  • a Hunger Games flying simulator attraction
  • a Divergent-themed obstacle course
  • John Wick: Chapter Two shooting ride where fans will fire fake guns at a series of assailants
  • a 4D film and live theater (which I’m assuming could be easily switched out with new content)
  • a Lionsgate Café
  • a Hunger Games-inspired Peeta’s Bakery and The Capitol Confectionery
  • the first-ever Lionsgate Studio Store
  • and virtual reality entertainment, including a Nerve VR motorcycle experience.

Find out more about Lionsgate Entertainment City, after the jump.

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max landis Space Mountain script

With the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it’s a wonder that Disney hasn’t forced movie adaptations of every single one of their theme park rides into existence. On the other hand, 2015’s Tomorrowland (not to mention 2003’s The Haunted Mansion) was a sign that not every theme park adaptation is a guaranteed hit, so it’s unsurprising that Disney would tread cautiously.

Enter: Space Mountain, one of Disney’s most popular and long-running rides and the subject of a screenplay by Max Landis. Unfortunately, Landis never got his movie off the ground, and the Max Landis Space Mountain script remains unseen. Well, for the most part — Landis is still pretty chatty about his long-dead project.

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, director Ridley Scott breaks down his favorite scene from the original Blade Runner. Plus, see a fanmade trailer that pits Batman against the monstrous Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and see what it would have been like if Bender from Futurama were HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read More »

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See what a Nightmare Before Christmas ride might have looked like, as envisioned by one Imagineer
  • Cars characters get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up at Disney’s California Adventure
  • The Star Wars: Galactic Nights event is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Get details on how Universal Studios and Legoland are incorporating VR worldwide
  • The parent company of Louis Vuitton is bringing a steampunk theme park to Paris
  • Details for Tokyo Disneyland’s 35th-anniversary celebration have been announced
  • And more!

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Fast and Furious live tour dates

The Fast and Furious franchise has established itself as a global phenomenon by now, and while the studio (and star Tyrese Gibson) wonder about the next steps to take with the movies themselves, Universal is extending the brand out into an “epic live arena show” so fans can check out the tire-squealing, rubber-burning action in person. Oh, and franchise star Vin Diesel is reprising his role as Dom Toretto in a video for the show, just in case you were wondering just how connected to the movie world this show will be.

Now the first Fast and Furious Live tour dates have finally been announced, and you can check out the first trailer for the experience below.
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