Jurassic World Live Show

Universal kicked off a Fast and Furious Live show this month in London, and it’s just the beginning of a tour taking the adrenaline-fueled action of the blockbuster film franchise to arenas around the world. But if fast cars and stunts aren’t your jam, Universal has another live show that might be up your alley.

Feld Entertainment Inc. and Universal Brand Development have announced a Jurassic World Live tour kicking off in the fall of 2019 in the United States before going on a worldwide tour. They’ll be bringing dinosaurs up to 40-feet long to life thanks to sophisticated animatronics and performer-operated characters. Find out more about the Jurassic World Live show below. Read More »

Disney Theme Park in the Snow

The recent North American cold wave may have finally dissipated, but just because the blizzard is over in the U.S. and Canada doesn’t mean other parts of the world are safe from disruptive weather. In some places, shirtless and pantsless theme park denizens like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck still find themselves retreating indoors to escape the ravages of cold weather.

Until the next ice age comes, one thing Floridians and Californians will likely never get the chance to see in their own backyard is what a Disney park looks like in snow. This week, Tokyo was hit by its heaviest snowstorm in years and while Tokyo Disneyland already has a seasonal event going on right now called “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy,” the park was blanketed in real snow on Monday.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • What possible downside could there be to a $1,000 bonus for Universal employees?
  • Find out more about the new projection-mapping experience coming to Florida’s Harry Potter castle.
  • Are monorails running through Future World at Epcot about to become a thing of the past?
  • Get the lowdown on what the dining situation in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge could be.
  • Are you ready to kick it with Kung Fu Panda at Universal Studios Hollywood?
  • And more!

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The Dark Knight 10th Anniversary Screening

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years since The Dark Knight blew audiences away. Christopher Nolan crafted one of the finest comic book sequels ever made. Hell, he crafted one of the best blockbusters ever made. It’s just a fantastic film all around.

If you haven’t gotten enough of the movie in your repeated viewings on Blu-ray/DVD or on HBO or TNT, fear not, because the 10th anniversary of The Dark Knight will bring the film back to select theaters. However, you might find it difficult to catch it if you don’t live on the East coast. Read More »

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge images

We’re one year closer to the official opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s upcoming Star Wars theme park land that opens at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019. And while we’ve seen some concept art for the park and some of its attractions already, there’s still plenty of information yet to be revealed.

Now we have some new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge images and a few other details courtesy of a batch of trading cards that were handed out at Star Wars Launch Bay at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Take a closer look below.
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Lucasfilm Expanded Universe

Update: Leland Chee has responded to this story via Twitter, and we’ve embedded his tweets at the bottom of this article. Our original article follows.

It’s been over a month since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so you’re all probably very familiar with the complaints about the movie by now. One of the most popular sounds something like this: “The Luke Skywalker I know would never act like that.” Basic translation: “I read a ton of novels featuring that character in which he behaves totally differently than he does in this movie.” Those novels were part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, a collection of Lucasfilm-approved stories that was stricken from the official canon when Disney bought Lucasfilm and rebranded into what’s now called Star Wars Legends.

We heard an official explanation about why the company decided to set the EU aside when that decision was made back in 2014, but now one of the Lucasfilm Story Group members has given a much more specific justification for their reasoning in a new interview. Check out the latest Lucasfilm Expanded Universe explanation below.
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star wars galaxy's edge planet

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • What’s it like to ride the monorail at Disney World with the door hanging wide open?
  • Find out about the connection between Disney Springs and Prohibition-era rum-runners.
  • See time-lapse satellite imagery of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge construction site.
  • A new patent would seem to indicate lightsaber-wielding could be in the future for Disney parkgoers.
  • Calling all Dick Tracy fans. Come in, Dick Tracy fans …
  • And more!

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Walt's Frozen Head trailer

In 2013, a low-budget independent movie called Escape From Tomorrow made headlines as the first feature film to shoot at Walt Disney World without getting the proper approval from Disney beforehand. You can read Peter Sciretta’s full review here, but it’s a trippy, disorienting, disturbing piece of experimental filmmaking, showing a dark side to the “Happiest Place on Earth” that a family-friendly company like The Mouse House couldn’t have been pleased about (even though they ultimately didn’t sue to stop the movie’s limited release).

Now comes The Further Adventures of Walt’s Frozen Head, another indie movie shot “illegally” inside Disney World without permission, and this one actually features Walt himself as a character – or at least his floating and talking head, anyway. Watch the trailer below.
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peter pan

Remember the ’90s? It was a golden age where almost anything was possible, including a Michael Jackson Peter Pan theme park. Jackson commissioned a Disneyland-like theme park that was entirely devoted to Peter Pan, and several designs were drawn up, but the idea eventually faded away. More details on the Michael Jackson Peter Pan theme park are below.

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disney world fastpass magicband

Walt Disney World Resort is testing a new program that will give higher level hotel guests the option to purchase additional FastPass reservations, which signals a huge change to Disney’s theme park system. Is this a good thing? Certainly if you have the large disposable income required to stay on the Club Level at one of the couple the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts, but it creates a class system that puts average Disney World guests at a disadvantage.

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