harry potter video game ride

Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.

So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean is reportedly replacing Peter Pan in Fantasmic at Disneyland.
  • Season of the Force is heading to Disneyland Paris.
  • A Celebration of Harry Potter returns to Universal Orlando for year four.
  • Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium soft-opens amidst a lawsuit.
  • Notes on Animal Kingdom‘s ever-changing hours.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland rebounds, but it really wants that Iron Man attraction.
  • A first look at the new gingerbread house in this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  • The crazy true story of two guys who documented Epcot’s Horizons.
  • Walt Disney World’s Magic Bands may be getting an upgrade.
  • Yep, this year’s Disney parks Halloween merchandise is here.

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Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster

After being rumored for months, Marvel confirmed at Comic-Con that Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror would be replaced with a Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout ride in Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park. That’s not the only new Guardians of the Galaxy ride in the rumor mill, and the latest report claims a Guardians-themed roller coaster could be coming to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT.

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American Horror Story Hotel

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Tickets to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now.
  • American Horror Story will serve as the inspiration for another Halloween Horror Nights maze.
  • Two attractions at Epcot are set to close in September.
  • One of Universal Studios Hollywood’s oldest buildings is looking to close.
  • Disney reveals new vintage clothing.
  • A look at how Star Wars Land construction is changing RunDisney.
  • A bizarre (and very late) change to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

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real lightsabers

Disney has filed a patent that will put lightsabers in the hands of theme park guests, allowing them to wield them in ways never before seen — deflecting real laser blasts from animatronic stormtroopers and oncoming Imperial ships. Learn more about this possible Star Wars Land next generation real lightsabers experience, after the jump.

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Wreck It Ralph 2

The latest rumor in the Disney theme park rumor mill claims that the Lilo & Stitch-themed Stitch’s Great Escape! attraction in Walt Disney World resort’s the Magic Kingdom could be replaced with a virtual reality simulation ride based on Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph. Hit the jump to learn more about this latest rumor.
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • More Pandora: The World of Avatar details are coming soon.
  • A virtual reality haunted house is coming to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Disney is currently looking to cast Moana for theme park meet-and-greets.
  • Check out concept art for the Muppet-themed restaurant PizzeRizzo.
  • The Paint the Night Parade is staying put at Disneyland.

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The Daily Mail spotted Benicio Del Toro sporting what appears to be the hairpiece he wore for his role as Taneleer Tivan aka The Collector from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. According to the British newspaper, Del Toro was filming scenes for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in Los Angeles. Is The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? I don’t believe this to be the case.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan is getting visited by Death Eaters.
  • Universal Studios announces a trio of original Halloween Horror Nights mazes.
  • Disney patents a projector drone for potential nighttime shoes.
  • Big Thunder Mountain closes for refurbishment.
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade is ending very soon.
  • A quick look at the new way to enter Disneyland.

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