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 »

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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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Disneyland Paris Hyperspace Mountain

Disney is currently constructing Star Wars-themed lands in their Orlando and California theme parks, but what about the international Disney parks? When will they get the Star Wars love? A new rumor claims that Disneyland Paris might be getting a revamped version of Space Mountain that will incorporate an entirely new Star Wars storyline. Learn the details of a possible Disneyland Paris Hyperspace Mountain, after the jump.

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volcano bay

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios Florida reveals the first official details about their new Volcano Bay waterpark.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood is making room for new theme park attractions.
  • Disney’s California Adventure is now offering special packages for their Frozen show.
  • The original Soarin‘ has been officially replaced by Soarin’ Around the World.
  • New footage from Shanghai Disneyland has arrived online.

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the secret life of pets

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios is working on a theme park attraction based on The Secret Life of Pets.
  • New art showcasing Universal’s Volcano Bay waterpark has arrived.
  • Frozen Ever After is open at Epcot and video footage is here.
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter employees mourn the loss of a co-worker with a wand ceremony.
  • Disney promptly responds to last week’s alligator attack.
  • The first great footage from Shanghai Disneyland‘s Roaring Rapids ride is here.
  • The final remnants of Disneyland‘s Skyway ride is finally gone.

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disneyland shanghai 6

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch the entire Shanghai Disneyland grand opening gala…
  • …and the slightly less dynamic resort dedication ceremony.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood teases a new announcement.
  • Watch new video of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride in action.
  • Shanghai Disneyland attraction posters are here and they look great.
  • The Disney company grapples with a series of tragedies.
  • A cool look at the man behind the new Tomorrowland.
  • And more!

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skull island reign of kong

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal StudiosSkull Island: Reign of Kong has soft opened… and there’s ride footage.
  • The Shanghai Disneyland opening celebration will be televised.
  • Universal shows off its newest resort hotel.
  • Walt Disney World is expanding its Typhoon Lagoon waterpark.
  • More ride footage from Shanghai Disneyland arrives.
  • Disney is planning a Frozen show for its cruise lines.
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room is becoming a comic book.

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star wars land droids

We all know that Disney’s Star Wars theme park lands are going to be immersive. Specifically, we all know that they have to be immersive at the bare minimum if they want to compete with Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the current high water mark in theme park design. Knowing Disney, they will go out of their way and spend a lot of money to fight back against that boy wizard and reclaim their position at the top of this particular food chain. This theme park cold war is going to result in some mighty fine work. Whoever wins, we win.

While the two unnamed Star Wars lands are currently little more than big piles of dirt at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, a new video has given us a taste of just how far they may be willing push to the immersion factor. How about droids wandering the area, integrating with guests and their environment?

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hotel concept art 3

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Frozen Ever After reveals a heavily remodeled entrance.
  • New videos show off a hugely impressive entrance and queue for Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • Our best look yet at Shanghai Disneyland‘s fireworks show.
  • Disneyland announces a new hotel that will open in 2019.

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