super nintendo world

Some new Super Nintendo World concept art has appeared online, giving us a much clearer idea of what to expect from Universal Studios upcoming Nintendo-themed land. The images also reveal where the first United States version of the theme park land will be constructed. Hit the jump to find out.

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studio ghibli theme park

Japanese theme parks have been in the news a lot as of late. We recently reported on the news of Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan (Forget about playing Mario Kart – soon you will be able to live the game Mario Kart). We also recently reported on a new attraction called Nemo & Friends SeaRider, developed by Pixar exclusively for Tokyo DisneySea.

In the midst of all this, it was announced that a Studio Ghibli theme park is coming to Japan just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Ghibli, of course, is the animation powerhouse behind such films as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. It has often been likened to Disney, with IMDb even listing “the Japanese Walt Disney” as an official nickname for the studio’s co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki.

Yet the Ghibli park promises to be a very different kind of experience, informed by the environmental sensibilities of Miyazaki’s films. A theme park that values immersion and harmony with nature over thrills has deep roots in the filmmaker’s thematic concerns.

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super nintendo world

Universal Studios Japan held a special event to announce the first official details about their upcoming Nintendo theme park land, Super Nintendo World. Keep on reading to learn the details that were revealed about the land’s signature ride and watch the first commercial, which gives us a peek at the new land.

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christmas in the wizarding world of harry potter hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood made a couple of big announcements this morning, including:

  • Christmas will be coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a “dazzling light projection show, festive holiday décor and holiday-themed food and beverages.”
  • Shrek 4D is being replaced with DreamWorks Theatre, which will kickstart with a new Kung Fu Panda attraction.

Find all of the details below.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Easter eggs

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout opened last week at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. And as you probably know at this point, Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) has a lot of cool things in his collection, which means the attraction queue is filled with easter eggs and references to Marvel movies, comics, television shows and even Disney theme park attractions and characters.

Here is a round-up of all the cool Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout easter eggs and references that we’ve noticed thus far. This includes over 80 items – so get comfortable.

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volcano bay

Last week, Universal Studios Orlando Resort opened their third theme park and I was there to experience it in person. Volcano Bay is not just the company’s first water park, but Universal’s second experiment in what might be the future of theme parks. Imagine going to a theme park and never having to wait in long lines to ride the attractions. Imagine a theme park where a good portion of the land wasn’t wasted on long switchback queues, leaving the room for more attractions and experiences. This is the future Universal is promising.

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The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

While Disney and Universal continue to lock horns in the theme park cold war that promises to bring all kinds of ambitious goodness to parkgoers in the coming years, the Mouse has the advantage in one key area: nighttime entertainment. For many visitors, a day at Disney is not complete without an evening fireworks show, which means that people stick around (and spend more money) waiting for it to happen.

But Universal, always happy to dig into their rival’s share of the pie, is finally looking to battle Disney in this arena. We already knew that a new nighttime show called The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle was coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood, but now footage of the show in action has arrived online.

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avengers hatch at disney california adventure

Disneyland Resort held the grand opening of their first Marvel-themed attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout last week (read our reaction here). Something new has popped up outside the attraction — an Avengers hatch of unknown origin. What does it mean? Let’s try to uncover the mystery of the Avengers hatch at Disney California Adventure, after the jump.

Updated: We now have a video of the SHIELD agents in action.

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In just five days, I have visited Disney World’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar, experienced Universal Orlando’s third theme park Volcano Bay, and the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. I’ll have more on Volcano Bay and AvatarLand next week, but today, I wanted to give you my quick reaction to Mission Breakout. How does Marvel’s first step into North American Disney Parks compare to the former and beloved attraction it replaced, The Twilight Zones Tower of Terror?

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guardians of the galaxy mission breakout

After five months of extensive renovation and refurbishment, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure has completed its transformation into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! and will open its doors in just a few days. In fact, our own Peter Sciretta will be previewing the ride today and interviewing a few of the folks involved in the process of bringing this attraction to life (including Guardians of the Galaxy movie director James Gunn). So if you want to know more, we’ll be bringing you a lot more very soon.

But if you want something right now, we’ve also got you covered. New footage from the attraction has arrived online, offering a more extensive look at the elaborate queue as well as snippets of footage from the ride itself.

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