skull island reign of kong

If your love of movies and your love of theme parks overlap, then Theme Park Bits is the news round-up for you. In today’s edition:

  • Universal Studios reveals a whole bunch of new Skull Island: Reign of Kong details.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at California Adventure’s new Frozen show.
  • Universal Studios raises their ticket prices, just in time for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • The Walking Dead is getting a permanent home at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland just got a bit more comfy.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios has carved out a new area for the Muppets.

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The Toothsome Chocolate Factory - Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

I’m sure I was like many other children, watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and imagining what it would be like to visit this fictional candy wonderland. Well now news comes that Universal Studios will be building a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as part of their Universal Orlando resort. And coincidentally, Warner Bros has announced that they will be launching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical on Broadway in spring 2017. Learn details on both of these projects, after the jump.

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In today’s edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood announces a new Walking Dead attraction coming this summer. See concept art and a teaser trailer.
  • Pixar’s Inside Out is coming to Walt Disney World resort’s EPCOT.
  • And see some new photos from inside Shanghai Disneyland, which opens in just a few months.

Grab your FastPass and enter this e-ticket ride.

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Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

Walt Disney Imagineering has released the first video of Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, a new ride that will replace Luigi’s Flying Tires in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land. They have also announced that the new attraction will open on March 7th 2016. Hit the jump to watch the Luigis Rollicking Roadsters ride video and learn more.

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Skull Island Reign Of Kong photos

Universal Orlando will soon be adding a Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The theme park revealed some concept art for the upcoming attraction this past Summer, and now construction on Skull Island in Orlando has progressed to a point where Universal is showing us a first look at the actual attraction, while giving us a behind the scenes look at the ride’s creation and the story behind the new park experience. Hit the jump to watch the behind the scenes video and see the first Skull Island Reign Of Kong photos.

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new star wars fireworks show

It’s been about six months since Star Wars Land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts was first announced at D23, and in that time we’ve come up with tons of questions and not very many answers. That didn’t exactly change with tonight’s big Star Wars Land preview on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 special — we still don’t know when exactly it’ll open, and we don’t know that much about what rides, stores, etc. to expect — but we did get a better sense of what the themed area will look like.

A whole bunch of new Star Wars Land concept art was revealed during the show, teasing a Millennium Falcon attraction, a Star Wars-themed street market, a cantina, a dinner club, and much more. Flip through the gallery of Star Wars Land concept art, and watch a video of the Star Wars Land presentation after the jump.  Read More »

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new star wars fireworks show

The opening of Star Wars Land is still few years away, but Disney is trying to stoke the excitement by introducing new Star Wars experiences into the domestic theme parks. To promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they added a segment to Star Tours and introduced Star Wars Launch Bay into Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, each with exhibits, shops, meet and greets with Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, and more. Over at Anaheim we also got a redesign of Space Mountain called Hyperspace Mountain, while Orlando got a Star Wars-themed firework show called “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular.”

Well, it seems like that was just the beginning. We’ve already heard that Captain Phasma will soon join Kylo Ren and the First Order in Disney parks, and now the company has announced that they will also introduce a new stage show called “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” beginning on April 4th 2016 and a night-time fireswork spectacular called “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” this summer. Find out more information on the new Star Wars fireworks show after the jump.

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dragon alley hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood’s West Coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to have its grand opening in just a couple months (though if you’ve visited the park last week you might have caught one of their early soft openings). It’s no secret that Universal would like their theme parks around the world to mirror each other, thus providing the same “universal,” pun intended, experience.

And one of the worst kept secrets in the theme park world is that Universal Studios Hollywood is supposedly planning to expand their Wizarding World to include the Diagon Alley expansion that opened in summer 2014 in Universal Studios Orlando. But where will Diagon Alley Hollywood be located and what attractions will it include? Will guests be able to ride the Hogwarts Express in Hollywood?

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

J.K. Rowling‘s original Harry Potter book series ended in 2007, and the Harry Potter film series followed not too long after in 2011. But the Harry Potter franchise is as robust and productive as ever. In fact, 2016 is already shaping up to be a huge year for Potterheads. Not only do we have a spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming this fall, we’ve also got the imminent opening of Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this spring and the West End debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.

Of course, all that magic tends to add up. And if your Gringotts vault isn’t exactly overflowing with Galleons, you’ll make sure you want to spend your money wisely. So today, we’ve got a closer look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, and some news about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book due to hit shelves. Yes, you read that right: we’re getting an eighth Harry Potter book.  Read More »