Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Two weeks ago, one of the most un-secret secrets in the theme park industry was officially pushed into the spotlight: Universal Studios is teaming up with Nintendo to bring the iconic video game publisher’s characters to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan. Specific details were scarce, but there were promises of “expansive, immersive and interactive” attractions that would make you feel “as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.” Today, we still don’t know too much more than that, but the first piece of concept art for Nintendo Land has arrived, offering an early look at what the expect as well as the area’s full and proper name.
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While most of us are waiting for Pandora – The World of Avatar to open in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park, fans of James Cameron’s film now have another way to experience Pandora. Opening today in Taipei, Taiwan is Avatar: Discover Pandora, a new interactive exhibition inspired by the blockbuster movie. We’ve written about this exhibition in the past and seen concept art, but now that it has opened to the public, we have the first photos and video from the exhibit. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Back in 2015, we first learned that Universal Studios was teaming up with Nintendo to bring the video game company’s iconic characters and games into their theme parks. Details were scarce – which parks would feature Nintendo characters and how they’d be utilized remained unknown.
Today, the first official details have been revealed. Entire Nintendo-themed lands are being planned for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan and adjectives like “expansive,” “immersive” and “interactive are being tossed around. Hit the jump to learn about the Nintendo Worlds coming to Universal Studios theme parks.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
After years of construction and billions of dollars ($3.7 billion, to be exact), Shanghai Disneyland opened earlier this year, and it’s already looking like a huge success. Now, the Walt Disney Company can actually shift its focus to its myriad of other parks, many of which have been crying out for a little TLC for some time now.
While Disney parks all over the world are getting new attractions over the next few years, it looks like Hong Kong Disneyland will be getting the most love, with new lands centered around Marvel superheroes and Frozen, a live show based on Moana, and a brand new central castle.
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Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Seven years after it became the highest-grossing film in history, everybody spends more time talking about why no one talks about Avatar than talking about Avatar itself. That’s why the upcoming Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion coming the Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World feels like a bizarre combination of risky move and sure thing – building a theme park land around the most successful movie of all time certainly sounds like a license to print money until you remember that the film seems to have bounced off pop culture in the long run. They may have made less money, but Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Marvel are all embedded more deeply in the common psyche than James Cameron’s eco-centric science fiction epic. What if you build the most impressive theme park land ever devised and everyone shrugs?
That’s a question for the long term. Right now, your focus should be on the first footage of a Na’vi from one of the land’s attractions.
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For now, we’re expecting to see Avatar 2 released sometime in 2018. However, since the sequel to the 2009 international blockbuster has been delayed for years now, we’re not holding out breath. But the good news is, fans of James Cameron’s sci-fi world Pandora won’t have to wait that long to return to the lush forest planet.
At D23’s Destination D: Amazing Adventures, a kind of convention for Disney’s theme park devotees, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced that Pandora – The World of Avatar, will officially be opening next summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. And along with the announcement, some new images of what the attraction will entail, including details on previously unheard of rides, have also been revealed.
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For those out there who are both hardcore fans of Star Wars and frequent attendees of Disney theme parks, today brings some good news for the developing update that will be Star Wars Land.
As we’ve known for awhile now that Disneyland and Disneyworld, specifically Disney’s Hollywood Studios section, will be getting a huge new attraction in the form of a section dedicated entirely to Star Wars. It’s going to take years for this attraction to be built, but we’ve seen various renderings of what kind of experience this new part of the park will offer.
Now a new piece of concept art shows us how Star Wars Land will shimmer at night, and we also have word that one particular update to the Star Wars experience at Disney theme parks will arrive long before Star Wars Land opens. Find out more about the Star Wars Land details after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Shanghai Disneyland breaks ground on a new Toy Story-themed land.
- Michael J. Fox poses with the DeLorean at Universal Studios.
- You can now meet Doctor Strange at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- New images show off the construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland.
- Watch the latest World of Color nighttime show.
- Shanghai Disneyland has already been visited by four million people.
- Donald Trump will be added to the Hall of Presidents next year.
- And more!
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First and foremost, /Film is all about movies. But as entertainment has evolved over the years, we’ve come to embrace the cinematic nature of popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld, the influential place that Saturday Night Live holds in entertainment, and the immersive experience that theme parks provide in an attempt to help us escape into the movies as best they can.
So today, we bring you an astounding creation by an architect named Dave Sheegog that will have Disneyland fans impressed to the max. The architect, who is also an avid model railroad collector, has created a 1/20 scale model of Disneyland, complete with the train that runs through the theme park. Check out the Disneyland model after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you ever want to know the future of theme parks, you’ve got to look to the patents. Every ride system and every piece of technology that can be incorporated into an attraction or show first exists as a patent, a dry design with an even drier description that feels like it was specifically designed to sound as boring as possible. It’s a great way to hide in plain sight – to read about exciting theme park advancements that may be on the horizon is to also be bored out of your mind.
Over the past year or so, Disney has been steadily filing patents for various drone designs and it looks like we’ll finally start to seeing the fruits of those plans this holiday season. In addition to fireworks and projection mapping, drones are coming to Disney theme park’s nighttime entertainment and the first video teaser for a mysterious new show has arrived.
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