"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" now serves hot Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks.

If you’ve ever been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then you know that frozen Butter Beer is one of the best drinks of all time. Guests visiting Universal Studios Hollywood will now get the option of a hot version of the beverage to the seasonal menu at the Three Broomsticks. Hit the jump to learn more.
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jimmy fallon ride

Universal Studios‘ greatest gift may also be its greatest curse. While Disney theme parks move at a notoriously slow pace, Universal creative is constantly on the ball, updating their parks and adding new attractions and viewing almost nothing as a sacred cow. The result: parks that are constantly evolving, pushing the envelope, and giving visitors something new to experience, like the warmly received Skull Island: Reign of Kong. It also means attractions like the upcoming Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, a ride concept that feels like the result of accountants and market testing more than anything else.

And yet, here I am, eagerly looking at the new details Universal has released about their new Jimmy Fallon ride. Because even when the subject matter isn’t my cup of tea, a new Universal Studios ride always has my attention.

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Ghostbusters Extended Cut

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A new Ghostbusters ride is coming to Germany’s Heide Park.
  • Universal Studios is developing an entire theme park land for the Minions.
  • Season of the Force is finally heading to Disneyland Paris.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland’s Iron Man Experience is approaching its opening date.
  • Animal Kingdom’s Avatar-themed land is truly taking shape.
  • Disneyland previews footage and costumes from Doctor Strange.
  • Universal extends Halloween Horror Nights.
  • And more!

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nemo-and-friends-searider

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The much-maligned Stitch’s Great Escape attraction goes seasonal.
  • Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents will shut down in January to prepare for the next audio-animatorinc commander-in-chief.
  • A new proposal sheds more light on the original version of Epcot.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of Disneyland’s new Halloween attractions.
  • Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are getting new attractions based on Finding Nemo and Zootopia.
  • Updates on season pass information for Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood adds more characters from The Simpsons.

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Indiana Jones Funko POP Vinyl

If you like to collect some of Funko’s endless array of POP! Vinyls, then you might know that there is an exclusive Indiana Jones figure available at Disney Parks stores (at the actual park) while supplies last. It’s modeled after his appearance in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with the figure holding one of the Sankara stones and a machete. The only problem is it’s impossible to find, and sales online have seen the figure selling for upwards of $80.

However, if you’re in the market for a cheaper Indiana Jones Funko POP Vinyl figure, then we have good news. There’s another Disney Parks exclusive figure coming, but this time it will be made available for purchase online. Check it out after the jump! Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 concept art

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disneyland is finally ending Season of the Force.
  • Shanghai Disneyland’s TRON ride gets a sponsored interactive area.
  • The Haunted Mansion restores one of its original features.
  • Disney files a patent for more theme park drone technology.
  • Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reveal their holiday line-ups.
  • More updates on those Guardians of the Galaxy rides.
  • Trivia on the new entrance for the Incredible Hulk Coaster.
  • New photos from Animal Kingdom’s upcoming Avatar land.

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Star Wars Land

As construction on Star Wars Land has gone vertical in Anaheim, we are beginning to learn more information about Disneyland’s upcoming immersive spaceport experience. The ride queues for the land’s two E-ticket attractions will feel less like a long line and more like a storytelling experience that brings park visitors through many different environments. Also, word has it that the Stormtrooper Battle Escape ride will involve you having to abandon your ride vehicle mid-ride and make a run for it away from oncoming First Order Stormtroopers. All this and more in the latest Star Wars Land update, after the jump.
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Walt Disney and Disneyland tv series

Agent Carter Showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have sold an hour-long dramatic television series pitch to Disney-owned network ABC, that is “based on the Disney theme park mythology.” As a Disneyland fanatic, this excites me, even though I can’t quite comprehend what this even means.

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The Collector's Fortress model
A massive transformation is now underway now at Disney California Adventure park, as the Hollywood Tower Hotel (the building that houses Twilight Zone’s Tower Of Terror) is being remodeled into The Collector’s Fortress. The lettering has been removed, and the building is now covered with scaffolding. Tower of Terror will make its final drop later this year, which doesn’t give the Walt Disney Imagineers much time to transform the attraction into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opening Summer 2017.

To prepare for The Collector’s arrival in Disney California Adventure, the mouse house has released a new video giving us an extensive look at the new attraction building. Hit the jump to check out The Collector’s Fortress.
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The Muppets live show

Over the weekend, The Muppets new live show debuted at Disney World’s the Magic Kingdom. The Muppets Present The Great Moments in History has had its grand opening but if you can’t get down to Orlando Florida, don’t worry — we have videos of both of the different shows for you to watch remotely. Hit the jump to see The Muppets live show from Walt Disney World.

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