Disneyland Model

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 »

disney world drones

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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iron man ride

While the theme park rights to the Marvel superheroes continue to prove complicated in the United States, the first Marvel-themed Disney attraction is finally set to open its doors at Hong Kong Disneyland early next year.

That ride is Iron Man Experience, an attraction that will invite guests to take flight with the iconic Avenger through a storyline where surely nothing will go wrong. A new promotional video has arrived to further tease the project and in addition to the talking heads of people who actually worked on the ride, they broke out Stan Lee for the occasion.

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volcano bay trailer

The Universal Studios theme parks built their reputation on allowing guests to “ride the movies” and that continues to be its main appeal. Only now, five-minute rides through your favorite films in the Universal catalog have given way to immersive experiences that allow you to wander through lands that transport you into fantastical worlds like J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the long-lost Skull Island, and, uh, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

That’s why Universal’s newest addition to its Florida resort is so fascinating. Volcano Bay is a departure from its sister parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure) in that it’s a water park, but it’s also a completely original concept that isn’t based on any kind of licensed property. A new teaser video dwells on the chief selling point here: a relaxing experience build on some fairly astonishing technology.

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"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 »

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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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