Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
If you want a picture of yourself partying it up at Disney World, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way: by sticking your arm out at an awkward angle and trying to hit the shutter button before you drop your phone.
The park has banned selfie sticks on rides, and is cracking down on guests who don’t listen. Hit the jump for more on the Disney World selfie sick ban. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Want to feel like a small, vulnerable fish in a big, scary sea? Who hasn’t, right? Well, starting in 2017 Disney will offer you the opportunity to enjoy that terrifying experience, with the opening of a Finding Dory ride at Tokyo Disney Resort. Get a first look at the Finding Dory ride after the jump. Read More »
I’ve always considered myself somewhat of a theme park and amusement park connoisseur, but at heart I’m a Disneyland fanatic. I’ve been a Disneyland annual passholder for as long as I’ve lived in Southern California. I’ve also had a Universal Hollywood annual pass a couple times, and have frequented their fantastic Halloween Horror Nights. But for whatever reason, I’ve never been to Knott’s Berry Farm, outside of eating at Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken Restaurant which sits right outside the park. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe its that friends have never seemed interested, and going to theme parks is for me a group experience. It might actually be that I’m a Disney snob and always looked at the park as some kind of small kiddie park. But it is also probably because I’ve never seen photos of a ride that got me interested enough to go there, until last week.
Knott’s Berry Farm’s newest attraction Voyage to the Iron Reef launched last week and the photos of the ride caught my attention. It didn’t look like another repurposed amusement attraction — it looked like a modern technologically-enhanced interactive dark ride akin to what we see from Disney and Universal. So I took a trip to Buena Park, California to encounter the Iron Reef myself. Read my Voyage to the Iron Reef review after the jump.
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Though Disney didn’t own Lucasfilm until 2012, the companies have always had a great relationship. In particular, they’ve enjoyed huge success in their theme parks. Both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando have Star Wars and Indiana Jones-themed attractions that entertain thousands of people every single day.
Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, there’s going to be more and more of both themed properties in the parks over the next few years. We’ve already heard tons of rumors and speculation about Star Wars being integrated into the parks. Now there’s even a small Indiana Jones expansion. A subtle, Indiana Jones-themed restaurant is scheduled to open at Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL. Read more and see some concept images of the Indiana Jones restaurant below. Read More »
Last night we were invited to “A Taste of Springfield” neighborhood block party celebrating the grand opening of the iconic world of Springfield, the hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, at Universal Studios Hollywood. The all-new themed environment surrounds The Simpsons Ride, placing park guests inside of the fictional town/city from the long-running animated series. And with 26 seasons of content to build out this world, Universal designers had a lot to pick and choose from.
After the jump you can see some photos from the grand opening event, as well as a look at the food from all the new resturants, including Duff Brewery, Moe’s Tavern, Lard Lad Donuts, Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlour.
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Last month we learned that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro‘s long-in-development big screen adaptation of Walt Disney’s classic theme park ride The Haunted Mansion. When del Toro announced the film at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con International, he revealed that the Hatbox Ghost would be a pivotal character in his adaptation. The hatbox ghost is a Disneyland legend, a character that appeared originally in the attraction but mysteriously disappeared shortly after the attraction’s debut. Good news for Disneyland fanatics like me, the Mouse House have finally brought the Hatbox Ghost back to his home over the weekend.
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It looks like Disney can’t win all the mega brands, as Japanese video game company Nintendo today announced plans to team with Universal Studios to bring their video game properties to life at Universal Parks & Resorts. But what might a Nintendo theme park look like?
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After years of rumors, Universal Studios has finally confirmed and announced the upcoming Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride for Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Orlando has released concept art of the new attraction alongside the first Skull Island: Reign of Kong trailer, teasing Kong’s return to Florida.
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The Fast and Furious franchise isn’t going anywhere. As Furious 7 continues its box office climb over $1 billion, the eighth film will hit theaters in 2017 and Universal Studios will soon open a ride based on the film.
That ride is called Fast and Furious: Supercharged and it opens June 25 at Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s an immersive experience that’s been integrated to the already famous and popular Universal Studio Tour Tram ride. Stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans are all part of the ride. Below, you can see a brand new making of video for the ride, including those actors. Read More »