little kylo ren at disney world

Sure, Disney theme parks can be expensive, a day of long lines and fun rides. But for me, the Disney theme parks are a magical place where, yes, an enormous big megacorporation, provides wonderfully immersive experiences for both young and old. In fact, Disney cast members are encouraged to create magical moments for their guests on a daily basis, and we typically don’t hear about or witness many of these experiences.

A new video making the rounds today features a little boy named Nicolas who visited Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park dressed in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren costume. While checking out the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay area, little Kylo was confronted by a squad of First Order Stormtroopers, who regularly patrol the area. When I visited this park earlier in the year, the Stormtroopers were so much in character that they wouldn’t stop to take a selfie with me as that was interfering with their mission. But when these First Order troopers saw young Nicolas as little Kylo Ren, they decided to give the child an experience of a lifetime. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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The Muppets live show

Around the time that it was rumored that Guardians of the Galaxy would be taking over Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which is now officially announced), it was also rumored that Disney World’s the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents would be getting a makeover incorporating The Muppets. The Muppets rumor turned out to be partially correct, but thankfully the puppet characters won’t be added to the classic Walt Disney attraction. Instead, they will be featured in a live show outside the famous hall. Hit the jump to learn about The Muppets live show.

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Skull Island: Reign of Kong is now open at Universal Studios’ Orlando resort’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Last month I got a chance to preview the new attraction and talk to some of the creative producers behind the new ride. Hit the jump to find out what I learned about this new ride and to get my reaction.

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More about Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Earlier this year, a rumor began to circulate that Disney was considering re-theming Disney California Adventure’s The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride into a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. At Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel Kevin Feige confirmed the rumor is true. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will be replacing Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure theme park in Summer 2017, coinciding with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Hit the jump for more details.

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ghostbusters ride

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A Ghostbusters ride is heading to Dubai.
  • Disney confirms that a new Muppets restaurant is one the way.
  • Watch the opening ceremony for Universal Studios’ Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • An update on the construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland.
  • A rumored location for Universal Studio’s The Secret Life of Pets ride.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings characters are now in Universal parks.
  • Tour Universal Orlando’s newest hotel.
  • New updates on Halloween events at both Disney and Universal.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Land concept art - The Star Wars Experience

Disney Parks has revealed a new concept art image of the upcoming Star Wars-themed land coming to Disneyland. This piece of art appeared today on the fence along Big Thunder Trail in Disneyland’s Frontierland, one of the future entry points to the Star Wars Experience.
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Movie Park Germany is getting a Star Trek ride.
  • The Muppets are supposedly getting a new show at Walt Disney World.
  • Construction on Universal’s new Fast and Furious ride is ongoing.
  • The Florida Tower of Terror gets a special event…
  • …while the California version prepared to get re-themed into Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Watch Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean stunt show.
  • Updates on new attractions coming to Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • And more!

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The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Take a very close look at the new The Walking Dead Attraction and read an early review.
  • Learn how and when you can audition for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Universal Studios doubles down on The Secret Life of Pets.
  • Disney introduces more Star Wars into its parks as Star Wars Land takes shape.
  • Universal is testing VR headsets for future attractions.
  • A new video teases the technology of Pandora: The Land of Avatar.
  • The history of Disney’s scrapped Virginia theme park.
  • And more!

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The Walking Dead attraction

The Walking Dead universe is a pretty grim place. When characters aren’t outrunnning hungry hordes of the undead, they’re trying to outmaneuver living people who might be even more vicious and violent. If they manage to survive all that, they might find they’ve lost their own souls in the process — a lifetime of threats and heartbreaking decisions will do that to a person. No sane person would choose to live in a world that brutal.

But visit for a few minutes at a time? That, people might go for. Indeed, plenty of people already have — the Walking Dead maze has proven immensely popular during Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. So the theme park is getting ready to ignore those “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” warnings and fling the doors open year-round. Now you can check out a full video walkthrough of the permanent attraction, days before it officially opens to the public on Monday, July 4Read More »