American Horror Story Hotel

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Tickets to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now.
  • American Horror Story will serve as the inspiration for another Halloween Horror Nights maze.
  • Two attractions at Epcot are set to close in September.
  • One of Universal Studios Hollywood’s oldest buildings is looking to close.
  • Disney reveals new vintage clothing.
  • A look at how Star Wars Land construction is changing RunDisney.
  • A bizarre (and very late) change to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

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real lightsabers

Disney has filed a patent that will put lightsabers in the hands of theme park guests, allowing them to wield them in ways never before seen — deflecting real laser blasts from animatronic stormtroopers and oncoming Imperial ships. Learn more about this possible Star Wars Land next generation real lightsabers experience, after the jump.

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Wreck It Ralph 2

The latest rumor in the Disney theme park rumor mill claims that the Lilo & Stitch-themed Stitch’s Great Escape! attraction in Walt Disney World resort’s the Magic Kingdom could be replaced with a virtual reality simulation ride based on Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph. Hit the jump to learn more about this latest rumor.
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pandora

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • More Pandora: The World of Avatar details are coming soon.
  • A virtual reality haunted house is coming to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Disney is currently looking to cast Moana for theme park meet-and-greets.
  • Check out concept art for the Muppet-themed restaurant PizzeRizzo.
  • The Paint the Night Parade is staying put at Disneyland.

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Benicia Del Toro as The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The Daily Mail spotted Benicio Del Toro sporting what appears to be the hairpiece he wore for his role as Taneleer Tivan aka The Collector from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. According to the British newspaper, Del Toro was filming scenes for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in Los Angeles. Is The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? I don’t believe this to be the case.

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death eaters

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan is getting visited by Death Eaters.
  • Universal Studios announces a trio of original Halloween Horror Nights mazes.
  • Disney patents a projector drone for potential nighttime shoes.
  • Big Thunder Mountain closes for refurbishment.
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade is ending very soon.
  • A quick look at the new way to enter Disneyland.

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Fantastic Beasts

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ride is rumored to be replacing Dragon Challenge at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster has finally reopened following a lengthy refurbishment.
  • Take a video tour of the the Incredible Hulk Coaster‘s new queue.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood is bring The Purge: Election Year to Halloween Horror Nights.

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krampus horror nights

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Krampus is heading to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Disney may be replacing The Great Movie Ride with The Great Mickey Ride.
  • A whole bunch of Disney Imagineers have been reportedly laid off.
  • You can now watch a Frozen stage show on Disney cruise ships.
  • Universal Orlando’s Incredible Hulk Coaster is finally open again.

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Star Wars Rebels Characters in Star Wars Movies

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney reveals a new interactive theme park game based on Star Wars Rebels.
  • A new water ride is coming to Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon.
  • Disneyland’s Rivers of America attractions will reopen next summer.
  • Live music is returning to Tomorrowland Terrace.
  • Disney California Adventure is retiring their World of Color – Celebrate! show.
  • The Paint the Night parade at Disneyland is coming to an end.
  • Disney has patented a very strange new piece of technology for park visitors.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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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