When Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm, they did it for more than movies. They did it for TV shows. They did it for merchandise and they did it for licensing. Also, they spent those billions to integrate both those properties into their theme parks. That has yet to happen in a major way, but it hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from spinning. The latest possibility says Star Wars won’t take over Disneyland‘s Tomorrowland as originally though. Instead, they might take over Toontown and a large section of the Big Thunder Ranch.
Also, a Marvel themed roller coaster is rumored to be under consideration for Disney’s California Adventure, in a parking lot area, plus Frozen will take over a section of the park this holiday season and The Muppets could get a new movie. Read about all these latest Marvel and Star Wars Disneyland rumors below. Read More »
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When Disney opened MGM Studios (now “Disney’s Hollywood Studios”) in Orlando Florida, one of the attractions was The Magic of Disney Animation, a Feature Animation pavilion where park visitors toured four connected experiences which explored the legacy of Disney’s hand-drawn animation. I remember visiting the park shortly after it opened as a kid, and one of the highlights was being able to peer through a window into a room of animators who were hard at work on an animated feature film.
The tour started with a short film entitled “Back to Neverland” which featured Veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite giving comedian/actor Robin Williams a tour through the different stages of hand-drawn animation. The short film was informative, but also very funny, with Williams being turned into an animated character, one of the Lost Boys of Peter Pan. Back to Neverland left the parks in 2004 but /Film reader augustesomers alerted me that the short film is available on YouTube. If you’ve never seen it, its worth a watch.
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In the early 1990s, Warner Bros actually built a Gremlins theme park ride called Gremlins Invasion. The attraction was built in two Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks, one in Bottrop-Kirchhellen Germany and the other in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. While the dark ride was open for almost ten years, I had not heard of its existence until this year. Last week I wrote about a Ghostbusters theme park ride that was being developed for Six Flags that was never built, so I thought now was a good of a time as any to explore the lost Gremlins ride.
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In this Disney centric edition of Theme Park Bits, read about the following:
- The stars of Big Hero 6 will do meet and greets at Disney parks.
- Check out a possible photo of the castle at Shanghai Disneyland, which you can access via high speed train.
- See some concepts for a potential Dubai Disneyland.
- Check out video of the new Ratatouille restaurant.
- Monsters University and A Nightmare Before Christmas take over Disneyland for Halloween.
- Frozen has taken over Disney Hollywood Studios through September 1.
- John Rhys-Davies returned to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland.
- Watch a crash at a Disney World stunt show.
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During the early 1980’s, Bally was developing an interactive Ghostbusters-themed ride called The Hauntington Hotel, for Six Flags theme parks. The modern movie-branded take on Disney’s classic Haunted Mansion attraction would have been the first interactive video game/theme park ride. See some photos and concept art from the development of the Ghostbusters ride and learn more about the never-built attraction after the jump.
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Halloween is nearly upon us and the annual Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights have begun to announce some of their high-end haunted mazes. Every year, famous properties get turned into interactive mazes aimed to scare park attendees both in Florida and California and this year, there will be mazes or areas based on An American Werewolf in London, The Walking Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn, Dracula Untold, Alien vs. Predator, Face Off and The Purge Anarchy. Below, we’ll give you info on some of the biggest news surrounding Halloween Horror Nights 2014. Read More »
Years have passed since Disney purchased Lucasfilm but it seems like 2015 is really going to be when things start paying off. Not only will 2015 bring the release of the first new Star Wars movie in a decade, it’ll bring the first official news of Star Wars integration into Disney theme parks. Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t elaborate much, but said in a recent shareholder’s call that plans have begun and will be officially announced next year. Read More »
Legendary Pictures attempted to surprise the crowd at 2014 Comic Con with a teaser trailer announcing a King Kong-set film project Skull Island. We were given very little information about the project, but Monday we learned more about the writer developing the project and that Legendary has offered the movie to Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. But we still don’t know what the film is about. Is the Skull Island movie adaptation based on a King Kong novel, or an original tale set in the King Kong universe? Or is it possible that Legendary Pictures is working hand in hand with Universal Studios theme parks on making a movie based on a theme park ride that hasn’t even been constructed? I’ll explore both of these questions and more, after the jump.
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Today in Theme Park Bits, we look at the following:
- First look at a model of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Hogwarts Castle
- Disneyland will soon open Adventure Trading Company
- A Night Vision Video of Harry Potter Escape From Gringotts
Read about all of these things after the jump.
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