Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been six years since the last Harry Potter book came out, and two years since the last Harry Potter movie hit theaters. But the Harry Potter fandom remains as devoted as ever, and Warner Bros. and Universal Orlando Resort want to do their part to keep it that way.
The studio will host A Celebration of Harry Potter at the theme park next year, a three-day convention similar to the Star Wars Celebration that Star Wars enthusiasts have been enjoying for years. Hit the jump to get all the details.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Once upon a time, the idea of crafting an entire media franchise around a Disneyland ride seemed ridiculous. Four Pirates of the Caribbean movies and billions of box office dollars later, Disney has the last laugh.
Bolstered by that success, the studio is now looking to tell another new story based on one of its classic theme park attractions. Disney Press will publish Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel next year, inspired by the roller coaster of the same name.
Additionally, there are hints that the studio is also looking to turn an attraction that never was, The Museum of the Weird, into a possible comic book. Or so we think. Hit the jump for details on both projects, including a peek at some artwork from Space Mountain.
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Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Ever wanted to spend an afternoon visiting the museum of Night at the Museum or grappling with the xenomorphs from Alien? You may be able to soon, provided you’re willing to travel to Malaysia.
20th Century Fox is partnering with property conglomerate Genting Malaysia to open its first theme park, featuring attractions based on the aforementioned Night at the Museum and Alien along with several other Fox titles. The park is expected to open doors in 2016. Hit the jump for the details.
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UPDATE: We’ve been contacted by Disney Imagineering and told the quotes we originally reported, though from an official Disney website, were incorrect. Frank Reifsnyder, Communications & Media Relations Manager for Walt Disney Imagineering said, “There will be teases to Star Wars and to Avatar but nothing about any attractions or experiences based on those properties. Nor are we releasing any new information on those at the D23 Expo.” Basically, there will be teases, just not to anything specific or imminent.
Also, we’ve made a small change about which Marvel characters are appearing where at the event. Besides that, the original article follows.
The Walt Disney Company has officially acknowledged they’re working on new park attractions featuring Star Wars and Avatar. After months and months of speculation in regard to Star Wars (and uncertainty in regards to Avatar), a new blog from Disney Insider confirms the Walt Disney Imagineering exhibit at the D23 Expo in August will feature teases of attractions based on both franchises. Read More »
Even with a film called Tomorrowland currently in the works, Disney may soon abandon the concept in the park. The latest edition of the wonderful column Miceage on MiceChat suggests the current plan is to slowly, over the next several years, turn the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland in Anaheim into a full Star Wars area. A similar, but smaller, upgrade will be made at Walt Disney World too. And none of this will be officially revealed at the D23 Expo in August. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
The characters of Cabin in the Woods would’ve done anything to get out of the titular house of horrors, but Universal Orlando hopes that fans of Cabin in the Woods will be equally eager to get in. The theme park has announced a maze based on the movie, which will open this fall for Halloween Horror Nights 23 celebration. Hit the jump for the details.
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A new rumor is circulating saying that Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida is planning a major expansion in the next five years. That expansion would include an east coast Cars Land and – wait for it – the first ever Star Wars Land. The report comes from Theme Park Insider, which cites “multiple insider sources.” Now, whether or not this rumor is true right now, it’s something that will happen eventually. Disney didn’t buy Lucasfilm for $4 billion just to make a J.J. Abrams movie, some cartoons and video games. They want long lasting revenue, and Star Wars Land would do just that. Read More »
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Universal theme parks all over the globe have some impressive improvements happening soon, plus Disneyland reveals a brand new stage show. Read about the following in this edition of Theme Park Bits.
- Universal Orlando is expanding its Springfield area around The Simpsons Ride with several iconic locations.
- Another Universal Studio location will let you actually shoot zombies, as in Resident Evil.
- Interactive, talking Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron are now at Universal Hollywood.
- Watch the full video of the brand new Disneyland stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map.
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