The Tales of Beedle the Bard show

As the clock ticks down to the grand opening of Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion, more details are being revealed. The newest bit is that author JK Rowling‘s The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be brought to life as part of the park’s new entertainment options. The trunk show, an adaptation of the first two stories from the children’s book (“The Fountain of Fair Fortune” and “The Tale of the Three Brothers”) will be performed by a troupe of four from the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts using “scenic pieces, props and puppetry fabricated by Emmy-award-winning designer Michael Curry.” You can get a first look at The Tales of Beedle the Bard show after the jump.

Universal Orlando has also revealed a second show that will be offered in the Wizarding World, more details about the entrance to the new expansion and information on how Muggles will be able to exchange currency at the Gringotts Money Exchange. All this and more, after the jump.

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Lots of big Star Wars info over the last few days: casting, set photos, but always bits, there are. Below read about the following:

  • Fiction published in the Star Wars Insider Magazine in now canon.
  • Star Wars Episode VII is done in Abu Dhabi, heads to London.
  • For the first time, Adam Driver talks about being cast in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Read Ezra’s journal from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni will host a Star Wars panel at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference.
  • Some new Star Wars Rebels nuggets were revealed at a recent talk.
  • Check out the trailer for the new book The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.
  • Watch the Stars of the Saga panel from Disney’s Star Wars Weekend with Jeremy Bulloch and Warwick Davis.

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Star Wars Weekend 2014

Above, check out one of the news photos Disney created for the 2014 version of Star Wars Weekends, taking place now through June 15 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Then below, you can check out some cool highlights of the event including:

  • Watch the special May the Fourth Be With You fireworks display.
  • See photos of the special merchandise in the Darth Mall…get it?
  • Check out an example of the Augmented Reality app in use at Star Wars Weekends.

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Avatar Land

For years we’ve just referred to it it “Avatar Land” but, at a recent Q&A, James Cameron told audiences what the official name of the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be. “It’s going to be called, I believe, Pandora: The Land of Avatar.”

He also discussed some of the technical advances Disney Imagineers are making in the park, particularly with the animatronic Na’vi. Read more about Cameron and Pandora The Land of Avatar below. Read More »

The Hunger Games 5

Katniss Everdeen proved herself in the arena, but could she be getting her own theme park? It’s possible, based on the success of a new traveling Hunger Games exhibit Lionsgate just announced. Read more about that, and the following, in this edition of Theme Park Bits.

  • The Purge: Breakout is touring the country.
  • Watch a new commercial for Harry Potter‘s Diagon Alley.
  • Read about the new food Potter themed food selections.
  • See a ton of new photos of the expansion which is already ready to open
  • Watch a commercial for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

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Star Wars Weekends 2014 kicked off this past weekend and we have a bunch of videos for you Star Wars fans. On Friday we posted a full video of the Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade and earlier this morning we included JJ Abrams’ surprise video message to Star Wars Weekends in a post about his note to Episode 7 cast and crew.

After the jump we have a bunch of new videos for you including the Star Wars Weekends on stage interviews with Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best. Mayhew talks about his efforts to walk again, how the first time he read the Star Wars: Episode VII was during that cast script reading and how JJ Abrams wants to make a film closer to the original trilogy, and more. Inside The Magic also caught on video the special Symphony in the Stars fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, which is a whole firework show set to the music of Star Wars.

Another video captures one of the skits performed before the Stars of the Saga talk show, featuring a troop of Stormtroopers danced to their favorite playlists from Earth including a bunch of popular songs from today like Let It Go from Frozen and Everything is Awesome from the LEGO Movie. Watch all of that and more, after the jump.

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Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade

Walt Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends 2014 has officially kicked off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today. Attraction Magazine was on hand to catch the opening day festivities, which includes the Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade. The parade includes Star Wars special guest celebrities Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla — Star Wars Rebels), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi – Clone Wars) and a ton of Star Wars costumed characters. The parade also features the debut of three new costumed characters from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series: Chopper the droid, Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger. Members of the 501st Legion of costumed Star Wars fans helped make the parade possible. About 11 minutes into the video is the finale, which is a more theatrical production up on a stage. The full video is online, and you can watch it now after the jump.

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Harry Potter expansion invite

Universal Orlando Resort is gearing up for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion sometime this Summer, but when could it be? Today select members of the press received a package from the owl delivery service (muggles know nothing of these kind of things)  inviting them to the media and VIP preview of the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion.

You can see more images of the official invite, a piece of art in its own right, after the jump. The invite lists the preview dates as June 17-20. Our friends at InsideTheMagic point out that the remainder of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be opening on June 16, also likely part of the 4-day press event – So its very likely that the expansion will opening to the public on June 20th or around that time, although that is merely speculation.

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