harry potter video game ride

Harry Potter doesn’t own wizards and magic wands — though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando certainly popularized selling them in merchandise form.

The magic wand is a particularly clever piece of marketing that also is deeply connected to the world of Harry Potter — there are whole subplots about the importance of a wizard’s bond with his wand and how the “wand chooses the wizard.” Heck, the entire finale of Harry Potter hinges on the ownership of a wand! Merlin’s wand in Disney’s The Sword in the Stone? Not so pivotal.

But Disneyland Paris is piggybacking on the success of the Harry Potter wands, and creating their own brand of magic wands that can be sold at a Merlin’s Shop near you! And by near you, I mean exclusively in Disneyland Paris.

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Walt Disney World and the Disneylands across the globe are not just offering you a temporary escape into a magical place – they’re promising that you’ll never want to leave.

The Disney resorts are tapping into their most popular franchises to give their guests fully immersive experiences in the worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. So whether you want to traipse over to a superhero-filled New York City, or a galaxy far, far away, Disney’s got your back.

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The Shining

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The controversy over Donald Trump and Disney’s The Hall of Presidents continues to heat up.
  • Universal has filed an intriguing VR/AR ride patent.
  • Watch Universal and Nintendo’s wacky Super Nintendo Land groundbreaking.
  • More Marvel superheroes are heading to Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • The latest Disney construction photos show off Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land sites.
  • Epcot’s Universe of Energy is not long for this world.
  • The Shining is coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • And more!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

There are only a few more days until Disneyland opens the doors to its first Marvel attraction. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is in the same location as the theme park’s beloved Tower of Terror ride, and it’s been completely revamped from the inside out to look like a fortress that belongs to The Collector, the eccentric character played by Benicio Del Toro in the Marvel Studios films. You can learn all about the attraction right here, but a new video interview with Del Toro has surfaced that gives us our first look inside the attraction…and this thing is practically overflowing with cool props and easter eggs.

Take a peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy ride video below.
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just get over it

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • How you can ride Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT! early.
  • You’ll soon be able to meet Groot and Baby Groot at Disney parks.
  • The latest on Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland moves forward with its Marvel and Frozen expansions.
  • Hyperspace Mountain has officially arrived in Disneyland Paris.
  • And more!

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pandora

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The uniforms of Pandora: The World of Avatar are revealed.
  • The “roles” that Pandora cast members play in the park.
  • A peek at the Avatar-themed merchandise you’ll be able to buy at the park.
  • Disney is researching how to projection map a human face.
  • Disneyland is getting with the times and offering Wi-Fi in their parks.
  • There’s a new robot named iCan wandering around Tomorrowland.
  • And more!

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Johnny Depp Disneyland Pirates Jack Sparrow

In 2006, when Disney parks began adding characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean films into the theme park attraction that inspired the successful film series, fans were impressed with the level of realism the Imagineers achieved. But even the coolest animatronics pale in comparison to the real thing, and attendees at Disneyland in Anaheim, California yesterday were surprised to discover actual Pirates star Johnny Depp incorporated into the ride in full Captain Jack Sparrow costume. Watch the Johnny Depp Disneyland videos below.
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avatar land videos

Int this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Walt Disney World is building a new gondola transportation system.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! exterior is finished.
  • Club 33 is coming to Walt Disney World.
  • A theme park designer talks about the future of immersive entertainment.
  • Take a look at the details of Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • Disney reveals images of the drinks exclusive to Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • A new video explores how you build an alien ecosystem in a theme park.
  • More projection mapping is coming to Disney nighttime shows.
  • And more!

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summer of heroes

Earlier this year, the Disneyland Resort announced its “Summer of Heroes” event, where the Marvel superheroes would invade the Disney California Adventure theme park, just in time for the opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! attraction. In addition to the new ride, the summer looks to offer all kinds of superhero-themed events for visitors both young and old. A new video teasing the event has arrived, featuring various Marvel characters doing their thing across a few very familiar areas.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Tokyo Disneyland begins construction of three major new rides and lands.
  • Universal Studios installs new equipment for their Harry Potter nighttime shows.
  • A look at Disneyland’s Autopia refurbishment.
  • A series of photos offer a new look at Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • You can now meet BB-8 at Walt Disney World.

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