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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BB-8 Car Charger

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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Avatar Theme Park

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A preview of Universal Studios’ Race Through New York ride.
  • Disney plans new ways of entertaining you with Star Wars.
  • Universal’s flagship Harry Potter ride gets an upgrade.
  • All of the Avatar Land updates your could possibly want.
  • Universal seemingly promises good food at their Volcano Bay water park.
  • And more!

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volcano bay

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney patents new technology that will let you alter a ride as you see fit.
  • An unofficial first look at the ride vehicles from the Avatar-themed Flight of Passage.
  • Universal Studios sets an opening day for the Volcano Bay waterpark.
  • The winners of the annual Imaginations Designs Competition.
  • Watch a piece of the safety precautions video for Universal’s Race Through New York ride.
  • DisneyQuest is official closing and Starcade is temporarily re-opening.
  • A look at Disneyland’s secret menu.
  • And more!

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Disneyland Microscale LEGO

Cool Stuff is your geeky holiday shopping guild published all year round. In today’s edition, we bring you a cool microscale LEGO Disneyland which needs your help to become a reality, Mondo’s “Waiting for My J Man” Harley Quinn Statue, a look at the new Transformers Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee, The LEGO Batman Movie LEGO BrickHeadz, The Burbs t-shirt, and Star Wars collectable coins. All this and more, hit the jump to dive into the toy box.

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Main Street Electrical Parade Commercial warehouse

The Main Street Electrical Parade is my favorite of all the Disneyland parades. Maybe it’s the retro synthesized soundtrack that accompanies the nighttime floats, or maybe it’s the fact I first saw the parade as a young boy and fell in love with it. Even though Disney’s newer versions of the nighttime show like Paint The Night are technologically better in every way, it was unable to recapture the charm of this 1972 classic.

The parade has been at Disney World’s the Magic Kingdom for the last six and a half years, and on January 20th, 2017 the parade will return to Disneyland’s Main Street for a limited time five-month run marking the 45th anniversary of the parade. And Disney has begun marketing the return with an impressive television commercial. Watch the Main Street Electrical Parade commercial now after the jump.

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Star Wars Land concept art - The Star Wars Experience

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • An updated look at Star Wars land at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
  • Universal Studios files some very interesting waterpark patents.
  • Disneyland Paris’ Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopens following a lengthy refurbishment.
  • Universal Studios’ Waterworld show is undergoing some renovations.
  • How the Grinch stole the Universal Studios backlot tour.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Epoct temporarily transforms Spaceship Earth into the Death Star.
  • A new round of Star Wars entertainment comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland’s Iron Man Experience sets its opening day.
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey loses its 3D.
  • Tickets to Universal’s Volcano Bay are now on sale.
  • Both Disney and Universal plunge headfirst into the aerial drone game.
  • The Secret Life of Pets comes to Universal Orlando.
  • Disneyland is getting its own Splitsville bowling alley.
  • And more!

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