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In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • New footage from the Shanghai Disneyland version of Peter Pan’s Flight.
  • An deep dive into the technology behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle For the Sunken Treasure.
  • A new look at Shanghai Disneyland’s Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue.
  • The first photos from inside Epcot’s Frozen Ever After.
  • Details on Universal’s refurbished Incredible Hulk Coaster.

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Pan Alice in Wonderland

Brave director Brenda Chapman is doubling down on fairy tales. She’s set to make her live-action directing debut with Come Away, a fantasy drama that’s simultaneously a Peter Pan prequel and an Alice in Wonderland prequel. If you’re wondering what on earth that could possibly mean, follow us down the rabbit hole (i.e., below the jump).  Read More »

Peter Pan

When Disney first announced that its Pete’s Dragon reboot would be directed by David Lowery, he seemed like an out-of-left-field choice. Lowery was an indie darling known for directing the Malickian crime romance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and editing Shane Carruth’s trippy Upstream Color; a mainstream family film for Disney seemed about as far from his wheelhouse as a movie could get.

But that unexpected partnership must’ve worked out just fine, because both sides are already gearing up to reunite on another new project. Lowery has been set to direct a live-action reboot of Peter Pan, from a script by his frequent collaborator (and Pete’s Dragon screenwriter) Toby HalbrooksRead More »

LEGO Disney Minifigures

In addition to the LEGO minifgures that come with the various building block playsets, the toy company has also been selling individual minifigures. However, rather than being able to choose which minifigures you want to buy, you have to take your chances by buying them blind and hope you get one you don’t have yet. Or you can be the person who stands in the aisle and tries to feel the little plastic packages to determine if you’re getting the figure you want.

Anyway, if you’re a Disney fan, you’re probably going to be interested in the latest series of minifigures that will give some of Disney’s most famous animated characters the building block treatment. There’s a series of 18 new LEGO Disney minifigures featuring characters from The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and more. Read More »

Peter Pan Honest Trailer

Pan is currently getting some not-so-great reviews on the festival circuit. But lest you be tempted to accuse Joe Wright of butchering an unassailable classic, Honest Trailers is here to remind you that Disney’s 1953 Peter Pan wasn’t so hot either.

For starters, it’s a lot creepier than you probably remembered. The idea of an immortal trickster who spies on you and then kidnaps you to a war zone gets more disturbing the more disturbing the longer you think about it. Besides that, it’s also more sexist, more racist, and more Oedipal than you might have realized as a kid. Watch the Peter Pan Honest Trailer after the jump.

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Pan early buzz

The new version of J.M. Barrie’s classic fairytale doesn’t hit theaters until October 9th, pushed back from an original summer release earlier this year, but the premiere of Pan from director Joe Wright just had its premiere across the pond this weekend, and the first reviews are pouring in.

The trailers for the film starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and newcomer Levi Miller have painted quite the visual spectacle with energetic adventure and a live-action take on the familiar tale that takes to the skies in a way that we haven’t really seen before, complete with flying pirate ships and an origin story of Peter Pan where he begins as a friend of James Hook, only later to become sworn enemies.

So how does the movie fare? Get the Pan early buzz after the jump! Read More »

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peter pan's flight new effects

Disney has been very busy refurbishing some of their older attractions. Last year Disney added new effects to Big Thunder Mountain, Alice in Wonderland and the Indiana Jones Adventure. This year already Disney has revamped a bunch of attractions, adding the Hatbox Ghost to the Haunted Mansion as well as adding new effects and an awesome new animatronic Yeti to Matterhorn (too bad the new vehicles kill your butt).

And the newest attraction to get refurbishment is Peter Pan’s Flight, one of my favorite rides in classic Fantasyland — I just love suspended dark ride vehicles, which is one of the reasons I love the Universal Studios’ ET Adventure ride.  Walt Disney Imagineering has released a video showcasing the new additions to the attraction, giving us a behind the scenes peek into the thought and work that went into the new effects. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)

Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastDumboMulanWinnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.

As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »

Peter Pan tv show

Not content with sending Marnie from Girls to battle Christopher Walken on live TV, NBC is doubling down on its Peter Pan addiction with an unrelated new TV series.

The network is developing Wendy and Peter, a half-hour comedy based loosely on J.M. Barrie’s classic characters. Except instead of an early 20th century girl and a magical orphan, they’ll be co-workers in a modern-day office. Hit the jump for more about NBC’s Peter Pan TV series. Read More »