Pearl of Dubai

Dubai is the place where things you never thought were possible get built. First it was a real life robotic Jurassic Park, and now it has been announced Dubai will be home to the first underwater theme park. Reef Worlds, a Los Angeles-based reef developer, plans the underwater tourism site to look like an ancient abandoned lost city. Pearl of Dubai is being designed by some of the art team behind the 2009′s Avatar and the five Pirates of the Caribbean, although no specific key creatives have been mentioned by name.
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From Fast and Furious to Frozen, this edition of Theme Park Bits is packed with goodness. There are ride videos, new worlds, and juicy rumors. Below, read about the following:

  • Disney announced a full Pirates of the Caribbean land for Shanghai Disneyland, including a brand new attraction.
  • Universal trademarks Fast and Furious: Supercharged for a possible ride.
  • Video and details revealed of the new, working Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Could Star Wars Land end up at Disney’s California Adventure?
  • A logo for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is revealed along with new details and images.
  • See Michael Giacchino scoring the Ratatouille ride.
  • Universal is building a new theme park in Beijing.
  • Check out a video of the new Disneyland Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • You can get a Fastpass to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
  • Watch a behind the scenes video of the audio hub at Disney’s California Adventure.

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Doc Brown Chicken

Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:

  • The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
  • The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
  • Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
  • Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
  • See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
  • Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
  • Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.

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I’m a huge Disneyland fanatic, with the top of the line Premier Annual Pass to prove it. I’ve always loved hearing the behind the scenes stories about the famous attractions in Walt Disney‘s incredible creation. We’ve all seen the video footage of Disneyland’s Space Mountain with the lights on. I’ve seen dozens of behind the scenes photos from the Anaheim-based theme park over the years, but I’ve never seen a collection like this one.

A Disney castmemeber recently posted a collection of 82 photos, which appear to have been taken sometime in the 1980′s/1990′s. The collection of photos give an unprecedented look behind the curtain of popular attractions like the Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and much more.

Have you ever wondered what the ride operation equipment looks like?

Have you ever wanted to see what the animatronics look like from behind the scenes?

Have you ever wondered what Jungle Cruise would look like without the water?

Have you ever wanted to see what the Haunted Mansion looks like with the lights on?

Have you ever wondered what the view looks like from on the very top of Matterhorn?

Its all here. You also get some photos of cast-member hijinks, a view of the animatronic repair shop, and much much more.
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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley chat about the fall of Netflix, enjoy the listlessness of The Trip, debate the impressiveness of The Last Exorcism, and try to figure out who would pay $60 for Tower Heist. Special guest Matt Patches joins us from Hollywood.com.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Tune in on Sunday night (11/6) at Slashfilm’s live page at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST as we review A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue their discussion about Tree of Life, find something redeemable about the Pirates sequels, and get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s next project. Special guest director Rian Johnson returns. Check out Rian’s films on Netflix and Amazon. His newest film, Looper, will be in theaters September 2012.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday, June 19th, at Slashfilm’s live page where we’ll be discussing The Green Lantern.

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Try to recall, if you will, the atmosphere when Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl burst onto the scene in 2003. Films based on Disney land rides weren’t being released in theaters every other week yet, Gore Verbinski’s biggest claim to fame was The Ring, and the world had yet to be introduced to Captain Jack Sparrow, a delightful side-character in the film from the twisted mind of Johnny Depp.

Today the story is a bit different. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters this weekend and it comes after two mind-numbing sequels have driven the series to creative oblivion. This time, Depp’s Jack Sparrow has been thrust into the spotlight as the main character, while Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane also tag along in some kind of quest for the fountain of youth. The film will most likely be a hit financially; audiences will buy tickets in droves whether it’s any good or not. But do you think the new film reinvigorates the franchise? Or does it send it deeper towards Davy Jones’ Locker? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and assume SPOILERS lie after the jump. Read More »

Those of you who get cranky every time you remember Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides exists may want to avert your eyes, because the next sentence will only upset you further. We already knew that Disney was planning for the fifth and sixth installments of the series, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer has announced that the screenplay is already in progress. Read more after the jump.

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