Harry Potter universal studios hollywood expansion

Universal Studios Hollywood is getting a major expansion culminating in the 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The movie-themed park announced this week not only the date for Potter land, but a significant expansion to The Simpsons area, a new Fast & Furious Supercharged ride on the studio tour, and more. Read the full press release for the Universal Studios Hollywood expansion and see tons of brand new concept art below. Read More »

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Elsa Anna Frozen Disney World

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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Universal Studios Osaka Hogwarts

This edition of Theme Park Bits spans the globe. Below, read about the following.

  • Is LucasFilm Singapore working on a Theme Park movie?
  • Universal Studios Osaka is also getting a Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • A robot theme park is being built in South Korea.
  • What’s the update on the Ratatouille ride?
  • Watch a video of the Waterworld show at Universal Studios Japan.
  • A new restaurant opened at the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot in Orlando, FL.
  • Disney’s California Adventure has integrated a mobile game into World of Color.

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Potter Diagon Concept London

In 2010, Universal Studios Florida opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an expansion of their already successful theme park, and it quickly became one of the most trafficked attractions in the world. Huge crowds have filled the area ever since and Universal quickly realized they wanted to expand.

That expansion, modeled after the Potter area Diagon Alley, is set to open over this Summer and earlier this week, they announced a bunch of specific details about it. The most exciting one is the name of the area’s signature thrill ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, as well as huge list of stores that will be in the area including The Leaky Cauldron, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, Magical Menagerie, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Quality Quidditch Supplies, Knockturn Alley, and Borgin and Burkes just to name a few. And there will also be a Hogwarts Express riding around.

Watch videos, see concept art and read more below. Read More »

Star Tours opening day header

The battle between Disney and Universal is at the forefront of this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming to Disneyland.
  • A new hint has surfaced at the closing of Captain EO.
  • Last week marked the 27th anniversary of Star Tours.
  • The CEO of Comcast, which owns Universal, says they’re really pushing theme parks.
  • Photos from the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as multiple upgrades at Universal Hollywood.
  • A new hotel is opening at Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Maleficent gets a new float in a Walt Disney World parade.

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Diagon Alley key

Construction, expansion and invention are all in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Walt Disney Imagineers have invented reclining roller coaster seats.
  • Disney has purchased more land in Tokyo for possible theme park expansion; Plus Stitch takes over for Captain EO.
  • See photos of Despicable Me and Harry Potter construction at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • Check out some early promotion for the Diagon Alley Harry Potter expansion at Universal Studios Orlando.
  • A milestone was achieved during the construction of Shanghai Disneyland.

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Real Jurassic Park

Until we find dinosaur DNA in tree sap, an Australian theme park has created something as close to Jurassic Park as is humanly possible. Read about that, and the following Theme Park Bits, below.

  • Twentieth Century Fox World is opening in Malaysia.
  • Check out an image of Harry Potter‘s Diagon Alley’s facade at Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Wreck-It Ralph hosts New Year’s Eve at Disneyland.

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Avengers Academy

This edition of Theme Park Bits has full of franchises: Harry Potter, The Avengers, Wizard of Oz and more. Below, read about the following:

  • Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts Express has been delivered to Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Thor: Treasures of Asgard opens at Disneyland on Friday
  • Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now open on the Disney Magic Cruise.
  • Check out images from a Wizard of Oz theme park that almost got built in the Nineties.
  • Watch a short film based on the Haunted Mansion

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