We span the pop culture gamut in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:
- A Transformers themed energy drink has been removed from Universal Studios.
- Check out some concept images of the Iron Man Experience ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Watch a full video of a ride through of Walt Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
- Check out some images of an indoor Tron lightcycle ride being built at Shanghai Disneyland.
- Disney announced a coast-to-coast 24 hour party.
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Glow in the dark inks on a poster can be hit or miss. In the best cases, they act as almost a night light, revealing a beautiful second image that’s invisible in the day time. On the other hand, some are so subtle and light, it’s almost as if they don’t glow in the dark at all. And maybe that’s a good thing.
The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY will surely have a little of both in their latest exhibit, When The Lights Go Out, which opens April 12. Over 60 artists have made brand new pieces with glow in the dark inks, which will be displayed at all hours via a new installation of blacklights.
Some of the topics of the art include 2001: A Space Odyssey (above), The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers, Where the Wild Things Are, Tron, Poltergeist, Time Bandits and more. It looks like a very fun show. Check out a selection of art below.
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Two films with sequels in the works might see further integration into Disney’s California theme parks later this decade. A new blog posted on MiceChat says Disney is considering revamping a huge section of Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure and theming it around Monsters Inc., which has its prequel Monsters University out this year. The biggest change would involve removing Muppet Vision 3D and replacing it with a roller coaster thrill ride inspired by the door chase at the end of Monsters Inc.
The second rumored upgrade would happen across the courtyard at the flagship park, Disneyland. The current idea is to take Tomorrowland and give it an update, that would be centered on a light cycle ride inspired by Tron, Tron Legacy and the possible Tron 3. Read more below. Read More »
Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has several marquee rides, few of which are more fun than Test Track. The grandfather to Cars Land’s Radiator Springs Racer, the ride puts patrons in a car, which runs through a series of safety tests and then shoots around a track at upwards of 60 miles per hour.
If you haven’t been to Disney World recently, you may not have known that the popular ride, which opened in 1999, has been closed for reimaging. It reopens this week, December 6, and has done away with the original industrial theme in favor of a futuristic theme similar to the world of Tron. After the jump, check out the new ride video, a video comparing the two versions, and a few pieces of concept art like the one above.
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An extremely exciting screening, an epic cinematic experience and the return of an old friend. Three similarly themed, movie theater related pieces of news all reside below. Read about:
- On October 27, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood is hosting an epic 30th anniversary screening of Tron.
- Learn all about Cinerama, an outdated – but back for a limited time - three-projector film screening system.
- MoviePass, the struggling filmgoing pass, is making a comeback.
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Conan the Barbarian, The Thing, Poltergeist, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, and that’s just the beginning. Yes, the Summer of 1982 was probably the best one in the history of movies and that’s why the Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating with a summer long, 30th anniversary celebration screening a slew of the most exciting films released that year. Plus, there’s now a significant update jumping off last month’s announcement.
Tickets for the first screening, Conan the Barbarian, go on sale Tuesday morning along with a limited number of passes that’ll get you into eight of the screenings. Second, the series has expanded significantly, adding films such as The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Vice Squad, The Secret of Nimh, Friday the 13th Part 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, Pink Floyd: The Wall and more. Third, Blade Runner will not be screened (bummer).
And finally, in accordance with the /Film sponsored screening of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on June 8 (tickets on sale May 25) we’re proud to exclusively debut the Mondo poster for the film by artist Dan McCarthy. Check out the poster, the important links, full lineup and more after the jump. Read More »
At first glance, Martin Ansin is an unlikely choice to make Mondo posters for TRON. His work, such as the recent poster for Dracula, a sought after Star Trek Space Seed piece or his wholey unique take on Star Wars, are all extremely realistic and defined, two traits that certainly don’t describe Disney’s sci-fi franchise. Then you look about the wide-ranging scope of Ansin’s subjects and it’s obvious that his clean style can breath life into just about anything. It’s part of the reason why his art, much like Olly Moss and Tyler Stout before him, is becoming more and more sought after on a daily basis.
/Film is proud to exclusively debut the latest collaboration between Disney, Mondo and Sideshow Collectibles: a limited edition posters set (yes, it’s a paired set) of posters for TRON and TRON:Legacy by Martin Ansin. Check them both out and find out when you can buy them after the jump.
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Tron Legacy hit DVD and Blu-ray this week, and Disney had a few members of the cast and crew out at WonderCon last weekend to encourage people to take a dip in this leg of the Tron revenue stream. Through all the interviews that resulted, there is the looming question of another Tron sequel. No one answered the question definitively, though there were a lot of statements that started with “Well, if we make another one…”
Now Deadline reports that Disney has definitely started work on another Tron film, but that’s all anyone seems willing to say at the moment. Read More »