Ghostbusters 101

Welcome to The Water Cooler, a weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything except the movies and TV shows they normally write about. In this edition: a Ghostbusters comic bridges the old movies and the new one, what it’s like to be an annual pass holder at Universal Studios, playing the throwback video game Shovel Knight on the Nintendo Switch, tackling of Mice and Men for the first time, and more!

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The Shining

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The controversy over Donald Trump and Disney’s The Hall of Presidents continues to heat up.
  • Universal has filed an intriguing VR/AR ride patent.
  • Watch Universal and Nintendo’s wacky Super Nintendo Land groundbreaking.
  • More Marvel superheroes are heading to Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • The latest Disney construction photos show off Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land sites.
  • Epcot’s Universe of Energy is not long for this world.
  • The Shining is coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • And more!

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super nintendo world

Universal Studios Japan held a special event to announce the first official details about their upcoming Nintendo theme park land, Super Nintendo World. Keep on reading to learn the details that were revealed about the land’s signature ride and watch the first commercial, which gives us a peek at the new land.

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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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wizarding world of harry potter christmas

It’s easy to sound like a broken record when you’re talking about Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but it really is that impressive, that spellbinding, and that meticulously designed. If you’re a theme park fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out in either California or Florida if you haven’t already.

And because the folks at Universal are wise in the ways of wringing your wallet until every last dollar falls out, they’re introducing a new holiday makeover for the area, transforming the already magical world into something even more delightful.

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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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godzilla ride

It was only a matter of time before Godzilla stomped his way into a theme park attraction, but it makes perfect sense that Universal Studios Japan would be the park to make it happen. Godzilla: The Real 4D has was announced a few months ago and will debut next year and the first trailer for the attraction has arrived.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Nighttime Show

Taking a page out of Disney’s theme park playbook, it sounds like Universal Studios is looking to beef up the attractions at The Wziarding World of Harry Potter.

A new report indicates that Universal is developing a nighttime show that will take place within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Much like the nighttime spectacular shows at Disney theme parks, they will be using projection mapping to project a visual spectacular on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry castle.

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