In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • What’s the best guess for when the Florida version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open next year?
  • See a preview for the first-ever Christmas overlay in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • One daring couple has traveled across time zones to visit six Disney parks in the same 24 hours.
  • Find out about the reopening of the World of Disney store and some concurrent Funko Pop! releases.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is celebrating a major milestone in butterbeer sales this week.
  • And more!

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Titanic Belfast

In 1985, an expedition discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic off the coast of Newfoundland. In the years that followed, the world renewed its obsession with the story of the doomed ocean liner. Sure, James Cameron’s Oscar-winning blockbuster had a lot to do with that, but Titanic Fever went far beyond the silver screen: I remember playing computer games on my family’s PC in which I walked around the deck of the ship, ducking into the gym or exploring corridors that led to fancy dining halls. The drastic juxtaposition between the ship’s lavish opulence and the tragic horrors that befell its passengers is still enough to capture the imagination.

On a recent trip to Northern Ireland, /Film visited Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic-related attraction. Shaped like a star as a shout-out to shipping company White Star Line, the building houses a massive, multi-story museum with interactive galleries, models, recreations of cabins, and a virtual tour of the ship’s decks. I brought some camera equipment along and made a video featuring some highlights of the experience, and you can watch our Titanic Belfast video below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster

Roller coasters with spinning cars is not a new thing, but those spins have all previously relied on the design of the track or the weight distribution of the cars to initiate the rotations. Now, The Walt Disney Company has filed a new patent for technology that will allow the ride car’s spins to be controlled remotely, and they’ll debut this tech at Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster in Orlando, Florida. Get more details below. Read More »

Warner Bros Horror Made Here

Warner Bros is trying to get into the Haloween season horror maze game with Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights, transforming a portion of their backlot into a small town filled with haunted houses. Over the past five years, I have gotten sucked up in the seasonal haunted maze phenomenon and you may have already read my reports from the events at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and Knotts Scary Farm here. So I was very eager to see how Warner Bros’ studio tour event would compare.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Find out about the major update that will knock Spaceship Earth out of commission for 2½ years.
  • Disneyland Resort will not restart its new hotel project … which is awkward for Downtown Disney.
  • Get a look at some creepy cotton candy themed to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Learn where you can screen 12 minutes of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms before its release.
  • Calling all pirate fans: Captain Jack Sparrow is now available to meet at the Magic Kingdom.
  • And more!

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Eighth Grade screening

A24 is making school cool again. The indie studio is holding special free screenings for Bo Burnham‘s acclaimed coming-of-age flick Eighth Grade at 100 middle schools across the country this fall. Now this is the kind of school outreach I could get behind.

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Hellboy Wedding Challenge

Stranger Things star David Harbour became a viral sensation when he followed through on a promise to officiate a couple’s wedding in full wardrobe as Chief Hopper if a tweet requesting his presence racked up 125,000 retweets. But now he’s made another promise to one fan that would make for one hellacious wedding ceremony.

Spencer Perry is the managing editor of ComingSoon.net, and he’s a good friend of some of us here at /Film. He’s also engaged to be married, and when David Harbour recently put out the call for new retweet challenges, Spencer asked the actor how many retweets it would take for him to officiate the wedding dressed in full Hellboy make-up and gear. Well, Harbour has responded, and it’s a tall order, but it’s not impossible if the internet comes together to make this incredible event happen.

Find out more about the Hellboy wedding challenge below. Read More »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See the first concept for the Harry Potter coaster that’s set to open in Islands of Adventure next year.
  • Watch 4K video of SeaWorld Orlando’s new raft ride, which contains the world’s tallest water drop.
  • Infinity Gauntlet Sippers are back in supply at Disneyland. Note to eBay buyers: the gems aren’t real.
  • Guess which two totally random, non-Disney movies have Easter eggs at Disneyland Resort.
  • Rafiki has received a stay of execution but Stitch’s Great Escape is officially kaput at Disney World.
  • And more!

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galaxys edge

New rumored details about Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reveals the queue and story for the land’s Millenium Falcon attraction, including how many different experiences the ride will allow, and more on the possibility of premium early access entry into the world.

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Superman The Movie in Theaters

Every week it seems like a movie from decades before is returning to theaters for a nostalgic and celebratory anniversary, and over the next couple of months, three fan favorites can be caught on the big screen for a limited time.

First up, Tim Burton’s classic horror comedy Beetlejuice is returning to theaters this weekend to help get you in the Halloween spirit. Then November will see the re-release of both Superman: The Movie and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on the big screen. Find out when and where you can catch these movies in theaters below. Read More »