In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Take a look at Disneyland’s new parade.
  • See the site plan for a How to Train Your Dragon-themed area at Universal Studios.
  • And more!

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Parasite Black and White Cut

Parasite has been getting all sorts of buzz this awards season, and it will undoubtedly be getting more attention from audiences now that it’s nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Even though Parasite is available to own on digital and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD next week, soon there will be a whole new way to experience the compelling, suspenseful thriller.

NEON has announced that Parasite will be getting a limited re-release in theaters in black and white, something that director Bong Joon-ho has long wanted to do as a filmmaker. And this wasn’t some last minute decision made in order to make a little bit more cash. A black and white cut of the movie has been completed since before Parasite premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and now it’s coming to theaters in the United States. Read More »

Cooking Scenes in Movies - Ratatouille

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Orlando has announced its Mardi Gras lineup.
  • Take a look at Gusteau’s in Epcot.
  • And more!

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disney immersive experiences

Fans of Disney’s most beloved films have already had the chance to experience parts of those worlds in the company’s theme parks — going on theme park rides set in the Star Wars universe or taking pictures with their favorite Avengers characters. But entertainment company Secret Cinema is hoping to make the most “iconic” Disney movies even more immersive. Walt Disney has signed a multi-title agreement with Secret Cinema, the company behind immersive movie-based experiences, to adapt popular Disney films like The Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron, Avengers and Star Wars into immersive experiences.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Merchandise - Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get unique antiques in Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Lunar New Year celebrations are kicking off at the Disney and Universal parks.
  • And more!

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the secret life of pets off the leash

The Secret Life of Pets is coming back with the upcoming Universal Studios Hollywood attraction The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! But a Secret Life of Pets theme park ride wouldn’t be complete without the celebrity voices that helped make the Illumination animated films box office hits. So it’s a good thing that the entire star-studded voice cast will be reprising their roles for the theme park attraction.

NBC Universal has confirmed that Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, and more will be performing the voices of their furry characters for The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! Learn more about the returning cast and exciting new details about the ride below.

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Moana Honest Trailer

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Regal Eagle Smokehouse has revealed its menu.
  • A Moana-themed Dole Whip is making permanent residence in Adventureland.
  • And more!

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rise of the resistance at disneyland
Rise of the Resistance opens today in Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Yesterday we were invited to a special sneak preview of the new e-ticket attraction before it opened to the public. After the jump, you can watch our vlog from the press preview, which also includes a sneak preview of some new snack and drink options coming to Batuu west.

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Space Mountain at 45

There are two dominant structures in the Disney theme parks, whether you’re in Florida, Tokyo, or Paris: castles and mountains. Each castle has its own story, and the same is true of each mountain. The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland is smaller than that of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World — depending on how much size matters to you, that might make the original castle more or less impressive than the one in Orlando. But the castles at the Disney parks are largely visual icons. You can enjoy the novelty of, in Florida, eating inside a castle, but there’s no ride experience. The castles exist primarily as impressive landmarks. 

The mountains are different. Just as actual mountains are challenges to climb up or down, the Disney mountains are exhilarating experiences intended as thrill rides. Though it wasn’t the first, Space Mountain is one of the most foundational and important to the overall modern experience at the Disney theme parks.

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super nintendo world

The first Super Nintendo Land is coming to Universal Studios Japan, and it is shaping up to be one of the most immersive and tech-forward theme park lands to date. Billed as “a life-size, living video game,” Super Nintendo Land may be the closest theme park guests will get to being dropped in the middle of a Super Mario game — barring the part where you grow to the size of a giant, probably. And it’s all thanks to new wearable tech.

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