Universal's Endless Summer Resort -- Surfside Inn and Suites

While in Orlando to see the grand opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal gave us a preview of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites, which opens on June 27th, 2019 with rooms as low as $73 per night, an unprecedented price for onsite theme park hotels. Check out the video tour below.

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(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.)

For theme-park aficionados, July 17, 1955 is a banner day, marking the opening of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. But those same aficionados know something other folks may not: the Disneyland Park that we know largely didn’t exist on the park’s opening day. Though a few stalwart attractions, such as the Mad Tea Party and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, were there from the beginning, many more were added over time.

Attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and more weren’t even a glimmer in anyone’s mind in 1955. Or, if they were a glimmer, they were just that; a large-scale amusement park wasn’t a sure thing for Disney, and only became so over its first few years of operation. For two specific attractions, which each celebrate their 60th anniversary today, their arrival represented an important turning point for the Tomorrowland section of Disneyland, ensuring its long-term future: the Matterhorn Bobsleds and the Disneyland Monorail.

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Good Burger Pop-Up Restaurant

In case you hadn’t heard, the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show All That is returning to the cable network for kids this weekend on June 15 at 8:30pm ET. And in honor of the show’s return, Nickelodeon will bring one of the most popular sketches from the original run of the series to life in the form of a Good Burger pop-up restaurant that will be serving Good Burgers, Good Chunks, Good Shakes, and more. Get the details on where and when you can check out the Good Burger pop-up restaurant. Read More »

Colin Trevorrow Galaxy's Edge

A long time ago in a galaxy very, very close, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was hired to direct Star Wars: Episode 9. That was back in 2015, and though he’d developed a pitch for the film that moved star Daisy Ridley to tears, he eventually left the project. Most reports indicate that Trevorrow’s vision for the movie didn’t align with that of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and since she has the final say on all things Star Wars, they parted ways.

Still, working on Episode 9 – even for a limited time – had its perks. One of them included getting to help design a spaceship for his planed version of the movie that would end up in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and in a new interview, Trevorrow confirmed that even though his vision for the film turned to dust when he left Lucasfilm, at least one element of it will remain in the theme park for the foreseeable future.
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volcano bay

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Learn how to draw Disney characters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Disneyland is giving its cast members childcare assistance.
  • Guests at Universal’s Volcano Bay water park recently got a literal shock.
  • And more!

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On the June 13, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall and weekend editor Brad Oman to discuss their recent adventures to theme parks. Peter visited Universal’s Islands of Adventure to experience the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure rollercoaster in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, while Jacob visited Orlando’s Walt Disney World to experience Pandora and Toy Story Land on a trip for the Toy Story 4 junket, and Brad got a chance to step into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland while he was visiting Los Angeles.

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Hagrids Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens on June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Florida, and we were able to get an early preview of the newest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And we loved it – it’s the best Harry Potter ride to date.

Below, watch our video from the attraction and opening ceremony and get our full reaction to the new ride.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Dinner Show

The Walt Disney World version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening later this summer will be nearly identical to the version that just opened at Disneyland in California…but with one key difference. The Orlando, Florida edition of the theme park land set in a galaxy far, far away will be adjacent to a Star Wars-themed hotel that will allow visitors to seamlessly continue their heavily-themed vacation by “disembarking” a space cruise-liner to visit the planet Batuu. Yes, Disney wants our money and yes, we’re willing to give it to them.

And while many details of this currently unnamed hotel remain under wraps, a new report already suggests one element that will be exclusive to this location: a dinner show that was originally intended for the main theme park land.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Video

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A redesign may be coming to Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land.
  • Meet the lead of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Get ready for the holidays at Walt Disney World this year.
  • And more!

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Olga's cantina in galaxy's edge

Continuing our video coverage from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Peter returns to Batuu with Kitra and his friends to try out some of the food and drinks that have avoided him, and in the process, they somehow spent almost $600 in Oga’s Cantina. Check out the video below.

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