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It’s-a-happening: Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan has set an opening date for February 2021, revealing the first proper look at the new attractions, including a Mario Kart ride and a Yoshi omnimover, as well as cool features like wearable techaugmented reality binoculars, and more. See the Super Nintendo World first look images and videos below.

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It's a Wonderful Life Table Read

It’s A Wonderful Life is a classic that families watch together during the holiday season, especially on Christmas Eve when NBC airs it every year. But this year, Frank Capra‘s beloved 1946 film will get a bit of a makeover courtesy of a charity table read put together for The Ed Asner Family Center, which promotes mental health and enrichment programs to special needs children and their families.

Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson has been tapped to take the lead role of George Bailey, famously portrayed by the legendary Jimmy Stewart. Joining the comedian will be his King of Staten Island co-star Maude Apatow as Violet Bick, as well as an impressive all-star ensemble to flesh out the rest of the cast. Get the details about the It’s A Wonderful Life table read below. Read More »


Are you ready to purchase Spider-Man themed toys from a Disney theme park, even if that theme park isn’t fully open? Very soon, you’ll be able to do just that.

Like nearly all American companies, The Walt Disney Company has been significantly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with analysts estimating this past summer that Disney could lose as much as a billion dollars a month because of theme park closures. Florida’s Walt Disney World has since re-opened, so maybe the real number isn’t as drastic as the prediction suggested, but Disneyland remains closed to this day and has no realistic path to re-opening in sight. (I’m not asking you to feel bad for a multi-national conglomerate when we’re all suffering during this hellish period in history – just trying to provide some context.)

But theme park closures are not going to stop Disney from making money however it can, and one way the Mouse House is looking to rake in some extra dough is by releasing theme park merchandise for Avengers Campus, even though that Marvel superhero-themed section of the park is not open yet. Read on to find out how you can get your hands on a Spider-Bot this holiday season. Read More »

Jaws shark

“Bruce,” the mechanical shark which gave a young Steven Spielberg and his crew so many problems on the set of 1975’s Jaws, has found a new home.

The only surviving model of the Jaws shark was acquired by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences four years ago and fully restored to its former glory last year, and now the Academy has released a video showcasing Bruce’s transportation and installation at the soon-to-open Academy Museum in Los Angeles. The shark is so big that it wouldn’t fit in the building’s elevators, so a crew had to remove windows and use a crane to lift it into the building. Check out the video below.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See how the Carthay Circle Restaurant menu will be different when it reopens.
  • Learn about Universal Orlando’s 2020 holiday plans.
  • And more!

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cheers reunion

Ted Danson knows better than anyone that making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got — especially in the year 2020. So the star of beloved sitcoms like Cheers, The Good Place, and comedy classic Three Men and a Baby is creating a space where he knows everybody’s name, in a virtual reunion for all three titles.

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Star Wars hotel photos

A virtual edition of IAAPA, a global theme park expo, kicked off today, and several new photos and videos have emerged showcasing some of the most highly anticipated new rides and hotels which will soon be unveiled at Disney parks. See the first Star Wars hotel photos below, along with video of the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster and photos of the new Spider-Man ride vehicle. Read More »

hbo max thanksgiving

Once a streaming platform has been launched, you don’t quite expect its creators to go back to traditional TV programming, but if Netflix can do it, so can HBO Max. But HBO Max is only heading to television for a special Thanksgiving event: the streaming platform is teaming up with WarnerMedia TV channels to bring Max Originals like Titans and The Flight Attendant, and marathons of DC movies and Friends to TNT, TBS, and truTV.

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fresh prince reunion

HBO Max has managed to land not one, but two reunion specials of beloved ’90s sitcoms. The streamer has really cornered the market on TV nostalgia, and today we’ve got a one-two punch of updates on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion and the long-awaited Friends reunion special. HBO Max has released The Fresh Prince reunion trailer, which shows Will Smith reuniting with the Banks family on the set of the old family living room. The trailer is full of laughs and fond memories, and will keep our nostalgia banks full until the Friends reunion finally begins filming in 2021, as star Matthew Perry has confirmed.

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Different Versions of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been open in Disneyland and Disney World for over a year now. Though Disney World opened their Star Wars expansion a month after Disneyland, the two theme park areas are practically identical in their creation (with the exception of some aesthetic choices here and there). However, there was a time when Walt Disney Imagineering had considered making each of the Star Wars lands very different from each other. Read More »