disney festival of holidays 2019

In the latest Ordinary Adventures vlog, Peter & Kitra visit the 2019 edition of Disney’s Festival of the Holidays at Disney California Adventure. Their mission: to eat everything at the eight booths, and also consume some of the Holiday drinks as well. This means they had to eat 18 separate dishes over the course of one afternoon. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Salivate over the holiday foods at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
  • Take a look at ride footage of an early iteration of an old Disney thrill ride.
  • Prepare for 2020 Halloween Horror Nights.
  • And more!

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funko hollywood

Last night we were invited to help celebrate the grand opening of the Funko store on Hollywood Boulevard. The 40,000 square-foot Funko Hollywood store will officially open to the public on Monday, November 18, 2019, with a ton of instagramable photo ops featuring characters and locations ranging from Disney animation, Marvel, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Jurassic Park, It, DC, Star Wars and much much more. Watch our video preview of the Funko store!
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star wars galaxy's edge milk stand

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • An old friend visits Galaxy’s Edge.
  • The hybrid food names at Galaxy’s Edge have made their way to Disneyland.
  • Universal Studios Japan is getting a holiday makeover.
  • And more!

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droid building in galaxy edge

A few months back, we adventured to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland to build an R2-unit droid at Droid Depot. That video has since been watched almost a half a million times, and the biggest question we get is: What about the BB-unit droids? So this past weekend, we took a trip back to the edge of the galaxy, and visited Mubo’s Droid Depot in Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu so that Kitra could build a BB-Unit droid. Come along with us on this adventure.

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Godzilla theme park attraction concept art 1

Would you like to go directly into Godzilla’s mouth? Sure you would! And starting next summer, you can – as long as you visit a new Godzilla theme park attraction on Japan’s Awaji Island.

I remember reading about a huge Godzilla head that was constructed outside a hotel in Tokyo, but that seemed to be primarily done for photo opportunities. This, on the other hand, will be an interactive attraction at a theme park, and built to look as if Godzilla is rising up out of the ground. Japanese site IT Media refers to this (via Google Translate) as “the world’s first attraction using life-size Godzilla.” Read More »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Disney Skyliner has hit a major milestone.
  • Disney Cast Members have more grooming freedom now.
  • Disneyland’s Matterhorn is going through unexpected construction.
  • And more!

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Halloween Horror Nights Us Maze lupita nyongo

Lupita Nyong’o, good sport that she is, decided to jump back into her red jumpsuit and surprise folks at the Halloween Horror Nights Us maze to reprise her character from the Jordan Peele film. Nyong’o first went through the maze herself, and had the bejesus scared out of her. Then she easily slipped back into character, much to the surprise of other people traveling through the maze. Watch a video of Nyong’o at the Halloween Horror Nights Us maze below.

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facial recognition

The Universal Beijing Resort is set to open in 2021, and the executives responsible for the park are implementing smart technology to ensure that visitors have “a seamless experience throughout every stage of the guests’ journey”, granting park visitors “unprecedented convenience.” To make that happen, they’ll use facial recognition tech from one of China’s biggest conglomerates that will be applied “from park entry to storage lockers to express-lane access to even payment for merchandise and meals.” And a new rumor suggests that these techniques won’t be limited to the Beijing park – it’s apparently going global.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is getting a big update this December.
  • Someone’s suing Universal over unlimited soda.
  • And more!

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