Smokey and the Bandit in Theaters

Last week we were sad to learn about the passing of screen icon Burt Reynolds. Unfortunately, the actor died before he was able to shoot his role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. However, fans of the actor will still have a chance to catch Burt Reynolds on the big screen one more time.

AMC Theatres is bringing the high-speed bootlegging action comedy Smokey and the Bandit, which features one of the most iconic performances of Burt Reynolds’ career, back to theaters for a little over a week. Find out when and where you can see Smokey and the Bandit in theaters below. Read More »

Disneyland - A Bug's Land Construction - Marvel

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Florida is gearing up for Halloween Horror Nights with some last-minute haunted house previews.
  • Jurassic Park: The Ride and A Bug’s Land have both permanently closed in California.
  • Feast your eyes on this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house at Disneyland.
  • Better start brushing up on Star Wars trivia if you want to work at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Starbucks has its fingers in a lot of pies and now those pies include Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • And more!

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Zelda land

In the theme park wars, intellectual property reigns supreme. Universal Studios changed the game by incorporating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter into its parks, but with Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge poised to open next year, the rivalry is about to be taken to the next level.

Universal is going to have to implement some flashy new changes to lure guests over from a galaxy far, far away, and now a new rumor says that instead of creating one Nintendo Land in the United States, they’re going to split that intellectual property across multiple parks – and more specifically, a Zelda land is coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida.
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superman in theaters

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Richard Donner‘s Superman flying back to theaters in honor of its 40th anniversary! The superhero movie that started it all, Superman celebrates 40 years since it first hit theaters in 1978 with a theatrical re-release this November. Read More »

Stranger Things Halloween Horror Nights

It’ll be a while before we head back to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana for Stranger Things 3, but guests at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights will be able to step into a recreation of the Upside Down in just a couple of weeks in the theme park’s brand new Stranger Things mazes.

Universal has unveiled some first look photos of the richly detailed mazes and a video that takes us back to the search for Will Byers in season 1 of the acclaimed Netflix series. Check them out below. Read More »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See concept art for the new Tropical Hideaway area of Adventureland at Disneyland.
  • Are you ready to elbow up to the bar at Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
  • Epcot’s Spaceship Earth may be gearing up for its first ride scene update in over a decade.
  • Snow White characters will soon be marching into the dining room at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
  • Take a guess who earns more: Cast Members at Disney World or employees at your local Target.
  • And more …

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Star Wars Land Cantina

We’re not even into fall yet, but it’s hard not to look forward to the summer of 2019. Not only will that give Marvel Cinematic Universe fans the answers they’ve been waiting for in Avengers 4, but that’s when Disney theme parks will be opening Star Wars Land. And today brings news of the perfect and inevitable addition to the theme park area inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

Disney Parks has announced that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, which will be located on the planet of Batuu, will have a smuggler’s hot spot called Oga’s Cantina. And just like the cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport on Tatooine, it’s bound to be a wretched hive of scum and villainy, especially since it’s the first time alcohol will be allowed at Disneyland. Read More »

thriller 3d imax

There’s no better celebration of Michael Jackson‘s birthday than the — ahem — thrilling news that his iconic short film that revolutionized the music video landscape is coming to theaters. Right on the heels of the Michael Jackson Diamond Celebration, IMAX announced that Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D will head to IMAX 3D theaters for the first time ever.

But a word of warning: the remastered short film will only be in theaters for one week before it heads back to the grave.

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millennium falcon ride

When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney theme parks next year, guests are going to be waiting in line for hours to experience the yet-to-be-titled Millennium Falcon ride. It’s a completely interactive motion-simulator attraction in which the ship’s flight is impacted by the riders’ decisions, but a new report suggests that Disney has hit a few snags during the testing phase. Keep reading to learn why “they are now having to retrofit after the fact.” Read More »

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch the ride record for Universal’s Jurassic Park – The Ride get broken with a marriage proposal.
  • Find out which opening-day attraction at Islands of Adventure is soon due to close forever.
  • Drink spills are up at Walt Disney World as restaurants stop circulating plastic lids and straws.
  • Learn how you can celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hocus Pocus in style at Disney this Halloween.
  • See the list of names that is officially being brainstormed for Epcot’s upcoming Ratatouille ride.
  • All that and more!

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