Universal Studios Hollywood has refurbished the classic Jurassic Park: The Ride, turning it into Jurassic World: The Ride. The new attraction brings a new modern color scheme to match up with the current franchise and adds a few characters from the hit movie, including Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Clare Dearing, BD Wong’s Henry Wu, the Mosasaurus, and the Indominus rex. Universal has still yet to announce a grand opening for the attraction, but the raft ride began “technical rehearsals” on Thursday, allowing the first park guests to experience it. We were lucky to be at the park on Friday afternoon, and we recorded a vlog about our experience on the new Jurassic World: The Ride. Hit the jump to watch the Jurassic World The Ride video.

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Drop your dreams of riding a John Wick-themed shooting ride or flying in a Hunger Games simulator attraction: the ambitious Lionsgate entertainment center that was set to open in New York City’s Time Square has been scrapped.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Future World is closing down a good chunk of its buildings in September.
  • Disneyland is saying hello to one old-favorite parade, and goodbye to another.
  • And more!

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Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, the first ride to open in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, puts you in the cockpit of the most famous hunk of junk in the galaxy. It’s a fully-interactive motion simulator which puts you and a group of five people on a smuggling mission with Han Solo’s infamous ship. But we’ve been wondering, what happens if you don’t do anything? What happens if the pilots don’t steer the ship? What happens if the gunners don’t fire at the incoming tie fighters and obstacles? What happens if the engineers don’t fix the damage? What happens if you don’t pull the lever to jump to hyperspace? We attempted to conduct an experiment to find out. Watch and see what happens.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is filled with awesome photo opportunities. It’s easy to get a great photo in Batuu, but we have some tips and tricks for you that will up your Instagram game while visiting Black Spire Outpost. We will tell you about often overlooked locations that produce awesome Star Wars photos, and we’ll also share some secret tips that you might not know about.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Soarin’ Over California is sticking around through the summer at Disney California Adventure.
  • Epcot’s getting a new barbecue restaurant.
  • Disney’s Hawaii resort is letting you get close to tropical fish.
  • And more!

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Riding Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

Over the weekend, we went to Disney California Adventure theme park to experience the new Inside Out ride at Pixar Pier, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind. And we also venture over to Disneyland to check out the new Haunted Mansion art show, Happy Haunts Materialize – The Art of Haunted Mansion at Disney Gallery. We also see where Forky from Toy Story 4 is hanging out inside of DCA and put an end to the mystery of the Disney character silhouette in the parking garage mural. What’s new at Disneyland resort? Watch our video after the jump.

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Disney park updates

For all you theme park lovers out there, here are a couple of brief Disney park updates to send you into the weekend. The beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, which hasn’t been seen in the park since 2017, is being reintroduced for a limited time engagement, and an Inside Out-themed attraction has just opened at Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure. Check out a video of the re-themed ride, and explore the somewhat curious timing of parade’s return below. Read More »

Country Bear Jamboree

Update: The official Disney Parks blog, which very rarely comments on theme park rumors, has addressed this one head-on and refuted it.

“Our Imagineers are always looking at ways to bring more magic to our guests through experiences and stories they know, but contrary to rumors, Country Bear Jamboree is not going into hibernation any time soon.  In fact, we’re looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2021, with Henry, the Five Bear Rugs and the rest of the gang.”

Our original article follows.

The Country Bear Jamboree has been a staple at Walt Disney World since the Magic Kingdom theme park opened its doors in 1971, but it may not live to see the park’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

A new rumor says the closing of the long-running attraction is “imminent,” and not only that, but it will be replaced with an audio-animatronic marionette show based on the Toy Story franchise. Walt Disney World purists are, uh, let’s say not pleased about this, especially because part of the rumored plan is to make this change before the park celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. Read More »

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You can walk right into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge right now at Disneyland without a problem, on the first week the land has been open to the public without reservations. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both seem to be empty. The standby lines for some of the most popular rides in the parks are the lowest I’ve ever seen. This is the middle of the Summer, when Disneyland Resort is usually packed to capacity. What is going on here?

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