In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The paralyzed yeti in Disney’s Expedition Everest ride may finally be on track to move again.
  • Some misattributed photos have led to false reports of an animatronic Lion King movie model.
  • Florida parkgoers, you’ll definitely want to see what your new Mickey Mouse beignets look like.
  • A man in his eighties has settled his lawsuit against Disneyland for kicking him out of Club 33.
  • Will gamers one day be gaming at Univeral Studios in direct synergy with Super Nintendo World?
  • And more!

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Warner Bros World

Warner Bros. is about to open a brand new theme park in Abu Dhabi, and while we’ve already seen some concept art for what they have planned, the first videos from inside the park itself have hit the Internet. Check out our best look yet at the Warner Bros World park below. Read More »

The First Purge Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios has brought its horror franchise The Purge to Halloween Horror Nights before, but now the movie is about to come to life on the West Coast in a whole new way. The First Purge is getting its own maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood. Check out a video below and learn about how the maze will “reimagine the movie’s premise.” Read More »

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Are you ready to commune with real live Force ghosts at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
  • Check out the expanded model for Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • See new concept art for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Hollywood Studios.
  • A motorcade of Cars characters will be zooming into Walt Disney World next year.
  • Watch a full video of the new Jurassic World show at Universal Studios Singapore.
  • Which Universal resort hosted a star-studded, in-park movie premiere this week?
  • And more!

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Find out which Jurassic Park actor took a farewell ride at Universal Studios Hollywood this week.
  • Harry Potter fans, do butterbeer and ice cream sound like a match made in heaven?
  • Pixar Pier just opened but it’s already announced two new attractions for next year.
  • Get a look at the “secret lounge” in Lamplight Lounge at Disney California Adventure.
  • See inside Toy Story Land as it celebrates its grand opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • And more!

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Disney Stunt Robots

Having learned nothing from Westworld, Disney Imagineering went ahead and built stunt robots that can flip through the air, and probably eventually rebel against their cruel human masters. It’s likely these high-flying bots will be used in Disney’s Star Wars land, or possible upcoming Marvel attractions.

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Galaxy's Edge blasters

Based on everything we’ve seen thus far, theme park fans are soon going to classify all events into two separate time periods: the era before Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, and the era afterward. Disney’s immersive new Star Wars land opens next year, and we’ve just heard about yet another way they’re going to try to create the illusion that guests are walking around in a galaxy far, far away. Better keep your heads on a swivel, because it looks like there’s going to be blaster fire flying through the air. Read More »

(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. In this edition: a visit to the opening days of Disney California Adventure’s Pixar Pier reveals the future of Disney theme parks.)

Last weekend, Disney unveiled a re-imagining of a section of the Disney California Adventure (DCA) theme park at the Disneyland Resort. It’s called Pixar Pier, featuring revised versions of old attractions, a handful of new fast-food restaurants, and more. It’s all part of the Pixar Fest theme of the summer at Disneyland, which you have no doubt heard about, at least if you live on the western half of the United States and/or you’re enough of a Disney parks fan.

One pre-existing piece of entertainment that’s taking center stage in Pixar Fest is the Pixar Play Parade; previously, this high-tech parade full of floats, Audio-Animatronic characters, live dancers, puppets, and more would be performed once or twice a day at DCA. Now, it’s the afternoon parade at Disneyland Park; watching it live on Pixar Pier’s opening weekend — as I did — was, like being at Pixar Pier on its first two full days, quite the experience.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is going back in time to 1988 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of two iconic horror films. The deranged killer doll Chucky from Child’s Play and the evil aliens from the campy Killer Klowns From Outer Space are set to invade this year’s event with brand new scare zones in Orlando, Florida. Read more about the new additions below. Read More »

In this (mostly Pixar Pier-related) edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Check out Incredibles Park and Pixar Pier’s interactive Pixar ball.
  • What will the array of colorful billboards inside Pixar Pier look like?
  • Take a gander at Lamplight Lounge and its menu.
  • Are you ready for Inside Out-themed candy apples?
  • What else is happening at Disney parks on June 23?
  • And more!

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