Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster

Roller coasters with spinning cars is not a new thing, but those spins have all previously relied on the design of the track or the weight distribution of the cars to initiate the rotations. Now, The Walt Disney Company has filed a new patent for technology that will allow the ride car’s spins to be controlled remotely, and they’ll debut this tech at Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster in Orlando, Florida. Get more details below. Read More »

Warner Bros Horror Made Here

Warner Bros is trying to get into the Haloween season horror maze game with Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights, transforming a portion of their backlot into a small town filled with haunted houses. Over the past five years, I have gotten sucked up in the seasonal haunted maze phenomenon and you may have already read my reports from the events at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and Knotts Scary Farm here. So I was very eager to see how Warner Bros’ studio tour event would compare.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Find out about the major update that will knock Spaceship Earth out of commission for 2½ years.
  • Disneyland Resort will not restart its new hotel project … which is awkward for Downtown Disney.
  • Get a look at some creepy cotton candy themed to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Learn where you can screen 12 minutes of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms before its release.
  • Calling all pirate fans: Captain Jack Sparrow is now available to meet at the Magic Kingdom.
  • And more!

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See the first concept for the Harry Potter coaster that’s set to open in Islands of Adventure next year.
  • Watch 4K video of SeaWorld Orlando’s new raft ride, which contains the world’s tallest water drop.
  • Infinity Gauntlet Sippers are back in supply at Disneyland. Note to eBay buyers: the gems aren’t real.
  • Guess which two totally random, non-Disney movies have Easter eggs at Disneyland Resort.
  • Rafiki has received a stay of execution but Stitch’s Great Escape is officially kaput at Disney World.
  • And more!

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galaxys edge

New rumored details about Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reveals the queue and story for the land’s Millenium Falcon attraction, including how many different experiences the ride will allow, and more on the possibility of premium early access entry into the world.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch 32,000 dominos fall in an elaborate maze themed to Walt Disney World’s Toy Story Land.
  • Say goodbye to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and live actors in Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Who needs math? People calculating guest turnaround in the Millennium Falcon ride, that’s who.
  • Disney World is about to implement a new ticket pricing plan based on the date of your park visit.
  • The award for “theme park fan of the week” goes to the guy recreating Fantasyland in his basement.
  • Guess which Florida theme park is rated number one for the fourth year in a row on TripAdvisor.
  • And more!

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millennium falcon ride

One of the most highly anticipated attractions at the soon-to-be-opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney theme parks is the Millennium Falcon ride, which takes fans on a interactive motion-simulator attraction of the most iconic Star Wars starship. And while we’ve seen a few pieces of concept art from the still-untitled ride, we have just received a slew of new details about the Millennium Falcon ride from — where else — the Solo: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray.

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aquaman trailer breakdown

On the September 24, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • “The bare necessities of life” … like an India pavilion and Jungle Book ride … could come to Epcot.
  • Prepare to have your butts baked in the high-flying “oven” gondolas of the Disney Skyliner system.
  • Guess which two TV superheroes dropped in like grizzly bears on a couple of Pandora glampers.
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s luck has taken a turn for the worse at Disney California Adventure.
  • Learn who invented the sandwich and how that relates to Downtown Disney’s restaurant scene.
  • And more!

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Halloween 4 - HHN 2018 - 3

Halloween Horror Nights was the first haunted house event I ever attended and I’ve gone every year since I moved to Los Angeles. I’m admittedly not a hardcore horror film guy – I enjoy the occasional horror film or slasher movie, but I skip more of the big horror releases than I see. But I am a huge theme park guy who loves being immersed in the worlds and stories we watch on the big and small screens, and that is probably why I’ve fallen hard for these events.

My excitement for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights has waned a bit over the years as the novelty has worn off, the crowds have gotten much much larger, and the production value and originality has fallen into decline. So how does Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 compare to previous years? Let’s take an in-depth look.

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