Halloween 4 mazes

Horror film icon Michael Myers (AKA The Shape) is making his triumphant return to the big screen this year with the upcoming release of a new Halloween movie, but visitors to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will also have an opportunity to come face-to-face with the masked menace starting one month from today. New Halloween 4 mazes are coming to the theme park’s annual event starting on September 14, 2018. See a sneak peek video of the new mazes below.  Read More »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • How is Universal Orlando’s heavily rumored fourth park affecting ride plans at its other parks?
  • Go behind-the-scenes at Halloween Horror Nights to see how the annual scare-fest comes together.
  • Get some cool new details on the Cars attraction coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • A new moving floor technology in the works at Disney might soon make VR treadmills a viable thing.
  • That revamped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ride you’ve been waiting for is finally here.
  • And more!

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universal halloween horror nights

They’re heeere: Poltergeist is finally coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. The popular annual event at the Universal Studios theme park has been paying tribute to classic horror movies with elaborate mazes since it was first launched in 1991, and yet it had never yet gotten around to Tobe Hooper‘s iconic 1982 film. Until now.

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It's A Small World movie

I’m a self-described theme park fanatic and a card-carrying Disneyland annual passholder, so when any film property based on a Disney theme park ride or land is announced, I’m usually excited. But the 2014 announcement that they were developing a movie based on one of Walt Disney’s first rides, It’s A Small World, was met with confusion and dread. The ride is a wonderful piece of art and history, powered by a catchy (possibly too catchy) theme song written by Disney legends the Sherman Brothers. But to say there isn’t much of a story in the ride is an understatement – there is no story. It’s essentially a boat ride showing the many cultures around the world unified through song.

So while talking with director Jon Turteltaub for his latest film The Meg, I had to ask the National Treasure-helmer for an update on this bizarre theme park-to-movie project.

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Stranger Things Halloween Horror Nights

If you’ve ever seen Netflix’s posters, banners, or billboards for their supernatural ’80s-set thriller Stranger Things, you’ve seen the work of artist Kyle Lambert. He is the show’s official illustrator, and he creates realistic, almost portrait-level renderings of the cast, including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and many more. Though it’ll be a while before we see these characters on the small screen again, Lambert is back with a brand new piece of key art to promote the Stranger Things Halloween Horror Nights maze that’s coming to Universal Studios theme parks later this year. Check out the full piece of artwork below. Read More »

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Find out about the newest haunted house coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Is a Halloween-themed version of World of Color on the way at Disney California Adventure?
  • Sucking down drinks from a disposable plastic straw at Disney will soon be a thing of the past.
  • Which doors at Walt Disney World will that nifty new “Digital Key” for hotel guests unlock now?
  • See Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly announce the name of Hong Kong’s Ant-Man and the Wasp ride.
  • And more!

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fantastic worlds

A few months ago, we wrote about a rumor which suggested that Universal Orlando Resort was considering adding a fourth park to its Florida roster. The company acquired a bunch of new land in 2015 and even more in 2017, so all signs seemed to point to that rumor being true. Now Comcast (NBCUniversal’s parent company) has all-but-confirmed the new development themselves in a recent question and answer session, and revealed that the title of the new park could be Fantastic Worlds. Read on to learn everything we know so far. Read More »

Ant-Man ride

The Walt Disney Company is used to dealing with stunning successes, but so far, the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park has been something of a disappointment. The park’s attendance numbers aren’t as high as Disney execs would like, so in order to give the park a slight boost, they’re turning to some superheroes to help save the day.

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Tomorrowland section is being transformed into a mini Marvel land with attractions based on the cinematic versions of Marvel comics characters. Now we have a new look at an Ant-Man ride that will feature stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Find out the name of the new attraction below, and watch a quick teaser with a few pieces of concept art and interviews with the stars.
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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 »