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 »

Matt Damon and Edna Mode

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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Toy Story Land Easter Eggs

Summer is almost over and for Disney fans, it’s been an eventful theme park season. While California has been caught up in the pageantry of Pixar Pier’s opening at Disneyland Resort, Florida has been having an “Incredible Summer” at Walt Disney World. The bigger ongoing gala at Disney World, however, has been the opening summer of Toy Story Land, a brand new area of the park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Themed to Pixar’s beloved animated films, Toy Story Land is merely the first stage of revitalization for Hollywood Studios, which will also serve as the East Coast outpost for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new land set to open next year on both sides of the U.S. There’s even a seamlessly connected Star Wars hotel on the way.

As the poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “The unexamined theme park is not worth visiting.” That may or may not be an extreme bit of paraphrasing, but Toy Story Land is chock-full of Easter eggs; it even adds a few new wrinkles to movie continuity by fleshing out character origins and adding new in-universe elements to the mythos. If you haven’t made it down to Florida yet but you want to plan a trip or just take a vicarious visit to Toy Story Land, then get ready to shrink down to the size of the Green Army Men, because we’re about to enter Andy’s backyard from the Toy Story movies. Here’s your end-of-summer photo tour of Disney World’s Toy Story Land.

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Theme park Halloween events are more aliiiive than ever. This year’s theme park horror events are stepping up their game, with Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights resurrecting cinematic icons through a classic monsters maze and Six Flags partnering with the upcoming movie Hell Fest.

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Horrors of Blumhouse

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for sweaters, festive gourds, pumpkin spice everything, and, of course, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. This year, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” returns to Horror Nights, with mazes that focus on Blumhouse filmsUnfriended and Truth or DareUnfriended is about a haunted computer and Truth or Dare is about people who smile too much (I think?), so I’m not sure how this will work. Let’s find out, shall we?

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Could Wreck-It Ralph be looking to wreck Stitch’s Great Escape at Walt Disney World?
  • Construction on the Magic Kingdom’s Tron coaster is beginning to affect other nearby rides.
  • Find out which classic Disney attraction is getting its own Funko Pop! Rides figure.
  • Guests of Disneyland Resort, don’t count your luxury hotels before they’ve hatched.
  • Pack your bags for Canada next year to ride the roller coaster to end all dive roller coasters.
  • And more!

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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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