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Things are always kind of mysterious in the world of Theme Parks. Whether it be a return to The Haunted Mansion or a curious $800 million investment, there’s always something to discuss. In this edition of Theme Park Bits, read about the following:

  • Disney just invested $800 million more into Shanghai Disney, could it be for Star Wars?
  • New changes have been made to the virtual Fastpass + technology.
  • Look at the new cell phone charging lockers.
  • A new video exploring the Ratatouille ride has been released by Disney.
  • The Hatbox Ghost could return to The Haunted Mansion for the 45th Anniversary
  • A fun rumor links a new Soarin’ and Indiana Jones.

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Lots of cool little happenings in the movie-based theme park world, so we figured it was time for another edition of Theme Park Bits. Read about the following below:

  • Follow the progress of a new Ratatouille ride in Paris.
  • Check out a new Monsters University float.
  • A viral campaign for Transformers: The Ride has begun in Orlando.
  • Disney might soon offered rooms based on the Haunted Mansion, check out some images.
  • Roger Rabbit has gone missing, kind of, at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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Disney fanatics have been patiently waiting for an update on Guillermo Del Toro‘s live-action take on the classic ride, The Haunted Mansion. Most recently they got a not-so-welcome tease when Disney removed the film from their website, starting a huge round of rumors that the film had been shelved. This is not true, says Del Toro, who offered an update on the film in a new interview with Collider. Read, and watch what he had to say below. Read More »

Disney fans, and /Film readers, are likely aware that major Hollywood stars have been dressing up like Disney characters. It’s not as bad as it sounds. In the past few years we’ve seen Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Jessica Biel as Pocahontas and many others dressing up to help promote the Disney brand.

The trend now continues. Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz has done her 2012 Disney Dream portraits and they feature Russell Brand as Captain Hook from Peter Pan, and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as Phineas, Ezra and Gus, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion. It’s the first time the series has featured characters who originated in a theme park and not in a movie. Check them out below. Read More »

Update: Disney blogger InsideTheMagic informs us that: “That sculpt has been around for years. It has nothing to do with the film. It was inspired by HBG but isn’t related to del Toro. Here’s a commercially-available version of that sculpt. Nothing new. (Still cool though…)” Original post follows.

At Comic Con 2010, Guillermo del Toro surprised the crowd at the Disney panel in Hall H by announcing that he would be producing (and probably directing) a new big screen adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction The Haunted Mansion.  The center of his plan is the reintroduction of the Hatbox Ghost, a character that appeared originally in The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland but was removed shortly after the attraction’s debut.

Illusion Industries has been creating concept designs for del Toro’s Haunted Mansion, and AICN found an image on their website which looks very much like a reimagining of the Hatbox Ghost. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Last week at Comic-Con, Apple surprised Hall H by having Guillermo del Toro announce that he will be producing a new version of The Haunted Mansion. At the time, del Toto told us that the movie would be live-action 3D horror film, and not a comedy like the previous version. Guillermo said, “We’re making the Haunted Mansion the most haunted place on Earth, and we are doing it by being true to the spirit and the art and the aesthetic of the original Imagineers that created the mansion.” The only thing we heard about the actual story is that it would be created around the Hatbox Ghost, which del Toro called “one of the scariest” images created for the ride, but a character which he also considers “incredibly whimsical.”

Now del Toro reveals some additional plot details about the project, which is currently being written by del Toro and Mimic/Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake scribe Matthew Robbins.

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On Thursday, it was reported that Guillermo del Toro would be producing a new version of The Haunted Mansion, but now we have the full discussion of the project from the man himself. Check out everything he had to say at Comic-Con after the break. Read More »


Update: We got part of this wrong earlier — del Toro is not directing. He’s only producing and co-writing. Prior to Comic Con he’d said his next directorial project will be announced after the Con, and he repeated that in a statement to Latino Review. Original article follows.

At the tail end of the Tron panel today at Comic Con, surprise guest Guillermo del Toro took the stage to announce his next film: The Haunted Mansion. Jumping off from ideas behind the classic Haunted Mansion ride, GdT will co-write and direct produce a film that revolves, in some part, around the ride’s Hat Box Ghost. But this film won’t be a continuation of or sequel to the Eddie Murphy movie of the same name. As del Toro said when talking about plans for his new live-action 3D film, “we are not returning Eddie Murphy’s calls.” Read More »