When the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride first opened at Disneyland in 1967, it represented the cutting-edge of amusement park technologies. Fifty years later, this video is our first glimpse at how far ride technologies have advanced, as Disney World’s new Avatar: Flight of Passage attraction is set to open…
On a recent trip to Disney World, I had an unusual experience. I rode a ride. It broke. We were evacuated, and a few minutes later, I got a picture on my phone. It was an empty raft sliding down Splash Mountain, taken at precisely the moment I was walking down the emergency stairwell. It was weird.
The creator of Avatar, James Cameron, just blew the ending of his potential five film movie universe. And he did it with a theme park. Stay with us here, cause it’s a little weird.
Do you remember Avatar? It was released seven years ago as the single biggest movie of 2009. But unlike other sci-fi blockbusters with broad family appeal, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone today begging for a sequel, let alone clamoring for theme park rides based on the film. But that’s just what we’re going to…
Disney’s adding a brand-new mission to Star Tours based on Star Wars: Episode VIII. If this means BB8 becomes our new co-pilot, buy me a ticket right away because I must go there immediately.
Before Walt Disney’s Epcot was a theme park, it was supposed to be an actual city. With actual humans inside of it around the clock. After Walt died in 1966, the plans for Florida slowly changed. But in a newly uncovered proposal for the park’s computer and communications system in 1968, we can see what might have…
Do you remember Myst? That mysterious 3D computer game from the 1990s where you walked around solving puzzles? Well, believe it or not, the folks over at Disney were in talks with the creators of Myst to turn it into a theme park down in Florida. No joke.
The Most Magical Place on Earth has started scanning the fingers of three-year-olds in an effort to prevent ticket fraud, because you can never be too careful about tiny babies that have only just started communicating properly.
I haven’t been to Walt Disney World in many years, but the next time I go my first stop is going to be the Animal Kingdom park. Disney opened a delightful market in 2015 that serves ribs, curry sausages, and an assortment of other grilled foods. The name? The Harambe Market.
Disney’s Epcot theme park in Florida includes exhibits of countries from around the world, staffed by student ambassadors from those countries. But before the theme park even opened in 1982, the FBI was concerned that EPCOT might become overrun with Communist spies from China, Poland, and the Soviet Union.
Several of the biggest theme parks in the United States are increasing their security measures because of recent mass shootings and terrorist attacks occurring, uh, everywhere, constantly. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Disney World, and SeaWorld will all start using metal detectors; Disney World is also banning the…
“Perhaps Madame Leota can establish contact,” the Ghost Host decides. “She has a remarkable head for materializing...the disembodied!” As the Ghost Host is speaking, the Doom Buggies make their way into a dim parlor and take their place around a large seance circle.
I've never been to Norway. I guess it's supposed to be like Minnesota, but with more fjords and trolls or something. But you know where I have been? Epcot. Which is kind of the same thing. Right?
The manifesting and disappearing ghosts in the grand ballroom of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion aren't holograms or digital projections. They're based on Pepper's Ghost, a nineteenth century technique that, until the Haunted Mansion was constructed, had never been used on such a grand scale.
Because it was garbage. BA-ZING!
On October 1, 1983 the greatest ride to ever appear at Walt Disney World opened to the public. They called it Horizons.
We've been absolutely ravenous to check out any footage from Escape From Tomorrow, a surreal piece of black-and-white fantasy shot entirely at Disney theme parks. But without any approval from the Mouse House.
Last summer guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios had the opportunity to get a miniature version of themselves frozen in carbonite thanks to the magic of 3D printing. And this year that one-of-a-kind souvenir will be available again, with the addition of a Stormtrooper option if you like what the Empire has been doing…
This might be the most amazing thing we've seen all month. In celebration of the brand new Fantasyland expansion, Disney World constructed a life-size, fire-breathing dragon and flew it around the Magic Kingdom. The nighttime video is chill-inducing, as the giant, winged beast spits fire through the sky. Check out…
You no longer have to be a smuggler who drops his shipments at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser to be frozen in carbonite. As part of its Star Wars-themed weekends, Disney World is now offering that service to all of its guests.