Remember the first time you got a Disney annual pass? We bet you were so excited you wanted to sing about it. Well, now you have a theme park theme song to sing thanks to Thingamavlogs YouTubers. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
Attractions aficionados with an appreciation for the absurd are probably already familiar with Fake Theme Park, a satirical Twitter feed and Facebook page that pokes fun at our favorite form of amusement. Back in 2013, we interviewed Murph Gantly, the politically incorrect “CEO” of Fake Theme Park; today, we’re bringing you this exclusive interview with Princess Peppercorn, star of the recently released Fake Theme Park music video, “I’m a Theme Park Princess”: [Read more…]
By Chris Roseboom
“Warcraft” opens with a fight scene between a human and an orc – a familiar feud for fans of the World of Warcraft computer games. No time is wasted as the characters of the two factions are introduced and they jump around from scene to scene, which can be confusing if you’re new to the franchise. The humans have lived peacefully on Azeroth for many years, but are caught by surprise when their villages are ransacked by an unknown enemy. The orcs, whose homelands are dying, face total extinction if they don’t leave for a new world. The two factions face off in a war as the humans fight to protect their home and the orcs fight to claim it as their own.
There is little room for the interpretation of a backstory on any of the main human characters, but the orcs are well introduced. Throughout the movie, you are given a glimpse of how they live as a savage people, yet strongly uphold their honor, pride and tradition. The filmmakers did a great job of portraying the orcs as they are in the gaming franchise.
Of course, with a title like “Warcraft”, the battle scenes are the highlights of the movie. Having seen the movie in IMAX 3D, every brutal blow by an orcs giant hammer, or slam of a sword on a shield, can be felt. The moment an orc is first seen up-close on screen, the fantastic level of CGI quality is evident. The orcs are a fierce and savage people and they did an excellent job of bringing their race to life in everything from their movement, to the facial expressions and voices.
There are however, other places they fell short in bringing the high quality Warcraft fantasy world to life, such as the human characters. I liked the main human characters enough but others seem to have been neglected, which left holes where the “epicness” of the fantasy could have been brought to life even more.
There is a decent amount of visual humor, especially if you’re already a Warcraft fan. However this is not backed by the dialogue, which can feel cliché and dry at times. There are a few main characters filled with emotion and passion that can be felt strongly, but this is certainly not the case for all the characters. Although this is not a romantic storyline, it seems as though they tried to shove one in between a couple of the main characters, but it never really has a chance to evolve.
Although the run time is two hours and three minutes, the movie doesn’t feel lengthy at all due to the constant action and battle scenes. If anything, the beginning of the movie is rushed as they set the stage for the rest of the story. On the flip side, telling this much of a story in one movie really puts them in a good position to follow with a sequel that could capture much more of what the Warcraft universe is all about. As a fan of the games, I am excited to see where they are able to take this franchise. There are no mid or end scene credits. If you’re a fan of 3D movies, I suggest seeing this one that way.
In The Parks
There’s no sign of any World of Warcraft attractions in the states, but Joyland in China apparently has a whole unauthorized World of Warcraft land.
For a limited time, you can get photos with this statue outside the movie theater in Universal CityWalk:
With seemingly every weekend now occupied by a runDisney event at one theme park or another, Disney’s popular foot races are expanding into your neighborhood with the newly announced 2016 runDisney Virtual Running Shorts series. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
Gameloft has released the free-to-play Disney Magic Kingdoms mobile game, which gives Apple and Android owners the chance to build their own virtual Disney theme park. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
They used to say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but now you can bring Sin City home on your smartphone with Vegas VR, a free Las Vegas virtual reality app for Apple and Android devices. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
Most Walt Disney World guests’ PhotoPass pictures never go further than their own smartphone, but Jordan Alexander’s recent visit to the Magic Kingdom has made her a viral sensation as Angry Splash Mountain Lady. The Syracuse, N.Y., woman was captured on Frontierland’s famous log flume with a furious frown on her face, and the image spread across the Internet like wildfire. [Read more…]
By M.N. Corbisiero
There’s a feeling that washes over Halloween fans and gore hounds once the autumnal equinox arrives. Many know it as a “fall feeling;” the air feels crisper, everything has a distinct autumnal hue and you can’t shake the feeling that something ominous is just outside of your periphery. [Read more…]
Disney Interactive has launched Disney Dream Treats, a new match-three puzzle game for mobile devices that takes players on a tour of restaurants in Disney Parks around the world. [Read more…]
By Nick Russo
A look back at the week of Tweeted photos and videos from @Attractions Twitter feed – Sept. 15 to 21, 2014.
The Thinkwell Group has released the findings of a nationwide survey analyzing behavioral patterns as they relate to mobile integration in a theme park experience. [Read more…]
Earlier today, Universal Parks & Resorts launched their latest app entitled, Universal ScreenPlay. It is an augmented reality experience for guests visiting Universal Parks & Resorts by letting them experience their favorite Universal movies and characters in a new way.
The “Tangled” themed rest area is now open at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The new highly themed area features: restrooms, a ‘D-Zone’ charging station, and a game to find the ‘hidden pascals’ throughout the area. [Read more…]
For the first time ever, the Angry Birds are flying from the digital world into the real world this March at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Based off the Angry Birds Space Encounter app, guests will be able to experience up to seven interactive exhibits featuring the famous birds. [Read more…]
If you haven’t seen any of the Harlem Shake videos or know anything about this latest YouTube craze, don’t watch our version yet. You’ll just be confused and think we’re a bunch of loons (which we sometimes are). [Read more…]
Legoland Florida is now offering discounted admission tickets for guests who choose their date in advance of their visit to the park. In a first for Florida’s theme parks, the further in advance you purchase, the bigger the discount. This offer is a way to save on single day admission tickets using online variable pricing program. [Read more…]
When you visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex this spring, keep an extra careful eye on the skies. You may spot some mad fowl flying through the air. Angry Birds Space Encounter is set to open at the complex this spring. [Read more…]
Theme park fans will be able to build their dream parks this summer with the help of a new computer game, and the developer is looks for your help. Theme Park Studio is a suite of tools that will allow players to build amazing looking theme parks, roller coasters, flat rides, scenery, landscaping, and more in their own custom amusement parks. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is now known as the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Along with the change in title, Disney also announced the 19 newest members including two new Team Sports Moms who have joined the roster to assist guests with youth sports-related travel to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. [Read more…]
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment recently launched new mobile websites for their parks including Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando. These new sites provide guests a convenient and easy way to plan their vacations and purchase and redeem tickets directly from their mobile devices. [Read more…]