The next big advancement in 4D attraction technology is almost here, and for once it isn’t arriving in Orlando. California’s Great America theme park is scheduled to open a new Mass Effect 4D attraction on May 18, and it features new stereoscopic LED technology developed by 3D Live. [Read more…]
By Jackie & Matt Roseboom
The new “Minions” movie takes you back in time to show you how the little yellow guys we love and adore got their start. [Read more…]
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Hollywood next spring with a few differences from the Orlando version. Most of which is the land’s signature attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”, will be in hyper-realistic 3D-HD.
More than five years in the making, and inspired by J. K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters and the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood will bring guests the same authenticity and storytelling found at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan.
“The momentum behind J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is as strong as ever and we are incredibly excited to bring Hogwarts to Hollywood,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Fans around the world have experienced the magic at ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ in Orlando and Osaka and we look forward to continued success with our partners at Universal Studios Hollywood as we offer more fans a chance to step into this immersive environment.”
Like its counterparts, Hogwarts castle will sit at the heart of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” where the land’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” will take guests on a journey into many memorable scenes alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. Traveling by Floo powder, guests will soar high above Hogwarts, partake in a Quidditch match, narrowly escape a dragon attack and have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow. Sporting Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles, guests will venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track.
When asked at a press conference if Orlando’s Forbidden Journey ride would be getting a 3D upgrade, Tom Williams, CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, said they are concentrating on the Universal Hollywood ride right now but to stay tuned.
Also within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” the enchanting family coaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff” will debut as Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor coaster.
Guest will have the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverage at multiple locations, including: Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts.
A foray through the shops will add to the authenticity of the land with eight retail shops and locations, including Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Owl Post, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.
As excitement builds for the Spring 2016 arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” in-park guests at Universal Studios Hollywood are able to experience and purchase authentic merchandise, including wands, robes and other collectibles from “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” available within the Features Presentation shop, located just inside Universal Studios Hollywood’s main entry.
A new 3D documentary has premiered in the Digital Adventure Theater at the Orlando Science Center: Penguins 3D. [Read more…]
Be among the first to see Disney’s “Planes” on its opening day, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Arena during the 2013 D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. [Read more…]
You favorite blue and green monsters are back, well, sort of back in time. Monsters University follows Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan (AKA Sully) in their college years. Fans of Monsters Inc. will enjoy Monsters University, even though it doesn’t quite match up to the original. [Read more…]
The Nickelodeon Suites Resort was the site of the world premier of a brand new Spongebob Squarepants 4D movie last week, a great addition to the new Bikini Bottom character breakfast which recently debuted as well. [Read more…]
If you haven’t watched the original Jurassic Park movie recently, the new 3D version, in theaters now, is worth seeing. Overall the movie looks great in 3D and still holds up on the big screen 20 years later. [Read more…]
The Orlando Science Center has brought cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to its visitors in its new Digital Adventure Theater. Guests can see educational documentaries and Hollywood features all in stunning, immersive 3D and ultra high definition 4K resolution. [Read more…]
The fourth Tinker Bell movie is now available on DVD and in 3D on Blu-Ray, a first for the Disney Fairies franchise. Secret of the Wings is a cute, funny tale that could have easily been a hit in theaters, had it not been a home movie release. [Read more…]
By Teen Reporter Quinn Roseboom
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Over at Universal Studios Hollywood, Autobots and Decepticons are now battling in the new theme park ride, Transformers: The Ride – 3D. The grand opening event was held yesterday, May 24, 2012. [Read more…]
Earlier today at Universal Studios, the walls came down around facade for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, which resembles the house from the film. There is also lots of new Despicable Me merchandise for sale in the Studio Store. [Read more…]
SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction, TurtleTrek is now officially open. It combines up-close encounters with manatees and sea turtles and state-of-the art entertainment with a first-of-its-kind 3D 360 degree dome theater film. [Read more…]
A brand new parade and nighttime fountain show are just two of the new things guests will find at Universal Orlando this year as they celebrate 100 years of Universal movies. Also announced today are the opening times for their new Dispicable Me attraction and their upgraded Spider-Man ride, plus a new show for the Blue Man Group and more. [Read more…]
One of the comments we hear most often is that you love our magazine, website, videos and show because they help bring you away from your daily lives and into the theme parks. With that in mind, we’re always looking at the latest technology that will help us immerse you even more. Below are links to the results of our latest tech toys – 360 degree photos, 360 degree video and 3D videos from Orlando area attractions. [Read more…]
SeaWorld Orlando have announced their plans for two new attractions at SeaWorld and one for Discovery Cove. Look for a 3D/360 experience called TurtleTrek and Freshwater Oasis at Discovery Cove next spring, and a new Antarctic area with a new ride at SeaWorld in spring 2013. [Read more…]
By Kevin Yee
There are two important questions to ask right up front when discussing the new release of Disney’s The Lion King in 3D: how long ago was your last viewing of the picture (in regular 2D, of course), and how many times have you seen in total? These are important to think about, because the answer to those questions may well dictate how you react to the theatrical release of the movie in 3D. [Read more…]
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue officially opened today with a grand display, which included lots of Star Wars characters and celebrities. The biggest surprise was the appearance of Disney CEO Bob Iger and Star Wars creator George Lucas. Who knew they could wield lightsabers that way (video coming). Now that the ride is open, let’s take a look inside. [Read more…]