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Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Fast and Furious: Supercharged’ Takes You Into The Movie
LA Spectre   |  

Fast and Furious Supercharged

The best kind of theme park rides are the ones that truly take you into environments of the story. At Universal Studios Hollywood, Fast and Furious: Supercharged does just that! It’s crazy to think that the backlot tram can transform into a high-speed chase vehicle, but they totally did it. You start off on the regular theme park tour which then finds itself under threat when Dom Torretto and Owen Shaw go head-to-head in a chase you come along for through the streets and highways of Los Angeles.

The immersive 360 experience pushes the envelope for theme park rides. It uses similar hydraulic tech like on Disney World’s Star Tours, but on a longer scale that isn’t as encapsulated. The combination of it with 3D on both sides plays tricks on your mind and you really feel like you’re zooming through traffic with Dom, Letty, and the gang.

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Disney In Depth: ‘Tomorrowland’: The Good, Bad, and Missed Potential
Brett Nachman   |  

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Brad Bird‘s latest action adventure is possibly his most complex, as he builds an intricate world with tons of “wow” moments – only matched by the same quantity of “oh, this could have been better” moments.

I loved Tomorrowland, even though I sighed nearly as often as I smiled with giddiness. The level of detail and consideration Bird and his production team put into Disney’s sci-fi flick speak to the genius of the group on board. But there could have been too many cooks in this kitchen – or rather, too many crafty individuals on set.

What made Tomorrowland work, where did it suffer, and what aspects could have lent themselves to opportunities that were sadly not embraced? Here is my rundown.

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Disney In Depth: Remembering Disneyland’s New Tomorrowland
Brett Nachman   |  

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As Disney’s Tomorrowland hits theaters, we reflect back on those memories of visiting the futuristic area of the Magic Kingdom, whether Walt Disney World’s Florida park or Disneyland in California. Some may have even traveled to Disneyland Paris’s Discoveryland or the Tomorrowland found in Tokyo or Hong Kong.

My first experiences at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland occurred during a transcendent juncture, a state of transition for the now-dated environment. I initially crossed the cracked pavement in 1996, a period when Tomorrowland progressed into a state of massive refurbishment. New Tomorrowland would land in 1998. But its anticipated arrival would quickly cease. This is a story of great vision undermined by disappointment and dysfunction. Set on your Rocket Rod and shoot back 17 years to New Tomorrowland.

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Disney In Depth: More Marvel-ous Ideas For Disneyland Resort
Brett Nachman   |  

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More than a year ago I wrote a column centered on the potential to have various Marvel properties enter the Disney theme parks. Not much has unfolded since that time, save for a few character meet-and-greet opportunities, merchandise, and a temporary sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy prior to its debut.

More ideas fill my head of what the Imagineers can accomplish in “winning” over both Disney and Marvel aficionados. Take these imaginary projects for the Disneyland Resort as food for thought.

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Disney In Depth: Disneyland’s Exciting 60th Anniversary Plans
Brett Nachman   |  

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Disney knows how to celebrate its anniversaries. Remember the pop culture phenomenon that was Disneyland‘s 50th? That more-than-yearlong event a decade ago was one of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ most major milestones to date.

Ten years later we honor the park’s 60th. While not as noteworthy as the previous one, longtime Disney fans will be delighted by the array of new entertainment and “enhanced” features within attractions. Let’s dive right in!

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Disney In Depth: An Awesome Disney News Month
Brett Nachman   |  

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For years we have awaited 2015, a period that would produce so much awesome entertainment unlike no other. With Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Pixar’s Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the short-term horizon on the film side, Disneyland’s 60th on the theme park side, and a variety of exciting television/digital projects to debut, Disney continues to demonstrate its power in the media world.

Last week’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders revealed a few upcoming plans, complemented by a slew of headlines that have rocked the industry — and, most of all, rocked in a great way. Needless to say, there is likely no better time to be a Disney fan. At the very least, divisiveness acknowledged on some issues, we can have more substantial and more frequent discussions on Disney’s entertainment dominance and interesting avenues for extending its branding reach.

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Universal Studios’ ‘Fast & Furious – Supercharged’ Super Bowl Spot
Empress Eve   |  

Universal Studios Fast & Furious Supercharged theme park attraction

Universal Studios has released the Super Bowl TV spot for Fast & Furious — Supercharged, the theme park’s new thrill ride based on the Fast and Furious film franchise. The 30-second clip aired on television this afternoon during NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game coverage and is now online.

Watch the new TV spot here below!

The new Fast & Furious — Supercharged feature, which will debut at Universal Studios Hollywood this Summer, will be the new grand finale for the California theme park’s popular backlot Studio Tour attraction and feature Fast and Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw).

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Disney In Depth: Epcot’s Evolution, A One-Year Thesis Project
Brett Nachman   |  

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Twelve months in the making and one unforgettable experience, in November 2014 I completed an enriching project that catapulted my Disney fervor into something quite scholarly. As a student of Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College, I was to spend two semesters developing a thesis on a subject of my choosing. What better way to combine entertainment and education than to add some fantastic flavor to an academic endeavor?

An Epcot enthusiast, I realized I could translate my passion for the community-turned-theme park into a piece of research that would explore its evolution. More specifically, I wanted to identify the interrelations between technology and culture in this artificial, yet awesome environment. Thus I set off on a one-year journey that would be as amazing and personally fulfilling as venturing to Epcot for the first time some 15 years ago.

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Disney In Depth: Disney’s 2014 Hits and Misses
Brett Nachman   |  

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2014 may be complete, but the year’s impact will continue to mark all facets of The Walt Disney Company. The corporation’s hands in nearly all aspects of entertainment (film, television, theater, merchandise, theme parks, and music, among other forms) has experienced its shares of highs and lows. Let’s reflect on where and how Disney succeeded in 2014, as well as analyze components it could have improved.

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Check Out Disney World’s ‘Frozen’ Gingerbread Display (Video)
Empress Eve   |  

Frozen gingerbread display at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s animated feature Frozen has taken the world by storm since its 2013 theatrical release, so it’s not surprising that the company is doing everything possible to populate the world with more Frozen. For example, there’s already plans for a new theatrical short, Frozen Fever; a Broadway musical; and a new attraction at Disney World’s Norway Pavilion at EPCOT to replace The Maelstrom.

The Frozen characters already have a huge presence at Disney World, and now, they’ve been incorporated into Disney World’s Contemporary Resort’s massive Gingerbread display. Check out the video here below that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Frozen display, which is just one of many Gingerbread showcases throughout the Florida theme park.

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