Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fairies, High Schoolers, Robots and One Nasty Serial Killer

All the latest in movie-themed entertainment at a theme park near you:

- Fairies of all kinds can meet their ilk at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom starting tomorrow as Tinker Bell's Pixie Hollow opens to the public. The Mickey's Toontown Fair walk-through/meet and greet attraction is (conveniently) timed to coincide with the debut of the new Tinker Bellmovie on DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday.

- Also opening tomorrow at Walt Disney World, this time at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is a brand new "street-tacular" live show based on High School Musical 3: Senior Year, also conveniently timed to open on the same day as the movie.

- And any day now you can expect to see the crime-fighting critters of Disney's next animated feature Bolt to be wondering around the various parks. Conveniently, the movie opens November 21. Ah, Disney Synergyⓒ at work.

- Moving from the G-rated kiddie (and kid-at-heart) fare to the realm of PG-13 sci-fi and R-rated horror: Universal Studios will be launching an attraction that is "more than meets the eye" in its Hollywood and Singapore parks come 2011. Based on the popular Transformers movie, the ride will utilize state-of-the-art 3-D technology to immerse riders in a battle between the friendly Autobots and evil Decepticons.

Meanwhile, over in merry ol' England, Surrey's Thorpe Park will be unleashing the psychotic fury of Jigsaw next year with Saw: The Ride. The torturous rollercoaster will include three inversions and a "beyond vertical" drop of 100-degrees from a height of 100 feet. Yikes.

UPDATE: has video and pictures for both the new HSM3 parade at Disney's California Adventure and the new Pixie Hollow attraction at the Magic Kingdom.

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