movies to base a theme park ride on

anonymous asked:

Thoughts on Pirates of the Caribbean? I've heard somewhere that you took inspiration for Red Seas.

I really loved the first film, saw it many times. Enjoyed the second more than most people I know. Left to go the the bathroom at the climax of the third and didn’t feel I’d missed anything. Never saw it again. Totally disinterested in any of the films made since. Back in 2003, the whole notion of a movie based on a fucking theme park ride was generally seen as mad hubris, and part of the charm of POTC was the shocking fact that it turned out to be so genuinely good. Since then, I have become profoundly less interested in the notion that the Caribbean hides any more previously-unseen all-powerful dark forces that Jack Sparrow personally pissed off many years ago. I also enjoyed the Sparrow character a great deal more when it was unclear just where his boundaries were set– how much of his shtick was affect and swagger, how much of it was obsession and sanity-bending experience, how much of it was damage? I don’t particularly care for more explanations and backstory; I was happier with him as a mystery and a foil rather than the center of the cinematic universe. If I never have to see another film trailer with a genuinely excellent actor with some CGI supernatural gook all over them muttering “Jack… Sparrrrowwwww…” I’ll be pretty content.  

anonymous asked:

Ok but if they did the Moana thing then they would be able to stop having to answer the question of why they have a ride based on a movie they want everyone to forget existed.

i still can’t believe splash mountain opened in 1989 my mind refuses to believe someone sat down around the same time they were making the little mermaid and said “you know what the parks are really missing? a log flume ride themed around that old racist movie everyone hates”

Disney Parks Get Their Force On

Disney boss Bob Iger delighted and surprised fans at the D23 Expo this year with the announcement that both Disneyland and Disney World would be adding a Star Wars Land. Construction is slated to begin in January for a 2017 opening. To whet fans’ appetites in the meantime, the theme parks have opened Season of the Force, a group of Star Wars-based attractions. Yahoo Movies recently toured Disneyland’s version. Click through for a virtual visit of your own.

Star Wars Land Concept

The 14-acre Star Wars Land will feature two attractions (a Millennium Falcon ride and a battle between the First Order and the Resistance), as well as themed shops and restaurants (including a cantina!), all populated by humanoids and aliens based on the films. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Land Concept

Disney Imagineers promise to construct a completely immersive environment. When you’re in Star Wars Land, you shouldn’t be able to see any other part of the park. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Land Concept Art

The Falcon ride got the loudest ovation at the D23 announcement and is expected to be a huge draw. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Hyperspace Mountain Concept

For the Season of the Force overlay of Tomorrowland, which will extend into 2016, the iconic indoor Space Mountain coaster has been rebooted as Hyperspace Mountain, putting visitors in the cockpit of an X-wing while scenes of galactic dogfights play out all around. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Launch Bay Concept Art

While some of the Season of the Force attractions are temporary (like Hyperspace Mountain), the Launch Bay combines character meet-and-greets, replica props and models, and a high-end gift shop featuring collectibles. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Chewbacca Meet-and-Greet Concept Art

The Launch Bay allows visitors to choose a light side or dark side, culminating in a character encounter with either the huggable Chewie or the terrifying Darth Vader. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Season of the Force Entrance

The signage has been erected just outside Tomorrowland, which is now dominated by Star Wars. (Credit: Disney)

Star Tours

Before The Force Awakens even hit theaters, the Star Tours virtual ride was updated to include the Jakku confrontation between the Falcon and TIE fighters as well as appearances from Finn (John Boyega) and BB-8. During Season of the Force, the Jakku scene will be part of every ride; once the promotion ends, it will be part of the random rotation of scenarios. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Phasma Accessories

The Launch Bay highlights include replica props, including the “Chrometrooper” from The Force Awakens. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Phasma Helmet

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First Order Flametrooper

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Kylo Ren Lightsaber Hilt

The new bad guy’s saber is said to be “an ancient design.” (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

First Order Shuttle

Kylo Ren is transported from his Star Destroyer, Finalizer, to planets and other ships in this sweet ride. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

First Order TIE Fighter

The red swath identifies this model as the two-seated Special Forces TIE. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

TIE Pilot Uniform

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Imperial Navy Crafts, Uniforms

A vintage TIE fighter (right) and the speedy TIE Interceptor flank an Imperial Star Destroyer. In the back, a TIE pilot outfit (left) and Imperial officer uniform are visible. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Star Destroyer

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Darth Vader, TIE Advanced

Darth Vader and his distinctive fighter from A New Hope. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rey Costume, Millennium Falcon, Han Blaster, X-Wing, Poe Blaster

This display is dedicated to the good guys. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber

The laser sword that Luke lost in Cloud City resurfaces in The Force Awakens. The display reveals “someone salvaged it from the city’s industrial depths. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Millennium Falcon

The greatest ship in the galaxy. ’Nuff said. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Resistance X-Wing, Poe Blaster

Poe flies the standard-issue T-70 model on his mission to recover the map to Luke Skywalker. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rey’s Speeder

Reminiscent of an old-fashioned tractor, Rey cobbled together this vehicle to haul her salvage to Unkar Plutt. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rebel Pilot Uniform

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X-Wing Fighter

The original T-65 model used to destroy two Death Stars. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)


One of the most reliable starfighters in the film saga, appearing in the Clone Wars and remaining a key vehicle in the Galactic Civil War. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rebel Spacecraft, PIlot

Among the items on display in the Rebel Alliance case are a couple other alphabet-inspired fighters. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Tantive IV

The Rebel “blockade runner” is the very first ship on screen in the very first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Fett Family, Slave I

The first family of bounty hunting and their ride. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)


The Launch Bay features an area inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina, provided you’re not a droid (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Dejarik Table

Alas, the holochessboard doesn’t work. Let’s get some Imagineers on that pronto. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

2-1B Sconce

Among the various droid heads repurposed as lighting is this medical droid model, best known for tending to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)


This Wookiee never runs out of hugs. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Boba Fett

Not as cuddly as Chewie, the Madalorian-armored rogue is among the characters who pops into the cantina. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

BB-8 Cookie

The spherical droid makes for a sweet snack during downtime from galactic exploring. (Credit: Disney)

Darth by Chocolate, the Pastry Menace

If you prefer something more decadent than crispy rice cookies, you can turn to the dark (chocolate) side. (Credit: Disney)

BB-8 Sippy Cups

One of the most popular items during our visit was the BB-8 souvenir sippy cup, because riding Star Tours is thirsty work. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Chewie Stein, Han Solo Carbonite Lunchbox

For an additional price, your refreshments can come in these collectibles. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rose Parade Float Concept

A Star Wars Land-inspired section was one of three displays (along with Cinderella’s castle and Frozen’s ice castle) featured on Disneyland’s entry in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. (Credit: Disney)

claudia-donovan-clone  asked:

You're just as big a fan of Warehouse 13 as the rest of us, aren't you? Ahaha!

Well, I’m a fan of Warehouse 13; I’m not a fanboy, if that makes sense.

Actually, when I first stepped onto the set of Defiance, I’d never seen anything that any of the cast had been in, outside of Stephanie Leonidas on MirrorMask (which I loved), and Graham Greene on Dances with Wolves.* Since Warehouse 13 was on Syfy and streaming and had Jaime Murray, I thought I’d give that a watch so that I could actually speak knowledgeably about something else the cast had been on, and also fill in some gaps in my knowledge of Syfy programming. This was during the mid-season hiatus of season 4, so when the second half of that season aired, I was all caught up.

I love the show, because at the outset, it doesn’t take itself as seriously as a show like Battlestar Galactica or Defiance or even Stargate. It can be really kooky, but it’s supposed to be, so that makes it fun. I think it’s also the general sense of fun that gives the serious moments of the show extra weight, like Pete’s struggles in “What Matters Most” from season 4. Since I basically just got into the show when I heard it was going to be canceled, I was disappointed, but I’m glad that (a) it’s had a good run, and (b) Syfy gave it a last half season to wrap up. I think in most other circumstances, the last episode of season 4 would have been the last episode.

Being familiar with the fandom before the show, though—especially as it applies to Jaime Murray—the following things surprised me when I started watching the show:

  • H. G. Wells is barely in the show. I kind of assumed with how much attention she gets in the Tumblr/Twitterverse that H. G. Wells would be a part of the main cast that was added late—basically what Steve is—rather than a continuously recurring and referred to guest character.
  • The H. G. Wells/Myka relationship is fairly well established. I know this may seem counterintuitive, given how much WH13 fans write about how their relationship isn’t canon, but given the nature of ships in fandom in general (I’m thinking of Jeff/Annie all the way back during season 1 of Community), I assumed the connection would be tenuous at best. Given how overt the references are, I think it’s solid enough to call it canon, even if we haven’t seen anything blatant. To me it’s something that should be in any general synopsis of the characters and the show.
  • I was surprised to see there was not only one male character on the show, but several—and that the lead was a male character! I mean, you’d think it’d get mentioned once, at least…
  • I was also surprised the show didn’t get higher ratings. I think if Warehouse 13 had come out when Stargate did, it would have done much better. People interact with live television differently now, though, and that has had a deleterious effect on all scripted shows (well, excluding Two and a Half Men, for some reason I really don’t want to hear).

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the last season. It’s just six episodes, but that’s six more episodes than Twin Peaks got after its season 2 finale (though it did get a movie, didn’t it? 4.5 seasons and a movie, WH13 fans…?). And, love it or hate it, 4-6 seasons seems to be the regular lifespan of successful scripted shows, nowadays; 0.5-2 is, unfortunately, the norm. It’s going to suck that there won’t be new WH13 (or a WH13 theme park that has rides inside the warehouse based on the various artifacts used in the series and the plots of episodes), but we live in a strange time for television. 15 years from now, it’ll be completely different.

* Oh, and just a note, of course I’m not saying that serious shows are bad (I mean, I work on three such shows right now). It’s unfortunate, though, when serious shows do things that are unintentionally wacky and intend them seriously, like that silly martial arts scene in Star Trek: The Next Generation, or that silly martial arts scene in The Prisoner).