Epcot is Getting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ratatouille’ Rides [D23 Expo 2017]

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As expected, several major announcements regarding the future of the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida came out of the D23 Expo. The acclaimed Ratatouille ride that opened at Disneyland Paris back in 2014 will make its North American debut in the park’s France pavilion. In even bigger news, a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will open at the park, bringing the Marvel universe to Walt Disney World.

Neither of these announcements should come as a surprise to theme park aficionados. Both Ratatouille and Guardians of the Galaxy rides have been rumored for some time and recent construction permits all-but-confirmed that they were in the works.

Ratatouille is a natural enough fit for Epcot – after all, the park already has an area themed around France and Disney already has a ride design ready to be dropped into the land. As you can see from the concept art below, this addition will come with some extensive remodeling:

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The Guardians of the Galaxy ride (supposedly a hybrid of dark ride and roller coaster) is a bit more mysterious and the presentation did not confirm the rumors that it would take over the space occupied by the rapidly aging Universe of Energy. The only story detail we know is that a young Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) apparently visited Epcot as a kid…which means that this Marvel attraction may get very, very meta. Maybe it will tap into the nostalgia that so many Disney fans have for the park’s glory days in the ’80s?

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However, there were other major reveals. Disney announced plans to completely redesign the entrance to the park, giving the tired opening area some much needed wow factor:

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It was also revealed that Mission: Space, which has been closed for refurbishment, will re-open with a new “mission” for riders to complete. Specifics weren’t revealed, but “guests are going to blast off for an orbital adventure around the planet.” And if the ride doesn’t make you lose your lunch, you can head over the brand new restaurant being built next door, which, as you can see from the concept art below, will be an eatery that lets you dine in outer space.

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A Mixed Bag

Epcot has been approaching a crossroads for years. Theme park fans have decried how it has strayed from its original “world’s fair” mission statement, but everyone also agrees that the park is in desperate need of some tender loving care. Many of the rides are feeling creaky and much of the scenery is showings its age in a big way. Something had to happen.

The first confirmation that Epcot would be straying further from its original path came when Maelstrom, a boat tour through Norwegian myth and history, was replaced with Frozen Ever After. Disney fans decried the death of a well-liked (but let’s face it, not exactly classic) attraction…but Frozen Ever After did what it was supposed to do and gave Epcot a shot of energy. The path ahead for the park that was once focused on science and culture and learning seems to be clear: more characters, more recognizable franchises and more Disney branding.

And that’s to be expected, right? And knowing Disney’s track record, what we do get will impressive and immersive and very entertaining. Epcot will rise anew. But consider this the end of the old Epcot, the one that us old folks remember. The future is shiny and cool and yeah, a little bitter.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Duke it Out for Weekend Box Office #1

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Fox’s Alien: Covenant enjoyed a strong opening day, delivering an estimated $ 15.35 million (including $ 4.2m in Thursday previews). Early expectations for the weekend are for a $ 38-40+ million three-day and a #1 opening. In second is Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, which is looking to deliver close to our weekend prediction with an estimated $ 8.8 million on Friday headed toward a $ 33-35 million weekend. WB and MGM’s Everything, Everything also delivered a solid F…
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Edges Out ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ To Top Weekend Box Office

It’s a tight race at the top as weekend estimates have Alien: Covenant holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Considering Guardians has been underestimated the past two weekends by $ 1.46 million and $ 2.25 million, tomorrow afternoon’s actuals will be something to look out for as less than $ 1 million separates the two films. Meanwhile, WB and MGM’s Everything, Everything delivered on the high end of industry expectations while Fo…
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Holds at #1 While ‘King Arthur’ Falls on His Sword

UPDATE: Fox has finally sent over debut international results for Alien: Covenant, which released in 34 international markets this weekend with an estimated $ 42 million. The film was #1 in 19 of its opening markets including South Korea ($ 7.2m), UK ($ 6.4m), France ($ 4.5m), Australia ($ 3.1m), Spain ($ 1.9m) and Hong Kong ($ 1.8m). Next weekend, along with its domestic debut in 3,600+ theaters, the film will open in 52 markets including Germany, Russia and Sweden. Here’s a look at the top p…
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VOTD: Why ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Looks So Damn Stunning

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One of the most refreshing things about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even when compared to the first film from 2014, is the vibrant, bright color palette that spans across the entire film. This is such a colorful movie with beautiful practical and digital sets, and some of the best visual effects in a Marvel Studios project. Director James Gunn‘s visual style really shines in his cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he has the RED Weapon camera to thank for that.

After the jump, watch a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 featurette that explains how the special RED camera helped James Gunn capture the gorgeous large formatfootage you’ll see on the big screen.

As James Gunn and some of the other key behind the scenes crew members talk about shooting the movie, the high-definition footage speaks for itself. Gunn goes against the grain when it comes to the visual style of his movies, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has positively mesmerizing visuals with smooth camera movements made possible by the small size and versatility of the RED Weapon camera.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters everywhere now.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Debuts with $145 Million Domestically, Tops $425M Worldwide

Accounting for over 79% of the cumulative top ten gross, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 topped the domestic box office, showing a 54% increase compared to the 2014 original and giving Disney the top two openers of 2017 so far. Additionally, the film expanded its reach overseas, including openings in South Korea and China, the latter of which delivered the fourth largest opening in China to date for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the film’s global cume has now topped $ 425 milli…
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The Weekend Read: All Things ‘Guardians 2,’ Disturbing ‘Cars’ Questions, and an Amazing Horror Festival

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In this edition of The Weekend Read, we have movie reviews, interviews, editorials, lists, rankings, and so much more. Here’s every single original feature the /Film wrote in the past week.

Movie and TV Reviews

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a soulful superhero movie with a bit of a third act problem, says Jack Giroux.

It Comes At Night is a chilling horror masterpiece, says Alex Riviello.

Jamie Righetti says The Endless is an incredible must-see for horror fans of all stripes.

In his latest Fargo review, Jack Giroux attempts to discern who make the biggest mistake in a cast full of real screw-ups.

Who came out on top in the latest episode of Better Call Saul? Karen Han looks into it.

Jacob Hall says that the first episode of American Gods promises one of the most fascinating TV shows in a long time.

Silicon Valley continues to be as funny as ever in its fourth season, according to Alex Riviello.

Columns and Regular Features

In the first edition of The Unpopular Opinion, Anya Crittenton takes Guardians of the Galaxy down a peg or three.

The next edition of The Best Movies You’ve Never seen takes a look at under-the-radar science fiction comedies.

The latest Movie Mixtape examines films with secret and not-so-secret connections to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

An extensive breakdown of the first trailer for The Dark Tower, by Stephen King fan Jacob Hall.

Lists, Rankings, and Editorials

Everything you could possibly want to know about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post-credits scenes, as assembled by Jacob Hall.

All 48 movies released by A24 (possibly the greatest modern movie distributor) ranked from worst to best, courtesy of Chris Evangelista.

A look at some of the most memorable song choices in the movies, from Karen Han.

With four Game of Thrones spin-offs in development at HBO, Jacob Hall speculates on what they could be about.

Here are 15 of the most amazing opening scenes in movie history, as compiled by Josh Spiegel.

Why the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are the best part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Josh Spiegel.

Place your bets: this year’s 2017 Summer Movie Wager has begun!

Film Festivals

An in-depth look at every single crazy thing that happened to Alex Riviello at the amazing Overlook Film Festival.

A collection of capsule reviews covering every single movie Alex Riviello saw at the Overlook Film Festival.

Brief reviews of the 12 best movies Jamie Righetti saw at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Everything Cars 3

Where, exactly, do the Cars from the Cars movies come from? Ethan Anderton investigates the disturbing truth.

Ethan Anderton explores how a Cars 3 storyboard evolves into an actual movie scene.

Cars 3 director Brian Fee tells Ethan Anderton how he managed to snag the job despite having never directed before.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Interviews

The legendary Kurt Russell talks Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Tombstone with our own Ben Pearson.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explains to Peter Sciretta how you make a great post-credits scene in a superhero movie.

The always interesting James Gunn chats with Peter Sciretta about writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Chris Pratt shares Kurt Russell stories with Ben Pearson.

/Answers and /Response

The staff compiled a list of their favorite comic books that need to be adapted into TV shows.

The comics that /Film readers think should be adapted into TV shows.

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‘Furious 8’ Tops $1 Billion, ‘Latin Lover’ and ‘Baahubali 2’ Open Big & ‘Guardians 2’ Debuts

While it’s no small feat that The Fate of the Furious finished atop the box office for a third weekend in a row while crossing $ 1 billion worldwide, Pantelion’s How to be a Latin Lover and Great India Films’ Baahubali 2: The Conclusion are stealing some of the spotlight as the two films finished in second and third place at the domestic box office, despite the fact the two films played in just over 1,500 theaters combined. Additionally, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 got off to a healthy s…
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Reviews – What Did You Think?!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Reviews - What Did You Think?!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Reviews – What Did You Think?!

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing in theaters worldwide and we’ve created this spot for you to tell us and your fellow moviegoers what you thought about the James Gunn-directed sequel, starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet.

You can read our two Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reviews here and here. Let us know what you thought by posting your Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reviews in the comments below! You can view all our previous Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coverage by clicking here.

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Directed and written by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

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