Theme Park Bits: ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Ride Concept, ‘Star Wars’ Galactic Nights, 35 Years at Tokyo Disneyland


In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See what a Nightmare Before Christmas ride might have looked like, as envisioned by one Imagineer
  • Cars characters get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up at Disney’s California Adventure
  • The Star Wars: Galactic Nights event is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Get details on how Universal Studios and Legoland are incorporating VR worldwide
  • The parent company of Louis Vuitton is bringing a steampunk theme park to Paris
  • Details for Tokyo Disneyland’s 35th-anniversary celebration have been announced
  • And more!

First, a few follow-ups from last week. In case you were not already sold on visiting Disney’s California Adventure for Halloween (and c’mon, you should be, even NASA scientists have turned out), Disney Parks Blog has shared some nifty photos of the Cars characters in costume. On Twitter, they also posted a pic of the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house at Disneyland Park.


Fans of this seasonal version of the ride, based on Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion musical, might get a kick out of seeing old concept art for a Nightmare Before Christmas attraction that never came to be. The design above comes by way of Disney Imagineer Christopher Merritt. Disney and More has some additional illustrations posted.

In another life, perhaps, we could have had coffin ride vehicles. Alas, parkgoers in Anaheim will just have to make due with the sight of grim grinning ghosts. Or they can always bask in the return glow of a new and improved Fantasmic!which still boasts the best black dragon of any show by that name.


Over on the East Coast, meanwhile, the Walt Disney Presents gallery has now opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The full model for next summer’s Toy Story Land is on display. Inside the Magic also has video of some concept art for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as well as the first available part of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model.

On December 16, the day after Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters, Hollywood Studios will be hosting a sequel of its own for Star Wars: Galactic Nights. This special, one-night-only event, which requires a separate admission ticket, will allow fans to don costumes and enter the park — on a red carpet, no less — for an epic Star-Wars-themed party.


In addition to the regular Star Wars attractions on offer at Hollywood Studios, there will be an interview with one of the stars of the franchise, as well as a panel discussion on the future of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. And get this: there will be Ewoks on hand, and a DJ, meaning the whole thing could theoretically dissolve into a teddy bear luau like at the end of Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars fans, this is your chance to celebrate the love (yub, yub)! Galactic Nights lasts from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. You can find more information about it on Tickets are available on the Disney World website.

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Eggs & Bacon: Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Captain America, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption & RoboCop

Some easter eggs and other little facts from Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Captain America, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption and RoboCop. “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” connection to “Fox Force Five” In “Boogie Nights”, Don Cheadle is extremely dedicated when Luis Guzmán asks him to ‘watch the phone.’ Nick Fury’s tombstone in “Captain America: […]

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CBS Moves Training Day to Saturday Nights

CBS moves Training Day to Saturday night

CBS moves Training Day to Saturday nights

The CBS series Training Day is moving to Saturday nights, according to Variety. This move comes after the February 25, 2017 passing of star Bill Paxton at 61 from complications during surgery. The show’s official Twitter page posted a tribute to Paxton that you can see below. The show, which had been airing on Thursday nights at 10 p.m., will be replaced by the new season of The Amazing Race, which will premiere on March 30. It was originally scheduled to return on Fridays beginning April 21.

RELATED: We chat with Training Day’s Katrina Law

Training Day had wrapped production on its first season back in December and the network has yet to announce if it will return for another. Other TV shows have survived the death of their star, including News Radio (Phil Hartman), 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (John Ritter), and The West Wing (John Spencer).

In a recent interview before his death, co-star Katrina Law spoke to about working with Paxton. She said, “Bill is one of the best team leaders you could ask for. He comes to work every single day with a smile on his face, and he says, “Good morning breakfast lovers!” He just starts the day off right. He’s got a positive attitude. He’s got so much work to do, as you can tell from the three episodes that you’ve watched, all he does is talk the entire time. So he has a lot on his plate that he has to handle and he gets it done everyday, and at the end of the day, he walks away with a smile and makes sure that everybody stays in line. He’s so positive and so professional. And funny! So funny!”

Training Day is a crime thriller starring the late Paxton and Justin Cornwell (Empire) that began 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD where he partners with a morally ambiguous veteran detective. Law (Spartacus), Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Lex Scott Davis (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart), Julie Benz (Dexter), Christina Vidal (Welcome to the Dollhouse) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace) also star.

Have you guys been watching the show? How do you feel about the move? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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This Week In Trailers: Dave Made a Maze, Wexford Plaza, Withdrawn, The Real Wi-Fi of Baltimore, Abstract: The Art of Design, All These Sleepless Nights

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we talk Slamdance, intimately get to know a mall cop, build a fort in our living room, build something epic, ponder wi-fi names, watch a slacker slacking, and be jealous of some European kids having the time of their life. 

Wexford Plaza Trailer


With everyone talking about the Sundance Film Festival, I’m inclined to want to talk about that other festival happening now, the Slamdance Film Festival. This festival has always been the go-to spot to find these small gems that wouldn’t normally find a home at Sundance but these are the kinds of movies that I gravitate toward if only because of how much ambition you can see being poured out onto the screen. Director Joyce Wong certainly knows how to let us enter this movie’s orbit as we intimately get to know our protagonist and it’s after this auspicious opening where we get launched into a story that feels weighty, sorta sad, but hopeful. Without question, this is one I would like to experience if/when it finally makes its way out into the wild.

Abstract: The Art of Design Trailer

I only wish I had a modicum of talent to envision and create a thing.

An object, a bauble, a widget, doesn’t matter. There’s a specialness to being able to take the ephemeral and make it something tangible and this series, and I’m wildly delighted it’s a series so it can focus, looks to take us through the lens of being the creator of a thing, an object. And, much like the documentary Objectified, the subject matter deals with how these creations take up space in our shared universe.

Withdrawn Trailer

Reminded me of American Movie in a way.

Shot from a 15-page outline, this movie looks and feels more like a documentary than it does a fictional narrative. That said, the intimacy with which things are captured here at times left me wondering whether I was watching something real unfolding in front of me. That’s the allure of director Adrian Murray’s vision, something that doesn’t suppose to be anything else but this small thing with small aspirations. It’s curious that the actual story of why we’re here and why we’re following this kid aren’t revealed but that’s the charm. Come for the closeness, stay for the thievery.

Dave Made a Maze Trailer

I (heart) this logline.

Dave builds a fort in his living room and ends up trapped inside by fantastical pitfalls, booby traps and creatures, leaving his girlfriend Annie to head up the eccentric rescue team to go in after him.

Slamdance sees audiences being able to take this one in for themselves and I’ve got a bad case of FOMO because of it. There’s just something to director Bill Watterson’s vision that marries the absurd, the innocent, and the wildly inventive all into one fascinating narrative. I don’t know if this visual barrage can sustain itself but the trailer is gorgeous to look at and the interesting way they lean into simply showing without explaining anything just makes for a more rich experience.

All These Sleepless Nights Trailer


Blending the line between fiction and reality, self-involved hedonists, the frivolity and arrogance of youth, pretty colors, this thing has it all. Director Krzysztof Baginski certainly has brought something delicious for your senses to explore here and after watching this a few times I just found myself swept up in its essence. Rejoice at something that feels so small and accessible yet interesting enough to want to seek out.

The Real Wi-Fi of Baltimore Short


As a sociological peek into the interesting choices some people make this very private but very public signal about themselves known, literally broadcasting it for all to see, I was entranced. Director Julia Kim Smith has put together a delightful two and a half minute diversion.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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Official US Trailer for Polish Docu-Drama ‘All These Sleepless Nights’

All These Sleepless Nights Trailer

“Blurs the line between documentary and fiction like few films before it.” The Orchard has released a trailer for a film from last year’s Sundance Film Festival, titled All These Sleepless Nights, a Polish docu-drama about the wild lives of carefree youngsters growing up in Poland. The film follows students Kris (Krzysztof Baginski) and Michal (Michal Huszcza) across two summers in Warsaw, who experience life to the limit spending all night at clubs and parties around the city. Described by The Film Stage as “a music-filled ode to the ever-shifting bliss and angst of youth”, this seems like a mesmerizing portrait of what life is like growing up in Europe in this day and age. This trailer is amazing, I’m totally into this and really, really want to see it. ›››

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