Category: InsideTheMagic

Kanye West Feels ‘Star Wars’ Prequels Are Better Than Recent Trilogy

Rapper Kanye West has been in quarantine like most of the world during the global pandemic. While isolating, he’s managed to have seen Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith almost a dozen times. Now, he has an opinion on the Star Wars prequels and he would like the world to know. Related: Liam Neeson Says He’s “Proud” of ‘Star Wars’ Prequels In a recent interview with Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Podcast, West explains why he prefers the prequels and explains why he feels they are superior among the franchise. The way he explains it, he feels so strongly about the prequels because they came from the mind of George Lucas, the creator himself. Credit: Lucasfilm/StarWars.comRelated: OpEd: Unpopular ‘Star Wars’ Opinions With Reasonable Points You can see part of West’s interview in this Twitter post below: (Disclaimer: This video does contain language that could be inappropriate for younger viewers) The most important thing Mr. West said today in his interview with Joe Rogan: pic.twitter.com/DnA1jGLGC0 — Dylan Landis 😤 (@DLandis07) October 24, 2020 He went into detail explaining his reasoning for feeling this way and evening quoting one of the Star Wars prequels. West had this to say: “This about to make me mad right here. The first time you’ve seen me get mad in an interview. They said George Lucas’ prequels were worse than the corporate-made Disney ‘Star Wars’. Like ‘Revenge of the Sith’? We saw how Darth Vader was made. Like, I watched

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How Marvel Lost a Ten Year Winning Streak to ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

Marvel Studios enjoyed a decade long streak on the top! For ten years, Marvel always had the highest-grossing superhero movie of the year. Until now. What movie could have taken that spot for 2020 you ask? None other than Sonic the Hedgehog. Credit: Paramount Pictures  Ok, we have to be honest with you, it is sort of by default as Marvel did not release a movie this year. With the highly anticipated Black Widow movie being delayed again, and again. Ben Schwartz who voiced Sonic in the Sonic the Hedgehog gave a hilarious tweet asking if he can be an Avenger! Does this mean I’m an Avenger now? Do I have to change my name to Chris? How does this work? https://t.co/TCPjI6ThYU — Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) October 20, 2020 2020 has been a very interesting year for movies and television, and we are seeing all kinds of strange firsts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Marvel Studios which has a phased plan for each and every one of their movies and streaming series has been taken completely off track by delays caused by the pandemic. Marvel Credit: MarvelIt has been over a year since Marvel has released a movie in theaters. When can we expect to see the next Marvel Cinematic superhero blockbuster? It looks like it might be longer than fans would like to see our heroes return to the big screen. Black Widow is now coming to theaters on May

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VIDEO: Elephants Sparring at Animal Kingdom Safaris

Today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of our reporters captured video of two elephants on Kilimanjaro Safari sparring with each other. The videos that were captured of these incredible creatures truly showcase how each ride on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction is unique. You could ride the attraction every time you visit Animal Kingdom and get a thrilling new experience each time! Earlier this year we reported on the rhinos fighting inside the Kilimanjaro Safari ride and actually bumped into the ride vehicle! You can read that story and all the details here. Credit: DisneyHere are a few videos that showcase the elephants in action,

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Disney Sued Over ‘Muppet Babies’ Show

Yesterday, writer Jeffery Scott launched a copyright claim against the Walt Disney Company for their reboot of Muppet Babies. Jeffery Scott is known for writing some of the most beloved childhood television shows, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dragon Tails. Related: Disney Wins Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Here are the details reported about the Muppet Babies lawsuit, and it is more complex than you might think! “In 2015, Disney began the early stages of developing the new Muppet Babies show,” the October 22 filing says. “In early 2016, Disney executives met with Scott at their request, and he presented detailed ideas for the show’s updated structure, look and characters, and for new episodes, with the understanding on both sides that, if Disney used Scott’s ideas and produced new episodes, it would pay for Scott’s ideas and honor the commitments that Disney’s predecessor, Marvel, and Jim Henson, made to him,” the complaint continues. “A Disney executive then emailed Scott asking him to send Disney his ideas in writing, which Scott did.” … “Scott is informed and believes that, when Disney executives D’Ambrosia and Sapire solicited Scott’s ideas for a Muppet Babies reboot, they and their superiors at Disney knew, and concealed from Scott, that Disney had assembled or was assembling a production team for the reboot, and that they and their superiors had no intention of offering Scott an opportunity to work on the reboot or to pay him for his ideas, which they intended to use without complying with

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Stars of ‘The Mandalorian’ to Host Special Online Event

Before the highly anticipated premiere of season 2 of The Mandalorian, the stars of the show are teaming up for a special virtual event. This digital event will be held tomorrow, October 26th. Related: ‘The Mandalorian’ Season Two Writing Credits Revealed This event is a surprise first in “Mando Mondays,” which is a weekly event that will be accompanying each new episode of season 2. Disney+ tweeted all the details of this exciting event: This is… #MandoMondays. Tune in Oct. 26 on @StarWars YouTube for a global digital event featuring 💫stars💫 of #TheMandalorian. pic.twitter.com/Kt3FMlEXsC — Disney+ (@disneyplus) October 25, 2020 If you are a fan of The Mandalorian series you will not want to miss this event! Remember, season 2 starts on Disney+ October 30th. Mando Mondays Confused about what “Mando Mondays” are? We got you covered! credit: Disney Parks Blog“Mando Mondays” are described by Disney as a merchandising event that will coincide with each new episode of The Mandalorian and feature items such as toys, comics, and digital content. We reported on the official announcement of “Mando Mondays” and you can read all the details here. Calling all fans of “The Mandalorian”! You now have a new reason to look forward to Mondays this fall! Today, we announced Mando Mondays, debuting a bounty of products, books, comics and digital content inspired by the hit Lucasfilm series on Disney+! After you watch the latest episode on every Friday on Disney+, visit MandoMondays.com the following Monday to see what new toys,

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You May Have to Take a COVID Test to Fly to Disney World

With the tourism industry in Florida and around the world ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, travel companies are desperate to get back to some semblance of normalcy. According to many airports and airlines, the best way they see to get travelers back into the air — and, thereby, back into popular tourist destinations like Disney World in Orlando, FL — is to require COVID-19 testing for all passengers prior to boarding. Related: Travelers Getting More Comfortable? MCO Sees Busiest Week Since March Credit: OrlandoAirports.netAccording to a recent article by Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV 9: …officials at Orlando International Airport say making that happen- with a standard testing system across the entire world, or even just the United States- won’t be easy… “We’re in a lot of discussions with airlines and others as to what the appropriate way to test…what the appropriate test is,” OIA CEO Phil Brown said… “And I think it has to be a federal system in order to have uniformity throughout at least the United States,” Brown says. Since different states, and even different counties, throughout the United States have jurisdiction over coronavirus protocols and restrictions, there is currently no federal COVID-19 testing mandate for airline passengers. As per WFTV’s report, it is worth noting that, “Tampa International Airport has started offering tests to all travelers, but they’re not mandatory.” By simply offering these tests, however, Tampa’s airport officials

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Reopening Status: A Glimpse Into All Six Disney Resorts

When the coronavirus outbreak began to spread early in 2020, it wreaked havoc on nearly every imaginable type of business. But, perhaps nothing was so negatively impacted as the theme park industry, however. Theme parks thrive on large gatherings of people — often in close quarters — who touch things like ride vehicles, handrails, and countertops in rapid succession. Once COVID-19 began its spread, none of these were safe anymore. Thus, The Walt Disney Company did the unthinkable and closed all six of its theme parks around the world by mid-March. In the intervening months, five of the six parks — Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World Resort — have reopened. This chart shows precisely how many days each park was closed and how many days it has been reopened: Disney Parks COVID-19 COVID tracker: October 24/25, 2020. Disneyland has now been closed for 32 weeks. Per CA COVID-19 guidance, #Disneyland may open when Orange County reaches the state’s yellow tier. OC is currently red. So far, 9 CA counties have reached the yellow tier. pic.twitter.com/mnycKmQBPX — Madness Kingdom (@madnesskingdom) October 24, 2020   Here, we take a look at current Disney Park offerings worldwide. Shanghai Disney Resort Shanghai Disneyland was the first Disney theme park to close — on January 25 — and boasts the shortest closure at 106 days (just over three months). Shanghai Disney Resort reopened on May 11 and has been serving Guests ever since.

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Which Disney Park Had the Shortest Closure?

Disneyland Resort has been closed for almost eight months, over 220 consecutive days. Since the world saw every single Disney park and resort closed due to the pandemic by March 16, 2020, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are the only two theme parks yet to reopen, clearly setting the record for the longest consecutive closure of any Disney parks. But which Disney park had the shortest closure time? The answer: Shanghai Disneyland. Credit: DisneyClosing its gates on January 25, 2020, and reopening on May 11, the Shanghai Disney Resort only endured slightly over 100 days of closure. Park officials have already raised capacity limits, and brought back character interactions, stage shows, and fireworks to some extent. This means Shanghai Disneyland is also the furthest along in its reopening process. Credit: @madnesskingdomComing in second for the shortest total shutdown is the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Shutting its gates to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on March 16, Disney World was also the last Disney resort to announce a closure. Reopening its theme parks on July 11, it remained shuttered for just 10 days longer than its younger sister in Shanghai. Tokyo Disney Resort reopened before Disney World, but due to its operators, the Oriental Land Company closing the gates on February 29 and remained closed until July 1, its closure time was 122 days. Disneyland Paris tied that time, closing on March 14 with

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Private Event Closes Universal Theme Park Hours Early

It appears that Universal Orlando Resort will let you have one of its theme parks entirely to yourselves, closing the park off to everyone else. The mega-resort tweeted this afternoon that its theme park Islands of Adventure will be closing for a private event hours before it normally would: Islands of Adventure will be closing for a private event this evening at 6PM. All guests, including on-site hotel guests, will not be able to access the park beginning at 5PM. Universal Studios Florida will still remain open, accepting on-site hotel guests until 10PM. Islands of Adventure will be closing for a private event this evening at 6PM. All guests, including on-site hotel guests, will not be able to access the park beginning at 5PM. Universal Studios Florida will still remain open, accepting on-site hotel guests until 10PM. — Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) October 24, 2020 At this time, no details on the private event are known. But what is known is that Universal Theme Parks can be the venue for your next party. Here are some details about how you can book your private event so the next time Universal sends out this tweet, it’s about you and your awesome friends. Related: Universal Orlando Brings Back ‘Cinematic’ Nighttime Spectacular Booking a Private Event at Universal Orlando Resort To book your next event at Universal Orlando Resort, you must first go to uomeetingsandevents.com which states, Universal Orlando Resort™ makes you a hero by creating experiences that connect

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Why You Should Visit Walt Disney World Right Now

Believe it or not, now is the time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. From the low crowds and amazing discounts to the incredibly heightened safety and sanitation measures put in place, Disney World has created a comfortable and enjoyable Guest experience that, right now, is extremely hard to beat. So, if you are still on the fence about whether or not you should go back to The Place Where Dreams Come True this year, here are some things to consider. Crowds and Wait Times at Walt Disney World Left Image Credit: J. Zawislak Party / Right Image Credit: ITMIf you’ve been on social media recently,  what you’ve probably seen are park pictures that include ridiculously long lines and a pretty packed environment. But this could not be further from the truth. While, yes, it appears that more and more Guests are beginning to return, Disney World theme parks are still held at a 25% capacity limit. According to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, this is due to Disney’s continued adherence to the CDC’s recommended six-feet-apart rule. Credit: @the_resaroo (IG)That six-foot social distancing rule also explains why the lines appear as long as they do. Remember that each person or group has that six-foot bubble around them. On top of that, the social distancing is implemented on the attractions too, leaving several seats open. This also makes those lines go much faster than anticipated. From personal experience, this writer can tell you that a

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