The Latest News From Disney Parks, Universal Studios Resorts, and More Fan-tastical Destinations

The Sanderson Sisters gather around a giant cauldron in a Disney Parks version of Hocus Pocus.

Screenshot: Disney Parks/YouTube

It’s six months away from spooky season, but there are already Halloween rumblings in the air. Disney Parks has revealed the comeback of an East Coast fan favorite event as well as more fall happenings on Disney cruises, and Universal Studios is keeping things tightly locked in its crypt regarding Halloween Horror Nights.

Elsewhere in the theme park sphere, Six Flags Magic Mountain has unveiled its first look at an expanded DC Universe area, and Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness bursts through dimensions to land at Avengers Campus. Here’s the latest news from theme parks and other fan-tastical destinations!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party | Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party | Walt Disney World

Hocus Pocus’ witchy Sanderson Sisters will be back for the annual Magic Kingdom Halloween event! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs August 12-October 31.

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Hocus Pocus-Themed Makeovers for Minnie and the Gals on Disney Cruises

Hocus Pocus-Themed Makeovers for Minnie and the Gals on Disney Cruises

This is just too iconic. The Disney Cruise line will be offering special Halloween-themed sailings this fall, complete with Sanderson Sisters transformations for some key characters. Look at Winnie Minnie’s hair! And Daisy! I hope they release plushes of this crossover.

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America Chavez at Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure

America Chavez at Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure

Actress Xochitl Gomez, who stars in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, announced that there will be a Disney Parks variant of America Chavez, her character from the film.

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Pixar Hotel Announced for Downtown Disney

Pixar Hotel Announced for Downtown Disney

Here’s a first look at the Pixar Hotel reimagining of the Paradise Pier hotel, coming soon to the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland president Ken Pottrock shared these designs, which confirm that the new hotel will be more in line with Disneyland Paris’ Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel, which celebrates the artistry behind the films, as opposed to the assault on all senses that is the Toy Story Hotel at the Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Space Mountain Re-Theme Planned for Tokyo Disneyland

Space Mountain Re-Theme Planned for Tokyo Disneyland

Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland Resort will be seeing a redesign as part of a “reimagined” section of Tomorrowland slated to open in 2027.

Coachella x Imagineering

Imagineering legend Joe Rhode, who worked on the Avatar-inspired Pandora at Walt Disney World, recently collaborated with artist Anitta to bring a bit of Latin American culture to the stage through set design at Coachella 2022.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Introduces DC Universe Area

Six Flags Magic Mountain Introduces DC Universe Area

Joining Batman: The Ride and Riddler’s Revenge are the Wonder Woman: Flight of Courage roller coaster and Teen Titans Turbo Spin (more my speed) at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.

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See Some Cuteness on The Secret Life of Pets Ride

See Some Cuteness on The Secret Life of Pets Ride

Low-key one of the greatest recent dark rides ever made at Universal Studios Hollywood, and I’m not just saying that because it’s filled with the cutest dog and cat animatronics—oh wait, I am.

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Jurassic World-Inspired Velocicoaster Still Looks Terrifying

Jurassic World-Inspired Velocicoaster Still Looks Terrifying

Trying to hype myself up to ride this at least once, but that small lap bar seatbelt is all that’s holding you down. Watch this video to see if you would be able to handle it while visiting Islands of Adventure at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort.

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Attack on Titan Universal Studios Japan

Attack on Titan Universal Studios Japan

The worldwide anime phenomenon Attack on Titan is featured as a VR hybrid experience at Universal Studios Japan.

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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

While the other parks are letting us know what’s coming up, things at Universal Studios Orlando are very much under wraps. Come on, give us a maze soon!


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