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'The Walking Dead' haunted house scared the bejeezus out of me

Keeping up to date on all things Walking Dead means more than just reading the comic and watching the TV show. Sometimes it means living it as well. I did that a few years ago when I went undercover as a zombie on the show back in season 2, although that bastard Robert Kirkman ended up cutting my scene because “the performance just wasn’t there.” Screw that. So this time I decided to switch sides and join the survivors and see if I could escape the clutches (and, more importantly, jaws) of the undead by walking through Rick’s — and Daryl’s and Carol’s and Glenn’s — shoes at The Walking Dead: End of the Line haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

All the houses at HHN consist of monsters or demons or vampires or aliens or predators or serial killers or clowns — CLOWNS! — totally invading your personal space and jumping out at you…often with blunt instruments of death at their disposal. It is unsetting. But I was especially excited to check out The Walking Dead one because the maze is a complete retelling of the events of season 4. So what awaits you in The Walking Dead: End of the Line? A few terrifying highlights: READ FULL STORY

Beijing is getting a Universal Studios theme park

Harry Potter might be flying over to China soon: Universal Studios is planning to open a theme park in Beijing.

Universal Studios already has outposts in Hollywood, Orlando, Japan, and Singapore, but has been in talks to open one of their theme parks in China’s capital for years. Now that the Chinese central government has approved the park’s development, they’ll be getting to work filling the 300-acre space. READ FULL STORY

Harry Potter World expands: Oliver Phelps talks playing George Weasley...again

Harry Potter readers, some travel dreams can come true. Apparating may be but a fantasy, but now you can finally ride the Hogwarts Express.

As announced in January, Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding. Currently, visitors can check out a replica of Hogsmeade village. Starting this summer (an exact date hasn’t been announced), fans will also be able to wander through Diagon Alley. Connecting these two attractions? Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s very own Hogwarts Express train, of course. 

At a media event Thursday night, representatives from Universal Creative — as well as Oliver Phelps, who portrayed George Weasley in the films — revealed details about the expansion, including their excitement over the one-of-a-kind train. They explained there will be a Platform 9 3/4 that will allow fans to “transition through the wall” on their way to the train. Once on board, the Universal Creative team stressed that unlike Universal’s King Kong ride, which depends on 3-D imagery, guests will be able to look out the windows and see an actual Harry Potter scene play out. Depending on where participants are seated on the train, the scene will appear differently.

Read on for EW‘s chat with Phelps from the event, where he discussed the building of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (!), his favorite Potter scenes, returning for more, and his take on the latest Potter rumors. READ FULL STORY

Universal's 'Harry Potter' theme park reveals Diagon Alley details, Hogwarts Express, new ride


Forgive me Firenze, but I have sinned. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened three and a half years ago at Universal Orlando, and I still have not made the pilgrimage down to Florida to experience the wonders of tasting butterbeer and letting a wand choose me.

As if I needed even more reason to Apparate to the Sunshine State, Universal has announced new details for expansions to the theme park, which this summer will welcome the addition of Diagon Alley, a new ride, and a Hogwarts Express that ought to put Mickey’s non-magical Monorail to shame. READ FULL STORY

Woohoo! 'Simpsons' fans rejoice! Universal Studios is building Springfield


This could be the greatest news for Simpsons obsessives since those 7-Elevens were converted into Kwik-E-Marts to celebrate the release of the Simpsons movie.

Springfield, home of the three-eyed fish and hometown of Jebediah Springfield, is becoming a reality at Universal Studios’ Orlando amusement park.

While rumors have been floating for a while, Universal Studios officially announced today that they are expanding the area around the Simpsons Ride in Orlando to include an entire area that mimics the streets of Springfield. “And yes – there will be Duff Beer,” a release said.

Some of the attractions will include a Krusty Burger, a Lard Lad donuts, and, of course, Moe’s Tavern. There will also be a new Kang & Kodos-themed attraction. (Personal hope: the gift shop only sells “Bort” license plates.)

I’m thrilled. Also, can I just say it’s about time? I mean, Harry Potter fans have an entire Wizarding World of fun, and while I’m totally happy for them, it brings me great joy to say Simpsons fans will get to enjoy the Krustyest place on earth.

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'Transformers the Ride 3-D' at Universal Studios Hollywood: Just like the movies, but better -- VIDEO

Whether you love the Transformers movies or you spend hours online composing detailed take-downs of its many perceived flaws, you’ve likely said the following words regarding them: “It was just like a theme park ride!” Well, starting Friday, you can experience first hand what a Transformers theme park ride is actually like, when the imaginatively titled Transformers the Ride 3-D officially opens to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood. I got a chance to preview the ride already, though, let me just spoil things for you right now (UNNECESSARY SPOILER ALERT): In every way that matters, riding the Transformers ride is exactly like watching a Transformers movie, but better.  READ FULL STORY

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