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Dad Wins Halloween by Building a Working Replica of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Ride

A week ago, we thought no one would ever best a Disney-obsessed railroad engineer who built a miniature replica of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in his basement. And then we discovered Dan Schmidt—who, for the past couple of years, has created a working version of the Haunted Mansion ride in his garage for Halloween.

A Devoted Fan Created an Amazingly Detailed Copy of Disneyland's Fantasyland in His Basement

To make a Disneyland trip as enjoyable as possible, you’ll want to plan your visit for a time when the park isn’t crammed wall to wall with tourists. Or, you can do what this devoted fan did: recreate parts of Disneyland’s iconic Fantasyland in your basement, ensuring your family are the only people who can visit!

Good News, You'll Be Able to Get Drunk at Disney's New Star Wars Land

Star Wars is coming to Disneyland in a big way, and it’s bringing something a little stronger than milk with it.

Walt Disney World's Union Won the Fight to Raise Their Minimum Wage to $15 Walt Disney World's Union Won the Fight to Raise Their Minimum Wage to $15

Thanks to a hard-fought battle between the Walt Disney World workers’ union and Disney, all park, food service, and resort workers will be paid a minimum wage of $15 by 2021.

The Coolest Sci-Fi Memorabilia You Can Buy at the Upcoming Nostalgia-Fuelled Disneyland Auction The Coolest Sci-Fi Memorabilia You Can Buy at the Upcoming Nostalgia-Fuelled Disneyland Auction

Do you love science fiction and/or Disney theme parks? Well, you may want to hold your breath. Next week in Los Angeles, there’s an auction of vintage Disneyland memorabilia.

French Theme Park Employs Trained Birds to Pick Up Cigarette Butts French Theme Park Employs Trained Birds to Pick Up Cigarette Butts

A French theme park has begun using six trained birds belonging to the crow family to pick up litter and cigarette butts, the BBC reports.

A Rare Behind the Scenes Look at Disney World's Most Advanced Audio-Animatronic Character

A lot of us are still scratching our heads over Disney’s decision to spend millions of dollars building Pandora—The World of Avatar in its Animal Kingdom park, especially with Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening so soon. But at least the themed area, which is celebrating its one year anniversary, led to the creation of…

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Open Summer 2019 at Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Open Summer 2019 at Disneyland

Opening day for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney theme parks in the US is getting closer and closer. First we heard it would be in 2019. Now, we know the seasons—and soon, we’ll have the specific dates.

Riders Spent Two Hours Trapped On This Hanging Roller Coaster's Tallest Hill

The only thing more terrifying than being stuck on a roller coaster, is being stuck at the highest part of the ride. And the only thing more terrifying than that is if it happens to be one of those coasters where you’re hanging upside down from a harness, leaving nothing but 98-feet of free-fall space between you and…

These Real-Life Walking Mech Suits Are Finally a Reason to Visit Disney's Avatar World

Sure, Avatar made $2.78 billion during its box office run almost a decade ago, but did anyone really walk out of the theater wanting to visit James Cameron’s Pandora? We still can’t figure out why “The World of Avatar” was built at Walt Disney World, but now that the park has these towering mechs walking around, it…

Thanks to Universal, Disney's California Adventures Marvel Expansion Can't Use the Word 'Marvel' Thanks to Universal, Disney's California Adventures Marvel Expansion Can't Use the Word 'Marvel'

In 2020, Disney will be opening up a special Marvel-themed area of its Disney California Adventure park, part of an ongoing effort by the company to expand and revamp its theme parks with its new media holdings in mind. Only, don’t expect them to call these characters Marvel heroes.

The Upside Down of Stranger Things Is Coming to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights The Upside Down of Stranger Things Is Coming to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

When the Universal Studios theme parks transform into their annual Halloween Horror Nights events, fans get to visit their very own pop culture nightmares. The event is filled with mazes based on some of the coolest, scariest horror properties in the world—and this year, that trend will continue with a certain Netflix…

Thrawn: Alliances Is Sending Darth Vader and Thrawn to Disneyland, Kind of Thrawn: Alliances Is Sending Darth Vader and Thrawn to Disneyland, Kind of

We at io9 pray to the altar of Grand Admiral Thrawn. This is a well-known fact. So when the first excerpt from Timothy Zahn’s new book, Thrawn: Alliances came online, there was quite a bit of excitement followed by pure elation at its awesome revelations.

The New Marvel Section of the Disneyland Resort Will Open in 2020 The New Marvel Section of the Disneyland Resort Will Open in 2020

A year after Star Wars makes its home at Disneyland, Marvel is moving in right across the street. Marvel Studios has just announced several updates to how their heroes will be integrated into Disney theme parks in the coming years. New themed areas and attractions are coming in Hong Kong, Paris and, of course,…

Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Is Really Taking Shape

We’ve still got another year before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, but Disney is temporarily sating our thirst with a new peek at what’s in store. And holy crap, it’s massive.

This Wonderful Fan Art Imagines a Magical Black Panther Adventure This Wonderful Fan Art Imagines a Magical Black Panther Adventure

Artist Michael Pasquale has created the perfect post-script to Black Panther.

Here's Your First Look at Gotham City in Warner Bros.' Abu Dhabi Theme Park Here's Your First Look at Gotham City in Warner Bros.' Abu Dhabi Theme Park

Fans who’ve always wanted to visit Gotham City can soon do just that... but they’ll have to travel to Abu Dhabi first.

Coming Soon: The World's First Walking Dead Roller Coaster Coming Soon: The World's First Walking Dead Roller Coaster

Fans who want to do more than just watch walkers on TV will soon be able to do just that. Thorpe Park, an amusement park in the UK, just announced it’ll soon open the world’s first Walking Dead roller coaster.

Warner Bros.' Abu Dhabi Theme Park Is Going to Have Some Wild Superhero Rides Warner Bros.' Abu Dhabi Theme Park Is Going to Have Some Wild Superhero Rides

It’s not at all new for roller coasters and other adrenaline-inducing rides to be themed around comic book and cartoon characters. But the upcoming Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi is going to be on a whole other level, featuring some pretty deep cuts from DC Comics lore.

This Art Show About Fake Amusement Parks Is So Good This Art Show About Fake Amusement Parks Is So Good

Everyone loves a good amusement park. But it takes a special kind of nerd to appreciate a fake amusement park. Some are big and popular (like Jurassic Park or Westworld), some are a little more subtle (Arctic World or Pacific Playland), and others are just from The Simpsons. Either way, they’re all in this brand new…

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