Star Tours The Last Jedi

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi under a month away, Disney is starting to pull out all the stops when it comes to all the cross-promotions for the movie, especially at their theme parks.

Disneyland’s signature Star Tours ride has just received a special update to coincide with the release of The Last Jedi. Not only does the ride now take fans to the new planet of Crait, which plays a big part in the sequel, but it also makes a stop at Batuu, the planet where the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion of the theme park will be set.

To help celebrate the new ride addition (which you can preview below), Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, made a surprise appearance and shocked the hell out of some excited fans. Watch the surprise appearance before the Star Tours The Last Jedi ride experience below! Read More »

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get new details on Christmas events at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • See what Universal Orlando’s new parade collaboration with Macy’s looks like.
  • Watch video of Mark Hamill joining fans for a ride aboard Star Tours at Disneyland.
  • Are you ready to write poetry in the Na’vi language from Avatar? “I see you.”
  • A leading theme park developer has teased the possibility of a G.I. Joe ride.
  • The first table-service restaurant themed to Tangled is coming to a Disney cruise ship.
  • And more!

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star wars galaxy's edge planet

Could a new addition to the Star Tours experience herald a future far, far away from the current Hollywood Studios and Disneyland parks location? Say, in the upcoming Star Wars theme park land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Possibly, probably, and most likely.

Two new planets, Crait and Batuu, have been added to the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The first planet Crait, which is introduced as a mineral world in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, follows the trend of updates to the ride to promote the Star Wars films, but Batuu stands out — not just because it is a brand-new planet, but because it is the main location of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, set to open in 2019.

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Justice League Clips

Justice League isn’t a perfect movie. If you’ve already flown into a fit of rage after reading that sentence, maybe you should do your blood pressure a favor and click away from this piece now. For the rest of you, I want to talk a little about Justice League‘s villain, Steppenwolf, and some DC fans’ reactions to Joss Whedon liking a tweet that criticizes that character.
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Home Alone 2 Experience

We’re coming up on the holiday season, which means it will be time for the annual viewing of Home Alone. And while it might not be quite as celebrated, you can probably give Home Alone 2: Lost in New York another watch, especially since this year marks the 25th anniversary of the sequel. Or if you’re one of the five hardcore Home Alone 2 fans out there, you can get your own VIP experience at a certain New York hotel.

When Kevin McCallister inadvertently ends up in New York City for Christmas instead of with his family in Florida, he checks into The Plaza. Now you can check into the same hotel and get a special Home Alone 2 experience inspired by Kevin’s misadventures in New York City. Find out more below. Read More »

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Rumor has it that Disney will be completely changing the Star Tours experience in Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. Here’s how our theme park trip to a galaxy far far away may change.
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Moring Watch - Moments Between Montages

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the directorial debut of actress Kristen Stewart with a short film called Come Swim. Plus, find out what happens in the moments between a movie’s montage, and watch a Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer cut in the style of the most recent Black Panther trailer. Read More »

Tower of Terror transformation

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See video of the new Christmas projection-mapping on Tower of Terror.
  • New holiday merchandise is available at the Magic Kingdom.
  • See Disneyland’s playful Christmas nod to the old Skyway.
  • Say goodbye to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.
  • Is Stranger Things coming to Halloween Horror Nights in 2018?
  • Loki is available to meet for the first time in an American Disney park.
  • Get the latest on changes to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Hall of Presidents.
  • And more!

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Universal Japan Parade

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney has launched a new line of collectible picture disc vinyl releases with ride music.
  • Mickey Mouse is 88 years young, going on 89. Get details on his birthday celebration this year.
  • See the full LA Comic-Con panel with the man behind all your favorite Disneyland ride vehicles.
  • Universal Orlando may be looking to implement facial recognition technology in the future.
  • Get a look at what’s been called “the most stomach-turning ride ever invented.”
  • Universal Studios Japan announced a Spectacle Night Parade
  • And much more!

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

pixar pier

At D23 Expo 2017, Disney Parks and Resorts announced that Paradise Pier in Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park would be transformed into Pixar Pier. Details at the time were non-existent, but they hinted that rides would be rethemed to Pixar films, that new restaurants would open up, and that there might even be room for new attractions. Now that Disneyland is gearing up for Pixar Fest, we have learned the first details of this new Pixar-themed land.

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