Disneyland dynamic pricing

Are you ready for the experience of buying a ticket to a theme park to become like the experience of buying a plane ticket? Strap in, because Disneyland dynamic pricing tests are happening right now, and it could impact the way the theme park operates as next year’s opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge looms large on the horizon. Read more about this new pricing test below.
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Velociraptor greetings at Universal’s Islands of Adventure just got a tad more interesting.
  • The Incredibles are about to join the “Paint the Night” parade at Disney California Adventure.
  • Watch Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy concert and learn about another cool Marvel stage show.
  • Get the deets on some FOMO-worthy glamping … starting with what that means in English.
  • Is there a person (or duck) alive you’d be willing to wait 600 minutes to meet?
  • And more!

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Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest Opening

This week, Universal Studios Hollywood opened the Dreamworks Theater with the premiere of Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest. /Film was among the first to experience the new attraction and get the scoop on its potential for the future of Universal Studios.

The opening of the Dreamworks Theater at Universal Studios is significant. Now that Universal is the distributor for Dreamworks Animation, all the Dreamworks characters can join the Minions, King Kong, the Mummy, Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs and The Fast and the Furious gang at Universal Studios theme parks. After Dreamworks SKG stopped distributing, Dreamworks Animation moved to Paramount and 20th Century Fox before settling at Universal.

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Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration

Attention, theme park and/or lagoon fans: Universal Studios Orlando is unveiling a new nighttime water show this summer. Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration “will give guests a brand-new, awe-inspiring way to cap off their day in Universal Studios as they enjoy an epic cinema under the stars on select nights.”

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After months of rumors and speculation, Tokyo Disney Resort has finally announced concrete details of a major new expansion, the largest ever for the second of its two parks, Tokyo DisneySea. The projected $2.3 billion expansion will see DisneySea building out into an adjacent parking lot, much like Disneyland Resort did two decades ago when it first began construction on Disney California Adventure.

DisneySea actually opened in 2001, the same year as California Adventure, and now the sea-themed park — which contains “ports” instead of lands — will be adding an eighth mega-port with three new areas themed to Peter Pan, Tangled, and Frozen. These are all three straight-up Disney movie properties, so it should come as good news to more traditional fans who have questioned the encroachment of newer IPs like Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars on their favorite Disney parks. While the Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World will be the first stateside hotel connected to a Disney park, DisneySea already has one in-park hotel and now it will be adding another as part of this expansion.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Pirates of the Caribbean Redd

Updates to Disney theme park rides are a fairly regular occurrence, even to the beloved and iconic Pirates of the Caribbean, the last attraction that Walt Disney personally oversaw before his death in 1966. We’ve already written about how they’ve added a new female pirate character named Redd to a revamped version of the ride’s auction scene, but now we have some new video of Redd meeting guests in the park. Could she become the new face of the ride movie forward? And maybe even the movie franchise?

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Prepare to puzzle further over continuity issues between Epcot and Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Now’s a good time for a children’s book narrated by John Lasseter to be store-bound, right?
  • Disney World Annual Passholders will have exclusive access to Toy Story Land on some dates.
  • Are you ready to hitch a ride in your own Minnie Van around Disney World?
  • Take a tour of Tokyo Disney Resort with The Tim Tracker and Jenn Tracker.
  • And more!

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Marvel Fan Watches Avengers Infinity War 43 Times

Avengers: Infinity War has been in theaters for 42 days, and one fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken full advantage of that by seeing the movie no less than 43 times in theaters. Yes, you read that right: 43 times.

The fan goes by Nem: The Infinity Watcher on Twitter, and he’s been documenting his Infinity War exploits there since early May, starting with his sixth day watching the movie on May 2. What’s even more surprising is that he’s a totally down to Earth, normal dude. He just loves Marvel movies, like, a lot. Read More »

Cartoon Network Theme Park Coming to…Bali?

Cartoon Network theme park

When thinking about the Indonesian island of Bali, a few things probably come to mind: cool blue water, gorgeous architecture, and The Powerpuff Girls. If that last one seems out of place, it may not be that way for long: Bali is about to be the home of a new Cartoon Network theme park. Read about the new entertainment destination below. Read More »

kung fu panda the emperor's quest

Kung Fu Panda will be bringing his brand of awesome to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda is opening this summer to help you learn how to master your destiny, and maybe embark on your own quest. Replacing Shrek 4-D, the new Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest attraction is a multi-sensory and immersive experience that a lucky few got to experience before it opens later this month.

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