incredicoaster first look

A roller coaster attraction based on The Incredibles called The Incredicoaster was announced as part of Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park’s Pixar Pier a few months ago, with a planned premiere date in the summer of 2018, but a new video can give you a sneak peek at what the ride will be like.

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Millennium Falcon theme park ride

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019, taking visitors to a remote outpost on a planet called Batuu. When it opens, one of the main attractions will be a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. We learned some details about the experience during this year’s D23 expo back in July, but we haven’t seen any images of it aside from concept art. Now the first official photo has debuted, giving us our first real look inside the Millennium Falcon theme park ride.
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13th Disney theme park

Disney currently operates 12 theme park properties around the world, not counting water parks. In the early days of Disney California Adventure, before Cars Land and other elements of the 2012 redesign went into effect, the eighth of those 12 parks took flak for offering a tacky recreation of things people would associate with California…in the middle of the real California. Take a Superstar Limo ride! Do a wine-tasting! Visit a faux national park!

At a preview of the park before its opening, one Disney Imagineer famously said, “I liked it better as a parking lot.”

Perhaps the park would have been better received if it had opened in Tokyo with a Japanese theme instead. As it so happens, something like that might now be in the works, as reports have surfaced of an all-new Japanese-themed park development being planned at Tokyo Disney Resort. Whether it winds up being a whole separate park, as is rumored because of the budget, or just a massive 2.68-billion-dollar expansion on Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the notion of such a development teases fans of immersive environments with some interesting possibilities. Given the cross-pollination that occurs between Disney parks across the world, this is a case where properties like Epcot as well as Japan’s existing theme parks allow us to make some informed speculation about what a “Disney Japan Adventure” type park or land could look like.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • See concept art of new Pixar parade floats and the Disney Skyliner Transportation System.
  • Take a Christmas peek inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood.
  • Shanghai Disneyland has issued the opening date for its Toy Story Land.
  • Find out why Chris Hemsworth was at Disneyland this week.
  • Marvel continues to beef up its presence at theme parks everywhere.
  • And more!

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts could follow Bog Iger as Disney CEO.
  • What does an abandoned SeaWorld look like?
  • Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Sleeping Beauty Castle transforming for Christmas.
  • The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail has expanded to a whopping 25 trees this year.
  • There are rumblings of a new Japan-themed Disney park coming to Tokyo.
  • And much more!

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Magic Kingdom’s Tron coaster is now one step closer to becoming a reality.
  • Disneyland’s Space Mountain has been testing out a Single Rider option for its queue.
  • Get a first look at the action-packed Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic Cruise ship.
  • Details about a future in-park character greeting with Marvel’s Black Panther at DCA.
  • See videos of what’s happening this Christmas at Disneyland, WDW, Universal Orlando, and Knott’s Berry Farm.
  • And more!

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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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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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