Star Wars Land

Disney has started surveying Disneyland and Disney World annual passholders about the possibility of adding a block-out period for a theme park for the first two months of a new attraction like the upcoming Star Wars Lands, Pandora: The World of Avatar, Toy Story Land or Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. But will Disney add an AP block-out for Star Wars Land?

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Avatar: Discover Pandora

The creatures, environments, and cultures of James Cameron‘s Avatar will be featured in a new, 12,000-square-foot entertainment and educational experience set to debut in Taipei, Taiwan on December 7th, 2016 before touring the world. See some concept images and find out more, after the jump.

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Doctor Strange Will Be Coming To Disney World

Doctor Strange concept art - Doctor Strange Disney World

It looks like Doctor Strange will be appearing at Walt Disney World Resort later this Fall. While Universal Studios owns the rights to most Marvel characters west of the Mississippi, Marvel is allowed to have particular characters for a limited time in conjunction with movie promotion (this is how they were able to have Gamora and Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy appear in the Florida parks). Looks like the Sorcerer Supreme will be making an appearance in Orlando this Fall. Find out more details on the Doctor Strange Disney World plans after the jump.

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Space Mountain movies

In January 2012, Variety reported that screenwriter Max Landis had sold a pitch to Walt Disney Pictures for an “untitled space adventure” pitch with the potential to be a film franchise that could “benefit all of the company’s divisions.” A few months later it was reported that screenwriter Max Borenstein was hired by the mouse house to write his own “space-set sci-fi adventure” called Paladin for Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer.

But as it turns out, the two projects were actually Space Mountain feature films that Disney was developing in secret. Find out what Max Landis’ Space Mountain movie would have been and learn why both projects didn’t happen.
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Disney Almost Created A ‘Myst’ Theme Park

myst theme park

If you played computer games in the 1990’s, then you probably remember Myst, the best-selling adventure puzzle game which took players around a magical island filled with mysterious secrets. Myst was responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives and remained the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002.

There has been this long-running rumor that Walt Disney Imagineering once considered turning Disney World’s Discovery Island into a Myst theme park. Myst creators, brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, have now confirmed they did work with Disney on a Myst attraction.

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Eli Roth halloween horror nights

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Hostel director Eli Roth lends his talents to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Visitors to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will get a Zootopia exclusive.
  • Disneyland is getting a villain and ghost-themed Halloween parade.
  • The dance troupe Jabbawockeez returns to Halloween Horror Nights.
  • California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is getting a temporary seasonal re-do.
  • Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares an early design for a Mary Poppins ride.
  • A look at new decorations popping up for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Early footage of the under-construction Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.
  • Check out the full map for Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of the latest Frozen stage show.
  • And more!

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harry potter video game ride

Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.

So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.

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pirates of the caribbean 5 release date

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean is reportedly replacing Peter Pan in Fantasmic at Disneyland.
  • Season of the Force is heading to Disneyland Paris.
  • A Celebration of Harry Potter returns to Universal Orlando for year four.
  • Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium soft-opens amidst a lawsuit.
  • Notes on Animal Kingdom‘s ever-changing hours.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland rebounds, but it really wants that Iron Man attraction.
  • A first look at the new gingerbread house in this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  • The crazy true story of two guys who documented Epcot’s Horizons.
  • Walt Disney World’s Magic Bands may be getting an upgrade.
  • Yep, this year’s Disney parks Halloween merchandise is here.

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Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster

After being rumored for months, Marvel confirmed at Comic-Con that Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror would be replaced with a Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout ride in Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park. That’s not the only new Guardians of the Galaxy ride in the rumor mill, and the latest report claims a Guardians-themed roller coaster could be coming to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT.

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