Frozen Ice Palace Disneyland

This edition of Theme Park Bits travels the globe. China, the Middle East and even the Frozen land of Arendelle. Below, read about the following:

  • Sony Pictures has licensed several of their major properties, including Ghostbusters, for a Dubai Theme Park.
  • The Frozen city of Arendelle is now part of the Disneyland ride Storybook Land Canal Boats.
  • Disneyland will launch a new night time parade for its 60th anniversary during 2015.
  • The company that owns AMC Theaters is opening a massive movie-themed amusement park in China.
  • Knotts Berry Farm announces Voyage to the Iron Reef ride.
  • Two men rode every right at Walt Disney World in one day.

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Gaston challenged
Disney is great when it comes to casting the costumed characters you see in their theme parks. I’ve seen various characters present so many fantastic off the cuff responses in characters to park guests over the years. The latest to make its way across the interwebs is Beauty and the Beast antagonist Gaston challenged to a feat of strength and got exactly what he asked for. Of course, the character from the Disney animated classic is a narcissist who thinks he is superior to everyone around him. A Disney World park guest challenged the arrogant and egotistical hunter to a push up contest and the costumed character accepted. Watch the resulting Gaston challenge as recorded on a cameraphone (people, lets start recording horizontally and not vertically, okay?) after the jump.

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BBC theme park 1

Whovians rejoice: A BBC theme park is coming to the U.K. Attractions based on Doctor Who, Top Gear, and Sherlock are thought likely, though they haven’t yet been confirmed. A Doctor Who ride is not as novel an idea as you might think — Disney considered bringing the sci-fi property to Tomorrowland back in the ’80s.

Since the new park is backed by Paramount Pictures, it’s also expected to feature various Paramount franchises — possibly including Star Trek and Transformers. More on the planned BBC theme park after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Theme Park Rides

Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and Star Wars fans have been clamoring for a bigger Galactic and Rebel presence in the Disney theme parks. We’ve posted many rumors about a new Star Wars land being planned for Disneyland in Anaheim — at one point they were even testing out an idea for a third park which would’ve combined Star Wars and Marvel, but word has it didn’t test well with females. The latest rumor is that a Star Wars themed land will replace Disneyland’s Toon Town with construction beginning in 2016.

Today we learn a bit more about what the future of Star Wars holds in Disney Parks with a confirmation that any Star Wars theme park rides and attractions will be based on the new films, and not the older original (boo) and prequel (yay) trilogies.

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Star Wars Weekends 2015 dates

2015 is kind of a big year for Star Wars. I heard there might be a movie coming out? Maybe even a convention, too? Well, another huge event on the Star Wars calendar takes place in Orlando, Florida. It’s the annual Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World resort, and the new dates have just been announced. Check out the Star Wars Weekends 2015 dates below. Read More »

starwarsland

Thursday morning Disney is expected to announce a large set of changes for Disneyland Parks and resort, including a big investment in Frozen in Disney California Adventure and Disneyland, The Muppets‘ DCA theatre will be gone for a while, a Cars Land ride replacement and more. And we also get a rumored timeline of where and when to expect Star Wars Land when it comes to Disneyland.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

It’s not often that Muggles get bragging rights over wizards, but today is one of those rare days. Universal Orlando has just announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now serving hot butterbeer, in addition to their regular offerings of cold and frozen butterbeer.

In contrast, the wizarding world as chronicled in J.K. Rowling‘s original books only offered butterbeer in two forms, cold and hot. Take that, wizards. Hit the jump for details on exactly where to get hot butterbeer.  Read More »

Toy Story hotel

As we wiped tears from our eyes at the end of Toy Story 3, we thought that was the end. The last time we’d see Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang. However, the adventures continued in a few fantastic short films, at a ton of cool theme park rides and now, we know we’ll eventually see Toy Story 4 as well. We’ll always have a friend in Pixar’s first creation.

Beyond Toy Story 4, Disney has some thing else really special planned for the the franchise. They’re doing a full Toy Story hotel and you can see a concept image below. Read More »

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