Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

Disney has been teasing Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise for a few years now. But as we get closer to the land’s opening in early 2017, we’re beginning to get more details about the upcoming addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida.  Right now D23 Expo Japan is going on and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Bob Chapek shared some new information about the planned river ride that will be part of Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Hit the jump for more information.

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20th century fox world

As Disney and Universal continue to butt heads in the ongoing war between their theme park empires, 20th Century Fox is looking to enter the arena in a big way. Armed with the rights to some of the biggest and most beloved movie franchises of all time, they have the right ingredients for something special.

But most of you reading this are in for a bit of a trip if you want to visit the newly announced 20th Century Fox World. The new park and resort is heading to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where it will capitalize on the nation’s increasingly huge tourism industry. Hit the jump for more details.

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Star Wars Land

It’s been a while since the last Theme Park Bits, and I have a lot of bits saved up to discuss, including the following:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood launches a virtual tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • FastPass+-style tests being conducted at Space Mountain in Disneyland.
  • Watch a multi-angle perspective video of Fast & Furious: Supercharged.
  • Captain America will be leaving Disneyland next week.
  • Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land permit maps reveal Disney Hollywood Studios changes.
  • Could Disney World’s Star Wars Land open in time for Christmas 2018?
  • Marvel teases a new Haunted Mansion comic book series.
  • Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will launch a Disney villain-only dinner event called Club Villain.
  • New details on Animal Kingdom’s upcoming “Rivers of Light” show.

All that and more, in today’s Theme Park Bits. Hit the jump to board the ride.

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I was raised to do one thing… and that’s serve up Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • David Prowse has zero interest in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • What does “I will finish what you started” really mean?
  • The Force Awakens trailer gets meme-d, of course
  • Ooh and ahh over a stunning Star Wars Newsweek cover
  • Was the destruction of Alderaan justified?
  • A Star Wars-themed bar has opened up in Ottawa
  • Is this the working title of Star Wars Episode VIII?
  • Get way too invested in the state of Mark Hamill‘s facial hair
  • Peek at the Star Wars room on the Disney Dream cruise ship
  • Feast your eyes on a bunch of Vader Down variant covers

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Jimmy Fallon Ride

In July 2015, we reported a rumor that Universal Studios Orlando was planning a new motion simulator ride to replace Twister which would  take place in the mind of Jimmy Fallon on the set of The Tonight Show. Well, the report was mostly right. The new attraction will replace Twister…Ride It Out and will star Jimmy Fallon. Learn the details now after the jump.

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twilight zone tower of terror movie

Disney is developing a movie based on the popular theme park ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The accelerated drop tower dark ride, which appears in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea in Japan, and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, seems like an obvious movie property. Find out what producers and writers are involved in the new Tower of Terror movie adaptation after the jump.

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Chris Columbus Spider-Man

A bunch of Marvel characters have shown up at Disneyland so far, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star-Lord and Gamora. But it looks like another new superhero will be coming to Walt Disney’s original theme park in the near future: Spider-Man. Thats right, the webslinger will be appearing in Disneyland park as part of a new Marvel Super Hero HQ area launching in “Tomorrowland Expo Center” (formerly Innoventions). Get more details abut the new Marvel Super Hero HQ, see what the Spider-Man Disneyland Meet-and-Greet will look like, and learn what other superheroes and exhibits you should expect to find there, after the jump.

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legoland lego movie ride

Legoland has announced that a new animated short film based on The LEGO Movie will premiere in January 2016 at Legoland. Hit the jump to learn more about The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure, including images from the new film.

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The Flying Dinosaur Jurassic Park Ride

In the latest edition of Theme Park Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Universal Studios Japan announces new Jurassic Park ride
  • Find out when Star Wars Season of the Force will take place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando
  • See a preview of Pixar’s Good Dinosaur in Disneyland and Walt Disney World
  • More information about the Frozen stage production coming to Disney California Adventure
  • Get a first look at the Motiongate theme park coming to Dubai in 2016
  • Universal Orlando follows Disney’s lead and raises Annual Pass and parking prices
  • Comcast is buying 51% stake in Universal Studios Japan

All this and more, hit the jump to get started.
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