wizarding world of harry potter christmas

It’s easy to sound like a broken record when you’re talking about Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but it really is that impressive, that spellbinding, and that meticulously designed. If you’re a theme park fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out in either California or Florida if you haven’t already.

And because the folks at Universal are wise in the ways of wringing your wallet until every last dollar falls out, they’re introducing a new holiday makeover for the area, transforming the already magical world into something even more delightful.

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BB-8 Car Charger

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Tokyo Disneyland begins construction of three major new rides and lands.
  • Universal Studios installs new equipment for their Harry Potter nighttime shows.
  • A look at Disneyland’s Autopia refurbishment.
  • A series of photos offer a new look at Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • You can now meet BB-8 at Walt Disney World.

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the collector's fortress in Thor: ragnarok

Disneyland Resort is currently retrofitting the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!, which is set to open later this summer. The new Disney California Adventure attraction is being rethemed into a fortress owned by Benicio Del Toro‘s character Taneleer Tivan (AKA the Collector). Of course, this Fortress has not appeared in any of the Marvel movies to date, and James Gunn has confirmed that the Collector does not appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But what if the Collector’s new digs make a theatrical appearance in Thor: Ragnarok?
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race through new york

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch Jimmy Fallon tour the new Race Through New York ride at Universal Studios.
  • And also watch Fallon “crash” the line for the new ride.
  • A new video explores how Disney Imagineers worked with James Cameron on Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • Nifty packages have gone out to invite people to visit Pandora.
  • Both Disney and Universal have filed some very intriguing patents.
  • And more!

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Avatar Theme Park

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A preview of Universal Studios’ Race Through New York ride.
  • Disney plans new ways of entertaining you with Star Wars.
  • Universal’s flagship Harry Potter ride gets an upgrade.
  • All of the Avatar Land updates your could possibly want.
  • Universal seemingly promises good food at their Volcano Bay water park.
  • And more!

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tron legacy

One of the signature rides at Shanghai Disneyland is the TRON Lightcycle Power Run rollercoaster. A new rumor suggests that budget and preliminary design teams for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have been sent out to Shanghai with the goal of bringing this attraction back to the states. Hit the jump to learn more about the TRON roller coaster Disneyland rumors.

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Fantastic Beasts

Universal Studios has been granted a couple of exciting new patents and they look like they could be for new Harry Potter-themed attractions being planned for their theme parks. Rumors continue to circulate that the Dragon Challenge coaster in Universal Islands of Adventure may be replaced with a new ride (or rides) based on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Check out these crazy new patents and ponder whether or not they’re for new Fantastic Beasts rides below!

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Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

Pandora: The World of Avatar opens on May 27, 2017 in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Since “Avatar Land” (as we’ll always call it in our hearts) was first announced by Disney, one of the many selling points involved immersing guests in the world of Pandora, from the floating mountains down to the exotic alien food served at the restaurants. This is expected at this point – Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has redefined food options at theme parks: gone are the cheap bad food choices, replaced with immersive food options that continue to transport guests into another world.

So what will the food of Pandora look like? Let’s take a look at the Avatar Land food below.

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avatar land videos

Oh, man. Theme park construction news grows up so fast. It seems like only yesterday we were scrutinizing blurry images from Walt Disney World’s Pandora – The World of Avatar. Now, full-blown videos walking us through this meticulously designed theme park land have arrived. I feel like I’m waving goodbye to a child as it drives to college, ready to finally complete its transformation from dirt pile to multi-million dollar tourist attraction. Let’s watch the videos below.

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at-at star wars

Construction on Star Wars land is ongoing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, but we still haven’t seen much in the way of concept art since the Star Wars-themed theme park lands were announced at 2015’s D23 Expo. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot more about Disneyland’s Star Wars Experience (as it is rumored to be called) at D23 Expo in July.

But right now, the construction photos are finally beginning to get exciting now that everything is going vertical. New photographs show structures that appear to be framing for two life-size Galactic Empire Imperial AT-AT Walkers. Let’s check out photos of the Disneyland AT-ATs under construction below.

Update: Disney has released an official video confirming our original AT-AT scoop. Hit the jump for more info.

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