Walt Disney Imagineering has released the first video of Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, a new ride that will replace Luigi’s Flying Tires in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land. They have also announced that the new attraction will open on March 7th 2016. Hit the jump to watch the Luigis Rollicking Roadsters ride video and learn more.
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Universal Orlando will soon be adding a Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The theme park revealed some concept art for the upcoming attraction this past Summer, and now construction on Skull Island in Orlando has progressed to a point where Universal is showing us a first look at the actual attraction, while giving us a behind the scenes look at the ride’s creation and the story behind the new park experience. Hit the jump to watch the behind the scenes video and see the first Skull Island Reign Of Kong photos.
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Posted on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been about six months since Star Wars Land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts was first announced at D23, and in that time we’ve come up with tons of questions and not very many answers. That didn’t exactly change with tonight’s big Star Wars Land preview on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 special — we still don’t know when exactly it’ll open, and we don’t know that much about what rides, stores, etc. to expect — but we did get a better sense of what the themed area will look like.
A whole bunch of new Star Wars Land concept art was revealed during the show, teasing a Millennium Falcon attraction, a Star Wars-themed street market, a cantina, a dinner club, and much more. Flip through the gallery of Star Wars Land concept art, and watch a video of the Star Wars Land presentation after the jump. Read More »
The opening of Star Wars Land is still few years away, but Disney is trying to stoke the excitement by introducing new Star Wars experiences into the domestic theme parks. To promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they added a segment to Star Tours and introduced Star Wars Launch Bay into Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, each with exhibits, shops, meet and greets with Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, and more. Over at Anaheim we also got a redesign of Space Mountain called Hyperspace Mountain, while Orlando got a Star Wars-themed firework show called “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular.”
Well, it seems like that was just the beginning. We’ve already heard that Captain Phasma will soon join Kylo Ren and the First Order in Disney parks, and now the company has announced that they will also introduce a new stage show called “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” beginning on April 4th 2016 and a night-time fireswork spectacular called “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” this summer. Find out more information on the new Star Wars fireworks show after the jump.
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Universal Studios Hollywood’s West Coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to have its grand opening in just a couple months (though if you’ve visited the park last week you might have caught one of their early soft openings). It’s no secret that Universal would like their theme parks around the world to mirror each other, thus providing the same “universal,” pun intended, experience.
And one of the worst kept secrets in the theme park world is that Universal Studios Hollywood is supposedly planning to expand their Wizarding World to include the Diagon Alley expansion that opened in summer 2014 in Universal Studios Orlando. But where will Diagon Alley Hollywood be located and what attractions will it include? Will guests be able to ride the Hogwarts Express in Hollywood?
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
J.K. Rowling‘s original Harry Potter book series ended in 2007, and the Harry Potter film series followed not too long after in 2011. But the Harry Potter franchise is as robust and productive as ever. In fact, 2016 is already shaping up to be a huge year for Potterheads. Not only do we have a spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming this fall, we’ve also got the imminent opening of Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this spring and the West End debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.
Of course, all that magic tends to add up. And if your Gringotts vault isn’t exactly overflowing with Galleons, you’ll make sure you want to spend your money wisely. So today, we’ve got a closer look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, and some news about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book due to hit shelves. Yes, you read that right: we’re getting an eighth Harry Potter book. Read More »
As we’ve told you previously, ABC will be airing a special titled The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 on Sunday, February 21st 2016. Among many other things, it will feature Harrison Ford giving a preview of the Star Wars Lands coming to Disneyland and Disney World. A television commercial for the special was released online earlier this week, but did it contain our first look at one of the Star Wars Land rides? Hit the jump to take a look.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you ever watched the Transformers movies and thought “You know, this would be better if all of this mayhem was actually happening right in front of me in real life,” you may be in luck. A live Transformers show, appropriately titled Transformers Live is in the works. There’s only one hitch that will render it a little inaccessible for a certain portion of the franchise’s fandom – this show is putting down roots in China. In other words, time to look deep into that pile of loose change you were hoarding for that Shanghai Disneyland trip and wonder if you can afford an additional evening of mayhem on your upcoming Chinese vacation.
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Disney has still not shown us what Star Wars Land will look like, aside from a few pieces of concept art released at D23 Expo 2015 (some of which were pieces of concept art from The Force Awakens). We’ve previously learned that the 14-acre Star Wars Land would be built in the top left corner of the park, taking over land previously occupied by backstage areas, Big Thunder Ranch as well as some of Rivers of America. We’ve even seen beautiful official concept art of what the Rivers of America will look like after the construction is completed. But now we finally get a look at the layout of Star Wars Land. Hit the jump to see an early unofficial Star Wars Land map.
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