Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Wannabe hobbits may no longer have to journey to New Zealand to make their dreams come true. A new report indicates that Disney is close to finalizing a deal with Warner Bros. to bring a Lord of the Rings-themed attraction to Orlando.
Now, it’s been rumored for years that the Mouse House has an eye on Middle-earth. With no official confirmation from either company as of yet, this update could turn out to mere gossip as well. But it really seems like a matter of time before someone makes a Tolkien park happen, and as of now it looks like Disney is the best bet. More on this possible new attraction after the jump.
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Update: Disney has revealed a 2017 projected opening date for the land. All three Avatar sequels are scheduled to begin shooting next year simultaneously, and the announced release date for Avatar 2 is currently December 2016. So it looks like the new land will be ready to promote the third and fourth films, and possibly the home video release of the sequel.
Update #2: A video is now available featuring James Cameron, who describes the creation of Avatar Land. Watch it at the bottom of the post below.
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Disney Imagineers seem to be having a ball figuring out ways to further integrate Star Wars into Disneyland. With seemingly every new edition of insider column, MiceAge, their ideas are reportedly altering and solidifying leading towards what tourists will eventually enjoy when they visit the Anaheim park for decades to come: a full Star Wars themed Tomorrowland.
The latest report details even more ways they’re hoping to give Tomorrowland, current home of Space Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, a Star Wars makeover. Most prominently, current attractions Innoventions and Autopia will be removed to make room for a massive, Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike thrill ride. They’re also considering a reproduction of the Millennium Falcon to be parked on the landing pad in the middle of the area people can walk though, right next to a Cantina. There’s more too, read about it below. Read More »
The first Marvel-themed thrill ride at a Disney park has officially been announced, and it’s coming to Hong Kong Disneyland. The Iron Man Experience will open in 2016 and will be a high-tech simulator that puts the rider into Tony Stark’s suit as he flies around the streets of Hong Kong, battling enemies. That’s a piece of concept art above; see more below. Read More »
Entering its 23rd year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has a simple directive: to scare you senseless. While the haunted mazes inspired by original and obscure content offer plenty of chills, the main draw is being able to step inside a beloved horror franchise. This year’s incarnation dares fans to confront the demons of Evil Dead, the lickers of Resident Evil, the lycanthropes of An American Werewolf in London, the shuffling walkers of The Walking Dead, and the smorgasbord of baddies beneath The Cabin in the Woods. Universal Studios invited /Film to a V.I.P. – sorry, R.I.P – opening night, beginning with a special walk-through with the creator of a bona fide classic. Read More »
A theme park dedicated solely to Jackie Chan? It’s in the works. Read about that, and the following, in this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- The first images of the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris have been revealed.
- Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had its first full test.
- The movie themed Italian theme park Cinecitta World is on scheduled to open next year.
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Growing up in the Tri-State area during the ’80s and ’90s, you had two real options if you wanted to head to a big theme park. Drive a few hours to Six Flags, or go a few minutes to the border of New Jersey and New York. There is located the small town of Vernon, NJ, which housed the insane and mythical Action Park.
I grew up about 30 minutes from Vernon so, every few weeks over the summer, we’d hop in the car and head to Action Park. There we could be shot out of a waterslide like a cannonball, race down an almost 80-degree angled slide, or swing on a rope in front of dozens of people. But walking around the park, you always had a sense of dread. Maybe it was because of the kids crying having burned themselves on the Alpine Slide. Maybe it was the kid coughing up water having almost drowned in the deep end of the massive wave pool. Or maybe it was the whispers about the that black slide with the cobwebs on it…and an ominous loop.
Mashable has posted a two part documentary on Action Park appropriated titled The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever. For anyone who’d ever went to the park as a child, this is a great trip down memory lane. If you never had the privilege, you almost won’t believe this place existed. Read More »
One of the biggest mysteries in the long running history of The Simpsons is the location of Springfield, the characters’ hometown. While the show’s creators have given hints over the years, it’s safe to say that, as of last week, at least one version of Springfield is in Orlando, Florida.
For the past few months, Universal Studios Orlando has been slowly opening a whole new section to their park. (Yes, this in addition to Islands of Adventure and World of Harry Potter.) The new area is designed to look as close to Springfield as possible, including stores, locations and characters from the iconic hometown of The Simpsons. Last week, that expansion was finally completed as its the flagship ride, Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, opened its gates.
Below, see some photos and videos of not only that ride, but the entire Springfield, including Moe’s Tavern, the Duff Brewery, Lard Lad Donuts and much more. Read More »
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