Kylo Ren Coming To Disneyland and Disney World

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Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become a global phenomenon, Disney is planning to add more new characters from Episode VII into the parks. The opening of Star Wars Launch Bay saw First Order Stormtroopers roaming Tomorrowland while Darth Vader and Chewbacca were given dedicated meet-and-greets (with Boba Fett making special appearances).

But now it looks like Adam Driver‘s character Kylo Ren will be coming to Disneyland in his quest to find Luke Skywalker. Hit the jump to learn more about the Kylo Ren Disneyland costumed character, and which other Force Awakens characters could join him next.

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disneyland shanghai opening

After more than a decade of planning and a five years of construction, the Walt Disney Company has revealed an opening date for their newest theme park. The Shanghai Disney Resort will open its gates on June 16, 2016, bringing the most popular name in themed entertainment to an audience who is becoming more and more important to every media company’s bottom line.

And while we can (and will) dip our toe into what Shanghai Disneyland means in the grand scheme of theme parks, movies, and the future of mass entertainment, we also have to accept that this is one slick looking destination. Full details, including pictures of several new rides and attractions, can be found below.

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Star Wars Land

In September, we told you that Star Wars Land would mean huge changes for Disneyland. The changes included the removal of Big Thunder Ranch and a re-routing of Walt Disney’s Rivers of America. Now that construction is about to begin, Disneyland Railroad and the attractions and shows that take place in Rivers of America have closed to make way for Star Wars Land. How will Disneyland look after Star Wars Land is added to the park? Find out, after the jump.

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revenge of the mummy ride

With Disney theme parks are currently undergoing their most radical changes in decades to accommodate new Star Wars-themed attractions, and you just know that their chief rival, Universal Studios, must have a few big plans up its sleeve. A new version of their massively popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Hollywood park is not enough. They’re going to need something completely new and fresh. The truth is that these two titans trying to one-up one another is the best possible thing for theme park fans – they do battle and we get to enjoy the fruits of their rivalry.

While we can’t say for sure what Universal is cooking up, new rumors have hit the internet suggesting that the West Coast version of their Revenge of the Mummy attraction may be closing down in the near future. In a completely unrelated rumor, the park may also be working on an attraction based on the upcoming animated film The Secret Life of Pets that utilizes that very nifty technology that hasn’t been seen in too many American theme parks yet.

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We and the rest of the internet are all about The Force Awakens right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re just ignoring the rest of the Star Wars universe. After the jump:

  • This lightsaber is actually an elegant flask for a more civilized age.
  • Peek at the Star Wars Land float for this year’s Rose Parade.
  • See a cool piece of Han Solo-centric art by Tomer Hanuka.
  • Celebrate Life Day with the Lucasfilm holiday card maker.
  • This gingerbread Darth Vader looks terrifying and delicious.
  • Mark Hamill helps fans sort his real autographs from the fakes.
  • Donnie Yen is so psyched for Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • Could Nien Nunb return for Star Wars Episode VIII?
  • Why did Hayden Christensen disappear after Episode III?
  • Science says destroying the Death Star would’ve killed the Ewoks.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

West Coast Potterheads, the day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Or rather: the day you’ve been waiting for won’t arrive for another four months, but at least we finally know when it is.

Universal Studios Hollywood has finally set a spring 2016 opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Watch the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood opening date announcement, and get more details, after the jump.  Read More »

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Star Wars Land

A bunch of Disneyland rumors hit the web this week, including updates on the timetable, geography and construction of Star Wars Land, a new FastPass system that could be coming in 2016, a possible big revamp to Downtown Disney,  an opening date for Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, more information on the rumored Marvel Expansion planned for Disney California Adventure, and more.

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Star Wars Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple Show

Star Wars Season of the Force opened at Disneyland and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios over the past few weeks, but one key addition has had a late start: an updated version of the popular Jedi Training Academy. While the show is primarily for children, Adult Star Wars fans have always gotten a kick out of seeing their children go facer to face with some of the biggest Star Wars villains in a test of the Force and lightsaber battles. The revamped show is now called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and features characters from the popular Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple has opened this week in Hollywood Studios (but won’t begin in Walt’s original west coast theme park until January 2016) and you can watch the first video of the show now embedded after the jump.

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Universal Orlando May Be Planning Third Theme Park

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Universal Studios might be planning to add a third theme park to their Orlando Resort to complement Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure. A new report claims that the company is interested in buying a massive lot of land along Universal Boulevard and has an offer in. Learn more about the possible Universal Orlando third park, after the jump.
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