Star Wars Land Rendering

A new rendering of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Land has been released. The concept art by Walt Disney Imagineering’s Greg Pro gives us a better look at the currently under construction theme park world which is expected to be called The Star Wars Experience. Hit the jump to see what we can learn from this new piece of concept art.

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Its been a while since we’ve done a proper Theme Park Bits round-up, so we have a lot to share with you. Here are some of the stories we’ll be talking about today:

  • A tease of the Na’vi Animatronics from Avatar Land
  • See photos of Avatar Land‘s construction
  • New Footage and concept art from Star Wars Land
  • Watch a preview of Soarin Around The World and learn when you’ll be able to ride it
  • Finding Dory characters will be added to EPCOT attraction
  • Watch sneak preview of Animal Kingdom‘s new Tree of Life and Rivers of Light night-time shows
  • A first look at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which will include Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman rides
  • A look at Universal Studios Japan’s walking dinosaurs from Jurassic Park
  • Universal Orlando raises annual price passes

All this and more, after the jump.

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Star Wars Land - The Star Wars Experience

We’ve been reporting on Disney’s Star Wars Land for years now, from the rumored development to the official announcement at D23 Expo 2015. But we still don’t know the official name for this “gateway planet located on the outer rim,” which is currently under construction in both Disneyland in Anaheim California and Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida. Now, however, a good source claims to know what Star Wars Land will be called. Find out, after the jump.

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The grand opening of Universal Hollywood’s version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter happened last night at the Los Angeles theme park. It was an incredible night, filled with magic and wizardry. Hit the jump to hear more about the opening celebration and also learn about the new Wizarding World now open for everyone to enjoy in Universal Hollywood.
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star wars stage show

Star Wars characters haven’t been strangers in Disney theme parks for some time now. Even before the cooperation acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers and other familiar faces were regular sights at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida as part of the Star Wars Weekends event. And if you go back before that, there’s Star Tours, the ever-popular motion simulator attraction.

But between Disney now owning Star Wars and the upcoming Star Wars land being constructed in the Hollywood Studios park, these characters have officially been upgraded from guest stars to main cast members. Heck, they now have their own live stage show and everything.

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Back to the Future: The Ride, which many theme park enthusiasts consider to be the finest attraction ever built, closed its doors at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2007. And let’s be honest – it was probably the right move. The beloved motion simulator thrill ride first opened in Florida in 1991 and California in 1993 and, well over a decade later, it was starting to show its age in a big way. Not even a time travel ride can remain young forever.

One version lived on, though. Back to the Future: The Ride opened at Universal Studios Japan in 2001 and it became the last place on the planet that fans could experience this attraction. But alas, all good things must come to an end: Universal has announced that the final incarnation will shut down soon.

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If your love of movies and your love of theme parks overlap, then Theme Park Bits is the news round-up for you. In today’s edition:

  • Universal Studios reveals a whole bunch of new Skull Island: Reign of Kong details.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at California Adventure’s new Frozen show.
  • Universal Studios raises their ticket prices, just in time for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • The Walking Dead is getting a permanent home at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland just got a bit more comfy.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios has carved out a new area for the Muppets.

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I’m sure I was like many other children, watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and imagining what it would be like to visit this fictional candy wonderland. Well now news comes that Universal Studios will be building a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as part of their Universal Orlando resort. And coincidentally, Warner Bros has announced that they will be launching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical on Broadway in spring 2017. Learn details on both of these projects, after the jump.

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In today’s edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood announces a new Walking Dead attraction coming this summer. See concept art and a teaser trailer.
  • Pixar’s Inside Out is coming to Walt Disney World resort’s EPCOT.
  • And see some new photos from inside Shanghai Disneyland, which opens in just a few months.

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