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If you didn’t get a chance to attend the 2013 D23 Expo in Anaheim then you missed a lot of cool presentations. This is especially true if you’re a fan of the Disney theme parks. Thankfully, DisneyandMore, DatelineDisneyland and ThomasTheImagineer were able to capture a lot of the cool stuff on video for you to enjoy at home.

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Universal theme parks all over the globe have some impressive improvements happening soon, plus Disneyland reveals a brand new stage show. Read about the following in this edition of Theme Park Bits.

  • Universal Orlando is expanding its Springfield area around The Simpsons Ride with several iconic locations.
  • Another Universal Studio location will let you actually shoot zombies, as in Resident Evil.
  • Interactive, talking Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron are now at Universal Hollywood.
  • Watch the full video of the brand new Disneyland stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map.

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Two films with sequels in the works might see further integration into Disney’s California theme parks later this decade. A new blog posted on MiceChat says Disney is considering revamping a huge section of Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure and theming it around Monsters Inc., which has its prequel Monsters University out this year. The biggest change would involve removing Muppet Vision 3D and replacing it with a roller coaster thrill ride inspired by the door chase at the end of Monsters Inc.

The second rumored upgrade would happen across the courtyard at the flagship park, Disneyland. The current idea is to take Tomorrowland and give it an update, that would be centered on a light cycle ride inspired by Tron, Tron Legacy and the possible Tron 3. Read more below. Read More »

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Innoventions at Disneyland might not be getting a full Stark Expo overhaul any time soon, but Marvel is flying in for the release of Iron Man 3. On April 13, the Tomorrowland staple at Disney’s flagship location will welcome Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries. The exhibit will feature Tony Stark’s Hall of Armors (above) from the film itself and give park visitors the oppurtunity to virutally try on the suits and even mess around in Stark’s workshop. Read more below. Read More »

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Harrison Ford doesn’t “even want to discuss” Star Wars, but plenty of other people do. Also after the jump:

  • Fans petition the White House for National R2-D2 Day
  • A Lucasfilm exec blogs about animation layoffs
  • Carrie Fisher will be at Star Wars Celebration
  • Ian McDiarmid wants to return as Palpatine
  • The Rock is “very excited” for Episode VII
  • Diane Kruger would also love to do Star Wars
  • Darth Vader attacks Tokyo (Disneyland)

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The people who run Disney Parks want to know your feelings on Star Wars. A survey is going around to select Annual Pass holders and other Disney fanatics that asks the question “How interested would you be in visiting a Star Wars themed land at the Disneyland Resort?” Obviously that doesn’t mean you should book your travel just yet, but it confirms Disney is thinking about taking its new $4 billion toy out for a ride. We, unfortunately, don’t have a link to the survey itself , but we’ve got some screencaps for you to check out.

Plus, Universal Studios Hollywood will soon be offering an upgrade to their famous studio lot tram tour. The upgrade will be a VIP Experience giving attendees unpredicented access to arguably the most famous backlot in Hollywood. Read more about both of these below. Read More »

If you don’t have plans for the next couple of summers yet, you may be tempted to take some theme park trips after you read this post. After the jump:

  • Disneyland Paris will get a Ratatouille attraction in 2014
  • Check out the first model image from Shanghai Disneyland
  • Disney’s Imagineers will be the subject of a new documentary
  • Universal Florida‘s Transformers ride prepares for its launch
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem opens in Hollywood next year
  • Stephen Chow is making a Journey to the West-themed park

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The Marvel invasion of Disney Parks has begun, but it won’t happen on this continent. No, the first Disney-owned property to get a full-fledged Marvel themed world will be Hong Kong Disneyland. There’s no timeline on when it’ll happen or how extensive it’ll be, but the news was revealed Tuesday in a conference call discussing the park’s 2013-2014 budget. That suggests construction will happen this year or next. Read more below. Read More »

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