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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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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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 TRON Lightcycle Power Run in Shanghai Disneyland

Disney has released a video showing off the upcoming Tron ride at Shanghai Disneyland Resort. The coaster attraction will be called TRON Lightcycle Power Run, and will be located in Tomorrowland. Hit the jump to watch the first concept video of this new Tron ride.

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Shanghai Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

Coming off reports that the opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort will be pushed back from late this year to the first half of 2016 (update: Disney head Bob Iger has now confirmed the park will grand open in Spring 2016), Disney has released the first photos of the theme park’s signature attraction Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. The new E-ticket ride, located in the park’s Treasure Cove land, will feature “a combination of new technology and innovation and will take guests on a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing an experience unlike anything else in the world.” See the Shanghai Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean Ride images and more after the jump.

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Toy Story hotel

As we wiped tears from our eyes at the end of Toy Story 3, we thought that was the end. The last time we’d see Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang. However, the adventures continued in a few fantastic short films, at a ton of cool theme park rides and now, we know we’ll eventually see Toy Story 4 as well. We’ll always have a friend in Pixar’s first creation.

Beyond Toy Story 4, Disney has some thing else really special planned for the the franchise. They’re doing a full Toy Story hotel and you can see a concept image 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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