Star Wars Land

It’s been a while since the last Theme Park Bits, and I have a lot of bits saved up to discuss, including the following:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood launches a virtual tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • FastPass+-style tests being conducted at Space Mountain in Disneyland.
  • Watch a multi-angle perspective video of Fast & Furious: Supercharged.
  • Captain America will be leaving Disneyland next week.
  • Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land permit maps reveal Disney Hollywood Studios changes.
  • Could Disney World’s Star Wars Land open in time for Christmas 2018?
  • Marvel teases a new Haunted Mansion comic book series.
  • Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will launch a Disney villain-only dinner event called Club Villain.
  • New details on Animal Kingdom’s upcoming “Rivers of Light” show.

All that and more, in today’s Theme Park Bits. Hit the jump to board the ride.

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Brad Bird Tomorrowland interview

A couple weeks back I got a chance to chat briefly with director Brad Bird and talk about his newest film Tomorrowland. I asked for an update on the long-rumored Iron Giant blu-ray release, what it means and doesn’t necessarily mean to be a live-action Disney film, the super slick modern look of Tomorrowland vs. the retro-futurism of ray-guns, how Space Mountain ended up in the movie, and Bird’s earliest memories of Disneyland.

We also talked about how the Space Shuttle Endeavor flying over the Disney Animation building had a huge impact on the film’s story, as well as my favorite sequence in the film (an amazing long “one shot” that lets us explore Tomorrowland for the first time), and I jokingly ask if Brad plans to reprise his role as Edna Mode in Incredibles 2. Read a transcript of my Brad Bird Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.

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Space Mountain in Tomorrowland

This morning, Disney released a new poster for Tomorrowland. Russ grabbed it before I was finished with breakfast, but I noticed something hidden within the image that is noteworthy – hence this post.

Ever since it was announced that director Brad Bird and screenwriter/producer Damon Lindelof’s secret 1952 project was to be titled Tomorrowland, Disney fanatics have speculated about what role the Disneyland park and Walt Disney himself might play in the film. We know that Walt Disney’s creations at the 1964 World’s Fair play into the plot. (specifically the ‘It’s a Small World After All’ attraction, which was later relocated to Disneyland, where it remains today.) Lindelof has said that the movie will show the origins of Tomorrowland but would not show Disneyland itself — but that doesn’t mean we won’t see notable aspects of Disneyland in the movie itself.

And today’s Tomorrowland poster gives us a first look at that. Will we see Disneyland’s Space Mountain in Tomorrowland?

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Space Mountain

Once upon a time, the idea of crafting an entire media franchise around a Disneyland ride seemed ridiculous. Four Pirates of the Caribbean movies and billions of box office dollars later, Disney has the last laugh.

Bolstered by that success, the studio is now looking to tell another new story based on one of its classic theme park attractions. Disney Press will publish Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel next year, inspired by the roller coaster of the same name.

Additionally, there are hints that the studio is also looking to turn an attraction that never was, The Museum of the Weird, into a possible comic book. Or so we think. Hit the jump for details on both projects, including a peek at some artwork from Space Mountain.

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