Star Wars Land

Disney has started surveying Disneyland and Disney World annual passholders about the possibility of adding a block-out period for a theme park for the first two months of a new attraction like the upcoming Star Wars Lands, Pandora: The World of Avatar, Toy Story Land or Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. But will Disney add an AP block-out for Star Wars Land?

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real lightsabers

Disney has filed a patent that will put lightsabers in the hands of theme park guests, allowing them to wield them in ways never before seen — deflecting real laser blasts from animatronic stormtroopers and oncoming Imperial ships. Learn more about this possible Star Wars Land next generation real lightsabers experience, after the jump.

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ghostbusters ride

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A Ghostbusters ride is heading to Dubai.
  • Disney confirms that a new Muppets restaurant is one the way.
  • Watch the opening ceremony for Universal Studios’ Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • An update on the construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland.
  • A rumored location for Universal Studio’s The Secret Life of Pets ride.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings characters are now in Universal parks.
  • Tour Universal Orlando’s newest hotel.
  • New updates on Halloween events at both Disney and Universal.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Land concept art - The Star Wars Experience

Disney Parks has revealed a new concept art image of the upcoming Star Wars-themed land coming to Disneyland. This piece of art appeared today on the fence along Big Thunder Trail in Disneyland’s Frontierland, one of the future entry points to the Star Wars Experience.
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star wars land droids

We all know that Disney’s Star Wars theme park lands are going to be immersive. Specifically, we all know that they have to be immersive at the bare minimum if they want to compete with Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the current high water mark in theme park design. Knowing Disney, they will go out of their way and spend a lot of money to fight back against that boy wizard and reclaim their position at the top of this particular food chain. This theme park cold war is going to result in some mighty fine work. Whoever wins, we win.

While the two unnamed Star Wars lands are currently little more than big piles of dirt at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, a new video has given us a taste of just how far they may be willing push to the immersion factor. How about droids wandering the area, integrating with guests and their environment?

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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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soarin over the world

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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Rogue One 70mm

The Walt Disney Company had their annual shareholder meeting this morning in Chicago. A lot of it had to do with boring financials, which is beyond the coverage of this site. But Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger did show off a bunch of clips from upcoming Disney films including Star Wars: Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, the live-action Beauty and the Beast and the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. A /Film reader in attendance has sent me a rundown of what he saw, read about it after the jump.

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