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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new star wars fireworks show

It’s been about six months since Star Wars Land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts was first announced at D23, and in that time we’ve come up with tons of questions and not very many answers. That didn’t exactly change with tonight’s big Star Wars Land preview on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 special — we still don’t know when exactly it’ll open, and we don’t know that much about what rides, stores, etc. to expect — but we did get a better sense of what the themed area will look like.

A whole bunch of new Star Wars Land concept art was revealed during the show, teasing a Millennium Falcon attraction, a Star Wars-themed street market, a cantina, a dinner club, and much more. Flip through the gallery of Star Wars Land concept art, and watch a video of the Star Wars Land presentation after the jump.  Read More »

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new star wars fireworks show

The opening of Star Wars Land is still few years away, but Disney is trying to stoke the excitement by introducing new Star Wars experiences into the domestic theme parks. To promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they added a segment to Star Tours and introduced Star Wars Launch Bay into Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, each with exhibits, shops, meet and greets with Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, and more. Over at Anaheim we also got a redesign of Space Mountain called Hyperspace Mountain, while Orlando got a Star Wars-themed firework show called “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular.”

Well, it seems like that was just the beginning. We’ve already heard that Captain Phasma will soon join Kylo Ren and the First Order in Disney parks, and now the company has announced that they will also introduce a new stage show called “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” beginning on April 4th 2016 and a night-time fireswork spectacular called “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” this summer. Find out more information on the new Star Wars fireworks show after the jump.

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Star Wars Land ride photo

As we’ve told you previously, ABC will be airing a special titled The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 on Sunday, February 21st 2016. Among many other things, it will feature Harrison Ford giving a preview of the Star Wars Lands coming to Disneyland and Disney World. A television commercial for the special was released online earlier this week, but did it contain our first look at one of the Star Wars Land rides? Hit the jump to take a look.

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Star Wars Land

Disney has still not shown us what Star Wars Land will look like, aside from a few pieces of concept art released at D23 Expo 2015 (some of which were pieces of concept art from The Force Awakens). We’ve previously learned that the 14-acre Star Wars Land would be built in the top left corner of the park, taking over land previously occupied by backstage areas, Big Thunder Ranch as well as some of Rivers of America. We’ve even seen beautiful official concept art of what the Rivers of America will look like after the construction is completed. But now we finally get a look at the layout of Star Wars Land. Hit the jump to see an early unofficial Star Wars Land map.

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