Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

During their quarterly earnings conference call earlier today, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger confirmed earlier the opening date for Walt Disney World’s Avatar-themed land. Pandora – The World of Avatar will have its grand opening at Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom theme park on May 27th, 2017. Also, Iger also confirmed that Star Wars Land, which is currently being constructed in both Anaheim’s Disneyland and Orlando’s Hollywood Studios are on target for a 2019 opening.
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race through new york

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios’ Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will open in April.
  • Walt Disney World’s newest water ride has a new name and opening date.
  • The Iron Man Experience ride has officially opened in Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • Knott’s Berry Farm is planning to auction off hundreds of items from its history.
  • New photos show off the construction progress of Star Wars Land in Disneyland.
  • LEGOLAND’s new Ninjago ride has opened.
  • SeaWorld is building a new roller coaster for 2018.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Episode 8 Star Tours Update

For those out there who are both hardcore fans of Star Wars and frequent attendees of Disney theme parks, today brings some good news for the developing update that will be Star Wars Land.

As we’ve known for awhile now that Disneyland and Disneyworld, specifically Disney’s Hollywood Studios section, will be getting a huge new attraction in the form of a section dedicated entirely to Star Wars. It’s going to take years for this attraction to be built, but we’ve seen various renderings of what kind of experience this new part of the park will offer.

Now a new piece of concept art shows us how Star Wars Land will shimmer at night, and we also have word that one particular update to the Star Wars experience at Disney theme parks will arrive long before Star Wars Land opens. Find out more about the Star Wars Land details after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Land

As construction on Star Wars Land has gone vertical in Anaheim, we are beginning to learn more information about Disneyland’s upcoming immersive spaceport experience. The ride queues for the land’s two E-ticket attractions will feel less like a long line and more like a storytelling experience that brings park visitors through many different environments. Also, word has it that the Stormtrooper Battle Escape ride will involve you having to abandon your ride vehicle mid-ride and make a run for it away from oncoming First Order Stormtroopers. All this and more in the latest Star Wars Land update, after the jump.
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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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