Disney Star Wars Weekend 2012 2

Years have passed since Disney purchased Lucasfilm but it seems like 2015 is really going to be when things start paying off. Not only will 2015 bring the release of the first new Star Wars movie in a decade, it’ll bring the first official news of Star Wars integration into Disney theme parks. Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t elaborate much, but said in a recent shareholder’s call that plans have begun and will be officially announced next year. Read More »

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Real Jurassic Park

Until we find dinosaur DNA in tree sap, an Australian theme park has created something as close to Jurassic Park as is humanly possible. Read about that, and the following Theme Park Bits, below.

  • Twentieth Century Fox World is opening in Malaysia.
  • Check out an image of Harry Potter‘s Diagon Alley’s facade at Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Wreck-It Ralph hosts New Year’s Eve at Disneyland.

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Doc Brown Chicken

Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:

  • The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
  • The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
  • Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
  • Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
  • See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
  • Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
  • Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.

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Tomorrowland

Even before we knew the official title, speculation ran rampant about how Brad Bird‘s latest film tied into Disney history. When the title was revealed to be Tomorrowland, some additional clues came to light. More was then revealed at the D23 Expo and again when shooting began. Now, the co-writer and director has harnessed his inner teenage girl and posted a selfie on Twitter. That selfie, however, just happens to be in front of an old school Disney ad, raising even more questions. Check it out below. Read More »

Rumor: ‘Lord of the Rings’ Land Coming to Disney World?

Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit

Wannabe hobbits may no longer have to journey to New Zealand to make their dreams come true. A new report indicates that Disney is close to finalizing a deal with Warner Bros. to bring a Lord of the Rings-themed attraction to Orlando.

Now, it’s been rumored for years that the Mouse House has an eye on Middle-earth. With no official confirmation from either company as of yet, this update could turn out to mere gossip as well. But it really seems like a matter of time before someone makes a Tolkien park happen, and as of now it looks like Disney is the best bet. More on this possible new attraction after the jump.

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Iron Man 3 header

Much of the country is still experiencing that early-spring chill, but summer is just six weeks away. Or the Hollywood version of it is, anyway. Early May marks the start of this year’s crowded blockbuster season as Iron Man 3 lands in theaters.

Marvel’s been marketing the hell out of this movie (remember when we got a poster like every two days?) and this weekend they made a grab for the family crowd with two new efforts. The first is a new TV spot that aired during the Kids’ Choice Awards, featuring bursts of new footage, and the second is an Iron Man 3-themed monorail winding its way through Walt Disney World. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Star Wars-Atlanta Braves spring training (3)

Jedi may be more comfortable swinging lightsabers than baseball bats, but Mickey-as-Obi-Wan seems to hold his own just fine against the Atlanta Braves in spring training. Check out the photographic evidence after the jump. Also:

  • Harrison Ford is pretty sure he’ll be in Episode VII
  • Rumor has it a Palpatine follower is Episode VII‘s villain
  • Here’s what Brad Bird would change about Episode VI
  • Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job?
  • Dwayne Johnson would “absolutely” do Star Wars
  • Vote for the best character in StarWars.com‘s bracket
  • Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends unveils a new poster
  • Could Disney World get a new Star Wars-themed “land”?
  • See new screencaps from Star Wars: First Assault
  • Clone Wars director Dave Filoni is working with Disney Channel

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There’s a lot of movie-themed news and speculation going on in the theme park world and we’ve got it all in one place. In this edition of Theme Park Bits, read about the following:

  • Is Disney planning a full Star Wars land at California Adventure?
  • The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride is getting its own TV series
  • The Lord of the Rings term “Middle Earth” has been trademarked for use in an amusement park.
  • An Incredibles ride could be in the works
  • Development on Avatar Land is reportedly not going well.
  • The Marvel-themed Stark Expo has been stalled.
  • Imagineering legend Tony Baxter is leaving Disney.
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