Theme Park Bits: A New ‘Ghostbusters’ Ride, ‘Star Wars’ Goes to Disneyland Paris, and Universal Studios Doubles Down on ‘Minions’
Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- A new Ghostbusters ride is coming to Germany’s Heide Park.
- Universal Studios is developing an entire theme park land for the Minions.
- Season of the Force is finally heading to Disneyland Paris.
- Hong Kong Disneyland’s Iron Man Experience is approaching its opening date.
- Animal Kingdom’s Avatar-themed land is truly taking shape.
- Disneyland previews footage and costumes from Doctor Strange.
- Universal extends Halloween Horror Nights.
- And more!
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Let’s get started with something strange…in your neighborhood…etc. It looks like Germany’s Heide Park is getting a “5D” Ghostbusters attraction that will place riders within an Ecto-1 vehicle and let them bust ghosts with attached weapons. This is a tried and true theme park ride type at this point, with Universal’s Men in Black: Alien Attack and Disney’s Buzz Lightyear: Astro Blasters being the most famous examples. This attraction is set to open in 2017.
The Universal Studios parks in Florida and California are already home to the popular Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem simulator attraction, so the news that a third version is coming to Universal Studios Japan isn’t that surprising. What is surprising is that it will have an entire Minion-themed land built around it:
The Osaka-based park announced this week it will open Minion Park, the world’s largest Despicable Me-themed land, set to include a ride, a toy store, a sweets factory, and a hotel.
The press release further describes the Minion Park:
These facilities have already been ‘taken over’ by the Minions themselves. [They] journey alongside guests through Minion Park via a winding, center passage.
I’ll never fully get the Minions, but there’s no denying their popularity around the world…and there’s no denying Universal’s efficiency when it comes to quickly and efficiently capitalizing on their most beloved properties within their theme parks. Minion Park, like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield USA before it, will almost certainly be an impressive creation.
While the Iron Man Experience attraction has yet to open its doors at Hong Kong Disneyland, the attraction’s exterior has officially come to life…to advertise the ride within. Disney and More has the video, which you can watch above.
While the ride itself has yet to open, the attached gift shop is open and more than willing to take your money! Classic Disney. For additional photos of the attraction building and the gift shop, you can follow the link above.
Detail in the 3D sculpted background of Pandora World of Avatar pic.twitter.com/xiHdHFuh1o
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The floating mountains of the upcoming Pandora land in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom are really starting to take shape and the details are incredible. We’re still months away from this area opening its doors to the public and it’s already looking like Disney’s Imagineers are looking to create something that is utter unlike anything we’ve seen in a theme park before. This level of detail is how you battle Universal and Harry Potter (and this should get you even more excited to see what they do with Star Wars).
Doctor Strange opens on November 4, 2016, but if you want to see more from the film right now at this very second, all you have to do is head over the Disney’s California Adventure park and head to theater in the Hollywood Land section. The lobby is now home to one of the costumes worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film and the theater itself is screening preview footage from the movie. The video above offers a quick tour of the lobby display.