Theme Park Bits: Shanghai Disneyland Gets a ‘Toy Story’ Land, ‘Star Wars’ Land Construction Updates, and Michael J. Fox Visits an Old Friend
Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Shanghai Disneyland breaks ground on a new Toy Story-themed land.
- Michael J. Fox poses with the DeLorean at Universal Studios.
- You can now meet Doctor Strange at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- New images show off the construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland.
- Watch the latest World of Color nighttime show.
- Shanghai Disneyland has already been visited by four million people.
- Donald Trump will be added to the Hall of Presidents next year.
- And more!
The paint is still drying on Shanghai Disneyland, but a new themed land is already in the works. Disney has broken ground on a new Toy Story area in 2018, one year before Toy Story 4 is set to hit theaters. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Hong Kong Disneyland has its own Toy Story land and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park is building one of its own alongside Star Wars Land. Specific details on what to expect (and whether or not there will be any overlap between the various Toy Story lands in the other theme parks) remain unknown, but there will be three attractions and character meet-and-greets.
And if you’re wondering why Shanghai Disneyland can expand so quickly, it’s because the park is already on track to break even. Disney CEO Bob Iger says that 4 million guests visited the park in its first four months, putting it on track to break 10 million within the first year. It’s a strong start for the park, especially since other Disney theme parks (like Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris) took years to find their feet.
— Universal Core (@Universal__Core) October 27, 2016
Disneyland’s Star Wars Land still looks like a giant construction site, but this aerial image shows off just how gigantic it will be. Disneyland has always been a compact place compared to its more sprawling sister parks around the world, so seeing a new land of this size coming to the west coast is odd and exciting in equal measure.
— Parks And Cons (@ParksAndCons) November 11, 2016
And here’s another angle of the world in progress.
Speaking of small parks undergoing expansions, Universal Studios Hollywood is adding a fourth escalator to the StarWay to help increase the flow of guest traffic. The construction will involve the closing (and possible demotion) of the Mummy Treats snack bar and the nearby lockers. All of this will occur as The Revenge of the Mummy getting a much-needed refurbishment.
If you can’t make it out to new World of Color: Season of Light winter show at Disney California Adventure, this video will give a taste of what’s going on.
— Joe Kucharski (@TyrannyOfStyle) October 28, 2016
Overall, Disney fans are not happy about the west coast version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror being transformed into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, but at least these two seem to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.
With Doctor Strange currently doing strong box office, Disney has unleashed the master of the mystic arts in Florida’s Hollywood Studios theme park, where he’s interacting with guests and teaching kids how to perform magic spells. This is noteworthy for two reasons. First, it’s just plain cute to watch Doctor Strange interact with children having the time of their lives. Second, this is evidence that Doctor Strange (like the Guardians of the Galaxy characters) may exist outside of the licensing agreements that have kept Marvel characters out of east coast Disney parks.
The full menu for Walt Disney World’s upcoming Muppets-themed restaurant, PizzeRizzo, has been revealed and it is completely devoid of surprises of any kind. Imagine your average pizza restaurant menu, add a few extra dollars to the prices, and voila! There it is. The real appeal here probably won’t be the food, but the decor, which will apparently lean very heavily on this being an establishment operated by a felt rat.