rise of the resistance at disneyland
Rise of the Resistance opens today in Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Yesterday we were invited to a special sneak preview of the new e-ticket attraction before it opened to the public. After the jump, you can watch our vlog from the press preview, which also includes a sneak preview of some new snack and drink options coming to Batuu west.

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Space Mountain at 45

There are two dominant structures in the Disney theme parks, whether you’re in Florida, Tokyo, or Paris: castles and mountains. Each castle has its own story, and the same is true of each mountain. The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland is smaller than that of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World — depending on how much size matters to you, that might make the original castle more or less impressive than the one in Orlando. But the castles at the Disney parks are largely visual icons. You can enjoy the novelty of, in Florida, eating inside a castle, but there’s no ride experience. The castles exist primarily as impressive landmarks. 

The mountains are different. Just as actual mountains are challenges to climb up or down, the Disney mountains are exhilarating experiences intended as thrill rides. Though it wasn’t the first, Space Mountain is one of the most foundational and important to the overall modern experience at the Disney theme parks.

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super nintendo world

The first Super Nintendo Land is coming to Universal Studios Japan, and it is shaping up to be one of the most immersive and tech-forward theme park lands to date. Billed as “a life-size, living video game,” Super Nintendo Land may be the closest theme park guests will get to being dropped in the middle of a Super Mario game — barring the part where you grow to the size of a giant, probably. And it’s all thanks to new wearable tech.

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Disney theme park props

Calling all you Disney fanatics out there: I hope you haven’t blown your Christmas money on frivolous purchases yet, because you’re going to need it to bid on some super rare Disney theme park props, posters, art, and memorabilia in an auction that’s happening early next month. There are hundreds of items up for grabs, and we’ve highlighted several of the coolest ones below, including a park-used sign from the original Spaceship Earth attraction, a 40-pound Splash Mountain exit sign, some Indiana Jones ride art, and much more.
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The Lord of the Rings filming location

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Is Universal Orlando building a Lord of the Rings land?
  • Disney’s scaled back on its bus service for select resort hotels.
  • Build-a-Bear moves to Knott’s Berry Farm.
  • And more!

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Illuminations Reflections of Earth Epcot

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • runDisney has unveiled an exclusive new club.
  • Prepare for Disney Villains After Hours with some special cuisine.
  • And more!

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Pixar Pier concept art

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain unveils a snazzy new coaster.
  • DCA is celebrating Lunar New Year.
  • And more!

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney announces an opening date for its Marvel land in DCA.
  • The M&M Store is coming to Orlando.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Bits: Gina Carano Talks ‘The Mandalorian,’ John Boyega Eats Spicy Wings, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Opens, Fans Give Back, and More!

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • There’s a special margarita at Epcot from a famous source.
  • Disneyland’s planning its queue strategy for Rise of the Resistance.
  • And more!

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Hyperspace Mountain

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Space Mountain is losing its Star Wars theming.
  • Bid farewell to Disneyland Express.
  • Learn what it’s like to make candy canes at Disney World.
  • And more!

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