Disney park updates

For all you theme park lovers out there, here are a couple of brief Disney park updates to send you into the weekend. The beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, which hasn’t been seen in the park since 2017, is being reintroduced for a limited time engagement, and an Inside Out-themed attraction has just opened at Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure. Check out a video of the re-themed ride, and explore the somewhat curious timing of parade’s return below. Read More »

Galaxy's Edge map

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens next week in Disneyland, so the DisneyParks website has released the official first look at the new expansion’s guidemap to help visitors plan out their first trip. Not pictured: a visual representation of the hordes of guests that will be crowding the land for the foreseeable future.

But in an attempt to draw a few people away from the Star Wars land, Disney has also announced that the original Soarin’ ride will be returning to California Adventure for a limited time this summer. Read More »

disney flex passport

A visit to Disneyland can incur a steep fee, but a new Disneyland annual pass might make that fee a little easier to swallow. The Disney Flex Passport is a new annual pass that offers a cheaper option for visitors who are looking to plan a visit ahead of schedule. But while this option sounds great for some, for the local residents who are the majority of Disneyland annual pass holders, it might not have quite the same appeal.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Time Limit

Thousands of lucky people will be visiting Disneyland in order to explore Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in the first month of operation later this month and through most of June. However, it sounds like the early birds will be at somewhat of a disadvantage when it comes to the amount of time they’re able to spend on Batuu, because a colored wristband will help dictate when you’ll be asked to leave the Star Wars theme park expansion. Read More »

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway concept art

During the 2017 D23 Expo, we learned that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the first-ever Mickey Mouse-themed ride-through theme park attraction, was coming to Walt Disney World. The ride was supposed to be ready by this fall to help with crowd management from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but it’s been delayed six months and won’t open in Florida until spring of 2020.

In a bit of damage control, Disney today announced that the attraction will also be coming to Disneyland in California in 2022. Read on for more details.
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Mickey's Halloween Party

Here’s one for all you theme park fans out there: Mickey’s Halloween Party, Disney’s spooky-but-family-friendly alternative to scarier events like Halloween Horror Nights, isn’t happening this year. Instead, a new Halloween-themed event is kicking off and being shifted over to Disney California Adventure for the first time in a decade. The reason? Crowd sizes during the first year of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are expected to be too big to handle in the same park. Read more about the change below. Read More »

Live-Action Pinocchio Remake

So you managed to get a ticket to Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and you have your entire plan worked out: on opening day, you’re going to visit the park dressed as Darth Vader, bust out a vape pen, lean over to your friends and say, “Hey look, I’m Darth Vaper” while exhaling a huge cloud of smoke from your mask.

Sorry pal, but Disney is here to crush your dreams. The company has announced that smoking will be banned at its theme parks in Florida and California starting on May 1, 2019 – and yes, that includes vaping.
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Spider-Man Ride California Adventure

Disney has announced that a new Marvel-themed experience is coming to California Adventure and Disneyland Paris that includes a new attraction “where guests of all ages can join the heroes in action.” The news is relatively vague, but based on some existing patents, we have a good idea of what the attraction is going to be like. In addition to some more story details about this overall expansion of their universe, the company also unveiled concept art for a brand-new Spider-Man suit that was designed by Marvel Studios and the parks’ Imagineers. Check it all out below. Read More »

Galaxy's Edge app slice

Disney wants guests to have a truly immersive experience when they step into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. One way they’re looking to facilitate that is through the use of an app, which through your interactions will  ultimately decide whether you support the Resistance, the First Order, or roam around as an independent scoundrel.

Now we have a first look at the design of the app, and you can read more about this “vital tool” and how it will be used in the park below. Read More »

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has a confirmed opening date, but there’s a catch.
  • Disney has filed for demolition of Innoventions in Epcot.
  • Cook like you’re in the Mos Eisley Cantina with a theme-park-flavored cookbook.
  • And more!

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