Moana parade

Today’s D23 Expo panel about Disney parks was loaded with tons of new information, from news about a new Avengers-themed ride to the first-ever Mary Poppins attraction. But there are plenty of smaller details that we didn’t want to fall through the cracks, so we’ve gathered them all up in a breezy round-up. Check it out below to make sure you didn’t miss anything from this morning’s info-heavy presentation.

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When you think of Disney Parks, the first things that come to mind are probably staples of The Magic Kingdom: rides like The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the trinity of Mountains (Space, Splash, and Big Thunder). But it’s rare to find someone who initially conjures up imagery of anything from Epcot, the Walt Disney World park that’s spent decades struggling to define itself. But with Disney parks chairman Bob Chapek recently announcing that the next generation of that park would become “more Disney” than the current iteration, that long struggle may be coming to an end.

At today’s Epcot D23 presentation, Chapek took the stage and gave us some more insight into the renovations that are planned for the park. Here’s what we learned. Read More »

Mary Poppins Attraction at Epcot

The D23 Expo pulled out all the stops this morning when they announced the first ever Mary Poppins ride is coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Several dancers came out and performed a “Step In Time” dance number on stage – including Disney legend Dick Van Dyke, who is 93 years old but was still dancing among the rest of them. Here’s what we know about the new attraction so far. Read More »

Eric Tan is an artist we’ve covered several times on /Film, and for good reason: he’s been a reliable producer of incredible pop culture artwork for years – I still think about the awesome poster he made celebrating Lost back in 2009. He’s been a designer for the Disney Consumer Products team for more than fifteen years, and at this year’s D23 Expo, it was revealed that Tan and his wife, artist Stacey Aoyama, created posters for all of the Epcot attractions which line the park’s pavilions. Take a look at a gallery of the posters below. Read More »

Theme Park Bits Disney Skyliner

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Disney Skyliner has an opening date.
  • A Disney relative visited Disneyland recently, and wasn’t happy with what she found.
  • Learn about the rock work in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Universal Studios Orlando’s Passholder Appreciation Days have been revealed
  • And more!

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Country Bear Jamboree

Update: The official Disney Parks blog, which very rarely comments on theme park rumors, has addressed this one head-on and refuted it.

“Our Imagineers are always looking at ways to bring more magic to our guests through experiences and stories they know, but contrary to rumors, Country Bear Jamboree is not going into hibernation any time soon.  In fact, we’re looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2021, with Henry, the Five Bear Rugs and the rest of the gang.”

Our original article follows.

The Country Bear Jamboree has been a staple at Walt Disney World since the Magic Kingdom theme park opened its doors in 1971, but it may not live to see the park’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

A new rumor says the closing of the long-running attraction is “imminent,” and not only that, but it will be replaced with an audio-animatronic marionette show based on the Toy Story franchise. Walt Disney World purists are, uh, let’s say not pleased about this, especially because part of the rumored plan is to make this change before the park celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. Read More »

Play Pavilion

Earlier this year, we wrote about how Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center park is finally rebranding its old Wonders of Life pavilion into something called the “Play Pavilion.” Now some new details have emerged about the attractions and activities that will be in that section of the park, including an interactive game based on Zootopia, the return of Animation Academy, and more. 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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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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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Walt Disney World’s Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! opened in 1989, and it’s finally getting an overhaul.

A new report says the attraction, which is based in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in their Florida theme park, is set to experience a renovation and should be completed by the time Disney and Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5 arrives in theaters. Learn more below. Read More »