Star Wars Galaxy's Edge images

Update: Disney has denied that Hollywood Studios is undergoing a name change. Their statement, and our thoughts, have been added to the original article below.

The Hollywood Studios Park at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida has been undergoing a bit of an identity crisis over the past few years. It’s a park in transition. The new Toy Story Land opens in a few months. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge arrives in a few years. Until then, giant swaths of the park are a construction site. It’s a collection of attractions at the moment, not a theme park with a unified idea connecting the disparate parts.

So a new name feels like the right option, and we’ve known that one was coming since August of last year. And now it looks like Disney has decided on a new name for Hollywood Studios – Disney Cinemagine Park.

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Disney World summer

When it comes to corporate synergy, it’s hard to beat The Walt Disney Company. The media giant is a king of cross-promotion among its ever-growing number of properties, and while that in and of itself isn’t something we’d normally care about, it just so happens that this latest piece of synergy involves properties that fans are deeply invested in.

If you’re in or around Orlando, Florida this summer and are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you’re in luck: the Incredibles, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more will be coming to that park in new ways later this year. Read about the Disney World summer plans below, including the opening of Toy Story Land.
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disney world fastpass magicband

Walt Disney World Resort is testing a new program that will give higher level hotel guests the option to purchase additional FastPass reservations, which signals a huge change to Disney’s theme park system. Is this a good thing? Certainly if you have the large disposable income required to stay on the Club Level at one of the couple the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts, but it creates a class system that puts average Disney World guests at a disadvantage.

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disney hotels

Walt Disney World and the Disneylands across the globe are not just offering you a temporary escape into a magical place – they’re promising that you’ll never want to leave.

The Disney resorts are tapping into their most popular franchises to give their guests fully immersive experiences in the worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. So whether you want to traipse over to a superhero-filled New York City, or a galaxy far, far away, Disney’s got your back.

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Tron Ride

Tron is coming to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced at D23 that the popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run attraction that debuted at Shanghai Disneyland last year will be making its way to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It won’t be replacing an old ride, but will sit in a new space carved out of Tomorrowland.

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mickey mouse theme park ride

After 89 years as Walt Disney World’s iconic mascot, Mickey Mouse will finally get a solo theme park attraction built entirely around him.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be Mickey’s Mouse’s first theme park attraction ever, despite the thousands of Hidden Mickey’s scattered across Walt Disney World and Disneyland rides throughout the country. But don’t worry, just because this ride will be all about him doesn’t mean that the Runaway Railway won’t have a few Hidden Mickey’s of its own.

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The Shining

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The controversy over Donald Trump and Disney’s The Hall of Presidents continues to heat up.
  • Universal has filed an intriguing VR/AR ride patent.
  • Watch Universal and Nintendo’s wacky Super Nintendo Land groundbreaking.
  • More Marvel superheroes are heading to Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • The latest Disney construction photos show off Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land sites.
  • Epcot’s Universe of Energy is not long for this world.
  • The Shining is coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • And more!

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avatar flight of passage ride

Avatar 2 may be several years away, but Pandora can become fully realized soon in the Flight of Passage ride that will be open in Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar on May 27, 2017.

A few lucky fans got an early preview of the ride and have posted a full, detailed video of the experience. Get a sneak peek of what it’s like to soar through the skies of Pandora on the back of a Banshee.

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just get over it

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • How you can ride Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT! early.
  • You’ll soon be able to meet Groot and Baby Groot at Disney parks.
  • The latest on Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland moves forward with its Marvel and Frozen expansions.
  • Hyperspace Mountain has officially arrived in Disneyland Paris.
  • And more!

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pandora

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The uniforms of Pandora: The World of Avatar are revealed.
  • The “roles” that Pandora cast members play in the park.
  • A peek at the Avatar-themed merchandise you’ll be able to buy at the park.
  • Disney is researching how to projection map a human face.
  • Disneyland is getting with the times and offering Wi-Fi in their parks.
  • There’s a new robot named iCan wandering around Tomorrowland.
  • And more!

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