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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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star wars galaxy's edge details

We’re only half a year out from the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is being touted as the most ambitious land ever added to a Disney theme park. The highly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands open at Disneyland in summer of 2019, while Walt Disney World’s version in the Hollywood Studios park will open later in Fall 2019. But one lucky Star Wars fan got a sneak peek at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and has some exciting details to share from the the experience.

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galaxy's edge hotel

Disney is dropping some serious money to expand its theme park empire. A New York Times report says the company will be spending more on its theme parks parks than it did on Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar combined – approximately $24 billion over the next five years alone.

A big chunk of that cash is being spent on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the immersive new Star Wars land which aims to transport guests into a galaxy far, far away, and some new details have arrived about the Galaxy’s Edge hotel that will seamlessly lead guests into the park. Plus, get a first look at the company’s new Spider-Man ride that’s coming to Disney California Adventure.
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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway disneyland

Mickey Mouse is set to make his solo theme park attraction debut with Walt Disney World’s Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. And according to the latest rumor, Disney Parks may be planning to expand their beloved corporate icon to even more theme parks across the world.

It seems that the new attraction may be heading to California’s Disneyland as well, suggesting a brighter future for both the iconic mouse and for Disney’s thought-to-be-doomed Toontown. Read More »

disney world harry potter

The Walt Disney Company has been one of the biggest entertainment forces in the world for decades, but they’re not immune to the occasional boneheaded move. Even a giant like Disney can screw up, and arguably one of their most expensive gaffes was letting the Harry Potter theme park rights slip through its fingers and end up becoming a huge boon for Universal Studios, Disney’s biggest rival.

While Universal gave a powerhouse franchise like Potter the full treatment it deserved, the original plan for a Walt Disney World Harry Potter mini-land was laughably sad – it’s easy to see why Potter creator J.K. Rowling wasn’t impressed with their pitch. Learn more about Disney’s failed attempt to incorporate The Boy Who Lived into their park below.
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indiana jones land

Indiana Jones may be getting an upgrade at Walt Disney World. As the theme park readies itself for a park-wide makeover ahead of the resort’s 50th anniversary in 2021, it’s reportedly looking to one of its underused properties. Though Indy has been at the center of an old-school stunt show for decades, Disney might soon be expanding the action property into a full-fledged Indiana Jones land.

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IllumiNations Epcot

Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park is undergoing a multi-year transformation, and the resort is putting one of its long-running institutions on the chopping block. Disney has announced that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, a nightly show that was first introduced in 1999 as part of the company’s Millennium Celebration and has been running ever since, will be closing next year and an all-new “nighttime fireworks spectacular” will take its place. Watch a full video of IllumiNations below, and learn more about the other changes in store at Epcot.
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Galaxy's Edge blasters

Based on everything we’ve seen thus far, theme park fans are soon going to classify all events into two separate time periods: the era before Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, and the era afterward. Disney’s immersive new Star Wars land opens next year, and we’ve just heard about yet another way they’re going to try to create the illusion that guests are walking around in a galaxy far, far away. Better keep your heads on a swivel, because it looks like there’s going to be blaster fire flying through the air. Read More »

Disneyland dynamic pricing

Are you ready for the experience of buying a ticket to a theme park to become like the experience of buying a plane ticket? Strap in, because Disneyland dynamic pricing tests are happening right now, and it could impact the way the theme park operates as next year’s opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge looms large on the horizon. Read more about this new pricing test below.
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Star Wars hotel location

It’s unusual for Walt Disney World hotels to be directly connected to one of the resort’s theme parks, but Disney is looking to change the game with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The company just officially announced the location of their planned Star Wars hotel, which will be seamlessly connected to the park. Read More »