Pete's Dragon TV Spot

Because Disney is nothing if not a major corporation that would very much like you to spend money on the good and services it provides, they are now showcasing footage from the upcoming film Pete’s Dragon at its West Coast and East Coast parks. Disneyland visitors can watch the presentation at the Sunset Showcase Theater in the California Adventure theme park and Walt Disney World visitors can check it out at the One Man’s Dream theater in the Hollywood Studios theme park. California Adventure viewers will be able to watch the preview in 3D with special in-theater effects. Sorry, Florida.

Speaking of new things coming to Disney parks, Star Wars Land at Disneyland has officially gone vertical, which means that the giant pile of dirt is now…a giant pile of dirt with a partially constructed wall! If you want to take a look for yourself, it looks like you’ll have to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and look over the edge of the mountain at juuust the right moment.

Darth Vader

If you spent $69 to attend a Star Wars-themed dessert party of the Hollywood Studios park in Florida, note that your time spent eating cupcakes shaped like Darth Vader will now be located in the Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit. Let’s face it: if you’re going to spend that kind of money to eat Star Wars sweets, the very least they can do is surround you with Star Wars stuff. Anyway, the real perk here is that the admission cost also guarantees you a good spot for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular nighttime show.

pressed coins

For years, visitors to Disneyland have bought pressed coins featuring all manner of Disney characters and park icons, only to lose them under the couch once they were home. Now, visitors to the park have the exciting opportunity to lose pressed coins featuring Star Wars characters. As you can see from the image above, you will someday fish out squished pennies bearing the likenesses of Rey, Chewbacca, and the symbol of the Rebel alliance out from your cushions.

While the Disney parks double down on Star Wars, let’s take a journey back in time and remember how they almost built theme park based on American history in Virginia. Yep, Disney’s America was almost a thing and the video above does a fine job of explaining what could have been.

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