In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Find out which Jurassic Park actor took a farewell ride at Universal Studios Hollywood this week. Harry Potter fans, do butterbeer and ice cream sound like a match made in heaven? Pixar Pier just opened but it’s already announced two new attractions for next year. Get a look at the “secret lounge” in Lamplight Lounge at Disney California Adventure. See inside Toy Story Land as it celebrates its grand opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And more! This week, Ariana Richards, the child actress turned painter who portrayed John Hammond’s granddaughter, Lex, in Jurassic Park, rode Jurassic Park: The Ride one last time at Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s not too late for you to follow Lex’s example. The attraction closes on September 3, 2018, so there’s still time to give it one last ride before it’s reconfigured to be a Jurassic World-themed attraction. Elsewhere in the same park, … [Read more...] about Theme Park Bits: Butterbeer Ice Cream, ‘Inside Out’ Ride, Fried Chicken Day at Disney, ‘Toy Story’ Land Opens – /Film
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Get a glimpse at the grand opening of Toy Story Land at Shanghai Disneyland. A second Star Wars Nite has been added to the Disneyland After Dark event roster. Learn the exact dollar amount actor Neil Patrick Harris paid for a Haunted Mansion prop. See some exclusive new front-row pics of Tokyo Disneyland’s 35th-anniversary parade. Find out which Disney park uses men in drag to play certain female characters. And more! First up this week: Toy Story Land is now open at Shanghai Disneyland. Disney CEO Bob Iger was there for the grand opening and Disney Parks Blog ran a cover story about it with a neat gallery of photos showcasing the new land and its rides, shops, decorations, and characters. In Florida, the Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting closer to its grand opening, as well. This week, we got to see our first photo of the entrance sign along with another new photo giving a view inside the land, which opens … [Read more...] about Theme Park Bits: Shanghai’s ‘Toy Story’ Land Opens, Neil Patrick Harris Pays a Pretty Penny for Props from Disney – /Film
The developer behind a theme park in the resort city of Hoi An in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam has pledged to modify the project’s entire design after it came under public criticism for threatening the local landscape and ecosystem. However, the local administration and the UNESCO office in Hanoi have warned that careful steps must be taken to review the revised design so as not to do more harm to Hoi An, home to the namesake ancient town recognized as a World Heritage Site. The theme park in question, built on the Gami river islet in Hoi An’s Cam Nam Ward, included a 2,000-seat open-air theater and a 1,000-seat indoor theater among other high-rising buildings in its initial plan. Its developer is Gami Hoi An JSC, which received provincial approval to launch the project on August 2, 2017. Hoi An’s administration, meanwhile, has been a persistent opponent to the project as a whole, claiming that its location would ensue risks of grave damages to the … [Read more...] about Developer of ‘eyesore’ theme park in Hoi An vows complete redesign
In this edition of Theme Park Bits: View official drone footage of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge construction site. See fan-made Star Wars vehicles put together before your very eyes at Disneyland Paris. Florida parkgoers: get your $25,000 upfront membership fee ready for Club 33 at Epcot. Witness a giant version of the Pixar ball roll through the streets of San Francisco and New York. You don’t need a ticket to explore Disney parks with Google Street View. And more! Disney Parks Blog shared some flyover footage of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge construction site this week. CEO Bob Iger first presented this footage at The Walt Disney Company’s annual shareholder meeting. The same meeting also furnished the first description of the next ships in Disney’s cruise fleet. A little detective work on the part of Disney fans has uncovered some new details about the entrance and queue for the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – First Order … [Read more...] about Theme Park Bits: Life-Size ‘Star Wars’ Vehicles, Giant Pixar Ball Action, and Disney Parks on Google Street View – /Film
x It was just a matter of time before this came up, now wasn’t it? Since its U.S. release on February 16th, Black Panther has blazed a trail straight into Hollywood’s hall of fame, notching all sorts of prestigious records along the way. First came that staggering opening in North America, when the pic earned around $202 million – a new high for Marvel solo movies – before collecting an additional $108 million at the domestic box office this past weekend. With the sky seemingly the limit for T’Challa, you’ve got to imagine that Disney is now looking into every imaginable way to squeeze as much money out of the property as possible and the next logical step would be, as many have already guessed, a theme park. Given that the company is already developing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, it’s not too crazy to think that they’d be looking into bringing Wakanda to life, too, and in a … [Read more...] about Is Disney Planning A Black Panther Theme Park?