19 items from 2013
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has been cagey about what, exactly, the theme parks' plans are for the recently acquired "Star Wars" properties. Even at this summer's D23, in the Imagineering pavilion, things were only hinted at without ever being specifically addressed. Rumors persist, however, that both Disneyland in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida will get major "Star Wars"-themed overhauls, with the Orlando plan going into effect long before the "Avatar"-themed land opens at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
In an interview with Bloomberg Media, Iger at the very least confirms that expansion plans are underway. The use of the word "expansion" is telling, because that implies that the rumors of a "Star Wars" overlay for Disneyland's ailing Tomorrowland section of the park are indeed true, as are the plans to devote a large section of Disney's Hollywood Studios to all things "Star Wars." (If the latter is true, »
- Drew Taylor
Disney has officially announced it's first Marvel-themed ride! It's called the Iron Man Experience, and it's coming to Hong Kong Disneyland! You know what that means!? I will never ride it, because I don't think I'll ever be making a trip to Hong Kong. Even if I did, I don't I would take the time to go to Disneyland. There is so much amazing stuff I would love to see instead. It's ok, though. I'm sure the locals will all enjoy it.
The ride is scheduled to open in 2016 and will feature a high-tech simulator kind of like Star Tours, only more advanced. The news broke at Inside the Magic, which says the ride "will send guests flying alongside Iron Man himself, fighting off bad guys (aliens?) throughout the skies and and streets of Hong Kong."
I've also included some of the concept art for the ride that was released. »
- Joey Paur
"Iron Man" fans hoping that Disney would open a theme park attraction featuring their beloved Tony Stark have finally gotten their wish -- but they'll have to travel to China to enjoy it.
A ride called "The Iron Man Experience" is set to open at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016, which, according to Variety, "will have guests take flight with Iron Man" and "pits the superhero against alien invaders in the streets and skies of Hong Kong." The ride is being described as similar to the "Star Tours" attraction at other Disney theme parks.
The ride will be part of a larger Marvel-themed area at the park, and will also feature a Disney cast member dressed as Iron Man who'll sign autographs for guests.
"Since Marvel became part of the Disney family, our Imagineers have been dreaming up new ways for our guests to experience their favorite Marvel characters and stories, »
- Katie Roberts
Genre: Drama| Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.
But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Click here to view the embedded video.
I saw this movie two weeks ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. »
- Erin Willard
Nostalgia buffs will surely smile at the title Orange Harvest in relation to Star Wars, as Blue Harvest was the working title for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It brings home the right amount of coolness, without going over the top, and it would please many longtime fans if this ended up being the subtitle of Star Wars: Episode VII.
That's probably not the case, though. Shipping crates arrived late last night at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim teasing a secret project titled Star Wars: Orange Harvest. The crates were found in the Imagineering pavilion, sent in care of Walt Disney Imagineering. And they were marked with references to lightsabers, protocol droids, Blue Milk, C3PO and more. One crate even had a broken and burnt slate that looked as though R2D2 himself had busted out of it. Another crate made reference to Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, »
Behold! The missing link that explains dub-step?
Well... not exactly, but much like dub-step this 80's commercial of C-3Po rapping with R2-D2 is hilariously odd. The commercial features famed Star Wars droids promoting Star Tours ride at Disneyland. According to C-3Po, you can eat all you want in space without gaining a pound... mhm that bold and likely misleading claim could explain a thing or two about Jabba The Hut.
The video originally aired on ABC as part of the TV special 'A Vacation In Space,' but it re-surfaced on YouTube thanks to Everything Is Terrible, a phenomenal Chicago-based blog that features clips of VHS tapes from the late 20th century. »
- Irina Dvalidze
Not long ago it was revealed that Disney was finally going to move forward with plans to make a Star Wars themed attraction area at Walt Disney World. We now have a couple little details about what will be included in the theme park.
The previous report of the Star Wars themed land revealed that it will be part of a revamp that is being planned for Disney's Hollywood Studios. It will include an expansion of the existing "Star Tours" ride, as well as a number of interactive environments like a full-scale Mos Eisley Cantina. They go on to say that we can expect to "see new levels added to Star Tours and some more interactive attractions, possibly an additional ride." The added that most of "the expansion will be environments and character meet-and-greet areas."
Now a couple of these other attractions have been revealed. Thanks to an insider, Cbm »
- Joey Paur
Last week, reports hit the Internet saying Disney was adding Star Wars Land to their Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando. Some details were made available but ComicBookMovie.com's The Daily SuperHero can now confirm what is really expected to change at the park. Now that these new details have been provided, don't get too excited as the changes are definitely not as cool as expected. According to an amusement park source who is very knowledgable of the inner workings of the world's largest entertainment company, the following two changes are happening at the Orlando park that are Star Wars-related. –A indoor Jedi Training Academy will be at the ABC Sound Studio. –The Backlot Express is being converted into a Star Wars-themed ride aimed for younger children who don't make the height requirement on the Star Tours ride. (Got give the kiddies something too, right?) And that's it for Star Wars changes/additions. »
Disneyworld is about to get a massive renovation and addition. Word has come out that a Star Wars themed attraction is coming to Disney’s Hollywood studios in Orlando.
It’s an extension of the “Star Tours” park, with more interactive environments (a Mos Eisley Cantina is mentioned as a possibility!), character meet-and-greets, and maybe a new ride.
The plan is to finish by 2018, but could be sped up to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the franchise and Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017. This isn’t as cool as an entire Star Wars theme park…that could’ve looked like this. »
- Andy Greene
Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando is reportedly expanding to include a much larger section for their $4 billion transaction late last year. Ladies, gentlemen and children... Star Wars Land is on the horizon! According to Theme Park Insider, plans are in the works for a giant Star Wars section in the amusement park. “Multiple sources have told me the long-awaited dream of theme park geeks everywhere is actually happening,” Theme Park Insider's Robert Niles writes. “Disney’s moving ahead with both Cars Land and Star Wars Land at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.” But where would Star Wars Land go? Niles' sources told him the following. "The logical places for that expansion would be on either side of the existing Star Tours ride. From what I've heard, it appears that the expansion would take out the area between Star Tours and the auto stunt show stadium, including the Muppet theater and Honey, »
After Disney got the rights to Star Wars, we knew that somewhere down the line they were finally going to develop the Star Wars Land theme park attraction that has been rumored for years. Well, guess what? It looks like they might actually be moving forward with it.
Theme Park Insider is reporting that a Star Wars themed land will be part of a revamp that is being planned for Disney's Hollywood Studios at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
TheForce.net has some addition information that reveals that this will include an expansion of the existing "Star Tours" ride, as well as a number of interactive environments like a full-scale Mos Eisley Cantina. The go on to say that we can expect to "see new levels added to Star Tours and some more interactive attractions, possibly an additional ride." The added that most of "the expansion will »
- Joey Paur
I spent all of yesterday at one of the UK’s premier theme parks, Thorpe Park in Surrey, just about twenty miles outside of London, so I’ve kind of managed to get the theme park bug again. I feel like a teenager when I walk into these special places, so I was pleasantly surprised, though not really all that surprised, that Star Wars Land is heading to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in the very near future.
Plans to open the Star Wars themed park will kick into gear soon for a proposed 2018 opening, smack in the middle of the planned three new Star Wars sequel releases, although sources at Theme Park Insider say a year could be shaved off the construction plan , opening in 2017, around the time of release of the second Star Wars Episode VIII is all goes well.
The word is that the new ‘world »
- Paul Heath
May the Force be with Mickey Mouse!
Speculation is mounting that Disney World is moving ahead with plans to build Star Wars Land. Sources tell Theme Park Insider and TheForce.net that the long-awaited attraction is "past the consideration phase and into the planning phase."
The sites say that Disney World will build both Star Wars Land and Cars Land, which has been a huge hit at the California Adventure park.
This follows recent news that Disneyland visitors had received a survey asking about their interest in Star Wars Land. The company has been quick to capitalize on its purchase of Lucasfilm -- greenlighting a new series movie (Episode VII, with director J.J. Abrams), ordering spin-off films, and developing animated series. A theme park attraction is the natural next step.
- Kelly Woo
As we impatiently await more news about Disney's highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, multiple reports have surfaced that a Star Wars Land theme park is in the works at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida.
The attraction will likely be an expansion of the theme park's Disney's Hollywood Studios attraction that will build on the existing Star Tours. Here's what an Disney source had to say about the Star Tours expansion.
""Expect to see new levels added to Star Tours and some more interactive attractions, possibly an additional ride. Most of the expansion will be environments and character meet-and-greet areas."
While nothing has been confirmed by Disney, sources indicate this will likely be a five-year project that will be completed in the year 2018. If that is the case, the opening will fall between the proposed release dates for Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017 and Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019. However, »
The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is gearing up for a major new addition. Theme Park Insider is reporting that a Star Wars -themed attraction is in the works as part of a revamp of the park's Disney's Hollywood Studios. TheForce.net , meanwhile, brings word that likely additions include an expansion of the existing "Star Tours" attraction, a number of interactive environments like a full-scale Mos Eisley Cantina, character meet-and-greet areas and possibly even an all-new ride. Although current plans call for a five-year construction and an end date in 2018, the site notes that a year could be shaved off that timeline if Disney decides to ramp things up. 2017 is, after all, the 40th anniversary of the franchise and should also see the release of Star »
Since the very first Star Wars movie came out in 1977, fans everywhere have made the galactic saga their own and found creative ways to celebrate their love of the Force. One of the most visible ways is annually transforming the date of May 4th into “May the Fourth,” the day that Star Wars fandom has created to share their passion around the world. Fans of all ages wear their favorite Star Wars items, partake in parties and screenings, and pass on messages of “May the Force be with you” in person and online.
Lucasfilm has long supported Star Wars fans in their grassroots celebrations, whether they be extravagant or small. Visit Lucasfilm’s official May the 4th microsite, http://maythe4th.starwars.com, for Star Wars Day news, ideas on how to celebrate, special events calendar, themed recipes, fun crafts and activities, fan photos, and a regularly updated list of »
- Michelle McCue
Now that Lucasfilm and Disney have joined forces, it was only a matter of time before Darth Vader made the rounds, scoping out the Disney parks that are, despite his best interests, the happiest places on in the galaxy. But you can't help but feel bad for the guy as he tries to make his way to Star Tours at Tokyo Disneyland. The poor guy -- and a couple of paratroopers -- seemingly get lost in translation, making their way across the Japanese landscape to experience the rich culture of the far east, all while on the hunt for a certain pair of mouse ears.
That's not to say that anything gets lost on them along the way, since they get to hit up markets, beaches, fabric stores, gardens, and there's even time for a tanning break. Not bad for one of the most evil villains in move history, eh? »
- Eliot Glazer
Sometime in the near future, The Force might be with you the next time you book your vacation to a stateside Disney theme park. Slashfilm posted a series of screen grabs, originally from the forums of popular Disney site Micechat, in which a park visitor is asked a series of questions about whether or not they would look forward to an entire “Star Wars”-themed land. Disney, of course, recently purchased Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion and have quickly set about making the most of their investment, hiring Jj Abrams as the director of a new “Star Wars” feature and actively developing new projects across the board (spin-off films, new animated television series, etc.) The questions in the survey are sometimes hilarious -- like asking which trilogy do you prefer, the original or the prequels (duh) -- but can occasionally be very telling. For instance, the wording on one of »
- Drew Taylor
Disney’s mysterious new project 1952 has been guarded with the sort of secrecy usually reserved for nuclear bunkers, especially since director Brad Bird has been through the Pixar School of Keeping Things Quiet. But now, via Entertainment weekly, comes word that the film has a new title: Tomorrowland. What isn’t yet known is anything about the plot, but given where this comes from; the fact it’s being developed by Bird, Damon Lindelof and EW’s own Jeff Jensen (who is sworn to secrecy) from a box of documents left in Walt Disney’s own archive – you can see that above – and the new title, one might reasonably see plenty of scope for theme park-related theories. Tomorrowland is, after all, the name for a section of Disney's theme parks, containing rides like Space Mountain and Star Tours (the latter's unlikely to be a touchstone for the film since, y'know, »
19 items from 2013
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