While it is firmly established that the events of every Star Wars movie that will ever be made occur a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, that has not stopped – and likely never will – generation after generation of nerds from dreaming about exploring that distant star system. Now that the film series is approaching the double figure mark, the fans may finally have an opportunity to do just that. Or something close. Soon. Disney is hard at work adding a Star Wars themed section to Disneyland, which has been confirmed to be the largest-ever, singled-themed land expansion at the company’s world famous parks. (more…)
It is nearing two years since Universal Parks and Resorts announced that it would be teaming up with Nintendo to build a theme park based on some of gaming’s best known characters and stories. First revealed in May 2015, it came at a time when the new consoles at the time weren’t doing too well in terms of sales and Amiibos were some of the best selling Nintendo products. Now, with the success of numerous Pokémon games throughout the year and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild eagerly anticipated, it seems like the perfect time to get people excited about visiting a real life Nintendo adventure. (more…)
Back in August 2015 at the D23 Expo, it was revealed that two Disney parks would be given a massive expansion that will take visitors to a galaxy far, far away. Yes, “Star Wars Land” as it was called at the time, was announced and people lost their minds. The idea behind it was to immerse Star Wars fans, young and old in the universe with Luke, Leia and Han. This is where it was given the name “The Star Wars Experience.” Original images revealed beautiful and detailed concept art of space stations and dingy cantinas, populated with the likes of Admiral Akbar and C-3PO & R2-D2. Now there have been new renderings of the park’s layout and it is worth getting excited over! (more…)
Star Wars made space opera big and its millions of fans made sure it stayed that way for decades now. With the overwhelming success of The Force Awakens and with Episode VIII well on its way into shooting, you can now quell those hype-pangs by attending the next big scifi themed amusement park, appropriately named Star Wars Land! If the promotional video is to be any indication, this one is going to be one hack of a ride.
With perhaps one of the most expansive mythologies of all time, Star Wars has been more than deserving of the theme park treatment. So with last year’s announcement of a Star Wars Land coming to Disneyland and Disney World, it’s pretty much needless to say that Star Wars fans are already prepared to throw even more money at the Mouse House. The park isn’t likely to open for a few years, but the hype behind it isn’t likely to die off any time soon. Among the attractions confirmed are a Milenium Falcon attraction, a Battle Escape attraction, and a few shops and restaurants for good measure. This sounds amazing enough, but in the words of every generic infomercial host: “that’s not all!”
Creating destination theme attractions based on material from the movies goes back to when Walt Disney had an idea to turn acres of prime California real estate into an ode to the intellectual property he created that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Now, in that fine tradition, fans of The Hunger Games films will be able to go to a park where they can live in the dystopian/draconian future created by author Suzanne Collins and the films that are based on her works. Yay? Yes, now soon all the fun of hunting down adolescences in a brutal and booby trapped environment will be yours according to a recent press release. (more…)
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has had more to say about Star Wars recently than pretty much since the acquisition of Lucasfilm by his company (can you believe it’s been over a year?). First the official release date for Episode VII was finally revealed…no title yet, but at least we know WHEN we can see the most anticipated film since Edison made “Fred Ott’s Sneeze”.
But there’s more! Iger also spoke on Bloomberg.tv about expanding the SW attractions to Disney theme parks across the globe…Oh, before I get to the jump, I guess I should mention that Lionsgate is also apparently in talks to produce theme park attractions based on The Hunger Games film franchise. (more…)
If you’re one of those people who say that if you were to become rich then you would feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and clothe the cold… Well you’ve got some attitude. After all, why would you use your money to help your fellow man when you could build not one, but two parks with dinosaurs! Like the movie Jurassic Park (currently enjoying a 3-D re-release in a theater near you). Except this time, they won’t clone dinosaurs from recombinant DNA found in mosquitoes frozen in amber – that’s stupid. Nope, this “Jurassic Park” will have robotic dinosaurs! Because nothing ever, ever went wrong with robots.
This brilliant notion comes from the mind of Clive Palmer. If that name sounds familiar it’s because you’re thinking of the same Clive Palmer who wants to build “Titanic II” and we don’t meant that awful direct-to-video movie starring Bruce Davidson and Brooke Burns. No, he wants to re-create the famously doomed ocean-liner that ended up 3-miles under the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage taking 1,400 people down with it. So clearly he’s a paragon of good judgment.
For his “Jurassic Parks,” Palmer is proposing life-size, animatronic dinos, according to an article on io9. One park will be built at the Palmer Coolus Resort near Brisbane and will feature 165 robo-dinos including a T-rex named Jeff and an omeisaurus called Bones, while another park built in central China will be home to 117 other robotic creatures from the dawn of time.
I’m not sure exactly how Palmer intends to set his robotic theme park apart from the dozens of others of attractions with robotic dinosaurs around the world – other than volume, I suppose – but this is perhaps a better use of his time than that “Hindenburg II” idea he’s been kicking around.
Source: Cinema Blend
When you think of a wonderland, you don’t necessarily think of New Jersey but DreamWorks has decided to plant a theme park right in the middle of the Garden State miles away from New York City and right in the heart of what will surely become an endless traffic jam. This is how the world ends people, not with a boom or a sniffle, but with martial law, E-Z Pass Warlords, and mayhem on Route 3 in a swamp called East Rutherford.
The company headed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, will base the park around characters like Shrek, Kung Fu, and the cast of characters from Madagascar. According to Movies.com, Katzenberg called the project: “A one-of-a-kind retail and entertainment destination in North America”.
The venue will hold, according to The Wrap:
“Themed rides and attractions, along with retail venues, a water park, an ice-skating rink, an indoor ski park and theaters. Plans also call for 1.7 million square feet of retail space, along with 150,000 square feet of dining and restaurant space.”
The Meadowlands, which sounds so much lovelier than it is (I’ve lived in this state and within 30 miles of that place for more than 1/3 of my life) currently hosts the new Giants Stadium, the worthless Izod Center (an arena built for a hockey team and a basketball team that have now abandoned it), and the monument to eyesores and boondoggles everywhere (that is 5 years past when it was supposed to open) — the mall shell that was Xanadu, is now The American Dream Complex, and which will soon be Shrek land, or whatever they decide to call it. One-of-a-kind indeed.
Source: The Wrap
Earlier in today, we mentioned that Universal Studios would possibly replace the dated Jaws ride with more Harry Potter shit. We can now confirm that the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be a reality. In addition to adding new HP stuff to the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Universe will also bring the magic to it’s west coast theme park. Read the full press release from Universal after the jump: