Star Wars, Avatar, Toy Story, and Iron Man Join the Disney Parks as They Expand

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek revealed at D23 2015 that the Disney Parks will be adding new lands and re-imagining familiar attractions. The lands are Pandora—The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Star Wars-themed lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim; a new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; and a Marvel attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland. In addition, Soarin’ Around the World will make its U.S. debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure.

Star Wars

 


Star Wars at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland :

  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Star Tours will be altered to include locations and characters from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a new adventure.
  • The Jedi Training Academy will be remade to include new characters and a new villain Star Wars Rebels. to battle.
  • Season of the Force – In 2016, Tomorrowland will add a seasonal event (no one has said what season just yet). This will include the chance to explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment and themed food locations. Space Mountain will become Hyperspace Mountain, where riders will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. Meanwhile, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay – A look behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opportunities see both new and familiar Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings.Star Wars Launch Bay will be in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland later this year.

Marvel

Super Hero HQ

Later this year, Super Hero HQ will share space with Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Super Hero HQ, guests will have photo opportunities with super heroes like Captain America and Thor. Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries will be there as well.

Iron Man Unveiled for Hong Kong Disneyland

Set to open in 2016, Iron Man Experience will be the first Marvel attraction at any Disney park, taking guests on an epic adventure over the streets and in the sky above Hong Kong. The adventure will begin at the new Stark Expo where guests board the Iron Wing to take flight and battle Hydra alongside fan-favorite Avenger, Iron Man.

Toy Story Land

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is adding an 11-acre Toy Story Land, Andy’s back yard as seen by his toys, complete with oversized toys, shovels, and game board pieces.

Toy Story Land at DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Florida -- The reimagining of DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios will take guests to infinity and beyond, allowing them to step into the worlds of their favorite films, starting with Toy Story Land. This new 11-acre land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of AndyÕs backyard. Guests will think they've been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are surrounded by oversized toys that Andy has assembled using his vivid imagination.  Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land, which will include two new attractions for any Disney park and one expanded favorite. (Disney Parks)

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

Additionally, two new attractions will be added to all Disney parks.

  • Family-friendly roller coaster – A roller coaster on the back of of Slinky Dog and running through the land.
  • Alien saucers attraction –”The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers. The music, lighting and sound effects add to the flurry of action, while “The Claw” looms over.”
  • Toy Story Mania! – The familiar Toy Story Midway Games Play Set will be expanded to add a third track.

After Dark at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • “Rivers of Light” – will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on Discovery River.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris – will add a new nighttime adventure next spring. Guests will travel through the African savanna amid and discover African wild dogs and hyenas, two new species for the attraction.
ÒRivers of LightÓ at DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom Ð Expected to open next spring, ÒRivers of LightÓ will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. ÒRivers of LightÓ will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom. (Disney Parks)

ÒRivers of LightÓ at DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom Ð Expected to open next spring, ÒRivers of LightÓ will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. ÒRivers of LightÓ will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom. (Disney Parks)

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is adding anew AVATAR-themed land “a world that includes floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and the winged creatures known as Banshees.”

AVATAR Flight of Passage – in Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over Pandora.

AVATAR Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom -- This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage. (Disney Parks)

AVATAR Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom — This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage. (Disney Parks)

Soarin’ Around the Worldin Florida and California

Next year, guests at Epcot in Florida and Disney California Adventure in California will journey to far-flung lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes its U.S. debut.

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