In the past, you may have heard us share that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest single-themed land expansion at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and that they are opening this summer and fall, respectively. We have previously shared that while the land is epic in size, every detail in the land has been designed to have an authentic Star Wars feel. You hopefully have also seen the teasers of our two anchor attractions – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where you will find yourself in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which allows you and your flight crew to take the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy on a special mission. We have also said that Oga’s Cantina is a great place for guests to grab a beverage, catch up on the latest gossip while R-3X, formerly the Starspeeder pilot on the original Star Tours, DJ’s a collection of new music.
Today I’d like to introduce a new series on the Disney Parks Blog called “Building Batuu.” Batuu, as you may know, is the home of Black Spire Outpost, the location you will visit when you arrive at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Over the next several months, we will be providing you with more details about this entire new land, the offerings and attractions and how you can live your own Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
We will show you how you can dive deeper into Star Wars storytelling by engaging with the land through the Play Disney Parks app, if you desire a deeper level of immersion. But there is also plenty to see and do (and taste!) throughout Black Spire Outpost that we haven’t previously shared.
The Lagoon Amusement Park is one of Utah's biggest attractions, and it's getting bigger. Construction crews have been hard at work this winter on a project that's been a closely guarded secret.
Guest Services Director, Julie Freed, confirms Lagoon's next new ride is in the works. "I'd say Lagoon guests can expect to see the skyline change pretty soon," Freed said. Construction is underway near the north end of the amusement park, not far from Cannibal and the Ferris Wheel.
Cannibal, the crown jewel of Lagoon's current collection of coasters, was a seven year project from design to opening day in July of 2015. "The footprint is similar in size to Cannibal," Freed said, but added it's very different from Cannibal.
The new ride might not open until 2021.
Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle
As darkness falls at Hogwarts™ castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters™ and other unspeakable creatures rise to cloak the stone walls in sinister images and fiendish magic. Chaos erupts as the image of Lord Voldemort™ joins the fray, summoning his cruel legions to swarm the castle. Experience the fire-engulfed army of Inferi and the soul-draining breath of Dementors™ as you stare in awe at the castle’s takeover. Accompanied by an atmospheric music score created by John Williams, this powerful spectacle is an unforgettable end to your day.
Preview the show starting April 13 during the select nights below:
A ride that debuted briefly last year at Knoebels Amusement Resort will not return for the park's 93rd season, but visitors will still have a new family friendly ride to experience.
The troublesome "Over the Top" was removed from the park in the off-season, but park officials plan to debut a 16-passenger family ride called "Tumbling Timbers" to take its place. Over the Top was set to debut in May 2017, but problems with the programming delayed the ride until 2018, but even then it was barely open to the public.
PHOTOS: Tails Return to Slinky Dog Dash Coaster Trains in Toy Story Land, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This morning, guests arriving at Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studioswere in for a surprise: Slinky Dog’s tail has returned to all of the trains on Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land.
You may recall that the tails were removed a few months back amid some safety concerns. We’re grateful that the problem was solved and these cute little coaster trains look as advertised once more.
Everybody knew about her delicious concoction. Best for miles around. She’d won blue ribbons at the county fair for 40 years with that jam, but no more. Granny Byrd’s recipe is gonna be yours. But to get your hands on it, you gotta head way, way out to a run-down, broken-down farm at the far edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Word has it there are lots of copperheads around there, so be careful. When you get to the farm’s huge barn – that’s got to be the headquarters of her jam operation with all that banging and clanging – you get the strange sense that something’s not right. Peeking in, you see that she’s cookin’ something alright – and in big, copper vats – but it sure ain’t jam. It’s something with quite a bit more bite that could get you in a huge heap of trouble if you’re caught with it. After a sudden commotion, a shrill voice hollers, “Trespassers! Y’all git outta here!” A gun cocks and you high-tail it out. Your getaway vehicle? Carowinds’ newest thrill ride, Copperhead Strike. As the first double launch roller coaster in the Carolinas, Copperhead Strike delivers twice the boost and twice the bite. “Double launch” means not only does the ride take off at an incredible 0 to 42 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, but midway through a second thrust of acceleration launches you into the next half of the experience. A series of fast, tight, close-to-the-ground maneuvers are tangled with five head-over-heels inversions -- the most of any double launch coaster in North America. What’s more, this serpent of a ride never lets up throughout the entire chase – over half a mile of steel and adrenaline. Ready for this backwoods adventure? Coming spring 2019, it will be ready for you – only at Carowinds.
Dreamport Villages: Massive amusement park slated for Casa Grande finalizing 'any day now'
CASA GRANDE, AZ
It is supposed to be Arizona's big chance to host a major amusement park -- our own Disneyland in the desert where I-10 and I-8 meet in Casa Grande. That was the plan two years ago.
"It's quite an endeavor, takes a long time to get everything together," said Florida-based Developer Alan Segall. "We started a lot longer than two years ago."
It's set to be a world-class entertainment amusement park on 1,500 acres. Plans for Dreamport Villages include extreme sports, rock climbing, a water park and wildlife park.
Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park has reversed a policy that banned visitors waiting in line for the roller coaster Steel Vengeance from carrying cellphones.
The Sandusky-area park is adding zippered pouches to the bottom of the roller coaster seats, to hold phones and other loose items. Cleveland.com reports the park implemented a policy banning cellphones in the line for the record-breaking ride which features four inversions.
During the first weeks of the ride's operation, numerous riders reported losing their cellphones and other items on the roller coaster.
As winter drags on, some of us are already looking ahead to summer and planning ways to fill those long, sweltering days. For the adrenaline junkie, Cedar Point has you covered. The amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio — a two-hour drive from Detroit — unveiled on Friday new dining options for 2019 and leaked details of a new immersive attraction.
Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island
The Ohio roller coaster and waterpark recently announced that it will be introducing a new, immersive experience called Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island this season.
According to the Cedar Point website, the experience will be an interactive game visitors can jump into at any time of the day. The parameters of Adventure Island will be a previously closed-off section of the park. The game is set to premiere May 25 and will be open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. until Sept. 2.
Frontier Town, a section of the park known for the park's newest roller coaster, Steel Vengeance, will have its own street festival this summer called the Frontier Festival. The festival will have an Old West theme and will feature craft and games for kids, local artisans, live entertainment and food and drinks to sample.
Six Flags, the world's largest amusement park company based on the number of properties, is to open in July 2020 its first water park in China.
China's first Six Flags water park is set to be located in Jiaxing, east China's Zhejiang Province, and will be a joint venture between the U.S. company and partner Riverside Investment Group, a Beijing-based real estate developer.
According to the development company, most equipment for the water park have been produced and are expected to be installed in the first half of this year.