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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take down iconic Earffel Tower

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close several attractions and take down its iconic Earffel Tower to make way for eagerly awaited theme lands based on Star Wars and Toy Story.

Disney announced the April 2 closing of the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and “nearby locations around Streets of America,” with the Orlando Sentinel adding to the list the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, a Monsters, Inc. meet-and-greet and the Studio Catering Co. restaurant.

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Kylo Ren is going to Disney World (and Disneyland)!

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The lightsaber-wielding villain of the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens will soon become a fixture at Disney Parks.

The entertainment giant has announced that, beginning next month, visitors to the Star Wars Launch Bay attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, will come face to face with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

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Disney’s Shanghai resort will at last open in June

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More than a decade in the making, Disney’s fabled $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park will finally become a reality in June.

The entertainment giant announced that the 963-acre Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney destination in mainland China, will hold its grand opening on June 16.

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Disney teases ‘unprecedented’ ‘Star Wars’ park ride

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Star Wars Land concept art

With construction about to begin on the highly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands at Disney World and Disneyland, the company teases that one of the rides will be “unprecedented, in a way.”

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jon Snoddy of Walt Disney Imagineering said that’s because of the involvement of Industrial Light & Magic, the renowned visual-effects studio acquired by Disney as part of its purchase of Lucasfilm.

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Disney issues new costume guidelines for marathon weekends

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After implementing increased security measures in its theme parks last month, Disney has issued new guidelines for anyone participating in race events like the Star Wars and Avengers Super Heroes half marathon weekends.

Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resorts has already installed metal detectors, banned the sale of toy guns and reaffirmed a moratorium on adults and teenagers wearing costumes.

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Disney parks install metal detectors, halt sales of toy guns

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts today announced it has installed metal detectors and banned the sales of toys guns, including Star Wars blasters, as it beefs up security measures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, guests at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will now be randomly selected to pass through metal detectors after they’ve gone past bag checks.

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Universal Japan teases new ‘Attack on Titan,’ ‘Evangelion’ attractions

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Universal Studios Japan has debuted a pair of teasers for new attractions based on Attack on Titan and Evangelion, part of its returning “Cool Japan” event.

Last year’s inaugural event, which also showcased Monster Hunter and Resident Evil, helped Osaka theme park boost attendance by about 200,000 people a month. Originally scheduled to run from Jan. 23 to May 10, the event proved so popular that it was extended through June 28.

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Disney World debuts its ‘Star Wars’-themed monorail

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From Inside the Magic

It’s not quite the Star Wars-themed Rapi:t train introduced over the weekend in Japan, but it’ll certainly do: Walt Disney World on Monday unveiled the new Force Awakens overlay for one of its monorail trains.

As photos and video from Inside the Magic show, the wrap is fairly subtle, with images of the film’s logo, the desert planet Jakku, the Millennium Falcon, a TIE Fighter, BB-8 and Daisy Ridley’s Rey appearing on the windows of Monorail Black.

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First look at Disneyland’s ‘Star Wars: Season of the Force’

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Photos courtesy of Disneyland

Ahead of the official opening on Monday, Disneyland has released a series of photos that offer an inside look at “Star Wars: Season of the Force.”

Announced in August at the D23 Expo, the attractions include: the Star Wars Launch Bay, a new area where fans can meet their favorite characters, see special exhibits and get peeks at Star Wars: The Force Awakens; a relaunched “Star Tours — The Adventures Continue,” with a new scene inspired by The Force Awakens; “Hyperspace Mountain,” a limited-time reimagining of “Space Mountain,” in which guests will join an X-wing battle”; and, coming in December, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Jedi Temple,” a new twist on the Jedi Training experience that introduces characters from the animated Star Wars Rebels.

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New ‘Star Wars’ experiences debut next month at Disney World

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Disney has confirmed several new Star Wars experiences will debut Dec. 1 at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Announced in August at D23 Expo, the new attractions will follow the arrival of Star Wars: Season of the Force” later this month at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

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‘Mass Effect’ is getting its own 4D theme park attraction

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Even as Disneyland and Disney World prepare to break ground on their Star Wars-themed areas, video game developer BioWare has announced that its own sci-fi epic, Mass Effect, is on a course for California’s Great America theme park.

Produced through a partnership between publisher Electronic Arts and California’s Great America, the attraction is described as a “first-of-its-kind guest experience,” combining live performers, special effects and “4D effects.” The “4D holographic experience” is set to open in 2016 at the Santa Clara, California park’s newly renovated Action Theater.

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‘Star Wars: Season of the Force’ opens Nov. 16 at Disneyland

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Following the announcement last month of “Star Wars: Season of the Force,” Disney has unveiled new details about the attraction, arriving soon at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

How soon? For Disneyland, Nov. 16. However, no date has been announced for the Florida resort.

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Disney’s ‘Indiana Jones’-themed bar opens next week

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It may be a while — a long while — before we see another Indiana Jones film, but beginning next week, visitors to Disney World will be able kick back in Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. (Not you, David Swindler. Sorry.)

Announced in May, the Indiana Jones-themed bar will open Sept. 22 at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida, tucked between Paradiso 37 and the Boathouse restaurant.

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Man banned from Disney World after ‘meth lab’ joke goes wrong

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A Florida man has been banned for life from Disney World after his annoyed crack about a meth lab led to a nighttime raid on his hotel room.

According to Tampa Bay’s WTLV, St. Augustine resident David Swindler and his family were visiting Disney World over the Labor Day weekend when he attempted to extend their stay for another night. Growing impatient with a hotel staff member, Swindler joked reportedly joked that “he could build a meth lab in his room by the time he could finally get some service.”

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Disney to begin construction on ‘Star Wars’ lands next year

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Disney will break ground next year on its hotly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

“This will be I think perhaps the most immersive land we’ve ever built,” Walt Disney Co. Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs told investors on Thursday. “We want people to feel like they’ve stepped into the world of Star Wars, and so that’s really sparked our imaginations and it’s got people fired up.”

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