The Theme Park Thread

oh gosh, I forgot about Galaxy’s Edge. Honestly I’ve been super focused on the Phantom Manor reopening.

I’m not a Star Wars fan, but I’m curious of how that place looks. I’m sure my YouTube feed is going to be nothing but GE this week.

Also I feel like $200 for a custom high quality light saber sounds about right.

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Dying to go to Galaxy’s Edge, excited to see how it all pans out with all the interactive stuff they have planned. But do they actually have y’know… rides?

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any of y’all been to Lagoon in salt lake city? that was my absolute fav as a kid and I have such fond memories of that place. tried to go once as an adult and got rained out, but I’m dying to go back.

I’m pretty psyched for a big Disney World trip I’ve got planned with friends for next year, I haven’t been in something like 15 years (and only once, since my family preferred the coziness of Disney Land). I am going to buy the overpriced lightsaber.

I mainly blame Jenny for reminding me of how cool theme parks are.

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The two rides at Galaxy’s Edge are Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Rise of the Resistance. Some more info here.

I’m primarily looking forward to Rise of the Resistance because I love me a dark ride and I’m incredibly interested in seeing the latest tech and animatronics. Unfortunately, Rise of the Resistance isn’t finished yet and won’t be opening along with the land this week but the initial reviews for Smmugler’s Run have been very positive.

Currently guests are limited to only 4 hours in the park and a reservation is required. Even with these measures the crowds will probably still be miserable. I’ve heard 3 hours just to create a light saber and 2 hours Smuggler’s Run.

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Never heard of it but I’m gonna look it up! Always cool to hear about lesser known places!

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Looked up a video on it and it looks like fun!

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More concept art of the Ghibli theme park in Japan came out recently:

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/06/01-1/aichi-prefectures-ghibli-park-on-track-to-open-in-fall-of-2022

As I’m planning a trip to Japan in fall 2022, I’m really hoping I get to check it out.

In other Japanese theme park news, Tokyo Disneysea is getting an expansion, also opening in 2022.

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As Star Wars is very hot on the forum right now I would be remiss not to mention that the big E ticket attraction for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Rise of the Resistance opens today in Disney World for media previews.

If you don’t mind spoilers, check out new promo images from the ride here.

Dark rides are my favorite so I’m really looking forward to this one. Give :clap: me :clap: animatronics :clap: ! They’re really hyping it up as the most advanced ride they’ve ever made so hopefully it lives up to it!

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The robot designs here are so good.
Also, if anyone hasn’t take a look at what Disney is doing for Tokyo Disney with their upcoming Beauty and the Beast ride. It feels like someone at Disney cracked an animatronic code about two years ago and we are starting to see the fallout. That Belle robot can walk.

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I just looked it up and wow, that’s incredible.

All this talk about realistic theme park animatronics has me thinking about that Simpsons episode set in Itchy & Scratchy land.

"Amusement park of the future where nothing can possiblay go wrong.

Possibly go wrong.

That’s the first thing that’s ever gone wrong."

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The Kylo Ren animatronic in Rise of the Resistance is already broken lol

Was going through some videos and gosh, the Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary event at Disneyland back in August looked so cool. I’m a big fan of Disney putting actors into their rides during these special events.

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Oh.

Oh no…

Given this is Star Wars I doubt management would let this be a Yeti-type situation, but oof.

EDIT: I thought that post read “19h,” not “19d.” I would guess that robot’s fixed by now LOL.

I just went to Magic Kingdom about a month ago. After growing up in the area getting to see it through the lens of my more recent education was a trip.

The biggest thing I noticed was how hard so much of the park leans into this idealized, mythic turn-of-the-century aesthetic that is almost entirely irrelevant in most media. Like we have this silly Doomer '80s bisexual-lighting craze that refuses to die out, and '50s nostalgia is nothing new, but the Main Street USA aesthetic that Walt was clearly obsessed with is so rarely seen that a lot of the details that were clearly meant to signpost to midcentury audiences seem sort of quirky or absurd nowadays.

Country Bear Jamboree, in particular, is just such a damn weird attraction. It’s aggressively rooted in what I think is Appalachian culture and specifically a late '60s / early '70s Yankee pop-cultural view of Appalachian media culture from, again, the turn of the century. With whom are these jokes supposed to land, exactly? Not to say it’s not appreciated.

Also, this is more than a bit passe, but the Tiki Room is both problematic and the very definition of comfy (especially on a hot Florida afternoon) and the Haunted Mansion always has and always will slap.

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Yeah, during the construction of Disneyland, Walt seemed to be determined to have some elements that focus on turn of the century Americana that is irrelevant. But I do think for a lot of people that kind of quirk is the appeal of the park. Seeing the castle down Main Street, despite obviously being out of place, it hits something in a way that works, despite the fact that a medieval castle is sitting down the road in this turn of the century town.

I also been thinking about being a Disney fan in 2020. I really, really wish more people gave the original Disneyland Imagineering team more credit. Cause I’ve always wondered how true it was that after Walt’s death, the team seemed to be lost without him, despite the fact that they were able to create some amazing attractions without his input.

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So there’s a new hotel (?) being built. It’s being billed as a two night Star Wars experience. Video down below.

So you spend two nights in this ship. You eventually go to Galaxy’s Edge, and then go back?
It’s definitely a hard sale for me as someone who’s not a big Star Wars fan. I’d rather visit the rest of the parks for that time period and see Galaxy’s Edge than stay at a extremely themed hotel. But I would love to like spend part of a day exploring the ship. I do appreciate the commitment to immersion here.

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I’m curious to see how immersive the hotel truly is. They promised a lot with Galaxy’s Edge and while it’s certainly very cool, I’m not sure it meets the immersive westworld-y vibes they initially proposed. But I also get how hard that is to implement at scale.

Maybe with the hotel they’ll actually encourage costumes and roleplaying? The price point is incredibly high. I would hope for a very special experience.

Cabin for one? Pricing for a 2-night/3-day stay starts at $3,300 for one person , or just over $1,000 per person, per day. Cabins do sleep up to five passengers, so there’s also the option of maxing out the cabin occupancy for a relatively cheaper price per person. A cabin with five passengers would cost $7,200 , or roughly $1,440 per person, for a more feasible $480 per person, per day price range. (Source)

I may never be able to afford the Star Wars hotel. But man, I can’t wait to watch the youtube walkthroughs.

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Yeah, as cool as that seems, my spouse and I booked a trip for next December at Disney World, staying at one of their ‘budget’ on-site properties, and that’s expensive enough. But as expensive as it is, it’s still quite a bit cheaper, and we’re staying there for 5 nights instead of 3, and getting to fully experience all of the parks. I’ll take that over having just a couple days any time, even if the experience is super cool.

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