Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.
Here are this week’s theme park highlights:
- The Disney Parks Blog has given us five things we may or may not have known about Toy Story Land. For one, a model of the new land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2018 is on display at the Walt Disney Presents exhibit. Visitors will be able to get walk-up lunch service at Woody's Lunchbox. Last but not least, the new land is going to debut this summer!
- The new hyper-reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire has made its debut at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World. This multi-sensory experience will allow groups of four to go undercover as stormptroopers in order to capture imperial intelligence. The experience is also available at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort.
- In the completely new concept category, runDisney is giving runners the chance to participate in the first-ever Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon. From now until Feb. 28, runners can register for a chance to earn a uniquely designed themed medal. Then until March 31, they just have to complete 13.1 miles wherever they'd like! Time to get hopping — er, running!
- For those of you running in the Disney World Marathon this Sunday, Bleacher Report has the full lowdown on the course route, drink stations and food stops, and more!
- LEGOLAND California is getting the new year started by debuting its new 4-D film, "Lego Ninjago: Master of the 4th Dimension," exclusively Jan. 12 in the park ahead of its Lego Ninjago Days on Jan. 13 and 14. Guests can meet their favorite Lego Ninjago characters, take part in a scavenger hunt in Miniland and more!
- After the success of the holiday-themed Wizarding World projection show, a new one is in the works for Hogwarts Castle inside Universal's Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort. While details are so far scarce, we expect it to be as amazing as the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts (which you should absolutely watch on our YouTube channel if you haven't already).
That’s it for the theme park news this week! Have a great weekend.