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Star Wars Theme Park Attractions Won’t Be Based On The Obvious Choices

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Star WarsIf you’re like us, you can’t get enough Star Wars right now. We’ve been watching that Star War: The Force Awakens trailer on repeat since the day after Thanksgiving (okay, we’ve been cutting it with that Mad Max: Fury Road trailer the last couple of days), and we spent most of last night trying to figure out what those character names that were revealed yesterday can tell us. (The answer is not much by the way.) And now we know that the new expansion of Star Wars isn’t going to be limited to traditional entertainment options like film, TV, comics, and books, but the new films will also be incorporated into Disney’s theme parks.

Walt Disney chief Bob Iger told Variety that the upcoming attractions won’t be based on any of the already extant films—no original trilogy, not even the prequels, sorry George Lucas—but will focus on the new movies, both Episode films like The Force Awakens and the spinoffs, like the ones that Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank will direct.


Comic(s) Relief: The Eleventh Doctor Visits A Theme Park From Hell

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WhoCovWe’re quite enjoying Peter Capaldi as the cranky Twelfth Doctor, but I know there are a lot of Eleventh Doctor fans out there still in mourning. Thankfully, Doctor Who has long since expanded to encompass pretty much any form of media you can think of. Even the Eighth Doctor, whose on-screen appearances were limited to one TV movie and an awesome surprise webisode, has had countless other adventures in the form of books and comics and audio dramas and so forth. So, if you’re missing Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, you’ll want to check out Titan Publishing’s Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor comic series, which has new stories and even a new companion!

The all-new adventures of the eleventh Doctor continue, as terror strikes a recession-hit paradise!

When the Doctor last visited Rokhandi, it was a planet of such stunning natural beauty that an entire solar system had sworn to preserve it. What better place to take new companion Alice Obiefune on her first off-world adventure? And it would have been a magical vacation — if the TARDIS hadn’t overshot by fifty years.

Now the austerity-hit pleasure planet has become a ‘theme safari’ corporate hell, overrun by eerie, giant-headed mascots and a trillion tramping tourist feet! But there’s something more sinister at play than rampant commercialism and ecological devastation — and the Doctor and Alice need to uncover all of Rokhandi’s long-buried secrets if they’re to escape with their lives!


Bill Nye Indadvertently Helped Fund A Noah’s Ark Theme Park

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Ark EncounterI admit that I couldn’t watch the entire debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. I tried, but as soon as Ham started talking about how evolution is based on belief because we can’t actually see it, I had to stop. How The Science Guy had the patience to explain fossil evidence and space science, I’ll never know. One of the bits I missed, but read about later, is Nye’s explanation of how the story of Noah Ark couldn’t be literally true, regardless of how realistic the upcoming movie may be. Even though Nye has generally been hailed as the victor in the debate (perhaps a bit of a foregone conclusion for most GFR readers), the debate itself has been a boon to Ham, particularly when it comes to the Noah’s Ark theme park he’s building.

The theme park, Ark Encounter, had been foundering due to lack of funding, but at the last minute received a bond offering a whopping $62 million, enough to bring the project to fruition. Ham calls the funding a miracle and gives thanks to God for the funding. He says, “But in God’s timing, not ours—and although the bond registration had already closed before February 4 and no more bonds could be purchased—the high-profile debate prompted some people who had registered for the bonds to make sure they followed through with submitting the necessary and sometimes complicated paperwork.”


Spain Will Get A Star Trek Theme Park In 2015

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Star TrekDo you have plans for your next big vacation? Well, if you’re looking for an international getaway with some serious geek overtones, we have a destination that you definitely have to consider. We’re talking about a new Star Trek-centric theme park in Spain that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

According to, Plaza Futura will be a part of Paramount Park Murcia, which is located approximately 270 miles southeast of Madrid on the Mediterranean coast at Alhama de Murcia. From the description this is going to be one hell of a destination. Broken up into a bunch of different sections, the new addition is going to have a little bit of everything. It will feature everything from condos, hotels, and offices, to shopping centers, restaurants, a casino and nightclubs, and even a convention center. And then there’s the actual theme park.


A Hunger Games Theme Park Could Be Coming Soon

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HG theme parkThat time is almost upon us. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due in theaters in about a week and a half. The Hunger Games is a pop culture phenomenon like few others. The young adult book and film series are the young generation’s Harry Potter, with all the spoils that come along with that title. It’s itching to be a billion dollar property, which is why Lionsgate is looking to branch out and expand the brand.

According to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that the studio is looking to develop a Hunger Games theme park. The proposed destination would be in two domestic territories, most likely Florida on the east coast and California on the west. While Feltheimer didn’t disclose what kind of attractions would be at the proposed theme park, it begs the question; do you want to spend your vacation at a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, and dystopian theme park?


Star Wars: Episode VII Release Date Explained, Theme Parks Confirmed

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bob-iger-disney-ceo-mickey-mouseThis week, Disney and Lucasfilm made big waves when they announced the release date for Star Wars: Episode VII. Fans finally know to mark their calendars and start waiting for December 18, 2015. In just over two years, we’ll all be sitting in a movie theater watching the beginning of a new Star Wars trilogy. Recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained why this is the release date they ultimately landed on for the much-anticipated new movie. They’re even expanding the brand in unexpected ways, with a new theme park attractions in the works.

In an interview on Bloomberg TV, Iger explained that an end of the year release date for Star Wars: Episode VII was more feasible than the franchise’s traditional Memorial Day Weekend. It all began when the writing duties shifted from Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt to the film’s director J.J. Abrams and its creative consultant Lawrence Kasdan. The change in writers would’ve created a rushed production in order to meet a summer 2015 release, so they went with a holiday season release instead.

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