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Theme Park Tourist features a wide-range of in-depth features and articles, covering rides, attractions and restaurants at theme parks all over the world. As well as previews and reviews of new rides, look out for "Top 10" lists and tips for saving time and money on your next park visit.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 03:56

While they probably aren’t what makes you want to plan a trip down to the Sunshine State, Orlando’s water parks are among the finest anywhere in the world. Plus, the variety and amount of water parks on offer really makes Orlando one of the key destinations for anyone who enjoys water slides, wave pools, and other water park fun.

Stormtrooper looking into camera
Saturday, May 25, 2019 03:24

Rave reviews are already pouring in for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. There’s no doubt that this new land at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be a huge success, and the future looks very bright for the presence of that galaxy far, far away in Disney parks.

We already know quite a bit about what is coming in phases two and three for Galaxy’s Edge, starting with the opening of the highly-anticipated attraction, Rise of the Resistance. Other upcoming arrivals will include a sit-down restaurant which could take character dining in exciting new directions, as well as the opening of a Star Wars role-playing experience set in a themed resort.

As we’ve seen with the continued expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, we can’t help but wonder where might Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge go next. With the extreme high-demand this land has already produced, you know Disney will be exploring opportunities for expansion in the future including new attractions and experiences.

We’ve talked before about how setting Galaxy’s Edge in the remote pre-hyperspace hub of Batuu was a genius move-- a place where almost any story in the Star Wars universe could connect. Resistance fighters, First Order loyalists, bounty hunters, merchants, and seedy galactic fringers have all been drawn to the Black Spire Outpost. We’ve even already seen hinted references to the Old Republic in some of the merchandise available in Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities—significant considering rumors that a Knights of the Old Republic film or TV series is in the works. There are just so many possibilities for how Galaxy’s Edge could expand in the future.

Time for a bit of shameless speculation. Where do you want to see Galaxy’s Edge go next once the phases we know about are complete? Here are a few ideas to ponder…

Friday, May 24, 2019 06:20

Let's go Behind the Ride to learn why Mission: SPACE proved too realistic for some and what Imagineers did to solve the problem.

Image - Dakota Gardner
Thursday, May 23, 2019 05:46

Yes, shopping can be fun, but when you’re packed-in shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of other people, fighting over the same handful of items, things can get a little crazy. Some stores are so hectic, going into them can be downright terrifying.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 05:28

Check out these eight massive features that we're glad to have seen removed in our lifetime.

Horizons
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 03:25

We hardly knew ye, Discovery River Boats…

Pirates of the Caribbean
Sunday, May 19, 2019 07:25

It may be the ‘happiest’ place on earth, but it’s not always the safest…

Fortress Explorations fortress beneath volcano with ship and guests
Saturday, May 18, 2019 05:24

It’s easy to assume that the best attractions in Disney parks history have all been rides.

Image, Flickr - Greg Goebel
Saturday, May 18, 2019 04:52

Recently, Disney added the Disney Skyliner — a ski gondola-style conveyance between Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Swan and Dolphin, Epcot, the Caribbean Beach Resort, and the Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts. But why stop there?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 05:59

Here are the eight biggest crowd pleasers out of all Walt Disney World rides.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 17:00

In a span of two years, the original Imagineers reached the pinnacle of their profession, only to see the heart of the company get ripped apart. The work that they did during this era has proven timeless; it genuinely altered the course of theme park history.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 04:31

Celebration isn’t owned or operated by the Walt Disney Company anymore, but it’s worth a visit for any hard core Disney fan obsessed with the company’s history. It’s also simply a beautiful and fun village worth exploring on its own, even for the most Disney-agnostic traveler.

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