Theme Parks

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

This 23-minute journey is Disney’s most ambitious attraction yet, recruiting guests into service as heroes of the Resistance in a climactic battle with the First Order. Rise of the Resistance made its galactic debut at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and will launch at California’s Disneyland Park on January 17, 2020.

Life-size Godzilla

Life-size Godzilla

This permanent “life-sized” replica of Godzilla is coming to Japan’s Nijigen no Mori anime theme park on Awaji Island in 2020. A massive lizard measuring 65′ x 82′ x 180′ will dominate Godzilla Interception Operation, which will feature several “missions” including a shooting game and a zipline that rides into the monster’s mouth.

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LEGO Technic Roller Coaster

LEGO Technic Roller Coaster

LEGO Technic expert Shadow Elenter is back with another sweet build for his theme park collection. This time, he built a complex roller coaster using 17 motors, sending a Technic figure passenger on an crazy thrill ride. We’re surprised this little guy didn’t throw up from that backwards launch or the rotating seat gimmick.

Space Mountain with the Lights on

Space Mountain with the Lights on

One of Disney theme parks’ most famous attractions is Space Mountain, a thrilling indoor rollercoaster that you ride in the dark. If you’ve ever wondered what the ride looked like with the lights on, Theme Park University is here to show you just how much less exciting it is.

Universal Studios x Stranger Things

Universal Studios x Stranger Things

Stranger Things haunts Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood this season. The attraction re-stages some of the show’s scariest bits including the Demodogs. It’s a real scream, as season three co-star Priah Ferguson discovered. Watch as Priah faces her fears… and her doppelgänger.

Universal’s Epic Universe

Universal’s Epic Universe

Universal Orlando Resort has confirmed that its fourth theme park will be called Universal’s Epic Universe, and that the 5-to-6-year building process has begun. Rumors have it that the park’s themed lands will include Fantastic Beasts, How to Train Your Dragon, Classic Monsters, Super Nintendo World, and a dueling launch coaster ride.

Disney Parks’ Avengers Campus

Disney Parks’ Avengers Campus

Galaxy’s Edge still has that new theme park smell. Now, Disney has revealed 2020 plans for a Marvel-themed land at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris. “Avengers Campus” will include the current Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and a new Spider-Man ride-through attraction, Tony Stark’s Worldwide Engineering Brigade.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Preview

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Preview

2019 will bring a major new addition to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World – a massive, Star Wars-themed land. In this brief preview clip, they tease a bit of the park, as well as its two rides: Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Resort in a Blimp Hanger

Resort in a Blimp Hanger

This massive structure was once used to house airships, but has been converted into an indoor resort. Located in Eastern Germany Tropical Islands features an indoor rainforest, hiking paths, waterslide, hotel rooms, restaurants, and a beach. Wonder World takes us inside.

How Roller Coasters Affect Us

How Roller Coasters Affect Us

While roller coasters offer up plenty of thrills, a whole lot of engineering goes into making them safe enough to not snap our necks or make us pass out. TEDEd looks at the impact that these rides can have on our bodies, and how coaster safety has improved over the years.

LEGO 3D Dizzy Theme Park Ride

LEGO 3D Dizzy Theme Park Ride

LEGO Technics expert builder Shadow Elenter adds another ride to his miniature theme park. His latest build is a dizzying thrill ride which would make even the most iron-stomached Minifig lose its LEGO lunch. Be sure to stick around for a little bonus at 3:13.

LEGO Expert Roller Coaster Set

LEGO Expert Roller Coaster Set

This wonderful LEGO VIP set is sure to be a collectible. The 4,124 piece roller coaster features a chainlift that can be upgraded with a motor, and tons of little details like a ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, and coaster cars with movable lap bars.

LEGO Wooden Roller Coaster

LEGO Wooden Roller Coaster

LEGO fanatic Chairudo shows off an amazing build – a working 90,000 piece, 21 foot-long roller coaster made to look like the old wooden El Toro coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park. More photos on Flickr.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

A look at the scale model of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a massive new section that will open at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in 2019. Visitors will meet many Star Wars characters, check out a Star Destroyer hangar, and even fly the Millenium Falcon. More here.

LEGO Dinosaur Theme Park

LEGO Dinosaur Theme Park

Beyond the Brick takes a look at James Burrows’ incredible prehistoric-themed amusement park made from over 125,000 bricks. We so wish we could shrink down to minifig size and take a ride on the CoasterSaurus II.

Riding The Monster

Riding The Monster

CoasterForce shares an impressively crisp and immersive 4K video of The Monster, a new roller coaster located at Adventureland Iowa, complete with a crazy 101° vertical drop, crazy banks, and five inversions. The nighttime off-ride footage is worth watching too.

Dobbsland

Dobbsland

Disney’s theme parks can be fun for the whole family. But they’re also expensive, exhausting, and have ridiculous queues for the attractions. Instead, wish we could visit Dobbsland, a tiny amusement park built by retired engineer Steve Dobbs right in his own backyard.

World’s Longest Water Slide POV

World’s Longest Water Slide POV

Action Park employee Maria Bitko tries the water park’s nearly 2,000 foot-long slide. It will take you over a minute to reach the bottom, enough time to hypothesize where that gross brown stain came from.

Tourbillon Theme Park Ride

Tourbillon Theme Park Ride

This new thrill ride from ABC Rides carries a dozen passengers and spins them on X, Y and Z axes simultaneously. While it doesn’t appear to go all that fast, it’s still sure to result in more than a few lost lunches and tons of pocket change.

Disneyland Construction Time-Lapse

Disneyland Construction Time-Lapse

Long before we had phones that could shoot time-lapse videos, Disney used good old film to document the construction of its California theme park, and recently shared this classic footage in celebration of its upcoming 60th anniversary.

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SkyCaliber Waterslide

SkyCaliber Waterslide

SkyCaliber is a crazy new waterslide coming to Vernon, New Jersey’s Action Park in 2016. The ride stands 90 feet tall, and sends riders through a loop de loop in a special capsule at speeds up to 50mph. Apparently, they tried this before.

Skyscraper Rollercoaster

Skyscraper Rollercoaster

Coming to Orlando, Florida in 2016, the mile-long Skyscraper will likely be one of the world’s most insane rollercoasters, snaking its way around a 55-story tower at speeds up to 65mph. Part of the new Skyplex entertainment complex.

Six Flags Batman: The Ride

Six Flags Batman: The Ride

The Batman: The Ride roller coaster has chairs swing and flip independently as they go about the already twisted track, apparently causing riders to experience weightlessness. Opens at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2015.

Theme Park Time-Lapse

Theme Park Time-Lapse

Photographer Thomas Schwarz uses the bright lights of the Midway as the light source for this dizzying time-lapse visit to a theme park that’s sure to wake you up from whatever stupor you might find yourself in from surfing the web.

Welcome to the Magic

Welcome to the Magic

Matt Givot and Dan Douglas take us on a brief time-lapse journey through the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks. They snapped over 20,000 still images to create their magic, then set it to the ethereal sounds of Pogo.

Miniatur Wunderland 2011

Miniatur Wunderland 2011

A new promo video for Miniatur Wunderland, the miniature theme park in Hamburg, Germany which includes the newly opened Knuffingen model airport, railroads, cruise ships and much more.

High Wheel

High Wheel

While we wish there really were an theme park ride with cars which float in the sky, the High Wheel is just a clever video trick, accomplished using chroma-key to remove (most of) the ferris wheel.

Nuclear Wunderland

Nuclear Wunderland

Located in Kalkar, Germany, Wunderland theme park is built on the site of an abandoned nuclear power plant. The highlight of the visit – besides glowing – the swing inside the cooling tower.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

The world’s largest indoor amusement park. Has Ferrari-themed rides – including the world’s fastest roller coaster – as well as a collection of both vintage and contemporary Ferrari vehicles.

Star Wars x Legoland

Star Wars x Legoland

Legoland California has announced a new attraction: a Miniland area devoted exclusively to scenes from Star Wars movies. Bonus: it’s opening just in time for Spring Break. (Thanks Ron!)

Abandoned Japanese Theme Park

Abandoned Japanese Theme Park

The abandoned Nara Dreamland theme park in Japan may be slightly creepier than the Six Flags New Orleans tour, though we’re not quite sure why. Either way, there’s haunting photography here.

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