theme parks

Crowdfunding campaign aims to revitalise disaster region by opening abandoned theme park in Japan

The eerie ruins of this once-thriving amusement park look set to become Japan’s next unusual place to visit.

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First look at Universal Studios Japan’s Nintendo World shown in official concept art

Well now, that looks awesome.

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Evangelion ride being added to Universal Studios Japan this winter

New Attack on Titan attraction also in development as theme park continues to embrace anime franchises.

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Japanese doll enthusiast shares photos of his “daughter” at Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea

She’s too short to ride Thunder Mountain, but proud owner still seems to be enjoying their theme park visits together.

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Death Eaters set to attack Osaka in invasion of Universal Studios Japan’s Harry Potter area

Dark times are coming this autumn.

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Sounds like Universal Studio Japan’s Nintendo zone is going to be huge!

Park reveals project is bigger than Wizarding World of Harry Potter, gives tentative opening date.

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Japanese TV program chuckles at Shanghai Disneyland’s “non-Disney” characters, like…Mulan?

Could none of the producers remember back to 1998?

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Chinese businessman sets his sights on driving Disney Resort out of Shanghai

Billionaire Jianlin Wang says Mickey Mouse and friends aren’t welcome in China.

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Idols ahoy! AKB48 to hold concerts at Universal Studios Japan every day starting in July

Osaka theme park doubles down (48-times down?) on its Japanese appeal with daily performances by members of four Japanese idol supergroups.

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Japan is getting its first full-scale Legoland amusement park

But it’s not Tokyo that’s being graced with the block-based attraction.

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Brand-new Beauty and the Beast area and Baymax attractions coming to Tokyo Disneyland 【Pics】

Belle, Beast, and Big Hero 6’s biggest hero part of extensive renovations planned for the park and its neighbor Tokyo Disney Sea.

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New Dragon Ball, Death Note, and One Piece attractions coming to Universal Studios Japan

Some of the biggest stars of anime and manga are going to be spending their summer at the Osaka theme park.

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Awesome optical illusion turns Japanese Ferris wheel into a cube 【Video】

Yokohama plays a beautiful trick on the eyes of visitors to its harbor area.

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Universal Studios Japan to (probably) get Nintendo-themed attractions

Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan (USJ) recently signed a basic business agreement that could pave the way for future USJ attractions featuring Nintendo characters and game worlds.

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J-pop star Kyari Pamyu Pamyu has a virtual reality theme park ride, and it’s open now!

The J-Pop star joins the ranks of such musicians as Michael Jackson with new limited-edition USJ theme park ride. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. 

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Tokyo’s Hello Kitty theme park to host stage reading of homosexual romance novel

Kitty-chan seems to have no problem with a bit of boys’ love.

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Hello Kitty fans have a special reason to go to Sanrio amusement parks December 4 – They’re free!

Japan’s two Sanrio theme parks are holding a one-day event on December 4 filled with shows, special events and your favorite characters. The best part is that it will cost you absolutely nothing to get in that day!

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Shanghai Disneyland to feature Chinese elements and the largest castle ever, opens spring 2016

Disney’s very first amusement park in mainland China, Shanghai Disneyland, is slated to open its doors in spring 2016. With the Chinese government’s recent decision to end its controversial one-child policy and allow citizens to have up to two children per family without facing fines, the world’s most populated country is bound to be teeming with more people than ever in the years to come.

Disney chairman and CEO Robert “Bob” Iger has expressed delight over the government’s change on the one-child ruling, and has revealed some of the company’s plans to incorporate China’s rich culture into the magic of Shanghai Disneyland and satisfy Chinese visitors of all generations.

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Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction is now open at Tokyo Disneyland!

It’s been a long time coming, but Star Wars fans will soon get to see the seventh installment in the long-running franchise when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters next month. While waiting for the theatrical release, fans living in Tokyo can experience the thrill of the series firsthand by venturing over to Tokyo Disneyland, where the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction is now open to the public!

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Real life Pokémon gym set to open in Japan next month

Despite the famous “Gotta catch ‘em all!” tagline, Pokémon trainers don’t spend every moment of their adventures traipsing through the underbrush searching for new Pocket Monster species. Part of the process of becoming a Pokémon Master is making a pilgrimage to gyms where trainers can strengthen their skills and bonds with their adorable biological arsenal.

Until now, the only places to find these gyms were within the video games and anime of the Pokémon franchise, but next month marks the opening of the first official Pokémon gym in Japan, where fans can meet and train with a variety of Pokémon in interactive and augmented reality attractions.

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