Save the dates: this is when Disney’s "Avatar" and "Star Wars" theme parks open

February 10, 2017 by  
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Mark your calendars, Avatar and Star Wars fans. The House of Mouse has announced when theme parks based on the popular film franchises will open. In an earning calls this week, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed that Pandora: The World of Avatar , based on James Cameron’s movies about a race of blue aliens known as the Na’vi, will open its doors May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Iger also teased the lauch of the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars -themed lands , located both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, somewhere in 2019—just in time for Episode IX . “In our domestic parks, this year we’ll open a great addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a brand new land called Pandora: The World of Avatar,” Iger said in the call. “Our imagineers have brought the breathtaking world of Pandora to life through astonishing feats of artistic genius and groundbreaking engineering. The result is an exquisite environment with phenomenal attractions.” Related: “Avatar Land” park inspired by Pandora coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Headway was being made, he added, on the 14-acre Star Wars lands, which Disney Parks has described as the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions in its history. Disney has dropped a hint or two about what the lands will have in store, including an open-air marketplace, a First Order-themed ride, and the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Start saving your credits for those Bantha burgers! Via iO9

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Renovated California cabin with star-studded history goes up for sale

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This renovated lodge-inspired house preserves the star-studded legacy of the original structure. First built for the 1923 silent movie “The Courtship of Miles Standish”, the home was formerly owned by Daryl Hannah. The existing owners commissioned architect Chris Peck , interior designer Lisa Strong , builder Eric Dobkin and landscape architect Samantha Gore to dream up a beautiful 6,195-square-foot estate expansion and renovation. The house, currently listed for sale , is tucked amidst the trees of the iconic Uplifters Ranch neighborhood of Rustic Canyon, and offers privacy to its occupants. In 2012, current owners Marla and Larry Butler commissioned a team of designers to renovate the cabin  into a larger building that would preserve as much of the original materials as possible. Stones from the original cabin were reused, while naturally fallen lodge pole pine timber from Montana dominates most of the exterior and interior. Related: 6 Tiny Homes under $50,000 you can buy right now An open-plan kitchen and dining room feature double-case windows and bi-fold doors that offer spectacular views of the surrounding nature. A large terrace with a plunge pool and stone walkways functions as an outdoor entertaining area. Original furniture, fixtures and windows strengthen the connection to the past. + Chris Peck + Samantha Gore + Lisa Strong Design

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The Week in Animal Photos: Tiger Cubs in Luggage and More (Slideshow)

September 3, 2010 by  
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Photo via National Geographic We’ve got a new regular slideshow here on TreeHugger: The Week in Animal Photos. Catch a glimpse of what the animal kingdom has been up to this week, from a tiger cub disguised as a stuffed tiger rescued from an international smuggling deal to a newly discovered pea-sized frog perched on a pencil tip.

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