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Star Wars Land to Open in 2019 at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on February 7, 2017

Star Wars Land

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We are two years out from the official opening year of the Star Wars-themed lands for both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was announced today that both will open at some point in the year 2019.

Star Wars Land on both coasts will be the largest ever, single-themed land expansions on each coast. The land will  have Guests transported to a never-before-seen planet that is going to be a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space.

Here’s what we know about the lands so far:

  • There will be two attractions, one centered around the Millennium Falcon where you will actually be able to pilot it; banking left, right and firing the laser cannons. You’ll be in complete control. The second one will find you in a battle between the resistance and the first order in a race against time.
  • In this new world, you’ll enter authentic locations and be able to meet droids and aliens.
  • You’ll be able to enter an other-worldly street market and taste local delicacies.
  • You can enjoy at meal at the best Star Wars themed-dinner club or you can choose to stop in at the local cantina.

You are most certainly going to want to stay tuned to the blog for more details about Star Wars Land as they get released!

Starring Rolls Now Closed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 7, 2017

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This one hurts just a little. According to reports, Starring Rolls Cafe located on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now closed.

Starring Rolls was a fan favorite, serving up fresh-baked goods and pastries. They were known for their incredible cupcake creations, such as the Butterfinger Cupcake and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake.  Starring Rolls also offered unique to theme park lunch options, including fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Options included a Ham Sandwich, a Turkey Sandwich, and a Ruben. They also offered a Mixed Greens Salad and Tomato Bisque Soup.

With a semi-similar menu, Guests can now get many of the items sold at Starring Rolls at the Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks) just across the way. This includes the Butterfinger Cupcake. (Now with the name of Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcake). In addition, it seems as though Guests can also pick up things like the Fruit Tart and the Napoleon at Trolley Car Cafe.

It has been indicated that this move is a permanent one. No word on what will happen with the space going forward.

 

Lunch Now Offered During Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 1, 2017

Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine

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I guess Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine has been popular! Originally offered just as a dinner option, now beginning May 14, Guests will be able to experience lunch with Minnie Mouse and friends soon too.

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a character meal that changes themes frequently. Minnie hosts a fabulous meal with each season will bringing about a new theme. During the winter, the meal celebrates the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, there is a holiday-themed soirée, a celebration of the delight of spring, the excitement of summer, and an event surrounding the spooktacular fun of Halloween.

Don’t worry! For those with little ones, Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine will still occur at breakfast and will include fun moments with favorite Disney Junior pals including Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia from Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.

Guests can book their lunch reservations for Minnie’s Seasonal Dine now by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Sneak Peek of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film at Disney Parks

by on January 27, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

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As a child of the 90s, I have to say, I am super excited about the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. While Ariel got me into the Disney princess phenomenon, it was really Belle who was most like me, as I too always had my nose in a book.

If you, like me are anxiously awaiting this film, I am happy to tell you that if you’ll be visiting either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak peek.

At Walt Disney World, beginning February 10 through March 26, at One Man’s Dream in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will be able to catch a preview scene from the film. In addition, two iconic props will be available for Guests to view – the yellow ballroom dress and the magical rose.

In addition, at Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, a performer will invite a father and daughter from the audience onstage where they will be able to participate in a magical moment prior to the show in which the performer will sing to them a new song from the film.

Over on the West Coast, at Disney California Adventure, beginning February 10, the preview of Beauty and the Beast will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. There will also be special props from the film available for Guests to view.

The film preview will last approximately eight minutes.

Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.

New Star Wars: Galactic Nights Special Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on January 11, 2017

Star Wars: Galactic Nights

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If you are a Star Wars fan, the ultimate event will be taking place this April at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galactic Nights will occur on April 14 and invites Guests to celebrate the beloved Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: Galactic Nights Guests will be invited to dress as their favorite character while attending this family-friendly event, as well as experience fun and exclusive Star Wars activities and events.

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Guests will start at the Rebel Base, found at the center of the par, which will serve as the event hub. There will be multiple shows, events, and dance parties. Here, Guests will experience stunning, interactive projection featuring iconic Star Wars scenery.  Guests will also be able to experience “The Star Wars Show” on Location, where you’ll be able to join the hosts of the popular starwars.com show while they film their weekly program. You will also be able to experience Celebrate the Saga where you’ll have the opportunity to take off on an interactive journey that chronologically celebrates the milestones of Star Wars.

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Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine Back at Hollywood & Vine

by on January 4, 2017

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Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is offering Guests the opportunity to enjoy special themed dinners with Minnie’s Seasonal Dine. For awards season, we’ll have Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine which will begin on January 7 and will last until March 19.

Minnie serves as the host for this event and she is inviting all of her friends to join her as she hosts a fabulous dinner party celebrating the glamour of Hollywood! Characters will be dressed to the nines in their glitziest costumes, plus there will be unique music, décor and menu items.

The cost for Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine is $50.00 for adults ages 10 and up and $30.00 for children ages 3 to 9 (plus tax and gratuity).

Guests may also choose to add the Fantasmic Dining Package to this meal. The cost will be $57.00 per adult and $35 per child, plus tax and gratuity. In addition, some dining plans accepted.

Breakfast and lunch remains as the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine and will still feature Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Handy Manny.

For more information and to make reservations for Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine, you can call (407) WDW-DINE.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort

by on December 29, 2016

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It’s the most hectic time of the year! Walt Disney World is getting ready to celebrate saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 in a way only the resort knows how to…with an explosion of fireworks!

At Epcot, Guests will be able to enjoy two different showings of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. At 6:00 p.m., you’ll be able to catch the show with the beautiful and touching holiday tag. Then, beginning at 11:40 p.m., get ready to usher in 2017 with a show that’s unlike any other.

In addition, Epcot will feature DJs in both Future World and World Showcase. They will be found from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  • the Future World Fountain Stage
  • China – flame effects and smoke-billowing dragon
  • United Kingdom – British Invasion
  • Italy – Euro-pop and lasers
  • Japan – “Silent Groove” party
  • America Adventure – America Gardens Theatre Stage, joined by a Latin band

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Star Wars Guided Tours Now Available to Book

by on December 20, 2016

Star Wars Guided Tours Available

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A few weeks ago, during the special Rogue One event at Epcot where Disney lit up Spaceship Earth like the Death Star, it was announced that a few new Star Wars-related activities would be introduced for the Walt Disney World Resort. One of those events was the all new Star Wars Guided Tour. For those who were looking to book this seven hour, all-access tour that allows you to be able to enjoy the full Force of Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can now do so!

During the tour, Guests will be able to have VIP access to all things Star Wars at the theme park, courtesy of a Star Wars knowledgeable tour guide. Experiences will include:

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SATURDAY SIX: In Memoriam – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2016

by on December 10, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2016. As theme park fans, we’ve had a lot to be thankful for this year. However, as much as we are looking forward to the opening of Pandora and more Star Wars at Disney, or Volcano Bay and the upcoming Nintendo projects at Universal, it wasn’t all good news. This year we had to say goodbye to some old friends. Today we pay our respects to some of those that we lost in the past year, starting with….

# 6 – Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue (Universal Studios Florida)

While I was never the biggest fan of Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue, it did hold a special place in my heart because we got to see the Universal Classic Monsters – including Dracula, Wolfman, and Frankenstein – on stage. Outside of cameos in the underrated Horror Make-up Show and theming inside the Classic Monsters Cafe, these characters are not being used in the park. The live show, headlined by Beetlejuice, had been recently revamped with the addition of new characters (including the Phantom of the Opera’s daughter Phantasia) and a new set list of songs.

Originally, Universal stated that the show was going to close on December 2, 2015. However, the show got a short lived stay of execution and continued on until January 5th, 2016. Both Beetlejuice and its next door neighbor Disaster were closed to make way for the upcoming Fast & Furious – Supercharged attraction coming in 2018.

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A moment of silence for Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice….Beetlejuice. (photo by @Drubov)

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The great big Universal theme park in the sky. (photo by @Drubov)

# 5 – Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

DHS fans may want to get a box of Klennex ready, because you’re about to be in for a bumpy ride for the rest of the article. Speaking of bumpy rides (see what I did there) the Lights, Motors, Action! started its run in America as a “gift” from Disneyland Paris as part of the Happiest Celebration on Earth. This is why you should ask for a gift receipt when given something, just in case you want to return it. The Action! part of the stunt show was awesome. Guests got to see cars and motorcycles in a series of elaborate sequences that involved crashes, jumps, and even explosions. Unfortunately the “action” only took up about 7 minutes of the near half-hour show. Like a real movie set, a lot of time has to be spent setting up the next stunt. In 2011, the show added in a segment featuring fan favorite Lightning McQueen from Cars.

On April 2, the Lights, Motors, Action! show performed its last stunt. In its place will be the new Star Wars Land.

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Lights, Motors, Action! (photo by Brian Carey)

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New Rogue One-Inspired Star Wars Experiences for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 6, 2016

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For Star Wars fans, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been the place to go and that trend only continues going forward.

Guests who are excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will soon be able to see AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers, specialized Stormtroopers with dark armor. These new Troopers are the bodyguards of Director Krennic in the upcoming film. These AWR Troopers will appear in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show beginning December 16.

For those who want to visit the Star Wars Launch Bay, you’ll now be able to see new props from Rogue One including a Shortrooper Blaster, Director Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle, a Death Star model, a U-wing gunship and more. In addition, additional behind the scenes footage will be added to the film called “Meet the Makers” that’s shown in the Launch Bay Theater. The 10-minute film celebrates the creation of the Star Wars saga and includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key players responsible for the series.

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