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Season of the Force Now at Disneyland Resort

During Season of the Force at Disneyland® Resort, your can transport yourself and your family into a faraway galaxy filled with epic encounters and thrilling attractions.

On Hyperspace Mountain, you can board the re-imagined Space Mountain attraction and join in a dogfight between Rebel X-wing fighters and the Imperial TIE fighters!

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Then, you can step inside Star Wars Launch Bay to come face to face with some favorite heroes and villains from the saga. You can even explore replicas of movie props and models from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

If you want to experience hyperspace and outrun the Empire, you can hop aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and fly through everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away. And, young Padawans can really feel strong with the Force as they test their Lightsaber skills in an immersive show at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple where they can face Darth Vader!

Be sure you don’t miss Season of the Force at Disneyland Resort!

Star Wars-themed Land Dazzles at Night!

Today we’re excited to share a new image from Walt Disney Imagineering that shows just how amazing the Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort will look once the sun goes down.

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As you can see, the land will take on a whole new dimension after dark and feature adventures and surprises around each corner. If you look close, the image reveals a peek at what you will discover in this all-new land, including one of the signature attractions that lets you take control of the Millennium Falcon.

Work is already underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland® Park in Anaheim, CA, to bring the stories from a galaxy, far, far away to life in the parks.

We’re also excited to share that Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teams are currently in production to add an exciting new mission to the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, based on elements from Star Wars Episode VIII.

Stay tuned for more information!

New Star Wars Offerings Arrive At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We’re happy to share with you that new Star Wars entertainment offerings and attraction enhancements were officially unveiled at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Star Wars galaxy is now closer than ever before, thanks to these new offerings:

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Star Wars Launch Bay
Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, offers guests the chance to interact with Star Wars characters by choosing to encounter the Dark Side in a Star Destroyer themed area, or visit with the brave Rebels in a makeshift Rebel Base – clear your mind and choose wisely, as one path may lead to Darth Vader while the other leads to Chewbacca.

Fans of the film franchise can also visit two different exhibits – Celebration Gallery and Celebration Hallway to view iconic ships from the Rebel Alliance and Imperial Navy fleet, as well as replica Star Wars props and murals. Guests excited for upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens can head to Preview Gallery to explore an area filled with costumes, artwork, models and more from the new film. And of course, shoppers can get their fix at Launch Bay Cargo, a unique shop that will offer a wide selection of Star Wars merchandise, including original artwork.

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Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Younglings can get in on the fun over at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. This popular offering, which allows young guests to step into the shoes of a Jedi in training, has been enhanced to feature new characters, including a new villain – the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: Path of The Jedi
Guests who wish to be introduced to (or relive) the adventure and excitement of the Star Wars film franchise can do so at Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. Here, they can view an abridged cinematic reel that reviews Star Wars episodes I-VII.

Galactic Food
New Star Wars-inspired items have been added to menus at Food & Beverage locations throughout the park. Be on the lookout for Blue Milk Panna Cotta, Padawan Limeade, BB-8 Lemon and Butter Cream Cupcakes, and much more.

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Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
This popular attraction, which takes guests on a daring journey through the Star Wars galaxy, has been enhanced to feature new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But the fun doesn’t end there. The “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show will begin blasting off December 18.


Season of the Force Begins Nov. 16 at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks and Resorts is excited to debut all-new Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in the coming months.

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Beginning Nov. 16, 2015, guets visiting Disneyland Park will have the chance to jump to lightspeed with Season of the Force, featuring opportunities to meet some of their favorite Star Wars characters, experience an exciting twist on a favorite attraction and more.

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Opening at Disneyland Park on Nov. 16 will be:

  • Star Wars Launch Bay – This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more.
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – Coming in December, a twist on the Jedi Training experience will introduce new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • Hyperspace Mountain – For a limited time, you can join an X-wing starfighter battle in this reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction.

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Other limited-time experiences include:

  • An opportunity to revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films at Tomorrowland Theater.
  • Special themed food and beverage, merchandise and entertainment.

We’ll have dates to share soon for Season of the Force at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Disney Parks is also preparing to take you to a galaxy far, far away with new Star Wars-themed lands. With groundbreaking scheduled to take place in 2016 for our largest single-land expansions ever, building the new 14-acre lands will be major projects at both Disneyland Park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Work to make room for this new land at Disneyland Park in California will require the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad to close temporarily. The following will suspend operations at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10, 2016:

The Disneyland Railroad, including all stations and attractions along the Rivers of America, including:

  • “Fantasmic!”
  • Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Elsewhere in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch – including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree – will close permanently at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10, 2016.

Stay tuned for more details on Season of the Force at Disneyland Park, and keep an eye on Disney Travel News for more information about exciting Star Wars experiences coming to Disney Parks in both California and Florida.


‘May The Fourth Be With You’ As Disney’s Hollywood Studios Celebrates ‘Limited Time Magic’

For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”
Separate from Disney’s month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.

You might even find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures ContinueStar Wars characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the wild journey through space alongside park guests.

A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned that day, with parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.

When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.

“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios First Look

We sense a disturbance in the Walt Disney World Force…it must be the return of Star Wars Weekends this May!  We have gathered together some of the new merchandise available..and we would love to know what you think of it!

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Here is a look at some new items with this year’s logo coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 17, 2013.

 Here is a look at some new items with this year’s logo coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 17, 2013.

 

The logo is featured on numerous items including a Disney pin, a coffee mug, a photo frame and more. Disney Design Group also created a unique Star Wars Weekends “title crawl” image for merchandise, which is reminiscent of the opening title sequences from the Star Wars motion pictures.

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

Disney is trying a few new things this year, like an over-sized calendar with 13 previous Star Wars Weekends posters. Each poster measures 12-inches by 18-inches, and can be removed from the calendar for framing. They are also introducing a deluxe autograph and photograph book. The popular Star Tours name tags using Aurebesh will be returning. This year, we will have a new black name tag for Annual Passholders only!

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

Also something to get excited about is new toys this year. Jedi Mickey’s Starfighter is amazing! Disney will also have new Muppets action figures…

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

And new die-cast cars of Disney•Pixar “Cars” characters portraying Star Wars characters.

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

I think the over-sized Salacious B. Crumb latex character and the thermal detonator “hot potato” game are perfect for this year’s theme.

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Finally, Disney new Vinylmations at this year’s event including a limited release mystery series; a Vinylmation, Jr. series with droids; and two limited edition figures – a removable, 3-inch figure of Han Solo in Carbonite, and a 9-inch Jabba the Hutt figure with a 1.5-inch Salacious B. Crumb figure.

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

‘Star Wars’ Weekends Returns to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Galaxy in May and June

Star Wars Weekends, the Force-filled, fun-fest that takes place annually at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, returns to the Walt Disney World Resort galaxy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013.

FEEL THE FORCE: The power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine in Star Wars Weekends. Walt Disney World guests of all ages are attracted to the annual sci-fi fan-fest – to be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013. Meet-and-greets, Star Wars parades, autograph sessions, Jedi Training Academy and more are included as part of regular Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission. Walt Disney World Resort is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

A celebration of all-things-Star Wars, the special event is included in regular park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Among the features: a special Star Wars-themed parade, appearances by Star Wars celebrities, special additions to Jedi Training Academy, a Star Wars-themed talk show, behind-the-scenes presentations, limited-edition merchandise, a nightly celebration and more.  The centerpiece of the celebration is Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, the immersive 3-D attraction that speeds guests through worlds featured in the Star Wars saga.

Also showcased at the event: the largest collection of official Star Wars characters gathered at any theme park in the world, roaming the areas and posing for meet-and-greet opportunities in front of themed scenery.

FEEL THE FORCE: The power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine in Star Wars Weekends. Walt Disney World guests of all ages are attracted to the annual sci-fi fan-fest – to be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013. Meet-and-greets, Star Wars parades, autograph sessions, Jedi Training Academy and more are included as part of regular Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission. Walt Disney World Resort is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

What’s your favorite part of Star Wars Weekend?

Disney Parks Merchandise to Attend Star Wars Celebration VI Event in August 2012

Disney Parks Merchandise to Attend Star Wars Celebration

Disney Parks has a long history with Star Wars that dates back to 1987 with the opening of Star Tours at Disneyland park. Since that time, we have offered a variety of collectibles including action figures, pins, shirts and more. I’m happy to report that Disney Theme Park Merchandise will be attending Star Wars Celebration VI, aStar Wars fan event coming to the Orange County Convention Center from August 23-26, 2012. This year, we have created some items that fans will only find at this event.

One of those event exclusive items is a 3-inch Vinylmation figure of Princess Leia as a hologram. This figure has an edition size of 2,500, and is considered the variant figure to the Leia figure found in Vinylmation – Star Wars#2 series (which will also debut at the event on August 23 and will later be sold at Disney Parks).

Disney Parks Merchandise to Attend Star Wars Celebration

Another Celebration VI exclusive item will be the 25th Anniversary Starspeeder die-cast set. This set features both the Starspeeder 3000 (for the first time ever) and the Starspeeder 1000 from Star Tours – The Adventures Continues.

Disney Parks Merchandise to Attend Star Wars Celebration

Fans attending the event will also find two event tee-shirts with Disney characters playing the roles of Star Warscharacters. We are also introducing an Aurebesh nametag with a few additional destinations not found during Star Wars Weekends 2012.

For those guests who missed being “frozen” in carbonite, the Carbon-Freeze Me experience will return for a limited, four-day engagement during the event. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, this experience casts your likeness as a three-dimensional, eight-inch figurine (as seen in this video by my fellow Disney Parks Blogauthor Gary Buchanan and Star Wars: The Clone Wars star Ashley Eckstein). Retail is $99.95 (plus shipping), and event guests can participate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disney Parks Merchandise to Attend Star Wars Celebration

Speaking of printing, we are introducing “D-Tech On-Demand,” a new option where guests can select from 12 different iPhone 4/4S case designs and watch as they are printed onsite. The four cases in the top row will premiere at this event, while the bottom row features some designs that can be printed.

Finally, we will offer a first purchase opportunity for the next waves of Disney and Muppet character action figures (which are coming to Disney Parks later).

If you are attending the galactic celebration, please stop by booths #331 and #341 to say hello.

Disney Parks Merchandise to Attend Star Wars Celebration

Disney Parks Merchandise to Attend Star Wars Celebration

 

Bob Iger and George Lucas at the Star Tours Grand Opening

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STARS OF “STAR WARS”: Walt Disney Co. president and CEO Bob Iger (fourth from left) poses with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas (fifth from left), “Star Wars” celebrities and “Star Wars” characters May 20th, 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL following grand opening ceremonies for “Star Tours — The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction based on the “Star Wars” films. The attraction, which features more than 50 possible random ride experiences, opened May 20, 2011 at Walt Disney World in Florida and will open June 3, 2011 at Disneyland Resort in California. Pictured, L-R: are James Arnold Taylor, voice actor from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”; Dave Filoni, director of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”; Iger; Lucas; “Star Wars” character C-3PO; Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO in “Star Wars”; Ashley Eckstein, voice actor from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”; and Daniel Logan, who portrayed Boba Fett in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.” (Kent Phillips, photographer)

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NBA Superstar Dwight Howard Meets Chewbacca at Star Tours

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IT’S A TALL WORLD: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard poses May 6, 2011 with Chewbacca in front of the soon-to-open “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new 3-D attraction opens May 20, 2011 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and June 3, 2011 at Disneyland Resort in California. Howard was just honored with his third straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and finished second in the NBA MVP voting this season. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Feel the Force at Star Wars Weekends 2011 with the Reopening of Star Tours!

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Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Opening May 20th!Star Wars fans and Disney fans alike will get to experience the new 3D Star Tours with its opening on May 20, during the first Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plenty of Jedi, Wookiees and droids are gearing up for Star Wars Weekends, the annual celebration of all-things-Star Wars at Walt Disney World Resort. Star Wars Weekends 2011 will be held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 20-June 12. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will feature new droids, a new Starspeeder, new destinations and even a new pilot.

So who else is joining the cast?

Well, it wouldn’t be a Star Wars adventure without Darth Vader. The Dark Lord of the Sith will be accompanied by legions of stormtroopers and some new “skytroopers,” designed especially for our show. Boba Fett, everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, also will be after us, as well as an assortment of nasty droids and creatures.

Balancing out the villains are some classic good guys – and even a princess! Master Yoda, Admiral Ackbar and Princess Leia will appear in the show to help guide the adventures. You may even run into Chewbacca along the way!

plenty of Jedi, Wookiees and droids (oh my!) are gearing up for Star Wars Weekends, the annual celebration of all-things-Star Wars at Walt Disney World Resort.

THE FUN OF THE FORCE: Legendary filmmaker George Lucas visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Aug. 14, 2010

THE FUN OF THE FORCE: “Star Wars” creator George Lucas meets Jedi Mickey Mouse, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy and the lovable Disney droid R2-MK, Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. The legendary filmmaker attended a special event at the theme park in honor of the “Star Wars”-themed thrill attraction, Star Tours. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo Unveils New Attractions and Experiences at First D23 Expo

newdumbo300Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo detailed plans for future lands, attractions and adventures that will be delighting Disney guests for years to come, at the first D23 Expo. Most notable among the announcements were the confirmation of an all-new Star Tours attraction and the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

“Storytelling is the DNA of Disney dreams and we’re always exploring new ways to tell new stories in new places,” Rasulo told a crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center in California before taking them on a “behind-the-magic” tour of their favorite Disney destinations.

littlemermaid300Rasulo announced that a new 3-D version of the tremendously popular Star Tours attraction will debut at the Disneyland Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2011. Based on the iconic Lucasfilm “Star Wars” films, the attraction will include immersive new elements that will take guests to many familiar places in the “Star Wars” galaxy.

For Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Rasulo outlined plans for the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom, vastly increasing the size of Fantasyland by 2013. Guests will soon be able to:

  • Visit their favorite Disney princess in her castle, cottage or chateau to share a dance with Cinderella; celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s birthday with the Good Fairies; or join Belle in an enchanting story performance in the Beast’s castle library.
  • “Be Our Guest” and dine in one of three enchanted rooms inside the Beast’s castle.
  • Fly with Dumbo high above brand new circus grounds, twice the size of the existing attraction with a new interactive, three-ring circus tent.
  • Journey under the sea with Ariel, the Little Mermaid, in her very own attraction – also opening at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim in 2011.
  • Meet Tinker Bell and her friends in the magical world of Pixie Hollow.

startours300Rasulo provided updates on the multi-year expansion of Disney’s California Adventure including the new World of Color attraction slated to open in the spring of 2010 and the addition of the 12-acre Cars Land scheduled to open in 2012 where guests will literally step into the town of Radiator Springs and its six acres of hand-carved rockwork.

Rasulo noted the progress of several other recently announced projects including the three new lands coming to Hong Kong Disneyland by 2014; the Disney Dream, the new ship being built by Disney Cruise Line; the many diverse itineraries being offered by Adventures by Disney that take guests on 19 unique, once-in-a-lifetime guided vacation experiences; and Disney’s first family destination resort on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Rasulo’s keynote presentation was only part of the D23 EXPO experience. Guests were able to discover:

  • Never-before-seen models of upcoming Disney attractions.
  • Up close and personal visits with Lucky the Dinosaur and Wall-E.
  • A preview of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • Displays showcasing cutting-edge effects technologies that are being developed for Disney attractions, shows and venues.

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