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How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

In just a couple weeks, Disney Cruise Line will be debuting new spaces on the Disney Fantasy, including two immersive areas for kids – Star Wars: Command Post and Marvel Super Hero Academy. More to come on that, but for now, I want to share with you my tips for how to have the perfect weeklong vacation on the Disney Fantasy.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

1. Choose the right itinerary for your family. With 7-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Florida all throughout the year, your options for a weeklong vacation on the Disney Fantasy are endless. The only tough decision you’ll need to make is whether to go on an Eastern or Western Caribbean cruise. I love both, so that choice is entirely up to you!

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

2. When the ship’s in port, venture ashore. I  Immerse yourselves in Mayan culture in Cozumel, snorkel with stingrays in Grand Cayman and sail around the beautiful Virgin Islands from St. Thomas. Whatever you choose, make the most of your family’s time in these tropical destinations.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

3. Take time to recharge during your days at sea. There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking up the sun by the pool or getting pampered in our ocean-view spa. Your days at port will be packed with adventure, and enjoying downtime while the ship is cruising through the deep blue will give you the energy you need for your next day of excitement.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

4. Don’t miss the fun each night in the Walt Disney Theatre. Disney Cruise Line shows and entertainment are the perfect opportunity for quality family time that everyone will enjoy. From Broadway-caliber musicals to magicians, comedians and 3D new-release films, you and the kids will consider this time together a highlight of the cruise.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

5. Give everyone time for themselves each day. The opportunities for family time on a Disney cruise are plenty, and so are the chances for “me time.” When your kids beg you to stay longer in the youth club so they can sling webs with Spider-Man or play Jedi mind tricks on Stormtroopers, don’t feel guilty about indulging in brunch at Palo or a Champagne tasting at Ooh La La.

Those of you who have cruised on the Disney Fantasy, what tips do you have to add?

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

Are you a Disney movie buff? If so, there’s never been a better time to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The live-action “Beauty and the Beast” released earlier this spring was a smash success, while discussion around Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 2017) and even “Frozen 2” (November 2019) are already buzzing online!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers movie-themed entertainment experiences and attractions based on guest favorite films. Check out our suggestions for your summer visit below.

1. “The Music of Pixar Live!” – Set to debut May 26, this brand-new, limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters. The show will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check the park’s Times Guide for more.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

2. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks – Excited for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December 2017? Celebrate the Star Wars saga in this state-of-the-art show that features fireworks, projection effects, dynamic lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics that light up the night with an unforgettable finale.

3. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along – Did you catch this week’s news that “Frozen 2” will be released in theaters November 27, 2019? Celebrate the heart (and songs) of the original “Frozen” film by checking out the park’s For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

4. “Beauty and the Beast – Live On Stage” – Did you catch the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” in theaters this spring? If you loved the film, don’t miss Belle and Beast’s love story played out live on stage at the park. “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage” is performed multiple times each day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

5. Classic Attractions – Of course, many must-do guest favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been inspired by beloved films, including Toy Story Mania!, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Star Wars Day at Sea Returning in 2018

Star Wars Day at Sea Returning in 2018

This week was the last time Disney Cruise Line transported Disney cruisers to “a galaxy far, far away” for an entire day of fun – in 2017, that is. We’re so excited to be bringing back Star Wars Day at Sea in 2018 for another season of out-of-this-world adventures!

 

Over the past four months, guests aboard the Disney Fantasy have discovered the Force by hanging out with Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and other iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during the epic day at sea on their Caribbean cruise. Now, you’re invited again to join us in 2018 when the day-long celebration returns to 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings from January through April.

BB-8 Now Greeting Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BB-8 Now Greeting Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has just begun greeting guests at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

BB-8 appears in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars-Themed Lands Come To Life as Construction Progresses at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Star Wars-Themed Lands Come To Life as Construction Progresses at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

We’re excited to share an update today on the progress of the Star Wars-themed lands being created at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts!

As you may know, these two new immersive lands will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.

We’re also creating two incredible new signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

With so much activity across our 14-acre construction sites as this new world is created, we wanted to show you how things are shaping up in this exclusive video – and you may not believe what you’re looking AT-AT.

Out-Of-This-Galaxy Experiences Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea

Out-Of-This-Galaxy Experiences Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea

Star Wars Day at Sea is currently making waves with select sailings through April aboard the Disney Fantasy, and guests are having a blast! From the youngest Padawan to the most knowledgeable Jedi, the unparalleled adventures that await you on this epic day at sea are endless.

Check out this video showcasing the adventures taking place during this hyperspace gala at sea, which we recently announced will return on select Disney Fantasy sailings from January to April 2018:

Whether it’s the sounds of the ship’s horns blaring “The Imperial March” sending chills down your spine or learning to be one with the Force with Jedi Training, there are out-of-this-galaxy experiences for every Jedi, Sith Lord and Rebel alike. Here are some of my Force-filled favorites:

Out-Of-This-Galaxy Experiences Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea

5. Discover how the galaxy is brought to life
You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the Star Wars saga with a special lineup of guest speakers. These insiders share their experiences on being a part of the saga that has created an unfathomed fandom over the last four decades.

Out-Of-This-Galaxy Experiences Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea

4. Learn the ways of the Jedi
Jedi in-the-making can learn to harness the power of the Force in “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.” Then aspiring little ones face off against Sith Lord, Darth Vader and lethal Jedi hunter, the Seventh Sister, in an action-packed finale.

Out-Of-This-Galaxy Experiences Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea

3. Choose a side
Whether you’re six or 106, you can dress up in a Star Wars-inspired costume or cosplay to celebrate the legendary saga through the day. So go ahead, put on your Star Wars finest and gather in the atrium lobby for a special gathering of epic proportions.

Out-Of-This-Galaxy Experiences Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea

2. Become one with the force
Encounter your favorite Star Wars characters from across the galaxy with visits from the dark side by Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and Stormtroppers, as well as friends coming in from the light side including Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Ezra and Sabine.

Out-Of-This-Galaxy Experiences Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea

1. Join the intergalactic party of the year
The ship jumps to light-speed in “Summon the Force,” where iconic Star Wars characters take the stage for a celebration of the Greatest Saga Ever Told. Get ready to feel the Force because this deck party ends in a blast!

The epic adventures don’t stop there, from specialty Star Wars-themed beverages, snacks and dinners items to screenings of all the Star Wars saga films, there is a galaxy of experiences awaiting you aboard Star Wars Day at Sea.

Disney Cruise Line To Offer Exciting New Experiences on the Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Line To Offer Exciting New Experiences on the Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Line just announced exciting new experiences designed for every member of the family are coming to the Disney Fantasy in May. From exploring the universes of Star Wars and Marvel, to shopping at unique new onboard venues, here’s a look at what’s to come after the Disney Fantasy undergoes dry dock this spring.

Imaginative New Spaces for Kids

In Disney’s Oceaneer Club, the new Star Wars: Command Post takes kids on a journey where they will train with heroes of the Star War saga and help with missions against the First Order. Here you will interact with holographic models at a one of-a-kind Star Wars holotable that projects 3-D images of the Millennium Falcon, Death Star and other famous Star Wars ships, meet members of the Resistance and learn to channel the Force.

In addition, at the all-new Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids will learn from real-life Super Heroes the heroic values of enlightenment, worthiness and loyalty. In this innovative space you can learn the ways of the mystic arts with Doctor Strange, who is making first-ever appearances onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship. Children will also interact with and open portals to different locales around the Marvel Universe, and immerse themselves in an exclusive gaming experience.

Disney Cruise Line To Offer Exciting New Experiences on the Disney Fantasy

Tasty Treats to Delight the Entire Family

Families can enjoy the new Sweet on You ice cream shop, themed after the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, and designed with charming art details. Sweet on You will feature hand-crafted gelato and ice-cream, specialty sundaes, homemade chocolates, truffles and a large selection of candy for purchase, all just steps away from the family pool.

Luxury Shopping for Adults

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will welcome the world’s premier jewelry and iconic American luxury brand, Tiffany & Co., with an exclusive store aboard the Disney Fantasy. Here you can indulge in timeless collections of jewelry and luxury accessories, including the effortlessly elegant Tiffany T collection and other glamorous pieces featuring renowned Tiffany & Co. diamonds.

The new enhancements debut on Disney Fantasy sailings starting May 17, 2017 from Port Canaveral.

Which Disney Fantasy enhancement are you most excited to experience?

Everything You Need To Know About Star Wars: Galactic Nights Happening April 14

Everything You Need To Know About Star Wars: Galactic Nights Happening April 14

Will you join us on April 14 for the first-ever Star Wars: Galactic Nights event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? More details were just shared on this new Hollywood-inspired special evening, which will include celebrity chats, behind-the-scenes looks, attractions and much more.

First, Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels, will serve as host of “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show” and take you behind the scenes of the latest installment to the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This event-exclusive offering will take place multiple times throughout the event in the Epic Theater. You also won’t want to miss the Inside the Saga pre-show, featuring Star Wars Show hosts, Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni.

Guests of all ages can explore Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt, searching for unique Star Wars photo backdrops. Guests will step into immersive and iconic scenes from the films, including a newly created backdrop from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and receive a themed piece representing each of the eight Star Wars films. These pieces will come together to form a one of a kind event keepsake.

Everything You Need To Know About Star Wars: Galactic Nights Happening April 14

And as previously announced, the event will mark the debut appearance of BB-8 at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Park access and activities will be limited to Star Wars: Galactic Nights event ticket holders only. Here’s a look at other event offerings:

  • Rebel Base Activities – The Rebel Base will serve as the event hub with multiple events, hosted shows, Star Wars dance parties and more taking place in the center of the park.
  • Can’t miss Star Wars photo ops – Don your Star Wars finest (see costume guidelines here) and enjoy iconic Star Wars backdrops, including the debut appearance of BB-8, Han Solo cast in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, the Hoth Wampa Cave and more.
  • Galactic Nights Stars in Cars Motorcade – This procession will welcome in Star Wars celebrities down Hollywood Blvd.
  • Imperial March & March of the First Order – Get your cameras ready for the arrival of the dark side. Darth Vader will lead a battalion of stormtroopers on a dramatic march down Hollywood Blvd to the Event Stage. Captain Phasma will also lead a unit of First Order stormtroopers through the park, pausing to give a demonstration of power and strength.
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” – Watch high-energy clips of the best moments from the film saga juxtaposed with character moments on stage, featuring Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and more.
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” – The skies will come alive with the power of the Force, as the park’s popular Star Wars-themed nighttime spectacular lights up the night.
  • Show Your Star Wars Spirit – Come dressed as your favorite character and celebrate 40 years of Star Wars milestones.

Other popular attractions will be open, including Star Wars Launch Bay. Additional offerings will include the chance to experience Star Tours-The Adventures Continue attraction, AWR Trooper sightings, roaming droids, Star Wars-themed F&B, special merchandise and much more.

The event will be held at the park from 7 p.m.-midnight. The Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket costs $129 plus tax for adults and $124 plus tax for children ages 9 and under. Tickets to the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event is separate from admission to Star Wars Celebration at the Orange County Convention Center, April 13-16, 2017.  Disney Vacation Club and Passholder discount available.

Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

The Force Grows Stronger Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea 2017

The Force Grows Stronger Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea 2017

Last year, the Force took to the high seas with the inaugural Star Wars Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line. This special day-long celebration of the legendary saga returned to the high seas in January and continues to delight guests with select sailings through April. From an enhanced deck party to “Star Wars Rebels” joining the alliance, the Force is stronger than ever onboard the Disney Fantasy in 2017 with the newest additions to the epic day at sea.

  • Expanded Nighttime Spectacular: The spectacular deck show, “Summon the Force,” celebrates the 40 Force-filled years of Star Wars featuring new iconic characters: Kylo Ren, Ezra and Sabine! The deck show is bursting with John Williams’ epic score, now including music from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

The Force Grows Stronger Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea 2017

  • Star Wars Rebels” Appearances:Star Wars Rebels” Sabine and Ezra along with Ahsoka Tano have taken a break from forming their alliance to visit you in an all-new base location. You can find out what the rebellion is up to with showings of “Star Wars Rebels” season three on the upper deck’s Funnel Vision. Then the duel continues with the deadly Jedi hunter, the Seventh Sister joining the Dark Lord himself in “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.”
  • Special Guest Speakers: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Star Wars saga with a special lineup of guest speakers sharing what it’s like to bring the galaxy to life on screen. This year’s speakers include: Hannah Gills, producer for Industrial Light & Magic; Pablo Hidalgo, creative executive for Lucasfilm Story Group and Jason McGatlin, executive producer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” among others, on select sailings.

The Force Grows Stronger Aboard Star Wars Day at Sea 2017

  • Out-of-this-galaxy Merchandise: Exclusive to Star Wars Day at Sea 2017 sailings is an assortment of intergalactic merchandise including drink ware, pins, apparel and more.
  • Stellar Screenings: Experience the first of Star Wars standalone films and the latest installment in the Star Wars universe: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at sea.

So get ready to witness the Force first-hand because “this will be a day long remembered.” And don’t forget, as recently announced, Disney Cruise Line will once again take you to a galaxy far, far away on select Disney Fantasy sailings from January to April 2018.

Star Wars Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in Early 2018 on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings

Disney Cruise Line has made an announcement of galactic proportions: Star Wars Day at Sea will return in early 2018! The epic day at sea will be part of 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April.

Disney Cruise Line guests can experience the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga for the first time aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship in a day-long celebration: ìStar Wars Day at Sea.î The event combines the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising for an out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations including a deck party spectacular with an extraordinary fireworks display, encounters with the galaxy’s most formidable and heroic characters, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings and special merchandise.

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Departing Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31; and April 14, 2018, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Castaway Cay. Departing Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 10, 24; March 10, 24; and April 7, 2018, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

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Last year’s inaugural season of this special day-long celebration left all of us in anticipation, and I can tell you, there’s a ton of excitement in the air. Its fun to see everyone dressed up enjoying the fantastic activities happening all day long.

Watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the big screen tonight in the Walt Disney Theatre is sure to be even more incredible after seeing Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and other iconic characters walk around the ship all day!

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Special Event Heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Attention Star Wars fans –Star Wars: Galactic Nights, a new Hollywood-inspired special event will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on April 14. Come dressed as your favorite character and celebrate forty years of Star Wars milestones.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Park access and activities will be limited to Star Wars: Galactic Nights event ticket holders only. Here’s a taste of what’s on tap:

  • Rebel Base Activities – The Rebel Base will serve as the event hub with multiple events, hosted shows, Star Wars dance parties and more taking place in the center of the park.
  • Watch “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show” – Catch a celebrity chat show in Epic Theater to learn more about the making of Star Wars films.
  • Can’t miss Star Wars photo ops – Don your Star Wars finest (see costume guidelines here) and enjoy iconic Star Wars backdrops, including Han Solo cast in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, the Hoth Wampa Cave and more.
  • Galactic Nights Stars in Cars Motorcade – This procession will welcome in Star Wars celebrities down Hollywood Blvd.
  • Imperial March & March of the First Order – Get your cameras ready for the arrival of the dark side. Darth Vader will lead a battalion of stormtroopers on a dramatic march down Hollywood Blvd to the Event Stage. Captain Phasma will also lead a unit of First Order stormtroopers through the park, pausing to give a demonstration of power and strength.
  • Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt – Event Guests are challenged to collect Star Wars themed pieces at the photo backdrops throughout the park, revealing a surprise when all items have been collected.
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away – Watch high-energy clips of the best moments from the film saga juxtaposed with character moments on stage, featuring Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and more.
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular– The skies will come alive with the power of the Force, as the park’s popular Star Wars-themed nighttime spectacular lights up the night.

Other popular attractions will be open, including Star Wars Launch Bay. Additional offerings will include the chance to experience Star Tours-The Adventures Continue attraction, AWR Trooper sightings, roaming droids, Star Wars-themed F&B, special merchandise and much more.

The event will be held at the park from 7 p.m.-midnight. The Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket costs $129 plus tax for adults and $124 plus tax for children ages 9 and under. Disney Vacation Club and Passholder discount available.

Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

New Star Wars Experiences Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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A galaxy of new Star Wars experiences is coming to Walt Disney World Resort!

Guests, including fans of the epic space saga, will find new entertainment, special displays inside Star Wars Launch Bay, a first-ever themed tour and more at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Premiering this Month

  • Star Wars Launch Bay – a multi-sensory space celebrating all things Star Wars – is now updated with authentic replicas from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” joining other Star Wars memorabilia in the preview gallery. Making-of footage from “Rogue One” has been added to the “Meet the Makers” film featured in Star Wars Launch Bay.
  • In the popular daytime stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” guests will get a first look at AWR Troopers from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Outfitted in their specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam, these soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advance Weapons Research (AWR) division of the Empire. A new Troopers sequence will join the show Dec. 16. Performances daily.
  • The fan favorite nighttime show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 and will join “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31. The show will continue to be presented in 2017.
  • Starting mid-December, randomized tracks will be returning to Star Tours – the Adventures Continue, the popular attraction that uses motion simulator-based technology. Instead of each ride experience launching from the planet of Jakku, the attraction will be randomized to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. New scenes from “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be added to Star Tours in the coming year.

New in 2017
For the ultimate fan comes the ultimate tour. An all-new Star Wars guided tour is a seven-hour immersion in all the park’s current Star Wars experiences. Here’s what it includes:

  • A Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide
  • Priority boarding for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Encounter two Star Wars characters (Chewbacca and Kylo Ren) at Star Wars Launch Bay
  • An in-depth, insider’s tour around Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Screening of “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
  • Enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items during dinner at Backlot Express
  • A spot in the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes themed sweets and specialty beverages, as well as reserved viewing for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show

Younglings ages 4-12 on the guided tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Priced at $129 per person, tours begin Jan. 2 and will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017. Reservations for January tours can be made soon.

This latest flight of additions celebrating the Star Wars saga continues to elevate the Star Wars presence at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Entire Star Wars-themed lands are now under construction at the theme park and at Disneyland Park in California.

Star Wars-Inspired Additions Coming to Hollywood Studios

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Beginning this month, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will be updating your favorite Star Wars experiences bringing you new experiences beginning in 2017:

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away: AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers from the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will debut during a new scene in the existing Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away daytime show. AWR Troopers are encased in specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay: This location will feature new props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Making-of footage can be seen in the attraction’s behind-the-scenes film, “Meet the Makers.” Similar updates can also be found at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland® Park in California.
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: Voyage changes are coming starting in mid-December, switching back to randomized beginnings (instead of starting each journey on the planet of Jakku) and final destinations.
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular: This spectacular show will return nightly beginning Dec. 16, 2016 in celebration of the theatrical release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, joining “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Star Wars Guided Tour: Beginning in 2017, this seven-hour guided tour will be led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide. You will blast off on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, get an in-depth, insider’s tour around Launch Bay, and enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items at Backlot Express. Plus, Guests age 4-12 will have an opportunity to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. And, the finale of this unforgettable day includes themed sweets and specialty beverages at Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which also includes reserved viewing for the show. Stay tuned for more information on this tour and booking information.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.

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!

Top Ten Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disneyland Resort This Summer

From a new live stage show to all-new attractions, there’s so much for you to experience at the Disneyland Resort this summer! Here are ten experiences you won’t want to miss.

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  • The new “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” immerses Disney California Adventure Park guests in the emotional story of Anna and Elsa in an exciting theatrical interpretation for the stage, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and some unique surprises.
  • On Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure Park, you can take flight on an all-new adventure to exciting destinations.
  • The fun-filled Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, new in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, is rolling with fun as Luigi’s cugini (or family) have come from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs. You can join in the fun by hopping aboard miniature Italian roadsters, in the style of late 1950s micro cars. The cars perform the traditional dances of their village, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in a precision-choreographed dance across a trackless “dance floor.”
  • In Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, Star Wars Launch Bay invites Guests to discover authentic replicas of film props and encounter Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca and Kylo Ren.
  • The Star Wars-themed transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain thrusts guests into an X-wing battle as they race through the darkness. The experience is enhanced by a new soundtrack, inspired by the Star Wars films’ musical themes and re-orchestrated to match every move in the attraction.

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  • At Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests can encounter a new adventure and characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while journeying aboard a Starspeeder 1000.
  • Make sure you don’t miss their chance to see the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration dazzle and shine before the celebration ends Sept. 5, 2016.
  • The sparkling “Paint the Night” parade builds on the tradition of breathtaking nighttime parades in Disneyland park that began with the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Illuminated almost entirely by LED lights, “Paint the Night” is a state-of-the art, vibrant wonder that immerses Guests in the magical, luminescent worlds of many Disney and Disney●Pixar characters.
  • The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular entertains guests from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, surrounding the audience with music, dazzling visual projections and other special effects that bring the pyrotechnics to life in surprising new ways. You may enjoy the projections from multiple locations, including Main Street, U.S.A., and “it’s a small world” mall.
  • At Disney California Adventure Park, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” is a fun-filled version of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular. Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas, bringing to life the remarkable story of Walt Disney and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.
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