Disney reveals Models for Star Wars Lands

Will it be worth all the hype?  My answer is “YES”!  If Disney brings Star Wars to life in the same way that they have with Pandora, Star Wars fans everywhere are sure to swoon when they enter the park and I am not excluded.

On Thursday night Disney presented a model of the lands & attractions that are currently under construction in Disneyland & Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts stated, “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”

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It seems that a lot of focus is around the Millennium Falcon and it has been known that one of the unnamed attractions will put visitors at the controls of the ship.  The second attractions puts guests amid at battle of the First Order and the Resistance.

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“The setting will be a previously unseen planet, a trading outpost just before “Wild Space,” as quoted by the Orlando Sentinel.

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The Star Wars geek in me can hardly wait for new announcements about this highly anticipated land.  You can bet that I will be there personally for the first few opening days in 2019.

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Thank you for geeking out with me a little bit over these photos & this announcement!!!  What do you think?  Will you be visiting the new Star Wars land in 2019?  I would love to hear your opinion in the comments.

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The Music of Pixar LIVE! Will fill the air before Beauty and the Beast in Hollywood Studios

This summer at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will present “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters.” This 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.

Starting May 26, 2017, “The Music of Pixar LIVE!” will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (following the regular daily performances of “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage”). The show will also feature highlights from some of Pixar’s greatest scores, from films like “Toy Story” to “Cars 3.” Guests can also expect appearances by Woody, Jessie, Mike and Sulley, the Incredibles and more.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more information on this show.

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Holiday Cupcakes in Hollywood Studios

What to do while we sit & wait for the new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! show to begin…  We buy cupcakes of course.  There are 2 special holiday cupcakes in Hollywood Studios right now each at the price of $5.59 These came from the ABC Commissary quick service restaurant.

The first treat an autumn harvest cupcake made of pumpkin spice cake and topped with maple cream frosting and granola.  Sitting an the peak of this deliciousness is a white chocolate Mickey Mouse in perfect scarecrow attire.

The second cupcake is a dark chocolate Olaf cupcake filled & topped with marshmallow fluff.  The Olaf head is made of smooth white chocolate and he smiles & waits to melt in your mouth.

Even though I am not a chocolate fan, my favorite of the 2 cupcakes was the Olaf Chocolate cake.  My husband and son liked the pumpkin spice cake better so it’s obviously a matter of personal taste.  Be sure to pick one of these up on your next trip to Hollywood Studios, you can even pay with a snack credit if you are on the dining plan.  😉

Find my YouTube video of the new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! show HERE

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New Nighttime Show Coming to Hollywood Studios November 14th

Look out Star Wars, the holidays are arriving in the Disney Parks.  Disney’s new nighttime spectacular titled “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!” will be temporarily taking the place of the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular in Hollywood Studios and will be displayed on the Chinese Theater and includes a mission to rescue Santa.  Disney has released the following details for the show…

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The all-new  “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort on Nov. 14, 2016. Santa Claus is missing and the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

Of Course Disney has also released a special dessert party to go along with this show and it is available to being booking immediately.  The Holiday Dessert Party, includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more.  Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex glasses to use while watching the show.  The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.

This show will be available in Hollywood Studios though December 31st for all of the holiday excitement.

Watch a full video of the show below:

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Hollywood Studios: New Morning & Night Special Events

Weather you are an early bird or a night owl it seems that Hollywood Studios is offering up a special ticketed event suited perfectly for you.  It may or may not be within the limits of your pocketbook, but Disney is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience right?  It’s up to you to decide…

Early Morning Magic Begins August 1st in Hollywood Studios

Disney Early Morning Magic at Magic Kingdom® Park gives guests the opportunity to be among the first to experience theme park attractions and breakfast inside the park. Disney has anounced that not only has Disney Early Morning Magic been extended through Sept. 30, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park, but it will soon be offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® as well.

Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, a select number of Walt Disney World® Guests can experience Disney Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Mania!, Pixar Place character greetings (with Woody and Buzz), and Mickey and Minnie on Commissary Lane and Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight – all with little to no wait before the park opens. And to get fueled up for the rest of the day, they can partake in a hearty all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast at ABC Commissary from 8-10 a.m. Disney Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45-10 a.m.

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Please note Disney Early Morning Magic will be offered on different days than Extra Magic Hours. Disney Early Morning Magic requires a separate ticket – $69 for adults and $59 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax), in addition to regular theme park admission.

The number of tickets available for each morning is limited, so be sure to book early if you are interested.

Valid Theme Park admission and separately priced special event tickets are required. Special event ticket are valid only during specific event dates and hours.  Attractions and offerings are subject to change without notice.

A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party in Hollywood Studios is perfect for Star Wars & Fireworks Fans of all ages

In a galaxy not so far, far away, a spectacular dessert party has gotten even better!

At the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, guests can experience out-of-this-world desserts and drinks inside Star Wars Launch Bay. Here, they can become immersed in the Star Wars universe with photo opportunities, exciting exhibits and thrilling character encounters.

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The new nightly Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” combines fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that turn the nearby Chinese Theater and other buildings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations. The show also features a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating massive lightsabers in the sky. (David Roark, photographer)

After enjoying an assortment of sweets — including themed cupcakes, cookies and brownies and a selection of savory snacks including cheese and flatbread and dip (as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) — guests will be escorted to a VIP viewing area for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show.

Dessert party check-in takes place in front of Star Wars Launch Bay, located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check in begins at 7:30 p.m., and Guests can enter the party at 8:15 p.m.

The cost is $69 for adults, $39 for children age 3-9.
Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required to attend, and is not included in the price of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.

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Summer Awakens at Walt Disney World with NEW Attractions and More…

Beginning this spring and summer Disney World will release all NEW attractions and experiences in all 4 of their amazing theme parks.  Night time experience will open in Animal Kingdom, Star Wars will continue to expand at Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show will appear on stage in the Magic Kingdom, Soarin’ will reopen with a new show in Epcot and perhaps one of the most anticipated attractions… Frozen Ever After will premiere in Epcot.  Read on for details on each of these spectacular additions.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Announces Several new Shows, Parties & Attractions

Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, guests will be able to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park in a whole new way – after the sun goes down! Whether it’s riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset, venturing down Kali River Rapids at twilight, dancing alongside African performers in Harambe, or reveling in a live musical celebration of Disney’s hit film “The Jungle Book,” Guests have a lot to look forward to.

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Here’s a taste of what to expect:

  • “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” is filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence.
  • The Tree of Life Awakens – The park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes an extraordinary “awakening.” Guests can expect to see animal spirits come to life throughout the evening by magical fireflies. Each scene appears to emanate from within the tree itself and reveals stories of wonder.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Guests can enjoy Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evening hours, thanks to special lighting that will allow them to explore the savanna – and its inhabitants – well into the night.
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti – Guests can turn into “party animals” at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and enjoy lively African music, exotic foods and drinks, and explore the local marketplace.
  • Discovery Island Carnivale – On Discovery Island, guests can join the local community in their celebration of their love for nature in this party that features music, dancers, stilt walkers, food and more.
  • Tiffins – Guests can enjoy the park’s newest eatery, Tiffins, for both lunch and dinner.
  • Nighttime Attractions – The park’s attractions, which will be operating in the nighttime hours, will take on a whole new life. For the first time, guests will be able to experience the thrill of attractions like Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids – surrounded by darkness. They’ll also be able to enjoy colorful midway games and attractions in DinoLand, U.S.A.

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Tiffins, the newest Walt Disney World® Resort table-service restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will open Memorial Day weekend for lunch and dinner.

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Located in the park’s Discovery Island area, the menu is inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators (Tiffin is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers, and also the word for a mid-day meal). Walt Disney Imagineering describes the interior as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America,” with tastes such as Berbere-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens, Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney (Africa); Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale, Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce (South America), and Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choy with Turmeric Sauce (Asia).
Tiffins will also feature sustainable, organic wines and bio-dynamic viticulture, as well as handcrafted cocktails and beers.

Frozen Ever After Attraction Set to Open at Epcot in June

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Frozen Ever After will take guests on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. Once inside, Guests will be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. Passengers will pass Troll Valley on their way up the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace, and later on return to the Bay of Arendelle.

After disembarking, guests can top off their “Frozen” experience by meeting the royal sisters in their new Royal Sommerhus greeting location. Inspired by a Norwegian countryside cabin, Anna and Elsa have opened their summer home for visitors.

To bring this attraction to life, the original voice talent of the original “Frozen” film returned to record new dialogue and songs penned by composers Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Norway for architecture and design research, specifically visiting the Detli House in Sverresborg and the Open Air Museum of Cultural History in Trondheim.

Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight in Epcot this Summer

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On June 17, Guests at Disney California Adventure® Park at the Disneyland Resort and Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to board the exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses them in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents. Fastpass+ will be an option for Soarin’ at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Thursday, April 21. In addition to the new film, the Epcot attraction also added a third theater and reimagined its interactive queue.

‘Finding Dory’ Characters Dubut at Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot

Starting in early May, Guests visiting Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to spot Dory and some of her friends from the new film “Finding Dory” at the park’s “Turtle Talk With Crush” attraction.

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Some of her new pals you can expect to spot within the attraction include Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus” (that’s a seven-legged octopus). Crush’s son and best pal Squirt will also be swimming by for the first time. And, Guests may spot Nemo and his dad Marlin.
“Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.

“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” Set to Arrive On Stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle in June at Mgic Kingdom Park

Beginning this summer at Walt Disney World® Resort, Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney’s newest classics in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.” This all-new live stage show makes its debut in June on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom® Park, with special appearances by Tiana and Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog,” Rapunzel and Flynn from “Tangled” and Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.”

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“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to the stage fantastic costumes, lively dancing, special effects magic and memorable musical moments, including the original song “On This Day” by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (“Toy Story: The Musical,” “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings”).

In the show, Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their new friends to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park.

“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up this magical kingdom.

Star Wars Expansion Continues in Hollywood Studios

There has never been a better time or place to be a Star Wars fan.  So many new experiences have already begun & many more are scheduled to open soon.

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‘Star Wars, a galactic spectacular’ is anticipated to be the most spectacular night time show in Hollywood Studios You will see new pyrotechnics & projections on the Chinese Theater.  Fantasmic will continue nightly on schedule along with the new Star Wars fireworks show.

Guests can currently thrill your Star Wars inner geek at Star Wars Launch Bay.  There you can meet characters like Chewbacca & Kylo Ren, visit the Cantina for a snack, browse the galleries filled with movie memorabilia and play exclusive Disney Infinity Star Wars Video games.  The Star Tours attraction has added new adventures from the Force Awakens and Jedi Training ‘Trials of the Temple’ has all new villains and characters from Disney XD.

Be sure to catch the new ‘Galaxy Far Far Away’ stage show.  Guests can even catch an ‘up-close’ glimpse of the starring characters during the ‘March’ where the stars parade to the stage, before and after, the show.

Disney is working on a new Star Wars Dinner Club to open on an unannounced date in Hollywood Studios.  Although there has been no name or menu mentioned yet, Disney has released the concept art below.

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Be sure that you follow along here on my blog and my Facebook Page:  www.Facebook.com/PixieDustAdventures  More big news and announcements are scheduled for May 20th.

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Check out the Force-Filled line up coming to Hollywood Studios Spring 2016

Epic fireworks and projection show, live onstage entertainment and Stormtrooper marches will soon be arriving at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Following the extraordinary popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney World® Resort is unveiling even more Star Wars-themed entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting this spring – including one of the most elaborate fireworks and projection shows in the park’s history.

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Just in time for spring, that “galaxy far, far away’’ will be closer than ever with the April 4, 2016 arrival of the new Star Wars live entertainment experience Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away. This new stage show celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring popular Star Wars characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul. The show will take place multiple times each day at the Center Stage area near The Great Movie Ride.

Also starting April 4th, Captain Phasma will lead a squad of First Order stormtroopers as they march in formation from Star Wars Launch Bay to the Center Stage area in an intimidating demonstration of the First Order’s indomitable strength.

And, starting this summer, Guests won’t want to miss the next generation of the current Star Wars-inspired fireworks show. This blockbuster nightly show, unprecedented in Disney’s Hollywood Studios history, will light up the sky with Star Wars-themed fireworks, lasers, light projections and other special effects combined with Star Wars-themed music, iconic characters and scenes from throughout the saga.

These new Star Wars entertainment elements, coupled with other recently-added Star Wars experiences, make Disney’s Hollywood Studios the place for fans to celebrate their Star Wars passion.

Stay tuned for more updates on these exciting new offerings!

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