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Watch ‘Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’ Debut At Disney’s Hollywood Studios December 18 at 11 p.m. EST

posted on December 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Earlier this month, many new Star Wars offerings debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including Star Wars Launch Bay and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. We’re happy to share with you today that the next offering set to debut, the “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show, will blast off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 18 – and we’ll be there to live stream the first show for all of you.

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“Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” is a dazzling Star Wars-themed fireworks show that’s set to memorable music featured throughout the saga. The spectacular will be featured nightly at the park.

Interested? Tune back in on Friday, December 18 at 11 p.m. EST. We’ll launch a fresh blog post just before showtime. We hope you can make it!

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You Could Win Tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Party at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 14th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


The entry period has ended. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities.

We know many of our readers are as excited as we are about the official debut of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, so we’re offering a chance to see the film at Disney Springs and then join us for a Star Wars after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

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You can enter for a chance to win two (2) tickets to the sold-out Star Wars: The Force Awakens party which begins at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at AMC Disney Springs 24 (check-in begins at 8 a.m. EST). Winners will have a confirmed seat at one of the first public showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And the party will continue after the film, as winners can join a private after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until 2 a.m.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, winners will have access to the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit, the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, a DJ dance party and other special event experiences. The night will be highlighted with the preview of a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic “Star Wars” score.

You can enter for a chance to win by clicking here and following the entry instructions to complete an official entry form. Your entry must state your valid email address and full name.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

All entrants must be 18 years or older (or the age of majority in their state of primary residence, whichever is older) at time of entry, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older (as long as the guest is the child of the winner).

  • We will send a notice, via email, to the winning entrants.
  • Limit one guest per winner.
  • It will be necessary for the winner and guest to check-in in advance of the party. Instructions will be provided to winners.
  • Winners must provide their own transportation to/from Disney Springs and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Winning prizes are non-transferrable and have no cash value.

Hope to see you there.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Starts 11:00 A.M. ET on December 14, 2015, and ends 3:00 P.M. ET on December 14, 2015. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C. who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. To enter, follow the instructions at http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/09/disney-parks-blog-hosts-star-wars-the-force-awakens-opening-night-party. Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and the party taking place on December 17, 2015. Limit one (1) entry per person. For full details including eligibility requirements, odds of winning and prize limitations, see Official Rules. Void where prohibited.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 6th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, our new Star Wars entertainment offerings and attraction enhancements were officially unveiled at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Star Wars Launch Bay 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. 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.

We also announced that The “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show will begin blasting off December 18. You can learn more about all of the new Star Wars offerings in Jennifer’s original post.

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And 2016 is shaping up to be truly Unforgettable at Disney Parks. Check out our 16 reasons the new year should be the year you visit the Walt Disney World Resort.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

15 Photos of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade – In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be live streaming the parade one night only on Sunday, December 6, at 8:25 p.m. EST. In the meantime, check out these 15 photos of the parade that are guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood.

‘Grand’ New Gingerbread House on Display at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – Have you seen the “Grand” New Gingerbread House in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort? Standing at over 7 ½ feet tall and 12 feet wide, this creation took a team of 25 talented artists, engineers and bakers more than 1,400 hours to create.

Holiday How-To: Throw A ‘Disney’ Cookie Decorating Party – In case you have a few kids – or kids coming over – a cookie decorating party may be just the thing to get them in the holiday spirit. Check out our tips on how to throw a Disney themed cookie decorating party below.

Share the Joy of the Holidays During Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive at the Disneyland Resort – In honor of Giving Tuesday, our Disney VoluntEARS would like you to join us in sharing the spirit of the season! Now through December 12, we are hosting the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District and inside the lobbies of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

VIDEO: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Officially Begins with Lighting of ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday – On the evening of November 12, we officially kicked off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with the ceremonial lighting of “it’s a small world” Holiday!

Download our ‘Holidays Around the World’ Wallpaper – One of my favorite things about Epcot is that, in the space of a day, you can become a world traveler. It’s a park steeped in the culture of eleven different countries. As the holidays approach, you can also learn about each country’s seasonal traditions!

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New Star Wars Offerings Land At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 4th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


We’re happy to share with you that just moments ago, 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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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.

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.

But the fun doesn’t end there. The “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show will begin blasting off December 18. Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more news and updates.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Season of the Force Lights Up Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Last week I was able to photograph the new nighttime lighting display in Tomorrowland that takes our guests to a galaxy far, far away during Season of the Force at Disneyland park in California. After you have taken in all the new Star Wars experiences, make sure you return after dark to see – or photograph – this impressive lighting extravaganza.


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New Experiences for the Whole Family Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Aboard the recently enhanced Disney Dream, there’s new fun in store for cruisers of all ages with elaborately themed play areas in the kids’ club, a whimsical sweet shop specializing in handmade gelato and ice cream, a relaxing water feature just for adults, and more. Take a look at this video to hear more about these exciting new experiences from Cruise Director Christiaan, and stay tuned for more inside looks at the ship’s enhancements.

For more on what’s new aboard the Disney Dream, check out these posts:

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Season of the Force Begins November 16 at Disneyland Park in California

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Here at Disneyland park in Southern California, we’re preparing to celebrate the excitement around all things Star Wars with brand-new themed experiences in Tomorrowland beginning November 16. Season of the Force will take guests to a galaxy far, far away with special experiences:

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

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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.

Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences

  • Dark Side – Encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars, Darth Vader.
  • Light Side – Fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Explore the Dark and the Light in Themed Galleries

  • Dark Side Gallery – Get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the dark side.
  • Light Side Gallery – Explore a gallery filled with Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights.
  • Preview Gallery – See items built exclusively for Star Wars Launch Bay by the same prop makers who worked on the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Starship Gallery – Discover models of famous starships from throughout the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Join the Battle in the Star Wars Game Center – Play the latest games from the Star Wars galaxy, including Disney Infinity 3.0 – featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.

Hyperspace Mountain Coming for Season of the Force at Disneyland Park

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Guests will launch into a galaxy far, far away aboard Hyperspace Mountain, finding themselves in an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Galactic Grill

Choose the dark side or the light at this new themed food and beverage location. In the space that currently hosts Tomorrowland Terrace, the Galactic Grill will serve up specialty menu items inspired by both sides of the Force. Here is a look at some of the menu options:

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Breakfast

  • Darth Tamale – Blue corn tamale with scrambled eggs and chorizo, red chili sauce and tomatillo

Lunch and Dinner

  • First Order Specialty Burger – Angus beef and chorizo patty topped with fried cherry peppers, spicy-lime aioli on dark bun

Desserts

  • The Pastry Menace – Éclair with milk chocolate filling and a hint of cayenne pepper
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Collectibles

  • BB-8 sipper
  • TIE Fighter premium popcorn bucket

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Relive Luke Skywalker’s path to becoming a Jedi in a film that recaptures favorite Star Wars moments on the big screen. The Tomorrowland Theater presents Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, an exclusive cinematic event.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Opening December 8, guests will experience a twist on the Jedi Training experience when they encounter new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.

Choose your side when Season of the Force begins November 16 at Disneyland park in California!

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Debut New Star Wars Experiences in December

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


You heard about it first during the 2015 D23 EXPO, and now we’re excited to share more details. Very soon, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the opportunity to experience Star Wars in the park in an all-new way – every day! New experiences will open starting Dec. 1, bringing that galaxy far, far away, a little bit closer.

Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

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Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, we’ll make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force. Here’s a sneak peek of where the Starspeeder 1000 will be taking us.

We also have new information about “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.” It will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, also giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.

With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Float to Dazzle at 2016 Rose Parade

posted on November 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


The magic of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will come to life in the Rose Parade, broadcast live from Pasadena, Calif., on January 1, 2016. This year’s parade theme is “Find Your Adventure” – and adventure is something you find with every visit to the Disneyland Resort!

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Float to Dazzle at 2016 Rose Parade

The Disneyland Resort will celebrate 60 dazzling years with a float honoring some of the most exciting adventures that await guests at the Happiest Place on Earth. At the heart of the float is a sparkling recreation of Sleeping Beauty Castle, complete with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcoming everyone to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Flanking the castle are two adventures that are brought to life at the Disneyland Resort. The first comes from the world of “Frozen,” whose music, stories and characters delight kids of all ages at Disney California Adventure park. Representing “Frozen” is Elsa’s ice castle – straight out of Arendelle – accompanied by Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. Then we make the jump to hyperspace and travel to a galaxy far, far away for a thrilling adventure dedicated to the Star Wars films and exciting new Star Wars experiences at Disneyland park.

We’ll have more to share as this beautiful float takes shape, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog. And be sure to watch the Rose Parade – either in person on January 1, 2016, in Pasadena or live on ABC-TV.

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Top Five New Spaces on the Disney Dream

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Just last week we debuted brand-new spaces on the Disney Dream, including the first-ever play area on a Disney ship themed to Star Wars. I was lucky enough to be on the cruise and see the many smiling faces as guests enjoyed all of the new experiences. Guests who have sailed on the Disney Dream before will notice transformed details all around ship; here are five spaces that stand out to me:

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Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – May the Force be with you in this super cool spacecraft! The fun here is an out-of-this-galaxy experience for young Jedi hopefuls.

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Disney Infinity – Exciting virtual experiences and immersive group activities make this high-tech gaming room unlike any other. There’s even a chance to become one of your favorite Disney characters on the big screen.

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Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats – New flavors of handmade gelato and ice cream are offered every day at this sweet shop. Plus, the sundae served in a trophy cup, made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, is perfect for the family to share.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Calling all princesses! Your magical makeover awaits in this very special salon, which also transforms cruisers of all ages into swashbuckling pirates on Pirate Night.

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Satellite Falls – Exclusive to adults. Peace and quiet. Need I say more? This new water feature is the perfect hangout for those wanting a little rest and relaxation away from the kids.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about the fun taking place in these new spaces. Stay tuned!

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