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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Dec. 6, 2015

Thomas Smith

by , 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!