George Savvas shared the thrilling news that our Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open in 2019. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the official announcement this week during The Walt Disney Company Q1 FY17 Earnings call. (Read more details in George’s original post).
Also during that call, it was announced that Pandora – The World of Avatar will opens its doors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom May 27, 2017. But that wasn’t the only exciting announcement for the park this week – the new nighttime show “Rivers of Light” will debut even sooner, with the opening date set for February 17!
As far as major announcements, Magic Kingdom Park wasn’t left out of the fun. We shared this week that “Happily Ever After,” a fireworks spectacular that will feature the latest in pyrotechnics, original animation, state-of-the-art projection mapping technology and a brand-new score. “Happily Ever After” will begin at the park on May 12, 2017.
Here are some other stories we worked on this week.
- ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Become a Brand-New Stage Spectacular Aboard Disney Cruise Line – Disney Cruise Line is bringing a tale as old as time to the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Dream! We’ve assembled an all-star creative team who is currently developing a brand-new musical production, “Beauty and the Beast,” inspired by Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic.
- Music to Our Ears: ‘Celebrate Gospel’ Returns to the Disneyland Resort February 18 – On Saturday, Feb. 18, more than a dozen guest gospel choirs will burst into song in Disney California Adventure park to celebrate Black History Month and the spirit and history of gospel music. Now in its eighth year, “Celebrate Gospel” adds to the Resort’s legacy as a musical stage for live entertainment.
- Doc McStuffins to Greet Fans at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Beginning This Month – Starting later this month, guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom will now have the chance to see the beloved star from Disney Junior’s hit animated series “Doc McStuffins.”
- Three Reasons to Spend Spring Break at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – If you are looking for a spring break vacation, there are many reasons why Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for your family.
- Sneak Peek of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Begins This Weekend at Disney Parks – For a limited time starting this weekend, a sneak peek of Disney’s epic new live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney California Adventure park