Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap – Timing for Opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Gran Destino Tower Opens at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and More…

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we shared the exciting news that we’re opening Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Dec. 5 at Walt Disney World Resort.  

When it opens, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will blur the lines between fantasy and reality and will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests will be recruited to join Rey and General Organa at a secret base.  Along the way, they will be captured by a First Order Star Destroyer. With the help of some heroes of the Resistance, they break out and must escape the Star Destroyer, protect the secret base, and stay one step ahead of Kylo Ren.

As soon as work is completed at Walt Disney World, Imagineers will head back to California to complete their mission at Disneyland Resort where Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on Friday, Jan. 17.  Check out our original Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance story for more. 

Also, the new Gran Destino Tower officially opened to guests this week with a festive celebration, completing a multiyear re-imagining of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort that also includes new restaurants, a new arrival experience and more.

On opening day, we shared a special edition of our “All in the Details” series featuring a peek inside this jewel found in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort.  You can see more in our original Inside the Reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort post.  

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


  • I’m so upset that Rise of the Resistance is opening in 2020 now! I planned a family vacation during the Christmas Holidays because it was supposed to be completed “sometime in 2019.” We’re coming from Hawaii and it’s costing a LOT of MONEY to bring the whole family to see only PART of this fabulous new land. Please Disney, get it done ahead of schedule so we can experience it this year!!!!!!

  • Booked at The Gran Destino in October!! Problem is, I may never leave the hotel!!!! 😉

  • It was mentioned that December 5th is Walt Disney’s birthday, but did you know that January 17th is the birthday of James Earl Jones (voice actor for Darth Vader)?

    I’d love to know when I might be able to reserve dining at “Space 220” or whatever the name of the new space-themed restaurant will be. I’m really excited about getting to dine here.

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