Friday, March 1, 2019

Ears the News: March 1, 2019 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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Disney recently released wealth of information regarding the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansions currently underway on both the west and east coast. 

Sadly, official opening dates were not one of the details revealed.

Disneyland in California held an exclusive cast member event last night to reveal costumes for the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog.
Disney later revealed all of the food and drink available on Batuu as well as the 6 locations were you will be able to get it.

Here is a run-down of all six locations, and a look at the food and drink at each. 

Surprisingly though, the land's table service restaurant that was originally mentioned appears to have not made its way into the final product - at least not for now.  

Oga's Cantina - Oga’s Cantina is a great place for guests to grab a beverage, catch up on the latest gossip while R-3X, formerly the Starspeeder pilot on the original Star Tours, DJ’s a collection of new music.

Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, this watering hole invites guests to share their tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels. Potations with alcohol include Bespin Fizz, Bloody Rancor, Dagobah Slug Slinger, Fuzzy Tauntaun, Jedi Mind Trick, Jet Juice, The Outer Rim, Spriran Caf, T-16 Skyhopper, and Yub Nub; non-alcoholic libations include Black Spire Brew, Blue Bantha, Carbon Freeze, Cliff Dweller, Hyperdrive Punch It!, Jabba Juice, Moogan Tea, and Tarine Tea; and provisions include a Cantina mix. 

Photo courtesy of D23.com
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has traveled throughout the galaxy following his longtime gig as the chef at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana and brings exotic flavors and unusual dishes to his traveling diner “Tuggs’ Grub.”

Non-alcoholic beverages include the Phattro and Moof Juice.
Photo courtesy of D23.com


While entrées include the Braised Shaak Roast, featuring beef pot roast with cavatelli pasta, kale, and mushrooms; the Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, a decadent chicken dish with roasted vegetable mash and herb gravy; the Felucian Garden Spread, a plant-based kefta “meatball” dish with herb hummus and tomato-cucumber relish with pita bread; the Ithorian Garden Loaf, a plant-based “meatloaf” dish served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauce; the Smoked Kaadu Ribs, featuring smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw; the Oven-roasted Burra Fish, featuring Dijon-crusted sustainable fish with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing; the Oven-roasted Tip Yip, featuring roasted chicken with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing; and the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, a marinated noodle salad with chilled shrimp. Dessert options include a raspberry crème puff with passion fruit mousse, and chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo has two children’s menu options: fried chicken with macaroni and cheese; and chilled shrimp with vegetables and rice noodle salad (with sweet orange dressing). 
Photo courtesy of D23.com

Ronto Roasters – A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Guests can even sample some of the tasty Ronto fare. When customers line up to order, they will encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats (and complaining about his job)

Milk Stand – The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.
Photo courtesy of D23.com
Kat Saka’s Kettle – One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn). 

Photo courtesy of D23.com
Disney also revealed some of the initial merchandise offerings including hand built, custom light sabers.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras. You will find Dok at his desk, checking his inventory, taking calls, and barking orders at his assistants. 

Photo courtesy of D23.com
Photo courtesy of D23.com
Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi.
Photo courtesy of D23.com

Droid Depot – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them.
Photo courtesy of D23.com


The Droid Depot is located in the market, inviting patrons to pick parts and pieces off a conveyor belt, then build and customize their astromech droids (R-series or BB-series); the droids are capable of interacting with elements in the land, responding to guests’ behaviors. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to the droids to further customize their abilities. The Droid Depot will also offer guests pre-built droids, including a C-3PO who has quite a bit to say (especially if you “accidentally” take off his head and put it on backwards!) and a Rex who will happily play whatever music you have on your smartphone through an intergalactic Bluetooth connection. 

First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.

Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.

There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:

  • Toydarian Toymaker (toys) 
  • Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you) 
  • Black Spire Outfitters (clothing) 
  • The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure) 
Photo courtesy of D23.com

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the first land designed to integrate with the Play Disney Parks app, which debuted last summer and offers interactive adventures and experiences linked to the surrounding environment.

According to Disney, the app will provide new opportunities to engage with the land, like translating a galactic language, learning what’s hidden inside crates and containers, or accomplishing certain tasks by participating in missions.

Guests also can use the app to interact with a variety of elements, like antenna arrays, door panels, drinking fountains, droids, media screens, and ships. 

Disney also gave us a new look inside Star Wars Rise of the Resistance.

Declared as "one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering," Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance looks set to break new ground in theme park experiences.
Photo courtesy of D23.com


As new Resistance recruits, guests will join a climactic battle against the First Order, including a run-in with Kylo Ren. Their journey will take them inside a full-size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.

In a quote to D23, “It’s more than just a ride,” says John Larena, executive creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “It’s a cinematic immersive experience.”

Calling it “one of the most complex things we have ever done,” Reardon promises Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is replete with “experiential, jaw-dropping, how-did-they-do-that? moments.” 

Photo courtesy of D23.com
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will also feature Disney’s newest and most advanced audio animatronic; The A-1000. 

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge represents the pinnacle of Walt Disney Imagineering, and on the planet of Batuu, one of Imagineering's greatest achievements rises to a new level to help bring the stories of Star Wars to life.

At Walt Disney Word, we first saw a new generation of Audio-Animatronic figures emerge in Frozen Ever After at Epcot and Na'vi River Journey in Pandora - The World of Avatar. The old hydraulic motors that had powered animatronic figures including the A-100 class for decades made way for new electric motors that are far more precise, fluid and quicker moving than their predecessor. The Shaman of Songs in Pandora will perhaps remain the most complicated figure ever made by Disney, but the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge figures will be right up there. 


Video courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering
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With Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, the A-1000 class of animatronic powers all of the major Audio-Animatronic characters. In this clip below, you can see the more than 6ft tall Hondo Ohnaka, who is part the Smugglers Run Millennium Falcon ride. And at Rise of the Resistance, Nien Nunb is the pilot on your ride aboard a transport ship.

Animatronic figure won't just be part of the rides - you will also find them in Oga's canteen, where captain Rex from Star Tours is now the DJ.

At Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, you will find Dok at his desk, checking his inventory, taking calls, and barking orders at his assistants.

And expect to see figures in more surprising places, like the droid shop and walk-around characters.

In other non-Star Wars related news; Legends of Hollywood at Disney's Hollywood Studios is closing on March 1, 2019 for refurbishment.

The store, located on the corner of Sunset Blvd., will be remodeled and extended into the former Planet Hollywood Super Store space. Planet Hollywood Super Store permanently closed earlier this month, although Planet Hollywood merchandise continues to be available at Disney Springs.

The expanded Legends of Hollywood store is expected to reopen in the summer of 2019.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is expanding its presence at Walt Disney World this year, with the addition of a new boutique at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, and the expansion of the Magic Kingdom location.

The new boutique at Disney's Grand Floridian resort will be located inside what is currently the Ivy Trellis Salon, which will relocate into Senses – A Disney Spa.

At the Magic Kingdom, work will begin this spring to expand the location, adding more chairs, a very special magic mirror, and a transformation experience that will help guests choose the perfect outfits and accessories. The Magic Kingdom location will remain open during these enhancements and existing reservations will not be affected.

Something Silver on the West Side at Disney Springs is set to close in the near future.

The store, which opened in late 2011, sells jewelry and gifts. Its sister location Sublime, a kiosk located just outside Paddlefish in The Landing, closed yesterday.


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