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Disney has released a first look at the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge booth at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
Most interestingly, the video shows a look at the full-size First Order Troop Transport that will be the ride vehicle for the land's signature attraction - Rise of the Resistance.
Video from the Disney Parks Blog
Disney also live streamed the “Bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Life at Disney Parks” panel that occurred on Saturday which featured Chris Beatty, Asa Kalama, Margaret Kerrison and Scott Trowbridge from Walt Disney Imagineering and Doug Chiang and Matt Martin from Lucasfilm.
The panel begins at roughly 24 minutes in.
Video from Star Wars.com
In a land where everything must fit authentically within the Star Wars universe, selling regular Coca-Cola packaged products was a no go. So together, Disney, Coca-Cola, and Lucasfilm Ltd designed unique packaging for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite and Dasani bottled water.
And like much of the food and beverage at Galaxy's Edge, you will only be able to buy this on Batuu.
Video from the Disney Parks Blog.
Disney has announced that a new lounge inspired by Beauty and the Beast will replace Mizner's Lounge.
According to Disney, this re-imagined lounge will feature four unique spaces inspired by Belle and the Beast. The signature bar will glow from the light of a gold chandelier that takes its inspiration from Belle’s flowing ball gown, with subtle nods to the Beast’s magical rose.
The formal library showcases classical baroque designs and French furnishings inspired by Belle, with hints of the Beast’s friends.
The garden room will be a whimsical space that draws its inspiration from the enchanted forest surrounding Beast’s castle.
Finally, an outdoor patio will evoke the romance of Beast’s garden terrace.
To make space for the expansion, Mizner's has already closed, along with the adjacent men's apparel shop Commander Porter's. Summer Lace on the ground floor will ultimately become home to both men's and women's apparel.
Construction is already underway, with the area around Mizner's and Commander Porter's sealed off and a temporary bar has been setup on the ground floor during the work.
General sales are now open to the general public for Disney's Riviera Resort - the 15th Disney Vacation Club property and the first all-new, stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World since 2004.
As part of the opening of general sales, Disney Vacation Club is offering savings of $2250 when you become a DVC member at Disney's Riviera Resort by May 31 2019.
Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be hosting Easter Egg Relays and Hunts on Easter Sunday April 21 2019 at Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion.
The Egg Hunts will take place every 10 minutes from 11am to 3:30pm. Check-in opens 30 minutes before each hunt. A separate hunt will be available for kids under 3.
Egg Relays will take place 11:40am to 3:40pm for ages 8 to 12.
Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will also be on hand for meet and greet photos from 11:30am to 4pm.
There will also be an Easter Basket Toss, running continuously.
As always, space for the relays is limited, so check in early (upto 30 minutes before each hunt) to get a place. Be sure to check times guides on the day for any changes to schedules.
The Magic Kingdom will be celebrating Easter with a pre-parade before Festival of Fantasy Parade, featuring the Azalea Trail Maids, Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny, Daisy, Duck, Thumper & Ms. Bunny, White Rabbit, Yellow Rabbit, Clara Cluck, Hippos, Ostriches, and Dancing Chicks.
The pre-parade begins at 2:40pm on both April 20 and April 21 2019. The Azalea Trail Maids will also be appearing in Town Square from 9:45am - 10:30am and 11:30am to 12:15pm on both days.
You can also meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny in the Town Square Courtyard daily through April 21.
If you are still looking for ideas for Easter dining on April 21 2019, Disney Springs has several great options including brunch and dinners.
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a buffet of classic Italian dishes for the entire family such as Mascarpone French Toast, Poached Hen Egg & Quinoa Kale Salad, and hand-carved NY Strip Steak. The guest of honor, the Easter Bunny, will also be available for a complimentary printed photo souvenir. Tickets for Brunch with the Easter Bunny are $45 per adult and $20 per child. For reservations, visit mariaandenzos.com or call 407-560-8466.
Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Enzo’s Hideaway’s will offer its traditional menu along with three specialty à la carte items. From savory to sweet, these exclusive gourmet dishes include a Spicy Italian Breakfast Skillet (spicy Italian sausage, pancetta, potatoes, red peppers, tomatoes, fontina, calabrian pepperoncini), Nutella French Toast (brioche bread, fresh berries, vanilla mascarpone, whipped cream, maple syrup), and a Frittata Rustica (classic Italian omelet, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, onions, ricotta, ciabatta toast). Make a reservation by visiting, enzoshideawayfla.com or calling 407-560-3696.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Easter à la carte specials include fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (whipped ricotta cheese, lemon, macerated berries, butter, maple syrup), an Edison Egg Burger (brioche bun, bacon, egg, avocado, Edison spicy sauce, hash brown potatoes), or a Smoked Salmon Frittata (smoked salmon, roasted shallots, tomatoes, fontina cheese, chive sour cream, hash brown potatoes). Reservations can be made at theedisonfla.com or by calling 407-560-9288.
Paddlefish’s menu features flounder with shrimp, scallops, beurre blanc and asparagus ($36) as well as a special Easter Martini complete with a chocolate egg candy garnish ($14).
The Orlando Sentinel got a close-up look at the Disney Skyliner system earlier today and posted some images of the gondola cabin interiors.
Each gondola cabin has two wooden bench seats that can accommodate up to 10 guests per cabin. Although there is no air conditioning, each cabin has reflective windows to block the sun and plenty of ventilation.
The 300 gondolas on the Disney Skyliner system will travel at 11mph at heights of up to 60ft.
A link to the full article is below.
Disney has also released a new video on the Skyliner.
The ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be closing for a refurbishment later this month.
The closure begins April 28 2019 through to June 1 2019.
Disney has released details for the May 1 2019 celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Park hours on May 1 are 9am to 9pm, with the Disney After Hours ticketed event being offered from 9:30pm to 12:30am.
Here is a run-down of the special entertainment and offerings.
- A Disney’s
Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade
starring Mickey and friends will step off at 10am and will head along
entering the park can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide
map and button.
30th anniversary merchandise will be unveiled on May 1, including a new
adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and
more. Annual passholders can also shop for some items exclusively created
for them. Merchandise can be found starting at 8am in Grand Park, while
supplies last. (Please note: Merchandise will go on sale at 8am,
DisSpecial anniversary food & beverage items will be available
throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons,
Tres Leches Verrine and more.
of “Wonderful World of Animation” projection show at 9:05pm.
- Disney After Hours ticketed event will also be on offer, with the addition of meet and greets at the Chinese Theatre Courtyard and Star Wars Launch Bay, and a special showing of “Wonderful World of Animation” projection show.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 9am)
PizzeRizzo at Disney's Hollywoods Studios will reopen for business on May 4 2019 after being closed since late October 2018.
The official Disney Parks Blog has released more information on the upcoming Disney Villains After Hours coming to the Magic Kingdom this summer.
The new 20 minute villains stage show will be called 'Villains Unite the Night,' and will take place three times each night.
In addition to the stage show, Maleficent from Festival of Fantasy Parade will be let loose into the park, and special overlays will be found at Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.
According to the Disney Parks Blog post, "A dark magic is taking over Magic Kingdom Park and inviting you to run amuck in the Villains’ scary world. The party DJ gets things lit, energizing the castle stage with sick beats and transforming the entire Central Plaza of the park into a killer club scene. As the party heats up, the DJ introduces your “Caretaker” for the evening, the Lord of the Dead, Hades, who arrives in a burst of blue flames for the all-new show, “Villains Unite the Night.”
With Meg by his side, Hades sits atop his dark throne awaiting the alignment of five planets, following a prophecy that states when the five come together he will be able to rule the universe. But this dastardly plan doesn’t go quite as expected, when an assemblage of Disney Villains interrupts his party. Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent arrive with henchmen in tow, prepared to showcase their power with spine-tingling displays of skill. It seems these Villains have also heard the prophecy and believe they are the ones who will rule all."
“I think guests will really be impressed with ‘Villains Unite the Night!’” said Kate Pappas, managing producer with Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “This show is going to be more than 20 minutes long and run three times each night of the event, so everyone will have a chance to see all these great Villains on stage. Add in our amazing DJ, and the hub of the park will be pulsing with energy all night long!”
Disney Villains After Hours tickets cost $139 plus tax in advance, $144 plus tax on the event night. Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members get a $30 discount and can purchase tickets for $109. Tickets for these specific Disney Villains After Hours event nights will go on sale April 29. Regular Disney After Hours events cost $125 + tax for advance purchase and $129 + tax for day-of purchases. Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders do receive a discounted price of $95 + tax.
Disney Villains After Hours is scheduled for:
- June 6, 13, 20, 27 2019
- July 1, 11, 18, 25 2019
- August 1, 8 2019