Preview: Merchandise Coming to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

New merchandise coming to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

New merchandise coming to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Be sure to check out these locations at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:

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.

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.

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)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31 at the Disneyland Resort and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Villains Coming to Magic Kingdom This Summer


Get ready for Disney Villains After Hours! Tickets go on sale April 29, 2019 – for this wicked fun special event, offered on select nights this summer from June 6-Aug. 8, 2019.

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 the “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.”

Beyond the castle forecourt, ominous lighting and music abound. In Tomorrowland, the Villains invade Space Mountain, taking daring voyagers on a villainous trip they won’t soon forget, with a new music underscore and the vilest Villains taunting you as you whiz by. And over in Adventureland, a live crew of scurvy scalawags invades Pirates of the Caribbean in search of treasure.

Disney Villains After Hours also includes wickedly good food and beverage selections, special event merchandise and low wait times at more than 20 attractions and experiences across the park. It all adds up to a party like no other.  

This event does not include character greetings with the Villains. Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours will be available starting on April 29, 2019 and are $139 plus tax in advance or $144 plus tax on the event night.


2019 Dates for 'Disney After Hours' at Walt Disney World Resort

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Special Events: Disney's Hollywood Studios Turns 30 on May 1st.

Special celebrations coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the park’s 30th birthday.

Special celebrations coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the park’s 30th birthday.

Special celebrations coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, 2019:

  • Grab Exclusive 30th Anniversary Merchandise – Special 30th anniversary merchandise will be unveiled on May 1, including a new adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and much more. Annual passholders can also shop for some items exclusively created for them. Merchandise can be found starting at 8 a.m. in Grand Park, while supplies last. (Please note: Merchandise will go on sale at 8 a.m., Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 9 a.m.)

  • Stay For the Debut of “Wonderful World of Animation” – The park’s new nighttime projection show will light up the park for its official debut on May 1, 2019. You can watch in wonder as the façade of the Chinese Theatre is magically transformed – displaying this stirring tribute to animation. Behold spectacular sequences celebrating themes like magic, family, adventure, romance and friendship. Each theme is brought to life through unforgettable moments from beloved films—like “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Incredibles,” “Coco” and many more. The show will debut at 9:05 p.m. ET, just prior to the park’s “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show.

  • View a Star Studded Celebration – Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade starring Mickey and friends will step off at 10 a.m. and will head down Hollywood Blvd.

  • Taste Special Food & Beverage Items – A slew of special anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and many more.  

  • Pick Up a Commemorative 30th Anniversary Guide Map & Button – Guests entering the park can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button.

  • Disney After Hours Event Night has been added to the schedule for May 1, 2019. Attendees can experience little to no-wait on park favorites, including The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Land attractions and more. Additionally, this special anniversary edition of Disney After Hours will feature some beloved Disney characters ready to greet guests in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard, at Star Wars Launch Bay and more. There will also be a special encore performance of “Wonderful World of Animation” taking place exclusively for event attendees.  Tickets are available via the Disney Travel Agents website. Please view Training & Benefits > Commissions for commission information.

VIDEO: Preview of Epcot's New Nighttime Show

“Epcot Forever” coming to Epcot October 1, 2019

“Epcot Forever” coming to Epcot October 1, 2019

After a dazzling 20-year run, we will bid a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot® on Sept. 30, 2019. So come and gather around World Showcase Lagoon this summer to enjoy this breathtaking display of lasers, lights and fireworks, as we get ready to launch two new nighttime spectaculars as part of the park’s unprecedented, multi-year transformation.

“Epcot Forever” will be anew, limited-time spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers and choreographed, special effects kites starting October 1, 2019. The show will take us on a journey through the past, present and future of Epcot.

Featuring a stirring collection of songs that paint a colorful picture of the park, this nighttime extravaganza will offer both a trip down memory lane and a look towards the future and all the magical possibilities still to come.

2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dates - Walt DisneyWorld

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates:

  • November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24

  • December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party | Walt Disney World Resort

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party | Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $99 for select nights after $10 advance-purchase savings.

The party include a special holiday-themed parade and fireworks display as well as holiday stage shows such as “A Frozen Holiday Wish.”

Additional details about the Christmas party will be released in he coming months.

>> View Walt Disney World Offers for November and December

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4th of July Disney’s Contemporary Resort


A rootin’ tootin’ DJ will spin Woody’s favorite tunes from a rustic toy set right in the heart of it all. Kids can go have some fun with activities like the Trick Ropin’ Toy, Make-Your-Own Toy Station, camp-style carnival games, and a larger-than-life balloon artist who can recreate their favorite Toy Story characters. And finally, at the end of the night, you’ll be invited out to the Porte Cochére to end the evening with a viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom Park nighttime spectacular.

This limited-time event is happening for three nights only, July 4-6, from 6:15-9:15pm each night at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your client's spot before it’s too late! Tickets are $149 for adults and $99 for children ages 3-9, tax and gratuity included. 

Important News Regarding Star Wars Galaxy's Edge


According to the Walt Disney World Resort, capacity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and its experiences will be limited after it opens on August 29, 2019. Access to the Park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on Guest demand and other factors. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later in the year.

Make Reservations for ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios


Starting today, it’s possible to make advanced dining reservations for ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for dinner.

Currently, starting at 4 p.m. daily, a fast-casual dinner experience will begin. Place an order at one of the cash registers, take a pager, and find a comfortable place to sit. Then, when the order is ready, a server will bring the food right to your table.

In short, this is similar to quick service dining but with guaranteed seating. Reservations are available starting today, with bookings beginning on June 2, 2019.

By Darren Wittko

2019 Dates for 'Disney After Hours' at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World After Hours Events 2019

Walt Disney World After Hours Events 2019

If you aren’t familiar with Disney After Hours events, they’re your opportunity to experience a Disney theme park for three hours after regular park hours, with limited attendance, which means little-to-no wait for attractions, experiences and character greetings.  The event ticket also allows you early entry into the park, beginning at 7 p.m. 

New dates for Disney After Hours at Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Magic Kingdom: May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom:  May 7, 14 and 21; and June 4, 11 and 18.

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: May 1, 4, 10, 17, 24 and 31; and June 14, 21 and 28.

And at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are two special celebration nights:

May 1 – Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary with special anniversary merchandise, additional character greetings and more food & beverage offerings to purchase.

May 4 – Celebrate May the Fourth dressed in your best galactic Star Wars attire.  Experience Character Encounters including Chewbacca with REY, Darth Vadar, Kylo Ren with CAPTAIN PHASMA, Ewoks, Jawas and imperial stormtroopers. Plus, specialty treats available for purchase. *Be sure your costume fits within park guidelines.

Be sure to check our special Disney Resort hotel offers

Smoking Banned at Walt Disney World Theme Parks


Beginning May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California.

TIP: Designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances to the areas listed above, and at Disney Springs in Florida. For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas are also available at Disney Resort hotels.

New Stroller Policy for Walt Disney World


Beginning May 1, Disney is adjusting its guidelines on stroller sizes, which will require them to be no larger than 31" (79cm) wide and 52" (132cm) long or smaller. many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines.

Also, just a reminder that wagons are not permitted in our parks. Beginning May 1, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted.

These updates are designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone.

TIP: The smaller your stroller, the easier it is to navigate and maneuver the parks. Jogging strollers are sometimes too big for some areas and for Disney transportation. Go small if possible!

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By Darren Wittko

New Images for Disney's Riviera Resort Released

Disney has released more concept art for Disney’s Riviera Resort opening at Walt Disney World Resort Fall 2019.

In this release, Disney shared that the artwork displayed in guestrooms and throughout the hotel will include Disney concept art with European settings, posters of Disney films as released in Europe, archival photography of Walt’s travels throughout the region, and references to the ephemera and book titles Walt gathered on his journeys.

Disney’s Walk Around the World Bricks - Retired

Disney’s Walk Around the World Bricks

Disney’s Walk Around the World Bricks

Disney’s Walk Around the World program is ending as work on a new entrance to Magic Kingdom is set to begin. The entrance will allow for faster security checks and enhanced bus loops.

If you purchased one of these bricks, here how you can get a copy. Disney wanted to let guests know that obtaining the original brick will not be possible due to the nature of the work being performed and the time they have to complete it.

If you or you sponsored a brick and would like to get a souvenir version, here’s what to do:

If visiting in person:

  • Stop by City Hall at Magic Kingdom Park or Guest Relations at Disney Springs to verify the previous brick by sharing the name and hometown of the Guest who sponsored it.

  • After verification, Guests will be given a one-time use voucher to present by, or before Aug. 31, 2019, at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. (at Magic Kingdom Park – separate theme park admission required) or the Marketplace Co-Op (at Disney Springs), enabling Guests to purchase one commemorative 6” brick at a special price of $10 (plus tax).

If needing to contact Disney virtually:

  • Email or call 407-828-2701 with the name and hometown of the Guest who sponsored the brick.

  • After verification, Guests will be provided a code to use by, or before Aug. 31, 2019, on to purchase one commemorative 6” brick at a special price of $10 (plus tax and shipping) starting this spring. Please note, this code is for one-time use and will only be valid on and may not be redeemed in person or at any other location. (Limit one voucher or code per verified Guest.)

For Guests who did not participate in the original “Disney’s Walk Around the World” program but would like to purchase a personalized brick, souvenir bricks are available to customize and purchase starting at $29.99 (plus tax and optional shipping). These are on sale now at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. at Magic Kingdom Park (separate theme park admission required to enter) or the Marketplace Co-Op (at Disney Springs), or later on starting this spring.

Details on Topolino’s Terrace Coming to Walt Disney World

Topolino’s Terrace coming to Disney’s Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World.

Topolino’s Terrace coming to Disney’s Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World.

Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera, will be a new signature rooftop restaurant at Disney’s Riviera Resort offering 2 special experiences: a character breakfast and views of evening fireworks.

Topolino’s Terrace will be a Disney signature restaurant where you can dine indoors and then step out onto the terrace for a view of the resort down below and if you can time it right, view the fireworks of the nearby nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests can start their morning off with an exclusive Disney character dining experience inspired by the Riviera.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting opportunity!

By Darren Wittko

Offer Alert! Disney's Gran Destino Tower Late August 2019

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort | Walt Disney World

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort | Walt Disney World

Beginning Aug 22 through September 3, 2019 you can save big on stays at the completely reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, featuring hundreds of new guestrooms and a plethora of new amenities.

The offer includes the 15-story Gran Destino Tower with Standard View and Club Level rooms. Standard View rooms in the original part of the resort are also part of the offer.

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

By late August, all 1,800 existing rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will feature updated fixtures, furnishings and lighting. A fresh, sophisticated color palette will tie the entire resort together.

For more information on this offer through Magical Vacations Travel, contact Darren Wittko

Hilton Orlando and Waldorf Astoria Now Official Walt Disney World Hotels

Orlando Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria now official Walt Disney World Hotels.

Orlando Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria now official Walt Disney World Hotels.

With Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening this fall, Disney is anticipating record attendance and is already sold out for select nights this fall. Running out of hotel rooms appears to be a serious concern for Disney. In 2018 it was announced that Disney would extend benefits to some Disney Springs Area hotels a.k.a, good neighbor hotels, and later added benefits to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels.

Beginning today, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are now Official Walt Disney World Hotels. Each guest staying at these hotels in 2019 with valid Walt Disney World theme park admission will have access to the following:

  • Extra Magic Hours access

  • The ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60-days prior to arrival

  • Complimentary MagicBands

  • Complimentary transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort and standard parking at Walt Disney World theme parks

  • Disney’s Magical Express service The ability to purchase Disney Dining Plan packages.

Beginning April 3, 2019, guests who have reservations at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria can begin linking their reservations to My Disney Experience.

For offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotels, visit the Offers Page

by Darren Wittko