VIDEO: Tour Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

Taking Control of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Taking Control of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Beginning today at Disneyland Park you can climb aboard the Millennium Falcon and settle into the cockpit to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park. Let’s take a closer look….

As a reminder, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open Aug. 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.*

For special offers this fall, check out the Walt Disney World Resort Offers Page.

*Reservations required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from May 31 to June 23 at Disneyland Park in California. Theme parks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity.

Secret Walking Tour at Disney's California Adventure Park


If you've ever had a chance to enter a Disney Theme Park prior to opening, say for an early dining reservation or special tour, you know how magical it can be. There's something about seeing the parks without all the congestion and foot traffic. It can also be a great time to take some photos without other guests in them! 

At Disney's California Adventure Park, guests can make reservations for a secret 2-mile walking tour of the Theme Park. The tour is led by a Cast Member who also provides some trivia and Disneyland Resort history. This tour is available to any Disneyland Resort hotel guest - but just remember that advance dining reservations are required. To make a reservation, stop by Guest Services. 

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

New Hotel Announced for Disneyland

O have some exciting news to share with you about the Disneyland Resort in California. For the first time in almost two decades, Disney will open a new Four Diamond hotel! Set to open in 2021, this hotel will transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and anchor a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort. 

The stunning 700-room hotel will feature a sophisticated design, extensive landscaping and water elements that will create a resort oasis, showcasing nature on every level of the hotel. The hotel’s location embraces the iconic Disneyland Monorail with a dedicated platform inside the hotel for direct transport into Disneyland Park.

The ground level of the hotel will include shops and restaurants opening onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with playful water features, creating a gathering place for guests and visitors. The new hotel also connects all four Hotels of the Disneyland Resort through lush gardens and beautifully landscaped walkways, transforming the gateway on the west side and creating a welcoming entry.

By Darren Wittko

Classic Space Mountain Returning to Disneyland

On June 1, 2017, the classic Space Mountain returns to Disneyland Park. Just days after we mark the 40th anniversary of this Tomorrowland favorite, space travelers will blast off once again for their intergalactic adventure.

A variation of a concept Walt Disney developed in the 1960s, Space Mountain first opened at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 1975, and construction on Space Mountain at Disneyland Park began soon after. The attraction went on to become a Guest favorite, seeing special themed versions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Hyperspace Mountain.

You are clear for launch starting June 1, 2017 with the return of Space Mountain at Disneyland Park!

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

First Look: Collector's Fortress at California Adventure

Today I have a first look at The Collector’s Fortress at Disney's California Adventure Park. This enigmatic building is home to the soon-to-be-unveiled Tivan Collection, where you will get to view the rare items in Taneleer Tivan’s extensive holdings, including his newest acquisitions: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

You can explore The Collector’s Fortress firsthand when Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! opens May 27, 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park.

The fortress shimmers with colorful and sparkling details; pipes cross and climb the exterior, carrying the organic matter the Tivan Group has mined to power the massive generator that powers the entire building, keeping every cage locked and the valuable collection secure. Rising and falling gantry lifts peek out of doors exposed through the corroded, burnt metal, and it even looks as if the structure may have taken laser fire and blasts.  

Update: Star Wars Land at Disney Parks

Exciting details about the Star Wars-themed lands planned for the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts were shared on the “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” special that recently aired on ABC.

Walt Disney Imagineering has joined forces with the imagination of Lucasfilm to bring this galaxy to life, and the illustrations shared during the TV special show the epic scale of these lands




Soon you'll be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience.

And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, visitors will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.

At 14 acres each, these richly detailed lands promise to immerse you in the Star Wars galaxy as never before, allowing you to create your own adventure.

Stay tuned to Save at WDW for more details about all the excitement coming to Disney Parks, the place where Star Wars lives.

Darren is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and Specializes in Disney Destinations withMagical Vacations TravelFor discounts, offers, ways to save money, visit SaveAtWDW.com


New Disneyland App Offers PhotoPass Service

With access to wait times, Disney FASTPASS return times and where to find favorite Disney characters, the Disneyland App is a great tool to enhance your Disneyland Resort visit. And now, this great app allows you to experience Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way.

New Disneyland App Offers PhotoPass Service

New Disneyland App Offers PhotoPass Service

Link Photos

Instead of collecting Disney PhotoPass Cards during your visit, you can now link cards to your account by entering the 16-character PhotoPass ID or by using the QR code scanner available in the app. You can also link attractions by enter the 8-character ID found on the preview monitor at the exit of a participating attraction.

View and Purchase Photos

You can also view your memories and purchase them in the Disneyland App! You can purchase an individual photo, or download all your photos captured during a one-day visit to Disneyland Resort, and linked to your account, for $39 with Disney PhotoPass+ One Day.

Disney PhotoPass+ One Day includes all your Disney PhotoPass photos including select attraction and dining photos and NEW Animated Magic Shots.

Download and Share

Once you have purchased your photos, you can download and share them with family and friends via text, email and some of your favorite social media sites.

If you have an Annual Passport that includes Disney PhotoPass downloads, you can link your pass to your account so you can download and share your photos using the Disneyland App too!

Disney PhotoPass Service and Disney PhotoPass+ are subject to the Disney PhotoPass and Disney PhotoPass+ terms. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy. Photos linked to a qualifying Annual Passport will expire 365 days from the date of capture and are subject to the Annual Passport Terms and Conditions. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.



New Walt Disney World Website just for grandparents

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog.

Insiders Look: New Rivers of America at Disneyland

The Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park are temporarily closed as Walt Disney Imagineers prepare to make room for the all-new Star Wars-themed land.

Rivers of America | Disneyland Resort

When these areas reopen, the north bank of the Rivers of America will feature a beautiful new waterfront. The new riverbank will also include an elevated trestle over which the Disneyland Railroad will travel. Take a look at this Walt Disney Imagineering artist rendering for a sneak peek!


Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog.